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Big Thought’s Erin Offord Selected as Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Honoree

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Big Thought’s senior director of programs, Erin Offord, has been selected as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journal’s 2020 Minority Business Leader Awards.

As senior director of programs at Big Thought, Erin Offord is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies that connect community resources and quality programs for children and parents to realize their inner greatness. Erin has been an invaluable member of the Big Thought team for 16 years, serving as the primary leader for all direct delivery programs with youth for nearly 10 years. During her tenure, Erin has worked with internal and external partners to devise financial models for direct delivery programs.

Currently, Erin is innovating the way Big Thought delivers intervention programming to adjudicated youth. She is leading the charge to bring the Creative Solutions program for adjudicated youth to Tarrant and Collin Counties to serve more youth in the juvenile justice program.

As a member of the Big Thought executive leadership team, Erin is instrumental in the organization’s racial equity journey. Starting in spring of 2018, Erin led the Racial Equity Visioning Team, which established the tone and cadence for a full year of racial equity exploration throughout all levels of the organization from part-time staff to the board of directors.

Outside of Big Thought, Erin is passionately committed to partnering with families in marginalized communities. She serves on the board of Opportunity Rising and was in the leadership cohort of Building High Impact Nonprofits of Color funded by JPMorgan Chase.

Each year, the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Awards honor men and women from across North Texas for outstanding business and community leadership. The Dallas Business Journal seeks nominees that are proven leaders and decision-makers of diverse ethnic backgrounds with a track record of excellence in advocating for others in their communities and workplaces.

A judging panel of program alumni and community leaders sift through pages of nominations to select a group of 25 outstanding honorees who have all made a significant impact on the North Texas community through their efforts inside and outside of the workplace.

Erin, along with other minority leaders receiving the award will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Wednesday, February 5th at the Fairmont Dallas. She is leading the charge to bring the Creative Solutions program for adjudicated youth to Tarrant and Collin Counties to serve more youth in the juvenile justice program.

To learn more about the 2020 Minority Business Leader Awards, please visit: http://bit.ly/2Z3urJS.

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The Fellowship Initiative engages in an evening of culture while learning ways to cope with family changes.

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Earlier this month several young men from The Fellowship Initiative had the opportunity to take in a bit of theatrics with City of Dallas Office of Arts & Cultural partner, South Dallas Cultural Center. The Fellows had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the production crew and cast of Dot. Presented by Soul Rep Theatre Company , Dot is a heart-warming and heartbreaking stage play confronts a family who must come together while coming to terms with the matriarch’s illness and decline. The evening started with a “ClapBack” where subject experts held a round table Q & A session on how to recognize signs of the disease and ways to find support through various resources in Dallas.  

Chase Fellow Mentor, Ronald Lewis, shared his own personal experience of dealing with the disease. TFI Program Manager Sean Walker stated that his family had dealt with finding care for loved ones and although the Fellows might not be facing this in their home now, they will be well prepared when it comes up. Dot runs through December 22, and don’t be surprised if you recognized one of the actors, Dallas City of Learning’s very own Program Manager Sergio Antonia Garcia as “Adam,” Garcia’s character becomes the balance to the family offering support to the entire family during the life changing events. 

Big ThoughtThe Fellowship Initiative engages in an evening of culture while learning ways to cope with family changes.
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