Dallas Regional Chamber Names 44 to its Leadership Dallas Class of 2021

A diverse group of business and community leaders have been chosen to participate in Leadership Dallas, the DRC's long-running premier leadership development program.

The Dallas Regional Chamber has announced the 46th class for its premier leadership development program, Leadership Dallas.

Leadership Dallas was founded in 1975 to prepare “a diverse group of leaders through intensive curriculum that explores critical issues and creates positive change.” It’s an opportunity to continue professional development and serve the community—many alumni have gone on to be a top executive at their organization, found their own businesses, or start a career in public service. 

This year’s members include 44 local changemakers, executives, and innovators in a variety of industries. They will join the program’s more than 2,200 graduates who continue to impact the Dallas region. 

“Leadership Dallas participants are immersed in the history and current affairs of the Dallas region to identify the challenges we face as a community,” Sarah Carabias-Rush, the DRC’s SVP of Economic Development and Leadership Programs, said in a statement. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate will use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to bring positive change.”

The nine-month educational program provides lectures, discussion groups, class projects, and various development activities that allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the Dallas region.

Participants will hone their leadership skills while building relationships with classmates and the community. They will also be challenged to apply their talents toward addressing problems of the future—and the ones today, namely the global pandemic and fight for racial justice.

According to the DRC’s president and CEO, Dale Petroskey, today’s challenges have highlighted how critical it is to develop the next generation of talented leaders committed to the region and country.

“The 2021 Leadership Dallas Class has the potential to be special and transformative,” he said in a statement. “We at the DRC are honored to welcome this new class, and we look forward to working closely with each class member to help make the Dallas region the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business.”

The 2021 program will, as of right now, begin virtually, but may scale to in-person class programming depending on public health guidelines.

Members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2021 (and their organizations) include:

  • Stephen Angelette, Polsinelli
  • Dustin Anthamatten, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • Ivy Awino, Dallas Mavericks
  • Jessica Baldwin, The Dallas Morning News
  • Alison Battiste, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
  • Vanessa Salinas Beckstrom, PwC
  • Gary Burke, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Rachel Capps, Capital One Bank
  • Stephanie Carlton, McKinsey & Company
  • Molly Casey, Axxess
  • Ashley Cottone, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Clark Donat, Reed Smith LLP
  • Frank Dyer, T.D. Jakes Ministries
  • Daniel Ellis, Hillwood – A Perot Company
  • Laura Farber, KIPP Texas Public Schools
  • Toria Frederick, Hatch Venture Group
  • Mary Gano, Vistra Energy
  • Riley Greer, JPMorgan Chase
  • Mike Hansen, Options Clearing Corporation
  • Dahlia Hassani, Beacon Emergency Services Team
  • Allen Hawkins, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Christopher Kang, Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Nicholas Kapral, Wells Fargo
  • Alan Kramer, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Kerri Lai, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
  • Jack Leech, JRB Glass Service LLC
  • Priscilla Lewis, Santander
  • Clayton Lougee, Thomson Reuters
  • Hudson Marshall, Bank of Texas
  • James Carlos McFall, Jackson Walker LLP
  • Archie Nettles, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Neil Pithadia, Baylor Scott & White
  • Susan Rainey, Locke Lord LLP
  • Peter Ramstedt, Turner Construction
  • Silvia Salinas, Dallas Independent School District
  • Christa Sanford, Baker Botts LLP; Junior League of Dallas, Inc.
  • Stuart Sides, BGSF
  • Jared Slade, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Brenda Snitzer, The Stewpot; First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
  • Ted Stafford, AlixPartners LLP
  • Clay Stamson, Comerica Bank
  • Kyle Turbitt, Bank of America
  • Jamie Watson, Toyota Motor North America
  • Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Mr. Cooper


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