Baziel Peter Jerome Johnson

​​​Southwest Jewish Congress 
  • Senior VP of CBRE, in Dallas real estate for over 50 years
  • Served on many non-profit boards and organizations for over 35 years
  • 25 years as “Smiley the Clown” for critically ill pediatric patients at two major hospitals

Mike Friedman

Marzuq Abdul Jaami

  • Imam with international 
    bridge building missions

  • Spokesperson for peaceful interfaith relations
  • Champion for kindness programs, public education
  • Senior Director of Community Relations, for Children’s Health
  • Advocate for public policies that effect the quality of life for children and families
  • First person of color to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for Farmers Branch

Kevin Butera

Stan Golden Men of Action

Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest

Dave Chaos

  • Founder of voting rights advocacy organizations
  • Member of the original civil rights staff of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Veteran of multiple marches and violent attacks

Kambiz Rafraf

Princess Igwe-Icho

Future Men of Action

Oliver H. Burke

  • Quadruple major, senior at SMU on Pre-Law track
  • Interested in immigration, disability rights and women’s issues
  • Public service research in ethics and voluntarism

Barbara Steele

Lifetime Achievement

Florencia Velasco Fortner

  • Founding member/chair of Orchid Giving Circle Fund, CFTexas
  • Serves on boards for Girl Scouts, Literacy Achieves and Best Buddies
  • Provides executive leadership to expand/grow organizational impact

Cristal Retana Lule

  • Student leader at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
  • Martial arts instructor for people with special needs
  • Ambassador for encouraging multi-faith and diverse interactions

Rose Marie Stromberg

  • Senior at Great Hearts High School, Irving
  • Created a patent-pending device to solve the global identification crisis
  • Volunteer web designer for nonprofits


  • Writer and editor for businesses and nonprofits
  • Promoter of interfaith programs that engage newcomers
  • Ambassador for public education and kindness projects
  • Peace maker and consensus builder for civic projects
  • Established the CAW Clark Legal Clinic for underserved sectors
  • Volunteer for American Cancer Society and Dallas Children’s Theater
  • Celebrity radio and media professional
  • Promotes diversity causes and personalities
  • General Manager for KNON Radio, started as a volunteer DJ in 1987

Future Inspiring Women

Sol Villasana

Sandra Estess

  • Honor student and 3-sport athlete at Greenhill School
  • Eagle Scout, having earned all 139 Merit Badges
  • Led volunteers to preserve Blackland Prairie ecosystem

Lifetime Achievement

Zoya Hussain

  • Founding Director/Advisor for the Ronald McDonald House, Dallas
  • Champion for Children’s Health fundraising campaigns
  • Supports educational opportunities for DISD magnet students
  • Author, lawyer for civil litigation and government relations
  • Founder and mentor for area LULAC chapters
  • University instructor; advocate for public education

Mylinh Luong

  • Engineer and sociologist
  • Member of the Baha’i Faith, served on the interfaith council for over 15 years
  • Hosts weekly Meaningful Conversations to raise consciousness about the oneness of humanity, racial unity, gender equality 
  • President and CEO of The Concilio
  • Champion of inclusive & supportive environments for all families
  • Advocate for educational excellence and socioeconomic empowerment