Welcome to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Houston on Board
Houston On Board is the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s resource for corporations to identify successful women to serve on corporate and private boards. Houston On Board is a resource for shareowners, company nominating committees and executive search firms seeking skilled individuals who can bring a fresh perspective to a board room, advance a company’s business strategy and help investors achieve long‐term, risk‐adjusted returns. Houston On Board also recognizes corporations that support and advance successful women executives.
Co‐Chairs: Whitney Whitmire, AT&T; Elizabeth Brock, CenterPoint Energy; Toni Lawrence, Community Leader
Our Governmental Affairs Committee is a proactive voice on key business issues and legislation specific to women. The committee helps educate women on how to serve our community in the public/political arena and encourages women to run for public and private boards. Women are the largest economic force in America, and as this election year proved – a voting force as well. Women compose the majority of the voting bloc in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties.
Chair: Brenda James, Clayton Services
Human Resources (HR) professionals gather to discuss challengers and opportunities in the industry, and invite experts to facilitate discussion on key topics. Exclusively for HR personnel.
IGNITE Healthcare Network (By Invitation)
Chair: Ayse McCracken, eNNOVATE Health Ventures
IGNITE’S mission to serve as a platform engaging dynamic executive women to build relationships, generate provocative ideas, thoughts, and solutions to impact the future of healthcare. Invitation Only.
Co-Chairs: Sally Ramsay, Pierpont Communications and Matt Ross, Ventures Marketing
The Marketing Committee collaborates to increase the visibility of GHWCC and to educate the community about leadership roles and contributions women make in business.
Women’s Health Network of the Texas Medical Center
Co‐Chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Travis M.D. Anderson; Kathryn Peek, Women’s Health Network
The Women’s Health Network provides a regional network for health professionals interested in advancing women’s health through collaborations in education, research, and advocacy. We welcome healthcare executives, providers, researchers, educators, administrators, and community leaders who are dedicated in improving the health of women and girls in Texas.
Co‐Chairs: Diana Pino, Ph.D., President, Capstone HigherEd Services; Joyce Jones, Direct Energy
Our “adopted” school districts are Aldine, Conroe, Fort Bend, Houston, Spring, and Spring Branch School Districts. Education remains our most important initiative for women and girls of all ages. We provide two scholarships for graduating female students from each of these districts to attend the Texas College of their choice. Our Education Committee hosts job‐shadowing events placing female high‐school students with business entrepreneurs and executives in a “hands‐on” business shadowing program. We also provide workshops and events for women of all ages to enhance their leadership skills.
Female student must graduate from Aldine, Conroe, Fort Bend, Houston, Spring, or Spring Branch School District in Spring 2018. Two (2) $800 scholarships will be awarded to qualified 2018 graduating seniors in each school district. Grads must attend a Texas college. Please complete the attached application and send official transcript for consideration.
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The GHWCC Entrepreneur Accelerator Program partners with financial institutions, investors and the community to provide
opportunities to women entrepreneurs for business when conventional financing is not available for them. GHWCC provides training, support and micro‐loans to women entrepreneurs to increase their ability to be successful business women by strengthening their business skills, increasing their incomes, thus, contributing to the economic growth of our community and creating jobs.
STEAM Town, USA (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math)
Our STEAM Town USA program is an after‐school program that seeks to increase exposure of third grade girls to
STEAM concepts, improve grades and graduation rates, and encourage girls to pursue STEAM careers. The program serves Conroe, Houston, and Spring Branch School Districts. We have graduated over 600 girls from the program since its inception.
Thought Leaders Institute (By Invitation)
Houston’s top female executives participate in this year-long leadership program. The program is facilitated by an executive coach, and helps you create your own peer-advisory board. Invitation only.
Co‐Chairs: Rosanna Moreno, McMains Moreno Global Consultants; Ariana Smetana, artVIA
Introduce traditions and customs of other countries to our membership and embrace the International community to build business relationship opportunities. We host international trade missions to encourage economic development with women, and to encourage business leaders in other countries to establish a women’s chamber of commerce. This year, we successfully influenced London and Mexico City to establish women’s chambers of commerce or council, and will be going to Barcelona in the fall of 2015.
Co‐Chairs: Carole Flad, FladGroup Commercial Insurance; Shawntell McWilliams, Professor Lone Star College
The committee welcomes and recruits new members, and helps with retention efforts for the Chamber. We now have over 800 member businesses, making the Chamber the fastest growing Women’s Chamber in America. The committee also plans our Live After Five networking events.
Co-Chairs: Shawntell McWilliams, Infinity Cleaning Solutions & Melinda Little, COMCAST
The Influencers Committee is to engage and create Influencers to increase the visibility of GHWCC and its members on social platforms.
Co-Chairs: Tanaz Choudhury, TanChes Global Management and Sharleen Walkoviak, Covenant Technology Services
The Technology Committee educates businesses on the latest technology, tools, and software.
Fort Bend County Chapter
The GHWCC Fort Bend County Chapter hosts B2B networking events and workshops to support businesswomen in Fort Bend County, providing another opportunity for women in the Fort Bend area to build valuable business relationships, enhance their leadership skills and be a positive influence on the next generation of women.
North Houston Woodlands Chapter
The North Houston Woodlands Chapter hosts B2B networking events and workshops to support businesswomen in North Houston and the Woodlands area, providing another opportunity for women in the North Houston area to build valuable business relationships, enhance their leadership skills and be a positive influence on the next generation of women.
3201 Kirby Dr., Suite 400
Houston, TX 77098