Upcoming DISE Events


The Business Behind the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

Join us as we explore how the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is already shaping up to be a huge success for North Texas.

There is already incredible fan excitement around the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic coming to Dallas, with the historic Cotton Bowl sold out before ticket sales ever went public.

At “The Business Behind the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” we’ll explore the economics and general business benefits of the event from the perspective of its key stakeholders.

They’ll discuss how Dallas landed this marquee sports event, what it means for the sport of hockey and the DFW market, and how brands leverage its prestige and impact.

When you purchase a ticket to this event, you will receive a lower level ticket to the Dallas Stars home game against the Ottawa Senators that night.

Event will take place in the Admiral Room at American Airlines Center and will be cash bar.


DISE is thrilled to feature four leaders responsible the success of the event from different angles.

Bridgestone – Amber Holm, Vice President, Marketing – Consumer & Customer Engagement

Dallas Sports Commission – Monica Paul, Executive Director

Dallas Stars – Brad Alberts, President

National Hockey League – Brian Cull, Group Vice President, Integrated Marketing

DISE Fast Pitch 2019

More details coming soon.

Support local nonprofits as they compete for their share of $100,000 in grants at this year’s Fast Pitch!

The Fast Pitch competition will consist of nonprofit finalists presenting a three-minute live on-stage performance, or ‘pitch’, to convince the panel of judges and the audience why their organization deserves grant dollars to help them achieve their mission, vision, and goals.

Network and nosh with DFW nonprofits and professionals in the sports and entertainment industry. 

Don’t miss out - follow our social channels for the latest event updates!


Monday, October 21, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

American Airlines Center

2500 Victory Avenue

Dallas, TX 75219


5:30 – 6:00 pm Check-in and networking / media availability

6:00 – 7:00 pm Panel discussion

7:00 – 7:30 pm Additional networking

7:30 pm Ottawa Senators @ Dallas Stars game


Tuesday, december 3

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location TBA


Past DISE Events

cultivating change on & off the court

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 18, 2019!


We're excited to announce our first event collaboration between DISE and BSP NTX, featuring a panel discussion involving the country's foremost thought leaders who have helped shape the current state of diversity and inclusion in the world of sport.

They’ll discuss the progress made by those who have sought level playing fields in and out of competition, and what remains to be achieved. They’ll touch on the powerful platform sport provides to impact society through messages of openness and inclusion, and the role every individual plays in driving change.

Panelists include:

Dr. Richard Lapchick – Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport

Nancy Lieberman – Basketball Hall of Famer, 2018 Big3 Champion/Coach of the Year

Cynthia Marshall – Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Mavericks

1st annual sand dodgeball tournament

Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge with DISE at the new FORO Sports Club!

A night of fun, competition, networking, and cold Peroni beer. The 1st Annual DISE Sand Dodgeball tournament will give our members a chance to play on a team with colleagues from around the local sports and entertainment industry, while vying for the first championship.

Members have the option to sign up a team of six or register as an individual and we'll assign you to a team. If you just want to come out and mix and mingle instead of playing, spectator tickets are available for purchase. You can hang out by the hospitality tents where there will be food, drinks, and a prime spot to watch the tournament!

Beer generously provided by Peroni

Athletic attire


Exploring the "I" in DISE: Everyone's an Influencer


Social media has forever changed how we interact with one another personally and professionally. It has also fundamentally changed our relationship with brands. The highest-volume and most-personalized advertising happen over Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube — not traditional TV or print media.

One result of social media has been the democratization of influence and creativity. We can now simply put out content we enjoy making and let people decide what wins and loses with their views, clicks, and likes — we might even make some money, too.

We’ll explore this new business framework from a few of our local leaders in the space, and open up a discussion to generate useful insights for anyone interested in this new media paradigm.

Beer generously provided by Peroni

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2018 DISE Fast Pitch

Support local nonprofits as they compete for funding at the 2018 DISE Fast Pitch!  

The Fast Pitch competition will consist of nonprofit finalists presenting a three-minute live on-stage performance, or ‘pitch’, to convince the panel of judges and the audience why their organization deserves grant dollars to help them achieve their mission, vision, and goals.

Special guest Clayton Kershaw will be honored with the 2018 Heart of Dallas Award. 

Network and nosh with DFW nonprofits and professionals in the sports and entertainment industry. 

See photos and more from this year’s event here.


professional development event: how soccer wins big in north texas

We will explore the rise of soccer in North Texas and how it became a destination market for the sport, culminating with the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s opening in Frisco.

Looking back to Lamar Hunt’s founding of the NASL Dallas Tornado in 1967, to the future of North Texas hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026, and the milestones in between, we’ll speak to key leaders in the space and glean insights as to the progress we’ve made and what’s to come for one of America’s fastest growing sports.

Moderated by Gina Miller – Vice President of Media and Communication, FC Dallas

Panelists include:

  • Djorn Buchholz – Executive Director, National Soccer Hall of Fame

  • Jesus Diaz – Sr. Marketing Manager, PepsiCo

  • Dan Hunt – Owner and President, FC Dallas

  • Monica Paul – Executive Director, Dallas Sports Commission

  • Andy Swift – Executive Director, Dr Pepper Dallas Cup

- Lite Bites and Cash Bar

- Business Casual Attire


professional development lunch: future of college football

September in Texas means one thing – football. And we’ll explore what’s top of mind for every fan and sports marketer alike as the college football season gets underway.

Between recent upheaval in major programs, player safety concerns, rising coach salaries, the uncertain future of media deals, and much else, there is a growing sense that the status quo in college football may not be sustainable much longer. 

Join us as we dive into these topics and more as our panel of experts will weigh in on what the sport might look like in the next 5, 10, 20 years, and what coming changes might mean for sponsors, media, and the rest of the industry.

Moderated by Rachel Lindsay, star of The Bachelorette and new College Football Playoff Foundation ambassador, and featuring a who's who in the business of college football based in North Texas:

  • Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference Commissioner

  • Judy MacLeod, Conference USA Commissioner

  • Michael Konradi, Cotton Bowl Chief Marketing Officer

  • Gina Lehe, College Football Playoff Senior Director Of External Relations and Branding.

Sponsored by: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl


2018 Brand launch event

Guest speakers:

Geoff Moore - President & COO, Team Envy (eSports)

Chad Houser - Founder, CEO & Executive Chef, Café Momentum

Guests will receive free appetizers, $5 vodka drink specials (cash bar) & the chance to listen to some exciting guest speakers.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Dallas Morning News Auditorium

1954 Commerce St, Dallas


Thursday, June 6, 2019

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

FORO Sports Club


thursday, April 4, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

d.e.c. on dragon st.

1414 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 75207

thursday, november 15

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Canton Hall in Deep Ellum

2727 Canton St. Dallas, TX 75226


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Inc.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC)

Dallas Police Youth Foundation, Inc.

Dallas Tennis Association

Special Olympics Texas, Inc.

Vogel Alcove

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5:30 - 7:30 PM


4050 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75001


friday, september 21, 2018

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Big Game USA

13835 Welch Road, Dallas, TX 75244


thursday, july 19, 2018

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Deep Ellum Distillery

(entrance in the alley) 

2817 Canton Street, Dallas, TX 75226


speed networking

Please join the Heart of Dallas Young Professionals group for our first annual speed networking event. This fast-paced event that will provide the opportunity for personal and professional relationship growth.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Check-in
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Introduction from the HODYP 2018-19 Board
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Speed Networking

Attendees will need to bring approximately (20) business cards to distribute throughout the speed networking event.

wednesday, may 16, 2018

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

1950 Market Center Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75207


2017 Heart of dallas fast pitch

November 28, 2017 at The House of Blues, six local nonprofits told their compelling stories to a panel of judges and a live audience. Each charity received funds, with the largest shares going to those making the most convincing presentations. In three years, the Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch Event, presented by Lagardère Plus, has awarded some $300,000. In 2017, Pat and Emmitt Smith received the Community Excellence Award. The Hardline’s Corby Davidson emceed and voiced this video. Presenting finalists were Bryan’s House, Dallas CASA, Jubilee Park and Community Center, Rainbow Days, Rise Adaptive Sports, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. The Heart of Dallas Young Professionals group puts on the event, with the help of Matchpoint Agency.


2016 Heart of dallas fast pitch


2015 Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch

tuesday, november 28, 2017

6 PM - 9:30 PM

House of Blues

2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202