Dallas Arts District, photo by Carter Rose

photo by Carter Rose


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Debbie Storey was most recently an EVP at AT&T, but her passion for the performing arts makes her current role a homecoming.

She’s an author. Debbie wrote Don’t Downsize Your Dreams: Leadership Inspiration for Women. She’s also been featured in print and digital media, including Forefront Magazine, Business Digest (France), WE Magazine, Racing Toward Diversity, and Profiles in Diversity, as well as numerous books on leadership, risk taking, and confidence.

She’s no stranger to the stage. Debbie has been a featured keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at meetings and conferences throughout the country, where she has spoken on topics ranging from leadership and diversity to education and workforce transformation.

Her favorite Broadway show is Master Class by Terrence McNally, which she saw with Dixie Carter as Maria Callas. “I may be showing my age here – or at least my long-standing love of Broadway!”

She’s very involved in the arts. “I serve on the Dallas Arts District Board and the Warehouse Arts District Board in St. Petersburg, Florida. When I lived in Atlanta I served on the Board of the Center for Puppetry Arts, one of the few puppet museums in the world, which includes a Jim Henson wing that now houses between 500 and 700 retired Muppets.”

She joined our Board of Directors in 2011. “But I was a dedicated and delighted patron long before that!”

Her goals for her time as the Center’s Interim President and CEO are: “To provide leadership to our incredible staff; to be a great partner to our resident companies, our Dallas Arts District neighbors and our arts and cultural colleagues in all parts of our city; to engage our audiences in a way that enriches their lives; and to strengthen our brand as a vibrant campus with amazing stages where all types of world-class live arts are performed, and are accessible to all people and communities throughout Dallas.”

When she’s not at work, you can find her “at a great restaurant with friends, in the gym, or on my boat in St. Pete.”

The upcoming show she’s most excited to see: “Boyz II Men!”

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