Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, was honored today by The National Diversity Council as one of this year's Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas. The award was presented to Sampson and other selected honorees during the 9th Annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas.
Sampson is among a group of 19 women to receive this prominent recognition in 2013. Each honoree was selected based on leadership excellence; professional accomplishments; their impact on revenue, profitability and strategic direction; community involvement and leadership; and demonstration of the highest ethical standards.
"I can think of few women who are more deserving of the title 'Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas,' than Jennifer Sampson," said Debbie Taylor, chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board and Southwest regional director for Citi Community Development. "Her work with United Way to create lasting change influences the lives of thousands of North Texans every day, and her innovative strategies to break the destructive cycles of dropouts, poverty and poor health will have a lasting impact on the entire region for many years to come."
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.
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 and received the 2013 Baylor Distinguished Alumni Award.
About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas offers North Texans highly effective ways to help people change their lives forever. United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve Education, Income and Health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. By breaking the cycles of dropouts, poverty and poor health for hundreds of thousands of people over the next ten years, United Way donors, volunteers and advocates will create long-term improvements throughout the region. To learn more, please visit UnitedWayDallas.org.