Dallas Museum Of Art’s Decorative Arts Symposium Featured Three Renowned Experts On Furnishings, Gardening And Palettes

Attendees for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Decorative Arts Symposium expanded their understanding of art on Thursday, September 21. Thanks to Symposium Chair Beverly Nichols assembling John Hays, Ann Pailthorp and P. Allen Smith, the event showcased how art is not limited to canvases and sculptures. Here’s a report from the field:

The Dallas Museum of Art‘s Decorative Arts Symposium Chair Beverly Nichols, welcomed attendees to the Symposium on Thursday, September 21, at the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Melissa Fetter and Ann Hobson*

Penny Hardie and Mollie Crow*

Janet Evans and Debbie Raynor*

Cara French and Prissy Gravely*

Guests like DMA Board of Trustees Chair Melissa Fetter, Ann Hobson, Cara French and her mother Prissy Gravely, Janet Evans, Debbie Raynor, Penny Hardie and Mollie Crow arrived and enjoyed coffee and light breakfast bites outside the Horchow Auditorium.  On view in a vitrine were two pieces from the Museum’s decorative arts collection which had served as the event’s signature pieces: a Free form shape bowl with Tropicana pattern decoration (designers Frank Irwin and Helen McIntosh), (maker Metlox Potteries), c. 1955, earthenware, Dallas Museum of Art, 20th-Century Design Fund, 1996.111) and a silk brocade (maker and date unknown, silk, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hart Miller, 1947.21.23). 

Once seated inside the auditorium, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director Agustín Arteaga welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending the second annual event which supports the DMA’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund.  

Agustin Arteaga*

Beverly followed to introduce the esteemed line-up of symposium speakers, which included award-winning garden designer, acclaimed author, television host and conservationist P. Allen Smith; John Hays, deputy chairman of Christie’s America and specialist in American Furniture and Decorative Arts; and Ann Pailthorp, Farrow and Ball’s leader of the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper.    

John Hays, Ann Pailthorp, Beverly Nichols and P. Allen Smith*

Hays took the podium first and under the theme, Commander in Chief: A Few War Stories from John Hays’ Travels, he shared stories of extraordinary pieces he has found across the United States, which were sold at auction by Christie’s. Pailthorp followed with details about Farrow and Ball’s unmatched collection of paint and wallpaper, including details on what makes their colors and finishes distinctive. Smith, who designed the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ new edible garden, closed by sharing a virtual tour of Moss Mountain Farm, his American Greek Rival style-home, which included his stunning organic flower and vegetable garden “rooms,” orchards, farm animals and his heritage poultry breeds.   

The event concluded with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the panel. Immediately following, P. Allen Smith’s book, “Seasonal Recipes from the Garden,” and Farrow and Ball’s “How to Decorate,” were available for sale and for signatures by Smith and Pailthorp. 

As guests departed, they received a Farrow and Ball favor bag with a coveted fan deck featuring all 132 Farrow and Ball colours and an Autumn and Winter Inspiration guide.  

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

2017 CancerBlows Committee Tackles Everything From Coordinating World-Class Musicians’ Scheduling To Busing Kids In

Putting on a one-day-only event is tough. Managing all the logistics is like juggling cactus. But a multi-day venture ramps all those headaches to migraine status. So, the CancerBlows team has been orchestrating all the arrangements of bringing in world-class trumpet players for its May 8th-May 10th fundraising activities for The Ryan Anthony Foundation.

But it’s all underway, thanks to CancerBlows Co-Founders Niki and Ryan Anthony and Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock and Anne and Steve Stodghill and the legion of volunteers, committee members and sponsors raising funds to battle multiple myeloma.

How about an example? On Tuesday, May 9, there will be a series of free Education Events including

  • Chamber Music Master Class — CancerBlows artists affiliated with chamber music groups such as Canadian Brass, Boston brass, Rhythm and Brass and more work with collegiate brass quintets.
  • Panel Discussion with CancerBlows Artists — Public Q&A session with CancerBlows artists. Topics include warm-up techniques, making a living as a freelancer and professionalism in the workplace.
  • CancerBlows Jazz Master Class — CancerBlows artists work with pre-selected high school and collegiate trumpet players with emphasis on jazz.
  • Cancer Blows Classical Master Class — Cancer Blows artists work with pre-selected high school and collegiate trumpet players with a classical emphasis.
  • CancerBlows Big Band/Jazz Artist rehearsal — Select local high school and college students are invited to watch the first half of the CancerBlows Big Band and Jazz Artist rehearsal.
  • Lessons With the Legends* — Select CancerBlows Legends will make lesson times available to individuals.

Ryan Anthony

Niki Anthony

Tim Andersen

David Cowling

That all sounds like it covers all the bases, but then how do you transport the students to the events? That was one of the  questions addressed at a meeting of volunteers on Monday, February 27, at Jones Day including Niki, Ryan, David Cowling, Todd Ranta and Tim Andersen.

The answer seemed simple — just use school buses. Not so fast. It was to take place on a school day, and the school buses’ priority was busing students home. And you just thought carpool was a challenge! But not to worry. The team handled the challenge, so the kids wouldn’t miss out.

BTW, if you want to be part of the committee putting this mega-fundraiser together to fight multiple myeloma, you’ll be hanging out with Jenna Alexander, Larry Alexander, Diane and Joel Allison, Niki and Ryan Anthony, Deidre and Chris Bacala, Jamie Jo Boulogne, Laura and Bob Beard, Diane and Hal Brierley, Christen Casenave, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Rozalyn and Robert Colombo, Phyllis and CJ Comu, Megan and Michael Considine, John Conn, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Amy Youngquist and David Cowling, Serena and Tom Connelly, Roberta Corbett, Barbara and Don Daseke, Pam and Mark Denesuk, Cary and Mark Deuber, Heidi and Bill Dillon, Dean Dimmitt, Noelle and David Dunavan, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Ashley Berges and Greg Fasullo, Lora Farris, Michelle and Kevin Finamore, Holly Forsythe, Emily and Darryl Freeling, Don Gaiser, Hadley and Travis Galt, Shay and Brian Geyer, Sally and Mark Helm, Julie and Ken Hersh, Stephanie and Travis Hollman, Peggy and Tim Horner, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Colleen O’Conner and Joe Hubach, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Linda and Steve Ivy, Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman, Wendy and Michael Jenkins, Kathie and Randy King, Maggie Kipp, Jeri and David Kleiman, Richard Stanley and Matthew Kline, Allan Knight and Cearan Henley, Tracy and Ben Lange, Julian Leaver, Susan and Dean McSherry, Alison and Mike Malone, Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, Amy and Jonathan Martin, Sarah Catherine Norris, Delia Parman and Robert Kyle, Leah and Jim Pasant, Cyndi Phelps, Terri and Brad Phillips, Mary Martha and John Pickens, Brian Ratner, Stacey and John Relton, Melody and Rick Rogers, Carla Ferrer and Joe Russo, Susan Post Sanford, Lisa Simmons, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Linda and Thomas Smith, Hamilton A. Sneed, Cindy Stager, Tara and Harvey Stotland, Aneeta and Sandy Sule, Elisa and Stephen Summers, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, Ellen and Larry Talley, Jill Tananbaum, Rachel and Christopher Trowbridge, Ashley Tatum and New Walker, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Kameron and Court Westcott and Piper and Mike Wyatt.

Contact Niki for information on how to sign up.

* There is a fee for the lesson and available times are very limited.

Mary Kay Inc.’s Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit Had Business Vets Providing Insight And Opportunities For Business Women

When Mary Kay’s Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit convened at the Fairmont on Friday, January 27, for an all-day crash course on business development and growth, they literally got more than an “earful” about innovative opportunities and success stories. In fact the day’s Pink Tank proved that point to the letter, thanks to Elyse Dickerson of Eosera, whose pitch had everyone listening. Here’s a report from the field:

Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit*

Two hundred women entrepreneurs attended the Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit, presented by Mary Kay Inc. in partnership with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), on Friday, January 27, at the Fairmont Hotel.

As perhaps the #1 creator of women entrepreneurs in the world, Mary Kay designed the summit to convene experts and thought leaders to help encourage and inspire participants’ own business journey, and to provide them with the tools to take their company and themselves as a leader to the next level and stage of development and growth.

The day began with keynote speaker Gloria Mayfield Banks, Mary Kay Independent Elite National Sales Director in the United States, followed by three breakout sessions with the common thread of “Why Women Make Great Entreprenuers.” 

Breakout session*

Breakout speakers included Caytie Langford of Caytie Langford and Associates, Valerie Freeman of Imprimis Group, Mary Kay Independent Senior National Sales Director Cindy Williams, Mary Kay Independent Executive National Sales Director Stacy James, Yasmeen Tadia of Make Your Life Sweeter, private consultant Liz Marshall, Sheryl Chamberlain of Cap Gemini, Jill Scigliano of Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director Emeritus Karen Piro and Kristina Libby, S.W.C./SoCu.

Ingrid Vandervelt, Crayton Webb and Gloria Mayfield Banks*

The group then reconvened for a seated lunch and a keynote address by Ingrid Vandervelt, Founder and Chairman of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, before enjoying afternoon breakout sessions designed around the theme “How to Become a Great Entrepreneur.” Afternoon breakout session speakers were entrepreneur/Junior League of Dallas representative Heather Bonfield, Mary Kay Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green, Heather Capps of HCK2, Holly Mason of Mason Baronet, Jessica Nunez of True Point, Julia Taylor Cheek of Everly, Louise Kee of Golden Seeds, Cynthia Nevels of Integrality, Cristin Thomas of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Management Consulting’s Melissa Youngblood, LCC.

One of the highlights of the day followed, the Pink Tank business pitch session, with an all-star panel of judges: Sheryl Adkins-Green, The DEC Founder/CEO Trey Bowles, fashion designer/CEO Abi Ferrin, Mark Cuban Companies Director of Business Development Abe Minkara and City of Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne.  Five women business owners vied for the chance to win $5,000 in startup money from the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, with Elyse Dickerson of Eosera taking home the prize.

Trey Bowles, Sheryl Adkins-Green, Elyse Dickerson, Beth Van Duyne, Abi Ferrin and Abe Minkara*

The day concluded with a “Champs and Candy” celebratory reception with champagne, cotton candy-infused sparkling water, and sweet and savory popcorn by Make Your Life Sweeter.

* Photo provided by Mary Kay Inc.

Female Business Successes Will Share Lessons, Secrets And Pink Tank Opportunities At The Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit

It is truly hard for some to believe that there was once a time when girls were raised to have no greater aspirations than to be wives and moms. Seriously, it made sense. Taking care of the home and the children is a monumental task. But then there were situations when the household income was lacking, either because the man of the house was unable to provide or there was no longer a man of the house around. Women found themselves out in the work force, many without any training or mentoring. One such woman was Mary Kathlyn Wagner. To provide for her three children and herself while her husband was serving in World War II, she found herself selling books door-to-door. When he returned, they divorced and she worked for other companies only find herself being passed over for promotion in favor of less qualified men.

While most women would have thrown in the towel and just accepted what would become known as the glass ceiling, Mary Kathlyn took up the challenge of becoming her own boss in 1963. Despite the death of her second husband and with only $5,000 in the bank, she started Mary Kay. And, as they say, the rest is history.

In addition to creating a cosmetics empire, she was one of those pioneers that, along with the women’s movement, supportive husbands and technology, provided women with the opportunity, if they wanted, to pursue a career and, yes, possibly own businesses.

Despite Mary Kay’s death in 2001, that respect for and support of women in business continues on today in Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation. To provide the tools to be entrepreneurs, Mary Kay Inc. is partnering up with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) for the first annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday, January 27 at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., experts and thought leaders with backgrounds in fashion, high technology, consumer-packaged goods and business services” will mentor, guide, teach and share their secrets to success.

Sheryl Adkins-Green*

According to Mary Kay Inc Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green, “For 53 years Mary Kay has been empowering, mentoring and promoting women entrepreneurs. Our founder, Mary Kay Ash herself, was one of the greatest business minds of all time and millions of women around the world have built successful businesses by following her proven leadership and sales techniques. No one person or company has more experience with women’s entrepreneurship than Mary Kay Inc. We believe that the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will help inspire current and future female entrepreneurs.”

So, what’s on the Summit schedule?  

Throughout the day there will be mentorship opportunities and “breakout sessions, which have been customized for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages and will include case studies, how to’s and tools to take your company to the next level.”

Some of the breakout session topics and speakers will include:

  • Why Women Make Great Entrepreneurs:  Amber Venz Box of RewardStyle and Valerie Freeman of Imprimis Group
  • 10 Questions You Need To Answer Before You Become An Entrepreneur:  Shama Hyder of Marketing Zen and Yasmeen Tadia of Make Your Life Sweeter
  • How To Build the Best Team For Success: Sheryl Chamberlain of Cap Gemini and Kristi Libby of S.W.C./SoCu and Jill Scigliano of Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  • Customer Development: How To Find And Grow Customers:  Melissa Youngblood of LCC Management Consulting
  • Building Your Brand:  Heather Capps of HCK2, Holly Mason of Mason Baronet and Jessica Nunez of  True Point
  • Fundraising: How To Fund Your Business: Julia Taylor Cheek of Everly, Louise Kee of Golden Seeds, Cynthia Nevels of Integrality and Cristin Thomas of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

As for food for the mind and tummy, there will be a light breakfast followed by the morning’s keynote speaker: internationally renowned motivational speaker/#1 U.S. Ranked Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks.

Gloria Mayfield Banks*

Ingrid Vandervelt*

At the seated luncheon, Empowering A Billion Women by 2020, Founder/Chair Ingrid Vandervelt will be the keynote speaker.

Following the sessions will be the first-ever “Pink Tank” providing the opportunity for pre-selected participants to fast pitch their business ideas to Mary Kay Inc.’s Adkins-Green, Mark Cuban Companies Business Development Director Abe Minkara and CEO/fashion designer Abi Ferrin for seeding from The DEC.

Registration fees are $125 per person in advance and $150 at the door.

Ladies, you’ve come a long way since Mary Kay sold books door-to-door. The future is yours.

* Photos provided by Mary Kay Inc.

MySweet2017Goals: Crayton Webb

According to Mary Kay Inc. Corporate Communications And Corporate Social Responsibility VP Crayton Webb,

Crayton Webb (File photo)

“My goal is that Mary Kay will empower, encourage and inspire women entrepreneurs with our first-ever ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit’ on Friday, January 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas.

Mary Kay Ash herself was one of the greatest business minds of all time and millions of women around the world have built successful businesses – and not just selling Mary Kay — by following her proven leadership and business advice.

“In partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), Mary Kay is convening experts and thought leaders, with backgrounds in fashion, high technology, consumer-packaged goods and business services, for the inaugural summit specifically designed for women business owners.

“We have some amazing speakers and panelists lined up – with the new addition of tech entrepreneur/media personality/investor/philanthropist Ingrid Vandervelt, as our keynote luncheon speaker. 

“In addition to Ingrid, attendees will enjoy morning keynote speaker Gloria Mayfield Banks, who is an internationally renowned motivational speaker and #1 U.S. ranked Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director.

“We have also planned morning and afternoon breakout sessions, which have been customized for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages with speakers including: Amber Venz Box, RewardStyle; Valerie Freeman, Imprimis Group, Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director Stacy James, Make Your Life Sweeter’s Yasmeen Tadia, Cap Gemini’s Sheryl Chamberlain, Kristina Libby, S.W.C./SoCu, Dallas Entrepreneur Center’s Jill Scigliano, Melissa Youngblood, LCC Management Consulting’s Melissa Youngblood, HCK2’s Heather Capps, Mason Baronet’s Holly Mason, True Point’s Jessica Nunez, Everly’s Julia Taylor,  Golden Seeds’ Louise Kee, Integrality’s Cynthia Nevels and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses’ Cristin Thomas.

Beth Van Duyne (File photo)

Abi Ferrin (File photo)

“Throughout the day, unprecedented mentorship opportunities and networking will help broaden participants’ knowledge and expertise, and the first-ever ‘Pink Tank’ will provide the opportunity for pre-selected participants to fast pitch their business ideas for seed funding from The DEC. Pink Tank judges include Mary Kay Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC)Co-Founder/CEO Trey Bowles, fashion designer and CEO Abi Ferrin, Mark Cuban Companies Director of Business Development Abe Minkara and City of Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne.

“The day will include light breakfast, breakout sessions, seated lunch, keynote speakers, mentorship opportunities, Pink Tank and post-event reception. For more information or to register, visit www.marykaywomenssummit.com or [email protected].”

Salesmanship Club Of Dallas’ Momentous Institute Opens Availability For Changing The Odds Conference Via Live Streaming

Changing The Odds Conference*

Changing The Odds Conference*

The Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ Momentous Institute is just now announcing that its Changing The Odds Conference — “Compassion: Brain Changer” — that will be held Thursday, October 6 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and Friday, October 7 (9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.), at the Omni Dallas was sold out last April.

Whoa! That was five months ago. So, why the delayed announcement?

According to organizers, “We have been sold out since April and have had a growing waiting list. We did not announce the sellout back in April since we were exploring options for how to give more people access to the conference. Now that option has arrived.”

The option is the live streaming of the event that will allow “live stream ticket holders to watch the conference anywhere from their own devices.” Translation: you’ll be able to watch and hear the speakers in your jammies if you like.

Brené Brown**

Brené Brown**

And what a lineup they have! How about New York Times bestselling author ofEmotional Intelligence” Daniel Goleman; motivational speaker and author Lizzie Velasquez; “the happiest man in the world,” Matthieu Ricard; the emotions expert behind Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Dacher Keltner; neuroscientist and one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People” Richard J. Davidson; Momentous Institute experts and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown, who hit it out of the park last spring at the Dallas Children’s Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon.

There is a catch, of course. But it’s not a big one. You’ve just got to register to gain access for the live streaming. The price for the two days of live streaming is $300 per individual stream. Sign up here.

* Graphic provided by Salesmanship Club of Dallas 
** Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Communities Foundation Of Texas’ 2016 GiveWisely Applications Are Due In One Month

There’s just a month left to submit applications for the 2016 GiveWisely program sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas. No, it’s not a study on the three wise men. The five-class series provides information for “a relatively small group of donors to sharpen their goals and strategies toward giving.”

The following schedule calls for the classes to run from 7 to 9 p.m.:

  • Session #1 (Wednesday, January 20): Identifying Your Values — What are your core values? How do they show up in your giving- or do they? Discussing values, personal giving statements and charitable budgets.
  • Session #2 (Wednesday, February 17): Pinpointing Your — This session will guide you through further identifying your philanthropic values, goals and legacy- and effectively communicating your giving philosophy with family, friends and the nonprofit community.
  • Session #3 (Wednesday, March 23): Evaluating Effectiveness— Understanding community needs and assessing nonprofits to bring your personal perspective to bear on solving community problems. This session is complemented by the special off-site session, “How to Conduct a Site Visit” on Saturday, April 9.
  • Session #4 (Wednesday, April 13): Philanthropist Panel — Hear from a panel of philanthropists and discuss the challenges, successes and impact of giving.
  • Session #5 (Wednesday, April 29): Beyond the Class: Keeping Focus and Impact in Your Giving — Finalize your personal giving statements and your charitable budget for the year ahead in this workshop session.

According to last year’s GiveWisely participant Christine Allen, “I high recommend this class to anyone who has a heart to make the world a better place, but isn’t sure about the best way to make a personal impact. It’s an exceptional class, extremely well-organized, and every topic leads to valuable discussion. GiveWisely truly helps people hone in on their passions and apply their resources.”

While the series is free, “each member (or participating couple) will make a tax deductible $500 gift to Communities Foundation of Texas, to be directed to the nonprofit of their choosing at the end of the class.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 18.

JUST IN: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Provides A $500,000 Grant For The Linda And Mitch Hart Institute For Women Conductors At The Dallas Opera

Linda and Mitch Hart (File photo)

Linda and Mitch Hart (File photo)

Leave it to Linda and Mitch Hart to inspire others! Just last month they provided a nice financial support for an “innovative program to support the career aspirations and advancement of women conductors in the field of opera, while addressing the thorny problems resulting from ingrained gender inequality at the top of the profession.”

As a thank you, the program was officially named “The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.”

Well, the initiative evidently impressed the folks at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, who just “awarded a $500,000 grant over a three-year period” to support the program that is truly unique.

And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, as the inaugural institute takes place from Saturday, November 28, through Sunday, December 6. The ladies benefiting from the institute will include Jennifer Condon of Australia/Germany, Jessica Gethin of Australia, Natalie Murray Beale of the United Kingdom, Stephanie Rhodes of the U.S., Anna Skryleva of Russia/Germany and Lidiya Yankovskaya of the U.S.

The American observers will be: Arianne Abela, Luçik Aprahämian, Avlana Eisenberg and Co Boi Nguyen.

Bravo, Linda, Mitch, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Dallas Opera.

Initial Plans And Developments For 2016 Dallas Festival Of Ideas Revealed

Remember back in February when Dallas was frozen and events were in meltdown mode? To say the frozen tundra was a frown maker is an understatement. For the first Dallas Festival of Ideas, they soldiered on and managed to still have speakers, entertainers and guests get together with the mission to help “shape the city of the future by igniting, uniting and energizing the people of Dallas through the power of ideas.”

Festival Co-Presenters The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture were so impressed with the presentation and the feedback that they not only signed up for a 2016 encore, but they ramped things up.

Emily Hargrove (File photo)

Emily Hargrove (File photo)

First of all, they brought on board Emily Hargrove to serve as executive director of the Festival. It made perfect sense, since Emily has been director of communications and development at the Institute and was instrumental in the Festival’s coordination. Having worked with both The Morning News team and the Institute’s staff, she’ll be right at home in the newly created position.

To provide leadership among the volunteers, Dallas Museum of Art Chairman Walter Elcock and OTSL’s Albert Black will serve as honorary co-chairs.

Another development is the expansion of the Festival’s present Steering Committee (Larry Allums, Alison Draper, Emily Hargrove and Thomas Huang) to include Nicole Fain, Ana Rodriquez, Ellen Williams, Russell Bellamy, John Matthews, Byron Sanders and Mike Wilson.

On Thursday, October 29, five working committees will present “progress reports” for the Festival slated to take place February 19-20.

Stay tuned. More developments are in the future. Understand that negotiations are underway with Mother Nature to cooperate come February.

Kristina Bownman, Jane Rozelle, Ron Corning And MySweetCharity Have A Conversation On How Nonprofits Can Work With The Media

This morning PRSA Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and MySweetCharity partnered up to hold a workshop for nonprofits in getting their message out there.

One segment dealing with the media was a “conversation” including photographer Kristina Bowman, PaperCity‘s Jane Rozelle, WFAA’s Ron Corning and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean.

If you were there, you know there was a lot of information shared, as well a great deal of laughter. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get to all of the questions. Perhaps there will be another one of these “conversations” in the future.

If you couldn’t make it and you have some time, here’s a recording of the session. (Please forgive the late start of the recording. All you’ll miss is the introduction describing how brilliant Kristina and Jane are.) 150828_001

A special thanks goes to Dean Foods for stepping and hosting the event at CityPlace for a sold-out crowd of incredible people, who make a difference for good in North Texas.


Elder Financial Safety Center To Host A Free Symposium On “Financial Frauds And Scams: The Crime Of The 21st Century”

Thank heaven, child abuse has countless organization and individuals fighting to end the terror in young lives. But at the other end of the spectrum are the abuses and crimes committed against seniors. On fixed incomes and wary of all types of “con jobs,” they don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. More and more don’t even have family to rely on.

That’s where Elder Financial Safety Center steps in. As a result of The Senior Source, the Dallas County Probate Court and the Dallas Attorney Office, the Center will hold a free symposium on Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lovers Lance United Methodist Church.

The subject will be “Financial Frauds and Scams: The Crime of the 21st Century.”

Addressing the subject will be Dallas Morning NewsDave “The Watchdog” Lieber and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Tami Lucero.

According to Elder Financial Safety Center Director Julie Krawczyk, ““Financial exploitation, frauds and scams inflict devastating consequences on their victims and are a pressing concern for older adults and their families in our community. This symposium brings together a wide range of experts in one place to provide resources and tools and to answer questions. Attendees will also learn how to access the prevention, protection and prosecution services of the Center from representatives of each collaborating partner.”

Since some seniors may not admit their own vulnerability, their children and caretakers just might want to sign up for the seminar.

RSVP’s can be made by calling 214.823.5700, but the deadline is Tuesday, August 18. Start dialing.

Public Relations Workshop For Nonprofits To Be Announced Soon

If one of your responsibilities is to market your nonprofit, you’re expected to know everything from branding to working with the media. Betcha you’ve got war stories that would impress the Defense Department. How would you like some insider tips on how to make your marketing life a little easier?

Word is making the rounds that an event is going to be held that will provide all types of those tips. You’ll be able to hear firsthand the pros and cons of dealing with the press and promoting your nonprofit from experts from the PR community and actual media folks.

It will not be an all-day gathering, nor will it be a slug ‘em back cocktail party. It will be an informative come together.

Stay tuned. We’ll let you know all the deets.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Provides $200,000 Grant Over Two Years For Holocaust Museum/Center For Education And Tolerance

The Bloomberg Philanthropies recently shared the love and money with still another Dallas nonprofit. In addition to Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance was also a recipient of a Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts and Innovation Management (AIM) grant for $200,000 over two years.

Mary Pat Higgins (File photo)

Mary Pat Higgins (File photo)

According to the Museum’s CEO Mary Pat Higgins, “We are grateful to have been invited to participate in this exciting program and selected as a recipient of the AIM grant. It will help us continue to expand our reach, engage new audiences and better teach our community the moral and ethical responses to prejudice.”

The two-year program will provide $100,000 the first year and will require the grantee organization to participate in the AIM Training Program and “to secure matching funds equivalent to 20% of the annual grant sum, reach 100% board member participation in fund raising and sustain up-to-date records in the Cultural Data Project (CDP).” If the requirements are fulfilled, an additional $100,000 will be provided in the second year.

The AIM grant program is by invitation only and involves only six cities — Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Plans call for the museum to participate in the AIM Training Program’s first seminar, “The Cycle and Artistic Planning,” on Wednesday, June 24.

Former First Lady Laura Bush And Lee Ann White To Host Gratis “Matters Of The Heart” Symposium About Women’s Heart Disease

Laura Bush (File photo)

Laura Bush (File photo)

While some may think Laura Bush has been busy handholding her husband “W” as he finished “41” and serving as a grandmother for Mila Hager, she’s managed to still make the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health a major priority.

Let’s face it. Women’s wellbeing affects all branches of society. One of the issues challenging women is heart health. While there is no denying that cancer, diabetes and depression are major factors facing the health care industry, heart disease is the frontrunner as the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. But let’s get down to workable numbers — 1 in 4 women die from heart disease.

Lee Ann White*

Lee Ann White (File photo)

On Thursday, February 5, the former first lady and National Advisory Board Chair Lee Ann White have arranged for a symposium — Matters of the Heart — to take place at the Ritz-Carlton.

Laura will do the introduction of the following experts, who  will honestly address the issues of women’s heart disease that touch all ages:

  • Dr. Wayne Isom -Professor of cardiothoracic surgery and chairman of the department of cardiothoracic surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center University. Dr. Isom is the surgeon of choice for many high-profile individuals, including Larry King and David Letterman.
  • Dr. Holly Andersen — Director of education and outreach for the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Andersen is an authority on cardiovascular disease in women and athletes and speaks extensively on preventive cardiology.
  • Dr. Marjorie Jenkins — Regional director and chief scientific officer of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. She also serves as the director of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Sex and Gender-Based Medicine curriculum program and co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Sex and Gender­-Based Medicine.
  • Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell — President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and former president and chief executive officer of Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX. Dr. Mitchell will moderate the panel discussion.

Oh, if you’re time crunched and concerned that a “symposium” lasts from dawn to dusk, don’t worry. This one starts at 10 a.m. and is a done deal by noon.

There is no charge to attend the symposium. However, registration is required. Instead of online hassles, just call Diane Howard at 214.252.4103 and she’ll get your name locked in.

Why is there no charge? That’s because Lee Ann and her husband Alan White are “personally matching the money raised by ‘Matters of the Heart’ up to $100,000 with proceeds benefiting the Laura B. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.”

Dallas Institute Of Humanities And Culture Teams Up With The Dallas Morning News For “The Dallas Festival Of Ideas”

The Dallas Festival of Ideas*

The Dallas Festival of Ideas*

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is getting together with The Dallas Morning for “For The City: The Dallas Festival Of Ideas” on Friday, February 27 and Friday, February 28. Yes, there will be musicians and performers, but more! The festival will provide the opportunity for locals and nationally renowned experts like Vishann Chakrabarti, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elizabeth Green, Rahaf Harfoush and Luis Alberto Urrea to swap ideas on “What does the next century look like for Dallas as a physical city?”

According to DMN Editor Bob Mong, “This festival is about unveiling the next big idea, taking that idea and working out how we can apply it to Dallas. It is a festival that is not just about talking heads, it is about channeling action. Something tangible will come out of this festival, and I can’t wait to see what that will be.”

The festival will be taking place at various venues within the Dallas Arts District.

The schedule of speakers, topics and locations is listed here. Tickets start at $30 and a two-day pass is $90 for early birds.

* Graphic provided by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Experts Discuss “What Does Dallas Want To Be?” At Dallas Institute Of Humanities And Culture’s Seminar

With all the activities place throughout the city of Dallas, there was one that attracted city visionaries. Presented by the City of Dallas, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Trinity Trust, “What Makes A City‘s” “Character and Calling — What Does Dallas Want to Be?” provided food for thought and discussions throughout the day at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. Thanks to one of the more intelligent MySweetCharity elves, this report was filed:

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

“The morning of October 23rd the alarm chimed and through my departing sleep I thought, ‘What’s today, and what the hell does Dallas want to be now?’ Perhaps this would be the day I would finally get the answer that seems to elude many of us. This day The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with the Trinity Trust was putting on a one-day “What Makes a City?” gathering titled, ‘Character and Calling – What does Dallas want to be?’ As a participant and victim of many Dallas plans and visioning exercises, I wasn’t holding out much hope. The problem is you see a lot of the same talking heads at such gatherings. And they are usually the anointed ones.

What Does Dallas Want To Be?*

What Does Dallas Want To Be?*

“Despite two meetings that day, I was able to arrive just in time to hear Weiming Lu, former Dallas planning director and urban visionary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hooray, a voice from our past bringing a different perspective to Dallas’ urban challenges with his work in St. Paul. Lu’s presentation, ‘The Tao of Urban Revitalization: Building a Livable Created Urban Village’ was focused on public-private partnerships and the transformation of Lowertown in St. Paul from a former industrial rail yard area to a livable community within the city. He explained to audience members that ‘Tao’ meant ‘the way’ before proceeding to identify role of the Lowertown board through re-envisioning, marketing, and gap financing. Lu stressed the importance of face-to-face meetings that brought about the changes to this area. He then went through and noted many of the ingredients needed to make for livable places – mix of incomes, diverse housing options – including housing for artist and seniors, attracting schools and galleries, rejuvenation without gentrification, and preserving historic building by simply figuring in the cost of the potential debris on landfills. Part of enhancing this community included redesigning historic Mears Park by Dallas artist Brad Goldberg. Lu was gracious in not reflecting on his work in Dallas or his departure during his presentation, but what was apparent without any words said was Dallas’ loss and St. Paul’s gain.

“Next on the agenda was Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner with SHoP Architects, and his presentation, ‘Building Urban Cities: The Dallas Challenge.’ Chakrabarti started off talking about the SHoP offices and the diverse make-up of the people who work there and what they bring to the discussion. It isn’t a collection of architects, planners, engineers, and landscape architects, but historians, poets, and others with diverse backgrounds that other firms would never think to hire. He then went on about what cities provide and the changing needs of people in where they live, how they communicate, and rear children in urban locations. He emphasized that today’s cities, including Dallas, should strive to be a different kind of city that doesn’t exist. From there he touched on Japanese farming villages and segued into images most people have of small town America versus the realities of rural and exurban locations and how such imagined values do not hold up. During his presentation he mentioned the ‘crisis of imagination’ in how we vision our urban areas in relation to the rural landscape, basically, ‘if you love nature, then don’t live there.’ It was great to hear and great to imagine, and here we are in Texas where ‘we can do whatever we like with our land’ and we can’t even put development regulations in our metropolitan counties. Aw, the local Challenge.

“Following Chakrabarti’s presentation was a panel discussion. The architecture-engineering-planning-landscape architecture-developer community in North Texas can be a pretty small and close-knit group – so many of the panelists have served on other panels and you have a sense of what they are going to say. On the panel were three developers, a downtown rep, the dean of the local university architecture school, and a minister (no, this is not leading into a joke). While one of the panelists came across as a local booster, the other panelists challenge the mainstream thinking, which kept the audience’s attention. The Reverend Zan Holmes said the greatest gift Dallas had was its diversity; however, as a community our challenge was how we would celebrate our diversity because we are still a segregated city with concentrations of poverty. Don Gatzke, Dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture, pointed out that people today tend to think the best government is the least government, when instead they should believe that government can actually make things happen. Dallas developer Jack Matthews stated that things seem to go smoother in Fort Worth while Dallas’ “creative friction” seems to be part of Big D’s development process; however, Matthews noted that such robust discussions in the end help to make Dallas a better city. Reverend Holmes stated that Dallas doesn’t need just a regional vision, but a global vision.

Monte Anderson, Kourtny Garrett, Don Gatzke, Lucy Billingsley, Zan Holmes and Jack Matthews

Monte Anderson, Kourtny Garrett, Don Gatzke, Lucy Billingsley, Zan Holmes and Jack Matthews

“During the panel discussion Monte Anderson, a local developer, noted we can’t abandon the suburbs, but will need to repurpose our suburbs. At the same time, he said we should stop building infrastructure we cannot afford, that we don’t need more freeways and roads, but should repair what we have damaged with too much concrete and instead green such linear corridors with parks and open space. Pondering Anderson’s comment, that might challenge the region and how it operates, but doing away with freeways and tollroads could also encourage an alternative economy within the region that survives and thrives without the ribbons of concrete choking our central city and instead fosters a livable city of higher density developments, connectiveness, green amenities, and draws its strength from the creative class.

“That night I went to bed thinking, ‘Now that’s what I want Dallas to be.’”

* Graphics provided by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture


Communities Foundation of Texas Hosted Cause-Minded Conversation with NextGen Nonprofit Leaders

Wouldn’t you just know that with all the comings and goings of the MySweetCharity staff, one event would slip out of the lineup. The elf responsible for the “oops!” is sitting in the time-out-of-it corner and asking if s/he can blame it on Ebola. Nope! Keep sitting. The following report from the field should have been posted last week:

Byron Sanders (File photo)

Byron Sanders (File photo)

“On October 15, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) hosted “Cause-Minded Conversation with NextGen Nonprofit Leaders,” a panel discussion on how the next generation can have a positive and lasting impact on Dallas and other cities. Byron Sanders, outgoing executive director, now board member of the Dallas Education Foundation, moderated the discussion with panelists Jayda Batchelder, founding executive director of Education Opens Doors; Chad Houser, founding executive director of Café Momentum and Reid Porter, president and founder of ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation).  The panelists discussed their unlikely paths to running their own nonprofits as well as their innovative, non-traditional approaches to solve social issues and empower philanthropists and change communities for the better.

“CFT’s president and CEO Brent Christopher opened the floor with new stats on millennials and a highlight of the Tichenor family who have empowered their son Willie’s brother and friends to help run their Quad W Foundation board. The CFT fund holders were profiled in a compelling video shown before the panel began. Then, the panelists, a group of nonprofit entrepreneurs, got started and discussed their inspirations and challenges.

Lisa Tichenor, Cynthia Boone and Claire Schwartz*

Lisa Tichenor, Cynthia Boone and Claire Schwartz*

“When moderator Sanders asked how they knew they should start their own nonprofits, Batchelder responded, “I didn’t know I could do it, but I knew I couldn’t NOT do it.” Houser and Porter shared the same passion and sense of mission to those they serve.

Debbie Oates*

Debbie Oates*

“Also in a unique twist, early investors in their concepts were called out from the audience to speak about why they chose to make a bet on each of the organizations. Debbie Oates of Crystal Charity Ball talked about the simplicity and power of Café Momentum. Cynthia Yung discussed how The Boone Family Foundation just couldn’t let Batchelder be enticed to take her model to Nebraska by funders there, and Jody Hawn shared how ACT matched his family foundation’s goals.

“The panel discussion arrived during a time of change in the world of nonprofit giving. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that nonprofits will have a difficult time finding new donors in the coming years unless they adapt to evolving technologies and the changing demands of younger donors.

“’The next generation of donors wants to develop its own unique approach to personal giving. But these donors still need guidance in thinking strategically so they can develop a clear, thoughtful plan around giving, whether as an individual, couple or family,’ said Elizabeth Liser, CFT’s director of donor services who gave the closing remarks at the panel discussion.

“The panel was part of CFT’s forward-thinking ‘Cause-Minded Conversations’ series, which will pick up again in early 2015. Watch CFT’s event page for details.”

* Photos provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

Local Leaders And Nationally Renowned Experts To Brainstorm “What Makes A City?” Thursday At The Latino Cultural Center

When the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture announced its 2014 “What Makes A City: Character and Calling, What Does Dallas Want to Be?”, Dallas Institute Executive Director Dr. Larry Allums’ plan was “to imagine Dallas from a fresh perspective, setting aside our sworn allegiances for a brief moment in order to consider new ideas, whatever they might be.”

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*


That didn’t mean straying from the original mission on which Dr. Gail Thomas based the original 1982 program — “studying cities by drawing on the experiences of planning and urban experts.”

According to Gail, “All of us want to build a great city. We want to help create a city that is unlike any other place on earth. We want to serve; we want to make a city that is alive with opportunity, a city that is nurturing to its people. We want places and intimate spaces that feed our souls, ignite imagination, evoke memory. The speakers and interactions generated at the conference will help us continue that conversation long after it over.”

Recently, such issues as highways being the ruination of the inner city, the need for green spaces, mass transportation, loss of historical buildings and the logistics of running a city in the 21st century have really hit home in Dallas.

"What Makes A City?"*

“What Makes A City?”*

This Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., city, business and community leaders will join world-renowned experts on cities, urban planning and architecture to consider options and opportunities for Dallas.

Co-presented by the Dallas Institute, The Trinity Trust Foundation and Dallas CityDesign Studio, the day-long conference at the Latino Cultural Center will offer the following schedule:

  • 8:30 Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome: Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 9:10 Call to Ideas: Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
  • 9:25 “Character and Calling” Gail Thomas
  • 9:45     Gail introduces Weiming Lu
  • 9:50 “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: The Dallas Legacy,” Weiming Lu (recent book is The Tao of Urban Design)
  • 10:20   Break
  • 10:40 Brent Brown introduces Vishaan Chakrabarti
  • 10:45 “Building Urban Cities: The Dallas Challenge,” Vishaan Chakrabarti (recent book is A Country of Cities)
  • 11:30 Panel moderated by Brent Brown: Monte Anderson, Lucy Crow Billingsley, Don Gatzke, Rev. Zan Holmes, Jack Matthews and Kourtny Garrett
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:15 Larry Allums introduces Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
  • 1:25 “Designing Dallas’s Downtown Lakes,” Ignacio Bunster- Ossa (recent book is Reconsidering Ian McHarg)
  • 2:15 Break
  • 2:30  Panel moderated by Larry Allums: “What Does Dallas Want to Be? Looking to the
  • Future” with Trevor Brickman, Catherine Cuellar, Tierney Kaufman, Sara Mokuria, Matt Houston and  Miguel Solis
  • 3:15     Closing remarks:  Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 3:30 Adjourn to the Dallas Institute for after-event

This conference is a marvelous opportunity to hear local and international leaders and brain trusts put their heads together and their ideas on the table. Even if you don’t have your master’s degree in urban planning, you’ll find plenty of food for thought. You can register here.

Caron Cares’ Fourth Annual Day Of Discovery And Recovery Carries On Despite Area Power Outages And Storm Damages

Robin Bagwell and Carol Laurence*

Robin Bagwell and Carol Laurence*

The Fourth Annual Day of Discovery & Recovery Co-Chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn weren’t going to let a little thing like one of the mightiest storms in Dallas history cramp their plans. The purpose was too important. So, while the rest of the area was suffering from power outages and storm damages, the Fourth Annual Caron Cares Seminar was moved outdoors on Friday, October 3, with the sun shining. Here is a report from the field:

Outside seminar*

Outside seminar*

“Not even the lack of electricity at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church could prevent Caron Cares from holding the Fourth Annual Day of Discovery & Recovery presented by Bank of Texas and Charlotte and Fred Ball. Plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze provided light and air conditioning for the event as the doors were opened and workshops were held outside.

Doug Tieman, Fred and Charlotte Ball, Rick Lear and Jack Zogg*

Doug Tieman, Fred and Charlotte Ball, Rick Lear and Jack Zogg*

“Retired Pastor at Lover’s Lane UMC Dr. Don Benton was honored with the Community Leadership Award. Marie Krebs accepted the Corporate Community Leadership Award for Twelfth Step Ministry, Inc. Scott Murray emceed the program.

Marie Krebs and Mike Pules*

Marie Krebs and Mike Pules*

Robert Hall, Barb Reynolds and Scott Murray*

Robert Hall, Barb Reynolds and Scott Murray*

Caron Treatment Centers President/CEO Doug Tieman was the luncheon keynote speaker. Doug shared his personal story of battling alcoholism while serving as president of one of the oldest and largest drug and alcohol addiction treatment center organizations in the country. In 2008, Tieman was charged with drunken driving in Palm Beach County, Florida, after attending a fundraising gala for Caron Renaissance Institute Treatment Center.

“Tieman began his keynote address by telling the audience of his dad’s experience as a teenager on a pork farm in Missouri. One day his father was given the task of riding an old bicycle into town pulling a chicken coop full of chickens. Hitting a slick spot along the way, his father wrecked the bicycle allowing all of the chickens to escape. Doug’s father realized that he needed help gathering the chickens so he knocked on a neighbor’s door and they willingly helped him catch the critters. Doug’s dad then walked the bicycle home instead of riding it, proud of the fact that he had caught all 15 chickens. When relaying the unfortunate saga to Doug’s grandfather, his grandfather said, ‘That’s curious. You started with 12.”

“Doug related the story of his teenage father to his own alcoholism recovery story and stated four main points that were attributed to both:

  1. He took responsibility for his actions.
  2. He asked for help.
  3. He did the work.
  4. He changed his behavior and ended up with more than he started with.
“Doug realized that he had a problem with alcohol; however, he was afraid to ask for help because of his position at Caron. He said that he was armed with all of the knowledge of alcoholism, but even knowing the facts, it didn’t protect him. Doug went on to say that he considers the DUI divine intervention. ‘I’m glad I was able to have this intervention in my life and start down the life of recovery.’  Doug expressed his appreciation to the Caron Board of Directors when they said after his arrest, ‘We don’t shoot our employees. We will get you help.’ Doug spent the next 45 days in treatment and as a result said that his life and his relationship with his family has gotten ten times better.  He encouraged all — ‘Don’t delay!’
Dotti Reeder, Amara Durham, Cal Grant, Kalita Blessing and Mallory Maclay*

Dotti Reeder, Amara Durham, Cal Grant, Kalita Blessing and Mallory Maclay*

“Caron’s mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which those affected by the disease of alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life.”

* Photos and writeup credit: Jan Osborn

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Caron Cares

According to Caron Texas Advisory Board Chair Robin Bagwell,

Robin Bagwell (File photo)

Robin Bagwell (File photo)

Caron Cares is the fourth annual educational health conference offered as a community service by Caron Texas for parents, professionals and the public. The Friday, October 3rd conference highlights how addiction and recovery impact every area of our lives.

“Our theme this year is ‘Making the Connection.’ One individual may make the connection that changing her behavior can empower her to achieve her goals. Another individual may learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in his child.

“Caron Treatment Centers recently expanded its renowned Young Adult Male Program to Caron Texas. Many speakers will focus on specific topics for the families and professional caregivers of young adults 18-25. Highlights will include sessions such as, ‘Holding On and Letting Go:  Healthy Boundaries for Parents of Teens and Young Adults’ and ‘Mindfulness as a Way of Living.’

“Caron relies on partnerships to bring Caron Cares to the community.  Individual ticket sales and partnership opportunities are listed on the Caron Texas website to help underwrite this very important educational event. Continuing education credits will be offered.

“Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00-8:30           Registration
  • 8:30                     Breakfast/Opening Remarks/Invocation/Keynote
  • 10:15                    Session 1 Workshops
  • 11:30                    Session 2 Workshops
  • 12:30                    Lunch
  • 1:30                      Q&A

“Location: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75220 (Ph. 214.744.6664)

“Individual ticket cost: $50 ($25 student rate) The cost includes breakfast and lunch and access to all of the keynote speakers and seminar sessions. Limited scholarships are available. For more information, contact: Barb Reynolds [email protected]. 214.491.3515

“Honorary Chair: James Olan Hutcheson, President and Managing Partner, ReGENERATION Partners, Founding Chair, Caron Texas Board of Directors

“Individual Honoree at Breakfast: Community Leadership Award – Retired Lover’s Lane UMC Pastor Dr. Don Benton

MySweet2014Goals: Lyn Berman

Lyn Berman (File photo)

Lyn Berman (File photo)

According to Attitudes & Attire™ Executive Director/Founder Lyn Berman,

“In 2012, we realized there was a population of women we were unknowingly serving—female veterans. We recognized our programs could help address some of the issues returning female veterans face. As a complement to our core programs at Attitudes & Attire™, we now offer workshops exclusively for veterans. These special group sessions give women who have served in the military the camaraderie of being with peers who understand the unique experiences that have impacted them and the challenges they face when returning home.

“My goal for 2014 is to serve more of these courageous women who have sacrificed their lives for us.”

Symposium Explores Assassination’s Impact On Dallas

The idea that, ever since the 1963 assassination here of President John F. Kennedy, the city of Dallas “has been struggling for redemption,” as commentator Lee Cullum put it, seemed to be at the heart of a symposium presented on Saturday, November 2, by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with The Dallas Morning News.

Morning panel

Morning panel*

The daylong gathering at the South Side Ballroom, titled “Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas,” attracted about 500 attendees. They listened to a morning “plenary” session including the observations of more than 15 prominent writers and scholars, then to a luncheon presentation by New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright, who grew up in Dallas, followed by a conversation between Wright and Jim Lehrer, executive director of the PBS Newshour. Lehrer was a reporter for the The News and then the Dallas Times Herald from 1959 to 1966.

Later, attendees could choose among four “Focus Forums” and roundtables on ways the assassination affected journalism, religion, arts and the humanities, and politics. Participants in these individual discussions included former DMN reporter Hugh Aynesworth; author Bill Minutaglio; writer and editor Richard Rodriguez; Rev. Zan Holmes, pastor emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church; Institute co-founder Dr. Gail Thomas; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; and Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Foundation.

Dr. Larry Allums addressing the morning audience

Dr. Larry Allums addressing the morning audience*

During the morning plenary session, Dr. Larry Allums, the Institute’s executive director, said he hoped the day would be part of a “cleansing process” for the city. Thomas said Dallas has not wanted to “own the shadow of the assassination.” Then she added, “A friend told me, ‘Don’t talk about the darkness, the shame.’ That’s been our problem.” Another participant in the morning session, Dr. Frederick Turner of the University of Texas at Dallas, had a different view. He said that Dallas had accepted blame for Kennedy’s killing, because “in some way it matched something that Dallas acknowledged about itself.”

Photo credit: Jeanne Prejean

Aaron Fisher To Discuss His Being “Jerry Sandusky’s Victim #1” At Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Lecture Series

For the 25th year the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will host its Annual Crimes Against Children Conference from Monday, August 12 to Thursday, August 15 at the Sheraton Dallas. To say it’s a powerful gathering of heroes from around the country who work daily to help little victims is an understatement.

The truly unfortunate truth is that many of these children are abused by people they know. According to DCAC, it’s 90% of the time. And it’s not just girls. Statistics reported that “one in six boys will be abused before their 18th birthday.”

Aaron Fisher

Aaron Fisher

This year the keynote speaker will address that particular issue from his first-hand experience. Known as “Jerry Sandusky’s Victim #1,” Aaron Fisher was the first to report the abuse that he suffered as a youngster at the hands of the former University of Pennsylvania coach, who was convicted of sexually abusing children.

The relationship between the perpetrator and the victim is complex. At the Sandusky trial, one witness said Jerry made him “feel like I was part of something, like a family. He gave me things that I had never had before. . . I loved him.”

Aaron explained in an ABC 20/20 interview, “Being a kid you never know what to do. You don’t know who you can tell because you don’t know who you can trust.”

In addition to co-authoring “Silent No More, Victim 1’s Fight For Justice Again Jerry Sandusky” with his mother Dawn Daniels Hennessy and his psychologist Michael Gillum, Aaron has committed himself to helping victims of sexual abuse by his participation in the “Let Go.. . Let Peace Come In Foundation” and programs like the Crimes Against Children Conference.

But before the conference gets underway at the Sheraton Dallas on Monday, the DCAC is hosted “a community-focused event” as part of the DCAC Lecture Series on Sunday, August 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for parents and children ages 9 and older. Aaron, Dawn and Michael will join DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis at the DCAC in discussing the following topics:

  • Recognizing warning signs
  • Minimizing risk and avoiding unsafe situations to avoid victimization
  • What to do if feeling pressured or obligated by potential perpetrators
  • Verbal and physical boundary setting

Suggestion: This Sunday afternoon event is not limited to parents and kids. If you’re a grandparent, an aunt or uncle or even a godparent, think about attending.

Tickets are $50 each.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

The Smart Ones Are In Fort Worth Wednesday Through Sunday

There are going to be about 1,800 smarty pants in Fort Worth this week. The American Mensa Annual Gathering will be at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel Wednesday through Sunday to “celebrate the cerebral.”

In addition to speakers like Dave Goldberg, Robert J. Sawyer, Todd Johnson McCaffrey, David Brin and retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, the keynote speaker will be “Governor of the Heart of Texas” Kinky Friedman on Wednesday.

If you want to see if you can hold your cerebral own with the Mensa crowd, they’ll be holding a public testing session during the conclave. The price of the test is $20 and it will give you a one-day admission to the program.

It’s worth thinking about.