Women in Leadership - June 2
Speaker: Trisha Cunningham,
president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank
When the pandemic hit, the North Texas Food Bank instituted immediate and sweeping changes to its operations that allowed the organization to not only sustain its support, but to significantly increase food assistance at a time when it was needed more than ever. Essentially flipping its business model to allow for efficient and safe distribution, the Food Bank has provided access to more than 130 million meals since the pandemic began. Implementing such comprehensive change required Trisha to guide the organization in staying nimble among an ever-evolving landscape. Trisha will talk about the hunger needs in North Texas, the Food Bank’s crisis response, and how her own leadership has adapted to the changing circumstances. Sharing five leadership lessons she has leaned into along the way and the Food Bank’s plans for the future, Trisha will shine a light on the critical issue of hunger and the leadership strategies that apply to all organizations going through significant change.
Prior to North Texas Food Bank, Cunningham was a 30-year global marketing, communications, branding, and public affairs executive at Texas Instruments where she most recently served as Chief Citizenship Officer. While there, she founded the Dallas Fort Worth Corporate Citizenship Network creating a collaborative model for area corporations to strengthen social impact and sustainability.
Cunningham currently serves as board chair for Feeding Texas, board development chair for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and a director of International Women’s Forum (IWF) Dallas Chapter. She is a member of University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance where she is on the faculty for the Nonprofit Governance Certificate Program, Leadership Women, Nonprofit CEO Council, Rotary Club of Park Cities, Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable and Leadership Dallas Alumni, United Way’s Women of Tocqueville, and The Dallas Assembly. She serves on national Feeding America committees where the North Texas Food Bank is a member.
Cunningham was named as a Texas Women’s Foundation 2021 Maura Women Helping Women Awardee, Dallas Business Journal’s 2020 Women in Business honoree and 2020 Most Inspiring Leader, DCEO’s Dallas 500 Most Influential Business Leaders (2019-21), Collin County Business Alliance’s 2020 Leadership Award, Dallas Morning News 2020 Texan of the Year finalist, Elite News 2020 Women of Wisdom honoree, Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas 2019 Distinguished Alumni, the Junior League of Collin County’s 2019 Nonprofit Executive of the Year, Plano Magazine’s 2019 Girl Boss and a Leadership Women Director Emeritus. Other honors include receiving the 2020 Cleveland G. Clinton Collaborative Award by Rotary Club of Park Cities, the Lana Garner Porter Women in Technology award from Murray State University, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive of the Year by CNM Connect and several Girl Scouts awards. Cunningham earned an NACD Governance Fellow accreditation in 2017, a UT Dallas Nonprofit Governance Certificate and is a graduate of the IWF Fellows program, Leadership Dallas, Leadership Texas and Leadership International.
Trisha has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in business from Murray State University. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Fairview, Texas, (Collin County) and have two grown children.