JUST IN: Crayton Webb Reveals His Last Day As Mary Kay Inc. VP, But Remains Tight-Lipped About Future Plans

Nikki and Crayton Webb (File photo)

In the North Texas nonprofit world, Mary Kay Inc. VP of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Crayton Webb has established quite a stellar reputation as a major champion in the war against domestic violence. Besides chairing HeROs, Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s men’s auxiliary, and co-chairing the recent Genesis Luncheon with wife Nikki Webb, he has served on the board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

An example of his blending his professional life with his personal advocacy has been his being front and center for the annual “Suits for Shelters” program, providing clothes for area domestic violence shelters.

What some folks don’t realize is that his involvement and leadership have not been limited to Mary Kay Inc. and domestic violence. Need proof? Since landing in North Texas in 1998, he has been part of a vast variety of organizations and programs, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board, the Communications Council for the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Executive Forum of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Communications Studies at SMU, the Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau to name a few.

Prior to joining Mary Kay Inc., he was an award-winning reporter for KTVT-TV (CBS) from 1998 to 2001, as well as chief of staff for former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller from 2002 to 2005.

In the past 19 years, he has received the 2015 Leadership Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award, was named to the Dallas Business Journal‘s class of “40 under Forty,” was named one of the “Five Outstanding Young Dallasites” by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce and one of the “Five Outstanding Young Texans” by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce.

It was just learned that Crayton announced that he has given his notice to Mary Kay. Ironically, his final day with the Dallas-based mega-company will be on the 54th anniversary of the founding of Mary Kay Inc. — Wednesday, September 13.

What’s in his future? Crayton is tight-lipped on that question. However, the answer will be revealed in September. But never fear. He and Nikki are still staying true to North Texas and its nonprofit world.

Stay tuned.

Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award Dinner Dazzled With Roger, Serita And LeAnn Thanks To Doug, Gina, Molly And Nancy

In the past the featured speaker of the Genesis Annual Luncheon has attended The Jane Doe Award Dinner the night before for a small gathering of major supporters. This year’s speaker, Tyler Perry, was upfront and regretted that he wasn’t gonna make it for the event scheduled for Thursday, May 5. Now, such a development might send some fundraising chairs into a tizzy. Ah, but Genesis Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers are far from your everyday co-chairs.

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

They rolled up their silk sleeves and made a couple of calls to folks who make big things bigger. The result was a no-sit-down, napkin-in-your-lap and ever-so-proper affair. No, siree. The reception took place in the entertainment center at Molly and Doug Barnes’ estate. Just making it past the security chap with the clipboard at the front gate gave a whole new layer to the expression, “You have arrived.”

Once inside the doors, there was the reception room that’s bigger than some condos. Just behind the check-in table was a marvelous view of the outdoor patio that looked so inviting with pool and umbrella-shaded tables. Still, most everybody stayed indoors with Cassandra and her staff passing all types of yummies and libations in addition to a side buffet of goodies. And then there was talk about a surprise that had been making the rounds. Nobody was supposed to know that Betts-Rogers had arranged for “special entertainment” to follow the presentation of the awards, but it seemed that everyone knew. Only they weren’t admitting it.

Nancy and Richard Rogers

Nancy and Richard Rogers

T.D Jakes

T.D Jakes

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

S.M. Wright II

S.M. Wright II

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Genesis Executive Director Jan Langbein greeted all at the front door…At times it appeared to be a Mary Kay Ash family reunion as Richard Rogers walked in and directly headed to Nancy for a hug…Mary Kay great granddaughter Jessica Blair was on the scene, as well as MK’s granddaughter Gena Tadewald, who came into town from her place in Lucas, where she has horses, cows, dogs, sheep and all types of critters…Driving in from Fort Worth were Olivia and Jeff Kearney. Olivia recalled how Doug had told her, “It took me longer to build this house than it took Jerry Jones to build ‘The Star’ in Frisco.”…Genesis Raffle Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Tanya Foster were on hand with their fellas Lawrence Bock and Pete Foster, respectively…Others filling the room and spilling into the adjoining theater’s lobby were Ken Betts, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Kathleen Hutchinson, Michael Flores, Dallas Snadon, Doug Carney, Tracy and Ben Lange, Mary Crosland, Cara French, Lisa Ogle, Beth and Charles Thoele, S.M. Wright II, Genesis Annual Luncheon Emcee/WFAA anchor Ron Corning, Shane Allen, Jane Doe Awardee Serita Jakes with her husband T.D. Jakes, HeRO Award recipient Roger Staubach and wife Marianne Staubach. Roger, who has four daughters, admitted to Jan that “When I was growing up, I would have said it was one [case of domestic violence] in 10 million.” Jan said, “No, it’s one in three.” BTW, it was just a couple of years ago that Staubach daughter Jennifer Staubach Gates received the Jane Doe Award.

Kathleen Hutchinson

Kathleen Hutchinson

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ken Betts

Ken Betts

Running a little behind schedule, the group finally moved into the cabaret-style theater with tables and chairs. Due to the SRO crowd, more chairs were assembled, but even then the SRO status remained.

On stage, Jan told about the Rogers’ $1M challenge and if it was met, Genesis Women’s Shelter would receive $2M. She introduced Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb, who heads up Genesis’ HeROs Men’s Auxiliary. Admitting to a definite case of “hero worship,” he did a great job introducing and presenting the award to Roger. Crayton recalled that when he asked Roger about former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy, who had made headlines regarding “an incident” of domestic violence with his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder, Roger responded, “We don’t root for him. I’ll root for the Cowboys, but I won’t root for him.”

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Upon receiving the award, Roger added, “If I ever run into Greg, I hope Randy White is with me… Don’t we believe in second chances? Yes, but I’d rather give a second chance to a bank robber than a domestic violence person.” He then thanked Jan for bringing the issue to his attention.

Then Jan presented Serita with the Jane Doe Award for her “Starting Over Ministry,” an 8-week course which offers a curriculum with hands-on practical applications” for women “who are transitioning through some of life’s greatest challenges.” The award is presented to “individuals or groups who display extraordinary commitment to standing alongside those seeking safety, shelter and support.”

Serita Jakes

Serita Jakes

LeAnn Rimes*

LeAnn Rimes*

Following the presentation of the awards, Jan sprung the surprise entertainment — LeAnn Rimes, who sang much longer than her arranged schedule. It was hard to imagine that it’s been 20 years since a 13-year-old Rimes made history with the release of “Blue.” The voice and delivery still amaze.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Father’s Day: It’s Time To #ManUp

With Father’s Day this Sunday, the question looming is what to get the man in your life. Face it. You can only give him so many Hermes ties. And then there’s taking him to brunch and he’s usually stuck with the tab.

How about something new, like a membership to an elite organization of fellows? No, not the Eagle Scouts or U.S. Army Special Forces. Rather, it’s HeROs (He Respects Others), the Genesis Men’s Auxiliary “dedicated to creating safe homes and safe communities with zero tolerance for domestic violence.” At the recent Genesis Annual Luncheon, a video was shown about how HeROs was redefining “manup.”

Already on board, literally, are HeROs Board of Directors President Crayton Webb and fellow board members like Travis Armayor, Christopher Ayers, Jeff Brady, David Camp, Judge Robert Canas, Chief Lowell Cannaday (Ret.), David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Pio del Castillo, Fred Edgar, Bill Gammill, Taly Haffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Christopher Kolczun, Michaele Lamanna, Douglas Lindsay, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Sam Merten, Scott Murray, Lt. Miguel Sarmiento and Jim Savage.

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

This gift doesn’t even require your going out in the rain or fiddle-faddling with gift wrap. Just click here to get his membership underway, or make a donation in his name. What a great way to tell him that he is indeed a “hero” in your eyes.

Round Robin November 7 Lunchtime: Spirit Of Generations And HeROs Luncheons

As predicted, the fundraisers thrilled Thursday, November 7. Some claimed it was because of the addition of the JFK 50th anniversary associated events. Others swore it was just “That’s how things are this time of year.” Regardless, the attempt was made to cover as many as possible and here are the results for a couple of lunches held during the day:

Spirit of Generations 2013 Luncheon

George Schrader

George Schrader

Trying to get near the 20th Annual Spirit of Generations honoree/former Dallas City Manager George Schrader was harder than getting nose-to-nose with a former U.S. president. Not because of the security. Rather it was because the man was three-deep in friends at the VIP reception in the Hilton Anatole’s Wedgwood Room. The array of folks in the room looked like a Who’s Who of Dallas Leadership — Ray Hunt, Linus Wright, Adlene Harrison, Gerald Turner, Reuben Esquivel, Debbie Oates, Jan and Fred Hegi, John Scovell, Sharon Popham, Scott Wilson and so many others. While it shouldn’t have been surprising, it seemed a little overwhelming to the city manager who served with four Dallas mayors (Wes Wise, Adlene Harrison, Bob Folsom and Jack Evans).

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

Debbie Oates and Sharon Popham

During his 16 years in the Dallas city manager’s office, Schrader was part of some of the area’s major projects including the opening of D-FW International Airport, the building of Dallas City Hall, the building and opening of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, the creation of Reunion and the recommendation and initial undertaking of the present Arts District.

Once the reception was over, the VIP’s joined the sell-out crowd in the Chantilly Ballroom that included all the former Dallas City Manager who had succeeded George, friends and family from his home state of Kansas, countless former staffers and people who just wanted to honor George.

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Kathy Helm and Carolyn L. Miller

Against a dynamite backdrop of the skyline of Dallas, Luncheon Co-Chairs Kathy Helm and Carolyn Miller arranged to have Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings pop by to pay his respects to the man who had set so many things in motion for today’s Dallas.

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaking to luncheon guests

Typical of the Spirit of Generations luncheon that benefits The Senior Source, laughter was on the agenda. This year it was actor Robin McGee, who pretended to be meeting George at Schrader’s favorite meeting spot — Cindi’s NY Deli — and revealed some nuggets about the former Eagle Scout.

But despite the laughter, the tone changed to a very touching one when George accepted the award. It was obvious that the man who had championed major projects, dealt with business leaders and politicos and earned countless accolades was truly amazed and struck by the turnout and the feelings conveyed. Despite his humility, the accolades were deserved and appreciated.

Genesis HeROs’ Luncheon

Thanks to a non-stop member of the MySweetCharity community, this report was filed:

“When it comes to domestic violence, men can’t just be “good guys” or set good examples in their own homes. They have to play a much larger role, openly pledging their zero tolerance for domestic abuse against all woman.

“That seemed to be the main theme at a luncheon for HeROs, the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Nov. 7. Crayton Webb with Mary Kay Inc. is board chair for HeROs, which stands for He Respects Others. Mary Kay also sponsored the luncheon.

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen*

“With about 200 HeROs in attendance, keynote speaker Dale Hansen—sports anchor at WFAA-TV—gave a talk that was by turns rousing, inspiring, humorous and emotional. Hansen recalled how his own father had broken his mother’s nose when Dale was 7 years old. “Never had such a big man appeared so small in the eyes of a little boy,” he said. Of the domestic-violence issue as a whole, Hansen said that because men have remained quiet too long, “ending it begins with us. And, it can end with us.”

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

Kyle Ragsdale, Morgan Meyer and Malcolm Hicks*

“The HeROS luncheon—whose attendees included attorney Morgan Meyer; Hunt Oil’s Travis Armayor; and Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis parent Shelter Ministries of Dallas—was the Genesis men’s auxiliary’s third summit in the last year. The first occurred a year ago, and the second followed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Men Against Domestic Violence Rally in March.”

* Photos provided by HeROs