Calendar: Not-to-Miss Virtual Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

There are plenty of things to do with your socially distanced time. Here are a few from our curated selection.

Things to Do for innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Innovates Weekly Calendar

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. 

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things to do are a little different. We’ve rounded up a few events and activities so you can stay involved from the comfort of your home or six feet away. As always, things may change at any time, so be sure to check the official website or registration page for the latest details. 

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ONGOING

PEROT MUSEUM’S ORIGINS: FOSSILS FROM THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Online

Although the Perot Museum may not be open for business, a virtual 360-degree tour of the Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind exhibition is. Guests can virtually explore real fossils and follow the journey of scientists actively working on and researching two new species.

Free.
Find more information here.

CARRY THE LOAD MEMORIAL MAY CAMPAIGN
Online

Carry The Load wants to bring awareness to the service and sacrifice of military, veterans, first responders, and their families through this May campaign. Funds raised during Memorial May will provide direct support for U.S. soldiers. Along with donating, people can also participate in Carry The Load’s virtual relay and rallies.

Find more information here.

DMA AT HOME
Online

The Dallas Museum of Art is offering virtual museum experiences with a new virtual exhibition and gallery experiences, behind-the-scenes stories from around the museum, guides and activities to use at home, and art from around the world and from the local community.

Free.
Find more information here.

WRITING WORKSHOPS DALLAS AND GEMINI INK PRESENT THE BIG TEXAS READ
Online

This statewide virtual book club is a collaborative effort from Writing Workshops Dallas and San Antonio’s Gemini Ink. Every two weeks, prose or poetry written by a Texas-based author will be discussed, featuring chats with the authors and Q&As.

Upcoming authors and titles include:

  • June 24, July 8:  New York Times bestselling novelist Kathleen Kent, ” The Dime” and “The Burn”
  • July 22, Aug. 5: Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez, “With The River on Our Face”
  • Aug. 19, Sept. 2: Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction Kendra Allen, “When You Learn the Alphabet”
  • Sept. 16, Sept. 30: Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale, “Edge of Dark Water”
  • Oct. 14, Oct. 28: Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi, “Above Us the Milky Way”

 

Free
Find more information here.

BLIND ALLEY PROJECTS
Fort Worth (drive-by)
Daylight hours only

The idea behind this drive-by art gallery was thought up three years ago, but was finally activated this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. The gallery is currently featuring TCU MFA students’ pieces that were originally canceled due to COVID-19. “Each individual exhibition represented ideas that would have been addressed in each student’s thesis exhibition while responding to the exhibition space itself,” writes Gila Espinoza for Art&Seek. Currently, Hector A. Ramirez’s “Entre Piedras y Copia” is on display. Upcoming artists include British artist Richard Wentworth and sculptor Gene Owens.

Free
Find more information here.

[Image: Courtesy Nasher Sculpture Center]

NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER WINDOW EXHIBITIONS
Dallas

Although the center has not yet reopened its doors to the public, it’s still showcasing art through its windows. This series of installations titled “Nasher Windows” is expected to run every Friday through Wednesday and host early- and mid-career DFW-based artists. Xxavier Edward Carter’s artwork is currently on display through Wednesday, June 3.

Free
Find more information here.

PROTESTS HAPPENING ACROSS DFW
Multiple locations

For a running list of protests, vigils, and more in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Central Track has rounded up a list of known gatherings here


UPCOMING

MONDAY, JUNE 1 – MONDAY, JUNE 8

DALLAS OPERA GUILD BIENNIAL LONE STAR VOCAL COMPETITION
Online
Check schedule for times

From June 1 through 7, the competition finalists’ videos will be available online and during this time, the general public can vote for their favorites. On June 8, the winner will be announced, who will win a $1,000 prize and an invitation to automatically participate in next year’s National Vocal Competition semi-finals.

Free
Find more information here.


FRIDAY, JUNE 5

USICOC PRESENTS: PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS—CONSIDERATIONS AS YOU PLAN YOUR BUSINESS’ FINANCIAL FUTURE
Online
10 a.m.

Whitley Penn tax and financial experts plan to walk attendees through the ins and outs of PPP loan forgiveness during the webinar. Speakers include:

  • Jon P. Karp, CPA, PFS
  • Kristen Sayegh, CPA

 

Free
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, JUNE 9

[Image: Courtesy SVP Dallas]

SVP DALLAS PRESENTS: HOW CAN SOLIDARITY RESPOND?
Online
10 – 11 a.m.

As part of SVP Dallas’ RESPONDS series, the “How Can Solidarity Respond?” speakers will discuss “how the effects of COVID-19 are being shaped by our national, racial preferences, how those preferences are woven into our daily lives, and how reforming the systems that exist in our communities might take us closer to being a nation with liberty and justice for all.” Speakers include:

  • Kimberly O’Neil, CEO, Giving Blueprint, and SVP Dallas Board Member
  • Dr. Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
  • Dr. Heather Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group

 

Free
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, JUNE 9 – THURSDAY, JUNE 11

[Image: Courtesy EarthX]

EARTHXOCEAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Online

This virtual conference was created “to increase awareness of the important role that oceans play in our daily lives” with the goal to “stimulate greater corporate, government, and inland support to protect our oceans.” The two-day event will have sessions on high seas protection, coral reef conservation, ocean plastic solutions, sustainable fisheries, and celebrating our ocean planet. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, June 9
1 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Protecting the Life Support Systems of the Ocean
  • High Seas Protection
  • Coral Reef Conservation & Restoration

 

EarthxFilm Evening Screenings & Discussions

  • 7 p.m.: My Octopus Teacher Clips and Conversation
  • 7:33 p.m.: Current Sea

 

Wednesday, June 10
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Ocean Plastic Solutions
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Celebrating Our Ocean Planet 

 

EarthxFilm Evening Screenings & Discussions

  • 7:00 p.m.:  Ripple Effect
  • 7:26 p.m.:  Watson

 

Thursday, June 11
EarthxOcean Australia
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Ridge to Reef
  • Great Barrier Reef Conservation & Restoration 
  • Shark Conservation

 

EarthxFilm Evening Screenings & Discussions

  • 7:00 p.m.: Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds
  • 7:26 p.m.: Chasing Coral 

 

Find more information here.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

HEALTH WILDCATTERS’ THE PULSE HEALTHCARE INNOVATION BREAKFAST SERIES FEAT. ERIC ROCK
Online
9 – 10 a.m.

As part of the healthcare seed accelerator’s breakfast series, Eric Rock, founder and CEO of Vivify Health, will be speaking on the topic “Vivify Health – A Dallas Success Story.” Vivify Health connects providers with their patients through mobile devices and says it has delivered the first cloud-based Remote Care platform.

Tickets are free or attendees can support Health Wildcatters by buying a Pulse Membership for $149.
Find more information here.

SELLING ONLINE GLOBALLY—FIVE STEPS TO A DIGITAL STRATEGY
Online
1 p.m.

This event organized by the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab is the first in a three-part series examining how to improve “your competitiveness in overseas markets by transitioning your website to support online sales channels.” This session is expected to cover the five steps of a digital strategy and how to stay ahead of the curve.

Free
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, JUNE 11

[Image: Courtesy Coalition for a New Dallas]

COALITION FOR A NEW DALLAS PRESENTS: I-345: RACISM AND REIMAGINATION
Online
5:30 p.m.

Coalition for a New Dallas says I-345 “was a project designed to expedite commutes but destroyed historically African-American communities” and “is one of the most profound examples of how race played a role in shaping modern-day Dallas.” As part of Coalition for a New Dallas’ The Way Forward webinar series “the past, present, and future of Interstate 345, focusing on racial equity and inclusive urban planning” will be discussed. “I-345: Racism and Reimagination” is being co-hosted by the Imagining Freedom Institute and the Toole Design Group.

Free
Find more information here.

ULI DALLAS-FORT WORTH: WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NEXT SERIES: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Online
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Urban Land Institute Dallas-Fort Worth is hosting one of its largest annual events, which will feature multiple one-hour presentations curated by the Local Product Council and concentrated on their sector of CRE.

Free for members; $25 for non-members (excluding people who are retired).
Find more information here.

SBA WOMEN FEDERAL CONTRACTING CERTIFICATIONS LIVE WEBINAR 
Online
10 – 11 a.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration wants women to take advantage of the opportunity created by the federal government establishing a five percent goal for Women Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB). During this one-hour webinar, women can learn more about this program and how they can take advantage of this opportunity.

Free
Find more information here.

GDPC: RECOVERY & RESILIENCY: DALLAS’ NEW REALITY POST COVID-19
Online
9 – 10:30 a.m.

During this virtual membership meeting, Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services, and David Noguera, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, plan to speak on how “Dallas is considering ways to initiate a stable and resilient recovery” from the ongoing pandemic.

Tickets are $30 for members and non-members. A portion of the funds will go to Bonton Farms.
Find more information here.

TiE DALLAS YOUTH PANEL
Online
6 p.m.

TiE wants to offer a platform where attendees can listen to the next generation, which is also the future of leadership. Potential panelists include: 

  • Aditya Viswanathan, a software engineer at ThoughtSpot
  • Sid Upadhyay, Co-Founder and President of WizeHire
  • Abhinav Verma, President and CEO of UNIBEES
  • Vikram Baliga, Texas Tech University Greenhouse and Horticultural Gardens Manager and Horticulture Instructor

 

Free
Find more information here.


FRIDAY, JUNE 12

WOMEN VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION
Online
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bunker Labs DFW and the Veteran Women Enterprise Center have teamed up to host this pitch competition, which will be awarding $1,000 for the first place winner and $250 for the Audience Choice Award. The competition’s panel of judges includes: 

  • Starr Corbin, Commissioner, Governor’s Commission for Women
  • Herbert Austin, District Director, Dallas/Fort Worth District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Michelle “G-I” Gardner-Ince, Director of Women Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative (WVOSBI), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Department of Veteran Affairs

 

Free
Find more information here.

CIVIL WORKS INFRASTRUCTURE WEBINAR
Online
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association and North Texas Commission have teamed up with leaders from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Fort Worth District, and Texas General Land Office, among others to discuss civil works, infrastructure funding, and disaster recovery, along with other regional needs.

Free for RHCA and NTC members and public agency/government employees; $20 for non-members.
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, JUNE 16

TEXAS WOMEN’S FOUNDATION’S 2020 ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN TEXAS
Online
10 – 11 a.m.

Presented by Texas Women’s Foundation’s CEO Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D., along with senior research analyst for the Center of Public Policy Priorities Amy Knop-Narbutis, the Texas Women’s Foundation will present its findings on the economic challenges and opportunities for women in the state. Join the presentation to hear from women across Texas and learn more about the four building blocks for women.

Free
Find more information here.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

CROSS BORDER ECOMMERCE: OVERCOME DIGITAL ROADBLOCKS
Online
1 p.m.

As part two in the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab’s three-part series, this session will focus on “how to prepare for and overcome digital roadblocks, including international tax laws and emerging regulations impacting online sales.”

Free
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, JUNE 18

ULI DALLAS-FORT WORTH: REVIVING RETAIL—SERIOUSLY THIS TIME
Online
2 – 3 p.m.

Urban Land Institute Dallas-Fort Worth’s Local Product Council will be curating one-hour presentations concentrated on their sector of CRE. The event is part of LPC’s “What’s New, What’s Next” event series.

Free for members; $25 for non-members (excluding people who are retired).
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, JUNE 23

ULI DALLAS-FORT WORTH: THE TWENTIES—WHAT TO EXPECT IN OFFICE SPACE
Online
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

As part of Urban Land Institute Dallas-Fort Worth’s “What’s New, What’s Next” event series, its Local Product Council will be curating one-hour presentations focused on their sector of CRE.

Free for members; $25 for non-members (excluding people who are retired).
Find more information here.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

TEXAS WOMEN’S FOUNDATION’S LEADERSHIP FORUM PRESENTS DANA BLANKENSHIP
Online
5 p.m.

Dana Blankenship, CEO and founder of female-centric Blankenship Change Consulting, LLC, will speak at the Texas Women’s Foundation’s Virtual Leadership Forum to discuss her pathway to success and leadership, as well as how she paves the way for future leaders. Blankenship Change Consulting, LLC, works with well-known brands to build relationships and grow their organizations. Presented by AT&T, the event is part of a leadership forum series with future opportunities available.

Free
Find more information here.

SELLING ONLINE GLOBALLY: ECOMMERCE CHANNEL MIX
Online
1 p.m.

This session is the finale of the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab’s three-part series. During this session, industry experts plan to explain the process of choosing eCommerce sales channels suitable for a product and demographic. Attendees will be learning “what considerations have most commonly led to success in the online business world.”

Free
Find more information here.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

TEXAS WOMEN’S FOUNDATION’S LEADERSHIP FORUM PRESENTS BEVERLY HILL
Online
10 a.m.

Beverly Hill, founder of the Gendercide Awareness Project (Gendap), will speak at the Texas Women’s Foundation’s Virtual Leadership Forum to discuss her pathway to success and leadership, as well as how she paves the way for future leaders. Gendap raises funds to educate impoverished girls in developing schools, as well as discuss global women’s rights. Presented by AT&T, the event is part of a leadership forum series with future opportunities available.

Free
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, JULY 16

GREATER DALLAS FOOD & BEVERAGE CPG MEETING
Online

DFW is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing hubs for consumer-packaged-goods (CPG), according to the Greater Dallas Food & Beverage CPG. This meeting furthers the group’s mission to form a community of brands. Speakers and topics to be announced soon!

Find more information here.

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