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Jerry Hawkins

Jerry Hawkins is the Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (DTRHT), part of a national 14-place initiative by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dallas TRHT’s mission is to create a radically inclusive city by addressing race and racism through narrative change, relationship building, and equitable policies and practices. Jerry is also a co-founder of The Imagining Freedom Institute (The IF Institute), a national research-based leadership group that helps organizations and institutions understand the historical context to contemporary issues of place, race and space. Jerry was formerly the Project Director of Bachman Lake Together for The Dallas Foundation and Zero To Five Funders Collaborative, an early childhood collective impact initiative in Dallas, and Director of Children’s Services at the Wilkinson Center in East Dallas/Southeast Dallas. 

Jerry is a 2022-2023 Independent Sector Bridging Fellow, a 2020-21 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2019 Leadership Arts Institute Fellow with the Business Council for the Arts, a Dallas County Historical Commission Member, a City of Dallas’ City Plan Commission (CPC) Comprehensive Land Use Committee Appointee, served on Dallas ISD’s Trustee-appointed Racial Equity Advisory Council and The Education Trust/ERS Resource Equity Working Group, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas/PolicyLink/National Fund for Workforce Solutions ‘Pathways to Work’ Workforce Equity Advisory Council. Jerry also serves on the boards of Leadership ISD, Deep Vellum Books, AccessH2O and Young Leaders, Strong City. Jerry has been awarded PBS/KERA’s American Graduate Champion in 2017, an Outstanding Child Advocate at CHILDREN AT RISK’s Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy in 2020, and was selected as one of the “Dallas 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in North Texas” in 2021 and 2022 by D CEO/D Magazine. Jerry’s first editorial offering, A People’s History of Dallas, will be published in 2023 by Deep Vellum Books. Jerry received his undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Child & Family Services from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and his Master’s degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. While living in Chicago, Jerry worked for Chicago Urban League and Chicago Public Schools. Jerry and his three children, aged 20, 19 and 13, live in Dallas, TX.

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Jesse Mendez

Talent Development, Executive Coach and Human Resource industry leader. Jesse has built talent development organizations for multibillion-dollar companies to solve unique challenges and optimize corporate investments.

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Todd Strosnider

For nearly 20 years, Todd has focused his career on developing leaders and teams through innovative programs, tools and technologies. His early career focused supporting and educating new supervisors to combat turnover and increase engagement. He has since built and led teams responsible for executing the learning and development strategy for over 10,000 employees.

Todd’s extensive experience as a talent development leader has allowed him to become an expert in leveraging learning technology to maximize business results. In 2017, Todd started his own consultancy, STROJO, where he provided guidance and implementation support for a diversity of learning tech including LMS, LXP, LRS, MOOC, TMS and more. In 2020, Todd founded Tractus, a reseller of LMS and LXP solutions for small and mid sized businesses. Tractus specializes in leveraging world- class content and learning technology to build custom learning solutions for small businesses ready to turn big ideas into real results.

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Rocky Garza

Rocky knows firsthand how difficult it can be to identify what makes us unique on our own. We get caught in insecurities and fears. We tend to spend too much time looking outside, comparing ourselves to what others project, and say about us.

Rocky’s childhood tells a tale of having moved 10 times and having to make new friends at every new school. He ended up spending more time trying to impress or please everyone else; going from one extreme of the pendulum by sailing along on charisma to the other end by living a life of self-sacrifice. No matter how hard he worked, nothing seemed to make sense and he was never able to see his real value or worth. That is until he took a step back and had a long hard look at WHO he was, not just WHAT he did. 

After graduating with a communications degree from Texas A&M University, Rocky has spent the past 15 years walking alongside thousands of individuals at Sky Ranch Summer Camp as Director and counseled and supported hundreds while on the pastoral staff at Chase Oaks Church. Now, as a top keynote speaker and culture consultant, he has taken thousands through the Identity Mapping™ process. As a result, they have all been led to understand the most vivid picture of who they are and how they operate best as individuals.

Let me start by saying I know firsthand how difficult it can be to identify what makes us unique on our own. We get caught in insecurities and fears. We tend to spend too much time looking outside, comparing ourselves to what others project, and say about us.

Growing up I moved 10 times and had to make new friends every time. I realized much later in life that I ended up spending more time trying to impress or please everyone else; going from one extreme of the pendulum by sailing along on charisma to the other end by living a life of self-sacrifice. No matter how hard I worked, nothing seemed to make sense and I was never able to see my real value or worth. That is until I took a step back and had a long hard look at WHO I was, not just WHAT I did. 

And I want to do the same for you and your audience.

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Lisa Jordan

Lisa believes people can solve the most complex and confounding business problems with the right mix of teamwork, processes, and technology. For over 30 years, she has helped business and technology teams create and evolve new capabilities from concept to reality. Following a morale-crushing project in 2009, Lisa began studying and applying agile principles as a way to improve the experience of work for technology teams. As a consultant and coach, Lisa combines learnings from her agile journey with an outsider’s perspective to serve her clients.  Lisa is currently a Vice President at CG Infinity, an IT consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas.

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Kevin Castillo

Leading Global Sales and Alliances at Quisitive, Kevin Castillo is a veteran sales executive and Microsoft technology expert. With nearly three decades of enterprise sales experience, Kevin possesses proven strategies to engage companies looking for an efficient way to improve their operating models using the latest digital technology innovations. Highly successful at driving high-growth business through his expertise in heterogeneous, industry-leading platforms, Kevin has proven his ability to integrate and interconnect systems through the implementation of enterprise software, business alliances and solution selling.

Kevin’s favorite quote is from Vince Lombardi: “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”