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Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, May 13th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites 3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar 6:00 p.m. Program

A Journey through Bipolar Oz, Ruby Red Slippers and Wicked Witches included!

Bipolar disorder, formerly referred to as manic depression, affects some 1% of the global population, but up to 3% in the US. The frequency with which the condition occurs in the population makes it likely that someone in your own family, neighborhood, or workplace is dealing with bipolar disorder. Join us on May 13 to hear a presentation by Kelly Rentzel, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, N.A., who will share her journey with bipolar disorder, from the condition’s harrowing first appearance in college to later struggles that threatened her life and legal career.

Our Speaker

Kelly Rentzel

Kelly Rentzel is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank in Dallas, Texas, where she began working in 2012 after ten years of law practice, first at Baker Botts LLP and later at the federal court. She currently serves as Vice President of the Southwest Association of Bank Counsel and as Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Peer Assistance Committee.

Kelly is an honors graduate of the Dedman School of Law, where she served on the SMU Law Review and played catcher for the LawDawgs championship softball team. She received a dual major with honors from Rice University. It was there that she deepened her love of Shakespeare, discovered her talent for the Macarena, and was first diagnosed with bipolar I disorder.

Kelly first spoke publicly about her mental illness in August 2017 at a Dallas Bar Association CLE. She has since authored multiple articles, launched a website (bipolaroz.com), and spoken to audiences from Austin to Omaha about successfully living with bipolar disorder. Most recently, she presented her story on the TEDx stage. In recognition for her advocacy, Kelly received a 2018 Dallas Bar Association Presidential Citation, the 2018 “Outstanding Public Service & Pro Bono Award” from the Association of Corporate Counsel, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU. Her story has also been featured in the ABA Journal and The Texas Lawbook.

Kelly recently completed a manuscript about her experiences, tentatively titled Crazyhorse. The book ends with a tribute to Kelly’s greatest inspiration, her nine-year-old daughter Catie, who still thinks Mom is pretty boring.


Dues for 2019 are just $100! If you bring a friend who decides to join us, the $15 guest fee can be applied toward his or her dues. You can pay on line, bring cash or a check to a meeting, or mail your check to our Treasurer, Brent Berryman (see address at the bottom of this page). Please RSVP Here

Embassy Suites

LOCATION:

Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75220