Community Diversity Advisory Council
By strengthening partnerships with prominent community leaders, the Community Diversity Advisory Council provides the UT Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) with an external voice, advice and assistance to ensure that the University's diversity goals are strongly aligned with, and supported by, the greater Dallas community. The Council offers input on the University’s many diversity initiatives and fosters a broader perspective on diversity issues as they relate to specific communities and industries.
The Advisory Council is made up of prominent leaders from local community and industry partners, including American Airlines, American Language Technologies, Andrews Kurth LLP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Communities Foundation of Texas, FedEx Office, Lennox International, Parkland Health & Hospital System, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Southwest Airlines and several Dallas-area chambers of commerce.
Ms. Indria E. Hollingsworth is the Director of Supplier Diversity & Ethical Sourcing for Parkland Health and Hospital System.She is responsible for ensuring opportunities are available for diverse suppliers to participate in Parkland's supply chain and on construction projects. Under her direction, Parkland's $1.2B Hospital Replacement Project has employed almost 200 certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) sub consultants and is currently tracking at 40% M/WBE participation. Ms. Hollingsworth is a staunch advocate for minority owned and women owned business enterprises. She sits on several supplier diversity advisory boards both locally and nationally. The Dallas Business Journal named her the 2012 Minority Business Leaders' Advocate of the Year. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Ms. Hollingsworth earned her BS in Accounting from Grambling State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization and the proud mother of a 14 year old daughter, Sarah-Rene.
Dr. Catalina Esperanza Garcia is the principal of the Dallas Anesthesiology Group, P.A., and served on the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Garcia came to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwest Medical School, where she received her M.D. A respected professional in the medical field, Dr. Garcia is also a distinguished community leader. Recent positions in the community include KERA, Board of Directors; National Hispana Leadership Institute, Board of Directors; and Dallas Mexican American Historical League, Board of Directors.She also served in a number of Dallas area commissions including the DART Board prior to 2012. Dr. Garcia has been recipient of recognition for involvement in mentoring young women and girls.
Ms. Dee Chambliss is a public servant with over twenty years of service in education and state government. As current Director of External Partnerships, Educate Texas, she is spearheading the design and implementation of innovative practices, programs, and partnerships in education across the state of Texas including STEM, Next Generation Learning, and Post-Secondary Readiness and Success Initiatives. She is also an active member of the UT Dallas Corporate Diversity Advisory Council. Dr. Chambliss has completed coursework for her doctoral degree at Delta State and is currently completing her dissertation. She received her B.S. from Millsap’s College, M.S. from Jackson State University, and Ed.S. from Delta State. Her career includes experience as a biology and chemistry teacher for high school, an adjunct college instructor, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Jackson Public Schools, and project director for systemic STEM education initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the Educate Texas in 2007, she served the state of Mississippi as Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Publications.
Mr. Greg Moore is the Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) Regional Diversity Manager for North Texas (NTX), and the Chair of the NTX Diversity Council. Greg is a member of the SAS business-level Diversity Council representing NTX, is Program Manager for the annual business-level diversity action plan, and leads diversity projects at the company level. He represents SAS on the Raytheon Global Mentoring Coordinators Council. Greg has received 3 national / state diversity recognitions. He represents Raytheon on the Greater Dallas Advisory Board of a state-level organization, the Texas Diversity Council.He served for 3 years as President and Executive Board Chairman for Work Friendly, Inc., a local nonprofit collaborative dedicated to educating organizations about the benefits of family friendly policies, and is a graduate of the Leadership Plano, TX program. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and has completed 30+ hours of MBA work from Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas. Greg has recently joined the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Community Diversity Advisory Council.
Dr. Issac Munoz, Ph.D. is manager of the Customer Insights team at Southwest Airlines. The Team's primary job is to represent the voice of the Customer, understanding the cultural intricacies that affect the SWA Brand in the Customers' mind. Roles of this team include work with various other teams on marketing and customer research to shape strategic direction. These include Advertising, Market Planning, Diversity & Inclusion, Community & Strategic Outreach, International Expansion, Special Segments, and Customer Engagement & National Strategic Partnerships Teams.Before joining the LUV airline, Isaac taught, studied and researched at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his PhD in advertising strategy and consumer behavior. He has nearly ten years prior experience with several agencies in account planning, as well as research for various blue-chip brands. He enjoys writing and publishing, as well as giving guest lectures as often as possible.
Mr. Jay Forte is owner of American Language Technologies, a full service translation and interpreting company that provides translating, interpreting, and voice talent in 95 different languages including sign language and transcription services. ALT also provides over the phone and video relay interpreting services. American Language Technologies Inc. usually works with, but is not limited to, the human resources departments (especially operations, ethics, and HR manuals),marketing, and legal departments. ALT’s biggest client is the US Federal Government, which speaks for its credibility and its sensitivity to security issues. Jay is also a very proud to have been a founding member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Dallas for Children, a non-profit organization devoted to funding and sponsoring early childhood development programs. He graduated Leadership Dallas, and Leadership Plano, as well as an advisory board member of CURE, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of AIDS through education. He has served as a member of the Greater Dallas Chambers Workforce Taskforce Committee, and the Regional Education Committee. He is the past Chair of the Workforce training Institute Advisory Committee for El Centro College, as well as also being on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Texas Leadership Programs, and the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association as well. He was most recently the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber’s designated Board Member on the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, and is a founding member, and prior board member, of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. LaShanda Reed-Larry joined Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) in 2008. She is responsible for diversity and inclusion strategies, initiatives and programs for over 18,000 employees. Prior to joining HCSC, LaShanda worked with American Airlines, Continental Airlines and MCI Telecommunications. She has held positions in Diversity and Corporate Citizenship, Revenue Accounting, Customer Service, Communications, Leadership Development and Performance Management, and as an Associate HR Strategic Business Partner. LaShanda has established and managed numerous affinity groups and has led corporate diversity councils. LaShanda enjoys the performing arts and spends time volunteering with community organizations that advocate on behalf of children, education, health and women. In addition to serving on the Diversity Advisory Council for University of Texas at Dallas, she volunteers with the Dallas Women’s Foundation and is a current board member of Susan G. Komen Dallas County. LaShanda has previously served on the boards of Dallas Dress for Success and Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Dallas. In 2012, she was selected to participate in Leadership Texas, a premier state-wide women’s leadership program. LaShanda is an advocate for public education and works closely with local schools on their Site Based Decision Teams where she influences campus improvement plans that support district goals. LaShanda earned a B.S. in Accounting from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She resides in Mansfield, Texas with her husband Cornell and their three sons Julian, Sean and Xavier.
Ms. Liji Thomas serves as Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Southwest Airlines, informing all aspects of Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the nation’s largest domestic airline. When she is not working on Diversity and Inclusion efforts, she lends her time to various civic and charitable causes. Liji is a Former Jesuit Volunteer and a 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt University. She has an MBA in Finance, a Master’s in Information Technology Management and Consulting and a Master’s degree in Accounting. In addition, she holds Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations. She was chosen to deliver her graduate school commencement address and sits on the Community Diversity Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Dallas. Liji’s past endeavors include lobbying on Capitol Hill for an increase in housing for low income women and children. Following her brief stint with law, she worked as a systems analyst, and Assistant Vice President in Compliance and Risk Management for a major loan corporation. She joined Southwest Airlines in 2008, serving in several roles before her current position.
Mr. Manuel Molera is a nationally recognized and highly respected diversity and marketing professional. He currently works as the Diversity and Inclusion Leader at FedEx Office, Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities include Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Inclusion programs for the 1,800 FedEx Office centers in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining FedEx Office in 2012, Manny served as the Inclusion and Diversity Director for JC Penney. Manny’s leadership and collaborative efforts resulted in the prestigious recognition of JC Penny for the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity.He participated in the strategic development and implementation of national and regional diversity programs focused on increasing associate engagement and enabling a culture of inclusion He has been recipient of the Chairman’s Award for multicultural marketing contributions, and the George C. Pitts Champion of Diversity Award. Manny migrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 1962. He holds an associate degree in marketing from Miami Dade College. Manny and his wife Yvonne reside in Frisco, Texas, and have two adult children. He is also a long-term supporter of breast cancer awareness programs and currently serves on the Susan G. Komen North Texas Race Committee. As an avid soccer fan, Manny has been a Board Member of the FC Dallas Foundation since 2011 and is a new member to the UT Dallas Diversity Board of Advisors.
Ms. Darlene Paulin assumed her position as Sr. Human Resources Director for the South Region of the PepsiCo Americas Beverages in February, 2012. She is currently responsible for all of PAB Markets across LA, Mid-South, Oklahoma and Texas. She is responsible for the strategic and tactical labor and employee relations strategy for manufacturing, warehouse and sales locations. This includes support of union and non-union locations. Among her priorities is the selection and retention of a talented and diverse workforce. Darlene is a member of the INROADS National Board of Directors. INROADS a non-profit organization focused on the development of talented underserved youth for global corporate and community leadership. Darlene is also actively involved in the Network of Executive Women, the consumer packaged goods industry’s largest diversity organization. Darlene was instrumental in promoting this organization on a national level within PBG to secure sponsorship and drive participation among executive females. In both these roles, she has been instrumental in driving initiatives surrounding employee engagement, appreciation, inclusion, and community involvement. Darlene is a 2012 Harvey C. Russell recipient for work as the Florida MU HR Director developing the Diversity Advisory Board and driving capability for the women, Hispanics and African Americans. Darlene’s received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of PA and obtained her MBA from Belmont University’s Massey School of Business. Her prior work experiences included time with Owens-Brockway Glass and The Aerostructures Corporation.
Ms. Wei Wei Jeang is a partner in intellectual property law practice at Andrews Kurth, LLP. Wei Wei assists clients in obtaining patent protection, license patent portfolios, and enforcing those patents, as well as patent reexaminations, patent infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate, clearance and other issues. Currently, she is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a Master of the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court.Wei Wei serves on The Institute for Law and Technology Advisory Board of the Center for American and International Law, and is co-Founder of Women in IP. As a member of the community, Wei Wei is President of DFW Asian American Citizens Council, on the board of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of DFW and ECLAT Foundation, and is a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the Dallas Summit, the Dallas Assembly, and Diversity Connection Consortium. Recently, she served on the boards of The Dallas Museum of Art and North Texas Public Broadcasting - KERA. She has been recognized for Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award, Texas Super Lawyer (Texas Monthly), and various other awards. Wei Wei is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.