Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca entertained the audience as the Master of Ceremonies at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s C-Suite Christmas event on December 11. Vaca was joined onstage at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center by many Dallas business leaders and executives in support of the DSO’s education and community engagement programs.
Attendees were treated to a Christmas concert by the DSO with the business leaders all playing different roles, from percussionist to conductor to narrator. The program specifically benefited the DSO’s Southern Dallas Residency, which provides music education, instruments, performance opportunities, and mentorship to students and families throughout Southern Dallas at no cost.
“Supporting the community has always been one of Pinnacle’s guiding principles, so when the opportunity came up to support the DSO’s Southern Dallas Residency at this great event I didn’t think twice,” said Vaca. “I had an amazing time as the Master of Ceremonies and gained an even greater appreciation for the talent and skill of these amazing musicians.”
Vaca founded Dallas-based Pinnacle Group, a workforce solutions powerhouse, in 1996 and under her visionary leadership it was named fastest growing women-owned business in the country by the Women Presidents’ Organization in both 2018 and 2015 and has been featured on the Inc 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies 13 times. The event brought business leaders like Vaca, who despite many not having any formal musical training made up for that with their passion and appreciation for the arts, just like in their businesses.
“The holidays are a time of giving and celebration,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ross Perot President & CEO. “At C-Suite Christmas we celebrated one of the most important partnerships of all – business and the arts. The arts in Dallas benefit from strong businesses, and the corporate sector benefits from the cultural community and quality of life cultivated by the arts. We are grateful to our inaugural class of artists, and we thank our sponsors for their generous support.”
Other executives joining Vaca on stage were Lori Lee, CEO – AT&T Latin America & Global Marketing Officer, AT&T Inc.; Grant Moise Publisher and President, The Dallas Morning News; Nancy A. Nasher Owner and President, NorthPark Center; Marty Turco, President of the Dallas Stars Foundation and VP of Business, Dallas Stars Hockey Club; Geoffroy Van Raemdonck, Neiman Marcus Group, Chief Executive Officer; and Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Capital One Financial Services and Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors.
About Nina Vaca
Nina Vaca is the Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group. She is also one of the few (and youngest) Latinas serving as a director of publicly traded corporations. With Women on Boards 2020, she is working to increase the number of women on public company boards. In addition to her business leadership, Vaca is a civic leader and philanthropist, working relentlessly to expand opportunities for minorities and women in business, particularly in STEM fields in the U.S. and around the world. Recently, she was elected as a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute as well as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow. For information and resources, visit NinaVaca.com.
About Pinnacle Group
Pinnacle Group is a leading provider of workforce solutions headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Founded by Nina Vaca in 1996, Pinnacle Group’s core services include talent acquisition and management, managed services (MSP), and payrolling. With an unwavering commitment to client service and a specialty in analytics and emerging technologies, Pinnacle Group provides transformational outcomes to primarily Fortune 100 clients. Its Progata Talent Platform utilizes machine learning (ML) and proprietary algorithms to help match talent with opportunity and maximize utilization rates. Pinnacle Group is consistently named one of the fastest-growing companies in the country and was named fastest-growing women-owned company in the country by the Women Presidents’ Organization in both 2015 and 2018. For more information, visit Pinnacle1.com.
About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world’s premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives annually. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming.