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Art of Style: Liz Brailsford, World Affairs Council

The busy nonprofit leader regularly interacts with big-name leaders, up to the highest levels of government.
By and Art of Style: Liz Brailsford, World Affairs Council | |Photography by Jen Bertrand

Liz Brailsford moved to Dallas at the height of the pandemic without knowing a soul to take the helm of a nonprofit organization. The mission of the World Affairs Council is to engage North Texas in national and international affairs. Brailsford says her key strategies are to lead with the heart, see failure as an opportunity, listen, and empower her team. “I am impressed each and every day for their resilience, leadership, commitment, passion, and work ethic,” she says.

What I Do

“I am president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Our staff educates our community on all things international affairs and engages North Texans on how the world impacts all of us here at home and why we need more civic engagement.”

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“These style icons inspire me in some way: Grace Kelly, 1970’s Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Emmanuelle Alt, Victoria Beckham, Debbie Harry, Chloë Sevigny, and Harry Styles.”

On the Job

“I regularly interact with big-name speakers, up to the highest levels of government, so much of my work calls for decorum and buttoned-up styles of neutral, simple suits, and dresses. I’ll go a bit more colorful and fun on days that don’t contain high-profile programs. And for the rare internal office day, I’ll be a bit more relaxed and casual. My staff has seen me in flowy, wide-leg trousers and a fun top with sneakers.”

Fashion Inspiration

“Chasing a fad is not a priority. I’ve learned it’s better to wear clothing that works well with my body, in my colors that make me feel confident.”

Style Defined

“Classic, preppy, and elegant with a twist. There’s always an evolution, and I like watching my path unfold; keeping myself guessing is half the fun.”

Fashion Essentials

“My cell phone, lip balm or gloss, and sunglasses.”

Go-to Look

“When in doubt, go all black.”

How I Accessorize

“I typically go for delicate components but have gone through phases over the years of big and fun statement pieces. I feel the pendulum starting to swing in that direction again. I sure do love a shoe.”

Weekend Look

“On weekends, you’ll often find me in trendier looks and bolder choices.”

Favorite Stores

“Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are great, but I prefer smaller boutiques whenever possible. I love the personalized touch at the local boutique Betty Reiter. It has interesting and unique items that I enjoy, and it’s always fun being there.”


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