Speaker Date Topic
Mervil Johnson Jul 30, 2020
Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County
Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County

Mervil Johnson is a native of Fort Worth and graduate of Texas Christian University where he received both a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He was also awarded an ITT International Fellowship for one year of graduate study at the Université de Nice in France.  In recognition of this achievement, he was featured in several national magazines including Times, Newsweek, Ebony and Jet. 

Mervil Johnson is co-founder of the Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County, where he currently serves as Chairman and is employed as Workforce Collaboration Manager at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas.  From 2011 to 2015 he was Project Director for the first comprehensive, county-wide fatherhood program in Tarrant County known as FACT (Fathers and Children Together).  This collaborative pilot project, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, was an 8.4 million dollar grant award designed to assist low-income fathers and families reach economic stability while improving their parenting and relationship skills.  

In addition to presenting at local, State and national conferences, Mervil has received numerous special recognitions for his work in the fatherhood & workforce development field.  Highlights include:

  • Fatherhood Coalition Video*, Grand Prize Winner, Examples of Excellence in Supporting Fathers, sponsored by Child & Family Research Partnership, University of Texas at Austin
  • Participant by invitation at  Families 2gether Experts Roundtable for the Office of Family Assistance (Washington, D.C.)
  • Twice winner of Texas Workforce Commission’s “Service to Community Award”
  • In 2012, recognized at White House “Champions of Change” celebration in conjunction with President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative
  • Workshop Presenter, Office of Family Assistance Region VI State Meeting: “Building A Path to Family Stability”
  • Graduate of Practitioner’s Leadership Institute, Center for Urban Families, (Baltimore, Maryland)

*Watch Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County's Award winning 7-minute video: https://childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu/news/grand-prize-winner-examples-excellence-supporting-fathers-texas

The Rotary Club of Arlington considers hosting excellent guest speakers like Mervil Johnson. For further information, contact Kurt Bartley, President Elect.

Shellie McMillon Jul 30, 2020
Rotary Member Classification Talk
Rotary Member Classification Talk

Shellie McMillon, LMSW
Chief Program Officer



Who We Are

Alliance For Children is the only Tarrant County non-profit organization involved directly in the protection from child abuse through coordinated and teamed investigations with local law enforcement agencies, Cook Children’s Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Tarrant County Juvenile Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

At Alliance For Children, our goal is to minimize the trauma of the abuse so that children and families can begin to heal.

Jeff Williams, Mayor of Arlington Aug 06, 2020
Innovation Arlington
Innovation Arlington

Jeff Williams has served as the Mayor of Arlington, Texas since 2015. He came into office with a strategic plan to create jobs and build tourism in order to keep taxes low and provide better city services to strengthen our neighborhoods. This formula has been a huge success. Under his leadership, Arlington has risen to the top of North Texas cities in job creation and tourism. Our city has had more roads and potholes repaired than any other time in Arlington’s history. And we are on the cutting edge in transportation, economic development, and innovation.  Jeff has been a champion for education and worked with the University of Texas at Arlington to try to retain talent and create small business opportunities for UTA students. 

Jeff’s efforts have not gone unnoticed across our nation – He was selected by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to serve as the Chairman of the prestigious U.S. Metro Economies committee for his incredible results and experience in economic development. He was also selected as 1 of 20 Mayors to participate in the Harvard Bloomberg Leadership program as well as the Yale School of Management for CEO’s and Mayors. Mayor Williams was also selected as a featured speaker at the World Transportation Conference this past year.

As our former Mayor Richard Greene often shares, Jeff may be the most qualified person to ever hold the Office of Mayor because of not only his community involvement over the past 30 years, but with also being a business owner and engineer. Jeff is the President and CEO of Graham Associates, a civil engineering and surveying firm based here in Arlington. He has been the Civil Engineer on many landmark projects including some in Arlington such as AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Parks Mall, IH-30 Three Bridges, and River Legacy Living Science Center. Jeff has been recognized as a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater Texas Tech University and is a member of the Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity at both Texas Tech and University of Texas at Arlington. 

Mayor Williams has a gift of empowering citizens, fostering partnerships, and encouraging us to all Dream Big!  His leadership has continued to propel Arlington to be a pre-eminent community in the U.S. to live, work and play. Arlington is experiencing remarkable results of Mayor Williams’ vision and leadership.

The Rotary Club of Arlington is grateful for Jeff Williams, both the Mayor of Arlington and a member of the Club. The Rotary Club of Arlington considers hosting excellent guest speakers like Jeff Williams. For further information, contact Kurt Bartley, President Elect.

Maggie Campbell President/CEO Aug 20, 2020
Downtown Arlington

With a growing downtown workforce of more than 8,000 people, along with 10,000 residents now living downtown – Downtown Arlington is becoming a different kind of place today, filled with new mid-level apartments, townhomes, restaurants, live music, offices and revamped streets. And it’s still growing.

It’s not random. Early strategic public investments in infrastructure helped set the table to attract private investment, and the creation of the Levitt Pavilion and Founders Plaza served as the first catalyst project for Downtown Arlington. A second major catalyst project was the University's $78 million investment in 2012 in the College Park Center development, bringing a 6,500 square foot Special Event Center, as part of a mixed use public-private partnership to provide more retail, entertainment, sports and parking infrastructure to our shared downtown district. 

The City of Arlington in 2018 adopted a new Downtown Master Plan to guide development in the Downtown and surrounding areas of the city. The Master Plan accounts for a wide range of existing and future uses to create a vibrant destination for residents and visitors. The Master Plan establishes a vision for Downtown Arlington as an area with a strong sense of place that is responsive to the history and future needs of the area. Additionally, the plan connects Downtown to the adjacent University of Texas at Arlington campus, as well as growing entertainment, employment, and commercial centers within Arlington – an amenity and attraction both to residents and to visitors. 

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Dr. Alison Hall Birch, UTA Assistant Professor Aug 27, 2020
Understanding Microaggressions and How to Respond
Understanding Microaggressions and How to Respond

Alison V. Hall (Birch) is an Assistant Professor and Fellow of the Goolsby-Alcon Endowed Chair in the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Prior to joining the faculty at UTA, she was the Glover Business Leadership Assistant Professor at Agnes Scott College. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane. Alison has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her courses have included: Leading and Motivating in a Culturally Diverse World, Leadership and Teams, Team Management, Managing the Enterprise, Diversity in Organizations, and Leadership in Organizations, among others.

Her primary research interests are stigma-based bias, diversity management, and leadership. Thematically, her research considers how surface-level diversity markers (e.g., race, gender, class, etc.) interact with the social world to act as barriers to, or facilitators of, individuals’ experiences and advancement in both the workplace and society. She is especially interested in the contextual factors that produce (or inhibit) biased evaluations and, consequently, limit (or enable) the career advancement prospects for members of stigmatized groups. Her interest in leadership is rooted in the belief that a leader’s most important responsibility is to create a work climate that enables all employees – from both advantaged and disadvantaged groups – to contribute more fully to accomplishing the goals and missions of their organizations.

She deeply values service to others in both formal and informal capacities. She was elected as an executive committee member of the Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations division and is serving as the Chair of the Junior Faculty Consortium and Doctoral Student Consortium. Alison is also currently serving as a SIOP CEMA mentor and is a member of the PhD Project network. Alison is passionate about social justice and aspires to use her research as a tool for discussing timely issues that concern us all. She has published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, American Psychologist, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Social Issues. She has also published work in Harvard Business Review.

July 3, 2020 - When and How to Respond to Microagressionsby Ella F. Washington, Alison Hall Birch and Laura Morgan Roberts

The Rotary Club of Arlington considers hosting excellent guest speakers like Dr. Alison Hall Birch. For further information, contact Kurt Bartley, President Elect.