Speaker Date Topic
NO LUNCH MEETING, instead Jun 24, 2021
Officer Installation Dinner at Rolling Hills Country Club
Mary German, ED, Travel & Sports Legacy Fdtn Jul 01, 2021
40 Futures Initiative Program
40 Futures Initiative Program

Mary German is the Chief Operating Officer of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and Founder
and Executive Director of the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation.


Mary has implemented and driven successful results for 501c6 and 501c3 organizations. She spearheaded
the development of the Arlington Entertainment Area Management District (trolley service), the
Arlington Tourism Public Improvement District, and the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation.
She serves on the faculty of Destinations International Certified Destination Management Executive
(CDME) Program and Advocacy Committee and is an associate of the Destinations Consultancy Group.
She serves on the Arlington Independent School District Career & Technical Education Advisory Board
and served on the Tarrant County College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Advisory Board for 10 years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a Certified Meeting
Professional (CMP), Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) and Certified CoreClarity
Facilitator. She completed the CNM Nonprofit Management Certificate Program in 2019. She is a
graduate of the 2018 Leadership America program and the 2016 National Speakers Association North
Texas Chapter Charbonneau Speakers Academy.

Cynthia Will, Instructor, Dan Dipert Center Jul 01, 2021
40 Futures Initiative Program
40 Futures Initiative Program

Cynthia Will is a seasoned tourism and hospitality professional having served roles in corporate and educational settings. As an Instructor for Culinary Arts, Travel & Tourism and Hospitality Services at the Dan Dipert Career and Technology Center preparing students for nationally recognized industry certifications, post-secondary education and entry-level careers. She is a passionate volunteer with the Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County and Camp Esperanza Cancer Camp for Children. She has served on the Arlington Public Library Foundation and Arlington Museum Boards of Directors. In her spare time, enjoys the company of her two Great Pyrenees, collecting art, ongoing participation in the Cliburn International Piano Competition and hosting foreign exchange students. She is a Wisconsin native and attended the University of Wisconsin.

Bud Kennedy, Journalist Jul 08, 2021
Eats Beat
Eats Beat

“Bud Kennedy is a homegrown Fort Worth guy who started out covering high school football here when he was 16. He went away to the Fort Worth Press and newspapers in Austin and Dallas, then came home in 1981. Since 1987, he’s written more than 1,000 weekly dining columns and more than 3,000 news and politics columns. If you don’t like what he says about politics, read him on barbecue.  Star Telegram…”