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, September 10th | RSVP

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

Shall We Dance?

North Texans are fortunate to have access to a wide range of live performing arts, from opera to dance to theatre and far beyond. Join us on September 10 to hear from the leaders of the Lyric Stage, which specializes in American musical theatre (yes, including the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, “The King and I”), and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, which presents many types of dance performances, from modern dance to ballet. They’ll share with us their thoughts on a wide range of topics relating to the performing arts in North Texas. For example: How do they plan their seasons? What is important to them in selecting artists and creators? What challenges do performing arts groups face? More broadly, how do the performing arts contribute to quality of life in our society?

Our Speakers

Steven Jones

Steven Jones

Steven Jones was born in Dallas. After graduating from Baylor University and Baylor College of Dentistry, he moved to New York City where he worked as a professional actor. He produced his first show Off-Broadway in 1992 and returned home to Dallas to found Lyric Stage. Lyric Stage opened its first production on July 8, 1993 and has produced over 110 productions to date, hiring over 1,000 artists.

Under Jones’ leadership, Lyric Stage has won 35 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Awards and three special citations for excellence and innovation from the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum. Jones has twice been nominated by The Dallas Morning News for Texan of the Year for his contributions to musical theater. He has produced 21 world premiere musicals. Jones’ care and attention to detail in producing classic American musicals caught the attention of Ted Chapin, Chairman of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Chapin selected Jones and Lyric Stage to produce the premiere of the restoration of the original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.

Zenetta S. Drew

Zenetta S. Drew

Zenetta Drew joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1987 and has seen the company develop from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 600 with national and international venues, and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents and at two Cultural Olympiads.

Prior to joining DBDT, Ms. Drew’s professional background included 11 years of accounting and management experience at ARCO Oil and Gas Co. During this time, she held ten positions of increasing management responsibility. Most notable were her assignments managing offshore oil platform projects in the Gulf of Mexico and as Oil Revenue accounting manager where she was responsible for 50% of corporate revenue. | Full Bio

Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For 2018, membership is $100 per person. Please RSVP Here
Embassy Suites


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

Appetizers and Cash Bar