United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

January 28, 2013

United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson Receives Baylor University Distinguished Alumni Award

Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, has been selected by the Baylor Alumni Association as a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. Sampson is one of the youngest alumni to be honored with this award, which was presented during the Association’s annual Hall of Fame celebration on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas.

“Jennifer represents the best of Baylor in all she does,” said Bill Dube, director of the Endowed Scholarship Program at Baylor University. “She has made a difference in the lives of those she serves.”

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are selected through a process of nomination and peer review, and are honored for their exceptional integrity and leadership in many different walks of life. Sampson’s commitment to permanently changing the lives of North Texans through her role as the first female CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas makes her stand apart from other Baylor alumni. The organization is the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve education, income and health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties.

“Jennifer is dynamic, smart, incredibly approachable and a talented leader with an open heart,” said Carroll Dawson, a member of the Baylor Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award selection committee and former General Manager of the Houston Rockets.
“It’s no surprise to see how fast she has risen to the top.”

Sampson was appointed CEO and president of United Way in 2011. During her first year as CEO, she led the organization through substantial leadership and operational changes. She continues to establish the organization as a leader for citywide collaborations, and works to identify and execute innovative strategies to drive community impact and diversify the organization’s sources of revenue and investment strategies.

“I don’t think I’ve been more impressed with someone in such a short period of time,” said Troy Aikman, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. “She is everything I hope my three daughters grow up to become. Her passion for helping others is contagious.”

Sampson joined United Way in 2001, serving as vice president and chief financial officer before being promoted to chief operating officer in 2004. During her tenure as CFO, Sampson re-engineered the finance and operational functions to strengthen the organization’s financial management, expand technology systems and improve internal controls.

Prior to serving with United Way, Sampson worked with Arthur Andersen. She spent 10 years in the firm’s Dallas audit practice working with a variety of corporate clients in various industries.

Sampson received her BBA from Baylor University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. She has completed executive education courses through the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

A committed community advocate, Samson has served in leadership roles for numerous organizations in the North Texas community. She is a founding member of the United Way Women of Tocqueville Society and serves on the United Way Worldwide National Professional Council, Fortune 500 Task Force and Select Cities. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas, and was a member of the Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee from 2001 to 2008. She has been a member of the Crystal Charity Ball Committee since 2009 and has served on the Baylor University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Business and Community Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board, and the Dallas Assembly. She was named the Women’s Council of Dallas County’s 2012 Woman of the Year.

“Jennifer is destined to be one of the outstanding leaders of our city,” said Dallas businessman and community advocate Dr. Bobby Lyle. “She has taken on a tremendous responsibility as CEO of United Way and is handling it with grace, dignity and charm.”

In addition to Sampson, Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented by the university to James Daniel, vice chairman of BancFirst Corporation, and Nick Strimple, associate professor of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California and director of music for Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. Additional awards include the following:

W. R. White Meritorious Service Award
Bettie M. Battle, Manager, Baylor Athletic Dining Hall, retired
Ervin Davis, Barber, Baylor Barber Shop
Norman Gilchrest, Barber, Baylor Barber Shop, retired

Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award
Brian McCall, Chancellor, Texas State University System

Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award
J. Brent Walker, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award
John Wood, President, International Medical Education Foundation, Inc.
President, John Wood Ministries, Inc.

George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award
Joel T. Allison, President and CEO, Baylor Health Care System

Herbert H. Reynolds Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Lori Thompson Coulter, Founder, Lori Coulter Made-to-Order Swimwear
Kellie Key Fischer, Executive Vice President and CFO, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

First Families of Baylor Award
The Nelson-Dudley-Boulet Family

Distinguished Baylor Black Alumni Award
Robert L. Griffin III, NFL Quarterback, Washington Redskins

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