Powerful Women. Powerful Stories. Powerful Lessons.
Aimee is the founder of Black Sheep Agency, a cause – driven brand strategy firm located in Houston that works with companies who balance purpose with profit. Aimee holds a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin. Aimee works exclusively with non – profit, civic organizations, and for – profit companies that prioritize social responsibility. Black Sheep engages people with brand narratives to produce experiences worth sharing that ultimately change the way people think, interact with others and look at the world.
Owner and Curator at Thinking Girls Boutique/Studio, Alicia Araujo – Elatassi encourages communication and understanding between fathers and daughters. Her website Thinking Girls assists young daughters with support, information and direction. It includes tips, lessons,speeches and resources designed to assist the relationship between key family members to increase success in women’s academic and personal lives. Alicia holds Masters Degree in Educational Administration, Educational Leadership and Administration from The University of St. Thomas.
Leisa Holland-Nelson is Co-founder, President and CMO of ContentActive, where she is responsible for sales, marketing and human resources. She is also the author and voice of “Women Mean Busine$$”, a weekly segment focusing on extraordinary women, on The Businessmakers Show seen on-line and heard on 20 radio stations across the U.S.
Devi Brown is a music industry influencer with a mission. Whether on radio, television or podcasts, Devi connects with listeners through stories of struggle and success, and inspires them by sharing her passion for mindfulness and fulfillment. She has hosted shows on iHeartMedia, MTV and Sirius XM, and been a feature on several major media outlets. Off the air, she is CEO of Karma Bliss, a company dedicated to helping those seeking a deeper connection with themselves and their world. Devi is also certified by Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center in Primordial Sound Meditation, a time-tested meditation technique dating back thousands of years to the ancient Vedic traditions of India.
Cheryl, founder of CSBryan and an ICF certified coach, has more than thirty years of experience in assessing and advising high potential employees and teams, and coaching leaders for success. Cheryl was Managing Director in the Houston office of Boyden Global Executive Search, led the firm’s Human Resources Practice and was a member of the Industrial Practice. She conducted board and executive level searches for global corporations as well as start-ups and mid-cap companies in energy, healthcare, and manufacturing. Cheryl began her career in the corporate human resources function in energy and financial service.
Courtney is the CEO and founder of Momma Strong. Momma Strong is dedicated to revolutionizing how women choose to show up in the world through access to efficient and effective strengthening that matters. Courtney has background in Clinical Treatment and Preventative Care for a wide range of physical imbalances, injuries, weight loss, and recovery using core integration, myofascial release, active release, extension-based conditioning, and propioceptive retraining.
You can’t understand something unless you have experienced it, which is why Amber Slaughter is a successful and inspiring Life Architect. Amber is committed to training, motivating and guiding her clients towards shaping the life of their dreams and finding the foundation for growth. Amber holds a Master’s Certificate in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching from The University of Texas at Dallas and an International Coach Federation ACC certification. In her free time, Amber volunteers with The Junior League of Houston, actively participates as a board member and treasurer for DiscoverU, and sits on the board for One 2 One training.
A top plastic surgeon in Houston, Dr. Camille Cash describes work as “double satisfaction” when she sees her patients both looking better and feeling better about themselves. Camille earned her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. Even with a thriving private practice and an active family life, Dr. Cash finds time to devote to causes that are important to her. She is on the board of directors of the Sisters Network, Inc., a group that seeks to make reconstructive surgery more readily available to the underserved minority community.
Dandan Zhu is the CEO and founder of Dandan Global. As a top headhunter worldwide for analyst-level staff to chief executives, Dandan shares her secrets in the DANDAN Method to help you hack the recruitment process. Dandan holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Finance and Strategic Management from Babson College. Dandan has interviewed countless candidates, hiring managers, HR staff, C-suite leaders, and other interviewers on what makes or breaks your candidacy.
Jodi Skorupski is a personal stylist whose focus is to show that you don’t need a lot of clothes to look your best, you just need the right clothes. Jodi studied Fashion Design at WIZO College of Design.With a background in design and over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry, Jodi understands that your wardrobe needs to be stylish and practical, impressive and comfortable.
Cathy Nunnally, President and CEO of Nunnally & Company is one of Texas’ foremost leadership development experts, offering executive coaching, team and strategic facilitation. Her practice focuses on helping executives and their teams achieve leadership clarity, cohesion and competence so that they can better serve their organizations. Additionally, Cathy speaks frequently to corporate clients such as Exxon, Hines, KPMG, and Shell on leadership and personal effectiveness topics.
Kathie specializes in the oil & gas technology industry, with expertise in executive level searches for sales, operations, management and executive leadership. Kathie is an active participant in the emerging technology community in Houston. Kathie has been honored as an Entrepreneur of the Year by the Houston Technology Center in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. She was honored as the CEO of a FastTech 50 Company by the Houston Business Journal in 2005 & 2009. She has spoken at Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), The Women in Technology Institute (WITI), The Indus Entrepreneurs Forum (TiE), Texchange, MIT Forum Flagship, and the University of Houston Graduate School in Technology Management.
Mia is the CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards Services US. With 15 years business experience across several strategic roles in a range of companies, Mia brings significant in-depth senior management experience. She leads the strategic evolution and growth of the business and ADP Account; and has been responsible for developing strategic, profitable growth through marketing and sales processes. Mia has valuable insight to the management, communication and engagement of global teams with complex issues.
Judy has over 18 years of leadership development experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, with a specific focus on working with aspiring leaders of the millennial generation. Judy launched TakeRoot, which provides coaching and training to accelerate leadership and career growth in emerging professionals. Judy started her career at Deloitte Consulting as a change leadership practitioner. She has served as program director for Leadership Houston, a lead facilitator for LeaderShape, a national leadership institute, and she serves on the board of Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston. Based on her personal story of resilience and professional contributions, she was recognized as a 2016 honoree for World Refugee Day.
Kimberly Cutchall is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Accendo International, a human capital strategy firm that transforms leaders, teams, and organizations into elite performers. Kimberly is a dynamic, high-energy leader who has more than 20 years of executive experience. Her distinctive background provides a unique perspective that blends innovative thinking with a keen under-standing of the role human capital plays in business execution, accountability, and measurable results.
Miara has taken her extensive corporate experience and transitioned to professional speaker, coach and consultant who has made it her business to not only help you find your truth but also find the formula that allows you to live that truth with balance. She provides heartfelt motivation and solutions to barriers hindering clients from achieving their best professional and personal performance. Miara was named one of the elite to be included in Who’s Who in Black Houston 2013 and was the 2013 Programming Committee Co-Chair for the National Black MBA Association.
Evelyn Gellar is the Senior Vice President at Empire Wealth Strategies. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Fordham University. Evelyn’s successful 25 year career has been in leadership focused on attracting and developing advisors in the financial services industry. She specializes in helping advisors build strategic alliances and partner with CPA’s and P &C firms. She is highly active in her community and industry organizations. For 2016, Evelyn held presidency for the Women in Insurance and Financial Services.
Kaneisha Grayson is a writer, entrepreneur, speaker, on-air hostess and coach who lives in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She has an MBA and MPA from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Black Studies from Pomona College. She runs the admissions consulting firm The Art of Applying and provides relationship coaching to women at her site Kaneisha.com.
Lelia founded Gowland LLC on Equal Pay Day on the belief that women who work deserve equal access, not only to pay, but also to work and life opportunities. With over a decade experience in deep-rooted sociological and structural challenges that prevent women from succeeding, my vision, philosophy, and playful style shape Gowland LLC’s unique approach to making work work for women. With a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas, she has been trained to understand political, professional, and cultural systems and the way they affect women in the workplace.
Molly, President of Becks Primes, oversees the company’s 13 restaurants, and she has done everything from site selection to construction management to menu design. Molly holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont and joined the Becks Prime team in 2006 after receiving her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Besides being president of Becks Prime, she is the chapter chair of the educational nonprofit Breakthrough Houston, which works with disadvantaged middle schoolers, high schoolers and college-age students.
Jeri is the Lead Strategist, Owner, and Founder of One World Strategy Group after conquering leadership roles within the banking industry. As a strategist, public relations specialist and lobbyist, her tasks are all the more trying but she finds the work beyond rewarding. Jeri has provided strategic direction to political figures, non-profit organizations and start-up businesses at home and abroad, helping them to build awareness, public perception and ultimately increase their bottom line. This fearless leader is responsible for giving direction and implementing tailored plans for each unique client.
Karen has mentored and blazed the trail for other accounting marketing professionals in her more than 19 years in the industry, and has been recognized as one of Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People, a Marketer of the Year by the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM), and was inducted into the AAM Hall of Fame in 2009. She was named one of the 2011 Women on the Move by the Texas Executive Women and Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine. Her passion for corporate social responsibility began early in her career with her work on the Texas State Board of the American Heart Association, and continues to be an essential element of her leadership at PKF Texas.
Nancy Almodovar, a 25-year Houston resident, consistently provides clients world-class service. During her 12 years in the real estate industry, Nancy has built a reputation for professionalism, attention to detail, discretion and absolute devotion to client satisfaction. Nancy is a graduate of University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and is an active member of the Houston Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She also is a certified International Property Specialist.
Neha Gupta graduated from River Oaks Baptist, Episcopal High School and University of Texas at Austin. She also has an Economics, Policy Studies, and Managerial Studies degree and Leadership Rice certificate from Rice University. Neha has been tutoring for over 10 years, and loves working with students. She has built a great team of tutors together that are currently working with students around the Houston area. In addition, she has helped seniors get into many colleges, including the University of Texas Austin and many more across the US.
Rabia Ilahi, MA, LMFT, CART received her Master’s Degree from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, in Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Originally from Pakistan, Rabia moved with her family to the United States at the age of six. Having lived briefly in New Jersey, she and her family traveled south to Texas where she has lived ever since. Rabia graduated from the University of Houston, Main Campus, with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. After spending several years in the business world as a technical writer, marketing and corporate communication manager, she realized her true passion was being with people, learning about their lives, their thoughts, their relationships, and what made them unique yet with the same basic desires as herself and others.
Salman Solutions LLC is a full service business growth firm that advises executives and entrepreneurs, builds and betters companies, and raises capital. We provide customized consulting, coaching, speaking, and training services to individuals and organizations around the globe that are ready to take their businesses to the next level. Our founder, Samira Salman, combines her seasoned business expertise with a globally-influential network to build the right teams, and to prioritize projects and goals for each client, no matter how big or how small. We secure results by applying sound business analysis, infused with empathy and creativity.
Tene Thomas is a licensed CPA with more than 19 years of technical experience in tax compliance and accounting services. As Partner of the Tax and Accounting practice at McConnell & Jones LLP, Tene’ serves a myriad of industries including entertainment, professional services, health care, real estate, and investment advisory services. This diverse knowledge allows her to provide high quality and comprehensive services to clients. Tene serves the community through her involvement on the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas. She has also served as a weekly business contributor on CNN’s 650AM talk radio program “The Price of Business”, and has been called upon as an expert contributor in several articles for Accounting Today, a leading trade magazine.
Reda Hicks is an Army spouse, and 1/3 of a remote family stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas. While her husband Jake serves as a helicopter pilot at Ft. Riley, Reda lives with their four-year-old son Howie in Houston, Texas, where she has been a practicing attorney for nearly a decade. Currently, she is Senior Counsel, Energy Solutions for Panalpina, Inc., an international shipping and logistics company. Reda serves as Vice President of Social Media for the American Bar Association’s Section of Energy and Environment; she is also a member of the #GritProject Committee for the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Reda is a huge fan of Houston. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Houston, and as Debates and Forums Committee Chair for the League of Women Voters Houston, where she helps to educate voters about candidates in local elections.
Trisha is Executive Director at EMERGE. She has been an advocate for students from low-income communities her entire career. She moved to Houston from upstate New York in 2006 as a Teach For America corps member. She taught 5th grade math at Braeburn Elementary in Houston ISD for three years before stepping out of the classroom to join the district’s Human Capital Talent Acquisition team. During this time, she served as the head of teacher selection, responsible for creating and implementing the district’s first centralized teacher selection model in an effort to increase teacher quality across HISD. In 2012, Trisha joined YES Prep Public Schools as the head of Communications and Marketing. In this role, she worked closely with local and national media outlets, managed campus campaigns focused on recruiting prospective teachers, students, and donors to the organization, and played a pivotal role in supporting YES Prep’s growth into new communities across Houston. She joined the EMERGE team in 2015.
As the publicist and marketing director, she has launched Houston-based designer Chloe Dao into an international brand. Prior to that, she represented designers Monique Lhuillier, Stephen Dweck and Bradley Bayou to name a few at Michael Atchison & Associates and Randall Rutledge Public Relations in New York City. She simultaneously held the roles of sales representative and PR executive while managing both partner companies. With almost 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, Sydney has had her hand in many aspects of the business from wholesale to retail, design to runway, and trade shows to fashion shows.
This year, she launched her own public relations and consulting firm, Squid Inc. and is ready to share her experience and knowledge to help small businesses make their mark in the world.
Terri McCullough is the director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative led by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. No Ceilings is a Clinton Foundation initiative that brings together partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress girls and women have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and chart the path forward for full participation in political, civil, economic and cultural life for girls and women in the 21st century. Terri joined the Foundation from the Tory Burch Foundation, which works to support women entrepreneurs in the U.S. through small loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education. She previously served as chief of staff, advisor on women’s issues and in a number of other roles in the office of Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her non-profit experience includes positions at NARAL Pro-Choice America, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning), and Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. She has a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, and son.
Sara Speer Selber is the Founder of The Project Management Team, aconsulting firm specializing in the design, development and or management of socially responsible initiatives and or businesses. They also offer speaking, various trainings and executive coaching services.