JCA Signature Series: Ms. Zenetta S. Drew

March 24, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Zenetta Drew joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1987 and has seen the company develop from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 600 with national and international venues, and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents and at two Cultural Olympiads.

Prior to joining DBDT, Ms. Drew’s professional background included 11 years of accounting and management experience at ARCO Oil and Gas Co. During this time, she held ten positions of increasing management responsibility. Most notable were her assignments managing offshore oil platform projects in the Gulf of Mexico and as Oil Revenue accounting manager where she was responsible for 50% of corporate revenue.

Ms. Drew has previously served on more than 40 arts organization boards/advisory boards/committees that include Americans for the Arts and SMU/Data Arts and previously served as Board Treasurer for the Cultural Data Project and Treasurer for the Dallas Development Fund. Ms. Drew is a graduate of The National Arts Strategies-Chief Executive Program and is currently Vice-Chair of the Dallas Arts District, a Board member with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and held a position of Adjunct Professor for three years in SMU’s M.A./M.B.A. Arts Management Program where she taught Strategic Planning in the Arts.

A 2016 Distinguished Alumna from Texas A&M University–Commerce, she also received the 2016 Influential Leaders Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She was awarded the 2016 Obelisk Award for Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus from the Business Council for the Arts and the 2017 International Association of Blacks in Dance-Excellence in Arts Management Award, and the 2018 Dallas Historical Society Arts Leadership Award. Ms. Drew was also named to DCEO Dallas500 as “One of the Most Powerful Businesses Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.” Most recently, she has received Dance/USA’s 2021 Ernie Award and was a nominee for The William Dawson Award – Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

Ms. Drew was the commencement speaker for TAMU-Commerce in August 2014. She has guest lectured on fundraising, accounting, ethics and arts leadership at SMU, TAMU-Commerce, and Syracuse University. Ms. Drew also held a position of Adjunct Professor in SMU’s M.A./M.B.A. Arts Management Program for three years.

Ms. Drew is a graduate of Leadership Arts (1989), Leadership Dallas (1991), Leadership Texas (2010), and Leadership International (2013). She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a Management Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Brookhaven College. Ms. Drew is a graduate from the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (2016) and the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business (2017).


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