Get Involved

We believe you will get the most of your membership by getting involved on a committee to form lasting business relationships while giving back to the community. To learn how you can get involved, please email the Chamber at

40 Under 40

Co‐Chairs: Abby Alford, CBRE; Alexis Breeze, Next Level Urgent Care; Ilene Eckert, Stewart Title

Elevating Powerful mid-level women leaders to greatness. Click here to nominate a woman for the 40 under 40 Advisory Board. 


Co‐Chairs: Janet Jones, Clayton Services; Cherrie Thompson, Made in the Shade Blinds & Floors; Shayla White, IBC

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

Deal Makers

Chair: April Bailey, Amegy Bank

Provides education and networking opportunities for women in sales to enhance their personal and professional development and leadership skills.

Education Committee

Co‐Chairs: Diana Pino, Ph.D., President, Capstone HigherEd Services; Joyce Jones, Direct Energy

GHWCC partners with six school districts to award scholarships. The Love What You Do program places female high school and college students with businesses for a hands-on job shadowing program. STEAM Town, USA reveals STEAM concepts third grade girls in order to improve grades and graduation rates as well as encourage girls to pursue STEAM careers.


Co‐Chairs: Gabriela Gerhart, The Motherhood Center; Rebecca Block, American Leadership Forum

Influence companies to offer FlexWork opportunities; increase visibility of these arrangements and the positive effects on both employees and employers.

GHWCC 100 Women Driving Arts Education

Co-Chairs: Sandra Porter, Hines; Theresa Einhorn 

Encourages appreciation of the Arts through education and engagement for women and girls of all ages.

Governmental Affairs Committee

Chair: Whitney Whitmire, Whitmire Consulting, LLC

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.

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

Meets Quarterly       Co-Chairs: Janette Marx, Airswift; Ariana Smetana, artVIA

Embraces the international community to build business opportunities & provide education on culture and traditions.  The committee hosts economic development delegations with other countries around the world.


Biannual Meetings        Co-Chairs: Mila Golovine, MasterWord Services, Inc., Chantell Preston; Facilities Management Group

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 LAUNCH Institute hosts monthly educational workshops led by respected industry leaders.

Love What You Do

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce is passionate about educating young women and exposing them to professional growth opportunities. 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.

Marketing Committee

Meets every 1st Wednesday at 4:00pm             

Chair: Matt Ross, Ventures Marketing Group

Collaborates to increase the visibility of the GHWCC’s program of work and to educate the community about the leadership roles and contributions women make in business.

STEAM Town USA (Science 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 1,800 girls from the program since its inception.

Thought Leaders Institute (by invitation)

Facilitator: Bambi McCullough, Chrysalis Partners

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.

Women on Board

 Co-Chairs: Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific Railroad; Marie Guillot, Laura Preng, Preng & Associates
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.

If you would like to be considered to serve on a corporate or private board and be included in our initiative, Women On Board, please complete our Women On Board Matrix.

Women’s Health Network of the Texas Medical Center Committee

Co-Chairs: Genie Kleinerman, MD, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

The WHN provides a regional network for health professionals interested in advancing women’s health through collaborations in education, research and advocacy.  Monthly articles are published by WHN on the GHWCC blog

Regional Outreach

Our regional chapters host content-rich luncheons, providing opportunities for women to build valuable business relationships, professional development and enhance their leadership skills.

Energy Corridor/Katy Chapter
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Briscoe, The Hiring Source; Maria Martinez, Murphy Oil

Fort Bend Sugar Land Chapter
Co-Chairs: Chair: Irene Helsinger, NewportLLC, Mary Ryder, Cadence Bank

Woodland North Houston Chapter
Co-Chairs: Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific Railroad; Sallie Rainer, Entergy Texas; Robin Fielder; Brenda James, Staff Solve

Bay Area Chapter
Co-Chairs: Amanda Eaves, BKD; Ann Krieger, Morgan Stanley

Baytown Chapter
Co-Chairs: Heather Betancourth, Chevron Phillips Chemical; Halisha Balla ExxonMobil


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