Our Mission

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

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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

Knowledge and Prevention:
Intimate Discussion & Medical Updates on Breast Care

GHWCC logo
1st Floor Community Room
3015 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$15, lunch included
Register here

Health and Wellness Committee presents:
Knowledge & Prevention: Intimate Discussion & Medical Updates on Breast Care
An exclusive conversation with leading physicians in research, prevention, testing, diagnosis, and treatment of Breast Cancer.
Bring a friend, a co-worker, or share with someone you care about. You wouldn't want to miss this discussion.
Special Guest Panelists:
Therese Bevers, M.D.,F.A.A.F.P
Medical Director of the Cancer Prevention Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Judith Munoz, M.D., F.A.A.F.P

Department Chair of the Breast Diagnostic Center
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Zalla Otten, LMT, CYT
Owner and Massage Therapist specializing
in therapeutic breast massage
Zalla Massage

Shawntell McWilliams
Co-Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee

Sign up for a chance to win!
Attendees will be entered to win a free 80 minute custom massage session with complimentary hot stone therapy, hot towel treatment and aroma therapy.
Sponsored by Zalla Massage

Live AFter Five

Etoile Cuisne et Bar
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Register here

Join us for french cuisine, wine, and networking with
Etoile and BASIQUES.

Celebrate the French lifestyle with food and fashion.
Chef Philippe Verpiand and designer Sheri Falk share the same vision, that French culture can and should be celebrated everyday, not just special occasions.

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 Your Course 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
Sponsorship 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
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
6:30 PM Reception - 8:00 PM Dinner & Program
Register here

Join us in honoring this group of outstanding women
at our 2014 Hall of Fame Gala

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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