Reaction is one of those words that sometimes gets a bad reputation. Reaction does not mean that you are angry. Reaction does not mean being pissed. Reaction does not mean being hurt. Reaction actually means all of those things. A reaction is an action performed OR a feeling experienced in response to a situation or event.  Reaction is a 17th century medieval Latin reactio (done again). Unfortunately, today, our learned behavior is to react emotionally, with no action. Our goal in sharing this piece on reactions is to model for you a new behavior… expressing emotions and performing an action. We want to lead a discussion about re-framing how you react. Take the time to participate in this activity with us and hopefully it impacts you directly.

#ACT (Ask questions, Collaborate, and Tell your story)



True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring […] I often feel like saying, when I hear the question ‘People aren’t ready,’ that it’s like telling a person who is trying to swim, ‘Don’t jump in that water until you learn how to swim.’ When actually you will never learn how to swim until you get in the water.
— Martin Luther King Jr

The only way to learn something you do not know is to ask questions. If you hear of an incident and causes internal questions for you… Find someone you trust (sometimes that person won't look like you) to ask those questions. Seek to find understanding. The only way our country can learn from its past is to LISTEN to the remnants of our past mistakes. The only we can respect each other as people is if we learn from each others' experiences. What does it mean to be black and pulled over by the police? What does it mean to be a woman and have to get an abortion? What does it mean to be gay and have to tell your parents? We have to ask the tough questions and listen.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

You do not have to work alone to create change. In fact, it is encouraged that you work with others. When you have a reaction, explore why you are feeling your emotions, define what makes you passionate, and find groups that align with your purpose. Today there are organizations, groups, and forums getting together all over the company. FIND ONE! Get involved. Organizers need you. Bring your talents to the table and it's not always about physically attending events. Organizers need some of the same talents you bring to work everyday to make their events run smoothly.


A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.
— Malcolm X

Please tell your story. Use your platform wisely. No one can tell you how to use Facebook or any other social media platform you have, however… consider explaining WHY you feel the way you feel. If there are instances where certain events resonate with a moment in your life, if you can, share the moment. There are people that may have questions (Point 1) and you can answer those questions by sharing your story. Sharing your story pays homage to your authentic self.

As part of our reaction…. on the morning of July 7, 2016 IRON pulled together some friends to model #ACT for you. Five contributors were all asked the same question: What was your reaction to the violence in the last 48 hours? Why? 

We are excited to be able to share the contributors’ thoughts and feelings with you.






With only a couple of days left in September, there is still time to attend a networking event. Below are some of our teams top pickS for September.


SUB+SUBSTANCE                                                       (TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 6:30PM-9PM)

Five storytellers will share their personal journey to find fulfilling work and each will leave you with a challenge.

  • Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines

  • Rand Stagen, Founder of Stagen

  • Gail Warrior, CEO of Warrior Construction, President - Warrior Elements

  • Chad Houser, Founder of Cafe Momentum

  • Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College

1013 East 15th Street
Plano, TX 75074

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CultureMap Social: The Innovation Edition

Dallas' start up scene is full of young entrepreneurs doing incredible work in every industry from fashion to food. This is your chance to get to know the people making things happen. Mix and mingle with our friends from Common Desk, Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Digital Dallas, Fort Work, and Launch DFW.

DALLAS, TX 75207

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IRON C3: CONVERSATION.COCKTAILS.CUPCAKES      (Thursday, sept. 24, 6pm-7:30pm)

50 young professionals from various industries gather to discuss topics as it pertains to being an African American young professional in Dallas. For this event we have invited 5 conversation catalyst in the Dallas education system. Join us and enjoy drinks, cupcakes, live jazz, and the chance to voice your opinion.

DALLAS, TX 75219                                                                       

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL                                              (Friday, Sept. 25, 8pm-11pm)

What better way to end the week than with art, music, and drinks. Matthew Brinson & Jason Sanders will be painting live! Black Ward and Sierra Sintic will be providing wonderful dance tunes. Plenty of bar games, such as, Giant Jenga, Corn Hole, Twister.

STE 140
DALLAS, TX 75207

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Career Fair Success

Many times individuals that relocate to Dallas have difficulty finding a new opportunity if they do not relocate with their current company. Dallas has lots of opportunities. Some of which you can learn about at career fairs. If you are in a situation where you are currently looking for opportunities and you have already relocated to Dallas these tips and sources could be helpful for you. 

Dress for Success.

When attending career fairs appearance is important. Often times the first impression will determine how much time a recruiter will spend with you before moving on to the next candidate.

Arrive Early.

Recruiters often spend multiple hours at career fairs talking to many individuals that have interest in their company. Energy is higher in the mornings for the recruiters. The earlier you arrive the more time you may receive in front of the potential employer.  


Resumes, pens, and portfolios are typical supplies needed for a Career Fair. Many career fair companies will have recommendations on the amount of resumes you should bring. A safe number to have with you is 7-10.

Advanced Research.

When looking for a new opportunity time is of the essence. Do your research in advanced of attending a career fair. Are there specific companies you will want to speak with? Will your industry be represented? Complete the due diligence necessary to ensure success for you. (One note of caution: Do not discredit a company at a career fair without speaking to them first. Many small businesses participate in career fairs and can provide you with increased professional development opportunities because of their organization’s bandwidth.)


As a continuation of the last tip, make sure that you are networking with EVERYONE at the career fair. You can have conversations with individuals that are in line or waiting to see employers they may have suggestions on leads for other opportunities. Conversations with potential employers that are not a good fit for you can lead to future opportunities if you build strong enough of a rapport. Successful career transitioning begins with a positive outlook and open mindset.

Thank You.

Make sure that you send a thank you email and or letter following the event. Strongly consider a thank you note. No one sends them anymore. Everyone sends email. This can be an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd. 

Click the event sponsors name in order to register for the event or receive further details. 

Plano Career Fair, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 11a-2p

National Career Fairs

Dallas Sales and Sales Managers Career Fair, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 09a-2:30p

Hire Live

Dallas Career Fair, Thursday, August 20, 2015, 11a-2p

Choice Career Fairs

Fort Worth Career Fair, Thursday, August 27, 2015 11a-2p

National Career Fairs

Dallas Job Fair, Monday, September 14, 2015, 11a-2p

Coast to Coast Career Fair




How many times have you wanted to do something different on the weekend in Dallas? Every wondered to yourself if there was a great place to have a good time that other people many not know about? Consider checking out the local speakeasy scene. What is a speakeasy you say? The concept is old and really simple. 

During the Prohibition era 20s-30s there were secret venues that sold illegal alcohol to attendees. To gain entrance you either had to know someone or provide a form of password and or handshake to enter. Fast forward to Dallas in the summer of 2015 and you have the same type of establishments. Check out the spots below and how to gain access. 



Thursday - Saturday | 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

Located behind Henry's Majestic. The only way to gain entry is to ask the staff at Henry's about opening hours, and request to be put on the list.


Thursday - Saturday | 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
2618 Elm St, Dallas, TX

To get in, you'll need to know the secret buzzword, which is blasted out weekly on Truth & Alibi's Facebook page.


Thursday - Saturday | 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
2901 Elm St, Dallas

Right before the stroke of midnight every Saturday, the place transforms into a Casablanca-style joint with a classic speakeasy vibe. Along with live music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to rock and roll. This speakeasy has cutting-edge cocktail repertoire created by Moses Guidry.


Daily | 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
1530 Main St, Dallas

Located down in the basement of the Joule hotel, fitted with ambient lighting, leather sofas and a custom walnut barreled ceiling. Thursdays and Sundays, DJs spin the sounds of the '70s. And if you get hungry, you can order food from the Joule's restaurant, CBD Provisions. Visit the website for more details.





5 Tips for Career Relocation


5 Tips for Career Relocation

Have you considered relocating to Dallas? Done so recently? Five Tips for a successful Career in Dallas.

Tip # 1: Research the Top Employers in the Metroplex

Company Number of Employees (Headquarters) Website
American Airlines 24, 700 employees in DFW (HQ Ft Worth)
Bank of America 20,000 employees in DFW
Texas Health Resources Inc. 19,230 employees in DFW (HQ in Arlington)
Dallas Independent School District 18,314 employees in Dallas www,
Baylor Health Care System 17,097 employees in DFW (HQ in Dallas)

When searching for jobs many people think to go for the easy targets first. What are easy targets? Those employers you know are always hiring and a lot of your friends or associates work there. Well how do you do that in a new city? Gain access to the list of top employers in that city. Check Destination DFW for additional information

Tip #2 Learn about the Job Market

While DFW may be experience tremendous job growth, that job growth is not inclusive of all industry sectors.

DFW Job Growth by Industry 

The top five industries in growth for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area for April 2015 are Trade/Transportation, Professional Services, Education and Health Services, Financial Services, and Leisure & Activity. Individuals relocating to the area will definitely find jobs in this areas in roles that support this industry.  Check Department of Labor and Statistics for additional information

Tip #3 Build a Personal Network in Advance of the move

Use LinkedIn to help you build a personal network in advance of your move.  Use the Advanced Searching features in LinkedIn to limit your searches for people by industry, job title, keyword, etc. One tip is to search the results for individuals with 500+ connections. This will allow you to see the most connected people in your target city and industry. These connected individuals would be more likely to be an open networker or connector that can provide you with some insight on getting acclimated with the business community. Another tip is to search in a specific industry or for a specific employer to see what connections you already have. You will be surprised at the introductions that a 1st or 2nd degree LinkedIn connection can make! See the level/degree of connections you already have, and then proceed to make strategic outreach.

Tip #4 Create a script to explain the move

Update your cover letter to include your reasons for relocation. Once you have established those reasons in your cover letter, align your resume, and stick with the script. In addition, consider letting the employer know in advance you will cover your own relocation expenses.  Relocation-Cover Letter Tips

Tip #5 Use your distance to your advantage

Plan trips to the area and alert companies that you have applied to that you will be in town for a few days and share those days. This will give you an opportunity to potentially speed up the process or narrow down a potential employer. Employers that have a strong interest in you as a candidate will accommodate your schedule in their interview process and schedule. Employers that are not interested may send their thank you but no interest letters in response therefore saving you time. Remember, when relocating, changing careers, or job hunting you want to spend your time valuably.