Powerful Leading Ladies of Law Enforcement
The Wharton, HBS and Kellogg Clubs invite the DBC for extraordinary access to two of the most powerful women shaping Dallas law enforcement!
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson and Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown open up about their journey, vision for the future and the outlook for others in leadership in one of the toughest industries in the country - law enforcement.
Dallas County District Attorney
Faith Johnson is a pioneer. Her recent appointment as the first African-American female to serve as the District Attorney of Dallas County is one of Ms. Johnson’s several “firsts.” She has the distinction of being the first African-American female district criminal judge elected in Texas, serving as a presiding judge for 17 years, and was also the first African-American female to attain the highly regarded status of Chief Felony Prosecutor during her time in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
As a judge, she handled thousands of felony cases ranging from drug possession and theft to sexual assault, child abuse, and capital murder. After leaving the bench, Ms. Johnson practiced with a non-profit law firm for two years before establishing Faith Johnson & Associates, L.L.P. in 2009. In 2014, Ms. Johnson was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission, where she was one of five Commissioners who oversee homeland security, border patrol, and terrorism in Texas. She served on the commission until December 2016.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the U.S. Christian Chamber of Commerce, among other professional organizations. She is secretary and a board member of The Potter's House of Dallas, and a past board member of several non-profit organizations.
Ms. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in community counseling from Georgia State University, and a law degree from Texas Southern University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is the youngest of 13 children born to Benjamin and Eva Simmons.
Dallas County Sheriff
Sheriff Marian Brown was appointed Interim Sheriff of Dallas County on December 19, 2017 and sworn in on January 1, 2018. She is the first African-American Sheriff in Dallas County and one of only three African-American female sheriffs in the United States.
Sheriff Brown began her career in law enforcement in 1988 with the Duncanville Police Department. She quickly ascended in rank, promoting to the rank of sergeant in 1993. Since then, she formulated such programs as Citizens on Patrol, Duncanville Police Beat, Citizens Police Academy, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT), Hand-in-Hand, and Success Through Accepting Responsibility or STAR Program. Sheriff Brown is also known throughout the law enforcement community for her role as law enforcement trainer/anchor on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), an international law enforcement satellite network.
Sheriff Brown was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and later named to the position of Assistant Chief of Police until 2014, when she retired and joined the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department to serve as Chief Deputy in charge of General Services.
Sheriff Brown has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from University of Texas at Arlington and a Master Peace Officer Certification. She is also a graduate of the International Law Enforcement Institute’s Management College and the FBI National Academy Associates Command College.
Early Registration Deadline: Mon., May 7 @ noon
Date: Wed., May 9
Time: 5:00pm Check-in and Reception with wonderful hors d'oeuvres!!
5:30pm Presentation and Q&A
Location: Jones Day, 2727 North Harwood Street, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75201