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PAST Lecture Series EVENTS




Dr. Lisa Elliott, Child Psychologist and Clinic Manager at Cook Children’s Clinic in Denton, will talk with Carol Klocek, CEO for CTL, about the mental health trends she and her team have observed in children and teens during the past year and what they are concerned about as we move forward. Dr. Elliott will help us to think beyond COVID-19, to what our children will need in the months and years ahead, including providing ideas on how the caring adults in children’s lives can provide support. 

Lisa M. Elliott, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist/neuropsychologist and clinic manager for Cook Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic in Denton. She also serves as an onsite post-doctoral fellowship supervisor. Dr. Elliott obtained her BBA from Wichita State University and was a human resources director prior to pursuing her doctorate. Dr. Elliott earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 1989.

Dr. Elliott specializes in psychological and neuropsychological testing, as well as psychotherapy. Areas of specialties include:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental/neurocognitive disorders
  • Play therapy

Dr. Elliott served as the chair for the Wellness Alliance for Total Children’s Health which is led by Cook Children’s Center for Children’s Health for the past four years. Currently, Dr. Elliott is the Co-Chair of the United Way Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, as well as serving as a co-chair for the DCBHLT Child and Family Workgroup.

Dr. Elliott is a frequently requested speaker for Cook Childrens Medical Center. Dr. Elliott is passionate about educating children/teens, young adults, parents and other professionals on topics that impact their lives including:

  • Neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety Stress management
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Suicide Awareness & Self-harm
  • Parenting, Relationships and Self Esteem


Addressing poverty
with small businesses

Join Center for Transforming Lives CEO, Carol Klocek, in her conversation with Jocelyn Walters, Director in the New York office of NextStreet Advisory Services.  NextStreet provides strategies and tools for public, private, and social institutions to drive equitable small business growth. In 2019, Center for Transforming Lives engaged NextStreet, to study the small business ecosystem in Tarrant County, with the specific lens of supports for low to moderate income entrepreneurs of color. This analysis was informed by interviews and focus groups of more than 30 entrepreneurs of color who reported their first-hand experience as they attempted to start or expand their small businesses. 

We’ll hear details of their experiences, explore community strength, and learn about national best practices in small business development that moves beyond tech to the heart of the neighborhood: Main Street businesses. Learn more by downloading the Transform Tarrant from Within report, which was underwritten by JP Morgan Chase Foundation. 

Jocelyn joined Next Street in 2020. She is a Director in the New York office within the Advisory Practice. In this role, she serves as a trusted advisor and an advocate to clients who seek to broaden the small business and entrepreneurial landscape.

Prior to Next Street, Jocelyn was a global relationship manager and client success director at firms within the research, workforce development, higher education, and technology industries. It is from this diverse backdrop that she provides business leaders with the tools to activate strategic solutions that deliver value to their business and society.

An entrepreneur herself, Jocelyn launched a boutique advisory firm to advance startup growth, provide individual professional development, and craft corporate thought leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Boston College with a concentration in Marketing and Hispanic Studies.



the relationship between racism & poverty

Well-known community leader and activist, Estrus Tucker and CTL CEO Carol Klocek, will discuss how different forms of racism create and perpetuate conditions of poverty for people of color. The conversation will focus particularly on how this reality impacts women and children, how historical policies and events impact people and neighborhoods today, as well as provide current examples of systemic barriers that, if eliminated, would benefit all of Tarrant County.

This discussion will also provide tangible action steps that people can take to improve conditions in our community.  Tucker is the Founder and Principal for DEI Consultants, helping companies and communities and other human systems advance diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

Estrus Tucker is an Independent Consultant, Equity Coach and Master Facilitator designing and leading engaging training sessions in support of professional & community renewal, transformational leadership and non-violent reconciliation. Estrus is a Principal, Co-Founder and Chief Equity & Integrity Officer of DEI Consultants Inc. LLC. advancing diversity, equity and inclusion around the world. Estrus is also a seasoned practitioner of the Courage & Renewal Circle of Trust® approach, Habits of the Heart® (developed by Parker Palmer, PhD) and other models of civic engagement, leadership, organizational and community development and renewal.

As a Senior Courage & Renewal Facilitator Estrus has designed and led ten National Academies for Leaders Retreats, and more than fifty targeted retreats around the country for Faith Leaders, Educators, Community Leaders, Municipal Government Personnel, Elected Officials and Activists. Estrus has more than thirty five years experience in executive leadership in local, state and national nonprofit operations and governance. 

Estrus serves as the principal consultant with the City of Arlington’s Unity Council resourcing their Racial Equity Plan initiative, and served as the principal consultant with the City of Fort Worth’s Race and 

Culture Task Force (2017-2019). These citywide processes focus on Community Conversations, Focus Groups, Town halls, Assessment of Racial Disparities in City Services, and Leadership Training. Estrus serves as a Facilitator, Faculty, Equity HUB Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Trainer and member of the National Leadership Team for the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) 100 Million Healthier Lives Global Initiatives. He is also the lead designer of the Winter Institute's "Welcome Table" Model for Racial Reconciliation used all over Mississippi and New Orleans to engage diverse residents and leaders in actionable community collaboration.

Estrus' current Board service includes the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board, Fort Worth Public Arts Commission, Historic Como Preservation Council and the Brite Divinity School Board of Visitors. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran, an ordained minister active in interfaith and ecumenical initiatives, and an alumnus of the University of Texas at Arlington, Leadership Fort Worth, and the John Ben Shepherd Texas Public Leadership Forum. 

Estrus is recognized as one of the 400 Most Influential People in Fort Worth, Texas in August 2020 by Fort Worth Inc. Magazine. Estrus was the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legends Award in the field of Community Service sponsored by the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and also the recipient of the 2012 recipient of the International Assoc. of Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) Individual Achievement Award for his work and leadership in support of creative civic engagement and transformational leadership in Mississippi; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cape town, South Africa and Texas.

Estrus resides in Lake Como, a historic African American Community in Fort Worth, Texas where he was born and grew up. His mission is to inspire courage and facilitate practices that promote human dignity, community belonging, nonviolent engagement and justice, in service of a world that works for all.



overcoming homelessness through education

A conversation with our guest, Barbara Duffield, who is a national voice in driving the understanding of the critical role our education system plays in addressing homelessness, the systems and services that work, and what needs to be changed so that the education and homelessness systems work more effectively for these children and their families. 

Join our CEO Carol Klocek for this engaging conversation in which we’ll explore the entire academic and support services continuum: from early childhood education for children experiencing homelessness all the way to the growing crisis of homelessness among college students. 

Barbara Duffield is Executive Director of SchoolHouse Connection. For more than 20 years, she has bridged policy and practice in early care, education, housing, and homelessness. Barbara began her career as a tutor for children experiencing homelessness in Washington DC in 1990. She was the Director of Education for the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1994-2003, where she collaborated with service providers, educators, federal agencies, and Congressional offices to address children’s issues. She served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Washington D.C from 2003-2016, leading national efforts to strengthen federal protections and services for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through higher education. Barbara helped to establish and develop the NAEHCY Scholarship Program, a comprehensive scholarship program for youth who have experienced homelessness and wish to pursue higher education. She has conducted technical assistance trainings, authored policy reports, appeared on television and radio shows, and has been quoted by various media outlets such as The New York Times and Education Week. Her academic work can be found in Educational Studies, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. Barbara has served on numerous commissions and advisory groups, including for Sesame Street Workshop and the National Commission on Children and Disasters education group. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Michigan.




A conversation with Dr. Erika Thompson regarding her research with women experiencing homelessness in Tarrant County.  Dr. Thompson researches public health issues related to social determinants of health, maternal and child health, and women’s health. In recent years, her work has delved into navigating services for mothers with children experiencing homelessness, both on a large system level and on individual level. 

In this intimate conversation, hear Dr. Thompson discuss her first-hand experiences with women and their complicated lives. Based on her observations, attendees will also learn about the systemic change that is necessary for progress in this work.

Erika Thompson, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is the Program Director for the MPH Maternal and Child Health concentration. Her research focuses on women and children’s health issues and community-based work. She has collaborated with the Center for Transforming Lives on projects related to family and women’s experiences during homelessness. Erika is also an active volunteer at CTL's social enterprise, The Resale Shop. 



Navigating the System for Homeless Families Article



Assessing the Maternal Child Health Landscape in Tarrant County

Join us as we begin our Lunch & Learn Series with a virtual discussion about maternal child health in Tarrant County.

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