Powerful Women. Powerful Stories. Powerful Lessons.
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.
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.
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.