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SVP Dallas Responds – Digital Gathering Series

Join us for an ongoing digital gathering series that was launched to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and continues to focus on social justice issues that affect our society today.


Justice Responds, Part II – June 30, 2020, 10am – 11am CST

On June 16th, as a part of the SVP Dallas Responds series, we held our first discussion on the criminal justice system in the United States and how it might be reformed into an equitable and just system. On June 30th, we hold Part II of that discussion.

“Mass incarceration is the result of small, distinct steps, each of whose significance becomes more apparent over time, and only when considered in light of later events.” 1

2.7% of the entire adult population in the United States is currently under some form of correctional supervision. Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the U.S. population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015. Across the criminal justice system, African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites. Spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of spending on PreK-12 public education in the last thirty years. 2

The significance of small, distinct steps taken over many years across our criminal justice system has become apparent. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world and has bent its justice system into an oppressive structure that targets communities of color.

At this powerful moment in our history, as we seek to dismantle systemic racism across our institutions, we must look hard at one of the most effectual tools of oppression in our nation: mass incarceration. Equity in our communities and a free United States cannot co-exist with a justice system that weights its scales based on race. On June 30th at 10am CT, our esteemed panel will discuss the current state of incarceration in the United States with a focus on the power of public defenders in the fight for legal equality and necessary reforms to the system.

Featured Speakers:

  • James Forman Jr., Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Locking Up Our Own
  • Lynn Richardson, Chief Public Defender, Dallas County Public Defender’s Office
  • Jonathan Rapping, Founder & President, Gideon’s Promise

1Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

With additional thanks to Something Good Consulting Group and FWD>DFW together with The Dallas Morning News.

Justice Responds – June 16, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers who had sworn to protect and serve him, “to protect with courage, to serve with compassion,” our communities are rising to action for more equitable systems and against racism. The systems of oppression we are up against are entrenched, long-standing, and very much alive. It is of the utmost importance that we hold the systems of justice accountable to equitable practices in the execution of their duties. Those in these positions include law enforcement, courts, prisons, and lawmakers who will need to meet the urgent cries of a society demanding practices of restorative justice.

Understanding the positions of our local leaders, what reforms they might have already been enacting, and how they are responding to these fresh calls for transformation will be essential to our reformation of the criminal justice system.

On June 16th at 10:30am, we will sit down with our panelists to understand how the local facets of our criminal justice system are reacting and what we can expect from them.

Featured Speakers:

In gratitude to presenting sponsor EY for making Justice Responds possible. With additional thanks to Something Good Consulting Group and FWD>DFW together with The Dallas Morning News.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot has shared a presentation with information referenced during the session, which can be found here.

How Can Solidarity Respond? – June 9, 2020

It is right to call Racism a crisis. It is right to call the COVID-19 pandemic a health and economic crisis. The word originally referred to “a turning point”, the time from which a situation either improves or dissolves catastrophically. We have seen how devastating the effects of racism are. It remains to be seen how devastating COVID-19 will ultimately be. But its effects already bear the shape of a far deeper, more long-standing, more far-reaching crisis that has ravaged our communities for centuries:

Racism and inequity in the United States of America.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery mark a turning point for a nation struggling with racial, social, and economic inequity. While we grapple with the legacy and injustice of police brutality against black people, COVID-19 is causing turmoil in communities of color as well… Outcome statistics from the virus make it blatant that resources are distributed along racial lines in our country. National statistics for the last 50 years have shown that opportunity, aid, punishment, and influence are all metered by the fairness of one’s skin.

As the protests and the COVID-19 pandemic lay bare the disparities that exist in our community, the question at our turning point remains. Will we respond to the history of racism in America in a way that fosters equity, or will we perpetuate the harm of that legacy on future generations?

On June 9th, our panel discusses how the effects of COVID-19 are being shaped by our national, racial preferences, how those preferences are woven into our daily lives, and how reforming the systems that exist in our communities might take us closer to being a nation with liberty and justice for all.

Opening Remarks:

  • Colin Allred, U.S Congressman (TX-32)

Featured Speakers:

  • Colin Allred, U.S Congressman (TX-32)
  • Kimberly O’Neil, CEO, Giving Blueprint, and SVP Dallas Board Member – Click Here for Bio
  • Dr. Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College – Click Here for Bio
  • Dr. Heather Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group – Click Here for Bio
  • Tony Fleo, CEO, SVP Dallas (Moderator)

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, The Future Responds – May 19, 2020

What does our future look like on the heels of a once-in-a-century crisis? COVID-19 has already dramatically shifted the way each of us responds to our every day. There is an expectation that it will change the world permanently, but what does this long-term impact really mean? How must our institutions adapt and how might we work for the best possible future now?

In the previous digital gatherings, the SVP Dallas Responds series has looked at the immediate present in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. During The Future Responds, we will be joined by Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Managing Director of RSR Partners, Tony Fleo, CEO of SVP Dallas, Robert Steven Kaplan, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Tom Luce, founder of Texas 2036–who will help us recast our visions of the future and begin to grapple with the long-term effects of the current season.

What might a vision of a new future look in light of the effects of COVID-19?

We will discuss this, and more, with our esteemed panelists, all of whom have played significant roles on the public stage leading major institutions through challenging times.

Featured Speakers:

Moderated by: Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas – Click Here for Bio

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, Leaders Respond – April 30, 2020

On April 30th, SVP Dallas invites you to join our next digital gathering, LEADERS RESPOND, with presenting sponsor Bank of America. This session will delve into what it takes to lead in a transformational way when record-level disruption is in full effect, the playbook of what is “normal” no longer applies, and most people are only focused on the transactional need to keep things afloat. How do leaders help their employees and their stakeholders see how their work connects to a greater purpose for their organization while building trust, communicating compassion, emphasizing stability, and radiating hope?

We will discuss this, and more, with our esteemed panelists, all of whom have played a major role in guiding our city and citizens through the daily uncertainty of COVID-19.

Introduction and welcome by Jennifer Chandler, Bank of America Dallas Market President.

Digital Gathering Panelists:

  • Cynt Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Mavericks
  • Clay Jenkins – Dallas County Judge
  • Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District

With thanks to:

Presenting sponsor Bank of America, whose support of this conversation speaks to their belief in bringing together collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.  

Sponsor Restoration Specialists for the decontamination work they have been doing to combat Covid-19 for public and commercial building owners by providing prevention steps as well as disinfecting confirmed cases. Please click here for more information or call 214-551-3620.

Partner FWD>DFW representing cause marketing for The Dallas Morning News.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, Mental Health Responds – April 14, 2020

Digital Gathering Panelists:

  • Dr. Harville Hendrix & Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, Founders of Imago Relationship Therapy and RelationshipsFirst
  • Michelle Kinder, LPC – Author, Speaker, and Former Executive Director at Momentous Institute
  • Marcellina Melvin MA, LPC – Director of Program Implementation for Child and Family Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Dr. Amanpreet Randazzo, LCP – President of AR Psychological Services
  • Dr. Brad Schwall – President & CEO, The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, Dallas Responds – April 2, 2020

Digital Gathering Panelists:

  • Froswa’ Booker-Drew, VP of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances, State Fair of Texas
  • Hon. Adam McGough, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, City of Dallas
  • Hon. Jennifer Staubach Gates, City Council Member, City of Dallas
  • Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Chief of Equity and Inclusion, City of Dallas
  • Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas (Moderator)

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, Philanthropy Responds – March 26, 2020

Digital Gathering Panelists:

  • Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation
  • Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO, The Dallas Foundation
  • Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President & CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • David Scullin, President & CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas (Moderator)