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Join Robert S. Kaplan, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas,
and Ambassador Ron Kirk, former Mayor of Dallas, 
as they discuss the local and regional economy and the benefits of social impact. Moderated by Tracy Merzi, Publisher of the Dallas Business Journal.

robert kaplan                                  ambassador ron kirk               tracy merzi
president                                           senior of counsel                    publisher
federal reserve bank of Dallas  gibson, dunn & crutcher        dallas business journal

our city | the "g" word: a historical look at gentrification

T.C. Broadnax      Sharon Grigsby       michael phillips      dr. elizabeth russ   dr. john mccaa  City Manager       Editorial Writer      author                      Associate Prof.        anchor
City of Dallas     Dal Morning News   white metropolis   smu                              wfaa

our responsibility: equity in education, health and housing

Michael Hinojosa           Clay Jenkins                   John siburt                      yodit tewolde
Superintendent              Judge                               president/coo                 criminal defense atty
DISD                                    Dallas County              citysquare                       moderator   

Grit: Next Level Leadership

kathy doyle thomas                    nina vaca                                        alfreda norman
exec. vice president                     ceo                                                   senior vice president
half price books                          pinnacle                                          fed. reserve bank

Get inspired by our closing speaker,
Olympian and Basketball Hall of Famer,

Nancy is recognized as one of the top 40 female athletes of the last 40 years by both ESPN and Sports Illustrated. She became the first Female Head Coach to lead an NBA or NBA Development League team when she led Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, the Texas Legends, to the playoffs in their inaugural season. Nancy is recognized as a prolific motivational speaker for Fortune 500 companies.

Engage Dallas is open to all emerging leaders in the Dallas community.

Understand the structure of the city and learn from business, media and nonprofit leaders who envision a bright and collaborative future for Dallas. 

We will provide a platform, through editorial and educational content, for you to add your input and solutions into current issues facing our city.

Make the most impact in the City of Dallas through learning, connecting and serving together. 



game changers:







Photos from left to right:

Afternoon Action Session with Leadership ISD

Attendees of Engage Dallas

Mayor's Star Council Leadership Team with Mayor Rawlings

First Alumni Leadership Award given to Christie Myers for her work with Mayor's Rising Star Council

Photo Credit: Shelly Gammieri Photography

engage dallas 2017 executive summary

over 300 attendees

10 partner organizations connecting young professionals with their work in the city of dallas

Areas of focus: 
Healthcare, Arts, Homelessness, Racial Reconciliation, Business, Urban Revitalization, Education, Food Deserts, Community Impact, Advocacy

inspired by 13 leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors


click below to read the white paper written by larry D. terry II, Ph.d. 
msc class of 2015-2016

Photos from left to right:

Mark Cuban and Mayor Mike Rawlings

Our Responsibility Panel: Sharon Grigsby, Rev. Larry James, Charlene Lake, Moderated by Catherine Cuellar

Our City Panel: A.C. Gonzalez, Lee McKinney, Shawn Williams, Moderated by Susy Solis

City Council Member Adam McGough

Photo Credit: Shelly Gammieri Photography