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The Influentials

Texas has long been a place that attracts people who want to make a difference. It doesn’t matter who your parents are or how little money you have, if you possess a great idea and want to achieve great things, the Lone Star state welcomes you with no questions asked.

In this editorial series, CultureMap highlights those individuals who impact Dallas in a big way. These leaders help shape our city with new — and often bold — ideas. Some are powerful household names; others fly under the radar and work tirelessly behind the scenes without recognition.

With the sheer force of persuasion and determination, the Dallas Influentials are molding the economy, enhancing the culture and creating a blueprint for the 21st century — making our hometown a better place to live.


The litigating, philanthropic TV host and supermom on living in the moment

By Diana Oates

Nov 27th, 2013 at 9:55 AM

You can never have too much of a good thing, and Dawn Neufeld proves it. A business litigation attorney by day and philanthropist by night, this mother of two and ...


The celebrity skincare guru on Dallas generosity, road trips and the meaning of life

By Kendall Morgan

Nov 5th, 2013 at 9:01 AM

If socialites and superstars look particularly porcelain and pore-free on the red carpet, rest assured their skin has been in the hands of celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau. Having launched her ...


The FLUENT founder on opportunity, Dallas hustle and where the magic is

By Kendall Morgan

Oct 21st, 2013 at 2:48 PM

There are people who are known as connectors: Their Rolodexes can launch a thousand ships, relationships and businesses with a single flick of the wrist. Jackson (one name only, please ...


The Nasher Sculpture Center director on dark optimism, delicious dives and Dallas' sense of possibility

By Kendall Morgan

Oct 9th, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Upon the opening of their eponymous museum, Raymond and Patsy Nasher assured the city’s status as a center for world-class art. Yet the Nasher Sculpture Center’s renown as ...


Dallas Animal Services manager stays laser-focused on making city more humane

By Teresa Gubbins

Sep 25th, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Dallas Animal Services has accomplished something remarkable in the past two years. Guided by manager Jody Jones, the shelter has remade itself from a house of shame into a source ...


The Forty Five Ten owner on fashion transparency and real-life heroes

By Kendall Morgan

Jul 1st, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Dallas Best Dressed list just wouldn’t be the same without the foresight of Brian Bolke. The prescient owner of Forty Five Ten, Five and Ten, and Number One ...


The Dallas fundraising phenom on service, determination and Paciugo gelato

By Rachael Abrams

Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:02 PM

If you've attended any charitable event in Dallas, then you most likely recognize Lynn McBee, one of our city's most tireless philanthropists. Few can compete with her energy ...


Rosewood Hotels & Resorts president on spirituality, charisma and Chardonnay

By Kendall Morgan

May 9th, 2013 at 5:15 AM

No one knows posh destinations like Radha Arora. A 30-year veteran of the luxury hotel business, he earned his stripes in the industry as the youngest general manager in the ...


The new Arts District executive director on Dallas' embarrassment of riches

By Kendall Morgan

Apr 24th, 2013 at 11:01 AM

There is no area of the city more vibrant than the 68-acre Dallas Arts District, the largest area of its kind in the nation. There, major cultural institutions share space ...


The top event planner in the South on tequila, Dolly Parton and ballsiness

By Kendall Morgan

Mar 21st, 2013 at 9:22 AM

It just isn’t a party without Todd Fiscus. Not a memorable one, at least. The owner and creative director of Todd Events is known for lending a healthy dose ...


Fearing's celebrity chef on multitasking, Dallas spirit and the best coffee in the city

By Kendall Morgan

Mar 1st, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Known as the “father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Dean Fearing has given Dallas a lot more than the lobster taco. Fearing spent 20-plus years at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, pleasing ...


The avid philanthropist and art collector on incredible taste and can-do attitudes

By Kendall Morgan

Feb 11th, 2013 at 3:54 PM

As Dallas takes its well-earned spot as one of America’s top ArtPlaces, the city’s creators and collectors alike owe a debt of gratitude to Cindy Rachofsky. This self-described ...


The Dallas real estate visionary on optimism, adventure and the power of change

By Kendall Morgan

Jan 28th, 2013 at 2:00 PM

The topography of Dallas wouldn’t be quite the same without Lucy Billingsley. The real estate mogul has built her reputation on looking to the future, from colonizing the land ...


The director of the Dallas Museum of Art on bittersweet chocolate, being unflappable and Dallas' inferiority complex

By Kendall Morgan

Jan 14th, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Editor’s note: CultureMap is proud to introduce a new series called The Influentials, in which we chat with the people who help shape the City of Dallas. First up ...

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