Texas Executive Women will host its 34th Annual Women on the Move Luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston on October 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM, chaired by Paula Mendoza and Ileana Trevino, and honoring ten Women on the Move and one Rising Star, all who have made a significant impact on the Houston community.
Donations are welcome in honor of the recipients if you are unable to attend the Luncheon. All proceeds from the Luncheon fund our mentoring and scholarship programs and given that it is TEW’s sole fundraising effort, we are counting on your support.
Texas Executive Women is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal #76-0270254). The fair market value of this event is $100.00 per person. Please consult your tax advisor regarding deductibility.
2019 Women on the Move Honorees
Jenny Dial Creech, Sports Columnist, Houston Chronicle: Writes for the Houston Chronicle’s print and web publications, analyzing and opining on everything under the sports umbrella from specific teams and sports events to scandals happening in sports. Also serves as a speaker, instructor and judge for the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, speaking with several high school and college journalism programs nationally each year.
Paula McCann Harris, Director Global Stewardship, Schlumberger: A 31-year career veteran in the energy industry, having worked as a Field Engineer, Sales Engineer, Global Sales Training Manager, Global Project Manager and now in Global Stewardship. Traveling globally to develop business opportunities, she stays committed to decreasing the environmental impact in the communities in which they work while increasing value and revenues through service and technology.
Dr. Brenda Lang Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College District: After working as a Certified Public Accountant, Dr. Hellyer became engaged at SJCD as the inaugural director for the San Jacinto College Foundation in 1996, then continued to advance by serving in several roles, including vice chancellor of fiscal affairs, and in 2009, she was selected by the SJC Board of Trustees to serve as Chancellor. Her passion for service and philanthropy has led to countless hours volunteering to advance education, a mission she follows daily in her role as Chancellor.
Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, Partner in Charge, Baker Botts LLP: Following her service as a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals for the First District, appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2011 and elected in 2012, Rebeca returned to Baker Botts as the Partner in Charge of the Houston office and continued her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and appeals. During her service on the bench, she authored over 400 reasoned majority opinions and adjudicated the merits of more than 1,000 appeals and original proceedings.
Charlene Jackson, Director Affiliate Services, Girls Inc.: After a career on Wall Street followed by several Executive Roles in the financial services industry, Jackson now serves as a member of the executive team for Girls, Inc. based in New York, where she focuses on growing the number of girls served and develops strong affiliates while fostering an open, positive and mutually supportive relationship between the national organization and the affiliates. Not only is she focusing on the growth of the organization, she also has a hand in the overall operations, development of organization infrastructure, and quality assurance.
Jennifer Kirk, Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation: Joined Occidental in 1999 and has served in several financial roles of increasing responsibility and leadership. Prior to Occidental, she was with Arthur Anderson LLP. Kirk serves on the Board of Directors, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committee and Chairs the Audit Committee for Republic Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 company publicly traded on the NYSE.
Kathryn McNiel, CEO, Theater District Houston:Leads the efforts of the Theater District to promote the arts and culture organizations, performance venues, events, individuals, and businesses. Using experience gained from her career as a campaign consultant, manager and fundraiser in the political arena, McNiel advances and advocates for a premier arts organization in Houston. She is also very active in policy advocacy and change, organizing and leading political efforts to drive such change.
Pamela Quiroz, PhD., Executive Director, Inter University Program on Latino Research, Director, Center for Mexican American Studies & Professor of Sociology, Interim Director, Center for Immigration Research, University of Houston: Secured $3.1 million in funds to support the Center for Mexican American Studies and its initiatives and advocated successfully for UH to be the Headquarters for the national research consortium IUPLR until 2022. Her research interest focus on children, youth and family; race and inequality; education; identity; and qualitative methods for academic appointments.
Rhonda Scott Smith, CFO and Deputy Director, Houston Police Department: Serves as the Chief Financial Officer for HPD, the fifth largest Police Department in the United States. She leads the Office of Budget and Finance and manages the complex $870+ million budget, approximately 40% of the City of Houston’s total General Fund budget in addition to $50 million in Grants and Special Funds. A member of the Senior Executive and Command Staff, Smith has oversight of all HPD procurement services and is the HPD liaison with City Council and special projects.
Soledad Tanner, Founder and CEO, Soledad Tanner Consulting: Founded a business and financial management firm, which helps improve profit and productivity of businesses, following 26 years of extensive international experience in finance and controlling; strategy and consulting; and performance and metrics in the global logistics and banking industries, mostly with Danzas, DHL Global Forwarding, and Deutsche Post DHL Supply Chain. Serving as DHL’s Global Director of Strategy, Performance and Metrics and formerly as Director Controlling of Human Resources for all of the Americas laid the foundation for her to launch a successful global consulting firm.
2019 Rising Star Honoree
Victoria Chen, Co-Founder & Executive Director, BRIDGEYEAR: As a Teach for America Corp Member teaching biology at Sharpstown High School, Chen realized that students who do not wish to attend a four-year college need a different type of counseling experience to identify their path after high school. Traditional methods of career exploration often fail to engage students and many post-high school pathways are omitted from the conversation. This inspired Chen and her co-founder to create BridgeYear in 2016 as the missing link by connecting Houston students to viable and accessible career opportunities.