Previous Speakers

The Dallas 40 is proud of the value of its programs to members and guests, due to the quality of our speakers and the dialogue with attendees. Throughout our 45-year history, we have been privileged to host distinguished local, state, and federal political leaders and jurists, corporate executives representing a broad spectrum of industries and markets, media personalities, and many other important leaders from across our city, region and country. The Dallas 40 also presents forums and panels; examples include mayoral forums featuring all announced candidates, and panels on critical issues such as the Trinity River Project. Below are just a few examples of distinguished speakers hosted by The Dallas 40:

Daron Babcock, Executive Director, Bonton Farms

Lee Jackson, UNT System Chancellor

Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner

Ted Benavides, faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences’ Public and Nonprofit Management Program

Paul Coggins, head of Locke Lord’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations

Dave Lieber, Certified Speaking Professional, a motivational and keynote speaker, a humorist and columnist for The Dallas Morning News

Dr. Harvey Rosenblum, Professor of Business and Financial Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and retired EVP and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Rick Calvert, Assistant U. S. Attorney and Deputy Criminal
Chief of Organized Crime, Northern District of Texas

Dr. Seema Yasmin, Epidemiologist, Journalist, Commentator

Scott N. Beck, CEO/President, Beck Ventures, Inc.

Keven Ann Willey, Vice-President and Editorial Page Editor of The Dallas Morning News

Lee M. Kleinman, City Council Member, District 11

Walt Humann, Former Hunt Consolidated Executive and Longtime Public Servant

Dr. Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, SMU

Dr. Brian Stump, SMU Claude C. Albritton Chair in Geological Sciences

Dr. John W. Burruss, CEO, Metrocare Services

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District

Gary Cogill, Emmy Award winning journalist and Film Producer

Cindy J. Crain, President and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA)

Travis Kelly, Vice President of Government Relations for High Speed Rail

Dr. Fred Chang, Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security at SMU

Deputy Chief Malik Aziz and Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes, Dallas Police Department

Susan Hawk, Dallas District Attorney

Cal Jillson

Charles E. Haley, MD, MC, FACP

James Burke, Winner UT Arlington Entrepreneur Society’s Campus-Wide Business Pitch Competition

Nakia Douglas, Principal, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy

Gil Elan, Southwest Jewish Congress President and CEO

Justin Nygren
, Cofounder and Relational Architect at The Grove, a new way to office

Paul O’Donnell, Editor-in-chief, The Dallas Business Journal

John Chausee, Director, Federal Airport Security for Southwest Airlines Co.

Dr. Sylvia Reyna, DISD Chief of School Leadership

Kathy Ingle, Board Member, Transit Coalition of North Texas and President, Ingle Rentals

Dia Kuykendall, Director Corporate Affairs, LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC

Maurice Pittman, TX DOT

Heather DeLapp, Public Relations Manager for Trinity Infrastructure

Michelle Kinder, M. ED., Executive Director of Momentous Institute, powered by the Salesmanship Club

Nathan J. Orbin, Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle

David M. Shanahan, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Gradalis, Inc.

Michael Meadows, President and CEO of the Dallas Zoological Society

Diane Fullingim, Ronald McDonald House Trains at Northpark

Keith Cerny, General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera

State Representative Jason Villalba

Don Freese, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI Counter Terrorism Squad

Dr. Gail Thomas, President and CEO, The Trinity Trust

Dr. Larry Allums (Executive Director) and Ann Drumm (Member, Sustainability Forum), The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Forrest E. Hoglund

Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth

Harvey Rosenblum, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Brad Alberts, Executive Vice President, Dallas Stars

Ruth Altshuler, Dallas Community Leader and Chairperson of the 50th Committee

Brent E. Christopher, President & CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas

Dr. Ron Anderson, M.D., President & CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System

Rafael Anchia, Texas State Representative, House District 103

Gigi Antoni, Executive Director, Big Thought

Edwin Cabaniss, Owner, Kessler Theater

Michael Cain, Artistic Director & CEO, AFI Dallas International Film Festival

Stacy Caldwell, Executive Director, Dallas Social Venture Partners

James Capra, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Dallas Division

Dr. John T. Carlo, M.D., Medical Director, Dallas County Health & Human Services

Chris Culak, Director, Trinity River Audubon Center

Dr. David Daniel, President, The University of Texas at Dallas

Laura Estrada, Chair, Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission

Michael Faenza, President & CEO, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

James N. Falk, President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of DFW

Jeff Feagan, CEO, DFW International Airport

Charles Glover, Executive Director, Teach for America-Dallas

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD

Craig Holcomb, Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park

Kathy Ingle, LBJ Corridor Champion and former DART Board Chair

Lee Jackson, Chancellor, The University of North Texas System

Larry James, President & CEO, Central Dallas Ministries

Margaret Keliher, Executive Director, Texas Business for Clean Air

Frank-Paul King, Chairman, Board of Directors, The Museum of Nature and Science

David Kunkle, Chief, Dallas Police Department

Veletta Forsythe Lill, Executive Director, Dallas Arts District at Downtown Dallas

Bill Lively, President & CEO, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

Jack Lowe, Jr., former President, DISD Board of Trustees

Colleen McCain Nelson, Pulitzer-Prize-winning editorial columnist, The Dallas Morning News

Cynthia Nunn, President, The Center for Nonprofit Management

Jan Pruitt, Executive Director, North Texas Food Bank

Michael S. Rawlings, Mayor, City of Dallas

Anne Raymond, Managing Director, Crow Holdings

Ron Ricks, Esq., SVP – Law, Southwest Airlines

Philip J. Ritter, EVP, DFW International Airport

Lou Saksen, VP of Facilities Planning & Development, Parkland Hospital

Jim Schutze, City Hall Columnist, The Dallas Observer

Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College

Mary Suhm, Dallas City Manager

Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, CEO, Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross

Becky Sykes, President & CEO, The Dallas Women’s Foundation

Rich Thomas, CEO, MetroTex Association of Realtors

Dr. R. Gerald Turner, President, Southern Methodist University

Hon. Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff

Hon. Craig Watkins, Dallas District Attorney

J. McDonald (Don) Williams, Co-Chair, Dallas Achieves Commission

Beverley Wright, Chair, The Dallas Dinner Table

Karl Zavitkovsky, Director, Office of Economic Development, City of Dallas