Mrs. Ariel Kidwell

Ariel Kidwell is the Studio Manager at Good Work, Dallas, TX. She has previous marketing, communications, and project management experience with Temple Emanu-El, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, and Preservation Dallas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Austin College, and a Master of Science degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Texas Christian University. Ariel is a member of East Dallas Christian Church. She was a speaker at the 2013 Disciples Development Conference for the Christian Church Foundation.

Why did you say "yes" to serving on the NBA Board of Trustees?

I spent most of my career working in the nonprofit sector and loved that I spent every day working for a mission meant to better some aspect of the world. Now that I work in the private sector, I have missed that meaning in my life and have been looking for ways to engage with nonprofits in my personal time. When this opportunity came around, I couldn't say no. I have always been passionate about the NBA's mission, especially their XPLOR program. I can't wait to join together with the board and their team to ensure the NBA has the resources it needs to continue its incredible work.

The NBA's vision statement is "creating communities of compassion and care." What does that mean to you? 

As humans, we walk around this giant planet as individuals living in our own ego-centric bubble. In our quest to cultivate our ambitions, nurture our families and sometimes just downright survive, it's easy to become isolated from the people around us. It's usually in our darkest hours that we raise our heads up out of our bubble in search of a community to help and guide us. Without organizations like NBA to encourage and nurture these communities, they would likely not exist. It takes passionate people to bring together other passionate people to recognize the needs of the voiceless and help those who can't help themselves. Then, once this cycle of love and compassion begins, it gains power and takes on a life of its own. Someone who has been helped in their darkest hour will be inspired to return the favor and bit by bit, the world changes as we humans begin to help each other. In my eyes, that is what the NBA stands for and why I stand for it.

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