Dallas-Texas native Dionne Hall-Jones has established roots here in Kansas City after playing basketball at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Because of the connections she made during her education, Dionne (affectionately known daily) was given the opportunity to coach at St. Mary’s University. After training for several years, she decided to continue her education and made her way to Emporia, where she received a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology. Upon graduation, Dayan got a job at Kansas City, which also led her to encounter UpDown events.
As a proud black and lesbian woman, Dayon entered the world of human resources professionally to help her friends and community understand the importance of diversity and inclusion by opening doors to people who are often marginalized or discredited. In her words, “Although I did not make professional connections at UpDown events, I expanded my personal life by connecting with people who do positive things. Your events and the people I met there put me into a number of things I am proud to be a part of.” To mentor other young women in her football endeavors.
You may have seen her at one of our events rocking some fly sneakers and conveying relaxed, cool demeanor. But what sets Dayon apart is her ability to connect with everyone. When asked what she enjoys most about nightlife in Kansas City, Hall-Jones replied: “I’m a loyal participant in UpDown events. That does not mean I do not enjoy or participate in other things around town because I definitely enjoy it. But from the first event I attended with all of you, it’s “It was good. Warm, welcoming, diverse and inclusive.” As a proud member of the LGBTQIA + community, these qualities are extremely important to her. She also touched on how our events celebrate this diversity and embrace members of every community as long as they are there to have fun with good people.
Dion, we emphasize to you for being such a loyal supporter and an advantageous friend in our audience. We value your sponsorship more than you know!