SPARK On-the-Go

Member Price: $10 Nonmember Price: $15 Date: Location: Zoom Video Communications Categories: Chamber Events, Luncheons


Event Details

Strong Partnerships and Relevant Knowledge (SPARK) is a quarterly luncheon that hosts a variety of high-profile speakers to engage business and community leaders on current business issues. The event allows professionals from a diverse business community to interact in a relaxed environment and learn more about better business practices or issues facing the Garland community.

Jeff Willie
Topic: 7 Steps Towards Open Conversations Around Race and Diversity

Date: October 26, 2020
Zoom Room Opens: 11:30 a.m.
12:00 - 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom Video Communications

Sponsored by: Frost Bank

About the Topic

Now, more than ever, individuals, companies, organizations, teams, and businesses of all sizes are seeking solutions and conversation starters. And the one area for which every company needs a solution and conversation starters, regardless of industry or size, is in the area of Diversity & Inclusion. How do we have uncomfortable conversations? This Lunch-n-Lean will provide a brief overview of race, racism, diversity, implicit bias and seven practical steps Towards Open Conversations Around Race and Diversity.

About the Speaker

Jeff Willie has been described as inspirational, motivational, dedicated, a visionary, living with a passion and purpose, a lifelong learner, a leader by example, walks in humility, and a servant leader.

Jeff served in the United States Air Force from April 1977 until October 2002 as Combat Security Police, Combat Security Police Instructor, Special Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWAT), Human Resources Director and Superintendent of the largest Joint Services Honor Guard outside of the Washington D.C. area. After “Operation Urgent Fury” (Grenada) in November 1983, Jeff had the distinct privilege to meet with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan during a White House Ceremony honoring military men and women responsible for rescuing the medical students at Saint George Medical School.

Jeff Willie is CEO of Jeff Willie Leadership, Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Executive Leadership Consultant & Coach, International Speaker, Conflict Resolution Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, a DISC Behavior Analysis Consultant, and an Educational Consultant and working with clients in the United States, Japan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana and the Philippines. He is also an Associate Professor for the University of Phoenix, Dallas/Fort Worth Campus, facilitating business, leadership, and humanities class.

2020 Partner in Education

Strike + Reel

As part of our partnership with the Garland Independent School District, and with the assistance of our 2020 Partner in Education, Strike + Reel, the Garland Chamber will recognize "Teachers of the Month" at each SPARK luncheon. Between the months of February thru October, the program will recognize up to 14 teachers of the month from the 56 Garland ISD campuses located in Garland. 

Meet & Greet

Want a little extra time to connect with local professionals on Luncheon day? Show up early for an informal opportunity to network with this month's sponsor and other luncheon guests. 

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Video Communications