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The 59th Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner


Thursday April 22, 2010 - The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel


North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity - Honoree    

Having made a tremendous impact in our community by assisting approximately three hundred professionals from diverse backgrounds find employment, we are pleased to honor North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD) as our first organizational honoree. 
North Texas LEAD, formerly known as The North Texas BOLD Initiative (NTBI), began in August 1999 when former BNSF Railway CEO Rob Krebs invited a small group of CEOS to meet the president of the New York based BOLD Initiative. 
Leaders from nine corporations launched a series of meetings to explore strategies to remove employment advancement barriers faced by women and people of color. These meetings led to the formation of NTBI and the start of the Community-Wide Talent Search process. The specific purpose of the Talent Search process was to work systemically in creating inclusive work environments inside corporations. Additionally, the goal was to identify the diverse management and executive talent which exists ni the community.
The eight original members of NTBI include Alcon Laboratories, American Airlines Corporation, Bell Helicopter, Textron, BNSF Railway, Nokia Corporation, Radio Shack, Star-Telegram and the City of Fort Worth,
An amicable disaffiliation from the national BOLD paved the way for the Texas board of directors to establish the Fort Worth based organization. With this disaffiliation in 2007, the organization formally changed the name to North Texas LEAD.
The goal of North Texas LEAD is twofold: 1) to make North Texas the destination of choice both for diverse talent who select to live and work in an inclusive residential and business community; and 2) for employers who desire a diverse workforces.
Nineteen employers are partners with North Texas LEAD.


Edward C. McFalls - Dinner Chair

Edward McFalls joined BNSF Railway in March 2003 as the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity. He has responsibility for BNSF Railway's diversity and compliance initaitives and maintains HR generalist dutures for threee corporate business units.

McFalls began his professional career as a Management Trainee with Northwestern Bell in 1974. He spent the following 21 years honing his managerial and leadership skills in a variety of Operations and Human Resources roles, which ultimately led him to serve as the Executive Director of Human Resource Operations with US West Materiel Resources and US West Network Operations. He spent the next seven years at U.S. Robotics and Coors Brewing Company as the Director of Human Resource Operations for serveral different business units in manufacturing environments.

He has amassed a wealth of experience and business knowledge in many Human Resource disciplines with particular expertise in employee relations, human resource operations and diversity management. He is called upon as a content specialist, is a widely sought speaker and a published author.

Edward became a member of the Multicultural Alliance board in 2003. He is an avid golfer but must keep a day job! He has a massive collection of contemporary jazz and R&B music that totals in the thousands. He is married to Michelle, and they have tow daughters and three grandchildren.


Ann Thomas - Camp CommUNITY Speaker

Ann Thomas has recruited and endorsed excellent Delegates for Camp CommUNITY almost since the inception of camp. She has paved the way for over 250 students to have the opportunity to attend. She sees the life changing impact of Camp CommUNITy on each student she has endorsed.

Ann received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Secondary Education and English from the University of North Texas. As life long educator, she has been a permanent substitute teacher at James Martin High Schoolf or the past ten years and has taught in other high schools throughout Texas. She was awarded the Arlington Aware Award for Outstanding Arlington Secondary Teacher in 1992 and was awarded Teacher of the Year at two Junior High Scools.

She is married to John, and they have three children and two grandchildren.


Shari Price - Camp CommUNITY Speaker

Shari Price attended Camp CommUNITY in 2000. She is a Spanish teacher at James Martin High School and coaches the step team at Boles Jr. High School. She was recently appointed the foreign language department chair at Martin High School.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Shari earned two bachelors' degrees: one in Spanish with a minor in Education and a second in Sociology with a minor in Business. She returned to Texas Christian University to earn her master's degree in Educaional Administration. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Shari is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she is also a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar.

 Thank you to all program participants, attendees and 2010 Dinner Sponsors for supporting the Multicultural Alliance and making this a wonderful evening!




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