Speaker Date Topic
Forest Resener May 10, 2021
StoveTeam International
StoveTeam International

StoveTeam International
StoveTeam is a nonprofit organization started by a Rotarian in Eugene, Oregon that facilitates the placement of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves in collaboration with local communities to support families and protect the environment. StoveTeam's innovative model for assisting entrepreneurs in Latin America has won numerous awards for creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution. To date, local projects started by StoveTeam in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico have produced more than 78,000 stoves, improving the lives of more than half a million people and preventing nearly one million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Devan Allen, Commissioner May 17, 2021
Tarrant County
Tarrant County

Commissioner Devan Allen is a devoted public servant invested in the fight for our community in the areas of transportation, affordable housing, criminal justice, economic development and other critical issues. As a former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) she is dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable health care.

Devan has spent nearly her entire adult life in public service and is known for her passion, her diplomacy and keen ability to get to the root of complex problems to resolve them. She has served on a number of boards, commissions, and with a host of non-profit organizations, including: DRC Community Solutions to End Homelessness, Chair of the Arlington Community Relations Commission, inspirED Advisory Committee, New Leaders Council Advisory Board, Women Inspiring Philanthropy, and is a founding member of BRIDGE Young Professionals. In 2015, Fort Worth CEO Magazine named her one of “20 Women to Watch in Business.” Prior to launching her own bid for County Commissioner, she worked as the District Director in both the Texas Senate and House, served as Campaign Manager for State Representative Chris Turner, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and also served as a Council Aide to a Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem.

She is Founder and Principal of Allen Realty Advisors, a proud UT Arlington Maverick (2010), and resides in Arlington with her husband, Mark, a Commercial Real Estate Broker and Principal of Allen Multifamily Advisors with Colliers International.

Growing up as the youngest child of incarcerated parents and experiencing homelessness at a young age, Devan never conceived that her path would lead to becoming an entrepreneur or an advocate for others. At the heart of her success is her core belief that success is attainable if one is willing to work diligently to achieve it.

Committed to celebrating the uniquely diverse community that is Precinct 2, Devan believes that what matters most, regardless of the issue, is treating people well and valuing their priorities. That is why Devan chooses to lead in a balanced and unifying way in doing her best to serve the greatest number of people in a way that is practical, equitable and sustainable. It is her honor to serve as your County Commissioner.

Suzy Yowell May 24, 2021
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that started in 1973 as a collaboration between 11 faith-based organizations in downtown Fort Worth to bring food to the elderly in the central city area. Over the years, we have grown and now serve all of Tarrant County, providing approximately 1 million meals each year to some of Tarrant County’s frailest citizens. By providing home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other needed items or services to our homebound, elderly and disabled clients, we enable them to remain living independently in their own homes, surrounded by a lifetime of memories.

Chip May Jun 14, 2021
importance of making financial information accessible to your spouse
importance of making financial information accessible to your spouse