Meet Dorothy
Sunday, March 6, 2022 10:18 AM

Meet Dorothy

Sunday, March 6, 2022 10:18 AM
Sunday, March 6, 2022 10:18 AM

Professional and Personal Development

Dorothy uses proven principles and practical application to better equip, motivate and inspire those who lead.

The demands of 21st-century leadership demand that leaders have a firm grasp of self-awareness, conviction and character to dynamically lead effectively and ethically in diverse cultures; and, timely tools necessary to succeed in the times we're in.

Dorothy is a compelling speaker, podcaster, prolific author, inspirational lecturer, influencer, leadership trainer and facilitator of personal development, management and executive team empowerment.  

Known for her calm demeanor and keen insight gained from decades in public servant leadership, leaders often seek her advice and counsel when in crisis; and appreciate her abilities to resolve complicated issues, connect, motivate, and enlighten.

Dorothy's greatest strength is her passion in helping others achieve optimum self-development, optimized individual, organizational and team effectiveness; and, providing the motivation necessary to challenge, refresh and encourage.

More broadly, helping others achieve their highest level of productivity and performance, leading to heightened organizational performance and dynamic individual empowerment.

For governing bodies and staff, Dorothy provides unmatched management and governing body facilitation for retreats, workshops, customized keynote and conference breakout sessions. 


A popular speaker, Dorothy's unique brand and blend of motivational speaking are shaped by professional and life experience, academics; and, the rough and tumble world of elected office, lending credibility and authenticity to her presentations.

Crisis Communication

Developing proactive and reactive mission critical messaging for executive management and policymakers dealing with the potential of scandal, disasters or damaging media coverage.

Customized communication training and coaching on how to respond quickly, responsibly and credibly.

Boutique Services Consultation - Hourly rates vary:

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She tells it like it is believing that leaders who "get it" will exceed, excel and experience the success necessary to lead well. When the leader leads well, their team and organization perform exponentially well.

Dorothy has decades of experience in policy making, a lifetime of experience in leadership and skills development; and, the ability to put it all together in a unique and winning style.

Her presentations motivate, inspire, and make for incredible and for many, life-changing experiences few can match.

Motivating, encouraging and inspiring, Dorothy's passion is to empower local government leaders to fulfill the expectations of their highly-regarded positions with integrity and success. With over two decades of political, private and public sector experience. She is gracefully positioned as one of the leading authorities on public servant leadership development and personal growth.


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More about Dorothy...

Dorothy and a small group of committed public servant leaders founded Christians in Public Service, Inc. in 2013 in Dallas, Texas where the organization is based.

A trailblazer, Dorothy is a former four-term City Councilmember for the City of Duncanville, Texas and was the first African American elected to the Council. She is a charter graduate of Dallas Blueprint for Leadership and former Chair of the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors representing Dallas County.

She was twice elected Board Chairman and was the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Board. An accomplished writer and speaker, Dorothy is the author of the book: Why We Fall: The Power of Self-Awareness.

A former member of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Board of Directors, she was the first woman from Texas elected to serve.

Dorothy is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership and a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and in 2006 was recognized as Outstanding African-American Alum. Dorothy is also a proud graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Southwest.


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, Former 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

Christians in Public Service, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, public servant leadership training and educational organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Funds are used strictly to support organizational operations.