Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was a shining example of the commitment to leadership, excellence and compassion for which both Funds stand. Accordingly, the Sphinx Educational Fund is proud to present this event in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

For the past 14 years, this has been a signature fund raising event within the Greater Phoenix community with an audience that includes members of the business community, clergy, political and community leaders, as well as, students and scholars.

14th Annual Sphinx Education Fund and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Brunch

  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
    5401 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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Keynote Speaker: Billy Dexter

Our keynote speaker is Billy Dexter, a Managing Partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Chicago office and the Americas regional diversity leader. He co-leads the Diversity Advisory Services Practice that assists clients in creating diverse leadership teams. Billy works across all industry and functional groups in developing inclusive solutions as it relates to talent acquisition and leadership development. Billy also serves as a member of the Financial Services, Human Resources Officers, and Board of Directors practices.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Billy was executive vice president & chief diversity officer of MTV Networks, a Viacom company. As EVP/CDO, Billy partnered with MTV Networks senior leadership to create and develop strategies that further diversity & inclusion throughout the global company and to identify new ways of enhancing existing initiatives across multiple platforms.

Prior to Viacom MTV Networks, Billy was president of Hudson Inclusion Solutions, a business division of Hudson Highland Group (HHG), a diversity consulting practice he founded within Hudson Highland. He also served concurrently as chief diversity officer of HHG and worked closely with human resources to create an inclusive culture.

Earlier, Billy was vice president for diversity recruitment initiatives for Monster Worldwide, former parent company of HHG. Prior to Monster Worldwide, Billy worked at Deloitte as national director of international & diversity recruitment solutions, and at Motorola as director of global talent acquisition & university relations. He started his corporate career as manager of talent acquisition at United Airlines.

Billy has received numerous honors over the years. Most recently, Chicago United named him a 2016 program trail blazer, and in 2009 he was the recipient of Business Leader of Color. Society of Human Resources Management named Billy one of the "Top 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders" in 2008-10. Savoy Magazine awarded him the Trailblazer Award and recognized him as one of the Top 50 African American executives in 2010. Uptown Professional Magazine recognized him as one of the "Top 100 Corporate Executives" in 2012. Also in 2011, Billy received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from Saginaw Valley State University. He recently published a book, Making Your Net-Work, a guide to career an business networking.

Billy serves on the board of directors of Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Link Unlimited, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Executive Leadership Council, Goodman Theater, and NFL Players Association. Billy holds a BA in education from Saginaw Valley State University and a master's degree in administration from Michigan State University. He completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Certificate Program.

Thurgood Marshall Award of Merit: Memie C. Burton, Jr., M.D.

In addition to the keynote address, we will continue our tradition of presenting the Thurgood Marshall Award of Merit to Arizonans whose actions have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making the Phoenix community, the State of Arizona, and the world better.

This year we will honor Memie C. Burton, Jr., M.D.

This luminary has dedicated his life to the principles of justice, equality and excellence that remain fundamental tenets of Justice Marshall's legacy.

Previous Awardees:


Asa Herring


Lovelle A. McMichael, Sr.


Leah Landrum-Taylor


Bishop Alexis A. Thomas


Dr. Rufus Glasper
Gerald P. Richard II


Judge Cecil B. Patterson, Jr.


Calvin Coolidge Goode


Justice Ruth McGregor


Ms. Betty Fairfax


Honorable Judge Lynda Howell - Phoenix Municipal Court
Jim Pederson - Entrepreneur, Arizona Businessman


Commander Jeri Williams - City of Phoenix Police Dept
Dr. Warren Stewart, Sr. - Pastor, 1st Institutional Church


Hon. Judge Carol Scott Berry - Phoenix Municipal Court
Don Logan - Office of Diversity, City of Scottsdale


Dr. Eugene Grigsby - Educator
Honorable Judge Jean Williams - Retired Adjudicator