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Neil Foote

Neil Foote has nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of the media,
including print, broadcast and the Internet. Foote has been a
newspaper reporter (The Miami Herald & The Washington Post), a
newspaper industry executive (American Society of Newspaper Editors)
and an Internet strategist (The Dallas Morning News, Belo
Corporation,   Tom Joyner).

He is currently president of Foote
Communications LLC,  a public relations, web consulting and multicultural
marketing firm  whose clients include the Tom Joyner Foundation, REACH
Media Inc. and  Girlfriends Healthguide for Women of Color with whom he is
Publisher of its Dallas edition.

In education, Neil is a senior lecturer at the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn
School of Journalism at the University of North Texas who helped launch, a regional news site featuring student reported, written
and produced content. He teaches convergence journalism and multimedia
journalism classes.

Yolette García

Yolette García recently joined the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She’s responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion. Additionly she teaches as an adjunct in the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU.

Previously, García was the Director of News and Public Affairs for television. Her executive producer credits for television include Peacemaker (PBS, 1996), the national Emmy Award-winning documentary, After Goodbye (PBS, 1994), For A Deaf Son (PBS, 1994), and statewide broadcasts of The Texas Debates (1993-94). She also produced the first Spanish-language debate between two gubernatorial candidates for The Texas Debates in 2002. Additionally Garcia created and supervised two weekly news analysis programs, Between the Lines (1991-1996) and On the Record (1997-1999).

Janet Morrison

Janet Morrison graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She began her professional career coordinating the food pantry operation at Central Dallas Ministries in 1995. Throughout that time she volunteered in the Dallas Independent School District and coordinated different activities for the children in her neighborhood. In January 1998 she became the Director of Education, coordinating after-school and summer programs for children.

In January of 1999, Janet returned to school at Texas A&M-Commerce, seeking a degree in Education. She graduated with her Master of Science in Reading in December of 2000 and continued on to receive her Ed. D. in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction in Elementary Education in December of 2005.

Janet continues her work at Central Dallas Ministries as the Director of Education, supervising and coordinating after school programs for elementary children and assisting teenagers with college readiness in different inner city communities and housing developments.  Morrison also publishes the blog Janet Morrison’s Community Dialogue.

Marcia Page

Marcia Page received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University and the University of Indiana.

She joined Texas Instruments in 1995 as director of business excellence in the Semiconductor Group. Since then she has served as director of worldwide customer support, manager and then vice president for worldwide eMarketing, and vice president of marketing in the Educational & Productivity Solutions business.

In 2005, Page joined Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE) as a loaned executive from Texas Instruments.  As FCE’s President and CEO Page was responsible for the foundation’s strategic direction and the alignment and implementation of its core initiatives: community building, institutional and systemic change, and research. Before stepping into the CEO role, she spearheaded the highly successful Dallas Achieves school reform pilot project on 26 DISD campuses in South and West Dallas.

Ms. Page recently joined Education Is Freedom as President and CEO and brings with her extensive experience in the field of urban education initiatives.

Kenneth Robinson

Kenneth Robinson, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a seasoned veteran in the  Software Development and Consulting Industry. Mr. Robinson holds a  Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M Univer-  sity.  He is the founder and CEO of CIS-Computer Innovation Services,  Inc., a software solutions and consulting organization that has been in existence for over thirteen (13) years. Founded in 1997 as a sole proprietorship, CIS provided technology-based consulting services to various clients in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Incorporated in 1998, CIS now services customers worldwide with its software and technology solutions.

Mr. Robinson has a long list of civic duties and accomplishments. In 2008, he and the company were awarded the Aggie 100 designation for the top 100 Aggie ran businesses for the past year (ranked #15).  In addition and in the same year, he was awarded the Alpha Phi Alpha Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  He has served as the Chair and Board Member of the Texas A&M University Black Former Student Network. His has serves as a member of the Texas A&M University Aggie Spirit Development Council, the Texas A&M University Department of Computer Science Strategic Development Committee (College of Engineering), Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the DFW Society Young Executives Club.

Jeff West

Jeff West has over twenty-five years experience in the non-for-profit arena. He has served as Executive Director of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Managing Director of the Dallas Theater Center and was the Executive Director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza from 1994-2004.

West’s current projects include the coordination of the creative and physical development of the South Side Quarter District, an eighty acre site adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center, development of a one-year operating plan for the Deep Ellum Film Festival, and coordination of the Dallas exhibition of “National Geographic Presents Through the Eyes of the Gods: An Aerial View of Africa.”
He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Texas Association of Museums and as Secretary of the National Historic Landmark Stewards Association. He has presented at a wide-range of conferences including the American Association of Museums, Americans for the Arts, and the American Association of State and Local History.

Shawn Williams

Shawn Williams is a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating from Texas A&M, Shawn began his professional career as a sales specialist with IBM Corporation.  He then spent nine years (1999-2008) in pharmaceutical sales with Sanofi Aventis as a specialty representative.

In 2006, Shawn launched the highly acclaimed focused on African-American issues in Southern Dallas and across the U.S.  He serves as publisher and editor of the blog which is rated as one of the Top 5 Blogs in Dallas by  He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR,  in Ebony Magazine, The Toronto Star, Chicago Tribune, and a number of local media outlets.

Shawn is a frequent columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Paris (Texas) News, and D Magazine.  He received a 2010 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.  He is President-Elect (2011-2013) of the Texas A&M Black Former Student Network.

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