Good Works Under 40 People's Choice Award
Five outstanding civic and business leaders under the age of 40 have been selected as finalists for the annual Good Works Under 40 (GWU40) awards program presented by The Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News. The awards program is designed to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming leaders working to improve the future of Dallas and that inspire their peers to make a difference. The winner will receive a $10,000 check to donate to his or her charity of choice.
For the first time in the award's eight-year history, the general public will be allowed to honor a finalist with the People's Choice Award.
The following individuals have been selected as the 2017 Good Works Under 40 finalists. We invite the community to cast a vote to decide on which individual should receive a $1,000 grant for his or her chosen charity during The Dallas Foundation's Good Works Under 40 Award Ceremony on November 8.
Voting closes on November 3. Individuals may vote once per day.
Stephanie Giddens, president and founder of Vickery Trading Company; takes on the current global refugee crisis by renewing hope for refugee women in Dallas. Victory Trading Company is a nonprofit social business that produces high-quality products handmade by refugee women. The company’s unique business model focuses on empowering women through job and life-skills training that equips them for further employment or education.
Dr. Lana Harder
Lana Harder, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center and Associate Professor with joint faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; has been a volunteer for Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) since 2009 and serves as a CASA in her current Junior League of Dallas community placement. In her volunteer role, Harder visits abused and neglected children, serves as a supportive adult figure and helps children reach a safe, permanent home. Harder also serves on the Dallas CASA Board of Directors and Executive Committee and has provided continuing education to CASA volunteers.
Robert Taylor, asset manager at Thackeray Partners; is the founder and director of The Educator Collective, a nonprofit that exists to empower early-career teachers in Dallas ISD to build lasting and accomplished careers in public education. Robert also serves on the board of directors for the Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association and the West Dallas Community School Young Professionals.
Dominic Lacy, senior manager at Accenture Strategy; is the first-ever deaf Board President of Deaf Action Center (DAC). A board member for over 10 years, Lacy has guided the board of directors and staff through a complete redevelopment of facilities. The redevelopment has enabled the DAC to offer low income housing and a modern center to serve its clients.
Elizabeth Viney, an attorney; utilizes her legal talents and faith to help her community as volunteer with Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT). ACT is a revolutionary model of ministry that deploys pro bono attorneys to empower inner city residents to fight crime in their communities. Since 2013, Viney has dedicated over 400 hours to help shut down drug houses and encouraged many other lawyers to volunteer as well.