Ever wonder about who is behind the scenes executing MatchMakers, planning for events, or assisting you with WBENCLink2.0? Learn more about the WBENC Staff in this column.
Get to know David Gifford-Robinson
What did you do before you started at WBENC?
I was Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity and Contract Compliance for Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s and Muggiano’s. I was active in WBC Southwest including board service, I chaired their board from 2014 – 2015. I got to WBENC because I called Pam one day to ask if she’d keep her ears open for a Supplier Diversity opportunity. We chatted, she asked for my resume and a week later I talked to Pat Birmingham. Two weeks later Pam and I were having lunch and I was offered my current role with WBENC.
What keeps you busy at WBENC?
What I love is that because my background is varies – Marketing, Supply Chain, and Supplier Diversity, what I get to work on at WBENC is also varied. Since I started in January of 2016 I have managed RFPs for Registration Services for our national events and a Brand Identity evaluation. I have put together programming and collaborated with Mia Delano on our Supplier Diversity Professional Series for National Corporate Members. I worked with our Forum Marketing team and Limb Design to create and launch the “What’s Your Number” tactic at National Conference. I facilitated the inaugural meetings of our Women Owned Advisory Council and Women Owned WBE Working Group. These groups are providing feedback on one of my largest program focuses – the Women Owned program.
What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?
It has to be the people: my team members on the amazing WBENC staff and our leadership team and Board, the incredibly talented WBEs, the passionate corporate members and the dedicated Regional Partners
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I keep active in a variety of things. I’ve been married just over two years now, and we have four dogs (three are rescues) that are a constant joy for me. We love theater and Dallas has an amazing Arts District. I am a firm believer of being the change you want to see in the world. So in additional to continuing my professional affiliations as a board member for the North TX GLBT Chamber of Commerce and sitting on the Senior Advisory Council for WBCS, I am also very active in the community. I have been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for over 10 years, advocating for children that are in temporary Child Protective Services care due to neglect and abuse. I have had the privilege of serving on the board for Black Tie Dinner, the largest fundraising dinner in the US for the LGBT community. In its 35 years, Black Tie has distributed more than $22 Million.
What are you passionate about?
Personally well-being through leading a Purpose driven life. I firmly believe in the Five Essential Elements of Well Being, by Gallup. The premise is that one needs to be balanced in the areas of Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing. Too often people put too much emphasis on career or health, to the detriment of their family, friends, community and financial well-being. I am passionate about giving a voice to those that need one – animals, abused children, and the many people served by the LGBT-focused beneficiaries of Black Tie Dinner in North Texas.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere with a beach and/or pool. I would have to say the best vacation ever was in the Society Islands of French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Raiatea.
Why do you get up in the morning?
Because I have found my Purpose and I am blessed to live it every day. I have the opportunity to spend some time with my pups while enjoying some coffee and then I get to walk into my home office and collaborate and support that aforementioned amazing group of people.