Helen Giddings

 

Helen Giddings is President of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company, which she founded in 1989. Previously, Giddings served as Vice President of Leadership Development at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and as an executive responsible for 11 states with Sears.

Rep Giddings is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving as the Vice Chair of the State Affairs Committee and a member of the House Appropriations, State Affairs, and the Calendars Committees. For three terms, she chaired the Business and Industry Committee. The Speaker of the House appointed her to the Texas Legislative Council Governing Board, the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, and the Joint Interim Committee to Study Alzheimer’s Disease. Rep. Giddings also serves as the Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

With a profound interest in the arts, Rep. Giddings has served on many boards including; the African American Museum, Dallas Symphony Board, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Theater Center. Her contributions led to the African American Museum naming a room in her honor.

Strongly committed to public service, she has served as the Board Chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Dallas Transit Board, member of the Dallas Planning Commission, State Bar Grievance Committee and the Dallas County Grand Jury.

Rep. Giddings has served as President of the bi-partisan 1600 member, National Foundation of Women Legislators. Rep Giddings served on the Executive Committees of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislators and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women. 

Her civic service has earned special recognition and many awards including: the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Award (NFBPA); the City of Lancaster has named its Amphitheater "Helen Giddings Amphitheater;" an Honorary Doctorate from Paul Quinn College; Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Quest for Success Award; Dallas CAN Academy! Woman of the Year Award; Texas PTA Life Membership Award; National Association of Historically Black Colleges Alumni Award; Maura Women Helping Women Award; American Heart Association, "Heart of Honor" Award; University of Texas at Dallas Science and Engineering Advancement Award; Texas Library Association "100 Library Champions of the Century" Award; Texas Medical Association "Patiente Protectorae" Award; and the African American Museum Heritage Award; Ebony Magazine's 100 Plus Most Influential Black American; Helen Giddings Solarium, African American Museum, and Outstanding Legislator Award; Mother's Against Teen Violence.