2017 NO LIMITS Conference for Women

Annual GHWCC No Limits Conference for Women

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 W. Alabama

Carla Harris is a world renowned speaker and bestselling author of the book “Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace“. While climbing the corporate ladder, Carla had her own personal missteps amidst numerous victories. She vowed that when she reached senior management and people came to her for advice, she would provide them with the tools, strategies, and pearls of wisdom honed by her own experience.

Joann Lublin, shown right, management news editor for The Wall Street Journal and author of  a new book called “Earning it: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.” It describes leadership lessons from 52 high-level female corporate executives, based on career obstacles they overcame. Nearly two-thirds of the women interviewed are experienced public company CEOs.

Amanda Brock, founder and CEO of Water Standard, has spent her career building and managing global infrastructure businesses in the oil and gas, water and power industries. She was named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle, recognized by Water & Wastewater International (WWI) as one of the top 25 global leaders in water and waste water, and also as an Honoree as an Innovator for Women in Energy.



These 11 women are being recognized at the Conference for Women for being leaders in the industries.

Tandra Jackson, KPMG

Gayle BrandChicago Title Houston

Mary Anne Brelinsky, EDF

Jennifer Wallace, NRG

Stephanie Buchanan, United

Leisa Holland-Nelson, Vice-President/CMO

Ashley McClellan, Women’s Hospital of Texas

Elizabeth Matthews, TOTAL Petrochemical & Refining USA, Inc

Anness Jensen, IBC

Lyn Beaty, Halliburton

Christina Ptasinski, Crane

 Click here for details on our 2017 Breakthrough Women


7:30 AM – Registration/Expo Opens
8:00 AM  – Kathryn S. Stream Awards Breakfast
9:30 AM – Conference for Women – Doors Open
Keynote Speaker – Amanda Brock
Keynote Speaker – Joann Lublin
12:00 PM – Lunch
2017 Breakthrough Women
Keynote Speaker – Carole Hyatt
Keynote Speaker – Carla Harris
3:30 PM – Breakout Sessions I
4:30 PM – Breakout Sessions II
5:00 PM – GHWCC 10th Anniversary Celebration Cake

Breakout Session Topics

Breakout Session I

Bambi McCullough presents “Leading with Influence, Inspiration and Impact” You will come away with tangible actions you can take to make the difference you desire.   

Marryanne Maldonado Moving on up….Texas TECH Style! Techniques to start a tech business….even if you’re not a Techie!

McConnnell & Jones Presents Human Resources Q&A | Strategic Perspectives on HR Compliance Expect practical information and tools to help make compliance easier and improve business outcomes.     

Connie Rankin presents From Fear to Faith: You’ll be Astonished at What Women Can Achieve Based on the new book God Gave Us Wings, hear true stories of women who faced incredible obstacles but relied on faith and inspiration to find real success.

Women in Leadership: Personal Stories of Career Advancement Anna Catalano and Mary Ricciardello will share personal perspectives, stories and advice on advancing your career.

Pam Goodwin presents Women Building Wealth Through Commercial Real Estate Investing – Learn How To Make A Million $$$ on a $5,000 Investment? 

Breakout Session II

U.S. Small Business Administration presents Free Resources to Help Your Business The discussion will include leaders from the US Small Business Administration, SCORE, and the U of H Small Business Development Centers.

Laurie Morgan Silver presents Your Mind at Work Join Laurie Silver, LCSW to talk about mindful techniques for managing stress, preventing burn out and generally taking care of your mind at work!

 Dr. Mary Ann Wilkins presents “Selling Your Way to the Top” This Session Will Focus on the Sales Techniques and Behaviors Necessary to Identify and Sell to the Top Clients in Your Industry Which Can Ultimately Result in You Sitting on the Top of Your Career Ladder.

Lew Arend presents How to Manage People That are in a Different Generation

Rachel Breen Everaard presents The Future of Work Now addressing how employers can respond to the complexity of these workforce dynamics in an increasingly changing environment.

HUB presents (1) the current status of the ACA repeal/replace process, (2) proposed (or enacted) changes, (3) what the changes mean for employers, and (4) next steps

Conference Chair Myrtle Jones, Halliburton

Conference Chair Honoree Emma Cochrane, ExxonMobil Corporation    

Generously Sponsored By


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