“I can’t be micromanaged. It clips my wings and I will never fly. And I am not a good micromanager,” Traci says. “So I do better with people who are independent thinkers. I’ve learned to let people be the person they want to be, which gives them the freedom to get to that outcome the best way they can.” That’s not to say Traci sits and watches from the sidelines. She’s the first one to jump in and give her all to the project in front of her. GRACE’s Executive Director Shonda Schaefer knows that to be true after working with her on the nonprofit’s capital campaign and clinic. “Traci gets things done and she gets things done quickly,” Schaefer says. “She’s become a real mentor to me. I value her leadership style so much because there’s not a job that’s too small for her, but
she can also organize some pretty intense projects. She’s team-focused and she’s a servant leader.” While she may be busy, she is intentional with her presence and energy. So the people she surrounds herself with know they have her full attention. Dr. Sara Suttle, who works closely with Traci as a physician at Texas Orthopedic Specialists, says she’s learned a lot from how Traci treats others in both her professional and personal relationships. “You think you have a very deep personal relationship every time you talk to her,” Dr. Suttle says. “She really engages and makes everyone feel as important as they should be made to feel.” It’s her positive energy that inspires others to give more of themselves to causes important to them. Dr. Suttle saw that for herself after Traci connected her with the GRACE clinic at the GRACE gala a few years back. At the event, Dr. Suttle made mention that she wanted to get involved and Traci immediately brought her over to Shonda to make the connection. Traci saw an opportunity to open a door for someone else, and she didn’t wait to make it happen. One of the benefits of being highly involved in the community is the network Traci has formed. And she uses those relationships for good by creating connections for her organizations and her hospital to help find everything from volunteers to speakers to potential donors. “She can see a need and know 10 people who can fill that need and then finds someone whose personality can fit the job,” Dr. Suttle says. The people on the other side of the phone know she’s not asking them anything she hasn’t asked of herself. She’s the one who will be there working alongside them to see the task through to completion. “She leads by example,” First Financial Bank Southlake President Mark Jones says. “She understands the community and what the needs are in the community. She’s more than willing to roll up her sleeves and do whatever it takes to make her project successful.” Next time you run into Traci — be it at the hospital or at a gala, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation about how you can get involved in the community. Her heart for giving and captivating energy can be felt immediately. It may just inspire you to make a little more time in your schedule for giving back. Southlake Style is honored to recognize Traci this year for her work and her impact she’s made on the community. She is the first recipient of the Brian R. Stebbins Award, presented to her on November 29. As Schaefer says: “It’s the year of Traci, and she deserves it.”
As the city’s shopping and dining hub, Southlake Town Square has identifiably made an impact on this small town. When it opened in March 1999, it promised to bring big brands and retail opportunities to the area and enhance Southlake’s sense of community for locals and tourists alike. Over the past 19 years, it has become the heart of the city. To recognize that impact, we are renaming our Community Impact Award to the Brian R. Stebbins Award, the late founder and developer of Southlake Town Square and the first recipient of this award. We hope to honor his influence still felt in Southlake as well as recognize locals who are striving to affect positive change in town through their efforts.
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