Business for Breakfast

The Business for Breakfast Series will return in 2020. Be on the lookout for more information to come.
If you want to know more about what Business for Breakfast looks like, check out the information below from one of our 2019 sessions. B4B

Mayor Betsy Price: Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country.Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.

F. Dominic Dottavio, President, Tarleton State University: Since 2008, Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio’s focus has been to turn Tarleton into the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond. Because of that commitment, Tarleton’s enrollment is up more than 69 percent, with four-year graduation rates nearly doubling.  A recent report lists Tarleton seventh among the top schools in America in application growth with an increase of 131.4 percent since 2012. Thanks to President Dottavio’s vision and work with elected officials, Tarleton will open the first building of its planned Fort Worth campus in fall 2019 on 80 acres donated by Walton Development. Tarleton now serves approximately 2,000 students in Fort Worth and offers more than 40 programs. According to current growth models, the Fort Worth campus could serve 9,000 students by 2030. President Dottavio came to Tarleton from the presidency of Heidelberg University, a 169-year-old private college in Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to that, he led the Marion campus of The Ohio State University and served as chief scientist for the Southeast Region of the National Park Service, director of the Center for Natural Areas in Washington, D.C., and director of the Clemson University Cooperative Park Study Unit for the U.S. Department of the Interior.President Dottavio and his wife, Dr. C. Lisette Dottavio, have two children: son Aaron and his wife, Lyndsey, and their two children Dominic and Abigail, of Katy, Texas; and daughter Adrea and her husband, Yiannis Papadopoulos, of Boston. 

Jennifer M. Treviño, MBA:  Jennifer Trevino became the new Chief Development Officer at Girls Inc. of Tarrant County in April 2018.  In this role, Jennifer leads the agency’s fundraising and marketing efforts, ensuring growth and sustainability while increasing brand awareness.  Working for Girls Inc. to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold capitalizes on all of her work experience and community leadership. Before joining Girls Inc., Jennifer was a Consultant with the Brittain-Kalish Group (BKG), a management consulting firm based in Fort Worth that specializes in healthcare.  She was involved with client projects from a provider credentialing audit to a practice start-up to physician recruitment and process improvement for human resources and clinical leadership teams.  Working with BKG provided her the opportunity to leverage her project management and administration experience while expanding her clinical healthcare knowledge. From 2007-2017, Jennifer was Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff to the President at UNT Health Science Center.  Jennifer served as liaison between the President and 11 direct reports to manage special projects, implement new programs and maintain the strategic focus of the academic health center. She earned an MBA from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and a BBA in marketing and management from Texas Tech University. Jennifer is an active member of several organizations and boards including the Fort Worth Chapter of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT), District 2 Appointee to the Zoning Commission, Planned Parenthood Community Advisory Board and Women’s Policy Forum.  She also served recently as a member of Fort Worth’s Race & Culture Task Force. She has been recognized for her community leadership through awards such as: Fort Worth Business’s Great Women of Texas in 2015, HWNT’s Estrella Award at the State level in 2013, “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the Texas Diversity Council in 2012 and Fort Worth Business’s 40 Under 40 in 2010. Jennifer credits her ability to lead a rewarding professional career while serving her community thanks to the unwavering support of her husband of 17 years, Chris Treviño.  They make their home in Fort Worth with their rescue dogs.

Dr. Eugene Giovannini joined the Tarrant County College District as Chancellor on August 22, 2016. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience at community colleges, including his most recent tenure as the founding President of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 11 years as President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix. Now as he leads TCC, the 16th largest institution in the country serving nearly 100,000 students, the Chancellor’s commitment to higher education continues. Chancellor Giovannini previously served as the Board Chair for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and as a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges. His extensive experience with workforce development and industrial and economic development programs enabled him to lead the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), work that began in 2006 and continues strong today. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Chancellor Giovannini has made giving back and serving others a priority throughout his career, as evidenced by his appointment on numerous boards of directors. He cares deeply about economic impact, collaboration, and proactively pursuing opportunities to strengthen communities. The Chancellor earned a doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Marina, have three children.

Dr. Anthony Edwards serves as Senior Vice President of Talent Development, Attraction, and Retention at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he works to increase the percentage of adults with postsecondary credentials and increase our region’s talent supply. Dr. Edwards worked previously as Assistant Professor and Director of Global Campus Outreach at Tarleton State University, as a high school science teacher at Fort Worth ISD and Huckabay ISD, and as science department chair at Granbury ISD. Dr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University, a Master of Health Administration at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Tarleton State University.



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