Toni Brinker Pickens is the founder and CEO of Operation Blue Shield. As a dedicated philanthropist, Mrs. Pickens has devoted her life to helping others. Mrs. Pickens comes from humble beginnings, having been raised in both the Texas Panhandle and the American Deep South. Her passion to help others developed early, and her life’s work is a testament to giving back with success. Mrs. Pickens’ charitable and community contributions are vast. She is a founding member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, serves on the advisory boards of Dallas Habitat for Humanity, the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Texas Heart Institute, Amergy Bank-Dallas and Oklahoma State University. As the widow of restaurateur pioneer Norman Brinker, she often represents Brinker International at speaking engagements and is a featured speaker at the Nation’s Restaurant News Association annual conference. She supports SMU’s Norman Brinker Endowed MBA Scholarship and the Culinary Institute of America Norman Brinker Legacy Endowed scholarships.
On Valentine’s Day 2014, she married T. Boone Pickens. She and Mr. Pickens are heavily involved in numerous political, business and philanthropic efforts. including Bill Gates’ & Warren Buffett’s “The Giving Pledge,” Oklahoma State University, and supporting members of the United States Armed Forces.
Mrs. Pickens is proud of her founding of Operation Blue Shield, a registered 501(C)(3), committed to creating, promoting and funding programs designed to bring about the progressive change, respect, trust and unity that our communities and our Nation so desperately need.
OBS outreach programs connect, educate and empower community stakeholders(citizens, local businesses, public officials, non-profits, education, churches, first-responders and law enforcement) in a common goal of positive, forward-thinking social infrastructure changes. In doing so, we serve to unify these groups in a shared commitment to public safety, increased accessibility to homeownership, an increase in small business ownership, improved education and economic development (jobs).
Mrs. Pickens is looking forward to bringing Drug & Violence Prevention services to a new level ON THE STREET and IN THE CLASSROOM.