Archive for 2015

North Texas LEAD Elects 2016-2017 Board Officers

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Tim Carter

Tim Carter,

Dr. Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp Karbhari,
Vice Chairman

Sean Donohue

Sean Donohue,
Board Treasurer

Richard Casarez

Richard Casarez,

Rosa Navejar

Rosa Navejar,
Officer of Special Events

The board of directors for North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD) elected Tim Carter as Chairman during its last meeting of 2015.  Carter is President of Southside Bank and succeeds Robert Earley, CEO JPS Health Network who completed his two-year term as chairman of the non-profit organization.

Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, President of University of Texas at Arlington was elected Vice Chairman.  UT-Arlington is the third university to join LEAD which was originally designed for corporate memberships.

Elected as board treasurer was Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.  DFW International Airport has been a member of LEAD since 2005. Richard Casarez, Oncor Electric Vice President for Fort Worth Customer Operations was elected as Secretary.

The Rios Group President Rosa Navejar serves as Officer of Special Events and will lead the fund-raising effort that will commemorate LEAD’s 15th Anniversary in August 2016.   LEAD was created in 2001 by nine CEOs and former Fort Worth Mayor Ken Barr who realized their workplaces needed to reflect the diversity of the communities and customers they served.

Andrea Thomas lands at DFW Airport!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas

Workforce Diversity Manager
DFW International Airport


Working with North Texas LEAD has proven to be an exceptional experience for me. The selection and job search process is set up to bring out the best in candidates through coaching, resume development and more. The  LEAD team was instrumental in helping me take my resume to another level, allowing me to realize my strengths and how truly valuable my professional experience is.

Having long tenure with my previous organization, it had been several years since I’d interviewed. LEAD  introduced me to the STAR format of behavioral based interviewing, which better prepared me to communicate my experience effectively and to show my value. After only a short time, I was hired by a world class organization that is progressive, innovative and embraces diversity.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with North Texas LEAD. I will continue to remain in touch with the organization and tell others about the great work they do!”


Shared Success

Monday, July 6th, 2015

LEAD candidate Chris Chilton shares his success story with an audience of job seekers at the Q2 reception hosted by Cash America. Chilton is currently the Director of Marketing and PR for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). North Texas LEAD candidate receptions bring top professionals together with premier employers who are driving diversity and inclusion in the DFW area.


Monday, July 6th, 2015

North Texas LEAD provides job seekers with the unique opportunity to network with executives, HR teams, and representatives from member organizations.


Board Values

Monday, July 6th, 2015

President Dr. Michael Williams and the UNT Health Science Center hosted North Texas LEAD’s board of directors meeting in June. Dr. Williams and Chief People Officer Steve Sosland discuss the university’s values initiative and commitment to diversity. LEAD’s Board of Directors consists of Chief Executives from member employers.

HR Driven

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Human Resources leaders from across the metroplex convene quarterly to drive the operational efforts of the LEAD organization. Kyle Davis, Senior Director of Workforce Strategy & Labor Relations for Oncor Electric Delivery leads a discussion on D&I strategies at the June HR executives network meeting.

Workshop to help military members, veterans enter workforce

Monday, April 27th, 2015

News release shared from UNT Health Science Center.

Drawing on 13 years of experience recruiting U.S. military veterans in the private sector, Steve Sosland will lead a free job search training workshop for active military members and veterans April 30 at UNT Health Science Center.

Sosland, a West Point graduate and Chief People Officer in the UNTHSC Office of People Development, will offer attendees who are seeking jobs hands-on training, including resume building, networking skills and interviewing techniques.

“Too often I see military veterans undervalue their background, skill and experience as they pursue employment during their transition back to civilian life,” said Sosland, who served as a U.S. Army officer from 1980 to 1991. “In fact, they have many of the critical skills and qualities that make them excellent candidates for jobs in business, government and nonprofits. I hope to help them learn to highlight and communicate those strengths.”

The workshop is offered by North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity, known as North Texas LEAD, which strives to make North Texas the destination of choice for diverse talent by breaking stereotypes and encouraging employers to reach out to every segment of the community. UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams is a member of the North Texas LEAD Board of Directors.

The workshop will be held from to 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 in the Medical Education and Training (MET) Building at UNT Health Science Center, 1000 Montgomery St. in Fort Worth. To register for the event, visit the event’s webpage.

Eventbrite - Transitioning Military Job Seeker Training - April 30, 2015