Scott Murray spent over three decades with NBC television as a multi Emmy Award-winning television anchor. He has been honored as a Living Legend of Journalism by the Press Club of Dallas and recipient of the prestigious Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Scott is presently a TV/radio host, published author, keynote speaker and CEO of Murray Media, while actively volunteering with countless children’s, civic and charitable organizations. His commitment to community has resulted in his being honored with such awards as: Man of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Father of the Year.
ROBERT A. DYE, PH.D.
Robert A. Dye, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. He leads the Comerica Economics Department, which provides research and analysis vital to Comerica and its customers, as well as business leaders and policy makers throughout the country. Robert provides commentary and research on the U.S. economy, and several states throughout the U.S. His publications include: a monthly U.S. economic update and quarterly regional economic updates, state-level economic indexes, daily economic alerts and the Comerica Economic Weekly. Robert is a classically trained painter who cultivates creativity both in and outside the workplace.
MAGDALENA GROHMAN, PH.D.
Dr. Magdalena Grohman is an associate director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, at the University of Texas, Dallas. Her core interest is to propagate creative thinking as part of a life-span education. Her research background is in creative thinking, problem solving and education, and she teaches on the psychology of creativity. Dr. Grohman started Think Creatively! workshops for the Dallas Museum of Art visitors and leads Summer Seminars on creative thinking for teachers at the DMA.
John Matthews graduated from Southern Methodist University with a double major in Finance and Psychology. John felt a calling to the world of education through Teach for America and moved to Mississippi to teach algebra. He then saw an opportunity to make an even greater impact by joining the staff at Teach for America and worked with Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan to spread awareness about educational inequity. John has returned to Dallas as Project Manager for Matthews Southwest and is active in supporting education in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Brad Oldham is a sculptor of international acclaim who strives to elevate environments worldwide with his site-specific artworks. His large-scale sculptures enhance communities and collections by his meticulous craftsmanship, passion, and creativity that are cast into every sculpture he creates. Oldham describes himself as “an artist with an engineer’s mind.” His award-winning pieces can be seen in both private homes and community spaces around the world, including the national headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, Texas, the entrance of Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto, California, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario, and the Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Katherine Wagner is CEO of Business Council for the Arts. She believes that the best places to live have a vibrant culture that contributes to economic vitality and a high quality of life for its citizens. She advocates for a strong bond between the for-profit business community and the nonprofit arts and cultural sector. Wagner is an active member of The Dallas Summit and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Creative Arts Center, ArtSpace Dallas, the North Texas Commission and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts.
Payton Wallace is a 14-year old entrepreneur, worship leader, and the nation’s youngest Certified Phone Surgeon. He is a living example of the power of creativity in education. Since the age of four, he has been playing the piano and at the age five, he started his own business. Though he was bullied in middle school, his ability to problem solve allowed him to turn adversity into opportunity. While other kids played football, Payton was creating ways to sell football cards and drive a profit. Today, Payton continues to use his creativity and innovation to create a better future for his generation.