Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

FOR THE GOOD OF EVERY BUSINESS. FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COMMUNITY.

As the voice of the business community in the Dallas Region, we strive every day to help make our community the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business.

After the senseless killing of George Floyd in May 2020 and the social unrest that followed, the DRC acted quickly and decisively with the business community to create a more equitable and inclusive region.

The DRC Board of Directors created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, a permanent Board-level cohort to focus on:

      • Diversity in Leadership
      • Community Investment in Underserved Areas
      • Education and Workforce
      • Policing and Criminal Justice Policies

We hired Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jared Fitzpatrick, and Senior Vice President of Community Engagement Latosha Herron Bruff to work with the council.

Most importantly, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is now one of our four core pillars in our new three-year strategic plan.

We see systemic racism in its many forms and commit to address it head on. We are committed to work every day in every way to build a more inclusive community.

2021 DEI Council Leaders

CORE PILLARS OF WORK

DIVERSITY IN LEADERSHIP

Working to increase diverse representation in board and executive levels and drive action within the business community around DEI issues.

CO-CHAIRS:

Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks
Jason Janning, Hilti North America
Jorge Corral, Accenture

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

Working to highlight opportunities for companies to prepare the next generation of the workforce and expand their talent pipeline.

CO-CHAIRS:

Belen Garren, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
David Park, Atmos Energy Corporation
Jennifer Chandler, Bank of America

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN
UNDERSERVED AREAS

Working to close the “opportunity gap” by connecting companies to the people and needs of businesses in Southern Dallas County.

CO-CHAIRS:

Hattie Hill, T.D. Jakes Foundation
John Stephens, AT&T Inc.
Steven Williams, Frito-Lay North America

POLICING & CRIMINAL
JUSTICE POLICIES

Working with the Dallas Police Department and convening other community groups to determine the primary policy issues and measurable outcomes for policing and criminal justice reform.

CO-CHAIRS:

Chris Nielsen, Toyota Motor North America
Hilda Galvan, Jones Day
Rafael Lizardi, Texas Instruments

Community Engagement

We value the diversity of our region and are working together to create strategic partnerships with community leaders, businesses, and nonprofit organizations focused on meeting the current and future needs of our residents. Together we can deliver meaningful investment and a shared vision for economic growth and stability.

Areas of focus include:

      • Convening voices and perspectives of those closest to the problems we are working to address.
      • Promoting growth and economic development within the region.
      • Collaborating with businesses, community stakeholders, and government to respond to community-driven issues and improve the quality of life for all.

DEI Leaders Connect

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leaders Connect group is to bring together DEI leaders in the Dallas region to discuss multifaceted DEI challenges and opportunities with a focus towards action.

This group is designed to provide a space for discussion of relevant topics DEI leaders are facing, sharing of knowledge and resources, cross-company collaboration on events and efforts, and mentorship of newer DEI leaders.

DEI Engagement Opportunities

The DRC has multiple opportunities for member companies to get engaged in DEI and highlight their commitment to making their organization and the Dallas community more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

For these DEI efforts to make a lasting impact, the DRC needs business and community partners from across the region to join us in this important work.

      • Access DEI thought leaders and share your organization’s best practices
      • Participate in DRC surveys, benchmarks, and roundtables
      • Read DRC Insights on DEI
      • Serve on the DEI Council for DRC Board Members

Have a question or want to get engaged with our work in DEI?
The DRC team is here to help you and your company.