Author | Speaker | Leader

Dorothy Burton's passion is encouraging and helping public servant leaders develop their unique leadership abilities; to serve with passion, purpose and vision at the highest level of preparation to serve and finish well. She is a popular speaker for various organizations and conferences across the country.

Dorothy founded Christians in Public Service, Inc. a month shy of graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in spring 2013. 

A trailblazer, Dorothy is a former four-term City Council member for the City of Duncanville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas; and, was the first African-American elected to the Council.

She is a charter graduate of Dallas Blueprint for Leadership and former member and Chairman of the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. She was twice elected Board Chairman and was the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Dorothy is the author of the book, “Why We Fall: How Not To Sabotage Your Career, Your Relationships - Your Life!”

A former member of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government Board of Directors, Dorothy is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, earning a BA in Journalism and an MA in Urban Affairs. 

Dorothy earned an MA in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Graduate Teacher Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association. She is a member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) President's Club and the National Faith & Work Association.

Dorothy is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Southwest.

She is married to Dr. Michael Burton, a longtime Dallas optometrist; and they have one daughter, Jessica, who graduated with her Masters in Merchandising from the University of North Texas and resides in Ohio where she is an executive for a major retailer.


Drawing from over two decades of experience in public policy and public service leadership, Dorothy combines professional and public service experience with an inspirational and engaging approach. She is a subject matter expert on public servant leadership, faith and culture. 

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Dorothy has keynoted and/or conducted sessions at various conferences throughout the country. Some include:

  • City of Lancaster, Texas
  • North Iowa Global Leadership Summit - Bridging the Summits Leadership Series
  • Zig Ziglar Monday Morning Devotionals
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Christian Values Summit
  • River of Life Church
  • DFW Case Management Society of America
  • Maine Municipal Association
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government
  • Texas Association of Counties
  • Texas Association of Black City Councilmembers
  • Iowa League of Cities
  • City of Coppell, Texas
  • University of Texas at Arlington African-American Alumni Association
  • Leadership Southwest
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • City of Burleson, Texas
  • Texas Municipal League
  • Exceptional Women, Dallas, Texas
  • Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Fellowship
  • The Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership - Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Association for Women in Ministry Professions

Dorothy has been published in professional journals and magazines, including:

  • International City/County Management Association
  • South Dakota Municipalities Magazine
  • Texas Town & City Magazine
  • Maine Townsman Magazine
  • Quality Cities Magazine ( Florida League of Cities)
What Others Are Saying

"As a professor teaching business ethics, it was hard to keep students awake until I showed a video of Dorothy explaining how ethical lapses happen in real life..  The students could relate, and began to understand how we all are susceptible to that slippery slope.  Her seven steps will be on the exam." 

— Ed Fjordbak, Attorney and Adjunct Professor, UNT-Dallas; Managing Director, Shamrock Asset Management.

"Dorothy, you hit it out of the ballpark with our ESA group! People were raving about your talk and how it hit home with so many people and what they are going through in their own life. So many commented after the meeting how very uplifting your talk was and said it was the best we'd ever had. God has really given you a gift for speaking and I wanted to jump up several times and shout "Amen!" Thank you so very much. Your talk was absolutely wonderful! I would love to hear you speak anytime!"

— Elaine Schneider, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Theta Pi Chapter

 “… Thank you for your great speech in Augusta, Maine at the Municipal Convention. I wanted to tell you again how grateful I am that you gave such a powerful message. It encouraged me in my leadership position.”

— Vern H. Maxfield, Town Manager, Woodstock, Maine

"This had to be one of the most life-changing lectures I've ever heard. I found myself lost in deep thought about the decisions I make in business and my personal life. In life we are able to see and find loopholes of systems in which we can get over on them and not be held accountable for the consequences. I learned the lesson that there is eventually going to be a day of reckoning for those actions. It was interesting because I found myself participating in some not so flattering things and it made me second guess whether I needed to reevaluate myself and how I handle stuff. This lecture caused me to want to be more responsible and consistent with my actions.  I also want to change my ways because being a business owner and working for a company's management team I want to operate in excellence. "

— Anthony Marnard, Business Owner, Student, UNT-Dallas

 “I just read your “Seven Sins of Leadership” speech …great speech!”

— Christine Hibbeler, South Dakota Municipal League

“As a former councilmember, mayor and currently city attorney, I have attended Texas Municipal League meetings for 30 years and your presentation was one of the very best I have heard! I hope I get to hear you at future meetings.”

— B. J. Smith, City Attorney, City of Mesquite, Texas

“I was forwarded an article you penned entitled, “Why We Fall” and just wanted to tell you that it has to be one of the best-written articles addressing leadership pitfalls that I have had the privilege to read. Thanks for getting this word out ….”

— Tim Bryan, City of Valley, Alabama





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