Texas Woman’s University to Honor Lucy Billingsley with Dykes Leadership Award

The award recognizes Billingsley's years of setting a high bar as a commercial real estate developer, business owner, and model of civic engagement,

Cypress Waters' developer Lucy Billingsley

Noted Dallas developer Lucy Billingsley will receive the 2023 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award at the Texas Woman’s University Dallas Leadership Luncheon on March 22.

The award recognized Billingsley’s years of setting a high bar as a commercial real estate developer, business owner, and model of civic engagement, Texas Woman’s said.

For 21 years, the university has recognized Dallas leaders who have shown a
lifelong commitment to improving quality of life and advancing education. The award recognizes the life work of Dykes, an outstanding healthcare provider whose professional and civic achievements reflect a lifetime passion for helping others, Texas Woman’s said.

The university said Billingsley, the daughter of legendary developer Trammell Crow, devoted her career to developing and managing commercial real estate.

She and husband, Henry, launched Billingsley Co. in 1978 and they have been involved in the design, construction, leasing, and management of many properties, including undeveloped land, master-planned corporate parks, and multifamily neighborhoods. Among the company’s important projects are Cypress Waters, International Business Park, Austin Ranch, and the Arts Plaza campus in the Dallas Arts District.

Excelling in her career and serving the community

Before founding the Billingsley Co., Lucy Billingsley served as chief executive officer of the Dallas Market Center and the Crow Design Centers in Dallas, Houston and Boston. During that time, she founded and grew Wyndham Jade into the largest privately-owned travel agency in the Southwest.

She has served as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the boards or advisory committees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation, Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies, the Folsom Institute for Real Estate, KERA, and the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Previously, she founded Chiapas International, which provides funding for loans to people in impoverished Latin American communities.

Billingsley was board chair of Women for Women International and the Tate Board at Southern Methodist University and served on the Grameen Foundation Board. She also served on the National Geographic Society’s International Council of Advisors, The Real Estate Council, DFW World Affairs Council, and the board of Global Governing Trustees for the Urban Land Institute.

She has been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame, the North Texas Commercial Association of REALTORS Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2013 H. Neil Mallon Award presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Billingsley also has been recognized by Commercial Real Estate Women as a distinguished leader in commercial real estate.

The awards luncheon will be at noon at the Arts District Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., in Dallas.

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