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Froswa’ Booker-Drew, PhD

Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change

Froswa’ Booker-Drew, PhD has an extensive background in nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education.  As Vice President of Community Affairs/Strategic Alliances of the State Fair of Texas, the largest fair in the United States, she is responsible for all community initiatives, educational programming, partnership development and philanthropy on behalf of the organization.  She is responsible for the creation of several State Fair signature programs including the Cohort for Concessions, Fairs and Expositions (CFFE), Community Engagement Day Convenings, and NXT FEST. In her role, she convenes nonprofit organizations to solve for community challenges, builds capacity of nonprofit organizations and small businesses and creates collaborations to share resources and builds social capital.  She is also the Founder of Power in Action, Dallas and Co-Founder of HERitage Giving Circle, the first African American Women’s Giving Circle in Texas

Froswa’ served as the former National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, US Programs as a catalyst, national partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners, facilitating the emergence and strengthening of community-led initiatives to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families in poverty and marginalized communities. Froswa’ supervised program staff in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Washington, Illinois, California, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the engagement strategy across the country, identifying local, regional and national partners and the creation and presentation of a training to educate organizations on Social Capital, Collective Impact, Asset Based Community Development.  She also worked with staff to build the capacity of more than 3000 organizations in order to support children and families through training, the use of portfolio of World Vision Resources, convening and connecting organizations to one another through Community Engagement Days and Youth Engagement Days around the US.  She was also responsible for the HEA (Disaster Response) across the US supervising staff, a budget and strategy.  This includes managing a budget of nearly $2 million. In addition, she served on the National Leadership Team for US Programs reporting to the Vice President of US Programs and worked closely with other departments including marketing, fundraising, operations, evaluation and GIK to support the work around the country.

Booker-Drew has worked for three national nonprofits and was formerly the Director of the Texas Office of Partners for Sacred Places.  In this role, she built partnerships statewide and nationally, oversaw programming, public relations, staff, budget, and fundraising for the office.  Partners for Sacred Places is a national non-sectarian, nonprofit that works with congregations in historical buildings to assist in the use their buildings for the transformation of their communities.  Previously, she served as Southwest Sustainability Specialist for the national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative, which served first generation college students. She worked with affiliate sites in Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This included coaching and providing workshops for Executive Directors, Board Members and staff on strategic planning, fund development, and board governance.  Booker-Drew also served as Texas Regional Director for the Innovation Groups, a national non-profit which provides consultation, training, and research for local governments.  Froswa’ worked with over 50 city managers and their staff in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma which included marketing, event coordination, recruitment and retention of member cities.

Booker-Drew was promoted to Director of Communications/Assistant to the Headmaster at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, an organization based in South Dallas, a marginalized community, where she was responsible for all public relations and special projects for the Executive Director. Hired initially as the Director of the Community Center for St. Philip’s School and Community Center, she was the administrator of the Athletics, Before and After School Care/Summer, and Outreach programming for over a thousand participants. This included the implementation of new programs and developing collaborative partnerships with community agencies that offered opportunities for young people in the community and their families.  In this role, she was responsible for reporting to corporate, foundation, and individual donors.  She also assisted the Development Department in the research, reporting, and writing of proposals for the Community Center.  Her role included managing a budget that exceeded $250,000 excluding the $1.3 million capital campaign, supervising staff and nearly 100 volunteers and assisting in the design of the new Learning Center, which houses Community Center programs.  Froswa’ solicited and received funding from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Dell Foundation, Microsoft, and many others during her tenure.  As a result of her leadership, participation increased especially in targeted zip code areas as well as a stronger relationship was established with the media publicizing programming.

As the part-time Development Coordinator for The ChildCareGroup, she was responsible for assisting in raising $825,000 for this organization that has a budget of over $12 million dollars. This organization served low-income families in providing childcare services. Over $500,000 was raised toward this effort.

Educational History

Froswa’ received her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Her research is based on social capital, diverse women, relational leadership and the work of Keagan and Lahey of Harvard’s Immunity to Change.  Booker-Drew is interested in impacting women assisting them in building varied social networks by understanding the power in their personal stories and identifying the barriers to change that keep women from creating the impact they desire. She is a trained Immunity to Change facilitator, attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute on Relational Cultural Theory, and was invited to be a part of the International Dialogue on Relational Learning and Leadership.  It was at this conference that she presented her work on women and social capital as a paper.  Froswa’ is also an Advanced Certified Coach Practitioner through the Certified Coaches Federation.

She is a graduate from Oklahoma City University with a Master of Liberal Arts in Humanities.  She received a scholarship and an assistantship to attend OCU.  Booker-Drew worked full-time as an Educational Consultant for two non-profit agencies in Oklahoma City while attending classes full-time.  She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in History, with a minor in English, and an emphasis in Women’s Studies/Sociology.  As a student, she was extremely involved in campus and community activities.

She is the author of three books, Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last, (2013), Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life (2016), and It’s Time to Fly Away (2020). Her fourth book, Empowering Charity: A New Narrative of Philanthropy, will be released in 2022 by Baylor University Press. She has written several articles on a variety of topics that have been published around the world including serving as an advice columnist for professional women for the Business Woman Media, a global platform based in Australia.

Froswa’ has also written for or has work published in the following:

Booker-Drew, in addition to being the host of the Tapestry podcast and former co-host on the web talk show, Social Issues Time, has presented hundreds of workshops and conferences around the United States and in Canada including TEDX-SMU, Fuel Good (Toronto), 4Good.org, the Greater Dallas Movement Day, Urban League Young Professionals, Ignite, Center for African American Studies, Southern Methodist University, Texas Association of Community Development Associations, Nonprofit Communication Professionals, the University of Notre Dame, Texas A& M University, The Minority Student Today Conference, The University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas at Arlington.  She was featured on the video ‘Extraordinary Women’ by Dallas Community Television and has been on a guest on numerous television, radio and podcast shows. Froswa’ was the emcee at Greater Dallas Movement Day, an event with more than 2000 attendees present.  Below is list of a selection of recent presentations:

  • New Leaders Panel Discussion on Philanthropy (March 2019)
  • Engage Dallas, Mayor Star Council, Upstander speaker (March 2019)
  • Faith in Texas Staff Retreat (March 2019)
  • Dallas Women’s Success Initiative, Panelist (March 2019)
  • Prosperity Now, Moderator, Nonprofit Leaders Workshop (May 2019)
  • Bakke Graduate University, Keynote, Graduation Speaker (May 2019)
  • First Biannual African American History Summit, Workshop Presenter (June 2019)
  • ScholarShot, Keynote, Graduation (June 2019)
  • International Venue Management Association, Workshop Presenter (July 2019)
  • Texas Education Agency, Keynote, Partnership Conference (August 2019)
  • Success Women’s Conference, Mississippi, Workshop Presenter (September 2019)
  • National Conference, Keynote, Christian Community Development Association, (October 2019)
  • Hidden Figures of Philanthropy (October 2019)
  • Hey Chica, Latina Leadership Conference, Moderator (November 2019)
  • Renew You, WFFA Women’s Conference, Workshop Presenter (January 2020)
  • Community Engagement Day Luncheon, Keynote, Chicago (January 2020)
  • Dallas Futures Summit, Panelist (January 2020)
  • TEDxSMU (March 2020)
  • DCEO Women’s Keynote Speaker, (July 2020)
  • Guidely Summit, Presenter, (July 2020)
  • SGR Webinar Wednesday, Webinar Presenter, (July 2020)
  • HCI Webinar with Dr. Westover, Podcast, (July 2020)

Froswa’ is a board member of Buckner International, Soul Rep Theater Company, Mayor’s Star Council, For Oak Cliff, EdCor, and the Real Estate Council Community Board. She has also served as a Board Member of APAA (Association of Persons Affected by Addiction), the Texas Christian Community Development Network and the Texas Nonprofit Council, the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and Girls Inc—Tarrant County as a member of the Director’s Circle. She was a member of the Dallas American Red Cross Diversity Leadership Team where she has served as a Community Relations Liaison.  Other activities have included working with the inmates of the Seagoville Federal Prison; former Board member for the Texas Office for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, Old City Park, Latino Arts and Letters Cultural Center, Urban Scholarship Committee for Young Life and the Partnership for Arts, Culture, and Education and was also appointed to serve as a member of the Irving Youth Council.  Froswa’ completed 40 hours of Basic Mediation Training through Dispute Mediation Services of Dallas. She was a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that follows a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India.

She has also received several awards for her work in the community:

  • 2008 Community Angel Award,
  • 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.,
  • 2010 Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross,
  • 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni at the University of Texas at Arlington,
  • 2013 Recognized Alumni at the University of Texas at Arlington in History,
  • 2014 Big Heart for Global Poverty by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • 2015 Life Impact Award, AWOW International Girls Leadership Initiative
  • 2017, 2018 Who’s Who in Black Dallas
  • 2017 Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse Participant (Op-Ed Project)
  • 2018 Cover of Mentor Magazine
  • 2018 Advocare Community Champion Award
  • 2018 Miles of Freedom Award
  • 2019 Education is Freedom Honorary Chair
  • 2019 Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award
  • 2019 Mom in Philanthropy Award
  • 2020 Each Moment Matters Community Leader Award
  • 2020 Dallas Leadership Foundation Honoree

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Master of Public Administration Program, Tulane University (2020-present)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Antioch University, Immunity to Change (2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Public Leadership (Master’s level) and Human Management Services Leadership (Undergraduate), University of North Texas at Dallas (2016)
  • Adjunct Professor, Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary, Leadership Master’s Program (2015)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, (2014)
  • Instructor of African American Life and Culture, Contemporary Ideas and Issues, and Man, Society, and Culture-three interdisciplinary courses at Jarvis Christian College. She was also overwhelmingly selected by the student body as Favorite New Teacher, Most Supportive Female Faculty, and Favorite Female Teacher.
  • Assistant professor of Freshman Studies at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, a Historically Black University
  • Adjunct Instructor at Richland College (local community college)
  • Assistant Curator of History for the African American Museum; and
  • Curator of Education and Programs, South Dallas Cultural Center/Program Coordinator for the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House, Office of Cultural Affairs/City of Dallas.

Consulting Experience

Froswa’ is the owner of Soulstice Consultancy, an agency that provides strategic planning, leadership and partnership development, board training, consultations/coaching for small businesses and non-profit agencies.   The client roster has included several individuals, faith, community-based organizations and businesses throughout the United States such as the following:

  • Christian Community Development Association
  • Futures without Violence
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Capital View Arts (Austin, Texas)
  • Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Texas Tenants Association
  • Kellogg Action Lab of Consultants
  • AWOW International Girls Leadership Initiative (US and Ghana)
  • The Dallas Women’s Foundation
  • Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Rapides Foundation
  • Harmony CDC
  • UT Southwestern/Good News (NIH grant) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230554/
  • Mothers & More
  • Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  • North Texas International Visitors Council
  • City of Killeen, Texas
  • Children and Family Institute
  • Philip’s School and Community Center
  • Baptist General Convention of Texas
  • City of Garland
  • Texas Rural Communities
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Texas
  • Prime Time Sister Circles
  • DFW International
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • PRIMA ADD Center/Dr. Lynn Weiss Attention Deficit Disorder Center for Teens and Adults
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Arlington Independent School District
  • The Dallas Historical Society
  • Geo-Marine
  • Southland Corporation/7-Eleven
  • One Star Foundation
  • Coordinator of the Nonprofit Certificate Program at the University of Texas at Arlington (Workforce Development) teaching several courses for more than six years.

Froswa’ was selected to serve as a delegate in Non-Profit Congress in Washington DC and has reviewed grants for a number of Federal agencies and foundations:

  • Administration for Children, Youth and Families
  • Department of Education and the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Corporation of National and Community Service (Americorp)
  • Office of Community Service, Capacity Building
  • Institute for Youth Development
  • The PeaceMaker Foundation
  • The Lindberg Foundation
  • Case Foundation
  • Youth Service of America
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation

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