Dallas Business Journal to Honor Keshia Bruno at 15th Annual Women in Business Awards

The Dallas Business Journal has named Junior Achievement of Dallas’ Keshia Bruno, vice president of educational impact, to its 2022 class for the 15th Annual Women in Business Awards. The event will be held on August 25, 2022 at the Fairmount Dallas.

The Awards recognize women who are leaders in their fields across various industries — from legal to marketing, from health care to nonprofits, from technology to banking, from homebuilding to sports, from real estate to education. This year's honorees were selected by a group of judges who were all alumni of the program.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have my name listed among such extraordinary, phenomenal women,” says Bruno. “Being in the non-profit/for-impact business for over 20 years, I consider this work a privilege. I am blessed to be a part of an organization where together as a team we are able to stand in the gap for thousands of young people. Several people stood in the gap for me while growing up and it has always been my personal mission to pay-it-forward. I feel as though this recognition is my ‘thank you’ to them. Thank you for believing in me back in the 80s and teaching me the importance of fighting for the boundless potential of young people.”  

Bruno joined JA Dallas in 2018, first serving as an education manager. During her tenure at JA Dallas, Bruno has been instrumental in adapting programs to meet the needs of students, educators, and volunteers throughout the COVID crisis, helping lead a team that continued to grow partnerships and programming options. “Keshia’s dedication to our mission and ability to overcome obstacles shows tremendous leadership for JA Dallas staff, volunteers, and the educators with whom we partner, says Jan Murfield, president & CEO of JA Dallas. “Keshia is a difference maker and so deserving of this recognition.” In the 2021-2022 school year, JA Dallas surpassed 106,000 students impacted – more than double that of the 2018-2019 school year.

Honorees will be featured in a special issue of the Dallas Business Journal on September 2nd. For more information about the 15th Annual Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award, click here

2022 DBJ Women in Business Honorees:

  • Lauren Abeyta, Founder & COO, Construction Discovery Experts
  • Margie Aguilar, CEO, ISP Creative 
  • Kim Askew, Partner, DLA Piper (US) 
  • LaSharndra Barbarin, CEO, Medical City Arlington
  • Melynda Boothe, Executive Vice President, Oceans Healthcare
  • Keshia Bruno, Vice President of Educational Impact, Junior Achievement of Dallas
  • Donna Burgess, Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Tax, AECOM 
  • Carolyn Carlson, Vice President Enterprise Sales, Central Region, Okta
  • Jennifer Chandler, President, Bank of America Dallas | Head of Philanthropic Solutions, Bank of America
  • Rosemary Cruz, Vice President of Donated Goods and Retail, Goodwill North Central Texas 
  • Kelly Ann Doherty, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Cooper Group
  • Kellie Fischer, EVP & CFO, Rangers Baseball Express 
  • Donita Fleming, Market President (Dallas/Fort Worth), United Surgical Partners International
  • Tiffaney Dale Hunter, Assistant Director, Global Assurance Brand, Marketing and Communications, EY
  • Janet Lee, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Mobile Experience, Samsung Electronics America 
  • Torrey Littlejohn, Managing Director, JLL 
  • Elizabeth E. Mack, Dallas Office Managing Partner, Locke Lord 
  • Tori Mannes, CEO & President, ChildCareGroup 
  • Nancy McDonnell, EVP, Head of Treasury Solutions, Texas Capital Bank
  • Bridget Moreno Lopez, Managing Partner — Dallas, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
  • Beth Shaddock, Co-Owner and Vice President of Shaddock Homes, Shaddock Homes
  • Bonnie Shea, President, Urban Oil and Gas Group
  • Taylor Shead, CEO & Founder, STEMuli Studios
  • Dr. Nadia Virani, Vice President of Operations, Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas 
  • Dr. Stormee Williams, Chief Health Equity Officer, Children's Health

About Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas): 

Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas), a nonprofit organization, impacts the lives of students by teaching life skills in budgeting, careers, and business start-ups. JA Dallas’ mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through volunteer-delivered curriculum. The organization has been in Dallas for more than 65 years and has reached over 1.5 million students. JA Dallas is committed to serving students in under-resourced areas to grow diversity, be more inclusive, and ensure students have equitable access to JA resources. Last year, over 2,000 volunteers helped change the lives of more than 106,000 Dallas area students through JA programs. Surveys show that students who take JA have a high school graduation rate of 93% compared to 85% for the general population, and 67% have an advanced post-secondary degree.


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