Make Your Success A Reality

Seminars are geared toward African-American and Hispanic high school and middle school students of promise – youth who may be straddling the fence between academic complacency and meaningful engagement.

Through moderated panel discussions, students are provided the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful business and community leaders who speak with authenticity and cultural credibility while reinforcing the Compelling Why pillars of the importance and value of education, self-motivation, personal responsibility and active engagement.

The pillars are reinforced through panelist personal stories and strategies for surmounting obstacles. Panelists provide inspiration and motivation to youth who too often are without positive role models in their lives.

Students are challenged with a call-to-action to engage in programs that prepare them for success in college and career. Academic enrichment and youth development programs, already available on their campuses and in their communities, are featured during an Opportunity Fair – think college career fair setting – so students can easily and immediately learn more about those programs and enroll.

Seminars are held at partner university campuses and segmented by gender and ethnicity to help maximize impact on participants.

African American Men

Randy Bowman

President, MW Logistics

Patrick Briggs

Texas State Director, AVID

Baine Brooks

Owner, Two Rows Restaurant
Councilmember, City of Allen

Carl Dorvil

President/CEO, Group Excellence

Derrick Evers

Managing Partner/CEO, Kazien Development Partners

Art George

Principal/The George Development Group
Retired Texas Instruments executive

Matt Houston

Principal, MLH Enterprises

Dale Long

Sr. Community Relations Coordinator, City of Dallas

Marcus Martin

CEO, 2M Research Services

Prentis Murphy

North Texas Retail Client Relationship Executive, Deloitte

Michael D. Pegues

Shareholder, Polsinelli

Fred Perpall

CEO, The Beck Group

Byron Sanders

President & CEO, Big Thought

Ronnie Wilson, Jr

Lead Technology Project Manager, GKN Aerospace

African American Women

Tiffani Evans

Sr. Project Manager, AT&T

Lyria Howland

President, Howland PR

Torrey Littlejohn

SVP, Jones Lang LaSalle

Deanna Naugles

Senior Mgr, Strategic Program & Operations, Accenture

Alfreda B. Norman

SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Cheryl Richardson

Enterprise Account Mgr, Cisco Systems

Michelle R. Thomas

VP, Philanthropy & Community Relations, JPMorgan Chase

Tamara Urquhart

Recruitment Director, Teach for America

Frances Cudjoe Waters

National Speaker, Writer, Minister and Life Coach

Hispanic Men

Rafael Anchia

Texas State Representative

Manuel Aybar

Manager, Industrial Engineering, Qorvo

Jose Bowen

President, Goucher College
Former, Dean, Meadows School, SMU

Andy Canales

Director, Center for Social Measurement and Eval, Children at Risk

Former Director, Literacy Initiatives, Commit!

Jorge A. Corral

Dallas Office Managing Director, Accenture

Marcus Duron

Principal, Rocky Duron & Associates

Jorge Luis Estrada

Community Outreach Representative, Dallas Police Dept.

Edwin Flores

Managing Partner, Chalker Flores LLP

Richard Garza

Principal, Garza Program Management

Victor Garza

Financial Advisor, Amicus Financial Advisors

Adan Gonzalez

Executive Director, Puede Network!

Pete Lerma

Principal & Founder, Richards/Lerma

Jaime Luna

Material Program Manager, Raytheon

Chris MacFarland

CEO, Masergy

R. Mateo Magdaleno

Chief Education Officer, IDQ Group

Carlos Morales

Partner, Freidman & Fieger

Mauricio Navarro

President, RAIZ Inc.

Arturo Sanchez

Integration Mgr, International Space Station, NASA

Rawly Sanchez

Chief Admin, Tyler ISD
Former, Deputy Chief of Staff, DISD

Alejandro Sanchez Sobrino

VP, GM Telemundo, Orlando, ZGS Communications

Jeronimo Valdez

Managing Partner, Valdez | Washington

Isaul Verdin

Counselor, Verdin Law

Luis Zambrano

Partner, Miller, Eagan, Molter & Nelson, LLP

Hispanic Women

Lily Anderson

Manager, Sales Development, Mercuri International

Michelle Bobadilla

Senior Associate VP for Outreach Services, UT Arlington

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira

Director, Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas

Patricia Rodriguez Christian

President, CRC Group

Hilda C. Galvan

Partner-in-Charge Dallas, Jones Day

Florencia Velasco Fortner

President & CEO, The Concilio

Cassandra Gandara

Lawyer, Gandara & Gonzalez

Gail Salcido

VP, General Counsel, Fluor Corporation

Natalie Solis

Anchor / Reporter, KDFW Fox 4

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The Impact of Compelling Success Sessions

  • Increase each student’s level of engagement. Research shows students who are behaviorally, emotionally and cognitively engaged in school are more likely to achieve positive academic outcomes.
  • Expose students to accomplished role models with whom they relate to culturally. Students served seldom see themselves reflected in the myriad of careers and occupations to which they might aspire.
  • Connect students to the resources needed to achieve their college and career goals.

In Their Own Words

Listen to these speakers share words of wisdom on education and achieving success. View all videos.

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