Program

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.