An Outdoor Lover’s Dream

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“I enjoy being outdoors and working out in the fresh air. My Uptown neighborhood – which includes the Katy Trail — offers tremendous opportunities to me.”

Name: Jacqueline Twillie

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Uptown

Company/Title: ZeroGap, President

When did you move here? From where?
I moved here from Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016.

Where else have you lived?
I lived in Ohio (while earning my MBA at Tiffin University) and in Louisiana, where I was born.

What made you ‘Say Yes to Dallas’?
I said ‘’Yes” to Dallas because I love that there are two airports, making it easy to travel and catch a flight at any time of the day. I also chose Dallas because of the diverse base of large corporations in the city. There are so many cool neighborhoods in Dallas and it makes it easy to have unique social experiences.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I chose Uptown because of its mix of local restaurants and its proximity to both Love Field and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. I love that Uptown is walkable and the Katy Trail is a huge bonus.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different?
I enjoy being outdoors and working out in the fresh air. My Uptown neighborhood – which includes the Katy Trail — offers tremendous opportunities to me. Dallas is filled with neighborhoods that include greenspace and parks. It’s an outdoor workout lover’s dream.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
Stay in Airbnbs in the neighborhoods that interest you most and visit the restaurants and shops. You’ll uncover gems in the various neighborhoods that will help you determine the spot that is best for you.

Tell us about the work environment here.
As an entrepreneur, the work environment is exciting. I’ve been able to form great partnerships and serve clients to advance in the leadership and development of women who work within traditionally male-dominated industries. My company has been a catalyst in assisting women to deepen their impact and lead with greater confidence.

Where do you go to experience culture?
My first choice is the African American Museum of Dallas. The museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a historically black college that closed in 1988. The museum has operated independently since 1979 and is in historic Fair Park.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Dallas Region?
Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que near Dallas Love Field and Saint Ann Restaurant in the Harwood District.

What is your favorite outside activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
Katy Trail or White Rock Lake for outdoor picnics, workouts, and simply being outdoors.

What is your favorite festival/event?
A fun event is the annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and, of course, the horse and carriage rides in Uptown and Downtown Dallas during Christmas.

What is your passion, and how does the Dallas Region help fulfill it?
My passion is to eliminate the gender wage gap and to advance women’s leadership. Dallas is a great region to build a business that supports the advancement of equality in the workplace for women.