4:00 PM16:00

40 Under 40 Innovation and Excellence Awards


Join us for a fun evening of networking and hors d'oeuvres, while we honor the top 40 North Texas men and women in business who represent innovation and excellence in their fields--all under the age of 40. These dynamic leaders have shaped our community in ways that have made North Texas a better place to live and do business. 

Each member of this impressive class will be called on stage to accept their award in front of peers, friends and family. Honorees will also be profiled in a special section inserted in the March 23 issue of the Dallas Business Journal.


George Baker - ParkHub
Dr. Krystal Barnett -Extraordinary Health & Wellness Center
Sarah Burns - Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Shannon Carpenter Bearden - Gensler
Josh Cohen - Ryan, LLC
Lance Currie - Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal LLP
Tiffany Daniels - The Learning Paradigm
Carrie de Moor - Code 3 Emergency Partners, LLC
Luisa del Rosal - SMU Tower Center and SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center
Alex Doubet - Door
Scott Everett - S2 Capital, LLC
Christopher Fisher - City of Dallas Park & Recreation Department
Sakina Rasheed Foster - Haynes and Boone, LLP
Jason Freeman - Freeman Law, PLLC
Phill Geheb - Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
Julie Goodman - Goodman Global Consulting, LLC
Julia Harman - SunTrust Bank
Scott Harper - Dialexa
Dan Harris - Cushman & Wakefield
Thomas Hartland-Mackie - City Electric Supply
Lisa Hermes - McKinney Chamber of Commerce
John Hinckley - Modern Message
Daniel Hines - Krav Maga DFW
Trey Hoobler - Hunger Busters
Michael Horne - KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Adrian Killebrew, Jr. - Axxess
Jordan Klein - Winston & Strawn LLP
Dr. Lan Chi Le - ZYGO Dental Management Group
Andrew LeGrand - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Cristina Lynch - Mi Golondrina
Lisa Marais - Accenture
John Michell - Daseke Inc.
Christopher Patrick - Abacus-Jaspers Restaurant Group
Chandini Portteus - Wipe Out Kids' Cancer
Daniel Roby - Shelter Ministries of Dallas DBA Austin Street Center
Monica Shortino - Capital One
John Steinmetz - Vista Bank
Dallas Tanner - Invitation Homes
Dr. Robert Weir - UT Southwestern Medical Center
Leah Williams - Dala Communications

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2:15 PM14:15

TEDx Oaklawn: Tabula Rasa SOLD OUT

TEDxOakLawn, an independent TEDx event, is excited to be opening to the Dallas community for the first time ever! Representing an array of ideas, our theme “Tabula Rasa” strives to have speakers presenting their passion and knowledge to Oak Lawn and surrounding areas.

The program will feature ten unique live speakers as well as two curated TED Talks with the theme in mind.

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CEO Conversations with Mike Keown Farmers Brothers CEO
7:30 AM07:30

CEO Conversations with Mike Keown Farmers Brothers CEO

Mike Keown joined Farmer Brothers in 2012, as President and Chief Executive Officer. It was "Tell Day" for Mr. Keown, the day that he would inform 350 employees that his century-old coffee company - and most of their jobs - would leave Torrance, California, for another city two time zones away. The CEO of Farmer Brothers couldn't sleep, as questions lingered: Is this the right decision? What about our longtime employees?

From finding a location to announcing the move, executing it and staving off a proxy challenge, the decision impacted every facet of the coffee roaster and distributor's operations, including the bottom line. This is a unique chance to go behind the scenes of Farmer Brothers' relocation and hear Mr. Keown, a longtime food and beverage executive, offer his thoughts on his latest $10.8 million acquisition, the new company headquarters and why he chose to call Dallas-Fort Worth home.


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8:00 AM08:00

Leadership Lessons whith DFW Legends Scaling Your Organization

Mark Fenner is the President and Founder of Rise Performance Group. Mark believes that people are an organizations most valuable asset. Superior results are achieved by organizations that attract and develop strong leaders that are properly resourced. Mark founded Rise Performance Group to help build those leaders.

Marks career is the culmination of more than two decades of creating, building and leading teams. He has personally built high performing sales teams that have broken sales records and advised hundreds more. He is also a member of the John Maxwell Team and is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach.

Through his 25 years of leadership experience, Mark has led great teams to success and through overcoming obstacles and challenges. This experience, coupled with the coaching and mentoring from John Maxwell and faculty members of the John Maxwell Team, gives Mark a unique perspective that helps his clients increase their influence, unite teams and accomplish extraordinary success. Marks passion is to see individuals reach their potential by raising their leadership lid after all, everything rises and falls on leadership.



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8:00 AM08:00

How To Lead The Next Generation of Sales People


Join Tom Niesen, CEO of Acuity Systems,at this breakfast seminar and let his team of experts help you understand how to lead the next generation of sales people.

Session Overview

Tom Niesen - Culture

A company's culture is an invisible set of attitudes and behaviors that affect everything in the organization. In order to understand your sales culture, you must first understand your people and your business. Tom will be covering how millennial's differ from traditional sales people when it comes to motivation, coaching, compensation, and more, so you can build a successful culture around them.

L'areal Lipkins - Process

Unfortunately, many young salespeople lack the experience needed to be successful, but inconsistent sales results usually point to one thing- a missing or broken process. L'areal will explain how to build a process that specifically caters to millennial's, helping them manage their pipeline, better understand their prospects, and in the end, close more deals.

Brisa Castillo - Hiring

If you've tried hiring millennial's, you've probably realized you need a completely different strategy than you've used in the past. In fact, many companies are finding it difficult to grow because they simply can't hire and retain new sales talent. Brisa will discuss how to attract top millennial talent, what to look for during the hiring process, and how to on-board your new hire.

Who should attend?  CEO's, VP of Sales, Sales Directors, Owners, Sales leaders, sales managers, hiring managers and sales professionals who are serious about their sales success.

Meet the Presenters

Tom Niesen - Acuity Systems Inc., CEO

Tom Niesen, CEO and Founder of Acuity Systems, Inc., works with business owners to create a strategy to improve their sales force, increase revenue, and develop a company culture of accountability. Before starting Acuity Systems, Inc. in 1995, Niesen spent 14 years in upper sales management and marketing positions with Polaroid and Fuji Film. There he built sales teams and began to understand the importance of having the right people, processes, and culture.

Today, he blends his own experiences with nationally proven training and evaluation tools from The Sandler Sales Institute, Objective Management Group, and Extended DISC, to teach a unique brand of sales training and personal development. Because of his unique approach to sales and stellar track record, Tom has had the opportunity to work with companies in over 220 industries.

L'areal Lipkins - Acuity Systems Inc., Managing Partner

Known for her insight around streamlining success, L'areal Lipkins is Managing Partner at Acuity Systems, Inc., the longest-running Sandler Training franchise in Texas. Acuity Systems Inc. is Dallas premiere sales training and consulting firm that specializes in helping companies recruit top sales talent, develop sales processes, align sales strategies, and build highly effective sales teams. Associations and corporations across the globe value L'areals expertise in an area of their business that is crucial to their long-term success---sales.

Brisa Castillo - Acuity Systems Inc., Associate

As an Associate at Acuity Systems, Brisa Castillo spends her time with CEO's and Presidents of organizations who have a great sales force, but they don't have anything active in the pipeline that could close in the next few months. Or they have a full pipeline with opportunities that could close soon, but nothing is closing. Other times, they are closing enough business, but they're having to discount their price in order to get the sale and that cuts into their profits.

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5:30 PM17:30

AAF Food for Thought | Branding Through Storytelling

Grab a drink and bites, pull up a chair and hear our industry’s best storytellers share how they craft brand stories that connect with consumers, influence culture and win awards.

Our panel of experts will include Shon Rathbone (3Headed Monster), Roger Ricardo(Kernel) and April Steinback (Organic/BBDO). The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Cameron Gawley (Buzzshift).

And after the panel, we will kick off ADDYs season with the grand reveal of our 2018 Dallas ADDYs theme.


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3:00 PM15:00

Tech Titans - Entering Japanese IOT Market

This free webinar hosted by Tech Titans partner JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) will feature Japan technology expert Eisuke Tsuyuzaki and special guest Larry Furman who will discuss the current and anticipated IoT trends in Japan and share resources to help establish a successful business in Japan.  

Webinar highlights will include:

  • Review market trends and learn which IoT sub-sectors offer the greatest opportunities for U.S. companies.
  • How to successfully find and build relationships with Japan's IoT business community.
  • How companies can use JETRO's no-cost vresrouces to streamline their entry into Japan.

About JETRO:
JETRO is a non-profit organization that connects businesses with the resources they need to successfully expand to Japan.  

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6:30 PM18:30

The Big Idea Competition at UTD (Guy Kawasaki guest)

The Big Idea Competition is UT Dallas' largest startup pitch competition. Undergraduate and Graduate students from all disciplines compete for cash and scholarship prizes and the chance to pitch in front of their peers and a panel of esteemed judges.

JUDGES Include:

Guy Kawasaki, Venture Capitalist, Best-Selling Author

Jeff Williams, Partner at Interlock Partners

Bob Metcalfe, Co-Invented Ethernet

Courtney Caldwell, Cofounder ShearShare

Julie Nickols, Partner at Haynes and Boone


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11:30 AM11:30

Food For Thought | AI Advertising Intelligence

Tom Edwards  |  Epsilon  |  Chief Digital Officer, Agency
Chris Harrold  |  IBM  |  North American Technical Evangelism Leader
Steve Moore  |  AdTheorent  |  VP, Digital Lead

Artificial Intelligence is happening now in advertising—it’s not just an idea for the future. Predictive analytics is changing the ways we assess demographics, calculate customers’ propensity to buy and customize advertising campaigns.

The agencies and brands that do A.I. ‘right’ will become industry leaders and enjoy tremendous competitive advantages.

In this months “Food for Thought,” we’re talking with the brands and companies that are using A.I. now and learning what has (and has not) worked for them.


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1:30 PM13:30

How to Inspire and Influence Your Audience to Action

No matter what business you are in, or if you present to small or large groups, you must have command of specific skills to be an effective communicator.  This session is for all levels. George Hendley of The Speakers Academy and the DBJ invite you to attend this workshop to help you up your game.  $45/$90 ticket options!

In this session you will:

  • Learn the 11 Core Delivery Skills that will help you build trust and credibility immediately
  • Recognize how you gain attention, build interest and create a desire to connect with your listeners
  • Understand why your Visual message is more important than your vocal or verbal message
  • Discover your why to present, and you'll understand your how to present

This session will empower you to:

  • Build and develop your most important business asset...your mind.
  • Increase your confidence and skills leading to greater, faster, more long lasting results
  • Advance your career and/or assist you in growing your own business
  • Inspire you to take action and begin the rewarding process of goal achievement

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6:00 PM18:00

Real-Time Marketing and PR Get Results

David Meerman Scott

Honoree David Meerman Scott will present Be Fearless: Real-Time Marketing and PR Get Results

Those who attend the banquet will receive an autographed copy of Scott’s book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly.

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to Oct 13

The Impact of Agile Transformation on CBRE Business

Join Rose and ATW on October 12th to explore her perspective of --How does a multi-billion dollar company adapt agile process and drive toward a Digital Transformation?

In today’s digital world, technology continues to rapidly evolve, and business needs are changing at a pace not seen before. Commercial real estate is no exception and at CBRE Rose is leading the charge for this change. Taking an agile approach to delivering technology tools that support business professionals will enable us to be more responsive and ensure rapid time-to-market. To meet these demands, CBRE Digital & Technology is undergoing an agile transformation – come discuss this journey with Rose as she shares the critical steps for delivering the right solutions, to the right people, at the right time.

Rose Manjarres serves as Senior Vice President, Digital & Technology, and is responsible for the support and delivery of CBRE’s global Marketing and Research applications portfolio. She is also responsible for leading the agile transformation for the Digital & Tech organization globally.


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7:30 AM07:30

CEO Tim Dove Pioneer Natural Resources EFFICIENT OPERATORS

From substantial technology investments in oil-well production to the development of a new 900,000-square foot corporate campus in Irving, Pioneer Natural Resources has been busy. At the helm of one of the independent exploration and production company is Tim Dove, who took the reins as President and CEO earlier this year after nearly two decades with the company.

Under Mr. Doves leadership and guidance, Pioneer has become one of the most efficient operators among the U.S. shale resource companies. While playing an important part in Pioneers strategic vision, Dove led the teams who advanced horizontal drilling and completion technology into the $22 billion S&P 500 company's core assets in West Texas and South Texas.

Hear from Mr. Dove about his leadership strategy, Pioneers success and more at this exclusive conversation moderated by Dr. Miguel Quinones,of the SMU Cox School of Business.



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4:00 PM16:00

Staying Ahead in a Digital Economy - Chandra Dhandapani, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, CBRE

2017 North Texas Women in Technology

We’re proud to announce the 2017 Women in Technology Awards honorees! This year, the Dallas Business Journal will recognize 25 technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and shaping the local technology community. Join us as we celebrate these extraordinary women and their successes. Chandra Dhandapani, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, CBRE, will speak about "Staying Ahead in a Digital Economy" - don't miss it! 


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