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By Daniel McGlory
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Derrick Brown is chairman-elect of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and exec-
utive director of Kidds' Kids, an outreach program for terminally ill children. He's also
involved with the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, the American Women in Radio
& Television Association and AIDS Interfaith Network.
IWhat does the chamber do for the community?
We help member businesses grow and become more successful. These businesses
employ more people and have the resources to support community organizations. Hie
chamber also works with other nonprofit organizations for community betterment. We
partner with other area chambers on diversity and municipal issues. We host a monthly
Connections Mixer so members and guests can network and build their business referral
portfolio. We just launched North Texas' only GLBT-focused online job posting program.
2 How did you get involved with Kidd's Kids?
While working with Clear Channel, I met Kidd Rraddick and worked closely with the
morning show and charity. When my predecessor left, the Kidd's Kids Board was
looking for an executive director. I felt compelled to throw my name in to see what I could
bring to the organization. It's been almost five years now, and I'm still loving every minute!
3 Your organizations require voluntary action from participants. How do you encourage this?
By matching up skills with needs and assigning people action items that are measura-
ble. By giving people meaningful duties related to their skill set, they will be more
inclined to stay involved. Additionally, it is equally as important to thank and reward vol-
unteers for their time and commitment to helping achieve your goals.
4Working with the chamber, what do you find to be the most effective method of getting various
parties, with varying interests, to cooperate?
If people can logically see and understand why they should work together, it's easier
to gain involvement. When facilitating cooperation among different groups, it is always
paramount to ascertain the needs of each party and try to find balance when setting expec-
3 When you're not working with Kidd's Kids or the chamber, what are your other responsibilities?
Volunteering my time for other local children's charities and working with AIDS
organizations. I was a judge for OutTakes Dallas 2007 and am looking forward to con-
tinuing in that role this year as well. My partner, Dan Ritchel, and I will celebrate our 16-
year anniversary in April. We have two schnauzers, Frazier and Eva, so my home life also
keeps me pretty busy.
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