President B. Michelle Williams
A Texas native, Michelle Williams is a self-proclaimed equity advocate. Her work and passion are fueled by the belief that access to a high-quality education is a civil right issue in a democratic society. To that end, she currently serves as the Executive Director for The Dallas Entrepreneur, a non-profit organization committed to the mission of helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses. Having sat on multiple boards and commissions around both the city and the nation, Michelle is committed to serving her community wherever she is needed. In 2013, Michelle had the honor of working with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans: a cross-agency effort aimed at identifying evidence-based practices to improve student achievement. Michelle also serves as Chairwoman of Southern Methodist University’s Young Leaders in Education Board of Directors. She has been a member of Greater Dallas League of Young Professionals (formerly Urban League Greater Dallas Young Professionals) since 2011. She has served in numerous capacities from Youth Conference Chair to Vice-President and newly elected 2016-2018 GDLYP President. Michelle is an education advocate who enjoys civic engagement, travelling, brunching and attending the athletic events of her son, Javon, a student at a top performing magnet school in Dallas.
Michelle’s Additional Service and Accomplishments:
Served over 2300 total volunteer hours this year in various capacities. White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Intern – 2013; Leadership ISD Fellowship – 2013; Dallas Independent School District Parental Advisory Board (2014); She is currently the Chairwoman of the Board - SMU Young Leaders in Education and appointed to the Superintendent's Task Force - Dallas Independent School District (2015).
Vice President Herbert Smith
Herbert Smith is a native son of Philadelphia, Pa. He has lived in various U.S. destinations before ultimately landing in Dallas, TX. Mr. Smith is a marketing professional that at the pleasure of cultivating his skills at the illustrious Hampton University.
Thus far in his career, he has had the pleasure of working with such acclaimed brands as AT&T, MealSmarts, and Yamaha. Herbert has served in leadership in various roles in the nonprofit sector since 2011, and was most recently the Social & Cultural chair within YP.
When asked what makes him want to yield such time and energy to YP Herb says, “This organization has the capacity to deeply impact lives and transform communities. It is a cause greater than myself, serving a purpose bigger than my own and that for me makes it worth it!