We Are Girls Houston Conference Breakout Session Presenters
2nd Pair of Hands, LLC – Caitlin Prescott
Caitlin Prescott was looking for a career change after 22 years in the corporate world. In 2000, her entrepreneurial tendencies and the encouragement of friends in desperate need of help led Caitlin to open a unique personal concierge service in Houston. Interesting challenges and the amazing variety of her client’s requests give Caitlin and her staff the opportunity to do what they do best – exceed expectations daily. For more information visit: www.2ndPairofHands.com.
a-parent Coaching/Randi Rubenstein
Randi Rubenstein, author of “The Parent Gap: Tools to Keep Cool, Stay Connected & Change Unhealthy Patterns,” is a parent coach who helps parents close the “parent gap” – the gap between the calm loving parent you always intended to be and the parent you currently are during challenging moments with your kiddos. For more information visit: www.randirubenstein.com
Lila Mankad is finishing 5th grade at Travis Elementary in Houston, Texas. She lives near Little White Oak Bayou and saw that it’s full of plastic bags. She decided she wanted to make a difference. With help from her teacher, friends, and family, she launched a petition to ban or put fees on plastic bags in Houston. The Bag-Free Bayous campaign has received TV coverage and national social media attention. For more information visit: www.bagfreebayous.com
BeYoutiful Youth Coaching, LLC
BeYoutiful Youth Coaching inspires all girls to be the best version of themselves, through intervention programs that drive personal development, and foster healthy relationships and a positive self-image. The signature program “BeYou Prep,” provides girls with engaging workshops that address issues tween and teen girls are facing today. These opportunities provide the skills and strategies girls need to appropriately and successfully cope with those issues. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/beyoutifulyouthcoaching/
Brittany A. Daniel-Licensed Professional Counselor/Owner of Voice Counseling and Life Skills
Brittany Daniel owns Voice Counseling and Life Skills, which is a mental health private practice that specializes in treating children and adolescents. She has experience targeting issues of self-esteem, anger management, and adjustment disorders. She also has an extreme passion for empowering young girls, and is involved in several community outreach initiatives. Her aim is to help our youth Re-Invent and Re-Define themselves in a way that exudes greatness. For more information visit: www.voicecounseling.org
Camp Lantern Creek
At Camp Lantern Creek, our mission is to focus each girl helping her to find her voice, discover her path, learn new life skills, build emotional strength all while building life long friendships through the sisterhood with their fellow campers. We create a magical environment where girls learn to try new things, take risks; celebrate both new achievements and great tries. For more information visit: www.camplanterncreek.com
cHAIRiTEE® is HAIR accessories handmade from recycled TEE shirts. All profits go back to Charity. For more information visit:www.chairitee.org
Christiane Waldron graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1994. She has since worked for large biopharmaceutical companies building plants. In 2009 she was sent to Japan on a Mission to bring back the recipe to make Ubiquinol, a strong vitamin responsible for energy. Christiane, along with her team of engineers implemented this process in Pasadena. Christiane runs the engineering department for Kaneka North America and has 30 employees. She also works to promote women in science. For more information visit: www.kaneka.com.
Coach Cam is a man well-traveled, from his time competing on the gridiron, to his time in NFL front offices, winning games under Friday night lights in Texas, to serving the under-served as a community leader. Coach Cam is passionate about sharing his life experiences, developing leaders, and motivating people to reach their full potential. An accomplished speaker, Coach Cam has traveled the country sharing his message and inspiring teams, leadership groups, executives, coaches, and more. From high profile events, like the Final Four, NBA Rookie Combine, and the Fiesta Bowl to small group sessions and team meetings. The Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks have all benefited from and enjoyed Coach Cam’s message. Coach Cam has blazed a trail impacting both youth and adults. For more information visit: www.coachcamcares.com.
CollegeCommunityCareer, a college success after school program was founded to work with low income, first generation high school students. Our mission is to foster a college-going culture with our students. We prepare students for admission to and graduation from a four-year university based on four pillars: college success, leadership development, civic engagement and career discovery. Our vision is an employed, civically-minded, college graduate. For more information visit: www.collegecommunitycareer.org.
Crime Stoppers of Houston
The Crime Stoppers of Houston’s Safe School Program has been keeping schools safe since 1997 by providing students with a safe and anonymous way to report crime and potential dangers on campus and in the community. In addition to the Tip Line, safety presentations are offered to students with an underlining message of good citizenship and keeping themselves safe. Training is available to school staff and school-based law enforcement officers to assist in keeping students and schools safe. Parents are presented with tools and tips for keeping their child safe. For more information visit: www.crime-stoppers.org.
Cynthia is an entrepreneur who has developed a business that has helped her reach and surpass all business and personal goals while having so much fun and helping all her clients have incredible fun too. She is a huge believer in goal setting and manifesting infinite wonderful things in our lives through positive thoughts, words, beliefs and actions. For more information visit: www.LuxxVacations.com.
Dance Another World
Dance Another World is an English language immersion program taught through dance, serving non-native English speakers from lower-socioeconomic areas. In Dance Another World, we know a dance is a story so read and write our own stories and portray them through dance. Let’s communicate through creative movement! For more information visit: www.danceanotherworld.org.
Danielle Bryan is a Women’s Health Advocate with dreams to change the way women view their body & personal power. She’s taken her passions to the virtual world and created The DragonFit Sisterhood. DragonFit hosts virtual bootcamp programs that help women learn how to become strong from the inside out. DragonFit focuses on self-love, healthy habits, empowerment, and support. For more information visit: www.wearedragonfit.com.
Simone Woodage is Dawn Mountain’s community educator. A certified mindfulness teacher through Mindful Schools, she has taught meditation to children and adults ages 3 to 93. Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism offers mindfulness for kids, teens and parents in six-week workshops throughout the year. For more information visit: dawnmountain.org.
Dominique Kohl, Upside Down Paper Crown
Upside Down Paper Crown’s mission is to empower students in the learning process by connecting a student’s body, mind, and spirit in the learning process. They provide fun tools to give every child the power they have within! Kids’ bodies responds physically before their brain is able to process new information. By empowering students to self-regulate their emotional and physical responses, they become more involved in the learning process. For more information visit: www.upsidedownpapercrown.com.
DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. For more information about DPR visit: www.dpr.com.
Janice’s mission is to produce women and young girls of character and to help them realize their God-given potential. Janice is a motivator and an encourager. She helps women and young girls to confront and conquer fears that are relative to low self esteem that prevent most individuals from realizing their dreams. She served in an afterschool grant-funded program coordinated by the Harris County Department of Education through AmeriCorps. She taught Robotics, Forensic Science, and Entrepreneurship curriculums in Aldine ISD and Houston ISD during the 2014-2015 School Year. Janice has worked with girls and single mothers in apartment communities located in Houston. She and her colleague launched a transitional enrichment pilot program in Northeast Harris County at Haverstock Hills. She coordinated character and healthy self-esteem classes for the women and girls. She continues to work with women and girls throughout the city of Houston. Why Should You Care? Janice has a special ability to capture the audience, challenge and motivate them to the action of believing and doing what it takes to making their dreams become a reality. She challenges you to dream big and see yourself as being successful in realizing it all. For more information visit: www.ecinaj.org.
Eddins Counseling Group/Charisse Ferrer
Charisse Ferrer is the adolescent therapist for Eddins Counseling Group. Her expertise includes working with high-risk youth in outpatient and inpatient facilities with a focus on distress tolerance, emotional regulation and building validating communication skills between teens and their parents. She has experience working with teens going through depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors and uses a client-centered approach to help teens gain confidence, while teaching helpful coping skills. For more information visit: www.eddinscounseling.com/charisse-ferrer/.
Mia Bradford is currently an Academic Program Manager for the EMERGE-HISD program where she is leading the district’s middle school outreach initiative for early college awareness. The mission of EMERGE-HISD is to connect high-performing students from undeserved background to top tier institutions that will offer them the least financial burden and the greatest support. We provide students and families with knowledge and access to opportunities that will empower them to make the most informed decisions & reach their full potential. For more information visit: www.houstonisd.org/emerge.
Energize Your Outlook
Energize Your Outlook is a high energy speaking, training, and executive coaching firm. Founded in 2005, we specialize in helping motivate and energize organizations through speaking engagements, networking workshops, and interpersonal communications training and coaching. We are happy to have clients based both domestically and abroad including the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Shell Oil, Sandia National Labs, Transocean Deepwater Drilling, and Direct Energy. Energize Your Outlook is a certified minority and woman owned business. For more information visit: www.energizeyouroutlook.com.
Female Superheroes of Science
The Female Superheroes of Science include: Dr. Patricia Craig is The Marvelous Martian. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Her fabulous superpowers allow her to zap rocks on Mars. She can also see on the atomic level with her X-ray vision. Her mission is help the people of Earth understand Mars so that they can one day live and prosper there. Dr. Georgiana Kramer is The Lunatic Phenomenon. She is a research scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. She studies planets and asteroids, but her main passion is the Moon. Her superpower is insanity, which allows her to see weather patterns on the Moon and bathe in its morning dew. She has only one goal in mind – colonizing the Moon and taking over the galaxy! Emily McBryan is Eureka. She is a robotics engineer by day, and by night she is a super hero robot who’s programmed to be a force of good in the world and help other scientists and engineers. Since she is a robot, she is immune to radiation, poisons, and can function in the vacuum of space! She helps humans explore the world and the cosmos by lending a manipulator whenever they need help in a tough environment. She has outlived her engineer makers so she promotes science and robotics to young humans in hopes of finding someone who can keep her software updated and to add more tools and functions to her robotic hands. Dr. Jancy McPhee is Volta. She is a neuroscientist: so she understands how your mind and body work – even to the molecular level! She has the power to control nerve cells and mutate DNA; bending nerve proteins to suit her needs! She also leads a group trying to change the world by bringing science and engineering together with art, writing, music and film. Just as the brain has two sides, so does Volta. Her creative side sees the art in science, and her logical side sees the science in art. And when her two sides combine – her power to unleash cool ideas and solve problems on Earth and in space is unparalleled! Dr. Eileen Stansbery is Flare. She is Director of Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science at NASA Johnson Space Center. Her super powers come to her from the Sun, which has given her the knowledge to understand the intricate workings of the Solar System. She uses her power to protect extraterrestrials that visit Earth from potentially harmful contamination. For more information visit: www.SciArtExchange.org.
Girl Power University
Barbara Henderson is a highly-requested motivational speaker and award-winning educator. She is the CEO and founder of Girl Power University, which provides educational seminars, fitness and nutrition classes, empowerment workshops, and self-esteem forums. Barbara is committed to helping individuals discover their worth, overcome life’s obstacles, and reach their full potential. Barbara works with individuals from diverse backgrounds to address relevant issues in a variety of settings. For more information visit: www.barbarahendersonspeaks.
Girls Living Life On Purpose
Meet Leslie Bryant Denman Author, Girls Empowerment Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Chief Tell-it-like-it-is Officer Some call her Leslie, but to most she’s The Purpose Diva. Leslie’s mission is simple: Help women and girls find purpose and prosperity living out what they were called to do. A well-known expert on building no nonsense strategies around birthing big dreams, Leslie recently released her first book, “The Purpose Diva’s Guide to Dating: 7 Things Every Girl Should Know.” A former teen mom and breast cancer survivor, Leslie infuses audiences with possibility as she shares her own personal testimony on how she channeled faith to overcome significant adversity and become a thriving entrepreneur, purpose driven woman and parent. As part of her transformation, Leslie founded Girls Living Life on Purpose, Inc., through which she mentors and inspires teen girls and young women, following their progress as they grow into adulthood. A Certified Life Purpose Coach and licensed minister, Leslie uses sound Christian principles to help people gain clarity, make choices and transform their lives through accountability and action. For more information visit: www.gllopinc.org.
Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers. For more information visit: www.girlstart.org.
Gish Creative/Sarah Gish
ISarah Gish is the owner of Gish Creative, a personal, family, and business enrichment company whose goal is to ignite lives, champion culture, and create connections. She teaches and speaks all over Houston. For more information visit: www.gishcreative.com.
Happy Belly Studios
Happy Belly Studios is a boutique wellness studio located in the Houston Heights specializing in movement therapy with Yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX, and stretch therapy. For more information visit: www.happybellystudios.com.
Harris County Board of Education
The Harris County Board of Education is composed of 7 elected trustees who oversee transactions of the Harris County Department of Education. They approve the annual budget, contracts, the hiring and evaluation of the superintendent, and the development and implementation of board and department policy. The Harris County Department of Education supports Harris County by enriching educational opportunities and providing value through services. For more information visit: www.hcde-texas.org.
Harris County Constable Pct. 1
Deputy Tracie Mathews works for Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. The Office of Alan Rosen take active rolls on being proactive in all avenues of Law Enforcement rolls and is highly involved in the community. The Deputies of Precinct 1 are very active within the community building relationships with our youth and adults. For more information visit: www.pct1constable.net.
Houston Therapy for Girls
Houston Therapy for Girls has been providing services to girls between 5-25 and their families since 2015. We offer a variety of therapeutic services including individual, family and group therapy. We also do several mother/daughter workshops through out the year and speak at organizations that focus on girls and women. We hope you will join us for our session on Raising Resilient Girls. For more information visit: www.houstontherapyforgirls.com
Imagiread Consulting Services LLC
Imagiread is a multi-dimensional family literacy platform that creates and celebrates diverse reading experiences with today’s family in mind. We do that by citing socially responsible literature and creating culturally authentic and appropriate literacy development programs. For more information visit: www.imagiread.com.
Dedra Colston, The Empowerment Coach, is the voice and visionary of Infiniteeworks. Her passion for youth led her to a career in education, where she has dedicated 17 years of encouraging, motivating and guiding youth. Infiniteeworks was birthed and is dedicated to motivating girls and women to love, celebrate, and respect who they are through motivational speaking and workshops. For more information visit: www.infiniteeworks.org.
Patrice May is the Founder and Executive Director of InSpire, a premier after school and summer learning enrichment program, which serves children and. Patrice is the author of Tyme Out- a prayer journal and See It…. Speak It… Live It – a 21-day mind renewal journal to help you manifest your dreams. Patrice’s presentation style is high energy and enthusiastic, and she encourages people to tap into their power within. For more information visit: www.inspirealife2.com.
InspireFire makes healthy living fun by teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle not only nutritionally and physically, but mentally as well through crazy cool activities and lessons.For more information visit: www.inspirefiredaily.com.
Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture
Intuitive provides “edutainment” services via West African Dance and Drum. Our classes, performances and workshops highlight not only the traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of West Africa, but also the rich history and culture of those rhythms. Intuitive is in its’ tenth year and has provided services throughout Houston, Texas and Louisiana. For more information visit: www.intuitiveafricandanceanddrumculture.com.
Landed as one of The Huffington Post’s Top 20 Young Movers and Shakers, Isis Smalls is an uncommon inspiration in a society in desperate search for dynamic, reliable female role models. From her career as a record-breaking scholar-athlete, to her impacting reign as Miss Houston 2014, to her role as a dedicated 6th Grade teacher, Isis eagerly passes on the winning habits she has developed over a lifetime of limitless living, high-achieving, and big dreaming. She powerfully speaks to young girls and fiercely coaches student-athletes looking to be successful on and off the court. Isis released her first book entitled “Beauty in the Making: Learning to Radiate from the Inside Out” in March 2017. For Isis, inspiring others is her passion. Making a difference is her mode of operation. For more information visit: www.isissmalls.com.
JJ’s I’m Me Foundation
We encourage at risk middle and high school girls to be the best version of themselves, by exposing them to leaders and influencers in the community who provide career development, lifestyle planning, health and wellness training, and character education. For more information visit: www.ImMeFoundation.org.
Katherine Mack is responsible for strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resources development, compensation and benefits and employee relations and compliance for approximately 9000 employees. She has more than 30 years of experience in International and Domestic business and Human Resources. For more information visit: www. Fluor.com.
Kaufman Blachman Consulting and Positively Simple Health
Lauren Kaufman Blachman founded Kaufman Blachman Consulting and has worked with many individuals, teams and companies, helping them enhance their performance by delivering challenging and dynamic coaching relationships and training programs that are aligned with their overall goals and objectives. Christine Laskin founded Positively Simple Health to help individuals and organizations understand how to create, balance, and achieve realistic healthy life styles.
Kelly Banneyer, Ph.D.
Kelly Banneyer, Ph.D. is a psychology fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital. She works with children, teens, and preschoolers.
LAMIK Beauty offers women environmentally friendly makeup manufactured in the heart of the Lone Star State. LAMIK Beauty has been highlighted as one of the eight black-owned beauty companies by BET, and is one of the seven black cosmetics lines dominating the market. LAMIK Beauty has been featured at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit and BlackEnterprise.com. LAMIK consists of a full range of color cosmetics, boasting problem-solving products and vegan-friendly makeup brushes. The makeup line is mostly packaged in post recycled paper components and manufactured in the USA. LAMIK is an acronym that stands for Love And Makeup In Kindness. LAMIK became a part of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign in 2005. The LAMIK mantra, “Beauty is revealed, not applied” declares the uniqueness of this brand’s belief. LAMIK has been featured in Ebony, Essence and Black Enterprise magazines. For more information visit: www.lamik-beauty.com.
Literacy Through Photography / Amy Evans
Literacy Through Photography (LTP) is the in-school and community learning program of FotoFest International. LTP uses photography and creative writing to inspire students to communicate effectively. Through an exploration of the four LTP themes: SELF, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, and DREAMS, students increase visual and verbal literacy while building cognitive thinking and problem-solving abilities, self-esteem, technology skills, and cultural awareness. For more information visit: www.literacythroughphotography.org.
Made By Girls – Digital Media Academy
Made by Girls is a Digital Media Academy initiative dedicated to building tech confidence in girls and young women. Courses feature female role models and are built exclusively to support early, positive experiences with technology. Research shows that role models, community, and early exposure to STEM are crucial to building lasting confidence in girls and helps them reach their full potential as creators and innovators. For more information visit: www.digitalmediaacademy.org/made-by-girls-camps/.
Maria R. Palacios
Maria R. Palacios is a feminist poet, author, spoken word performer, motivational speaker, social change advocate, disability rights activist, and workshop facilitator whose message of empowerment has been felt in the heartbeat of the Houston community for the last twenty five years. Her work embraces self-acceptance, empowerment and social justice surrounding women with disabilities, and a wide spectrum of issues as they relate to diversity. For more information visit www.goddessonwheels.com.
Más Que Tres
Más Que Tres originated as a group of creative women who wanted to offer a space to openly explore the varying perspectives of current events – whether it meant art, radio, personal or political issues. This collective of Chicana women are from different artistic disciplines, which include: photography, poetry, yoga, dance, education y más! Más Que Tres offers a different approach to community focused events, striving to shed light on the inner-city experiences of women. Topics addressed by this collective can include: feminism, health, empowerment, racial issues, and equality/equity.
Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Board
Isabel Longoria is a gay Latina who serves as Chair of the Outreach Subcommittee of the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Board. By day she works as the Assoc. State Director of Advocacy/Outreach for AARP Houston promoting Livable Communities for people of all ages. In her free time she is passionate about serving on the LGBTQI Advisory Board and New Leader’s Council – Houston and helping people become more engaged in their communities. Be sure to ask her about her other interested in science and urban farming as well!
MD Anderson Cancer Center
The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world. We have a renamed group within MD Anderson known as “Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion” (WMFI) that reflects an expanded mission to be the model for cancer centers in the recruiting and advancing diverse staff members in accomplishing our goals. For more information visit: www.mdanderson.org.
Melodrama Boutique LLC
Jackie Adams Owner of Melodrama Boutique for 14 years is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelors Degree in Physics. Jackie has personal and natural flair for fashion and educates her clients on the importance of style in regards to their professions and lifestyle needs. Melodrama Boutique partners with many non-profits and community base organization to be sure to give back and increase of visibility. For more information visit: www.melodramaboutique.com.
Monica Lewis School of Etiquette
Monica Lewis School of Etiquette is a service that provides top training in all aspects of etiquette, protocol and manners. With its unique “traveling classroom” approach and innovative styles of teaching; Monica Lewis School of Etiquette seeks to transform the social skills of children, teens, adults and professionals. Monica Lewis is an avid believer that social presentation and behaviors are important in order to be successful in today’s society. For more information visit: www.monicalewisschoolofetiquette.com.
Mitzi Henderson is a Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guru, and the owner of Namitzi Yoga and Namitzi Yoga Spaces. She is fueled by her belief and experience that the practice of Yoga is a vehicle by which an individual can cultivate happiness, balance, purpose and success despite the barriers of age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or disability. She believes that mental clarity, peace, growth, self- love and health are basic human rights. For more information visit: www.namitzi.com.
Nerdy Girl Supplies
Christina Meade enjoyed being a female science teacher and a role model for girls…encouraging them in the sciences. In March of 2016, Christina launched Nerdy Girl Supplies whose mission is to empower, educate and inspire women and young girls. She hopes to bring encouragement and belief to women and girls. For more information, visit: NerdyGirlSupplies.com
Onedia Gage Ministries
Dr. Onedia Gage is a motivational and inspirational speaker. She stresses the importance of mentorship for young people and reminds parents how important their role-modeling is for the future leaders of our world.. For more information visit: onediagagespeaks.com.
As Director of Interior Architecture at Page, Marissa Yu manages multi-disciplinary teams that design over a million square feet annually, both in the US and abroad. She joined Page in 2004 and remains just as enthusiastic about the firm today because of its ‘entrepreneurial’ culture, which encourages innovation of ideas and processes. She takes great pride in her mentorship programs. For more information visit: www.pagethink.com.
Pia Das designs career development programs for law students, specifically focusing on public interest opportunities and minority outreach. Aside from career coaching and practicing law, Pia also teaches yoga, rescues animals, and advocates for the rights of marginalized communities. For more information visit: www.piadasyoga.com.
Tracie Jae’s intention is to create a world where we think before we speak and relationships of all kinds begin and end with love. As an Introspection Guide, she cultivates activities for adults that help create better intrapersonal relationships. Directing us inward to first ask the right questions, and second, to welcome the answers. Tracie has a passion for prompting us to ask ourselves the questions that we might not often ask, or might not want to ask. When she’s not writing and teaching, you can find her laughing with girlfriends and trying not to over mother her daughters. Her mantra and motto is “Love first. Always.” For more information visit: www.traciejae.com.
Reda Hicks, League of Women Voters of the Houston Area
The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area is an organization working to encourage active and informed participation in government. Reda Hicks serves as the organization’s Vice President for Civic Engagement, and coordinates a wide range of projects, including voter registration drives, the voter’s guide produced by the League each election cycle, debate and candidate conversations, and workshops on a wide range of policy and political topics. For more information visit: www.lwvhouston.org.
Revival Leadership Company
Cassie Pusey, launched Revival Leadership Company in January 2015, for the purpose of bringing leaders to life and life to leaders. She and her partner, Whitney Nelson, believe leadership development is for everyone. Whether you’re a business owner, employee, stay-at-home parent, student, or volunteer, you are a role model impacting the lives of others–that’s leadership! For more information visit: www.revivalleadershipcompany.com.
Sales Fix LLC
Kali departed from Corporate America and created her company Sales Fix LLC, which assists business owners with increasing sales in five key areas: client acquisition, client relationship management, sales training, and systems implementation and staffing. Grateful to serve the community of Houston’s business owners, Kali seeks to inform, inspire, and equip others to begin the wealth-building journey of entrepreneurship and/or taking their businesses to the next level of success. For more information visit: www.salesfixtexas.com
Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED)
Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) is educational program focusing on communities where Schlumberger people live and work. SEED is a hands-on program that relies on the scientific and technological expertise of employee volunteers. SEED focuses on STEM topics through camps, workshops, and classroom visits. The primary topics of focus are robotics, computer science, and energy education. For more information, visit: www.media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/97/97513/global_stewardship/index.html
Sisters Network Inc
Sisters Network Inc Teens 4 Pink (T4P) is a national interactive, multi-level initiative of Sisters Network Inc. designed to educate teen girls, ages 12-16, on the importance of breast health and equip them to become breast health ambassadors and leaders for women in their families and communities. T4P consists of pre and post testing, a general PowerPoint presentation on breast health and an outreach component. For more information visit: www.sistersnetworkinc.org.
Standard of LOVE/Maya Ford
Standard of LOVE (#SToLO) is a movement that elevates dialogue, self-actualization, and cross-cultural inclusion by developing minimum standards of care and action within America. Our vision is for #SToLO to empower and guide citizens to collaborate, adhere to, and maintain a cultural ‘rules’ baseline for emotional and economic improvement, and sustainability of an inclusive future for all. For more information visit: www.standardoflove.com.
SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation
SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation fosters authentic relationships between women and girls from inner city communities. The mission of SuperGirls SHINE Foundation is to engage, EMPOWER and develop tweens, teens and young ladies into impactful game changers through character development and leadership with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation—through its partnership with girls, parents, educators, volunteers, community leaders, donors, and strategic alliances—commits to providing mentorship, bridging the gap in communication and creating unique opportunities for self-awareness activities, career preparation, community engagement, financial responsibility and educational planning. For more information visit: www.supergirlsshine.com.
Texas Center for the MIssing
Melissa Rangel is the bilingual case manager for Texas Center for the Missing. Ms. Rangel handles missing person cases, which includes runaways and endangered individuals. A missing child is every parent’s worst nightmare and Melissa is there to provide emotional support and health and human service resources like counseling and victim assistance. Ms. Rangel also provides Internet Safety Presentations to both parents and kids in English and Spanish. For more information visit: www. centerforthemissing.org.
Texas Girls Collaborative Project
TxGCP connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Led by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin, TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations, and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates. The TxGCP provides many opportunities for individuals and organizations across Texas to meet or reconnect, learn about each other’s work, and develop ways to work together to better serve girls and young women in STEM. FOr more information visit: www.txgcp.org/about.
Texas Tuition Promise Fund
The Texas Tuition Promise Fund® — the state’s prepaid college tuition plan, allows families to lock in today’s prices for tomorrow’s tuition school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Tuition units purchased in the plan may be used for all or a portion of these costs, and our flexible payment options fit almost any budget. For more information visit: www.texastuitionpromisefund.com.
The L.SMURPHE.F Institute
The L.SMURPHE.F Institute is an applied research center supporting Pre-K–16 education. We empower youth to enact the principles of SMURPHE on their level: Scholarship ~ Motivation ~ Unique voice ~ Resilience ~ Perseverance ~ Honesty ~ Excellence. Our Literary Challenges build out-of-school community support for literacy development and provide out-of-school channels for literary expression. For more information visit: www.LSMURPHEF.com.
Trisha Harris, M.S., PA-C
Trisha Harris is a 2006 graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine School of Allied Health with a Master of Science Degree from the Physician Assistant Program. She also holds a B.S. in Human Performance and Health Science from Rice University. Her most recent academic endeavors are in pursuit of a Doctorate in Health Administration at A.T. Still University. Ms. Harris is a bilingual PA, currently employed with the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). Ms. Harris has been a stalwart to the Physician Assistant (PA) profession and brings a new depth of vision to leadership development. She has a passion for service and moves effortlessly from leadership position to leadership position, often excelling at several at the same time. Her personal strengths of being highly motivated, dedicated, well-organized, efficient and multitasking with the ability to maintain composure in stressful situations, makes her a valuable asset to any organization.
TruthTribe exists to provide a fun, engaging and safe environment for young women ages 13-18. We utilize yoga, mindfulness and creative expression to help girls dig deep and transform from the inside-out. For more information visit: www.mytruthtribe.com.
UNICEF is the world’s largest humanitarian organization for children, working in over 190 countries to save lives and put children first. Kathy Ackerman Porter works to bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders and others to unite on behalf of children. She works to create transformational change in the lives of children around the world, empowering people to act locally. For more information visit: www.unicecfusa.org.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
For more information visit: www.wellsfargo.com.
Wheel Empowerment motivates individuals to begin a life on wheels to enhance their mind and body connections with the world around them. With practice through rollerskating, you have the ability to connect your mind and body with your wheels and better understand the laws of motion, while feeling a real sense of empowerment. We want to empower young girls to enter into a male dominated sport. For more information visit: www. Justskate.club.
WHYS Girls is a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip young women with the wisdom and skills that they need to succeed in the classroom and in their future. For more information visit: www.whysgirls.org.
Women of P.O.W.E.R.
Rhonda James is a public speaker sharing essential tools that motivate women feel empowered. She’s on a mission to help women help themselves. She welcomes women who want to embark on a journey of finding their true self. Her primary purpose is to help women abstain from self-destructive behaviors, and to replace them with empowering ways of being, and to carry this message of perseverance to others. For more information visit: www.rhondalovespeaks.com.
Yolandra Drake – Single Parent Secrets
Yolandra is a dynamic, inspirational speaker, parenting consultant and single parenting expert with over 20 years of experience. A registered nurse and author of “Single Parent Secrets: How to Master Solo Parenting & Raise Amazing Children” she has developed a series of presentations providing real life survival tips to educate, inspire, support and empower parents especially those in their solo parenting journey. These custom designed and researched mini-workshops address major issues , concerns and fears of parenting and provide vital tools and information to help young parents stay balanced, informed, confident and in control of their life and effectiveness as a parent. Her mission is to help parents leave a legacy of success for their families. Yolandra recently published her first book Single Parent Secrets: How To Master Solo Parenting & Raise Amazing Children that Thrive which is available on Amazon.com. For more information about Yolandra Drake visit her website @ www.singleparentsecretsbook.com.
YWCA of Houston
The YWCA of Houston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In order to uphold the integrity of our 110-year legacy, the YWCA of Houston has adopted a very intentional approach to creating programs that align directly with our mission. We accomplish our mission by serving thousands of people throughout the greater Houston area. For more information, visit: www.ywcahouston.org
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Lamda Zeta Chapter Youth Auxillary
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five coeds. These women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for Black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. The trail blazed by the founders has been traversed by thousands of women dedicated to the objectives and ideals of the Sorority. The Sorority was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes; and to be constitutionally bound to a brother group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Zeta’s national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation; community outreach services; and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change. For more information visit: www.zphiblz.org.
We Are Girls Houston Conference Breakout Session Presenters
We Are Girls Conference Houston 2017 Featured Conference Speakers
Lizzie Velasquez- Global Motivational Speaker, Anti-bullying Activist, Social Media Personality & Author
Lizzie was born with a rare syndrome. At this time there are only 2 other people in the world that are known to be living with this rare syndrome. In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled “How Do You Define Yourself?” that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, Associated Press, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! among many other national and international media outlets. She is an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary based on her life, “A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story,” which chronicles her journey from cyber bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. A BRAVE HEART premiered opening weekend of the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award in its category and top honors at every festival it participated in. The film had an Academy-qualifying release in the U.S. in Fall 2015 and began its international release in Spring 2016. You can catch Lizzie on all social media platforms – where she has over 1.5 million followers combined – posting about anything and everything in her life – her travels, hangouts with her friends and family, her style and makeup routines, and of course, her little pup Ollie.
Coach Keisha- Internationally Recognized Speaker, Author, Mentor & Certified Life Coach
Keisha Howard is a passionate communicator and girls’ self-esteem enthusiast who is making a positive impact in the lives of girls, young women, and the people who care about them. She specializes in healthy teen girl development and her programs inspire tween/teen girls and young women to build confidence, make positive decisions, and genuinely love themselves; while empowering their parents to maintain connected and have healthy communication throughout adolescence.
Known as “The Queen of Empowering Teens,” Keisha has a special way of connecting with girls that empowers them to want to excel in school and life – with confidence; many call her “The Girl Whisperer.” After 10 years of experience as a school teacher and school guidance Counselor, Keisha developed a knack for motivating girls at a soul level, and then made it her life’s mission to both empower girls and educate parents on the latest topics and trends that relate to developing today’s generation of healthy girls. She wants girls to fall in love with themselves and have unshakeable confidence that allows them to avoid peer pressure & accomplish their dreams, while also making sure girls feel comfortable talking to their moms, and moms feel comfortable connecting and communicating with their daughters.
She is the Founder of PEARL Girls, a self-esteem and etiquette organization for girls that was recognized in 2014 with the #Beygood endorsement by Beyonce. Keisha’s first book, The Inner-Beauty Secret, is a 2015 Gold Award recipient from the Mom’s Choice Awards. A lifetime learner, Keisha received both her Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She possesses a State Board of Educator Certification in both Teaching and Professional School Counseling, and is also a Certified Life Coach Practitioner and Certified Etiquette Consultant.