Jeff Strese serves as Chief Talent and Learning Officer at Tolleson Wealth Management. His focus is on the strategic design and implementation of human capital systems, leadership development initiatives and learning programs for employees and clients. In this role, Jeff serves as a strategic business partner to senior leaders and all lines of business to improve organizational effectiveness and process improvement initiatives. Jeff is also an adjunct instructor for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, Executive Education Program, where his courses focus on human capital strategy, leadership and change management.
Formally the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Southern Methodist University, Jeff served as a strategic business partner to senior administrators and academic leaders, while overseeing a full services human resources division. He has also taught undergraduate and MBA-level courses at SMU’s Cox School of Business. Concurrent with his role as CHRO at SMU, he consulted with corporations and non-profit organizations on strategic planning, board development, leadership and organizational culture.
Jeff did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of North Texas in psychology and clinical counseling. Early in his career, he held a private practice in marriage and family counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor before transitioning into organizational development work in a healthcare setting. Eventually moving over to SMU, Jeff spent 20 years building expertise in human capital systems and organizational development. He is currently a member of the Teach For America – DFW Advisory Board.
Jeff is married with one daughter and one son. He enjoys traveling, golf, playing guitar and spending time with family and friends.