Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned historian, has been reporting on politics and baseball for over three decades. Goodwin is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family and Franklin Roosevelt and for Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball. “She was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room. [read more]
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book “The Blind Side,” Leigh Anne Tuohy is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Tuohy attended Briarcrest Christian School and went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Tuohy inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community, and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person–and the Tuohys as a family. [read more]
After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a coveted clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, Glenda Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and as manager of public relations, supervising global crisis management and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States. In fact, her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.” [read more]
Author, political analyst and former advisor to President George W. Bush, Leslie Sanchez is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape inside and outside Washington, DC. A columnist and commentator, Sachez was part of CNN’s award-winning 2008 election coverage. For her work, Hispanic Business magazine named her one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics.” Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a premium communications and market research firm, which specializes in defining social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community. Sanchez is also a regular contributor to CNN’s AC360 blog and author of the critically acclaimed book “Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other” (Palgrave Macmillan, August 2007), which debunks the cultural and political myths about Hispanics and Republicans alike. [read more]
Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, is a serial entrepreneur and who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com, the world’s leading wedding site. She’s been recognized for her entrepreneurial accomplishments and her passion in such national outlets as Oprah, Inc. magazine (Stella & Dot was named one of the fastest growing private companies this year), Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, InStyle, Glamour magazine and more. She earned a degree in economics from Stanford University and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Herrin lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family. She’s an avid runner, and her other favorite hobby is whatever is at the top of the list for her two young daughters.
Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc is the medical director of Texas Children’s Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Simulation Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, division of neonatology. Dr. Arnold has been involved in simulation education for the last five years. She was a NIH postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine in 2006 and 2007. She has been funded for her simulation educational research through the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine. Prior to coming to Texas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Arnold completed a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of a simulation-based training program on pediatric resident neonatal intubation success and competency. She received the Ray E. Helfer Award for innovation in medical education from the Academic Pediatric Association for her study, a prospective randomized controlled trial of the effect of a high fidelity simulation curriculum on pediatric resident competency in clinical management of the neonatal airway. In addition to her work in the medical field, Dr. Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein, are the stars of TLC’s reality show, “The Little Couple.”
Neissa Brown Springmann is founder and CEO of iGnite Your Life, a positive, inspirational and personal outdoor fitness business designed for women. As a result of Springmann’s passion to inspire, instruct and inform women to live healthy, happy and holistic lives, iGnite Your Life has experienced a near 300% growth since its inception four years ago. Springmann has more than 14 years of experience in the fitness industry. Prior to launching iGnite, she was co-founder and owner of a successful non-competitive gymnastics business through which she enthusiastically developed and enhanced students’ skills and self-esteem. She graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male debate team and became the first girl (with her partner) to win a state championship. She dropped out of Emerson College to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple of years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur, and in 1999 she founded Women For Hire. Now in its 11th year, the company hosts high caliber diversity career expos and conferences for entrepreneurs across the country. As workplace contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Johnson is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense career advice. Her fifth book, “Fired To Hired,” follows “Will Work From Home: Earn Cash Without the Commute,” which was both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. www.womenforhire.com
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Redia Anderson is founder and managing partner of Anderson People Strategies, LLC a human resources management consulting and executive coaching firm committed to talent optimization and leadership excellence. Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of diversity and inclusion, Anderson is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in human resources and diversity management. As a former chief diversity officer, Anderson worked with industry-leading organizations including Deloitte & Touche LLP, Equiva Services (joint venture between Shell, Texaco, and Saudi Aramco), Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Abbott Laboratories. She is a Certified Hudson Institute Executive Coach and a member of The International Coach Federation, the American Society of Training and Development, National Speakers Association, Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network and Society for Human Resource Management. Redia consults and holds certifications in Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs, The Birkman Method, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis and several other assessment instruments. Anderson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Incarnate Word University and her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Trinity University, both in San Antonio, Texas.
Amilya Antonetti turned a family crisis into a life-changing solution that launched Soapworks, one of the first household products for the “human and earth friendly” movement that consumers now embrace in waves. She serves as chairman and CEO of AMA Enterprises, a company that discovers, develops and delivers products that provide better choices for today’s consumers. A popular personality on television and radio, Antonetti has appeared on “Oprah,” as a regular guest on “The BIG Idea with Donny Deutsch,” “FOX Strategy Room,” “Fox ScoreBoard,” “Varney and Company,” “CBS This Morning,” “Extra” and countless international radio and television shows. Her latest book, “The Recipe: A Fable for Leaders and Teams,” shares the lessons that she learned along the way.
April Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She is the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, both in New York. She’s been in private practice in New York City for more than 30 years. “I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self” is Dr. Benson’s multidisciplinary approach to the problem of compulsive buying. Her recent book, “To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop,” offers a comprehensive program for stopping over shopping. Dr. Benson and her associates offer individual treatment and group coaching, both in person and on the telephone, and train therapists who want to learn to work with overshoppers. Stopping Overshopping, LLC maintains an active and informative website. She’s appeared widely in the media, most recently on the “PBS Nightly Business News,” “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” “CBS Evening News,” “The Bank of Mom and Dad,” “The Secret Lives of Women” and “My Strange Addiction.” www.shopaholicnomore.com
In 2001, after 20 years as an international style consultant, Gayla Bentley formed The Gayla Bentley Fashion Group. Utilizing her history and expertise, she’s played a leading role in the revolution for women and style in modern times. Through her company, Bentley designs timeless apparel and accessories with haute couture accents for women sizes 2 through 28. No stranger to the discrimination that women with curves experience in the world of fashion, Bentley aims to erase the shame associated with being “plus size” by using the term “modern size.” Being chosen “Woman Business Owner of the Year” by NAWBO’s Houston Chapter and “Houston’s Woman on the Move” as well as winning the “Make Mine A Million Business” awarded by Texas Governor Rick Perry, all prepared Bentley for her national television debut on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” winning over the venture capitalists. Gayla Bentley Houston-Paris Luxe Brand has thrived with Neiman Marcus and other upscale boutiques, and the new diffusion collection “Gayla by Gayla Bentley,” a luxury look at an affordable price, is now available at Palais Royal.
Alice Bisno is the senior vice president, public affairs, for the Automobile Club of Southern California and Auto Club Enterprises, the largest affiliate of the AAA motor clubs. The Auto Club offers a variety of products and services, including roadside assistance, travel and auto and homeowners insurance, to more than ten million AAA members in 20 states throughout the country, including Texas. Bisno has been with the Auto Club for more than 30 years, starting as an attorney in the corporate law division and working her way up to her present position. Bisno is currently responsible for all public affairs operations throughout the enterprise, including legislative and regulatory affairs, public policy development and advocacy, community and traffic safety programs and media relations. She serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Counsel and the Association of California Insurance Companies, and she represents the Auto Club on the national AAA Public Affairs Committee. She earned B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Kathy Broussard is CEO of the Houston Ground Angels. The Houston Ground Angels is a network of volunteers who donate their time to help provide free healthcare access to patients in need of transportation to their required healthcare facilities. Broussard has helped people in need of free air and ground transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes with the Ground Angels for more than 10 years.
Gigi Bryant started GMSA Management Services in 1993 to provide business development consulting through project management, community outreach and engagement and team building engagement. Her project management skills are strengthened by more than 17 years of information systems experience. Her firm manages projects for government, private industry, cities and townships throughout the U.S. Bryant serves her community through a number of organizations that address issues creating systematic changes for education, drug and alcohol abuse recovery and the foster system. She currently serves her community through the St. Edward’s University Advisory Board, Austin Community College Foundation Board, Assistance League of Austin, Department of Family Protective Services Council, Downtown Rotary Club of Austin, Mount Sinai Christian Academy Advisory Board, Douglas Club of Austin, Mount Sinai Women’s Ministry and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. She holds an M.B.A. in global leadership from The University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in computer science from St. Edward’s University in Austin.
/images/stories/2010_speakers/scott_burns.jpg”style=”margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;” align=”left”>Scott Burns has covered the changing world of personal finance and investments for almost 40 years. Today, he ranks as one of the five most widely read personal finance writers in the country. Burns began his career as a newspaper columnist at the Boston Herald in 1977, where he was also the financial editor. Nationally syndicated in 1981 and now distributed by Universal Press, the column appears in newspapers from Boston to Seattle. In 1985 he joined the staff of the Dallas Morning News, where his column quickly became one of the most widely read features in the paper. He left the Dallas Morning News in 2006 to become one of the founders of AssetBuilder and its chief investment strategist. Burns has written four books, the most recent of which are “The Coming Generational Storm” and “Spend ’til the End,” co-authored with Boston University economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff. Burns’ business experience includes working as a staffer for a major consulting company and as a director and audit chairman of a NASDAQ listed manufacturing company. Burns is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lauren Bush is the CEO, creative director and co-founder of FEED Projects LLC. She also serves as chairman of the board for the FEED Foundation. In 2004, Bush became an honorary spokesperson for the UN World Food Program (WFP). As such, she has traveled to eight countries around the world visiting WFP operations and helped start the Universities Fighting Hunger Campaign in the U.S. For many years, Bush was a fashion model, appearing on the cover of such publications as W, Australian Vogue, Glamour, Town and Country and Tatler. Her involvement in the fashion industry led to her interest in photography and fashion design, which she studied at Parsons in New York and Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design in London. Bush graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in anthropology and a certificate in photography. Born in Colorado, she was raised in Houston.
Danya Casey is the founder of Casey Concepts, an individual and business team brand strategy agency. As an endurance athlete with nine marathons under her belt, she understands that work is an endurance sport that can differentiate the contribution value of an employee who wants to delivers rock star results by becoming the “brand manager” of their career—creating a one-of-a-kind brand of profitable and fulfilling contributions to those they serve in and outside their organization. Casey works with executives translating the marathoner’s distinguished training mindset into the five critical steps for branding individual and team performance to create the kind of buzz organizations need to reach their goals. In her work with Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the world’s largest network of CEOs and presidents with 20,000 members in 100+ countries, she has launched 12 inaugural seminars. Her YPO client list includes the U.S. Navy SEALs, Nike, Yahoo! and Harley-Davidson.
Gracie Cavnar believes that you can do anything you put your mind to, and she’s spent a lifetime proving it. Over the course of 45 years, her professional life progressed from model, architect, PR wiz to journalist–one career leading seamlessly to another. Along the way, she raised children and millions of dollars for charities. In 1998, a story about vending machines in schools changed her life forever. She created the Recipe for Success Foundation (RFS) in 2005 to combat childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. In just five years RFS has worked with more than 12,000 children, has become the largest initiative of its kind in the country and has attracted attention from many activists, the White House and the national press. Her Seed-to-Plate Nutrition EducationTM program is in high demand, and RFS is preparing to launch it from coast to coast. Cavnar donates her time as CEO.
Katherine Center is the author of three novels about love and family: “The Bright Side of Disaster,” “Everyone Is Beautiful” and “Get Lucky,” and another publication is in the works. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. Center has also been featured in the anthology “Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond.” Varsity Pictures has optioned Center’s first novel, and Library Journal just called her new novel, “Get Lucky,” “another thoroughly enjoyable girlish romp.” Kirkus Reviews likens “Everyone Is Beautiful” to the 1950’s motherhood classic “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” BookPage listed Center as a “new writer to watch” and People magazine called her first novel “cleverly told and uncommonly appealing.”
Robin Curle is a well-known and highly successful business leader who has spent more than 30 years starting, growing and running companies. A technology veteran, she spent years managing and growing start-up and turn-around companies before becoming an award-winning entrepreneur in real estate, running three companies. She sits on a number of boards, including The Governor’s Business Council, the Texas Property and Casualty Guarantee Association and the Central Texas Angel Network Board, which she cofounded. Curle also teaches an innovative entrepreneurship course called TX$tart, sponsored by Texas State University, to experienced business women. Curle has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in the South” by Digital South, and has been featured in Forbes magazine and Success magazine. She also received the Profiles in Power award and the Ma Ferguson Women’s Business award.
Susan Davenport is the senior vice president of Global Technology Strategies for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Austin, Texas. During her ten years at the Chamber Davenport has been actively involved with general economic development duties for the greater Austin region, as well as strategy development and implementation for emerging industry sectors. Prior to joining the Chamber Davenport worked in both the medical and legal fields in the Houston and Austin areas. In addition to her current activities Davenport has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Resource Center and the Central Texas Chapter of the American Heart Association in Austin. She is also a past member of the Seton Forum of the Seton Family of Hospitals. Currently she is serving on the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. Davenport holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She also graduated with a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin – Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Irma Diaz-Gonzalez is the president and chief executive officer of Employment & Training Centers Inc. Diaz-Gonzalez is a walking resource of knowledge, having amassed an impressive 25 years of experience in the field of workforce development. She can boast of a multitude of accomplishments, not the least of which is being selected as chairman of the board of Houston’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest Hispanic chambers in the country. Diaz-Gonzalez was instrumental in establishing a project to help legal residents become U.S. citizens and increase voter participation in the Latino community. She is also passionate about parental involvement in public schools and raising funds to award scholarships to low-income Latinas. Diaz-Gonzales has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her dedication to the Latin American community. She attended the University of Coahuila in Saltillo, Mexico.
Lisa Dollinger is chief communications officer for Clear Channel Communications, Inc., a global media and entertainment company with leadership positions in radio, digital and outdoor advertising. Drawing on more than 18 years of experience in strategic communications and marketing, Dollinger provides executive leadership for the company’s communications initiatives, acting as chief communications strategist and spokesperson for company. She also works with executive management on litigation, public policy and financial communications. Dollinger has been ranked in Radio Ink Magazine’s annual ranking of “Most Influential Women in Radio” six years in a row. She is a national board member of American Women in Radio and Television/Alliance for Women in Media and has been a national judge for AWRT’s Gracie Allen Awards. She also serves on the advisory councils for numerous educational institutions, and on boards for the Library of American Broadcasting, Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center, the National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter and the San Antonio River Foundation’s Riverwalk Expansion and Development project. Dollinger graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, with a B.S. in organizational communication.
Maria Elena Duron is a pioneer in word-of-mouth marketing. She founded and moderates one of the top 10 Twitter chats in the world and is editor-in-chief of the number one GenY-focused career development blog in the U.S. Duron authored the social marketing course used by the Texas Association of Realtors and provides expert webinars to the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She leads buzz2bucks, a word of mouth marketing firm that has received statewide recognition for their programs. She’s been published numerous times in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, Alaska Air Lines Magazine and appears on CBS-7 every Thursday morning with personal and business marketing tips. Her most important role to date has been mother three, which lead her to create “There’s No Time to Lose” workshops. These workshops offer structure, support and advice on how time management is vital to success in today’s world.
LaTanya Flix has dedicated her career to improving the lives of the disadvantaged and underserved. She believes that financial knowledge is essential for a successful life and is passionately committed to helping women and girls actualize their faith and overcome their fears. Prior to joining The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston as executive director, she managed external relations for City Year San Antonio, a national service organization for youth ages 17 – 24. Over the last 14 years, she has worked as a founding director, consultant and senior manager for community development agencies and national nonprofits. Flix is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs and completed her summer institute at UC Berkeley. She holds an MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Valerie Freeman is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Imprimis Group, Inc., a leading supplier of staffing, recruiting, human resource and outsourcing services, which has been named the Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year by the Women’s Business Council of the Southwest. Imprimis operates under the brand names Imprimis Staffing, Bravo Technical Resources, Art Squad, Freeman+Leonard, Mature Personnel and Third Party Pay. Freeman received the Athena Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and the “Real Girls, Real Women” Award for the Girl Scouts of NE Texas. Freeman was also honored as one of the 25 most influential women in business by the Dallas Business Journal and received the National Association of Women Business Owners “National Business Owner of the Year,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s “Business Star.” Freeman is a founder and board member of two for-profit organizations, ANSERTEAM, LLC, a national staffing company, and the Texas Women Ventures Fund. Freeman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Houston, where she was honored as a distinguished alumnae.
Award-winning stylist Lisa Marie Garcia leads the Farouk Systems Show Division with intention to escalate the salon professional via dynamic shows and high caliber education. Her accolades include Educator of the Year, Color Artist of the Year and the Xenon Award. She has twice been a member of the Team of the Year. Her styles and creations have appeared in Salon News, Modern Salon, Haircolor & Design and Canadian Hairdresser magazines. A firm believer in education, Garcia is an American Board certified colorist and transcends her commitment and enthusiasm by directing and creating platform shows that educate and entertain worldwide audiences.
Throughout her careers as an educator and an entrepreneur, Kate Gardner has shared her passion for helping others discover the best in themselves. Gardner currently serves as the director of development for the SUCCESS Foundation. Over the last two years the SUCCESS Foundation has distributed 1.5 million copies of the SUCCESS for Teens program/books. Youth, ages 12-17 are embracing the inspirational message of eight powerful, life-changing principles that give “how-to hope” to kids around the world. As educators and youth-devoted adults from churches and nonprofits embrace and facilitate the SUCCESS for Teens program they, too, are inspired to discover more within themselves and the kids with whom they work.
Susan Getgood has been involved in online marketing since the early 90s and watched the web evolve from the first browsers to the interactive communities we participate in today. Since 2004, she has been helping organizations integrate social media into their marketing strategies in order to meet their customers online, build their brands and drive revenue. Prior to founding her consulting practice, Getgood held a variety of senior corporate marketing and management roles. Through her professional marketing blog, Marketing Roadmaps, she writes about marketing strategy and social media (getgood.com/roadmaps). She also writes a personal blog and a family travel blog. Getgood was named a fellow of the Society for New Communications Research in 2008 and speaks regularly at social media conferences like BlogHer, Mom 2.0 and New Comm Forum. She is also co-founder of the blog ethics and education initiative, Blog With Integrity (blogwithintegrity.com) and a contributing editor for BlogHer. Her first book, “Professional Blogging For Dummies” (Wiley), was published in July 2010. www.getgood.com
Empowering women has been a life-long passion for Dorothy Gibbons. Her career started in 1973 with HCA Bayshore Medical Center and in 1984, she teamed up with general surgeon, Dr. Dixie Melillo, creating Bayshore’s first Breast Imaging Center. In 1986, Mehilillo and Gobbons founded The Rose, a non-profit organization for breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Gibbons has led The Rose from its grassroots beginning to one of the most respected breast health organizations in Texas. Gibbons was called the “driving force” for creating the Greater Houston Area Breast Health Summit in 2005 which has since spawned a The Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, statewide initiative among breast healthcare providers and social service agencies to improve access to care for the uninsured. Gibbons is a published author, a public speaker, and a certified Yoga instructor. She currently serves as a board member for five State and local non-profit organizations. She holds a BA in communications.
Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 15 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in finance. She founded Down to Earth Finance, which offers individual sessions and seminars without selling any investments. She is the author of, “My Money Matters,” a boxed set with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks. Gichon has been widely quoted as an expert on money and women, including mentions in The New York Times, TODAY Show, Newsweek, Real Simple, NBC Weekend Today Show, Essence and more. She is a frequent speaker at Barnard College and Freelancers Union. Before starting her own company, Gichon was a securities research analyst at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities, and also worked for Institutional Investor. www.downtoearthfinance.com email www.mymoneykit.com.
Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano was a long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and former president and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). Recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le Figaro, USA Today further dubbed her “the high priestess of French lady wisdom.” Her books, “French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure,” “French Women for all Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure,” “Women, Work and The Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility” and “The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook” have all received international praise and acknowledgement. “French Women Don’t Get Fat” reached number one on The New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into 37 languages. A sought-after guest on radio and television in the USA and abroad, Guiliano has appeared on “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” “Dateline” and CNN and has also been profiled in dozens of publications. Guiliano was educated in Paris, where she studied French and English literature at the Sorbonne and languages at the Institut Superieur d’Interpretariat et de Traduction. Guiliano holds the French equivalent of a master’s degree in English and German.
Allen Haines has spent the last 20 years as CEO of several mid-size companies and has won awards for promoting and developing women leaders. He has advised numerous corporate executives, politicians and celebrities on their presentation, image and communication skills, including top executives at Sony, IMG, The Walt Disney Company, NBC Enterprises and 20th Century Television. Haines has produced over 400 branding and marketing campaigns for every major Hollywood movie studio and television network. From “Star Wars” to “Everybody Loves Raymond,” he has been involved in positioning some of the most successful entertainment productions of all time. As a director, Haines’ experience spans movie teaser/trailers, TV shows, commercials, documentaries and corporate presentations. He is proud to have directed a myriad of Hollywood luminaries including Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Cameron Diaz and Eva Longoria. In the political arena, he has directed interviews with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Tanya Hall is a seasoned media veteran, recognized in the fields of business development, distribution and publishing. In her current role, Hall drives Greenleaf’s business development efforts, working with authors to develop their publishing programs and developing strategic partnerships to grow Greenleaf’s reputation as a leading independent publisher. Prior to her current role, she built Greenleaf’s distribution organization, working directly with retailers and wholesalers to develop one of the fastest growing distribution businesses in the industry. Before joining the publishing industry, Hall worked as a television producer for Extra! and E! Cable Networks. Hall regularly speaks at various events, including the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Publishing University, AuthorSmart and the Publishing Business Expo.
Christine Hassler is a life coach with a counseling emphasis specializing in relationships, career and self-identity. She wrote the first guide book written exclusively for women, entitled “20 Something 20 Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction.” Her second book “20 Something Manifesto” is for all 20-somethings struggling to answer all of life’s tough questions. She has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, FOX, E!, Lifetime and PBS, speaking about life issues and “Expectation HangoversTM” — a phenomenon she identified and trademarked. As a professional speaker, Hassler speaks to thousands of twentysomethings each year about how to live a fulfilling life in the “real world.” Hassler is an expert on Gen Y and speaks to corporations around the country about bridging generational gaps in the workplace. She writes a weekly advice column for Gen Y on the Huffington Post. Her training is from the Communication Arts Company and she holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica. www.christinehassler.com
Terry Chase Hazell fell in love with technology entrepreneurship while she worked at a start-up biotech company at age 15 and has been an advocate and coach for start-up technology companies ever since. She founded two companies spinning out of the University of Maryland and led them through technology transfer, access to capital, and mergers and acquisitions. At the award-winning ACTiVATE program, she has coached women to start scalable ventures. Today, she is an entrepreneur in residence at both Texas State University, where she leads a women and minority incubation program called TX$tart, and at Springboard Enterprises, where she coaches women on accessing capital. She serves on several start-up company boards and advisory boards, is a member of the CenTex selection committee for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, and is an Entrepreneur Columnist for the Austin Business Journal.
Ginger Howard began her love for fashion and retail in high school in Waycross, Ga., at a family-owned department store. While in school, she worked in a boutique in Athens, Ga. and stayed on as manager following graduation. She soon left Athens and moved to Washington, D.C. where she managed an upscale women’s boutique, Frankie Welch. Howard ventured out on her own in 1993 by opening a Southern buying office, which quickly grew into a trunk show business that moved her to Atlanta, Ga. By 1996 she was traveling all over the Southeast selling beautiful clothes in homes. In March 2001, she opened Ginger Howard Selections. Howard has combined her love of fashion and politics by doing wardrobe consultations for politicians’ wives, numerous fashion shows, public speaking engagements and trunk shows. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in fashion merchandising in 1987.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc., which integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies. Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. Prior to joining NASA, she was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. Dr. Jemison’s international work includes a Cambodian refugee camp with the Flying Doctors of East Africa. She is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Science Hall of Fame. In “Find Where the Wind Goes,” she writes for teenagers about growing up on the south side of Chicago. Dr. Jemison earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and the requirements for an A.B. in African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University and her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University.
Marjorie R. Jenkins, M.D., is an internist who has focused her career on women’s health and gender-specific medicine for more than a decade. She is the founding executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health (LWBIWH) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Dr. Jenkins oversees the multi-campus, multidisciplinary institute across the 140,000 sq. miles of West Texas, providing women’s health research, professional education and community outreach. Since joining TTUHSC in 2001, she has developed a women’s health fellowship program, one of 22 such programs in the nation. She founded and continues her medical practice in the Center for Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine, which offers health care focused on the unique needs of women through gender-specific medicine. Dr. Jenkins has been published in multiple research manuscripts, medical textbooks, newspaper columns and has participated on the medical advisory board for Women’s Day magazine. She is a passionate speaker locally and nationally educating the public about women’s health. http://www.ttuhsc.edu/lwbiwh
Shama Kabani is president of The Marketing Zen Group, a full service online marketing firm that serves clients around the world. She has been dubbed the “master millennial of the universe” and “an online marketing shaman” by Fast Company, and she was named one of the “10 Most Influential and Powerful Women in Social Media.” Marketing Zen’s website has turned into a high traffic destination for people looking for advice on how to successfully market their businesses online. Kabani also hosts a popular web TV show on business and technology. In 2009, Business Week honored Kabani as one of the “Top 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs in North America.” Her first book, “The Zen of Social Media Marketing,” was released in April, 2010 and is the #1 seller in web marketing on Amazon. Kabani holds a master’s degree in organizational communication from The University of Texas at Austin. http://www.marketingzen.com/
Daniel Kellman, a naturopathic clinician at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern), is committed to helping patients fight cancer by strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself, and supporting the whole person. He has been in practice since 1998 and has worked in a variety of healthcare scenarios. Kellman’s experience includes the modalities of general naturopathic family practice, pain management, advanced immunology and integrative cancer care. He has also had many years of herbal, homeopathic, nutritional and pharmaceutical-prescribing experience. In addition, Kellman has lectured on a variety of health topics and has mentored naturopathic medical students. A staff naturopath at CTCA since 2006, Kellman works alongside oncologists, nutritionists, psychologists and his naturopathic colleagues as a vital part of the integrative medicine model. Kellman is an elected board member of the Oncology Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. He is also a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Society for Integrative Oncology. Kellman is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.
Damali Keith joined the Fox 26 family more than a decade ago and anchors Fox 26 News at 9 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Since making Houston home, Keith has been involved in countless community outreach programs. Some of the issues important to her are empowering women, combating domestic abuse and anything to do with protecting children and promoting strong families. She’s originally from Wayne, Michigan. Her journey as a journalist has taken her from Owensboro, Kentucky to Evansville, Indiana with a stop in Memphis, Tennessee before arriving at Fox 26 in Houston.
Laura Kilcrease is founder and managing director of Triton Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in spinout and early-stage technology companies. She has served as director on the boards (including audit and compensation committees) of portfolio companies Applied Science Fiction, Charitygift, Exterprise, Hart Intercivic and LNNi. From 1992 to 1997 she served as executive director of The University of Texas IC² Institute’s Center for Commercialization and Enterprise (C2E), where she co-developed and launched the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), as well as The Capital Network, and co-founded and launched the Austin Technology Council. An active member of the community, Kilcrease has given her time and expertise to a number of nonprofit boards. She has often been recognized for her outstanding achievements and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award, and UT’s McCombs School of Business Women in Business Leadership Conference Trailblazer Award. Kilcrease received her certification as a Chartered Management Accountant in the U.K. in 1980 and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992.
Dani Ticktin Koplik, principal of dtkResources, is a results-winning, certified executive & performance coach, speaker and trainer skilled at catalyzing change and extracting peak performance from her clients. She has particular expertise in equipping today’s multi-generational and diverse workforce with the self-management skills necessary to survive (and thrive) in the new business reality. In addition to selective one-on-one coaching, Koplik delivers high-impact, high return workshops and seminars for companies intent on maximizing their human capital. Among her offerings are three customizable programs: “From Bubble to Boardroom” for GenY’s emerging professionals, “PowerUP!” for professional and executive women and “From Obstacles to Opportunities: Navigating a Career in the Current Business Climate.” Ms. Koplik is also a mentor, frequent guest lecturer and moderator for her alma mater, Brown University; a speaker at Women For Hire’s Career Boot Camp; a pro bono coach for the Englewood Women’s Center and a regular columnist for North Jersey Media Group, writing on career management in the new business environment.
Dr. Shelena Lalji, also know by her patients as Dr. Shel, is the founder and medical director of Shel Wellness & Medical Spa in Sugar Land, Texas. A board certified ob/gyn, she began practicing in 1997 and works to inspire and educate people about how to live the best lives possible. She founded the Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa in 2006, and her mission is to empower women to look and feel their best and to cherish and honor themselves. She assists women in this process by guiding them through a journey with natural, bio-identical hormones, nutrition and lifestyle treatments. Dr. Shel holds numerous volunteer positions and is a strong supporter of her community. She is involved in the American Cancer Society, the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter, child advocacy groups, autism support groups and many others. Dr. Shel has appeared numerous times on many local and national television shows including “Great Day Houston,” NBC morning and evening news, as well as “Wild About Houston” and “Latina Voices.” She is an honor graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine.
Melissa Law is currently vice president materials management and the chair of the North America Women’s Resource Group for Baker Hughes. Joining Baker Hughes in February 1997, Law has held several positions in research, development and technology including Acrolein group leader, Microbiocides section manager and director of production optimization. While in the product line and technology organization, Law traveled to more than 15 countries and has authored and presented several scientific studies in varying disciplines. Most recently she was the director of manufacturing for the Gulf Coast, which including responsibility for the largest Baker Petrolite chemical manufacturing facility as well as a multi-purpose chemical blend facility. Law holds a Master of Science in environmental chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in biology.
Ana Leen is an account director leading the Domino’s Pizza business at LatinWorks, which was recently named the 2010 Multicultural Advertising Agency of the Year by AdAge and Adweek. With over eight years’ experience, Leen has worked on various global and national brands in a variety of categories from pizza and burgers to luxury cars. Her work on strategy and creative campaigns have impacted advertising for global brands domestically and internationally in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Leen was born in Mexico City and has lived in Texas most of her life. She holds a BS in International Business from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
In August 2008, David Lesh, a Dallas entrepreneur, decided to seek better personal balance and document a year of his life. Lesh’s project, now called Picture Worthy Day, began with the goal of creating and capturing, in photos, a meaningful event every day for one year. What began as way to leave a legacy in pictures for his friends and family became a profound learning experience and brought about tremendous personal insight and growth. Along the way, Lesh found surprises, captured lasting memories and was moved by self-inflicted, life-changing events. Through his passion for business, Lesh began Pictured Solutions as a way for corporations to create, capture and share their company’s culture and deepen their employee engagement. Lesh now enjoys sharing his personal and professional experience and motivational programs with others through his Picture Worthy Day presentation.
Kathryn K. (“Kathy”) Lindauer is a partner at the Winstead Law Firm. She has practiced more than 30 years in the area of corporate, securities and business law. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, formation of strategic alliances and joint ventures, public and private securities offerings, and federal securities law compliance. She also provides advice to companies, their boards of directors and management team on corporate governance, compliance with fiduciary duties and other general corporate matters. Lindauer is named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and a Texas Super Lawyer. She is also a member of the Anti-Defamation League Council, a board member of Any Baby Can, a member of the Advisory Board of St. Edwards University Business School, and is founder and Advisory Board member of Austin Women in Technology.
Margaret Martin is owner and founder of the Global Cultural Protocol Institute, LLC a company that helps individuals eloquently navigate through our multicultural global environment. Training and personalized guidance and programs are provided to enhance confidence and leadership skills addressing diversified cultures and economic backgrounds. The company provides private concierge, security, diplomatic details and decorum to clients, as well. Martin has traveled extensively into the tea world of China. She has visited tea farms, gardens and tea manufacturing companies and has studied the fine art of tea processing. Her admiration and personal experiences with these skills created a unique opportunity for her to develop and market her own tea line, Margaret’s Legendary Tea. In 2007 Governor Rick Perry honored her with the appointment to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and serves as Chairman of Education, Outreach and Diversification Committee. Martin received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M International University formerly Laredo State University. She furthered her education in Communications with an emphasis in Photojournalism. She was trained and Certified in International Protocol in Washington, D.C.
reFINEstyle.com founder Megan Masoner began her career at EDS, now Hewlett Packard, where she quickly climbed the ladder to her role as director of global recruitment. As a top performer within EDS’ HR organization, Masoner led 140 recruiters and leaders across the globe responsible for the creation and launch of recruitment processes and services. In 2009, after 10 years in big business, she launched reFINEstyle.com, an online auction marketplace for new and pre-owned luxury clothing and accessories. Masoner leveraged her strategic, results-oriented, people-focused leadership to design, build and implement this technology-focused business enterprise. Masoner earned a B.A. in computer design from Texas Christian University and her M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business with a concentration in strategy and entrepreneurship. reFINEstyle.com
Amy Millman is a career advocate who has represented the interests of various corporate and industry groups. As one of the founders and current president of Springboard Enterprises, she built an organization that facilitates connections to sources of financial and human capital for women-led emerging-growth enterprises. Prior to Springboard, she served as executive director of the National Women’s Business Council, a federal commission providing advice and counsel to the President and Congress on issues of importance to women business owners. During her tenure, the Council launched several public and private sector initiatives that increased, measurably, access to capital and market opportunities for women. Millman began her career working on Capitol Hill and spent 20 years representing corporate, trade association and government interests, including the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Philip Morris Corporation (now Altria); the American Trucking Association and Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Nancy Moody, CPO is president and owner of Efficient Living, Inc., a business established in 1999 with the mission of empowering each client to achieve a balanced, organized lifestyle. Moody and her team of trained consultants offer non-judgmental problem solving that makes organizing fun instead of a chore. One of the first Certified Professional Organizers in the United States, Moody has served on the executive board of the National Association of Professional Organizers-Houston chapter for over six years. She has been featured in print, radio and television. In addition to being a mother and business owner, Moody draws from her corporate experience of organizing information as a data base specialist with IBM. Combined with a computer science degree from Texas A&M, her unique skill set brings an integrated solution that is effective and specialized for each client. www.efficientliving.org
Emmy-winning TV broadcaster Cindy Morrison successfully reinvented herself after the economy led to corporate downsizing and left her unemployed. Leaving her 20-year career behind, Morrison wrote “Girlfriends 2.0” to empower women to upgrade their “Girlfriend Network.” She has since been speaking on the topic and has launched a successful consulting business, Reinvention 2.0, a business-focused approach to her Girlfriends 2.0 concept. Morrison’s witty and approachable speaking style was honed during her many years as a television news anchor and investigative reporter in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She has won an Emmy, a Peabody and a Gracie Allen Award for her groundbreaking investigations over the years. Morrison also hosts national shows for the Woman’s Information Network and the Diva Toolbox. In 2010, Morrison was chosen as one of the 25 Most Amazing Women of the Year by Stiletto Women magazine. She is also a member of the National Speaker’s Association and continues her loyal membership with numerous other national news organizations.
Leslie Nelson is vice president of finance and chief financial officer for the Texas Division of Safeway, Inc. which operates 114 retail grocery locations in Texas, operating under the Randalls banner in Houston and Austin and the Tom Thumb banner in Dallas/Fort Worth. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in finance, treasury and strategic planning. She was previously vice president of strategic planning for Wells Fargo Bank Texas. Nelson serves as executive sponsor of the Texas Women’s Network Group for Randalls and Tom Thumb and is also proud to spearhead the Corporate Social Responsibility efforts for the division. She is on the board of directors for the Houston Food Bank and currently serves as treasurer. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a charter member of the Executive Women’s Council of the Greater Houston Partnership and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Houston.
Precious Williams Owodunni is the founder and president of Mountaintop Consulting LLC, a boutique management consulting firm that provides strategic and financial advisory services to large, complex organizations. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, large professional service organizations, and government agencies. Mountaintop’s business model focuses on providing premium advisory services on a short-term, project basis, enabling its consultants to participate in high impact engagements while also enjoying a rewarding work-life balance. Prior to founding Mountaintop Consulting, Owodunni was a vice president in the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (UIG), a middle market private equity group that invests in minority-owned businesses and urban real estate ventures. She began her career as an investment banker in Goldman’s Mergers and Strategic Advisory Group, advising clients across industries on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Owodunni has served as a board member of numerous private companies, nonprofit organizations, and industry associations. She graduated with honors from Yale College and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Tina Pennington, is the “Red” of Red & Black, a team of two sisters who co-authored the book “What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!,” a three-month memoir of her life when she was forced to address many important financial and life lessons she had managed to avoid. The self-published book was launched by Neiman Marcus, but was used as a personal financial literacy textbook at KIPP Houston High School and recently was approved by the State Board of Education. Pennington graduated from Wake Forest University in North Carolina with a degree in Theater Arts.
/images/stories/2010_speakers/cathy_pottor.jpg”style=”margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;” align=”left”> Cathy Pottor is general manager, Shell Retirement Funds Trustee Support Unit, where she is responsible for leading a team that delivers specialized pension management support, advice and services to the trustees of the Shell U.S. Retirement Plans. Pottor joined Shell in 1984 and over the years has held several positions of supporting and leading various financial and accounting activities within the different Shell businesses, as well as managing the Treasury group within the U.S. She is the 2010 president of the Shell U.S. Women’s Network, better known as WAVE, which has close to 2,000 members.
Jennifer Hill Robenalt is a 20-year communications pro and the principal of Robin Hill Media, which specializes in professional writing, ghost writing, digital media strategy, public relations, media training and literary consulting. She has worked with authors, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Clients have appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” National Public Radio and a variety of regional radio and television programs as well as in the pages of USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, TIME, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, among others. Robenalt also worked as a story analyst in Los Angeles reviewing screenplays for production and distribution for Spelling Films International, Turner Pictures and Red Wagon Productions. Robenalt earned her degree with honors from Emerson College in Boston in writing, literature and publishing and went on to lead PR efforts for the Texas Book Festival for five years. www.robinhillmedia.com
Alicia Rockmore is a self-proclaimed organizational maniac who seamlessly juggles a fast-paced career and full home life. She is detail-oriented and list-driven and never misses a thing. Prior to co-founding Buttoned Up, Inc., Rockmore was a marketing whiz working for well-known brands like Wish-Bone Salad Dressing, Ragu Pasta Sauces, Total Cereals and Wheaties. Prior to her marketing career, Rockmore was a CPA with Ernst & Young. Rockmore received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1992 and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in economics in 1987.
Wendy Sachs has more than 15 years of experience in media, politics, public relations and women’s issues. She is an Emmy award-winning television producer and the author of the critically acclaimed book on balancing career and family, “How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms.” Currently, Sachs is the editor-in-chief of Care.com, the fastest growing online site for childcare, senior care, special needs and pet sitters. Sachs has been featured on NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Up to the Minute,” and FOX’s “Good Day New York” among others. She has also been interviewed by Forbes, USA Today, Parade, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Oprah Sirius radio’s financial expert Jean Chatzky, syndicated talk show host Michael Medved, WOR news radio’s Joan Hamburg and many others. Her work has appeared on The New York Times’ web site and she is a freelance contributor to several magazines including USA Weekend. Sachs attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Bonnie St. John has more than 15 years experience training business leaders, politicians and educators on leadership. She’s a world-renowned keynote speaker, the author of five books, a Rhodes Scholar and a former White House official. Despite having her right leg amputated at age five; St. John became the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing at the 1984 Paralympics. She has been honored for this achievement at Nike Headquarters, at the Essence Awards, at the White House Black History Month celebration, and with a featured quote on millions of Starbucks Cups. St. John has been featured on “The Today Show,” CNN, “Good Morning America,” and in People, Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine and many other national media outlets.
Charlotte Stallings is the founder and president of Getting Smart! LLC. She gives money talks on the importance of getting a handle on the money side of both your personal or business life, and how to make better money decisions. Her goal is to help people understand money and investing, and show them how to structure their financial lives and investment portfolios to achieve their dreams. Stallings’ book, “I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Financial Lessons Learned the Hard Way,” will be published in December 2010. Stallings has made appearances on CNN and other national and regional media outlets. She is a weekly in-studio guest on Houston’s FOX26 Wake-Up Money segment, and is also a member of the National Speakers Association. Stallings was recently selected by The Steed Society and Comerica Bank as one of the Top 25 Women of Houston, and she has a financial feature article in the November 2010 issue of Essence Magazine.
Susan Strausberg has recently relocated to Austin, Texas from New York where she is currently spearheading 9W Search, a unique financial search engine aimed at the mobile user. In 1995 she co-founded EDGAR Online, Inc., where she served for 13 years as CEO and secretary until her retirement in 2007, and additionally as president from 2003 to 2007. Prior to founding EDGAR Online, Strausberg co-founded Internet Financial Network (IFN), an EDGAR-based financial information vendor. IFN was acquired by America Online, a division of Time Warner, Inc. Strausberg’s extensive experience in the information and publishing arenas began in the 1970’s, when she co-founded a publishing company specializing in providing custom-made textbooks to the college market. During this time she also edited and published “The Women’s Guide to Books”, a two-volume catalog of works written by notable women. She went on to establish a book fulfillment company in partnership with McCall’s Magazine to become a supplier of the books featured in her catalogs.
Stephanee Talley, SPHR is the human resources manager with AAA Texas, where she has been employed for the past seven years. Talley has more than 14 years of experience in human resources with an emphasis on recruitment and employee relations. Talley initially worked in the executive search industry and later became involved in recruiting for corporate America. She maintains a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification and volunteers with the Salvation Army, Chi Omega sorority and her local church. She graduated from the University of North Texas.
Telisa Toliver serves as vice president of commercial development for Chevron Global Power Company, which manages Chevron’s existing global portfolio of commercial power plants and identifies new growth opportunities for power generation worldwide. Toliver was named to her current position in 2006, where she is responsible for the development of gas-fired and renewable power generation projects to support Chevron asset growth goals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Commercial Development group provides optimal commercial power solutions for existing Chevron operations. Toliver began her career in the energy industry with Texaco and has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in natural gas sales, fuels management, strategic planning and commercial development.
Elaine Turner founded her business in 2000 with husband, Jim, after working in private label design in New York. Turner quickly made a name for herself with a fun, glamorous style that appeals to women of all ages. “My goal has always been to create a lifestyle brand that focused primarily on accessories and reflected my spirit. I design accessories that I would want to own and wear. I want my customers to walk away feeling good about themselves with a huge smile on their face. It’s really that simple.” Within a few years, Turner’s handbags were stocking the shelves of Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Turner also found her designs featured in Oprah Magazine, REAL SIMPLE, InStyle and People StyleWatch. In 2008, Turner expanded her brand to include a shoe collection and continues to open namesake stores across Texas. This fall, Elaine Turner is celebrating 10 years in business by bringing back two handbags that put her brand on the map, dubbed the “Vintage” collection. www.elaineturner.com
JJ Virgin is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of nutrition and wellness. She is one of the nation’s foremost celebrity nutrition experts, public speaker and media personality. Her 25 years in the health and fitness industry, the past 10 in holistic nutrition and functional medicine, have earned Virgin recognition as the go-to weight loss expert. Internationally recognized as the creator and leader of the breakthrough Weight Loss Resistance Revolution™ programs, Virgin is responsible for turning the most challenging weight loss resistant cases into stunning successes. Virgin appeared for two years as the nutrition expert on the top-rated Dr. Phil Show, and made appearances on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, NBC’s iVillage Live, and the E! channel’s Modern Girl’s Guide to Life. Virgin’s upcoming book “Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy” came out in May and she is also the co-star of the TLC reality series, Freaky Eaters. Virgin is a member of Mensa, and has a multitude of educational degrees and programs to her credit, including a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and a degree in Exercise Science, along with graduate coursework in 6 different graduate and doctoral programs.
Kristin van Ogtrop was named managing editor of Real Simple magazine in March 2003. In addition to leading the magazine to print success, she has grown the Real Simple brand to include a robust website, including Adventures in Chaos, her personal blog. Under van Ogtrop, Real Simple magazine has received numerous editorial accolades, including four National Magazine Award nominations, a 2004 National Magazine Award nomination, multiple awards from the Society of Publication Designers, as well as the prestigious Henry R. Luce Award for magazine of the year in 2005. Realsimple.com also won Best Redesign from Media Industry Newsletter’s (MIN) Best of the Web Awards in 2010. Van Ogtrop makes regular TV appearances on various shows including: NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and CNN. Before joining Real Simple, van Ogtrop was executive editor of Glamour, and also held positions at Vogue, Travel & Leisure and Premiere. She has served as an instructor at Columbia University’s Publishing Course. In April 2010, Little, Brown published van Ogtrop’s book “Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.” Van Ogtrop received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in English from Columbia University.
Linda von Quintus has more than 27 years of management, government, public relations and insurance experience. She joined AAA Texas in 2000 as their regulatory counsel and was promoted in 2007 to group manager for Public and Government Affairs for AAA Texas and AAA New Mexico. She joined AAA Texas after more than a decade with the Texas Department of Insurance. She is a Leadership Texas and Leadership America alumnus. Von Quintus is a licensed attorney graduating from Thurgood Marshal Law School “cum laude” in May 1986. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Administration from University of Houston.
Sarah Welch, who identifies herself as a “yo-yo organizer,” is a seasoned entrepreneur and marketing executive. Welch prides herself on having mastered the art of managing multiple career opportunities as well as her busy family–all so she can make ends meet and chase her dreams. Over the years she has learned that the secret to attaining all of her goals is to focus on maintaining momentum on all fronts of her life with the help of the “80/20 rule.” Prior to co-founding Buttoned Up, Welch was a New York advertising agency executive and entrepreneur. She studied what makes people tick at JWT, Ammirati Puris Lintas, and M&C Saatchi and as an independent marketing consultant. Welch has worked with many brand marketers, including Kellogg, Unilever, MSN, General Motors, Gap and Bank of America. She has a bachelor?s degree from Georgetown University.
Mandy Williams is the “Black” of Red & Black, sisters who co-authored the book “What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!,” a self-published book that was launched by Neiman Marcus, but was used as a personal financial literacy textbook at KIPP Houston High School and recently was approved by the State Board of Education. She moved to Houston during the oil boom of the 70’s, and retired from corporate life before she was 40. However, her life didn’t provide enough excitement and challenge, so she began racing cars, first Porsches and then Ferraris, and became the first woman to race the road course at Indianapolis. She has been involved with The Make-A-Wish Foundation for over 20 years and has raised over $1 million. Williams, the ultimate pragmatic, still lives in Houston where she approaches everything with high-speed intensity and determination. Williams has an Economics degree from Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) in Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in International Finance from New York University and London Business School.
Deborah Woehler is the executive director of the Oliver Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit operating foundation dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity. Woehler has worked closely with Baylor College of Medicine in conducting numerous successful projects with elementary and high school age students in the prevention of childhood obesity. Woehler is a registered and licensed dietitian and is certified in both pediatric and adult weight management by the American Dietetic Association. She is a member of the Food and Culinary Professions, Les Dames Escoffier, Houston Culinary Group and was inducted into the Purdue University Nutrition Hall of Fame in 2008. Woehler is on the board for the Culinary Institute LeNotre, Houston and the HEB Statewide Health and Wellness Advisory Council. She is co-author of the H-E-Buddy “Learning to be a Healthy Buddy.” Woehler owned and directed reSearch for Health, a private practice pharmaceutical research center; WM Services, a bone density testing center for osteoporosis; and a private nutrition counseling practice for adults, teens and younger children for weight management and therapeutic diets.
/images/stories/2010_speakers/laureen_wishom.jpg”style=”margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;” align=”left”>Dr. Laureen Wishom, hailed as the “Million Dollar Solutionist”™ is an award-winning positioning and business growth expert, author and speaker. She is the CEO and founder of Masterpiece Solutions LLC, a 12-year-old full-circle business growth company. She oversees restructuring of small- and mid-sized businesses and non-profit entities by concentrating on strategic planning, leadership and creative programs and processes that leverage new opportunities, create growth and long-term sustainability. She is also the founder of the Global Association of High-Achieving Women. Dr. Wishom has received numerous awards including being named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women for 2010, finalist for the 2010 NAWBO (Houston) Woman Business Owner of the Year; 2009 Texas Blazing Star Finalist, 2008 Top 25 Influential Women of Houston Spirit of Business Award recipient, 2008 YMCA Greater Houston Minority Achievers Award recipient, 2007 Business Achievement Pinnacle Finalist and the recipient of the National 2007 Stevie© Award – Mentor of the Year. Dr. Wishom along with other well-noted authors including Donald Trump and Jack Canfield co-authored the book “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times.” Her chapter is entitled, “What is your Sum? …The Measure of Success.” She shares her techniques for triumphing over fear during the eight stages of a business life cycle. She has also authored five ‘how to’ books.
Young Woman’s Program Presenters
Nina Distefano is a junior at Episcopal High School. She is very active in various school clubs and organizations at her school. She is currently working on achieving her Gold Award in Girl Scouts and is also thinking of bridal and fashion design for her future career. She enjoys, painting, drawing, creative writing, tennis, travel and community service. Distefano will be enlisted in multiple visual art classes this year and was cast in Episcopal High School’s fall production of “Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”
Carissa Gilbert is a senior honor student at Fort Bend Baptist Academy. She is a member of Spanish Club, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Photography Club and serves as president of Mu Alpha Theta, Civics Club, and Interact Club. She is also secretary/treasurer for her school’s student council. She is an alumni member of Sugar Land’s Mayor Youth Advisory Council and a Serve Sugar Land member. She has spoken at national conferences on the prevention of childhood obesity and is interested in studying nutrition in college. She has participated in various sports throughout high school including JVA and JVB volleyball, varsity softball, varsity track, varsity soccer and varsity cross-country. Gilbert participates in local races, marathons and triathlons.
Ronit Joselevitz is a senior at the Emery/Weiner school. She has been taking fashion designing classes since 9th grade and participates in annual fashion shows around Houston each year. Joselevitz is president of the Emery Environmentalist Club, secretary of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Emery community service club. She enjoys making clothes in her spare time and also volunteers weekly with refugee children. Joselevitz has been on the Emery varsity soccer team for two years and hopes to continue playing soccer for fun in college.
Hannah McAughan is a junior at St. Agnes Academy. She plays water polo and soccer for her school as well as on a club level, Albion Hurricanes Football Club and Strake Jesuit Water Polo Club. She is a member of Model United Nations, her school’s televised announcement system, Culinary Club and student council. McAughan received the honor of being on the Campus Ministry Team and the Preaching Team. She is also a published poet and author. She works as a lifeguard in the summer and participates in St. Cecilia Lifeteen.
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