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.

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

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. Including
 retreats, workshops, customized keynote, and conference breakout sessions.
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)

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