Center for Transforming Lives is thrilled to announce the Transforming Lives Lecture Series — a quarterly, open-to-the-public event featuring conversations with some of North Texas' most acclaimed community leaders, researchers, and advocates.

Led by CTL CEO Carol Klocek, this timely and educational event will explore a multitude of topics, from early childhood education and family homelessness to mental health awareness and equity for small business owners.

Addressing Poverty with Small Businesses

Join Center for Transforming Lives CEO, Carol Klocek, in her conversation with Jocelyn Walters, Director in the New York office of NextStreet Advisory Services.  NextStreet provides strategies and tools for public, private, and social institutions to drive equitable small business growth. In 2019, Center for Transforming Lives engaged NextStreet, to study the small business ecosystem in Tarrant County, with the specific lens of supports for low to moderate income entrepreneurs of color. This analysis was informed by interviews and focus groups of more than 30 entrepreneurs of color who reported their first-hand experience as they attempted to start or expand their small businesses. 


We’ll hear details of their experiences, explore community strength, and learn about national best practices in small business development that moves beyond tech to the heart of the neighborhood: Main Street businesses. Learn more by downloading the Transform Tarrant from Within report, which was underwritten by JP Morgan Chase Foundation. 

12:00 to 1:00pm CST


Jocelyn joined Next Street in 2020. She is a Director in the New York office within the Advisory Practice. In this role, she serves as a trusted advisor and an advocate to clients who seek to broaden the small business and entrepreneurial landscape.

Prior to Next Street, Jocelyn was a global relationship manager and client success director at firms within the research, workforce development, higher education, and technology industries. It is from this diverse backdrop that she provides business leaders with the tools to activate strategic solutions that deliver value to their business and society.


An entrepreneur herself, Jocelyn launched a boutique advisory firm to advance startup growth, provide individual professional development, and craft corporate thought leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Boston College with a concentration in Marketing and Hispanic Studies.

Jocelyn Walters

Since 2009, Carol has been the CEO for Center for Transforming Lives, which works alongside women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and economic mobility services. These comprehensive services include traditional child care and Early Head Start, family housing and trauma intervention services for women and children experiencing homelessness. The Center also offers one-on-one financial coaching and asset building, as well as other economic mobility interventions. 


Klocek holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in business from Texas Christian University. She serves as a board member for DFWI, UNT Health Science Center’s Academic Community Partnerships, and has served on boards that address homelessness, mental health, and maternal and child health. 

Carol Klocek

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