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Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual 4word Gala with Charity Wallace serving as the event chair. Charity is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact and, most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute. The evening will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m. 

The Honorary Chair is Alva P. Adams. Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor and Gold Corporate Sponsors are Locke Lord and Valiant Integrated Services and Monica and Leland White are Gold Individual Sponsors. Proceeds from the gala will benefit 4word, a faith-based community who empowers and inspires women in the workplace through personal connection and mentoring.

4word Founder Diane Paddison met a gentleman when she attended a national conference in Washington, D.C. After he learned about her organization, he connected her with Charity Wallace in Dallas. Diane and Charity met for lunch and discovered they had so much in common with their passions and their interests, forming a fast friendship. Charity wrote the forward for Diane’s book Work, Love, Pray published in 2011 and joined the 4word board as an advisory member. She became a member of 4word’s C-Level group which meets annually, with women flying in from across the nation to meet with other C-level executives. 

Charity assisted when twins Barbara Bush Coyne and Jenna Bush Hager were the keynote speakers for the 2018 gala. She eagerly accepted the role as chair for the 2020 gala and will also interview Mrs. Bush for the 4word gala program. 

“It is such an honor to have Charity Wallace as chair for the 5th Annual 4word Gala,” said Diane Paddison. “She has been passionate about 4word’s work since we met and exudes the kind of woman that we would love our younger 4word women to aspire to be like.” 

Charity Wallace is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact. Most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, and the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives, which aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Charity was the Chief of Staff to Laura Bush, and served all eight years in the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves as co-chair of the Board of the Akola Academy, as well as on the Boards of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women Strong World, 4word Women, Nomi Network Leadership Council, All In Together; and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and NationSwell. Charity holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pepperdine University and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (couple ticket) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $50,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. Information and online purchase:

https://us.commitchange.com/tx/dallas/4word/events/gala-2020-an-evening-with-laura-bush

 

For More Information: Pam Johnson pjohnson@4wordwomen.org  (503) 860-3816 or www.4wordwomen.org

 

Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.  The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.  

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne; and Jenna, married to Henry Hager; and proud grandparents of Mila, Poppy and Hal Hager.

 

Alva P. Adams, Honorary Chair

Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. In this role, she is responsible for directing  strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the African American, Native American, women and veterans’ external/community outreach. She is also responsible for leading collaborative projects that engage the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), including the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with Toyota’s cross functional departments, executive leadership, field offices and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers. 

Prior to her current role, Adams served as National Manager, African American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales for three years. She led collaborative projects that advanced the company’s communication strategy and propelled specific diversity initiatives across Toyota’s North American Operations. Adams managed external media relations, strategic partnerships, philanthropic activities and government relations relevant to Toyota’s African American Business Strategy. She also oversaw efforts that encouraged diversity in team member volunteerism and community engagement opportunities. Adams began her career with Toyota in 1999. Prior to that, she served in several pivotal roles at Ford Motor Company’s minority dealer training program and retail dealer initiatives for nearly 13 years. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and National College Resources Foundation. Her past board membership includes the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council and University of California Berkeley Parents Board. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

 

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and Executive Director, is a Harvard MBA, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporate and four not-for-profit boards.  Diane is a leading advocate for Christian women in the workplace. Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word and Be Refreshed . . . a year of devotions for women in the workplace in 2017. She is passionate about mentoring. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for The Washington Times. Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and one granddaughter and live in Dallas, Texas.

 

Proceeds Benefit: 4word is a Faith-Based Community that Empowers & Inspires Women in the Workplace through Personal Connection and 4word’s Mentoring Program to:

  • Elevate Leadership and Match Calling and Gifts to Work (Professional)
  • Build and Strengthen Relationships (Relational)
  • Integrate Faith into all aspects of Life (Spiritual)
  • Develop Inner Confidence and Discover Purpose

www.4wordwomen.org

 

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4word (4wordwomen.org) is a tax-exempt charity under the IRS code section 501(c)3, tax ID#27-2865980.

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Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual 4word Gala which will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and the gala will start at 7:00 p.m. 

Proceeds from the gala will benefit 4word, a faith-based community who empowers and inspires women in the workplace through personal connection and mentoring. 

The Honorary Chair is Alva Adams. The event is chaired by Charity Wallace and Diane Paddison is the founder of 4word. 

Presenting Sponsor: Toyota 

Lead Corporate Sponsors: Locke Lord and Valiant Integrated Services 

Sponsorships and Tickets: Tickets $1,500 (VIP couple) and $500 (Individual); Sponsorships range from $50,000 to $5,000. Sponsor recognition in print materials dependent on date of submission. Information and online purchase:

https://us.commitchange.com/tx/dallas/4word/events/gala-2020-an-evening-with-laura-bush 

For More Information: Pam Johnson pjohnson@4wordwomen.org  (503) 860-3816 or www.4wordwomen.org 

Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)
One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.  The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.  

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.  In 1977, she married George W. Bush.  President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne; and Jenna, married to Henry Hager; and proud grandparents of Mila, Poppy and Hal Hager. 

Alva P. Adams, Honorary Chair
Alva Adams is Senior Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy; and Multicultural  Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. In this role, she is responsible for directing  strategy for Toyota’s multicultural partnerships, organizational support and sponsorships relevant to Toyota/Lexus multicultural business initiatives covering the African American, Native American, women and veterans’ external/community outreach. She is also responsible for leading collaborative projects that engage the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association (TLMODA), including the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Her leadership encompasses the coordination and communications with Toyota’s cross functional departments, executive leadership, field offices and internal Toyota Motor Sales departments and multicultural dealers. 

Prior to her current role, Adams served as National Manager, African American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales for three years. She led collaborative projects that advanced the company’s communication strategy and propelled specific diversity initiatives across Toyota’s North American Operations. Adams managed external media relations, strategic partnerships, philanthropic activities and government relations relevant to Toyota’s African American Business Strategy. She also oversaw efforts that encouraged diversity in team member volunteerism and community engagement opportunities. Adams began her career with Toyota in 1999. Prior to that, she served in several pivotal roles at Ford Motor Company’s minority dealer training program and retail dealer initiatives for nearly 13 years. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a certificate in diversity from the University of Houston. Adams currently serves as the Chair of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors; and serves on the boards of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and National College Resources Foundation. Her past board membership includes the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council and University of California Berkeley Parents Board. She is President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

Charity Wallace, Gala Chair 
Charity Wallace is the founder and president of Wallace Global Impact. Most recently, she was the Senior Advisor to Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, and the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives, which aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Charity was the Chief of Staff to Laura Bush, and served all eight years in the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves on the Boards of the Akola Project as co-chair, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice; the Boards of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women Strong World, ARZU Studio Hope, 4word Women, Nomi Network Leadership Council, All In Together; and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute. Charity holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pepperdine University and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder
4word Founder and President, is a Harvard MBA graduate, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporations and four not-for-profits. A leading advocate for the professional Christian women community, Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word. Diane speaks on life/work balance, mentoring/sponsorship, and impactful leadership at events across the country. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. 

Proceeds Benefit: 4word is a Faith-Based Community that Empowers & Inspires Women in the Workplace through Personal Connection and 4word’s Mentoring Program to:

  • Elevate Leadership and Match Calling and Gifts to Work (Professional)
  • Build and Strengthen Relationships (Relational)
  • Integrate Faith into all aspects of Life (Spiritual)
  • Develop Inner Confidence and Discover Purpose

www.4wordwomen.org

 

Connect with 4word on Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/4wordwomen
https://www.instagram.com/4wordwomen/
https://twitter.com/4wordwomen
https://www.linkedin.com/company/4wordwomen/
https://www.pinterest.com/4wordwomen/
https://www.youtube.com/user/4wordwomen
https://plus.google.com/107732540196912548256

 

4word (4wordwomen.org) is a tax-exempt charity under the IRS code section 501(c)3, tax ID#27-2865980.

 

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Honorary Chair Linda Burk, hostess Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, DSOL President Kim Brannon, Presentation Ball Chairman Melissa Lewis.

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted parties and bow rehearsals for the 34th Annual Presentation Ball debutantes during the busy holiday season. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman hosted the holiday tea for debutantes and their moms on December 18, chaired by Mari Epperson. Food Glorious Food donated festive holiday bites and sips. On December 22, a holiday party for debutantes, honor guard, and their parents was hosted in the home of Dr. Mark and Susan Geyer, chaired by Julie Jodie. A delicious array of food was provided by Dakota’s, which has been a sponsor each year since the inaugural ball in 1987. Park Place Dealerships provided a set-up for party photos making the evening fun for all. Gold Crown has been the valet sponsor for this extraordinary Ball season. Other events included a social mixer at the Park House and bow practice at the Meyerson Symphony Center. 

The events lead up to the Presentation Ball to be held on February 8, 2020 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The Honorary Chairs for the ball are Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John Gilmore. Melissa Lewis is the Presentation Ball Chair and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President.  

Founded in 1946, the mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $17 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Event chair Mari Epperson and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.

The 2020 Dallas Symphony debutantes were honored at a reception and seated dinner on November 27 at the Dallas Country Club. The debutantes, honor guards and their families were welcomed by DSOL President Kim Brannon and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.

Each of the 32 debutantes was formally introduced by emcee Stan Gardner and joined by an honor guard escort for the presentation. A debutante presentation gift was presented by Eiseman NorthPark Center. The evening was the start of the holiday weekend which included a style show and etiquette presentation for the debs mixer for the debs and honor guards, as well as a Bow Boot Camp for the debs.

During the Christmas Holidays, the debs will return for another busy schedule of parties and bow practice. All the many events will culminate with the 34th Presentation Ball which will be held on February 8, 2020.

Photos by Gittings

Key to Photos

  1. Event chair Mari Epperson and Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis.
  2. Honorary Chairs Linda Burk, John Gilmore and Linda Gilmore.
  3. DSOL President Kim Brannon and Abigail Brannon.
  4. Mary, Emily and John Baschab.
  5. Campbell Swango, Beth Ryan, Julia Tribolet, Eleanor Gambrell, Audrey Magnuson, Genny Wood.
  6. Savannah Troutt, Maddie Esping, Grace Olson, Isabella Cox.
  7. Audrey Berner and Alex McCullough.
  8. Hunter Hart.
  9. Izzy Keene and Bruce Brookshire.
  10. 10 Mary Kumpf.
  11. Avery Levoyer.
  12. Allie McWhorter.
  13. Kendell Sigel and Spencer Hardin.
  14. Natalie Ward.
  15. Brynn Weakley and Ross Barnett
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Anna Smith, Dallas Academy; Jhoana Cayme-Mosley, Lakehill Preparatory School; Tim Hagood, Lakehill Preparatory School; Michael Jones, J. L. Long Middle School; Jennifer Edoghotu, L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary School; Jose Delgado, Bryan Adams High School

Six Receive Teacher of the Year Awards from

Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Six East Dallas teachers received Teacher of the Year wards by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on November 19 at Lakehill Preparatory's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center sponsored by Oncor and Comerica

The winners are Jennifer Edoghotu, L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary School; Michael Jones, J. L. Long Middle School; Jose Delgado, Bryan Adams High School; Jhoana Cayme, Mosley Lakehill Preparatory School; Anna Smith, Dallas Academy; Tim Hagood, Lakehill Preparatory School; 

Each winner received a $250 gift card and each school received a $250 check.

The finalists were all deserving of the awards making it extremely difficult for the judges to narrow down to the winners. Each has clearly been an inspiration to countless children and have shaped the lives of future generations that have passed through their classroom.

The finalists were: Miguel Vazquez Dominguez, Mount Auburn STEAM Academy; Warren Johnson, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Elma Rios, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Jonna Stout, Eduardo Mata Montessori; Aaron Aguilar, WH Gaston; Josh Ault, Robert T. Hill Middle School; Emma Buzas, IGNITE Middle School; Kevin Grimes, Dealey Montessori and International Academy; Caitlin Schmidt, J.L. Long Middle School; Shelly Thibodaux, Robert T. Hill Middle School; Becky Brown, Emmett J. Conrad High School; Brandon Harper, Skyline Career Development Center; Russ Keleman, Woodrow Wilson High School; Blythe Mundlin, Woodrow Wilson High School; Amy Aldrete, St. Patrick Catholic School; Ellen Zimmerman, Dallas Academy; Kathy Carroll, St. John's Episcopal School; Bradley Neyland, Lakehill Preparatory School; Andrew Balettie, Bishop Lynch High School; Randy Becker, Bishop Lynch High School; Jennifer Brock, Dallas Academy; Maggie Morales, Bishop Lynch High School. 

About Each Winner

 

Jennifer Edoghotu

LL Hotchkiss Elementary School – Math

Caring, inspiring, phenomenal, passionate and exceptional. This LL Hotchkiss Elem. School teacher builds strong relationships with students and their families from the very beginning. She reminds them “Your best is your goal.”

Many of her student families are immigrants from Africa and other far away countries. It is second nature to her as you see her relate to her students and their parents. She bonds with all students around the campus regardless of their grade level. In her own words, “I work with all kids. I work with kids from Africa, kids from Saudi Arabia, kids who have extreme learning disabilities and kids who live in poverty. I strive to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for my kids.” To highlight the cultural diversity, she encourages her students to research and illustrate their native flag. These flags are posted around her classroom to show that we are one and everyone is welcome.

Through hard work and dedication, this Distinguished DallasISD Teacher demonstrates innovative learning by transforming her classroom into a real-world scenario based upon the lesson. For example, when teaching students about perimeter, area and volume, she transformed her classroom into a construction site and encouraged students to use the measuring tape as their tool for determining the length and width of numerous items.

She builds parental involvement through conducting school academic nights. During these sessions, parents can ask questions about classroom assignments with the goal of empowering the parents to assist the children. She ensured that a Burmese translator was on site for student families who recently migrated from Asia. Outside of school hours, she conducts home visits to build the student- teacher-family relationship. In her experience, home visits have improved student behavior, attendance and led to academic success.

She also led multiple Social and Emotional Learning trainings to educate teachers and staff on the process by which students manage their emotions to create and maintain positive relationships. School-wide, teachers voiced a decrease in classroom disruptions and behavioral issues after this dynamic training. Please congratulate Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Edoghotu.

 

Michael Jones

JL Long Middle School

Our next honoree teaches 6th grade Science at JL Long Middle School but he is more than a biology teacher. He is an innovative mentor and friend. He is the teacher that every parent wants their child to have! Realizing that the Science Fair program had been abandoned, this teacher restored and revamped this timeless program and brought it back to the forefront of the Science Department. Over 50 students participated in the Fair this year. Currently recognized by Dallas ISD as a Distinguished Teacher based on the Teachers Excellence Initiative, he created the very unique and innovative, student-driven club called the Zoo Crew. This club empowers students to become conservation leaders by providing unique experiences with animals. These 15 different animals live in varied ecosystems and require specialized care from the 82 student members. Students gain further understanding through the summer foster care of the lab animals. Over 30 families are involved in the coordination, hosting and general care of the animals as they go from family to family returning safely to the school the next fall.

Noticing a lack of school spirit, our honoree created the Spirit Club for students. He and a parent also created the Captain Buc mascot. In addition, the fight song had been lost, so he did vital research and discovered the original score. It is now a part of the school again.

He encourages student leaders by teaching responsibility and electing classroom officers who assist with classroom tasks. During instruction, he will have them stand on top of their chairs to recite passages, defend scientific laws, or express individual ideals regarding the lessons. This instills confidence in his students!

You will see him involved in Buc Camp, the JL Long Run and the Pep Squad. He teaches in the International Baccalaureate program as JL Long is the only IB accredited middle school in Dallas ISD.

At the end of all emails, you will see the mantra that he lives by. It is a quote by Aristotle…”Educating the mind, without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Please congratulate Michael Jones of JL Long Middle School!

 

Jose Delgado

Bryan Adams High School – AP Chemistry

Our next honoree has come full circle in his young life-from growing up in Pleasant Grove as a child of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, to attending the School of Science and Engineering Magnet High School, going to college at Texas A&M, then returning home to teach Advanced Placement Chemistry at Bryan Adams HS. For most of his teaching career, he has been on a mission to change the course for students whose families have not encouraged them to go  to college. He was awarded the Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award and in the summer has proudly worked as a lead counselor for the Texas HS Aerospace scholars program at the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Junior League awarded him a grant to purchase equipment for “The Solution to our Solutions Problem” where students utilize Spectrometers, which are instruments that split light into an array of separate colors.

A parent said that he is the “complete package” when it comes to looking for a teacher to emulate. His commitment, dedication to learning and teaching, and his involvement in the community is unique, and Bryan Adams is fortunate to have him. Outside of his rigorous school demands, he is involved with Primos, a mentoring program in East Dallas, which pairs students from Pleasant Grove to professionals with roots in Pleasant Grove or similar neighborhoods. They participate in activities that help students learn about finances, plan for college, search for internships and more. He also participates in Destination: Bryan Adams, an independent group of community representatives dedicated to promoting the activities of Bryan Adams and the schools that feed into it.

This Master AP Teacher teaches because he loves learning. A favorite learning opportunity was training in Digital Fluency, an amazing insight into the ways technology is used to augment, modify and redefine teaching methods. All students, willing to try and work hard, are accepted into his AP Chemistry  program regardless of prior success or failure in science classes. Be it in class or out, his goal for the school is to make it feel like a place where all students belong. Students should have a place they can feel connected and welcomed. Please congratulate Jose Delgado as our Teacher of the Year!

 

Jhoana Cayme-Mosley

Lakehill Preparatory School – Elementary

Confident, Dedicated, Tenacious, Inspirational. These words have been used to describe the physical education teacher for students in kindergarten through 4th grade at Lakehill Preparatory School. She also teaches middle school fitness classes and serves as a middle school and varsity coach. In addition to teaching a full load and coaching six athletic teams, she sponsors several organizations and serves as Lakehill’s Athletic Coordinator. A colleague for more than 11 years says “she has unbelievable self-discipline to juggle multiple duties while setting high expectations for herself. She is currently training for a marathon and her students are learning lessons of perseverance, self-discipline and time management from her example. She is never too busy for those who have come to rely on her special brand of encouragement. Those who work with her or have been taught or coached by her find her confidence, dedication and tenacity inspiring.”

Every summer she helps lead Lakehill’s Community Connections Camp, introducing hundreds of children to volunteer service. This honoree sponsors the Pink Out Volleyball game in order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, the Student Council, guiding a school-wide water drive for the homeless in Dallas and leading students in the Sundae Sale to benefit middle school students in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Her spring project was a Fill the Bus with Water drive benefiting the Soup Mobile. She also sponsors the Rubik’s Cube Club and the Yo-Yo club.

In lower school physical education, she uses the power of finding joy in play and teaches her young students about a healthy and active lifestyle while having fun. As a firm believer in making cross-curricular connections, she reinforces what her students are learning in the classroom by counting in Spanish during warm-up stretches as well as counting by twos, fives and tens.

This outstanding teacher is masterful at addressing the differing skill levels of a diverse group of learners yet somehow, challenging each of them to work hard to achieve their personal best.

Please congratulate Teacher of the year, Jhoana Cayme-Mosley!

 

Anna Smith       Dallas Academy – Middle School

From our next honorees own words, “If you don’t think you are awesome, no one else will. Being dyslexic and ADHD, I understand that kids do not all learn in the same manner. Having 2 kids with dyslexia and ADHD and auditory processing drove that point home even further.” This outstanding teacher in middle school at Dallas Academy is a creative force in the classroom, in the school and in the community. She believes in the power to change the face of things and she strives to find solutions, not make excuses. Her classroom is not quiet- as it is a collaborative space. Students are engaged in conversation or notably involved in something important. Students are not always at their desks, but sitting on the floor, in bean bags, actively learning and making connections with each other, to life and to the world. Her classroom is uniquely different, just as the learners in the room.

An example of this creative learning is the Positive Carbon Model Home at Dallas Academy. She is the co-sponsor of this event which guides 100 middle and high school students in installing smart glass, solar panels, wind turbines, magnification tubes that concentrate sunlight inside, geothermal water heating, a barrel and pump rainwater collection system, bio-digester grey water system, a green roof and other systems to ensure the model uses less energy than it generates. In May of 2019, these students won the Best Overall project award at the World’s Largest Earth X at Fair Park Dallas.

She sponsors the yearbook club, photography club, and Techy Talents/Gaming Friday. This dynamic teacher is involved in the Dallas Academy Auction, Pumpkin Chunkin’, National Engineers Future City, Dawg Run, Dawg Patch, homecoming chair, the 50th Anniversary of Dallas Academy Chair and many other events.

She feels that teaching is all about introducing students to a world of concepts that are new. Integrating technology into her classroom is an effective way to connect with students of all learning styles. She teaches them how to think critically, solve problems, take initiative, work together, adapt to changes, communicate, find and analyze information and be accountable for their own learning .Her biggest compliment is having a student send a thank you card stating, “Thank you for believing I can find the answer myself.” Congratulate Anna Smith from Dallas Academy.

 

Tim Hagood

Lakehill Preparatory School – High School

Our next honoree is the Chairman of the Upper School English Department at Lakehill Preparatory School and has been on the staff for over 16 years. He teaches sophomores, seniors and Advanced Placement English. His experience as a language teacher revealed that while literacy can be a challenge for all students, some are naturally adept at reading and writing while others excel at the oral expression of ideas. Consequently, he created a group called “Quaker Discussions” in which students discuss their insights on the assigned texts in a free-flowing discussion amongst themselves. He does not participate, rather he observes     and notes the quantity and quality of the thoughts the students express. Participating in the Quaker Discussions helps those less inclined in writing to get words on a page when they are called to do so.

As a member of the Lakehill community, he proposed the forming of an Honor Council, comprised of 3 faculty members, the presidents of the Student council, the Senior Class and the National Honor Society. One of the reasons it has endured is that the teachers on the committee get to see issues from the students’ perspective, while the students come away with a sense that “we’re all in this together.” His work with the National Jr. Honor Society and projects benefiting Hope Supply Co., the Vogel Alcove, For the Love of the Lake and the North Texas Food Bank has given him opportunities to personalize relationships with the students.

This from a parent, “He prefers to seek recognition for the teachers in his department and to expand and promote the skills and accomplishments for his students and graduates. Being in the spotlight is just not his style.” She also has watched her son develop a new love of literature. After reading, Invisible Cities during her son’s sophomore literature class, this teacher thoughtfully gave the student a copy of the book as a gift. That dog-eared copy still resides on his bedside table 3 years later, having been read and reread countless times. We understand that you don’t like to be in the spotlight, but today is your turn!

Please congratulate Tim Hagood as Teacher of the Year.

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Patti Flowers and Kristin Cordiak

Patti Flowers received the 2nd  Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s  6th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon, Auctions and Style Show on November 4th at The Ritz-Carlton. She worked with her longtime friend and collaborator Venise Stuart who served as the Honorary Chair. The duo are paired for another major event in the coming months. Venise is the President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Patti will chair the Mad Hatter’s Tea next April for the organization. 

The event was chaired by Kristin Cordiak and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President. 

Fashion Notes kicked off holiday celebrations with the luncheon and style show highlighting fashion design and the Dallas Symphony community. The morning began with Mystery Notes Reception, a reimagined silent auction, Designer Award presentation, fashion show and luncheon and closed with a live auction.   

Patti Flowers received the 2nd Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award with many friends in attendance including Jan Strimple, Richard Eiseman and Robin Conlon.

Patti is a native Texan who spent her career in the luxury fashion industry. She began designing over 35 years ago. When the exclusive Dallas retailer Stanley Korshak opened its first bridal salon, Flowers was asked to be the in-house designer specializing in bridal, evening, and debutante gowns. Today, Flowers is recognized as one of the premier bridal and fine apparel designers in Texas.

In 2006, Flowers launched the Patti Flowers Design Studio. Since that time, she has dressed many of the most fashionable women in Texas. In early 2012, she expanded to her new studio in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas and debuted The Studio Collection. Known for her refined approach to design and deep desire to highlight the woman wearing the gown, the Patti Flowers brand is both timeless and modern with exquisite couture quality. The Patti Flowers Design Studio works with industry experts to ensure the latest and finest selections of silks, laces, and embellishments are available from around the world. All couture gowns are created at the Dallas Studio. 

Flowers' designs are featured in numerous publications including: Women's Wear Daily, People Magazine, D Magazine, Modern Luxury and the coffee table book Outdoor Weddings by Mallory Samson. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Tech/College of Human Sciences in 2011.

The award presentation was followed by a fashion show emceed by Bret McKinney featuring stunning fall fashions from Stanley Korshak, Patti Flowers Design Studio and KidBiz. The clothing was modeled by DSOL Members and their families, past and present DSOL Debutantes and members of the DSO family including staff and musicians.    

Auctioneer Wendy Lambert completed the luncheon with a wide array of live auction items including a DSO Gala Package, Stradivarius Patron Membership, couture from Patti Flowers Studio paired with Richard Eiseman Jewels, and American Airlines miles to fly to any destination of choice.  

Others in attendance included, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, Jolie Humphrey, Kim Noltemy, Barbara Bigham, Pam Busbee, Melinda Rathke, Betty Reiter, and Donna Arp Weitzman. 

The luncheon was Presented by Veritex Community Bank / Darlene Ellison for the 6th year. Other sponsors included Stanley Korshak, KidBiz, RBC Wealth Management and Sullivan and Tillery Group / Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The Ritz-Carlton was the Luncheon Sponsor. Stanley Korshak was the Patron Party Sponsor.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

About the DSOL      

Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $19 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex. 

Photos by Chuck Clark Photography

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Denise Aver-Phillips and Russell Crews from Presenting Sponsor CC Young with Power Couple Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson.

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce(GEDCC) hosted its 15th Annual Economic Summit presented by CC Young on October 15th at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre. The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, presented this year’s Keynote Speakers Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson, a well-known Entrepreneurial Power Couple who have brought years of experience and dedication to their careers and the business community. “A Conversation with Alexa & Bradley” focused on their background, entrepreneurial journey, the transition/balance of having a “day job” and an “entrepreneurial endeavor.” 

Combining the East Dallas community’s dedication to education, growth, the work force and development, this year’s Economic Summit centered around the theme “East Dallas Works…”  

Other featured speakers were Councilmembers David Blewett, Adam Bazaldua, Paula Blackmon and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough and included Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pia Orrenius, VP/Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. They spoke on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.    

CC Young was this year’s Presenting Sponsor and Hillside Tavern was the Keynote Sponsor.  Oncor and Comerica Bank were Gold Sponsors and additional Sponsors included Veritex Community Bank and Frost Bank as Silver Sponsors and Bishop Lynch High School and Times Ten Cellars as Bronze Sponsors. CandysDirt.com and Advocate were Media Sponsors.    

The 2019 Economic Summit Co-Chairs include Richard Moore with Lakewood Title and Darlene Ellison with Veritex Community Bank.  

Photos by Maggie Murphree/Weim House Photography and Judy Babinski/Judy Babinski Photography LLC.

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce(GEDCC) will host its 15th Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre (8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206). The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be well-known Entrepreneurial Power Couple – Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson. Bringing years of experience and dedication to their careers and the business community, Alexa & Bradley will focus their conversation on their background, entrepreneurial journey, the transition/balance of having a “day job” and an “entrepreneurial endeavor,” plus maybe a few inside secrets on their life together. Combining the East Dallas community’s dedication to education, growth, the work force and development, this year’s Economic Summit will center around the theme “East Dallas Works…” 

Other featured speakers are Councilmembers David Blewett, Adam Bazaldua, Paula Blackmon and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough include Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pia Orrenius, VP/Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. They will speak on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.   

CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor and Hillside Tavern is the Keynote Sponsor.  Oncor and Comerica Bank are confirmed as a Gold Sponsor.  Additional Sponsors include Veritex Community Bank and Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor and Bishop Lynch High School and Times Ten Cellars as a Bronze Sponsor. CandysDirt.com and Advocate are Media Sponsors.   

Registration begins at 9:00am, and the program begins promptly at 9:30am. The morning will include a continental breakfast during Registration, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network and visit various Committee tables in the hall. 

The 2019 Economic Summit Co-Chairs include Richard Moore with Lakewood Title and Darlene Ellison with Veritex Community Bank

Sponsorship Levels range from $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000. Host Tables are $500.  

To secure sponsorships online, visit http://www.eastdallaschamber.com, call 214-328-4100, or e-mail president@eastdallaschamber.com

Advance sales of individual tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling 214-328-4100. Checks should be mailed to GEDCC at 9543 Losa Drive, Suite 118 – Dallas, TX 75218.  

For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-328-4100 or visit Economic Summit.

Program for the Summit
9:00       Check-in and Registration
9:30       Councilmember David Blewett  
               Councilmember Adam Bazaldua
               Councilmember Paula Blackmon
               Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough
10:20     Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News
11:10     Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
11:50     Break
12:20     Lunch
12:45     Keynote Speakers: Alexa Conomos & Bradley Anderson           
1:25       Program ends

 

About Keynote Speakers, Alexa Conomos & Bradley Anderson

Alexa Conomos has been proud to call North Texas home for almost 20 years.  Alexa came to Dallas in 2001 to grow her career in television journalism at WFAA-TV Channel 8, where she recently wrapped up her broadcast career as the anchor of News 8 Daybreak.  She continues to work as a multi-media Journalist, including podcast producing and hosting, media coaching, and content creation.  She recently partnered with her former WFAA Co-Anchor Ron Corning to launch the podcast show, “Morning After with Ron and Alexa.”  Alexa is also a licensed realtor in the luxury real estate market and integrates her journalism background by producing and hosting compelling video stories to sell her clients’ homes.  A mother of three, she is especially passionate about social issues that affect children and their families.   

Bradley Anderson’s grand-mere’s (Nellyquita) love of all things culinary was instrumental in the food and wine path that he decided to pursue. After receiving a B.A. in French at the University of Texas in Austin and spending a year studying at the Universite de Paris X Nanterre, he went on to receive a J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Although Bradley continues to practice law, his true intent remains all things food and wine. Bradley co-owns Veritas Wine Room, Boulevardier, Rapscallion, and Hillside Tavern with his brother Brooks.

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Patti Flowers and Venise Stuart

 

Venise Stuart is paired with longtime friend and collaborator Patti Flowers
who will receive the 2nd Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award.

 

Venise Stuart is the Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s  6th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon, Auctions and Style Show on Monday, November 4th at The Ritz-Carlton. She will work with her longtime friend and collaborator Patti Flowers who will receive the 2nd  Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award. The duo are paired for another major event in the coming months. Venise is the President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Patti will chair the Mad Hatter’s Tea next April for the organization.

The two first met when serving with the Junior League of Dallas over 20 years ago. As longtime friends, they have worked tirelessly together and separately on behalf of the Dallas Symphony and many cultural arts organizations in Dallas.

Venise and Patti have served on the Dallas Symphony boards in various capacities and each has chaired the DSOL’s Presentation Ball. They have a mutual respect of one another for what each does for the Dallas community. Patti has designed many of Venise’s gowns and dresses for numerous charity events.

 Venise is a prominent civic leader in the Dallas area and her long history with the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Symphony League began when she joined the Junior Group of the DSOL in 1986. She was honored to have served as a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors from 2001-2004. 

In addition to serving as the current president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, Venise is co-chairing the Woman of Distinction Luncheon for Girl Scouts of North Texas on October 18.  She holds leadership positions with Junior League of Dallas and AWARE Dallas and is past president of both Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society and Les Femmes du Monde. Venise received the 2019 UTD Distinguished Alumni Award this past March where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Pubic Administration.  She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas. 

Venise and her husband, Larry, have held season tickets for both Classical and Pops Concerts since the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened in 1989. Venise considers the majority of her life-long friends to be her 'symphony friends' who she has served with since that time.

Patti is a native Texan who spent her career in the luxury fashion industry. She began designing over 35 years ago. When the exclusive Dallas retailer Stanley Korshak opened its first bridal salon, Flowers was asked to be the in-house designer specializing in bridal, evening, and debutante gowns. Today, Flowers is recognized as one of the premier bridal and fine apparel designers in Texas.

In 2006, Flowers launched the Patti Flowers Design Studio. Since that time, she has dressed many of the most fashionable women in Texas. In early 2012, she expanded to her new studio in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas and debuted The Studio Collection. Known for her refined approach to design and deep desire to highlight the woman wearing the gown, the Patti Flowers brand is both timeless and modern with exquisite couture quality. The Patti Flowers Design Studio works with industry experts to ensure the latest and finest selections of silks, laces, and embellishments are available from around the world. All couture gowns are created at the Dallas Studio. 

Flowers' designs are featured in numerous publications including: Women's Wear Daily, People Magazine, D Magazine, Modern Luxury and the coffee table book Outdoor Weddings by Mallory Samson. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Tech/College of Human Sciences in 2011.

Fashion Notes will kick off holiday celebrations with the luncheon and style show highlighting fashion design and the Dallas Symphony community. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mystery Notes Reception, a reimagined silent auction and Designer Award Presentation and Show followed by a Luncheon Live Auction. Stunning fall fashions from Stanley Korshak, Patti Flowers Design Studio and Kid Biz will be featured modeled by League members and their families, past and present DSOL Debutantes and members of the DSO family. 

The event is chaired by Kristin Cordiak and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President. 

The luncheon is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank for the 6th year. The Ritz-Carlton is the hotel sponsor. Other sponsors include Stanley Korshak, Kid Biz, RBC Wealth Management and Sullivan and Tillery Group.

Benefiting: Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings and Young Strings Musicians. 

Tickets: Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $7500, $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

Information:  Visit the web site at www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For more information contact Maliska Haba m.haba@dalsym.com or 214-871-4005. 

Media: Facebook:   facebook.com/DSOLvolunteers

              Instagram:   @DSOLeague            

Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities.

 History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $19 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year Award. The purpose is to recognize educators who are providing outstanding education for their respective students. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote education. 

There will be awards for Elementary School, Middle School and High School for both Public and Private Schools in the East Dallas area of Dallas, Texas. A total of six awards will be presented. 

Nominations are being solicited from the Education Community, from the Chamber Board of Directors and from Chamber membership. The awards event will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at Lakehill Preparatory Schools Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center located at 7401 Ferguson Road (on the northwest quadrant of Ferguson Road and I-30). 

All nominations will be submitted online. Below are the criteria for the nominees. 

Click here for online nomination form

Deadline is October 12 

For further information, contact the Chamber office at 214-328-4100. 

NOMINEE ELIGIBILITY

Individuals employed as full-time classroom/laboratory/ teachers and coaches are eligible recipients for this award.

 

CRITERIA

  1. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: The nominee demonstrates instructional expertise, creativity, and innovation. The nominee uses a variety of techniques to effectively address students’ different learning styles and needs. The nominee is an instructional leader at the local, state, and/or national level.
  2.  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The nominee frequently interacts with community members on substantive education issues. The nominee identifies and helps to bring community resources to students in both formal and informal settings.
  3. LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The nominee continually engages in experience to improve his or her practice and to gain new skills and knowledge. The nominee shares this new learning with colleagues in a variety of venues. The nominee’s participation in and commitment to professional development has a visible impact on his or her institution, student and community.
  4. ATTENTION TO DIVERSITY: The nominee works to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, regardless of differences. The nominee recognizes and explicitly addresses the full array of values, cultures, and experiences represented in our diverse modern society, both through curriculum and instruction and in other interactions with students.



For further information: 214-328-4100
 

Submit nomination by email to: president@eastdallaschamber.com

Deadline: October 12

 

Click here for online nomination form