MCLE Credits: 8.00 including 8.00 MCLE
DBA DIVERSITY SUMMIT
Diversity: Shaping Agents of Change
Nnamdi Anozie is a partner in the Dallas office of White Wiggins & Barnes LLP. Nnamdi represents an impressive list of clients, including Fortune 500® companies, government agencies, corporate officers, arts organizations and prominent individuals in a variety of complex business and legal matters. Nnamdi has litigated matters on behalf of clients engaged in multi-million dollar disputes throughout Texas state and federal courts, and has advised businesses in compliance related matters across the nation and globe. Nnamdi is recognized by his peers as a Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers® Rising Star in Texas.
Prior to joining White Wiggins & Barnes, Nnamdi was a trial attorney at one of the top four litigation boutiques in Texas. Nnamdi is also a former Presidential Management Fellow and has worked closely with executive agencies and policy and research organizations to author and publish regulatory works used as support for federal and state law reform.
Nnamdi also maintains a strong presence within the community. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, JL Turner Legal Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Nnamdi is a Life Fellow of the DAYL Foundation.
Nnamdi is a proud triple graduate of Howard University.
American Bar Association: - President, 2003-2004 - Member, Board of Governors, 1999-2002
National Bar Association: - President, 1983-1984; - Life Member
Detroit Bar Association: - Member, Board of Directors, 1973-1975; - Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1973-1975
State Bar of Michigan: President, 1984-1985
Associate Professor, Detroit College of Law, 1972-1978
Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University Law School, 1984-1985
Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
Life Member of Fellows, American Bar Foundation and Life Member of Fellows, Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow, International Society of Barristers Western Michigan University, B.S., 1965
Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1970
A Morgan Stanley veteran of over 24 years, Marilyn Booker serves as Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group. In addition to running a traditional wealth management business, Marilyn also focuses on the urban community and teaches financial education programs all across the country. Prior to establishing The Urban Markets Group, Marilyn was the head of Diversity, Work-Life, EEO and Human Resources Policy for Morgan Stanley. Marilyn is an attorney by training, who has practiced in the areas of criminal defense litigation, municipal finance, corporate bankruptcies and corporate restructuring.
A native of Chicago, Marilyn received her B.A. magna cum laude from Spelman College and her J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. Marilyn is a former trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, a member of The Morgan Stanley Benefit Plan Administrative Committee and a former member of the Morgan Stanley Residential Franchise Risk Committee. She is a former board member of the New York Urban League and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. She is also a former board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Health and the Michael J. Berkeley Foundation and has served as Co-Chair of the legendary Apollo Theater’s Women’s Committee. Marilyn testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at its hearing on “Diversity in the Financial Services Sector.” She also appeared on “ABC World News Tonight” in a segment on “Women and the Workforce” and was featured in a “CBS MarketWatch Weekend” segment highlighting Morgan Stanley’s Emergency Day Care Program.
Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira is the Director of the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs which was established in March 2017. The Dallas WCIA seeks to be a bridge connecting Dallas’ diverse immigrant communities with existing Dallas residents so that common ground and shared leadership can be realized.
A Dallas native, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level on immigration related matters. Prior to joining the City of Dallas management team, Liz served as the Obama Administration’s Senior Advisor to the Director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S. An attorney, advocate and policy advisor, Liz is dedicated to improving our nation’s immigration system.
Among numerous awards for commitment to service and excellence in the legal profession, Liz has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award by SMU Dedman School of Law, the Ohtli Award from the Republic of Mexico, the Maura Award by the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the 2018 SMU Latino/a Alumni of the Year, the 2017 Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Latina Trailblazer Award, D Magazine 2018 Best Attorneys in Dallas.
Liz is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and received her high school diploma from North Dallas High School, her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University. She is married to Oscar Pereira, an aeronautical engineer, and they are blessed with three children.
Rhonda Hunter is Chief of the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s office. Ms. Hunter is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has 35 years experience practicing in the juvenile courts, handling CPS and juvenile delinquency cases as an advocate, and two decades as a visiting juvenile court referee.
Ms. Hunter currently sits in the American Bar Association House of Delegates where she serves as Chair of the Minority Caucus Newsletter Committee; is a member of the ABA GPSolo Womens Caucus, and, former member of the ABA Diversity Center.
Rhonda Hunter is past president of the Dallas Bar Association, the J.L.Turner Legal Association, the Dallas Association of Black Women Attorneys and the DBA Community Service Fund. Ms. Hunter is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Executive Council, the Metropolitan Bar Caucus Executive Committee, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has also served as Chair of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary.
Ms. Hunter is past course director for the Implicit Bias seminars, DBA Diversity Summit, Dallas Minority Attorney Program, Hopwood: the Decision and Its Legacy seminars; and, is a frequent speaker and lecturer on marital property, trial skills, probate, CPS issues, child support, diversity and media relations. Programs developed by Ms. Hunter have won ABA Partnership Awards from the ABA and Star of Merit awards from the State Bar of Texas.
Rhonda Hunter graced the cover of the 2016 edition of Texas Superlawyers magazine and has been named a Superlawyer for 13 years. She was named as one of the 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas by Dallas CEO Magazine in 2016 and 2017.
Michael K. Hurst is widely recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country in large and complex commercial, intellectual property, and employment litigation. Michael is also a prominent leader of The Bar Association and the community, serving as President of the 11,000+ member Dallas Bar Association in 2018. He has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and tried numerous high profile cases, including breach of contract, fraud, theft of trade secrets, non-compete agreements, partnership disputes, oil and gas, electricity, employment discrimination, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty. Michael is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
A passionate advocate of the preservation of the civil jury trial system, Michael has also handled oil and gas disputes, catastrophic matters, products liability litigation, and class actions. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics ranging from trial skills, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties to energy litigation.
Regina Montoya is a nationally recognized attorney, speaker, and community leader. She is the Chair of the Board of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), and she serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Texas Book Festival and Girls Inc. Regina worked in the White House as an Assistant to President Bill Clinton, and she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Currently, Regina is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and is the Chair of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Task Force on Poverty. Regina is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America. She is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including healthcare,
Judge Parker was elected in 2010. Prior taking the bench she was a trial attorney and litigator for more than a decade in complex commercial and tort litigation cases, where she prosecuted and defended matters on behalf of individuals and corporations.
Judge Parker is an active member of several local bar associations and community groups. She is committed to increasing civility and professionalism in the bar, as well as meaningful mentorship opportunities for law students and young lawyers.
Dr. Sheron C. Patterson is the senior pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. She is a trailblazer and glass ceiling breaker for women. Dr. Patterson is the first African American woman ordained an elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A leader in her own community, Dr. Patterson sits on the Board of Trustees of SMU and the Methodist Health System Board of Directors. The daughter of a school teacher and a policeman, Dr. Patterson grew up in a Charlotte, NC household that encouraged the interruption of the status quo. As a result, Dr. Patterson writes and works for understanding between the Police and African American communities.
Dr. Patterson is a ten year survivor of breast cancer. She turned her diagnosis into a vehicle of community empowerment via awareness programs and fund raising thousands to provide low-income and no-income women with free mammograms.
With 25 years as a relationship counselor, media personality and prolific writer, Dr. Patterson earned a national reputation as an expert in matters of the heart, mind and soul. She has written eight books. Her latest book is entitled “Lead Yourself Now”.
She holds degrees from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Patterson and her husband, Robert, have been married 33 years and are the parents of two adult children.
Licensed by: TX State Board of Examiners of Psychologists; Doctoral Degree: Spalding University, Clinical Psychology
Dr. Sanford completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Momentous Institute, and has been with the agency for 9 years. Dr. Sanford is currently the Training Director and serves as part of the Therapeutic Services Leadership Team. In her role, Dr. Sanford oversees intensive clinical training opportunities offered to students enrolled in various mental health and counseling programs and early career clinicians. This includes overseeing a doctoral internship program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition to her training responsibilities, Dr. Sanford has an integral voice in helping to promote cultural humility and racial equity across the agency as part of her role on the leadership team. She recently contributed to the agency’s Blog series about race to provide parents understand the importance of talking with their children about race. Read the blog here: How (and Why) to Talk to Kids About Race. Prior to joining Momentous Institute, Dr. Sanford worked in a variety of settings in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas including the prison system, a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, an inpatient hospital, the public school system, child protective services and other community mental health agencies. Some of Dr. Sanford’s clinical interests include, complicated family systems, complex trauma, cultural humility and sensitivity, working with African American families and clients from diverse backgrounds including poverty.
Julia A. Simon is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Mary Kay Inc., overseeing the company's Legal Department, Risk Management, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility functions. Her teams protect the company's reputation and operations in nearly 40 markets around the globe. She is a member of the company’s executive committee and also serves as the Senior Privacy Officer for the company. Prior to joining Mary Kay, Julia was a partner at the law firm, Locke Liddell & Sapp in Dallas, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and labor & employment. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and The University of Texas School of Law.
Julia has been recognized by D CEO Magazine and the Association of Corporate Counsel as Best Deputy General Counsel in 2015, and by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader in 2010. She received the Texas General Counsel Forum Diversity Award in 2009, and was listed as a Rising Star in Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition for 2004, 2005 and 2007. She was featured as one of Texas’ top in-house lawyers by Texas Lawyer in 2005.
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