Dallas Innovation Alliance

Leadership

Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. He co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build, and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. Under his leadership, the DEC launched a public-private partnership called the Dallas Innovation Alliance to help design, develop, and launch a Smart Cities solution in Dallas. In an effort to get more young professionals engaged in the City of Dallas, Bowles cofounded The Mayor’s Star Council with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to find culturally diverse and civically minded emerging leaders that wanted to embrace and engage the city today rather than just inherit it in twenty years. Trey also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University where he built and launched an entrepreneurship program in the Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management department in the Meadows School of the Arts.  Trey Bowles, Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance  CEO, Dallas Entrepreneur Center  Trey.Bowles@DallasInnovationAlliance.com  @TreyBowles    EA: Kelsey@thedec.co

Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. He co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build, and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. Under his leadership, the DEC launched a public-private partnership called the Dallas Innovation Alliance to help design, develop, and launch a Smart Cities solution in Dallas. In an effort to get more young professionals engaged in the City of Dallas, Bowles cofounded The Mayor’s Star Council with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to find culturally diverse and civically minded emerging leaders that wanted to embrace and engage the city today rather than just inherit it in twenty years. Trey also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University where he built and launched an entrepreneurship program in the Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management department in the Meadows School of the Arts.

Trey Bowles, Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance

CEO, Dallas Entrepreneur Center

Trey.Bowles@DallasInnovationAlliance.com

@TreyBowles

EA: Kelsey@thedec.co

Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance    Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance     Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a public-private partnership dedicated to supporting the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. She brings expertise across a broad array of industries including energy, technology, economic development, nonprofit and finance, serving in functions including communications, stakeholder and community relations, strategic counsel, change management and operations. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens. While at the DIA, she has collated a network of three dozen member organizations, and works with over 20 departments within the City of Dallas to accomplish an aligned smart city strategy, which began with the implementation of the Smart Cities Living Lab [phase I], in the West End District in downtown Dallas. This Living Lab incorporates nine smart city projects into a compressed corridor, and the resulting platform will pull in startups, entrepreneurs and university researchers to develop and test additional products and solutions. The Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities initiative in the country. The DIA is now focused on its Phase II projects in Southern Dallas focused on challenges to underserved residents around mobility, public safety and the digital divide.  She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, serving as Past President of the Mayor’s Star Council, President of the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, Board Member of Better Block, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Edition Collective, among others. She has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Top Women in Technology, State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology, the Tech Week 100, and the Dallas 500. She has been honored to speak to groups at conferences around the globe including South by Southwest, Smart Cities Week and the Smart City Global Congress and Expo in Barcelona. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.  Jennifer.Sanders@DallasInnovationAlliance.com  @JenHabicht   https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferhsanders   EA: Kelsey@thedec.co

Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dallas Innovation Alliance

Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance

Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a public-private partnership dedicated to supporting the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. She brings expertise across a broad array of industries including energy, technology, economic development, nonprofit and finance, serving in functions including communications, stakeholder and community relations, strategic counsel, change management and operations. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens. While at the DIA, she has collated a network of three dozen member organizations, and works with over 20 departments within the City of Dallas to accomplish an aligned smart city strategy, which began with the implementation of the Smart Cities Living Lab [phase I], in the West End District in downtown Dallas. This Living Lab incorporates nine smart city projects into a compressed corridor, and the resulting platform will pull in startups, entrepreneurs and university researchers to develop and test additional products and solutions. The Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities initiative in the country. The DIA is now focused on its Phase II projects in Southern Dallas focused on challenges to underserved residents around mobility, public safety and the digital divide.

She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, serving as Past President of the Mayor’s Star Council, President of the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, Board Member of Better Block, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Edition Collective, among others. She has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Top Women in Technology, State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology, the Tech Week 100, and the Dallas 500. She has been honored to speak to groups at conferences around the globe including South by Southwest, Smart Cities Week and the Smart City Global Congress and Expo in Barcelona. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.

Jennifer.Sanders@DallasInnovationAlliance.com

@JenHabicht

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferhsanders

EA: Kelsey@thedec.co

Dr. Benjamin Johnston-Leamon, Program Manager, Dallas Innovation Alliance   Dr. Benjamin Johnston-Leamon serves as the Program Manager for the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Prior to joining DIA, Benjamin worked with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Mayor Rawlings’ GrowSouth initiative. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas, in the Public Leadership program. Benjamin graduated from the University of Louisville with a PhD in Urban & Public Affairs and an M.S. in Social Work, and he also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been recognized for his leadership and research, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel for his community work. He believes that Dallas is a truly exceptional city, and that it is uniquely positioned to serve as the blueprint for how cities around the world will address the problems of the future.  BLeamon@DallasInnovationAlliance.com

Dr. Benjamin Johnston-Leamon, Program Manager, Dallas Innovation Alliance

Dr. Benjamin Johnston-Leamon serves as the Program Manager for the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Prior to joining DIA, Benjamin worked with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Mayor Rawlings’ GrowSouth initiative. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas, in the Public Leadership program. Benjamin graduated from the University of Louisville with a PhD in Urban & Public Affairs and an M.S. in Social Work, and he also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been recognized for his leadership and research, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel for his community work. He believes that Dallas is a truly exceptional city, and that it is uniquely positioned to serve as the blueprint for how cities around the world will address the problems of the future.

BLeamon@DallasInnovationAlliance.com