Uber’s Leandre Johns to Discuss His Drive to Succeed April 28

Originally Posted: April 27, 2015

Dallas Morning News- Park Cities Blog

DALLAS — Learn why SMU alumnus Leandre Johns is driven to succeed as general manager for the ride-sharing service Uber, one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies, when he joins SMU Dedman College Dean Thomas DiPiero in conversation Tuesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. READ MORE

Driven to Succeed: Uber Leader Leandre Johns to Talk at SMU April 28

Learn why SMU alumnus Leandre Johns is driven to succeed as general manager for the ride-sharing service Uber, one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies, when he joins SMU Dedman College Dean Thomas DiPiero in conversation Tuesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Leandre Johns 8640 (1)“From SMU to Uber: A Conversation With Leandre Johns ’02” is free and open to the public, with RSVP to mfevans@smu.edu requested by Monday, April 27.

Johns, a Hunt Leadership Scholar who earned a B.A. in psychology from SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences in 2002, will discuss how his educational experiences helped pave the way to his current role as North and West Texas general manager for Uber Technologies. The company connects riders to drivers via a mobile app-based service.

In 2014 D Magazine named the Garland native one of Dallas’ “10 Most Eligible Men,” noting, “Leandre’s responsible for some serious transformation in the Dallas social scene.” The magazine even added insight from Johns’ mother, who said, “He loves being involved with the community, reaching back, giving and encouraging others to succeed.”

Prior to joining Uber, Johns worked in the venture capital and startup field as vice president for a healthcare technology and media portfolio company in Chicago. He also spent more than three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, consulting in the healthcare and finance sector. He earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he majored in finance, entrepreneurship and marketing.

For more details about the event visit: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/AboutDedmanCollege/Events/Uber.

Deep Vellum Publishing founder gets people to think about literature in a new way

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Originally Posted: March 17, 2015

New York may be the center of the publishing universe, but not if Deep Vellum founder Will Evans has anything to do with it. Evans has ambitious plans for our city’s role in the literary landscape, even if he ended up here more or less accidentally.

“To be fair, I didn’t choose Dallas, Dallas chose me,” he explains. “My wife got a job here, so we moved in 2013. I created Deep Vellum around what Dallas has and doesn’t have: There’s a great arts community, and it’s not tapped out.

“The digital revolution has changed how we read and find out about stuff,” Will Evans says. “You can live in a place like Dallas and be part of the conversation.”
“It’s the future of publishing to be in a decentralized place. The digital revolution has changed how we read and find out about stuff. You can live in a place like Dallas and be part of the conversation.”

With a mission of publishing international literature in English translation, Evans was drawn to UTD’s literary translations program, one of the best in the country. SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences dean Thomas DiPiero is also “a big supporter of translations,” according to Evans, assuring there will be plenty of home-grown talent emerging in the next few years to work with Evans’ stable of authors. READ MORE

SMU names new dean of Dedman College, its largest school

Thomas-DiPiero-10june2014Dallas Morning News: Thomas DiPiero is Southern Methodist University’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, university officials announced Tuesday. READ MORE HERE

Interdisciplinary leader named dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Thomas-DiPiero-10june2014DALLAS (SMU) – Thomas DiPiero, whose academic interests range from the psychoanalysis of race and gender to French literature, is the new dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and professor in the Departments of English and World Languages and Literatures. READ MORE HERE