J Lindsay Embrey Jr

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J. Lindsay Embrey, (1925-2005) was a visionary entrepreneur who shaped the future of his community and his alma mater, Southern Methodist University. In the 1950's, he was instrumental in developing what would become Richardson and the North Texas Technology corrider. As a philanthropist and volunteer, J. Lindsay Embrey generously supported SMU, where his legacy includes the J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building and an endowment that has provided scholarships to more than 2,000 engineering students.


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The Embrey Family Foundation

The Embrey Family Foundation, based in Dallas, Texas, was established in 2004 by J. Lindsay Embrey (1925-2005). It continues a family tradition of philanthropy and community-building begun by Lindsay Embrey’s great-grandfather, Judge J.M. Lindsay, in Gainesville, Texas. Today, the foundation’s activities are led by Lindsay Embrey’s daughters, Lauren and Gayle Embrey, and the Board of Directors.


Lauren Embrey

lauren embry bio image Lauren Embrey is the President and CEO of The Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd. She also serves as a Board Member of The Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Theater Center, The Letot Center Foundation Board, and TACA in Dallas, The Culture Project, The MS Foundation for Women, The Women’s Media Center, and Women Moving Millions in New York City.

Lauren serves on the Advisory Board for Human Rights Initiative in Dallas, The Vancouver Observer in Vancouver BC, and the Honorary Board for Have Art Will Travel in New York City.

Lauren’s passion is theater, dance, film and human rights work. She produced the U.S. Premiere of Truth in Translation in 2007 at Southern Methodist University. She is Executive Producer for the documentary Playground, a film on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in America. She is also involved in Chicken n Egg Pictures, Impact Partners and iDeal Partners Film Fund.

Lauren is currently aiding in the development of The Global Arts Corps, based in NYC and is involved and in the development and production of a film on the life of Bert Williams.

Lauren is a member of The Clinton Global Initiative, The Women Donor’s Network, Women Moving Millions, the Women’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy Center at Harvard University and Threshold Foundation.

Lauren received the Women That Soar Award for Philanthropy in Dallas, TX in 2009. The Embrey Family Foundation received the 2009 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the 2009 Angel of Freedom Award from Human Rights Initiative. Lauren received the Champion of Human Rights Award given by Mosaic Services and the Women Who Give Hope Award given by The Chiapas Project in 2010 and was recognized as one of Womens Enews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011 and The MS Foundation for Women’s Women of Vision Philanthropy Award in 2013. She will be receiving Ignite’s Trailblazer Award, Chicken and Egg Pictures’ Good Egg Award and She Should Run’s Wendy Award in 2014.

Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Business Administrations and her Masters in Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Lauren is currently working on her first fiction novel scheduled to be complete in 2014.

Gayle Embrey

Gayle Embrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor in the State of Colorado who recently retired from private practice. She specialized in recovery from trauma, addictions and eating disorders. Gayle worked for many years counseling survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Along with her sister, Lauren Embrey, Gayle is co-CEO of Embrey Interests, a commercial real estate company in Dallas, Texas. She is past President and current Vice President of the Embrey Family Foundation in Texas: www.embreyfdn.org

Gayle provided pro bono counseling services to survivors of torture. She completed the Train the Trainer Institute to be able to train healthcare providers in how to best work with trafficked persons. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Demand Abolition Campaign established by Hunt Alternatives Fund and on the Advisory Board for the Colorado Project to End Human Trafficking through the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking located in Denver. She is an Executive Producer of The Playground Project, a documentary about child sex trafficking in the United States.

Gayle is currently working on a book and a documentary about the use of murals as voice by disenfranchised peoples around the world. At the same time, she is collaborating with two other filmmakers on a video about the lives and work of some of the women artists in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Gayle is co-author of the book Yoga for Trauma and is a participant in the Women Moving Millions campaign through the Embrey Family Foundation. She is on the board of the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities and is chairing the 2011 SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Month in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Gayle lives in the Western Slope of Colorado and enjoys hiking, rafting, and cross-country skiing as well as photography, painting and yoga.

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