The 93rd Annual Linz Award - Nominations Now Open

NOMINATION DETAILS

 

Nominations are now open for the 93rd Annual Linz Award.
Download a nominations form here.
Submissions Deadline: December 31, 2021

EVENT DETAILS

 

For 2021, the Linz events honoring Abby & Todd Williams, 2020 award recipients and Margot Perot, 2019 award recipient, will be private events.

PRESENTED BY

Abigail (“Abby”) Williams
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
United to Learn

An unwavering education advocate, Abby has been dedicated to eliminating inequities in the educational system for the past two decades. Growing up, Abby and her two siblings were raised by their mother, a single parent, who worked as many as three jobs to make a better life for her children. Her mother’s steadfast determination left an impression on Abby about the value of education. Abby went on to earn a full academic scholarship at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and graduate summa cum laude.

Leaning on her proud Hispanic roots, her mother’s invaluable resilience and personal lived experiences, Abby believes that a strong public education is the key to lifting up today’s children and tomorrow’s communities. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of United to Learn, she works to live out the mission of transforming relationships between school and community in pursuit of her vision of accelerating student achievement and developing purposeful leaders.

Before launching United to Learn, Abby served as Vice President and Director of Charitable Services for Goldman Sachs & Co. where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s annual giving efforts totaling $25 million worldwide. To bridge her for-profit experience with the needs in the nonprofit sector, she worked as a community development consultant after leaving Goldman Sachs.

Among her community activities, in 2007, Abby and her husband, Todd, helped found the Uplift Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates 1,500 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas. Abby served as the founding chair of the school’s Advisory Council and remained actively involved with the school as a member of the Uplift Education Board of Trustees. Together the couple also served as the founding chairs of Teach for America DFW’s Regional Advisory Board.

Abby has also participated in Leadership Dallas and the Fellows Program of Leadership ISD where she also served on its Board of Directors.

Abby currently serves on the Board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum as well as SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive Council. She and her husband, Todd, are lead sponsors of the Commit! Partnership. She has also served as a board member for Dallas CASA, Dallas Women’s Foundation and the North Dallas High School Community Board, as well as an Advisory Council member for the Austin College GO! Forum.

Todd Williams
Chief Executive Officer
The Commit Partnership

Highly committed to public education, Todd is the founding Chairman and CEO of The Commit Partnership, the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization with over 200 institutions (including 15 school districts and eight higher-ed institutions educating over 790,000 students) supported by a dedicated backbone staff of ~60 employees. Together the Partnership and backbone staff are collectively focused on meaningfully improving post-secondary completion and economic mobility levels across the North Texas region. Todd also served for eight years as the Education Policy Advisor to former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. 

Todd is a senior trustee and former board chair for Austin College, one of the region’s leading liberal arts institutions located in Sherman, Texas. With his wife Abby, Todd was the founding chair for six years of the regional advisory board for Teach for America in Dallas/Ft. Worth. In 2007, Todd and Abby also helped establish the Uplift Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates over 1,500 primarily Hispanic children living in limited income homes in northwest Dallas. 100% of its graduates since its first senior class in 2011 have been accepted to college. 

In 2019 Todd was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the five-member State Land Board, responsible for overseeing the investment of a $12 billion fund supporting Texas’ K-12 public education system. In 2017, Todd served as a Governor Abbott appointee to the year-long Texas Commission on Public School Finance (where he chaired its Outcome Committee), with that Commission ultimately producing 35 recommendations that served as the basis for Texas’ landmark HB3 legislation which equitably invested $11.5 billion in the state’s public K-12 education system. 

Todd currently serves as an advisory board member of Educate Texas, an educational initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas. He is the former Chair of the Citizen Budget Review Commission for Dallas ISD ($1.7 billion budget educating ~155,000 students) and the former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education, a public charter school management organization serving almost 20,000 students across the D/FW area. He is also the former chairman of both the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center (located at the University of Texas) and the Real Estate Council of Dallas, the city’s largest real estate organization. 

Prior to dedicating his efforts full time as a volunteer to public education, Todd served as both a partner and as global co-head of Goldman Sachsreal estate private equity investment area, retiring in 2009 following a 20-year career with the firm in their New York, Los Angeles and Dallas offices. Total assets under management purchased by GS-managed real estate funds exceeded $100 billion in cost, including $10 billion of equity invested by Goldman Sachs and its managing partners. 

A public school graduate from Bryan Adams H.S. in Dallas ISD, Todd earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1982. 

Margot Perot
Philanthropic Leader

Margot Perot is an extremely generous individual who embodies the spirit of civic servanthood. With education, art, and giving back to the Dallas community at the forefront of her involvement, Margot has been a consistently celebrated philanthropist. Dedicating most of her life to service, she has been fervently giving back to the Dallas community through a long list of volunteer work and contributions.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later earned a B.A degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She was also granted an Honorary Doctorate degree in 2014. In 1956, she married Ross Perot. Together they had 5 children, now, a growing family with16 grandchildren.

With her educational background, Perot became a teacher at The McDonough School in Baltimore and later as a Navy wife in Rhode Island, ending her career when she moved to Dallas and taught at The Greenhill School.  Exemplifying her passion for education, she has served as a former board chair and life board member at The Hockaday School. Currently, Perot also supports the Global Fund for Children, has supported Children’s Medical Center, as well as many educational outreach programs to bring the arts to underserved children.

Perot continues to exhibit her value of the arts through her gracious donations to the Dallas arts community and her service as a current member of the Texas Women of the Arts, former member of the Texas Commission of the Arts, after being appointed by Governor Bill Clements.  Margot has also supported The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and served as board chair of The Dallas Museum of Art.

Additionally, she has supported the Dallas Opera, the North Texas Food Bank, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and countless more institutions and nonprofits. Her most recent involvement and activity span across multiple important initiatives. Her extensive list of current activities also includes the Perot Foundation, the Colonial Dames of America, the Dallas Symphony Association, and a Member Emeritus on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.

Margot Perot has also been recognized with numerous service awards for her charitable contributions. These include the YMCA Centennial Award, the United Way Decades of Distinction Award in 2017, The 2019 Linz Award, the 2019 TACA Silver Cup Award, as well as Salvation Army awards including The William Booth and Evangeline Booth award and the Distinguished Auxiliary Service Award in 2013.

Perot has said that some of her most inspiring philanthropic efforts were with The Salvation Army, which she began working within the early 1980s. After serving as a former Chair on the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Dallas County, she created the William Booth Society and is now a founding member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. She executed her vision of celebrating like-minded supporters who also invested generously into The Salvation Army in their local communities. Margot’s vision continues to inspire thousands of donors there. Over her lifetime, Perot has provided extensive leadership, time, and funding to countless local nonprofit organizations and has been a role model for many Dallas-area residents, artists, children, and aspiring philanthropists.

 

NOMINATION CRITERIA

For nominee(s) to be considered for the award he/she/or a couple MUST:

  • Be currently involved in community activities and have achieved extraordinary impact participating in civic or humanitarian service in Dallas over the past decade or more.
  • Have received NO monetary compensation for his/her/their efforts.
  • Be available for the Linz Award event in 2022. Date and location TBD.
  • Not be an elected official.
  • Not be a previous Linz Award winner.
  • Be an individual or married couple. Nominations of groups will not be considered.

All nomination forms must be fully and accurately completed with three letters of recommendation and all supplemental information attached in order to be considered.

From the nominations submitted, a panel of civic and business leaders will select the recipient of the 93rd Annual Linz Award. The presentation of the award will be made at an event in 2022. The 93rd Annual Linz Award honoree will join this prestigious list of winners:

1924 | Elmer Scott
1925 | Dr. William B. Carrell
1926 | William H. Hitzelberger
1927 | Alex Weisberg
1928 | John J. Simmons
1929 | Amelia Huvelle
1930 | Edwin J. Kiest
1931 | Nathan Adams
1932 | E.R. Brown
1938 | Karl Hoblitzelle
1939 | Sister Brendan
1940 | Carl Rutland
1941 | Luther M. Jordan
1942 | Woodall Rodgers
1943 | J.B. Adoue Jr.
1944 | Fred Florence
1945 | Dr. Edward H. Cary
1946 | Bernard F. McLain
1947 | R.L. Thornton
1948 | D.A. Hulcy
1949 | Edward P. Simmons
1950 | John E. Mitchell Jr.
1951 | Roscoe L. Thomas
1952 | Ben H. Wooten
1953 | Julius Schepps
1954 | Jerome K. Crossman
1955 | Robert G. Storey
1956 | William G. Vollmer
1957 | H. Neil Mallon
1958 | C.A. Tatum
1959 | James H. Bond
1960 | J. Erik Jonsson
1961 | Dan C. Williams
1962 | Robert B. Cullum
1963 | Constance Condos
1964 | Charles S. Sharp
1965 | R.L. Thornton Jr.
1966 | Joe M. Dealey
1967 | John M. Stemmons
1968 | Juanita Craft
1969 | Morris Hite
1970 | Peter P. Stewart
1971 | Carr P. Collins Sr.
1972 | Eugene McDermott
1973 | Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
1974 | Annette G. Strauss

1975 | Dr. William B. Dean
1976 | Jack B. Lowe Sr.

1977 | Russell Perry
1978 | Lindalyn Adams
1979 | Jack W. Evans
1980 | William Seay
1981 | Charles G. Cullum
1982 | Ruth Sharp Alltshuler
1983 | Philip O.B. Montgomery Jr.
1984 | George V. Charlton
1985 | Ralph B. Rogers
1986 | Rodger Meier
1987 | Bill Barrett Sr.
1988 | David G. Fox
1989 | Liener Temerlin
1990 | Rev. Zan Holmes Jr.
1991 | H. Ross Perot
1992 | Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr.
1993 | Nancy Hamon
1994 | Stanley Marcus
1995 | Robert K. Hoffman
1996 | Walter J. Humann
1997 | J. McDonald Williams
1998 | Thomas M. Dunning
1999 | Robert L. Thornton III
2000 | Dolores Gomez Barzune
2001 | David W. Biegler
2002 | Paul M. Bass Jr.
2003 | Raymond D. Nasher
2004 | William T. Solomon
2005 | Caren Prothro
2006 | Ray L. Hunt
2007 | Ebby Halliday
2008 | Ronald G. Steinhart
2009 | John Field Scovell
2010 | Pete Schenkel
2011 | Erle Nye
2012 | Deedie Rose
2013 | Forrest Hoglund
2014 | Jody and Sheila Grant
2015 | Debbie Branson
2016 | Lyda Hill
2017 | Tom Luce
2018 | Bobby B. Lyle
2019 | Margot Perot
2020 | Abby & Todd Williams

1924 | Elmer Scott
1925 | Dr. William B. Carrell
1926 | William H. Hitzelberger
1927 | Alex Weisberg
1928 | John J. Simmons
1929 | Amelia Huvelle
1930 | Edwin J. Kiest
1931 | Nathan Adams
1932 | E.R. Brown
1938 | Karl Hoblitzelle
1939 | Sister Brendan
1940 | Carl Rutland
1941 | Luther M. Jordan
1942 | Woodall Rodgers
1943 | J.B. Adoue Jr.
1944 | Fred Florence
1945 | Dr. Edward H. Cary
1946 | Bernard F. McLain
1947 | R.L. Thornton
1948 | D.A. Hulcy
1949 | Edward P. Simmons
1950 | John E. Mitchell Jr.
1951 | Roscoe L. Thomas
1952 | Ben H. Wooten
1953 | Julius Schepps
1954 | Jerome K. Crossman
1955 | Robert G. Storey
1956 | William G. Vollmer
1957 | H. Neil Mallon
1958 | C.A. Tatum
1959 | James H. Bond
1960 | J. Erik Jonsson
1961 | Dan C. Williams
1962 | Robert B. Cullum
1963 | Constance Condos
1964 | Charles S. Sharp
1965 | R.L. Thornton Jr.
1966 | Joe M. Dealey
1967 | John M. Stemmons
1968 | Juanita Craft
1969 | Morris Hite
1970 | Peter P. Stewart
1971 | Carr P. Collins Sr.
1972 | Eugene McDermott
1973 | Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
1974 | Annette G. Strauss
1975 | Dr. William B. Dean
1976 | Jack B. Lowe Sr.
1977 | Russell Perry
1978 | Lindalyn Adams
1979 | Jack W. Evans
1980 | William Seay
1981 | Charles G. Cullum
1982 | Ruth Sharp Alltshuler
1983 | Philip O.B. Montgomery Jr.
1984 | George V. Charlton
1985 | Ralph B. Rogers
1986 | Rodger Meier
1987 | Bill Barrett Sr.
1988 | David G. Fox
1989 | Liener Temerlin
1990 | Rev. Zan Holmes Jr.
1991 | H. Ross Perot
1992 | Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr.
1993 | Nancy Hamon
1994 | Stanley Marcus
1995 | Robert K. Hoffman
1996 | Walter J. Humann
1997 | J. McDonald Williams
1998 | Thomas M. Dunning
1999 | Robert L. Thornton III
2000 | Dolores Gomez Barzune
2001 | David W. Biegler
2002 | Paul M. Bass Jr.
2003 | Raymond D. Nasher
2004 | William T. Solomon
2005 | Caren Prothro
2006 | Ray L. Hunt
2007 | Ebby Halliday
2008 | Ronald G. Steinhart
2009 | John Field Scovell
2010 | Pete Schenkel
2011 | Erle Nye
2012 | Deedie Rose
2013 | Forrest Hoglund
2014 | Jody and Sheila Grant
2015 | Debbie Branson
2016 | Lyda Hill
2017 | Tom Luce
2018 | Bobby B. Lyle
2019 | Margot Perot
2020 | Abby & Todd Williams

ABOUT THE LINZ AWARD

The Linz Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious civic honors presented to individuals whose community and humanitarian efforts have created the greatest benefit to Dallas during the last decade. This year commemorates the 90th annual celebration of the Linz Award. Both the award and its recipient continue to honor the spirit and heart of Dallas.

The honor was created in 1924 by Simon Linz, one of the original founders of Linz Jewelers. The award has been presented every year since then, with the exception of a five-year period during the Great Depression.

The Linz Award is presented by The Dallas Morning News, Communities Foundation of Texas, and The Dallas Foundation.

 

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