Disrupt Dallas
[ August 4, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Candace Sweat

Candace Sweat is a North Texas native who joined the NBC 5 team in April 2019 as a general assignment reporter. She focuses largely on telling stories in the City of Dallas and Dallas County.

Her love for storytelling has taken her to Florida, Alabama and North Carolina before returning home. Over the last decade, Candace covered a range of big, breaking news stories, including Hurricane Florence, the Charlottesville protests, and the toppling of Confederate monument “Silent Sam” at the University of North Carolina. 

Candace is the recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Radio Television and Digital News Association. In 2017, she was part of a team of journalists that received the National Association of Broadcasters “Service to Community Award” for the documentary “Black and Blue,” which explored the relationship between local law enforcement and black communities.

Candace earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a graduate degree from Florida State University.

As a self-proclaimed “adventurer,” Candace is always looking for enriching experiences, delicious food and interesting people in her community.

Disrupt Dallas
[ August 3, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Terrence Maiden

Terrence Maiden currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Russell Glen, a real estate development and investment company that is based in Dallas, Texas. He draws on more than two decades of real estate experience to lead and inspire the company’s growth. Terrence is widely recognized for his leadership and vision in the commercial real estate development industry. He is currently at the forefront of the award-winning Shops at RedBird, redevelopment of former Red Bird Mall. Before establishing Russell Glen, Terrence served as Executive Vice President at Corinth Properties. While at Corinth Properties, his most signature development projects were Glen Oaks Crossings, Canyon in Oak Cliff, Alexan West Dallas, and the redevelopment of Sears at Richardson Square. Terrence received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from Texas Christian University, where he and his identical twin brother Tim were standout football players for the Horned Frogs. In 2015 both Maiden brothers were inducted in Texas Christian University Hall of Fame. Terrence currently serves as Chairman of the Maiden Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in educational and community revitalization projects. He is also actively involved in many other charitable/civic organizations including, Board of Trustees of International Council of Shopping Centers, UT Southwestern Medical, Dallas Deck Park, Methodist Health System, The Dallas Loop, University of North Texas Dallas Foundation, Harmony Community Development Corp., Dallas Black Dance Theater, International Council of Shopping Center Foundation, Texas Christian Black Alumni Association, and Urban Land Institute. 

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[ July 28, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Leah Frazier

Leah Frazier is a two-time Emmy Award-Winning entrepreneur, attorney, media personality and best selling author. She was named as one of the top 10 inspiring black women in Marketing and Communications to follow in the U.S. as well as one of DCEO Magazine’s most powerful leaders in North Texas. She is the CEO of Think Three Media — a Dallas-based creative communications and media agency that specializes in the unique messaging, positioning and amplification of black-owned businesses and its Founders. Her work has been highlighted both locally and nationally as a go-to source. In her free time, Leah is a huge advocate for mental health and wellness. She is a certified meditation, mindfulness, sound healing, and reiki practitioner, and can be found leading classes for the community under her secondary brand, Leah Heals. In May of 2022, on National Black Mental Health Professionals Day, Leah was recognized by Taraji P. Henson’s organization, the Boris L. Henson Foundation, as a nominee and Top 100 National Finalist for a Joy Award — for her work done in mental health, wellness and healing for the black community.

Disrupt Dallas
[ July 25, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Veena Somareddy

Veena Somareddy is the CEO of Neuro Rehab VR, a VR healthcare start-up aimed at building virtual reality therapy exercises for physical therapy. Her accolades include being recognized as a Top Innovator in North Texas, Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas honoree, and featured in Forbes and Cosmopolitan. She is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant and one of the ten start-ups chosen to participate in the first Amazon Healthcare Accelerator. Using her many years of research and development experience in VR and AR, she is helping to connect technology and healthcare to enhance patient care and rehabilitation outcomes greatly. She earned a B.S. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Game Design and Development from UT Dallas and was pursuing her Ph.D. before she decided to work on the company full-time.

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[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Lubbock Smith III

Lubbock Smith III, a native and resident of Dallas, TX (Oak Cliff), serves as Director of Community Development & Vista Outreach for Vista Bank. In this role, he does lending, loaning, investments, CRA, financial literacy, small minority business development, community outreach, and helps assist marketing.

Lubbock comes from a single-parent household and graduated from Carter HS in 2008 with a full athletic scholarship to University of Kansas (KU) for football. During his Division 1 football career at KU (2008-2012), Lubbock was a 4-year starter at safety and had career honors of 159 career tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recoveries along with earning CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America honorable mention honors and The Sporting News Freshman All-Big 12 team in 2008. After sustaining an injury the last game of his senior season, Lubbock received his bachelors in Sociology and began his career in D1 Athletics at KU from 2013-2017, and received a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Lubbock spent majority of his professional career in Division 1 athletics with experience at KU, University of Southern California, and Old Dominion University (ODU).

During COVID, Lubbock made a career shift and became a substitute teacher at KIPP Truth Elementary and Academy School, which led to a role as 3rd grade math teacher and previously worked as 8th grade algebra teacher before his current role at Vista Bank.

Lubbock is also the business owner of a fitness & consulting business, Lubbock Smith III, LLC; Director of Strategic Partnerships & Leadership at Builtin Realty Group; and Co-founder/Director of Corporate Development for Camp Exposure nonprofit organization.

Lubbock is a husband of eight years with his wife Diana, father of their three year old daughter, Genesis, and most importantly, a lover of Christ and servant-leader for his community.

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[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Brittany Willis

Brittany Willis, MBA is an accomplished Fortune 500 professional, turned entrepreneur and small business expert, with more than a decade of business development and corporate account management experience. She is the Franchise Owner of PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans located in North Dallas and is the Founder of Protege to Pro, a brand that offers career and entrepreneurial coaching in a variety of formats, one of which a podcast hosted on the Ebony Magazine Podcast Network.

Disrupt Dallas
[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Marty McDonald

Marty McDonald is the Founder and CEO of education and empowerment platform Boss Women Media, as well as children’s clothing brand Elle Olivia. Like many, Marty McDonald wanted to live her best life so she decided to leap after her dreams of creating a community of empowerment, change, and freedom after an 11-year corporate career with various fortune 500 companies. She took an idea based on connection and turned it into a movement including the multi-city Black Girl Magic Tour, the annual Boss Woman of the Year Summit, and a loyal community of more than 100,000 women. Marty’s plan is to continue to expand the growth of the community of women she is building and to help them empower one another through connection, networking, and workshops. Marty knows that most women are allowing fear to hold them back from accomplishing the goals they desperately want to achieve so now she is on a mission to connect with women who want more, women who have big goals, big dreams and are chasing them every single day.

Disrupt Dallas
[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Brittani Hunter

Brittani Hunter is the founder and CEO of Mogul Millennial. Mogul Millennial is a media-tech platform that leverages technology, community, and actionable content to help Black business builders learn new skills, find new opportunities, and reach their goals. Mogul Millennial and Brittani Hunter have been recognized on several lists including Forbes Next 1000, PVAMU 40 Under 40, and LinkedIn (Brittani was honored as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Management and Culture). Since launching, Mogul Millennial has secured Snapchat as an investor, and has released several innovative tech tools like their Startup Funding Database. They are also known for their Quick Pitch event series and bi-annual Pitch a Founder summit. When Brittani isn’t leading the charge at Mogul Millennial, she spends her time with her dog Gracie, cooking, and working out.

Disrupt Dallas
[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

Taylor Crumpton

Taylor Crumpton is the online arts editor for FrontRow, D Magazine’s arts and entertainment blog. She is a proud Dallasite who believes the city has one of the best cultural arts scenes in the world. Taylor has written about local music, streetwear, tattoos, and everything that “shakes” in the city.She has used her collective experiences to create the sharp and poignant work that she has become well-known to produce. She’s been welcomed to speak on the Netflix-produced podcast “You Can’t Make This Up”, served as the guest editor for Them’s 2020 Black History Month editorial package, and has even been recognized amongst her peers by way of her Jack Jones’ cultural critics index placement. Since she’s began writing, Taylor’s bylines has appeared on a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, Nylon, Playboy, Marie Claire and others.

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[ July 22, 2022 by Emma Barnhouse 0 Comments ]

K.G. Graham

K.G. Graham is a Dallas-based Panamanian entrepreneur, digital media-marketing strategist, and story teller. In 2011, after leaving a government contractor job overseas, he returned stateside. Having spent time in media as a marketing rep for numerous magazines, he realized a lack of diversity in print and media content, and when he was unable to find an outlet that focused on entrepreneurship, culture, and diversity, within and beyond the entertainment industry, he decided to create his own. K.G. founded COSIGN Magazine, with the intent of using his brand to connect creatives with one another by “COSIGNing” or endorsing them. K.G. has a passion to see others succeed, which pairs perfectly with his fervent drive to give others a space to showcase their talents and skills.

Over the past six years, K.G. has grown the COSIGN brand to a powerhouse including a multimedia creative marketing agency which houses a print publication, digital platform, and multiple event series which have brought partnerships with elite brands such as Reebok, Hennessy, Hpnotiq, VILLA, Curls, Bud Light, and Mountain Dew. He’s spoke at multiple conferences and summits including Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits Multicultural Marketing Symposium.

In 2017, K.G. was awarded the “Millennial On The Move” Award at the “Empowerment in White” Awards. That same year COSIGN also won best magazine at the “A Night For The Stars” Awards Gala.