Thane Arther is the Finance Manager for Leadership Fort Worth. He is also owner of Arther Business Services, a company he started in 2015. Most recently he was Vice President of Finance and Human Resources for the Landscape Partners. Non-profit work includes Cancer Care Services, the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Thane’s honors include Bank of America “National Leading Leaders” in 2007, the “National Neighborhood Excellence of Achievement of Award” in 2007, and “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1984. He has served as the President of Texas Wesleyan University Alumna Board, Chairperson of the National Scholarship Committee of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and Board member of both the Cancer Research Foundation and the Center of Leadership Innovation National Development Committee. Thane is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and is actively involved in his local church where he serves as the Director of Music and the Financial Administrator.
Ann Barr is LeaderKids program director. This is her 18th year with LFW. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Elementary Education. Ann’s husband, Allan Barr, is a 1976 graduate of LFW. Before joining LFW, she worked in her husband’s family business, The Barr Company, Printers. She has taught school in Dallas and Fort Worth, and her family has always been involved in civic activities locally. Her father-in-law, Willard Barr, was mayor of Fort Worth in the ’60s, and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Barr, was mayor from 1996-2003. Ann and her husband are active members of University Christian Church where she has served as a deacon and is an elder. She has been a part of the UCC Chancel Choir for 37 years and has been active with the Junior League serving as McFarland House co-chairman, Mayfest Entertainment chair and Food & Beverage chair. Ann is active with Jewel Charity, The Woman’s Club and several other organizations.
Joanna Crain is the Program Director for LeaderPrime. She has over 20 years of professional event and destination management experience with C-level executives. She is CEO of WCT Events, a company she started in 2006, when she moved to Beijing with her husband, the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009. Previously, Joanna was Director of Advance and Protocol for both the United States Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security in Washington, DC. and planned fundraising events around the country for a national congressional committee. Previously, Joanna was the Special Events Manager at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Deputy Campaign Manager for U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, and an event specialist in the Fort Worth Mayor’s Office. Joanna is a graduate of Texas Christian University. She is a co-founder of Chi Fan for Charity and Foodie Philanthropy and serves on the board of SHINE, an organization that ensures girls and women are Safe, Healthy, Inspired, Nurtured & Educated. She also volunteers her time with the DRC (formerly Day Resource Center) and as a Brownie Girl Scout leader.
Lawrence Epps, Jr.
Lawrence Epps, Jr., along with Paulette Turner, serves as program director for Leadership Fort Worth’s Leadership Class and Leading Edge programs. Lawrence is also CEO and managing principal of LEE Diversified Consulting Group, a firm dedicated to helping its clients find ways to accelerate business results through a more deliberate focus on leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is a former IBM executive with more than 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. His tenure at IBM included more than 15 years in line management roles and more than 15 years of executive consulting experience in the areas of leadership and organizational development, client satisfaction management and employee engagement. Lawrence is a native of New Orleans where he graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in Accounting. He completed more than 600 hours of education over the course of his career at IBM including training provided by Harvard Business School, the Hay Group, and the Human Capital Institute.
Ayesha Ganguly serves as the program coordinator for LeaderKids. She helps design the leadership practices- based curriculum as well as the community outreach and engagement segments of the program. As an independent consultant, Ayesha has the privilege of nurturing and actualizing ideas that transform communities with the hope that these transformed communities will thrive on the values of empathy, diversity, access to opportunity and active citizenship. Ayesha also serves as the consulting program coordinator for People’s Art Collaborative in partnership with Multicultural Alliance. Ayesha graduated from the University of Mumbai, India with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and completed additional graduate work in Political Science. She further pursued a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Rice University. Her recent volunteer experiences include advisory member and event volunteer roles with Fort Worth Botanical Society, Safe Haven of Tarrant County, Center for the Healing of Racism and Aberg Center for Literacy.
Trish Halligan, CMP
Trish Halligan joined Leadership Fort Worth in September 2017 as Operations Manager. Prior to that, she was with Currency Research for 25 years where she was part of the original three-person team who founded and ran the international Currency Conferences and Cash Cycle Seminars serving the banknote production and circulation industry. In this capacity, she led or participated in the execution of events in 20 countries plus the U.S., and managed relationships in 14 others involving all aspects of conference/seminar organization and management, agenda development, speaker recruitment, and sponsorship sales. Her role also included acting as master of ceremonies for the Americas Cash Cycle Seminar, and as a guest speaker at industry events. She was a specialist in cash distribution models in North America and the Caribbean, and while at Currency Research, launched the Cash Management Association of The Americas aimed at fostering multi-national communications among cash circulation professionals in North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. She holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) awarded by the Events Industry Council and is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Harriet Briscoe Harral, Ph.D.
Harriet Harral is executive director of Leadership Fort Worth. Harriet is founder and principal consultant with The Harral Group: Specializing in Organizational Effectiveness, which provides tailored services to profit and non-profit organizations in strategic planning, conflict management, communication effectiveness and leadership development. Under Harriet’s direction, the Center for Productive Communication in the M. J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University was rated by the Princeton Review as No. 1 in the nation for three consecutive years in the development of communication skills. Her other awards include: Great Woman of Texas, Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth, ASTD Distinguished Individual Achievement Award, and Keithley Award for Outstanding Woman in Public Management in North Texas. Harriet has served as president of each of the following: the international board of The Community Leadership Association, the national board of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc., and the Board of Deacons in her church.
Paulette Turner is founder and president of Integrated Leadership Concepts, Inc., which helps leaders face the challenges of change through executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and leadership development. With more than 30 years of sales and management experience in the information technology industry, Paulette, a retiree of IBM Corporation, was the executive responsible for professional and leadership development for the IBM Americas sales force. Paulette is a consultant and facilitator of leadership change for cross-industry businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has current industry certifications in coaching, professional assessment tools and facilitation methodologies. She, along with Lawrence Epps, is program director for the Leadership Class and Leading Edge programs for Leadership Fort Worth. Paulette is currently a member of the TCU Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors; she is secretary of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Board of Directors; and she is president of the Fort Worth Chapter of Links, Incorporated, a women’s service organization.