Meet Our Founder
Monday, April 3, 2023 6:57 AM

Meet Our Founder

Monday, April 3, 2023 6:57 AM
Monday, April 3, 2023 6:57 AM

Dorothy Burton led a small group of committed public servant leaders to found Christians in Public Service, Inc. in 2013 in Dallas, Texas where the organization is based.

A trailblazer, Dorothy is a former four-term City Councilmember for the City of Duncanville, Texas and is the first African American elected to the Council. She is a charter graduate of Dallas Blueprint for Leadership and former Chair of the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors representing Dallas County.

She was twice elected Board Chairman and is the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Board. An accomplished writer and speaker, Dorothy is the author of the book: Why We Fall: The Power of Self-Awareness.

A former member of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Board of Directors, she was the first woman from Texas elected to serve.

Dorothy is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership and a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and in 2006 was recognized as Outstanding African-American Alum. Dorothy is a proud graduate of Leadership Texas,  Leadership Southwest and is a member of the Duncanville Rotary Club.

Click here to order a copy of Dorothy's book ---
The book every leader and aspiring leader should have in their library.

Dorothy uses proven principles and practical application to better equip, motivate and inspire those who lead.

The demands of 21st-century leadership demand that leaders have a firm grasp of self-awareness, conviction and character to dynamically lead effectively and ethically in diverse cultures; and, timely tools necessary to succeed in the times we're in.

Dorothy is a compelling speaker, podcaster, prolific author, inspirational lecturer, influencer, leadership trainer and facilitator of personal development, management and executive team empowerment.  

Known for her calm demeanor and keen insight gained from decades in public servant leadership, leaders often seek her advice and counsel when in crisis; and appreciate her abilities to resolve complicated issues, connect, motivate, and enlighten.

Dorothy's greatest strength is her passion in helping others achieve optimum self-development, optimized individual, organizational and team effectiveness; and, providing the motivation necessary to challenge, refresh and encourage.

More broadly, helping others achieve their highest level of productivity and performance, leading to heightened organizational performance and dynamic individual empowerment.

For governing bodies and staff, Dorothy provides unmatched management and governing body facilitation for retreats, workshops, customized keynote and conference breakout sessions. 


A popular speaker, Dorothy's unique brand and blend of motivational speaking are shaped by professional and life experience, academics; and, the rough and tumble world of elected office, lending credibility and authenticity to her presentations.

Her presentations motivate, inspire, and make for incredible and for many, life-changing experiences few can match.

Motivating, encouraging and inspiring, Dorothy's passion is to empower local government leaders to fulfill the expectations of their highly-regarded positions with integrity and success. With over two decades of political, private and public sector experience.

She is gracefully positioned as one of the leading authorities on public servant leadership development and personal growth.

Crisis Communication | Diversity and Inclusion

Developing proactive and reactive mission critical messaging for executive management and policymakers dealing with the potential of scandal, disasters or damaging media coverage.

Customized communication training and coaching on how to respond quickly, responsibly and credibly.

Dorothy has keynoted and/or conducted sessions at various conferences throughout the country.
Some include:

  • City of Lancaster, Texas
  • North Iowa Global Leadership Summit - Bridging the Summits Leadership Series
  • Zig Ziglar Monday Morning Devotionals
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Christian Values Summit
  • River of Life Church
  • DFW Case Management Society of America
  • Maine Municipal Association
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities
  • National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government
  • Texas Association of Counties
  • Texas Association of Black City Councilmembers
  • Iowa League of Cities
  • City of Coppell, Texas
  • University of Texas at Arlington African-American Alumni Association
  • Leadership Southwest
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • City of Burleson, Texas
  • Texas Municipal League
  • Exceptional Women, Dallas, Texas
  • Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Fellowship
  • The Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership - Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Association for Women in Ministry Professions

Dorothy has been published in:

  • International City/County Management Association
  • South Dakota Municipalities Magazine
  • Texas Town & City Magazine
  • Maine Townsman Magazine
  • Quality Cities Magazine (Florida League of Cities)


Speaking Request

Thank you for your interest in having Dorothy speak at your event. Please fill out the form below and include as much detail as possible. Once you submit the completed form, your invitation will be reviewed and we will contact you with a response as soon as possible. 

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