Dallas Business Journal honors Miller with Minority Business Leader Award

4Felicia MillerBlack lesbian leader Felicia Miller will be honored Thursday by the Dallas Business Journal with a Minority Business Leader Award. Miller is regional director of human resources central region for Tenet Healthcare Corp. overseeing 15 hospitals with 11,000 employees in three states — Texas, Missouri and Tennessee.

The award honors minority business owners and executives who also have leadership roles in their communities.

Miller served on the board of Black Tie Dinner and the Human Rights Campaign’s DFW Steering Committee. Nationally she was on HRC’s Board of Governors on the National Diversity Committee. She worked to help HRC partner with groups such as Lambda Legal, Dallas Southern Pride and Legacy of Success Foundation.

She was a founding member of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

Miller joined Tenet in 2010 from Texas Health Resources where she was director of human resources for Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Miller was born in San Antonio. She earned bachelor’s degrees in health information and healthcare administration from Texas State University and began her career with the Bexar County hospital system, work in medical records and cancer statistics. She lives in Dallas with her partner, Katrina Franklin.

On Saturday night, Dr. Steven Pounders and Jim O’Reilly will hold a reception in Miller’s honor at their Turtle Creek condo.

—  David Taffet

Lauding Chris Luna

Chris Luna

Dallas Voice readers might recognize Chris Luna as one of the city’s openly gay former City Council members and for his work with various organizations in the LGBT community. But he is getting recognition outside our community, as well.

Luna is one of 20 recipients, chosen from among more than 100 nominees, of the 2011 Minority Business Leader Award recently presented by the Dallas Business Journal. Recipients this year included nine minority business executives and 11 minority business owners, chosen based on the impact they have had on their companies and on their volunteer efforts in their communities.

You can read the DBJ’s article on the awards here, and to see the short video of Luna played at the awards ceremony, look at the bottom of this post.

Luna was also recently named as “Volunteer of the Year” for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the chamber’s board and is vice chairman for budget and finance.


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