Welcome to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Houston on Board
Chair: Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific Railroad
Houston on Board exists to encourage corporations to recruit qualified women to serve on corporate boards, and to help educate women on becoming “board ready.” It is a resource for share-owners, company nominating committees and executive search firms seeking skilled individuals who can bring a fresh perspective to a board room and advance a company’s business.
Chair: Whitney Whitmire, Whitmire Consulting, LLC
Our Governmental Affairs Committee is a proactive voice on key business issues and legislation specific to women. The committee works with local partners to help educate women on how to serve our community in the public and political arenas and encourages women to run for public office. Women compose the majority of the voting bloc in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties, so we have a strong voice. The Committee hosts candidate debates, luncheons and receptions to educate members on business issues and get to know their candidates.
Chair: Brenda James, Clayton Services
The HR Roundtable Committee collaborates with other organizations to provide Human Resource (HR) professionals valuable resources. HR professionals who gather to discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding employee recruiting, retention, development, and policy and regulatory aspects of this key organizational function. Attendance is limited to top professionals leading their human resources department, with special guest invitations extended to attorneys specializing in employment law.
Chair: Juliet Breeze, MD, Next Level Urgent Care
LAUNCH is the catalyst that enables women entrepreneurs to LIFTOFF their business to the next level. LAUNCH empowers women led organizations by providing the resources and tools needed to grow their business and establish valuable business relationships. The committee hosts an annual pitch competition, LIFTOFF, monthly educational workshops, and quarterly receptions/luncheons with distinguished informative speakers/panelists. The Committee powers Golden Seeds Angel Network Houston and hosts monthly Office Hours.
Co-Chairs: Sally Ramsay, Pierpont Communications; Matt Ross, Ventures Marketing Group; Shawntell McWilliams, Infinity Cleaning Solutions, SM Global Consulting
The Marketing/Influencers Committee’s main initiative is to increase the visibility of the GHWCC’s program of work, including social media platforms. The Committee also highlights the leadership roles and contributions women make to our business community. The Chamber is the business voice for women.
Women’s Health Network of the Texas Medical Center
Co‐Chairs: Eugenie Kleinerman, M.D., UT MD Anderson Cancer Center; Beth Young, Colliers International
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. The Committee hosts luncheons and receptions with speakers educating our members on health & wellness issues.
Co‐Chairs: Diana Pino, Ph.D., President, Capstone HigherEd Services; Joyce Jones, Direct Energy
Education remains our most important initiative for women and girls of all ages. Our partner school districts are Aldine, Conroe, Fort Bend, Goose Creek, Houston, Spring, and Spring Branch. We provide two scholarships for graduating female students from each of these districts to attend a Texas college or university of their choice. 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. We have graduated over 1,500 girls from the program since its inception. The Committee facilitates our Love What You Do Job Shadowing: During this exciting day, students shadow a professional in a career related to her field of study and network with women who have expertise, advice and unique insights to share. This is an opportunity for students to learn from leaders in business and experience a day in the real life of a working woman.
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,Goose Creek and Spring Branch school districts. We have graduated over 1,500 girls from the program since its inception.
Thought Leaders Institute (By Invitation)
The Thought Leaders Institute provides a professional forum for provocative and confidential discussions. The Institute provides opportunities for personal and professional development while providing a personal advisory board. How many times have you wished for an advisory board of interesting peers who are there to help with answers? Imagine having a group of such women — women you can count on for their shared experience, success, and clarity. Thought Leader participation is by invitation.
Chair: Janette Marx, Airswift; Ariana Smetana, artVIA
The International Committee introduces traditions and customs of other countries to our membership. We host international economic development trade missions to encourage business leaders in other countries to establish a women’s chamber of commerce in their respective cities. We successfully completed economic development trips to Aberdeen/London, Mexico City, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris & Nice. The Committee host forums to celebrate diversity by highlighting cultures and traditions of different nationalities.
Chair: Tanaz Choudhury, TanChes Global Management
The Technology Committee serves as a resource, facilitator and thought leader to address a broad range of information technology-related opportunities and issues of interest to GHWCC members. The Technology Committee hosts events that feature expert speakers on technology subjects. The Committee provides educational events to encourage the next generation of female leaders to develop the technology skills necessary to reach their career goals.
Chair: Leisa Holland-Nelson, Astoundz
The Growth Committee recruits members/member companies from the mid-market to enterprise level businesses and encourages current members to increase their level of support for the Chamber.
Chair: Cherrie Thompson, Made in the Shade Blinds & Floors
The Ambassador Committee welcomes and engages new & existing members and serves as volunteers at GHWCC events. Ambassadors are our key volunteers in making all of our events welcoming, from intimate regional chapter luncheons to large galas and conferences.
Our regional chapters host content-rich luncheons, providing opportunities for women to build valuable business relationships, professional development and enhance their leadership skills.
Fort Bend Sugar Land Chapter
Chair: Irene Helsinger, Newport Board Group
Woodland North Houston Chapter
Co-Chairs: Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific Railroad; Sallie Rainer, Entergy Texas; Robin Fielder, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Energy Corridor/Katy Area Chapter
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Briscoe, The Hiring Source; Maria Martinez, Murphy Oil; Rachael Tobor, Morgan Stanley
3201 Kirby Dr., Suite #400
Houston, TX 77098