Committee Programs



Chairs: Janet Jones, Janet Jones & Co, Bery Crispin, A Sacred Choice, Allison McFarlane, Allison McFarlane, Inc. 

Welcome and recruit new members, collaborate on member engagement efforts, and serve as greeters at GHWCC events.

The Chambers’ Ambassador Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of each month.

Education Committee


Co‐Chairs: Joyce Jones, Community Volunteer; Diana Pino, PhD, Capstone Higher Ed Services; Brandee Rogers, Hines

GHWCC partners with six school districts to award two scholarships per district to deserving female graduating seniors. The Love What You Do program provides opportunities for female high school and college students for a hands-on job shadowing program. The program also provides one on one mentorship for the college students.

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 1,800 girls from the program since its inception.

The Chamber’s Education Committee offers college junior and senior girls an opportunity to shadow professionals in their chosen field in a program called “Love What You Do.” During this exciting day female students shadow a professional in a career related to their 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.

The Chambers’ Education Committee meets every 3rd Thursday of each month via Zoom.

Governmental Affairs Committee


Co-Chairs: Rhonda Arnold, Houston Airports; Stephanie Loving, COMCAST

The proactive voice on key business issues and legislation affecting women. The committee hosts Elected Officials receptions, authors a legislative agenda and hosts an Austin Delegation during session. The committee also encourages women to run for public office.

HR Roundtable


Chair: Brenda James, Brenda James & Co

Human Resources (HR) professionals gather to discuss challenges and opportunities in the industry and invite experts to facilitate discussion on key topics.

International Committee


Chair: Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, Lone Star College Systems Co-Chair: Rhonda Arnold, Houston Airports

Embraces the international community to build business opportunities & provide education on culture and traditions. The committee hosts global economic development delegations to encourage leaders to start women’s chambers/organizations in their respective countries.

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Rising Stars: Co-Chairs: Abby Alford, CBRE; Megan Avery, Stewart Title; Allison McFarlane, Allison McFarlane, Inc. ; Alexis Smith, Next Level Medical;

Elevating Powerful mid-level women leaders to greatness.

Nominate a Woman for the Rising Stars Advisory Board

The GHWCC Rising Stars Advisory Board is dedicated to elevating powerful mid-level women to excellence in their careers through business development opportunities, leadership training, and relationship building events. Please submit a nomination for a woman leader who fits the following criteria:

  • 5Based in the greater Houston metropolitan area
  • 5Is currently in, or has the potential to move into a senior leadership role at her company
  • 5Actively serves in our community through other non-profit organizations

Criteria for selection includes career achievements, contributions to company, community involvement and leadership. Selection decisions are made on a rolling basis. 

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Facilitator: Bambi McCullough, Chrysalis Partners

Houston’s top female executives participate in this year-long leadership program, hosted by-monthly with an overnight retreat. The program is facilitated by an executive coach, Bambi McCullough. The Institute provides the opportunity to develop your own peer-advisory board.

Women on Board By Invitation


Facilitator: Marie Guillot, ABACO International

A year-long institute provides the education, tools and valuable resources to prepare executives to become “Board Ready”. The Institute hosts 6 bi-monthly classes, including a weekend retreat. The Institute also provides an individual Hogan Assessment, measuring your cognitive abilities and
skills, as well as your problem-solving style.

Womens Health Network of the Texas Medical Center and Greater


Co‐Chairs: Heather Linton, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Jeanna Bramburg, The Women’s Hospital of Texas

The Women’s Health Network provides a regional network of healthcare professionals to advance women’s health and wellness through collaborations in education, sponsorship, research and advocacy. The Committee hosts events with speakers educating our members on health & wellness topics and authors articles for The Connection. The Committee partners with the GHWCC Conference for Women Committee to present the Kathryn Stream Award.



Co-Chair: Lauren Waddell, Waddell Law Firm, Samita Mehta, Conoco Phillips

The mission of the Committee is to bring the performing and visual arts (with an emphasis on the performing arts), and education about the business of the arts to under-served students in HISD schools. The Committee’s adopted school this year is the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA), a Title I school.

Council Description: The 100 Women Supporting the Arts Education Council is the Committee’s philanthropic arm, supporting the Committee’s initiatives. 

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GHWCC SBA Women’s Business Center

Executive Director – Shayla White Bowden

The GHWCC SBA Women’s Business Center (GHWCC SBA WBC) is an economic development center that prioritizes programs and services that empower small businesses to succeed. The GHWCC SBA WBC provides resources and tools for business owners to gain access to creating valuable business relationships, certification, contracts, education, and access to capital to ignite and fuel growth, thus building strong communities.

Committee Interest

Please note that committee participation is exclusive to GHWCC members. To join a committee, please ensure that you are a member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.