We meet every Wednesday at Noon:
Methodist Medical Center
Weiss Building
1401 Stemmons Ave.
Dallas, TX  75208

Upcoming Programs

    • January 23, 2019

    The Weiss Auditorium will be undergoing some renovation the week of January 21st.

    Meetings will resume on Wednesday, January 30th.

    • January 30, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Weiss Auditorium Methodist Hospital Dallas Education Building

    Dr. Elba Garcia embodies a new breed of professional women in the 21st century. She is not only a community leader, but is also a mother and wife, a dentist with her own private practice, and a role model for Latino women from all walks of life. Dr. Garcia is a former Dallas City Council Member and the current Dallas County Commissioner for District 4.

    Born and educated in Mexico City, Dr. Garcia earned her Doctorate in Odontology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in 1984. She later immigrated to the United States, where she had to recertify her Degree at Baylor College of Dentistry, earning her second Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1990. She is a small business owner, having run her own private practice since 1998. Dr. Garcia also served as an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry. She is married and has two sons.

    Dr. Garcia has always dedicated herself to community service and began her service in public office in 2001 when she was elected to the Dallas City Council to represent the residents of District 1. While serving on the Dallas City Council, Dr. Garcia was instrumental in steering a number of important public projects to completion, including securing critical funds for the Latino Cultural Center and spearheading the development of a new Animal Shelter and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Additionally, she worked with the Environmental Committee to institute LEED standards for City of Dallas buildings. When she was chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor Pro Tem, she was the first Latina to serve in those positions.

    Dr. Garcia was elected to serve as Dallas County Commissioner by the citizens of District 4 in November 2010, becoming the first Latina ever to serve on the Dallas County Commissioners Court. During this first term in office, Commissioner Garcia has focused on making county government more transparent, saving millions in tax dollars by fixing Dallas County’s bail bond system, pushed for the completion of the long-delayed Hunter-Ferrell Road project in Irving and Grand Prairie, building and extending trails in District 4, championing initiatives like the District Attorney’s new Animal Cruelty Unit, and educating constituents about Dallas County services. In her second term in office, the Dallas County purchasing rules and ethics policies have been updated, the MWBE certification has expanded, “ban the box” in Dallas County hiring policies have been adopted and Commissioner Garcia is leading the renovation of the Records Building Complex. 

    • February 06, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Weiss Auditorium Methodist Hospital Dallas, Education Building

    • February 13, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Weiss Auditorium, Methodist Hospital Dallas, Education Building

    TACA believes in the transformative power of the arts. Whether it’s examining personal challenges or celebrating community diversity, art is a powerful agent of change. But being a nonprofit arts organization is challenging! Limited funding, rising costs and a lack of access to other important resources makes it difficult to survive and thrive.

    We exist to nurture arts organizations and provide visionary and responsive leadership to the arts community. By providing flexible funding and much-needed resources, like professional development workshops, we allow arts organizations to spend less time on keeping their doors open and more time on running strong and effective programs that transform lives through the arts.

    • February 13, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Weiss Auditorium, Methodist Hospital Dallas, Education Building

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    Jim Buffington is the Chief Operating Officer for Bridges To Life and resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

    Jim is a native Texan, born in Houston, and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSBA degree in Marketing Management.  Jim's 30 year business career was in Financial/Legal Services and Aerospace. Jim and his wife, Marilyn, who is an elementary school teacher, have one son, Bryce, who is a pricing analyst and a Bridges to Life volunteer.


    At the age of 12, Jim Buffington’s mother was found murdered in the back seat of her car. The devastation to the family was indescribable. A year later, while still working through his grief, he was dealt another blow. His father and two other men were arrested and incarcerated for the conspiracy of his mother’s murder. Jim was to suffer yet another betrayal later in life when he discovered that the original murder conspiracy included his two brothers and himself.


    Through this incredible journey, Jim has experienced both sides of the criminal justice system – as a child of a victim of crime and as a child of an offender on death row. Jim journeyed a long road of pain and betrayal that would lead most to a life withdrawn and full of bitterness. Jim chose another path however, one of healing and forgiveness. In his volunteer work, he has helped many victims of crime, as well as offenders, down that path to healing and forgiveness. Because of his unique experiences, he has an insight into the feelings of the offenders’ families that most of us cannot relate to. Jim is able to connect with the offenders and he helps them to better understand the effects their choices have had on their families and society.


    Jim started volunteering with Bridges To Life in 2004 and then joined the staff in 2016. He also volunteers as a Victim Impact Panel Speaker for: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services, Dallas County Probation, Texas Youth Commission, Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department and Tarrant County Juvenile Services in Fort Worth.  Jim is a Royal Famly Kid's camp counselor and Board Member for Trinity Kids, Inc, Board member for Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation, volunteer with Bill Glass Prison Ministry and an active member of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas.  Jim received the Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer of the Year Service Award in 2008 and the Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award for Volunteer Service in 2007.

    • February 20, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Weiss Auditorium, Methodist Hospital Dallas, Education Building

    Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 146-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his almost 12 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become something unique – a small, private minority-serving institution that by focusing on the most persistent, prevalent, and pressing problems of society, is remaking higher education and becoming a movement.

    Among Paul Quinn’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s tenure are the following: winning the HBCU of the Year, the HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and the HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; achieving recognition as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; creating the New Urban College Model; demolishing 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the WE over Me Farm; achieving full-accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS); creating the College’s first faculty-led study abroad program; and rewriting all institutional fundraising records.

    Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”).  While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association.  Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University.  He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary-Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

    President Sorrell is one of the most decorated college presidents in America.  He was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and is the only three-time recipient of the HBCU Male President of the Year Award in history (2018, 2016 and 2012). Time Magazine listed him as one of the “31 People Changing the South.” Washington Monthly Magazine identified him as one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and PUSH/Excel honored him with its Education Leadership Award.  Michael is the recipient of both the Dallas Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award and the City of Dallas’ Father of the Year Award. In addition to being a member of the “Root 100” (a list of the top 100 emerging leaders in America) by the Root Online Magazine, Michael has received: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from Duke University’s School of Law Alumni Association; a Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the Social Innovator Award from Babson College; Luminary Award from SMU; and the TRACS Leadership Award.  The Dallas Historical Society honored Michael for Excellence in Educational Administration.  He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s Torch for Community Leadership and both the President’s and C.B. Bunkley Awards from J.L. Turner for his outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community.  Michael also has an honorary degree from Austin College.

    President Sorrell serves as a trustee or director for Duke University’s School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, Amegy Bank, Dallas Advisory Board of Teach for America, the Dallas Foundation, the Holdsworth Center for Educational Leadership, and EarthX.

    Michael is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    President Sorrell is married to the former Natalie Jenkins.  Natalie is an alumna of Spelman College and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  They have two wonderful children, Michael Augustus and Sage Louise-Sinclair.

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