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4 Questions with Business Owner Kathy Leonard

By Shannon Nail, Managing Director, Member Engagement

During the year, the Dallas Regional Chamber hosts programs with the purpose of bringing together executives to learn from DFW leaders while providing opportunities for education and progressional development. One of the most popular and long-standing programs, the 16th Annual Women’s Business Conference, is right around the corner. We are pleased to have Kathy Leonard, co-founder and president of Freeman+Leonard, as one of our break-out session speakers. Freeman+Leonard is a firm designed to provide senior level advertising/marketing and strategic consulting that give clients and agencies a powerful new solution for today’s fast-changing needs. We asked Kathy…

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Visit Australia with the Dallas Regional Chamber!

The Dallas Regional Chamber and the Fort Worth Chamber have partnered together to bring an exclusive opportunity to not only explore the sights and culture of “Down Under”, but also explore the incredible business opportunities which Australia has to offer. This 11-day excursion will include time in both Sydney and Brisbane, two of Australia’s largest and most magnificent cities.

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Announcing New ATHENA Award Category

New 2011 ATHENA Award – Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award, Presented by KPMG – Nominations now available!

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) is in search of a young professional Dallas leader who inspires, supports and honors the women around our community to be the recipient of the 2011 Young Professional Leadership ATHENA® Award. This year will mark the first presentation of the Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award by the DRC and in this region.

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Tomorrow, May 25th, Nomination Deadline For Two Awards!

Tomorrow, Friday May 25th, is an important deadline to recognize executives and your company as a whole!

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) has two award nomination periods that end in just over 24 hours. Don’t forget to fill out a nomination for a leading women executive in the Dallas region for this year’s ATHENA award, and nominate your company for being a great place to work!

The annual ATHENA Award recognizes a leader who has achieved excellence in her business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential. The DRC has been presenting the ATHENA Award for 16 years, and we look forward to honoring this year’s winner at the Women’s Business Conference hosted on November 8th. To download this year’s ATHENA Award Nomination form, please click here. Continue reading

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Leadership Dallas Class of 2012 Applications Available!

Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas is the flagship program of the Dallas Regional Chamber for leadership development and is aimed at increasing the leadership pool for community activities in the Dallas area. Approximately 55 executives complete the Leadership Dallas program in each class, and alumni include Dallas ISD Trustee Jack Lowe, Texas Representative Rafael Anchia and Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

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Dallas Regional Chamber Staff Donates During the Holiday Season

The Dallas Regional Chamber staff participated in a food drive this December. This has been something we have done in the past, as many companies do during this time of year, but it was really embraced this year and enjoyed by the whole organization. We challenged ourselves to collect 300 lbs. of food to be donated to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) at the end of December. Our team-based challenge began at Thanksgiving and ran through mid-December. Competitive spirits helped make this year’s food drive a huge success, and an enjoyed event by cross-department teams. We are happy to announce that we dropped off almost 1,000 lbs. of food to the North Texas Food Bank yesterday, and hope that brings needed support to the community during this holiday season.

The North Texas Food Bank’s mission is to passionately pursue a hunger-free community and it needs help now more than ever to Close the Gap on hunger. The harsh reality is Texas is the 2nd hungriest state in the nation for children, behind only Arkansas and the 4th hungriest state for senior citizens.  

“The demand is exponentially greater [today] and the food is running out faster.  We have more families coming in, more people with children, more elderly, and more people who are currently on unemployment or seeking unemployment benefits,” said Vickie Washington-Nance, the client intake clerk at Methodism Breadbasket, just one of the over 300 Member Agencies NTFB serves.

“I never realized just how great the need is until I saw a man come in one day to pick up a couple of bags of food.  He narrowly made it out the door onto to the parking lot before he set his bags down, popped open a can, and began to eat from the can with his hands.  This experience made it very clear to me really how great the need truly is,” she continued.

To put the need in perspective, try this statistic on for size: every month on average, the number of people served by the North Texas Food Bank’s system of pantries alone would fill the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium two-and-a-half times.

If you would like to find out more about the North Texas Food Bank or how to support it:

  • Go to their website and you can make a donation online in your name or in the name of a friend or colleague.
  • Text NTFB to 85944 to donate $10 (the amount will be added to your next phone bill). You don’t have to find an envelope, a stamp, or leave your chair!
  • Shop for gifts that give back! to find gifts for foodies, families, and fun-lovers.

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Chamber’s Largest Technology Event Features Long-Time Anchor Company Texas Instruments

Dallas Regional Chamber Checking Pulse of DFW Technology Business Economy and Featuring Long-Time Anchor Company

During the 1990s, technology business in Dallas/Fort Worth was bustling. Profits were plentiful, IPOs abounded, companies were relocating to the region, and we had been dubbed the Telecom Corridor.

But as September 11 shocked the nation, and the dot-com bubble burst, an ominous recession loomed.

Then the economic turnaround emerged. The region’s tech businesses bounced back to life in the new millennium: TechAmerica had named DFW as the #2 tech pole in the U.S., right behind Silicon Valley.

The Dallas Regional Chamber knew there was a need to sustain this reputation. In 2003, it formed the Technology Business Council to support this growing technology business community and promote the region as a world-class technology hub.

Growing this reputation continues to be important to the Chamber today. Our region employs 233,000 technology workers – more than Austin and Houston combined. The TBC’s purpose is strong, promoting the technology assets of the region and engaging industry leaders in issues affecting their businesses.

Even before the TBC was formed, the Chamber facilitated a yearly technology-focused program. The Chamber called it State of Technology.

For 10 years, the event has gathered over 800 technology and life science executives for a keynoted luncheon and interactive exhibitor showcase highlighting regional cutting-edge technology innovations. And of course – it celebrates the vibrant and growing technology business community in DFW.

This year’s State of Technology keynote will feature Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments. On Tuesday, July 27, he will share his insights on how North Texas technology companies can excel in the global marketplace, and what challenges and opportunities the future holds for this region. He will be joined on stage by Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, for an interactive discussion as well.

Have you always wanted to ask a Fortune 500 CEO a question about what it’s like to be in that role or what next innovative product will change the future? Now is your chance! We will be taking open questions for Mr. Templeton via the Chamber’s Twitter account, @drchamber, through July 23rd. A selection of these submissions will be used during the luncheon.

For more information on the State of Technology event, please visit And don’t forget to Tweet a question to DRChamber for the open q&a.

For information on how you and your company could become involved in the Technology Business Council, or a list of the TBC’s investors and initiatives, please click here. For additional details, please contact the TBC as or (214) 712-1922.

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Chamber Program Brings Together Technology Entrepreneurs

Over 80 technology and life science entrepreneurs and capital sources gathered on February 25 for the first Capital Connections workshop of the year. The Capital Connections Workshop series is a program hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Supporting entrepreneurial development is an important piece of growing the technology economy in North Texas. This program encourages entrepreneurs to come together once a quarter to network and hopefully find partners to assist in their business’ growth or a connection to a capital source. Investors are also invited to attend so they can meet young growing companies, and hopefully find a new client to fund.

Additionally, the evening had a presentation of the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ MoneyTree report, which announces venture capital activity across the US. The study is a collaboration between PricwaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The report covered on February 25th was an overview of the venture capital spending environment across the nation for 2009. It also highlighted data specific to the DFW region, such as the venture capital investment in 2009 for the region was $350 million and the top three industries invested in were Industrial/Energy, Software, and Business Product and Services.

For information about the Capital Connections Workshop series or to view more data from the PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report, please visit

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Technology Business Council Welcomes 2010 Chair

Sue Spradley, North America Region Head for Nokia Siemens Networks, and 2010 Technology Business Council Chair

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Technology Business Council is proud to announce that Sue Spradley, Head of the North America Region for Nokia Siemens Networks, is the 2010 Technology Business Council Chair. Spradley has taken over this leadership position from John Dupree, Vice President Enterprise and Federal Government for Sprint, who served as Technology Business Council Chair from January 2008- December 2009. 

Spradley has more than 20 years of experience in services, operations, sales, customer service and global product line management in the telecommunications industry. She currently leads Nokia Siemens Networks’ North American region and its Customer and Market Operations. After joining the company in July 2007, she became a member of the Nokia Siemens Networks Executive Board on August 19th, 2009. 

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Sustainable Technologies Forum Highlighted Industry Opportunities

Forum Discussed Energy Efficiency and Transmission Technologies, Financial Opportunities

Expert speakers at the Sustainable Technologies Forum.The Chamber hosted it’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Technologies Forum last week to an audience of over 100 regional leaders in the technology and energy industries. Breakthrough technologies, deliberative design techniques, and energy efficiency incentives were the key topics discussed by two expert panels.

It is often simple concepts rather than “bells and whistles” that make energy efficiency more attainable. “The first thing we can do to improve building efficiencies is not to use more energy,” according to event speaker Betsy del Monte of The Beck Group. del Monte stated that simple principles of design such as maximizing sunlight instead of artificial lighting, keeping air conditioning duct work in mind, and other concepts are “the best way to maximize energy efficiency and cost savings.” After these design concepts are employed, technical solutions can also generate large returns on energy efficiency. Double skin ventilation and high performance glass are some of these technologies. “Why pick on buildings?” said event moderator Alan Ash of Trane Commercial Systems. “They use 72% of energy in the United States.” Therefore, employing green building techniques contributes significantly to our nation’s energy conservation goals.

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