Chris Phelps is the Founder and CEO of Tacky Box, a for-purpose company dedicated to creating systemic change in the way children treat one another. She is a graduate of Texas A&M with a Masters degree in Finance, a self-proclaimed recovering C.P.A., a former magazine publisher, and a social entrepreneur and “Mom on a Mission.” After growing up in a one-light East Texas town, Chris began her career in Ernst & Young’s National Office in New York, New York as an accounting researcher. She returned to Texas in 2002 and joined the publishing team at D Magazine where she helped launch numerous titles and learned to build businesses. In 2013, armed with an innovative idea and a heart for change, Chris married her vision for a kinder world with the public education system, and in partnership with her two children and mom, developed an innovative, scalable Social Emotional Learning program that empowers young children to proactively choose kindness over “tacky” words and actions. Chris is a proud Downtown Dallas resident, a Graduate of Leadership Dallas Class of 2006, a long-time advocate for criminal justice reform, and a firm believer that like-hearted, like-minded people can work together to create a kinder, better world.