• Distinguished Leadership Alumni Honorees

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  • 2018 DLA Honoree

    Shelia Hood,

    Trinity Church

  • Shelia Hood has served the Cedar Hill business, philanthropic and faith based community for over 20 years and is an integral part of the fabric of our community’s distinctive character.  She has served as a member of the Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over six years, as Chairman of the Board for 2 years in 2007 and 2009  and was honored Cedar Hill Woman of the Year 2004.   Shelia has served on the Cedar Hill Food Pantry Advisory Board, and currently serves on the Transformation Vision Board of Directors, Inspire School Program, Love Your City Theater Team, Strategic Business Alliance Task Force, Executive Board of Hope Mansion, and served on the 2017 Cedar Hill Bond Committee. In 2004, Shelia was honored as Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and is a Graduate of the 2004 Class of Leadership Southwest. She leaves a legacy of women leaders, as she is the matriarch of three generations to go through Leadership Southwest.

    When she is not volunteering her time, Shelia serves on the Executive team at Trinity Church and has since 1995 where she is responsible for directing the vast business operations of both the church and the school. She believes all of her years of business training and experience was merely preparation to fulfil God’s plan for her to serve as a faithful servant of God’s people for this community, the City of Cedar Hill and Trinity Church.  Shelia and her husband, Jim Hood, have been married for over 29 years; they have four children with an ever changing menagerie of animals.  Her love for animals and the Tri-City Animal Shelter is proven by her advocacy of the Tri-City Animal Shelter, in which she has facilitated over 10 adoptions and has personally made continuous monetary donations to help save lives of animals. 

    Shelia has a gift of adding value to each person she speaks to by giving them her full, undivided attention as she listens and responds to them. She is well known for her “Collaboration” meetings in which she pulls people of like-minded servitude together in an effort to amplify the impact of those involved.  Because of Shelia, many area wide women’s social service non-profit groups regularly get together to share information and collaborate on ways they can advocate for women’s rights and work against travesties in society today such as battered households, sex trafficking and homelessness.  Her heart for service and the community exemplifies the distinctive character many strive to emulate.

    Shelia - Thank you for your service to our community, our businesses, and our four legged friends.  The impact of your works is felt in every aspect of community life, and your dedicated service to helping others see God’s work and Vision in their lives is awe inspiring.  We are grateful to you for your commitment to making our Community better, and your unwavering love for Cedar Hill.  Congratulations.

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  • 2016 Honoree          

    Patricia Coleman, 

    Bank of DeSoto

  • Patricia Coleman personifies the heart and spirit of Leadership Southwest.  A member of the “Best Class” of 2005, Patricia was invited to serve on this organization’s 2013-14 Board of Directors.  The next year she was chosen to fill the position of Chair-Elect leading to her role of Chair the following year, and fulfilled her role as Immediate Past Chair to complete her full Board service to this exemplary organization.

    Patricia has wholeheartedly, enthusiastically and historically supported Leadership Southwest fiscally, spiritually and physically. She specializes in building partnerships with the City of DeSoto, DeSoto ISD, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, and our other LSW communities.  She collaborates and shares her expertise in Public Speaking, Facilitating Financial Classes and preparing the fundamentals of banking to high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

    Patricia is Vice President of the Bank of DeSoto, one of the premier sponsors in the Best Southwest. As such she has used her influence and position as Director of Marketing to benefit the entire Leadership Southwest community.  Their frequent VIP and Platinum Sponsorships include the DeSoto  Chamber of Commerce, Oak Cliff Chamber, Duncanville ISD-Education Foundation 5K Run, DeSoto ISD, Focus Newspaper, N.I.A. Center for the Performing Arts, Church’s, DeSoto Parks & Recreation,  DeSoto Back to School Fair, DeSoto FFA,  Leadership Jingle Mingle Door Prizes, Legislative Breakfast Sponsor, Cummings Recreation Soulful Christmas, Canterbury Episcopal School, Community Outreach Gold Tournament, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Gala and Duffers Derby Golf Tournament, DeSoto ISD Education Foundation Title Golf Sponsor and Endowment Sponsor, DeSoto Parks & Recreation Music in the Parks Sponsor, Tri-City Animal Shelter-Mayor’s Basket, and the DeSoto Fire Fighter’s Association.

    A few of Patricia’s formal recognitions are 2016 Woman of The Year by the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.  Her extraordinary interpersonal skills and genuine desire to provide assistant to others were a major factor in Bank of DeSoto being named Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal in 2015, 2016.  Leadership positions have included DeSoto ISD Education Foundation President (2), Leadership Southwest  Chair (2014) DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Chair (2014) DeSoto ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament Chair from 2010-2016, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce-Gala Chair and Committee Member, DeSoto Living Committee, CEO-Girlfriends United Ministries.  Other involvements include Non-Profit Awardee for Girlfriends Ministries.

    Additional humanitarian projects include Feeding the Hungry on Thanksgiving, providing clothes, toiletries and snacks for Hope Mansion, Valentines Celebration for Widowers, Genesis Shelters, Brighter Tomorrows and the Viola House.  Her motto is “We Are Our Sister’s Keeper”.  Her favorite scripture: “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great Men.” Proverbs 18:16

    Patricia attended Indiana University- Business Administration, and graduated from Barbizon School of Modeling.  She is a Certified Public Speaker and CEO of Girlfriends Ministries.  Originally from St. Louis Missouri and the third of seven children, Patricia has been married to Oswald Coleman, Sr. for 34 years.  They have one daughter, Oschuwa Coleman.

    Patricia Coleman is a perfect example of a servant leader and is a woman whose word is her bond.