Welcome to the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
Houston on Board
Houston On Board is the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s resource for corporations to identify successful women to serve on corporate and private boards. Houston On Board is a resource for shareowners, company nominating committees and executive search firms seeking skilled individuals who can bring a fresh perspective to a board room, advance a company’s business strategy and help investors achieve long‐term, risk‐adjusted returns. Houston On Board also recognizes corporations that support and advance successful women executives.
Co‐Chairs: Whitney Whitmire, AT&T; Elizabeth Brock, CenterPoint Energy; Toni Lawrence, Community Leader
Our Governmental Affairs Committee is a proactive voice on key business issues and legislation specific to women. The committee helps educate women on how to serve our community in the public/political arena and encourages women to run for public and private boards. Women are the largest economic force in America, and as this election year proved – a voting force as well. Women compose the majority of the voting bloc in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties.
Women’s Health Network of the Texas Medical Center
Co‐Chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Travis M.D. Anderson; Kathryn Peek, Women’s Health Network
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. We welcome healthcare executives, providers, researchers, educators, administrators, and community leaders who are dedicated in improving the health of women and girls in Texas.
Co‐Chairs: Diana Pino, Consultant; Joyce Jones, Direct Energy
Our “adopted” school districts are Aldine, Conroe, Fort Bend, Houston, Spring, and Spring Branch School Districts. Education remains our most important initiative for women and girls of all ages. We provide two scholarships for graduating female students from each of these districts to attend the Texas College of their choice. Our Education Committee hosts job‐shadowing events placing female high‐school students with business entrepreneurs and executives in a “hands‐on” business shadowing program. We also provide workshops and events for women of all ages to enhance their leadership skills.
Smart Start for Women Entrepreneurs
The GHWCC Smart Start Program partners with financial institutions, investors and the community to provide
opportunities to women entrepreneurs for business when conventional financing is not available for them. GHWCC provides training, support and micro‐loans to women entrepreneurs to increase their ability to be successful business women by strengthening their business skills, increasing their incomes, thus, contributing to the economic growth of our community and creating jobs.
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, and Spring Branch School Districts. We have graduated over 600 girls from the program since its inception.
Co‐Chairs: Rosanna Moreno, McMains Moreno Global Consultants; Ariana Smetana, artVIA
Introduce traditions and customs of other countries to our membership and embrace the International community to build business relationship opportunities. We host international trade missions to encourage economic development with women, and to encourage business leaders in other countries to establish a women’s chamber of commerce. This year, we successfully influenced London and Mexico City to establish women’s chambers of commerce or council, and will be going to Barcelona in the fall of 2015.
Co‐Chairs: Carole Flad, FladGroup Commercial Insurance; Shawntell McWilliams, Professor Lone Star College
The committee welcomes and recruits new members, and helps with retention efforts for the Chamber. We now have over 800 member businesses, making the Chamber the fastest growing Women’s Chamber in America. The committee also plans our Live After Five networking events.
SPARK, Igniting Young Leaders
Co-Chairs: Sameika Goodwin, CenterPoint Energy; Shay Bolton, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
To ignite our future generation of women through educational and relationship building events to broaden personal perspectives and business knowledge, thereby opening the door to leadership roles in the community.
Fort Bend County Chapter
The GHWCC Fort Bend County Chapter hosts B2B networking events and workshops to support businesswomen in Fort Bend County, providing another opportunity for women in the Fort Bend area to build valuable business relationships, enhance their leadership skills and be a positive influence on the next generation of women.
North Houston Woodlands Chapter
The North Houston Woodlands Chapter hosts B2B networking events and workshops to support businesswomen in North Houston and the Woodlands area, providing another opportunity for women in the North Houston area to build valuable business relationships, enhance their leadership skills and be a positive influence on the next generation of women.
3201 Kirby Dr., Suite 400
Houston, TX 77098