Diversity & Inclusion - Executive Update
April 2018


The 2018 Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference, held at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, April 11-13 attracted approximately 800 Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition and business leaders to the DFW area to hear from experts and discuss inclusion as a source of innovation. The conference booked three consecutive years in the DFW area.

Phillip Jones, VisitDallas President and CEO, hosted the 2nd annual African American Community Leaders reception at the Network Bar in Trinity Groves, April 19 as part of our stakeholder engagement and advocacy building efforts. Approximately 89 community leaders gathered to hear about the mission and programs of VisitDallas, particularly the launch of our Dallas: The African American Experience, a self-guided civil rights tour and accompanied video series. The brochure, website and videos highlight Dallas' rich diverse history and landmarks while telling the civil rights story in Dallas. Thanks to all the elected officials, community leaders and historians that participated in this project.

African American Community Leaders Reception

VisitDallas' Cheryl Richards, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Mary Grimley, Vice President, Convention Sales; Courtney McConnell, Sales Manager; and Erica Critzer, Regional Director of Sales, represented VisitDallas at the annual International Association of Expos and Exhibition (IAEE) Women in Leadership Conference April 30-May1 in Washington D.C. VisitDallas was proud to be the Diamond Sponsor this year. The Sales team invited customers Kelly Van Dermark, CEM, Exposition & Events; Tammy Berger, CEM, American Speech-Language Hearing Association; Alexi Thomas, America Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts and Sara Schwartz as VisitDallas guests. 

Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group held a series of cultural awareness activities during National Diversity Week. Great response from the staff resulting in a total of 105 hours in training and development.

The team met with Councilmember Kevin Felder and Dr. Harry Robinson to discuss an upcoming exhibit coming to the African American Museum in the Fall.


  • African American Muzik Awards
  • Univision Entrepreneurs Summit
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Association of Nigerian Physicians
  • Tanzanian Community Festival
  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Quality and Excellence Awards Luncheon
  • Taste of Oak Cliff Festival VIP Reception
  • North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce Gala
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce Home Depot Asian Festival
  • NFL Draft