November 6, 2019
Presented By
Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Tarrant County College , Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr., Texas Christian University , Vistasp M. Karbhari, President of the University of Texas at Arlington , and moderator Erik Haven, GM Financial, were panelists for the inaugural Chamber State of Higher Education at PalmWood . They discussed what the bridge between higher education and business looks like, and how their institutions are helping their students adapt and prepare for the workforce.
Pictured (L to R):  Eugene Giovannini, Victor Boschini Jr., Vistasp Karbhari, Erik Haven.
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Setting the table: Playing the role of the Thanksgiving turkey…Mr. B. Playing center of attention for beautiful centerpieces…you? They will be throwing petals at your feet when you center your festive holiday table with a beautiful large centerpiece or small centerpiece from Gordon Boswell Flowers. Mr. B favs are the Artisinal Autumn, Fall Cornucopia, the Fall Garden Basket and either of the Happy Everything selections. Cheri Kirkman, GM at Gordon Boswell Flowers, should be on your list for thanks this year, especially if you win one of these two centerpieces.
Don’t let parade pass you by: Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24, a parade of cars, bikes and walkers will descend in and around downtown Fort Worth to watch the 6 p.m. parade of energetic marching bands, 100+ professionally-designed floats, each with more than 12,000 lights; antique cars, precision equestrian units, festive horse-drawn carriages and carolers spreading Christmas cheer. It’s the GM Financial Parade of Lights , the 37 th in downtown Fort Worth produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc . Arrive early to get your picture with the majestic Sundance Square Christmas Tree and stay late to try for a selfie with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Claire Bloxom Armstrong, Princess of PR at Pavlov, has a Family Four Pack of reserved Street Seats along the parade route.
Happy Mr. B-day: Goodwill Fort Worth is 70, started in 1949 with four employees. It was the 100th Goodwill in the country. Today, it employs 1,000, and during 2018, Goodwill Fort Worth touched the lives of 10,372 individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment through job training and placement services. It assisted the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, at-risk youth and those with lack of education or work experience. Goodwill has 25 retail stores to provide revenue from donated goods, but it’s so much more than thrift stores. Goodwill says that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. Here’s your chance to celebrate 70 with a $70 gift certificate to any Goodwill store.
Getting engaged: John Wright, founder and President of Simple Leadership Strategies , has offered a few B2B Insider giveaways and four of the five businesses that have won now are worth $Billions$. Only Mr. B has continued to founder. John shared a recent Gallup report that says employee engagement has barely budged in more than a decade. So John developed a seminar to answer why “ so many culture and leadership initiatives are failing and how to implement change that is meaningful and lasting.” The one-hour workshop differentiates between training and development and offers communication, collaboration and accountability measures to transform your organization. If your team has been left behind, you still can find the Wright path to success.
Congratulations to the October 30th
Prize Winners:

  • Anne Lydahl, Marsh Wortham
  • Brandon Brewer, Republic Title
  • Leila Peeples, MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • Scott Fredricks, Cantey Hanger
(not) Lazy Susans: Coincidentally, the three panelists for the Nov. 14 Women’s Insight Network (WIN) annual conference… inspireHER are named Susan. Developer Susan Gruppi of M2G Ventures , Tax Principal Susan Roberts of CliftonLarsonAllen and Susan Sheffield, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GM Financial .
Going for gold: “Pretty amazing building to sell. We are only just scratching the surface.” That was Jason Sands, driver of the Fort Worth Sports Commission, a division of Visit Fort Worth , on Dickies Arena . He was talking after having secured Dickies as the site of the 2020 U.S. Gymnastics Championships June 4-7. They are a prelude to the June 25-28 U.S. Olympic Trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Just a suggestion: Leads, Area Council or networking groups could discuss and share what apps members are using.  
Book it: Little did Avadel marketing genius Kenn Scott know that his dream of being a Hollywood action hero would eventually land him in a green rubber suit portraying Raphael in the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” films of the 1990s. In a just published candid book, Teenage Ninja to Mutant Turtle: Becoming the Reel Raphael , Kenn shares stories of the blood, sweat, tears and laughs shared by the dedicated artists that brought the comic book characters to life. The book is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and a #1 New Release. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Book it, 2: La DEE da , a famous attorney at Kelly Hart Hallman that writes under the pseudonym Landon Wallace dropped his third novel, The Next Election , last Friday. It is a sequel to The Election . Next up, due in 2021, is Saving St. Nicholas .
“Why will we have robots? 74% of employees say they would forego a raise to see their boss fired.”

--Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence
Neeley School of Business at TCU
Tour de force: Mr. B was searchin’ and searchin’ for statues, monuments and artwork near Italy, Texas to see how this Chamber sightseeing bonanza was going to work. What? You mean that Italy. All aboard, folks. It’s early deadline and deal time (by Dec. 16) for the Chamber’s April 26-May 4 trip to southern Italy. Nine days of accommodations, as you breeze the area’s treasure trove of art and history. Travel, tours, meals and more are included in the price. The friendships and memories made are free. Click here for all the information.
Leftovers: Last week, PeopleFund, a nonprofit finance company, and the City of Forth Worth announced a partnership to ensure Fort Worth small business owners would have financing options to provide healthy food access. Check with Erika Hersh at PeopleFund about the support for healthy food access and capital opportunities, including an interest buy-down program.
A very special welcome: To Dickies Arena, which officially opens Friday with Twenty One Pilots. Superstar kudos to Ed Bass, Trail Drive Management and the City of Fort Worth .
Member freebie: Blue Jean Networks is hosting a free security event, “The Owners Guide to Cyber Security,” from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14. Founder Sunny Lowe says “we will explain each threat we see in language any CEO can understand, what to do about the threat and what tools are available to take care of each of these events.” Immediately afterward, Blue Jean Networks will have an open house with nourishments in Suite 600. It all starts in the auditorium at 4055 International Plaza.
Kudos: United Way of Tarrant County looked far and wide and found the best candidate to unite its way in the next office. Leah King moves up to President and CEO.
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WIN Conference
Nov. 14 - 11:30 a.m.
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel
Oval Table Series:
A Small Business Discussion
Nov. 18 - 3:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Chamber
Table of 10
Nov. 20 - 11:30 a.m.
North Texas Community Foundation
November Meetup
Nov. 20 - 5:30 p.m.
Punch Bowl Social
Vision FW: YP Wake Up
Dec. 6 - 8:00a.m.
Sundance Square Event Pavilion
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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