MySweetCharity Opportunity: First Sight/First Night

According to First Sight/First Night Co-Chairs Dianne B. and Mark H. LaRoe,

Dianne and Mark LaRoe (File photo)

Two of the most captivating fundraisers of the fall are First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon and First Night Pre-Performance Dinner and After Party, The Dallas Opera’s season kick-off events. Important revenue is raised and awareness is gained for the company’s splendid 2017-2018 programming. The festivities surround the opening night of the opera “Samson and Dalila” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Many North Texas patrons are aware of The Dallas Opera’s world class opera productions, but may not be familiar with all of its activities. More than 87,000 people were reached last year with the non-profit arts organization’s traditional and non-traditional formats. Family Programs, free simulcasts, student dress rehearsals and matinees, school presentations, opera camp, and performances at community partners all help to attract and serve patrons of every background, educational level, and ethnicity.

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher

We have long recognized The Dallas Opera as a top notch arts organization presenting magnificent opera productions, and as a company that does tremendous work serving our community with its comprehensive education and outreach programs. We are so pleased to chair the wonderful Season Opening celebrations and invite everyone to join us, take part in the fun, meet new people, and enjoy some quality entertainment! Our hope is that our participation will encourage new supporters of this great company. We are also thrilled that Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger are serving as honorary co-chairs of the events.

We believe our guests will be excited to experience the fashions by Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo that will grace the runway at First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon with NorthPark Center serving as presenting sponsor. The fete will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and culinary master Wolfgang Puck will cater the gourmet luncheon. We know Rhonda Sargent Chambers, of RSC Productions, will produce a magnificent show for us! Lisa Cooley, her daughter Ciara Cooley and daughter-in-law Bela Cooley are co-chairs, so we’re expecting something exquisite! Sponsorships, tables which start at $7,500, and individual tickets at $500, are available.

Then on Friday, October 20, First Night presented by Deutsche Bank Wealth Management will be chaired by wonderful patrons Betty and Steve Suellentrop, in Sammons Park in front of the Winspear. We begin at 5:30 p.m. with a red carpet entrance and guests then flow into an elegant black-tie pre-performance dinner, which starts at 6:00 p.m. We hope everyone will enjoy the scrumptious epicurean specialties, also by Wolfgang Puck, in a beautifully adorned tent enhanced by the creative team of Jeffrey Horn and Larry Leathers.

After dinner we will head into the opening night performance of “Samson and Dalila” which begins at 8:00 p.m. The festivities continue following the opera at the After Party. The cast will join us to mix and mingle with guests, more delicious Puck noshes will be on hand, and everyone will dance the night away, reveling in anticipation of more of the incredible season to come! Sponsorships, tables which start at $10,000, and individual tickets at $1,000, are available. Please join us!”

For more information, please visit www.dallasopera.org/firstnight.

JUST IN: Sanjiv Yajnik Named Chair-Elect And Nancy Nasher Vice Chair-Elect Of Dallas Symphony Association Board Of Governors

Looking to the future, the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors leadership has been announced. While it won’t be official until the Association’s meeting this fall, Sanjiv Yajnik will serve as chairman of the board and will work with Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Jonathan Martin, his executive team and Music Director Jaap van Zweden, who is in his final year with the DSO.

Sanjiv is president of financial services at Capital One, as well the co-founder/chairman of the Collin County Business Alliance and Treasure of NAF.

Sanjiv Yajnik*

Nancy Nasher (File photo)

Also announced was that the vice chairman-elect is Nancy A. Nasher. Perfect timing, with the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Sluna International Music & Arts Festival kicking off Monday.

According to Jonathan, “This new leadership is an important step in defining the future of the Dallas Symphony. The DSO is in a key period of transition as we look for the next artistic leader to succeed Music Director Jaap van Zweden. With Sanjiv and Nancy’s direction, our strong executive team and staff, and the extraordinary talent of our musicians, the organization is poised to embark on the next successful chapter of the Dallas Symphony.”

For a full report on the announcement, follow the jump:

* Photo provided by the Dallas Symphony Association
 

Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors
Announces New Board Leadership

Sanjiv Yajnik, Chair Elect

Nancy A. Nasher, Vice Chairman

 
Dallas, TX (May 12, 2017) – The Dallas Symphony Association (DSA) announces Sanjiv Yajnik as Chair Elect and Nancy A. Nasher as Vice Chairman.

Upon his election as Chairman at the DSA annual meeting in Fall 2017, Mr. Yajnik will lead the Board of Governors in overseeing the direction and governance for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, working with the orchestra’s President & CEO Jonathan Martin, his executive team and Music Director Jaap van Zweden.     

Mr. Yajnik has been an active and engaged member of the DSA Executive Board since 2015. Mr. Yajnik is the President of Financial Services at Capital One, one of the nation’s largest banks. Additionally, in 2015, he was appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. He also is the co-founder and Chairman of the Collin County Business Alliance and Treasurer of NAF, a national education-focused nonprofit organization headquartered in New York.    

“We are pleased and excited that Sanjiv has agreed to take on this responsibility,” said Joseph F. Hubach, current DSA Chairman. “I have great confidence in his leadership, and I look forward to working with him as we make this transition and continue to build a strong orchestra for our city.” Mr. Yajnik will succeed Mr. Hubach who has led the DSA Board of Governors as Chairman since 2013.   

Nancy A. Nasher has been a DSA Board member since 1998 and a member of the DSA Executive Board since 2003.  A dynamic leader of the Dallas cultural community, Ms. Nasher is co-owner of NorthPark Center and serves as President and CEO of NorthPark Development Company and Vice President of NorthPark Management Company. She is very active with numerous cultural and educational organizations both locally and nationally and was a recipient of the 2017 TACA Silver Cup Award. Ms. Nasher was instrumental in the creation of the Dallas Symphony’s Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival.   

“This new leadership is an important step in defining the future of the Dallas Symphony,” said Jonathan Martin, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Association. “The DSO is in a key period of transition as we look for the next artistic leader to succeed Music Director Jaap van Zweden. With Sanjiv and Nancy’s direction, our strong executive team and staff, and the extraordinary talent of our musicians, the organization is poised to embark on the next successful chapter of the Dallas Symphony.” 

 

 
Sanjiv Yajnik

As President of Capital One Financial Services, Sanjiv Yajnik leads a diverse set of the company’s business lines. Sanjiv is responsible for Auto Finance, one of the largest auto lenders in the nation, as well as Capital One’s Mortgage and Home Equity businesses.   

Mr. Yajnik is also the president of Capital One National Association (‘CONA’), one of Capital One’s two national bank subsidiaries.   

In addition, Mr. Yajnik oversees Capital One’s community relations throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as President of the company’s South Central Region.   

In November 2015, Mr. Yajnik was appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to be Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. The organization focuses on establishing a network of business leaders who enable economic development, marketing Texas as the business destination of the future, and expanding the state’s presence with national and international trade visits.   

Mr. Yajnik also serves as Chairman of the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA), an organization he helped create. The CCBA is a group of business leaders who have come together to address issues facing Collin County, Texas, and ensure vibrant businesses contribute to vibrant communities.   

In addition to his local community outreach and involvement, Sanjiv is on the board and serves as Treasurer for NAF, an organization dedicated to preparing young people for college and career success.   

He is also the co-Chair for the Indian American Professionals Network for the State of Texas.   

Mr. Yajnik joined Capital One in 1998 and previously served as the President of Capital One Auto Finance, succeeding his role as the Executive Vice President and Principal Managing Director of Capital One Europe, a role in which he was responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, operations, and financial performance of the company’s European segment.   

Prior to his role with Capital One Europe, he led Capital One’s Small Business Services line of business and Capital One Canada. His teams grew those businesses significantly during his leadership tenure to position Capital One as one of the largest small business lenders in the U.S., and as a leading credit card business in Canada. Prior to this, he served as Director of Credit Risk Management for Capital One.

Mr. Yajnik has had invaluable retail experience working for PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, and for Circuit City, a Fortune 500 company and one of the nation’s leading providers of consumer electronics. He has also had broad international experience as Chief Engineer in Mobil Oil Corporation’s shipping business.   

Mr. Yajnik completed the Executive Management Program from Stanford University in 2003. He received his MBA with honors from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1992. Sanjiv is a medalist Chartered Engineer (I), and graduated with distinction from the Marine Engineering Research Institute, India.   

Mr. Yajnik and his wife, Mohua, live in Dallas. They have two children, Tanya and Shiv. 

 

Nancy A. Nasher
Nancy A. Nasher is President and CEO of NorthPark Development Company, Vice President of NorthPark Management Company, and co-owner with her husband, David J. Haemisegger, of NorthPark Center, one of the preeminent shopping centers in the country. 

A graduate of The Hockaday School, Princeton University and Duke University School of Law, Ms. Nasher is an experienced real estate attorney and businesswoman. She began her legal career in 1979 as an associate with Johnson Bromberg Leeds & Riggs and in 1985 became General Counsel and Director of Leasing, Marketing and Retail Operations of the Raymond D. Nasher Company. In 1995, Ms. Nasher and her husband acquired NorthPark Center and in 2006 completed a three-year, 1.4 million-square-foot, $250 million expansion of the shopping center. They were subsequently honored for their vision with numerous accolades including the Dallas Business Journal Business Person of the Year 2006 Runner-Up, Dallas Business Journal Best Retail/Hospitality Deal 2005, and a 2005 nomination for the American Subcontractors Association North Texas Vision Award.   

Today NorthPark Center is one of the top four shopping centers in the United States and is consistently recognized as the top tourist destination in North Texas, as well as the second most visited tourist destination in Texas. In 2015, NorthPark Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with Fifty Years of Giving, an unprecedented initiative that gave back to 50 non-profit organizations over the course of 50 days in the areas of health, education, social work community service and arts, including the Dallas Symphony Association.   

Ms. Nasher is an active supporter of the arts and education in Dallas and at her alma maters. She serves on the Nasher Sculpture Center Board of Trustees and the Nasher Foundation Board of Directors, as well as holding numerous board leadership positions with the Business Council for the Arts, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association, National Center for Arts Research and Princeton University Museum of Art, among others. Ms. Nasher is co-founder of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors. She served on the Board of Trustees of Duke University from 1999 until 2011. In 2016, Ms. Nasher and her husband established the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts at the Hockaday School in Dallas.   

A dedicated philanthropist, Ms. Nasher has hosted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Dallas Race for the Cure at NorthPark Center since 1995. In 2002, the Komen Foundation presented Ms. Nasher with its individual Community Service Award, and in 2014 was awarded the Philanthropist of the Year Award by Susan G. Komen Dallas County. Ms. Nasher was awarded the 2010 Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award by Dallas CASA, and accepted the award again in 2016 on behalf of NorthPark Center. In 2015, she was honored by Socrates Sculpture Park in New York for her passion and commitment to the advancement of sculptural practice, and by The Family Place for the 2015 Texas Trailblazer Award. Together, Ms. Nasher and Mr. Haemisegger were recognized as the 2016 Texas Honorary Members of the American Institute of Architects.  In 2017, The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) presented Ms. Nasher with the Silver Cup Award, honoring her dedication to supporting the arts. On May 20, 2017, Ms. Nasher will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, where she also contributes as a member of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors.    

Ms. Nasher and Mr. Haemisegger live in Dallas with their three children – Sarah, David and Isabelle.