Inaugural A Conversation with…’ breakfast series launched to exchange ideas among diverse business leaders


April 4, 2013, DALLAS –Dallas CEOs gathered at The Park City Club for an untraditional breakfast exchange with entrepreneur and pastor, T.D. Jakes, and other prominent Dallas leaders including Mayor Mike Rawlings who introduced the featured speaker.

The March 14 event kicked off the new breakfast talk series called, “A Conversation with…” featuring T.D. Jakes. The talk entitled “A Conversation with… Bishop T.D. Jakes; Our Dysfunctional Government—Whatever Happened to Comity, Compromise, and Cooperation, was the vision of Forrest Smith, founding partner in Ryan Law, LLP, his daughter Candy Smith of Candy Smith Productions and Stephanie Holbrook, whose firm, George Belcher Evans & Wilmer, co-sponsored the event along with Ryan Law, LLP.
The Smiths created the series to provide a safe place for leaders of varying faith backgrounds to discuss the serious issues facing our local business communities and our local and national leadership.

The Q&A formatted program allowed T.D. Jakes, who is primarily known as a pastor of the 30,000 member church, The Potter’s House of Dallas, to discuss his other business ventures, interests beyond the pulpit and his own concerns for the political vitriol, Congressional gridlock and the direction of our nation.

Additional Program Participants Included:
· Thomas George, President of GBE&W
· G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan LLP
· Dr. O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, former pastor of
First Baptist Church in Dallas

Companies/CEOs Represented Included:

Addison Law Firm
Bob Buford Institute
Dallas Better Business Bureau
Dallas City Council
Dean Foods
DFW Airport
Freedom Park DFW
Hodges Capital Management
Mary Kay
Pillar Solutions
Ryan Law, LLP
TD Industries
TD Jakes Enterprises
Trinity Industries

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About The Potter’s House
Located in Dallas, The Potter’s House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher” and as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” The Potter’s House has five locations, The Potter’s House of Dallas, The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, The Potter’s House of North Dallas, and The Potter’s House of Denver and a Spanish language church, Casa de Fe54.201.250.106