Our Mission

Our mission is to advance and empower women through leadership, education, advocacy and mentoring.

Company Overview

The Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization of highly influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through avenues of leadership, education, advocacy, and mentoring.


Upcoming Events

Developing your business plan workshop

GHWCC logo
1st Floor Community Room
3015 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$15, lunch included
Register here

Scott Actkinson
Co-founder and Managing Director of Statesman's Lender Services Group

New business owner? Do you want to develop your business plan but don't know where to start? Join us for our workshop featuring Scott Actkinson, co-founder and Managing Director of Statesman's Lender Services Group. Scott is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on government guaranteed loan structuring and packaging in the country.

HR Round Table

Smith & Wollensky's
4007 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Register here

Scott Actkinson
Co-founder and Managing Director of Statesman's Lender Services Group

Are you a Human Resource professional looking to improve job performance, productivity and energy in the work place? Forbes reports that 85% of US companies believe their current performance systems are only "moderately effective".

Join our HR Round Table committee as we welcome our guest speaker, Roger Ferguson. Roger Ferguson is an Author, Trainer, Speaker, Consultant, and Creator of Big Five Performance Management™. Ferguson's innovative process focuses on performance appraisals and how it can change the annual performance assessment process, increase managerial productivity and improve quality of coaching in the workplace.

GHWCC & NACD Joint Luncheon

Royal Sonesta Hotel
2222 W Loop S Fwy
Houston , TX 77027
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Fee: $50/members, $65/non-members
RSVP Register here

Charting My Course through the C-Suite to a Board Seat
Join us for a candid conversation with women executives who have successfully navigated through their corporate career to leadership positions and into the boardroom.


Jill Griffin - Moderator
Director – Luby's Inc., Luby's/Fuddruckers, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, Griffin Group

Linda Zarda Cook

Managing Director, EIG Global Energy Partners and CEO, Harbour Energy

Director – The Boeing Co., KBR, Inc.

Lori Gobillot

Partner, InVista Advisors, LLC

Director, Bristow Group, Inc. (NYSE: BRS); Advisor, GetGoing, Inc.
(Former executive with United Airlines, Continental, Trammell Crow Co., Vinson & Elkins, and Accenture)

Beryl Raff

Chairman & CEO, Helzberg Diamonds

Director: Helzberg Diamonds, Group 1 Automotive, Helen of Troy, Jo-Ann Stores, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dallas Summer Musicals, NACD Heartland Chapter

Sponsorship Levels
Premier Program Sponsor: $1500
Table Sponsor: $750

Become a Sponsor!
Sponsor form

Premier Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:
City of Houston Office of Business of Opportunity
ContentActive, LLC
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Lockton Companies
Russell Reynolds Associates
RBC Wealth Management

In collaboration with National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)


2014 greater Houston women's hall of fame

Westin Galleria
5060 W. Alabama St.
Houston, TX

Join us in honoring this group of outstanding women
at our 2014 Hall of Fame Gala
Minette Bickel Boesel
Melanie Gray
Dr. Lucy J. Puryear
Cheryl Creuzot
Dr. Ritsuko Komaki

Lauren Rottet
Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
Christine B. LaFollette

Cindy Taylor

Jan Duncan
Robin King Mueck
Merele Yarborough

Samina Farid, Merrick;
Denise Castillo Rhodes, Texas Medical Center

2014 Breakthrough Women Announced

Congratulations to our 2014 Breakthrough Women! These dynamic women are being honored for being trailblazers in their industries and in our community. This class is truly representative of the definition of Breakthrough in many ways...we salute these visionaries who took risks and embraced change...paving the way for the dreams of new generations of women.

Rhonda Arnold
Director of Community Relations
Houston Airport System
Elizabeth Killinger
NRG Texas Retail and Reliant, an NRG Co.

Beverley Babcock
Vice President, Corporate Financial Services

Maria Rios
President & CEO
Nation Waste

Kim Bates

Vice President - Asia Pacific/Middle East
ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Alicia Smith

President & CEO
Innovative Legal Solutions

Emma Cochrane
Vice President - Asia Pacific/Africa
ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company

Dr. Mary Ann Wilkins
Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer
Stewart Title

Janet Coy
Vice President, Natural Gas Marketing
Enbridge, Inc.

Carlecia Wright
Office of Business Opportunities
City of Houston
Pamela Wright

Wright Pawn & Jewelry Co.

Univision "biz" segment interviews cindy garza Roberts, GHWCC chair of the board

Cyndy Garza Roberts discusses her story, tips for success and involvement in the community on the Univision Houston "Biz" segment.


Suzan Deison, Chamber President, and Leisa Holland-Nelson, former Chair of the Board, discuss the Chamber's role in the community with Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston.
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