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Matrice Ellis-Kirk

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Collard greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Choices, You Have A Choice Every Day.

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1961
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Collard greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Choices, You Have A Choice Every Day.

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1961
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Management executive Matrice Ellis-Kirk was born on March 9, 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1982.

Ellis-Kirk began her career as an officer in commercial banking at MBank in Dallas, Texas. In 1987, she became the director of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Office of Management and Budget, and remained in that position until 1993. Ellis-Kirk then joined Apex Securities as vice president and office manager until 1995, when she began serving as a consultant with Spencer Stuart. In 1999, Ellis-Kirk was hired by Heidick & Struggles International, Inc. and later became a managing partner at the firm. She joined RSR Partners in 2014 as the managing director.

Ellis-Kirk received the Spirit of the Centennial Award from the City of Fair Park, Texas in 2001. She was also the recipient of the Dallas Historical Society’s Jubilee History Makers Award in 2015. The following year, Ellis-Kirk was named to D Magazine’s “Dallas 500” list.

Ellis-Kirk served as a board member for many organizations, including for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, The Woman’s Museum, the Dallas Symphony Association, and North Texas Tollway Authority. She also served on the board of directors for ACE Cash Express, on the Executive Committee for the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, on the executive board for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, and on the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Visitors. She was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Women’s Empowerment, a member of the advisory board for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a trustee for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation, a member of the Dallas chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and chairwoman for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. In 2013, Ellis-Kirk was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships by President Barack Obama.

Ellis-Kirk and her husband, Ron, have two children, Elizabeth and Catherine

Matrice Ellis-Kirk was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 16, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Matrice Ellis-Kirk's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her mother's family background pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her likeness to her paternal great grandmother and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls briefly living with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her father's early death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers advocating for sensible dress codes in schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers the Friendly Town initiative in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls the popularization of the term L7
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her educational aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her early interest in investment banking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her friends at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about her mentors at Mount Greylock Regional High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her return to Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls her decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers playing sports at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls her activities at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about her early interest in the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about the challenges facing first time African American mayors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls her decision to move to Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers working for Mercantile National Bank in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her early community involvement in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls joining Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers marrying Ron Kirk
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about working at Apex Securities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her husband's decision to run for mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her husband's first mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls her husband's election as mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes the mayor's reading program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about Texas Governor Ann Richards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes Texas' political structure, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes Texas' political structure, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls becoming an executive recruiter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her duties as first lady of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers her husband's senate run
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her board involvements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about her role in Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk recalls serving on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk remembers working at RSR Partners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about the value of civic involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Matrice Ellis-Kirk describes how she would like to be remembered