Businesses have the power to make a difference in the human condition of the cities they live and work in. With the understanding that business leaders have influence in many spheres of society, how can they harness their organizational and personal platforms to positively affect change in the communities that mean so much to them, through their businesses? Join Hattie Hill and Carrie Freeman Parsons as they share the powerful work being done in Dallas, highlighting collaborations that go beyond CSR and simple philanthropy, and giving insights into how everyone can be a change-maker in their own backyard.
Hattie Hill is a senior executive and transformational leader with more than 30 years of experience in diversity and inclusion strategy, board governance, profit and loss management and risk mitigation for multinational industries. Currently, Ms. Hill serves as the President & CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, which provides the skills, education and training to lift communities, increase diversity and inclusion, and gender equity, and power the modern global economy through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) jobs. Previously, Ms. Hill was President & CEO of Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the premier leadership development organization for the food service industry accelerating the advancement of women and gender equity. She is credited with driving up WFF’s revenue by 25 percent, increasing its membership by 20 percent and growing attendance for the organization’s flagship events by 20 percent. During her prior career as founder and CEO of Hattie Hill Enterprises, Ms. Hill served as a strategy growth and development consultant for many of the world’s largest multinational companies such as IBM, McDonald’s and Southwest Airlines, among others. Her influential work spanned across more than 70 countries worldwide.
Carrie is chair of Freeman, the world’s leading live event and brand experience company. Freeman helps their clients create and deliver immersive experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, experience design, and digital as well as AV and virtual event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. Carrie is the third generation of her family to be actively involved in the business that was founded in 1927. In addition to her work with Freeman, she is involved with Conscious Capitalism, Girls Inc of Metropolitan Dallas and the Texas Women’s Foundation. She lives in Dallas with her husband Steven and her son Major while her daughter Olivia attends university in Durham England.
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