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SMU Cox School of Business Receives $6 Million Gift from Kim and Bill Shaddock

Plus: One in two Latinx employees have experienced workplace discrimination, survey says; Dallas-based Envy Gaming nominated for eSports organization of the year; and more.
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A $6 million gift from Kim and Bill Shaddock will help establish Shaddock Hall as part of SMU’s building renovation project for the Cox School of Business. The contribution will also foster educational excellence through learning, research, and collaboration spaces.

The new Shaddock Hall will include flexible spaces with a business library reading room and expansive classrooms. The hall will also house the 20-seat dean’s boardroom overlooking the central hub of the Cox School and include offices for support services, including marketing, communications, and academic affairs.

“It feels only right that I provide a tangible gift of appreciation for what SMU and Cox School of Business have done for me, my family, and the success of my business,” Bill Shaddock said. “I hope that this gift will help propel current and future students toward their own success and that they, too, will pay it forward.”

Shaddock Hall Rendering
Shaddock Hall Rendering

Dallas-based Envy Gaming Nominated for eSports Organization of the Year

Led by former movie producer Adam Rymer, Envy Gaming, a leading eSports organization based in Dallas, has logged its name alongside some of the industry’s best, being nominated for eSports Organization of the Year at this year’s eSports Awards.

“The entire group here has truly stepped it up, and there’s still some noise to make in the next couple of weeks and months,” Rymer said about the nomination. “[I’m] proud of everyone at Envy Gaming. Big shoutout to Mike Rufail for continuing to keep our teams at the top of the charts. And especially to the envyus community out there who supports our organization, players, and creators.”

Voting will end on Nov. 7 and the winners will be announced on Nov. 20 at Esports Stadium Arlington.

Kanarys and Prospanica Survey Reveals 1 in 2 Latinx Employees Felt or Witnessed Discrimination in Their Workplace

Dallas-based DEI technology platform, Kanarys, partnered with Prospanica, a national organization that advocates for Hispanic professionals, to conduct a survey of Latinx employees in the U.S. to collect insights on their personal experiences in corporate America. The report emphasized how identities impact experience based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, parental, religious, disability, and professional status.

The survey, which polled Prospanica members across America, revealed 65 percent of Latinx professionals agreed that their company’s DEI policy is sound. However, 50 percent have personally witnessed or experienced discrimination or bias in their workplace.

“To move the needle in DEI, we must address DEI challenges from a systemic standpoint. The key to doing so is gathering data on employees’ lived experiences to inform an intentional strategy from the ground up,” said Mandy Price, co-founder and CEO of Kanarys. “Our joint assessment with Prospanica creates a baseline in evaluating the progress companies have made in supporting Latinx employees and the work that still remains to drive inclusion. Our hope is that companies will utilize this data to inform their DEI initiatives better to help Latinx employees succeed in corporate America.”

Dallas-based Sun Holdings to Oversee 100 New Papa John’s Stores

Papa John’s has announced its largest domestic franchisee development agreement in its history with Dallas-based Sun Holdings. The franchise operator will oversee the opening of 100 new Papa John’s stores across Texas by 2029.

Founded by Guillermo Perales in Dallas, Sun Holdings supports over 1,000 franchises across 12 states and has created more than 22,000 jobs. Sun Holdings has been ranked the third-largest franchisee in the U.S., and Perales has also been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

“Since its founding, Sun Holdings has taken a long-term, disciplined approach when making growth investments,” Perales said. “Papa John’s fits our criteria perfectly. We see tremendous potential in this premium brand, backed by an innovative culture and highly attractive economics.”

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