Leadership Arlington recently announced Dr. Victoria A. Farrar-Myers as the 2020 recipient of the Sally Kallam Award. This award recognizes an Arlington leader and alumnus of Leadership Arlington who best emulates the ideals of leadership through efforts devoted to Leadership Arlington and the community.
Dr. Farrar-Myers has served as an at-large representative on the Arlington City Council (District 7) since 2016 and as Deputy Mayor since 2018. In this role, she has spearheaded Arlington’s efforts on human services and workforce issues like access to and quality of childcare and housing as well as promoting small businesses throughout the city.
Her commitment to her community, though, started well before being elected to City Council. She has twice served on the Leadership Arlington Board of Directors, including as President in 2016-2017. She has also volunteered and taken on leadership roles in other civic organizations in the city, such as the Arlington Rotary Club, Arlington Education Foundation, and Junior League of Arlington, and had a successful career teaching and mentoring thousands of students as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington.
This year of 2020 has been a year of “new” for everyone, and Leadership Arlington has pivoted during this time, as well – for example, with this year’s Youth and Adult classes graduating in a “drive-thru” ceremony on the campus of UTA. Similarly, Leadership Arlington had to inform Victoria that she was this year’s deserving recipient of the Kallam Award through a surprise Zoom call. The organization hopes to recognize Dr. Farrar-Myers’ accomplishments formally at the 2021 Leadership Arlington graduation ceremony.
The Leadership Arlington Sally Kallam Award was first presented to and named after Sally Kallam, the organization’s first Executive Director. The award recipients over the years reads like a “Who’s Who of Arlington,” and the organization is honored to add Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers’ name to the list.
To see the complete list of Kallam Award winners, go to: leadershiparlingtontx.org/sally-kallam-award.html.