Developing, launching, and strategically building businesses is the common thread tying together Tom’s 20+ years of professional work.
After actively practicing law for 15+ years, Tom directed his efforts to designing innovative, social entrepreneurially models to drive social justice. In 2016, Tom partnered with celebrity chef Tiffany Derry to launch Roots Chicken Shak. The Shak, along with the Shef Tiffany spice line and the Roots Southern Table, combines culinary skills with social impact, empowering women and girls to follow their passion. In 2017, Tom founded and continues to operate The Study USA. Established through a public-private partnership with the City of Irving, The Study focuses on growing women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Most recently, Tom co-founded XpandCulture, a B2B SaaS platform that measures employees’ real-time sentiment to visualize the company’s culture and alignment with core values.
Tom regularly speaks and facilitates workshops for corporations aiming to advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Tom also leads the entrepreneurial program at Paul Quinn College, an HBCU in south Dallas, and serves as an adjunct at Southern University Law Center and Dallas College.
Tom is a Fellow for the Dallas Economic Leadership Academy through the Aspen Institute and Of Counsel at Wright Connatser.
Tom earned his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and his B.A. from Colgate University. Tom lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Roopa, and two children.