Workshop Presenter FAQ’s
When will Houston We Are Girls be held in 2019?
How do I apply to be a Featured Conference Speaker?
Girls Empowerment Network is always in need of wonderful and dynamic Featured Conference Speakers. Applications are excepted year-round and reviewed in the Spring.
The responsibility of each Featured Conference Speaker entails presenting to potentially several hundred 3-8th graders and adults for about 50 min. There are three We Are Girls Conferences each school year; one in Austin, TX on Saturday November 3, 2019 and the other two in Houston (Saturday at the end of April) and Dallas, TX on a Saturday in Spring of 2020.
Please submit the items below to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a website that includes any of these items, then direct us accordingly.
- Cover letter
- Professional resume
- GEN’s mission is to ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to become unstoppable, so please include an essay or proposed presentation description which details how you would inspire girls through your presentation that is molded around our mission. (Maximum 500 words)
- 2 professional references (please include at least 1 who has seen you present to a large group.)
- Requested compensation package
- Clips of previous speaking engagements.
*Please note a contract will be signed by both parties.
*Compensation is available and may be negotiated by either party prior to contract finalization.
The We Are Girls Conferences, produced by Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) are held in Austin, Houston & Dallas, Texas annually and are designed especially for thousands of 3rd – 8th grade girls and the adults who care about them. With dynamic break-out sessions and an empowering dance party, girls get to be totally in charge of their day. They walk away inspired by what’s possible and with a new belief in their personal power.
What information do I need in order to fill out the Workshop Application?
-Contact Name and Title
-Contact Cell Phone Number
-Day of Contact Person Name(s) if Different than Main Contact
-Day of Contact Person Cell Phone Number if Different from Main Contact
-Is the Organization/Company/Individual associated with a high school?
-Bio of Organization/Company/Individual that is presenting
-How did you hear about this opportunity?
-High resolution logo for Organization/Company/Individual
-Title of workshop(s)
-Name of Organization/Company/Individual conducting the workshop(s)
-Youth friendly or adult friendly description of workshop(s)
-Target age range (Must fit into these three age ranges: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and Adults)
-How would you like your session(s) to be broken up in regards to age ranges? (All ages, girls in 3rd-8th grade, etc.)
-List of learning objectives for proposed workshop(s)
-Summary of curriculum of proposed workshop(s)
-List of activities taking place
-What times on April 27th are you available?
-How many times would you like to present workshop(s)?
-Do you have the capability to teach workshop(s) in Spanish?
-What is the maximum capacity for workshop(s)?
-Will you need extra volunteers for your workshop(s)?
-Will you need a projector for your workshop(s)?
-Are you interested in having a table at our resource fair? Please note items are not permitted to be sold at the resource fair.
1. All workshops and speaking is done on a volunteer basis.
2. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
3. Acceptance letters for all proposal forms will be sent out the week of March, 4, 2019.
4. This document has two sections:
-The first section is the general information about your organization.
-The second is about specific conference workshops.
5. We Are Girls will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Hogg Middle School, 1100 Merrill St., Austin, TX 77009
What are the perks I receive for being a workshop facilitator?
-Are you interested in having a table at our resource fair? Please note items are not permitted to be sold at the resource fair.
There are some incredible ways that participating in the We Are Girls Conference can benefit you and your organization or business. Listed below are a few of the perks that we offer to presenting workshop providers.
-As a provider you will have the opportunity to present to dozens of girls and/or the adults that care about them that are in the exact demographic you are seeking.
-Opportunity to have a table in the resource area of the event.
-Opportunity to have a logo included on slideshow that is looped at the beginning of the day in the gym.
-Opportunity to be promoted through several of Girls Empowerment Network’s social media avenues.
-Opportunity to have name and website to be printed in Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls Conference collateral.
-Opportunity to meet and mingle at We Are Girls in the hospitality room with all the other fantastic presenters and volunteers.
-All presenters will receive an additional two registrations to share with whomever they wish.
If I do not have the resources to facilitate an entire workshop, how else can I be involved?
When will I hear about the acceptance of my proposal from GEN?
How long is a workshop?
Can you save and come back to the Workshop/Speaker application later?
What do I do if there is an issue with the final programming schedule?
Where do I park and check-in on the day of the conference?
Where are the workshops held and how many people can fit in them?
What should I bring and what do I need to know about technology for my presentation?
- We will provide a projector, but you must bring your own laptop if you wish to project something, but you must request it in the application to be guaranteed a projector. Also be sure to have a back-up plan if there are technical difficulties.
- You will need to bring your own adapter that will ensure your laptop can connect to a VGA hook up.
- IN ORDER TO CONNECT YOUR LAPTOP TO THE PROJECTOR YOU MUST HAVE A VGA HOOK UP. THIS DOES SOMETIMES NEED A SPECIAL ADAPTER, DEPENDING ON HOW NEW YOUR LAPTOP IS. PLEASE ENSURE WHAT YOU HAVE ONE ON HAND. WE WILL NOT BE SUPPLYING ADAPTERS.
- You must arrive 30 minutes before your presentation time to be guaranteed a/v assistance if you need it.
- There are not speakers in every room. If you need speakers you will need to bring your own.
Do I need to register co-presenters?
What happens if a girl from a different age-group tries to join my session?
What happens if the session ends before time is up?
What do I do if I have a break between sessions?
- Visit a Featured Conference Speaker session in the gym or PAC.
- Grab some lunch in the hospitality room and take a break.
- Go to the cafeteria and help lead icebreakers with the centerpieces or a question ball, ask girls how their day is going, and mix and mingle with the crowd.
- Attend an age appropriate session.
Featured Conference Speakers
Jodi Bondi Norgaard- Speaker, Consultant, Founder of Go! Go!, Sports Girls
Jodi Bondi Norgaard is an expert in creating change and breaking gender stereotypes. She is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. Jodi is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and activist in the movement pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes.
Jodi is a leader in the toy industry breaking gender stereotypes since 2009 when she launched the plush sports dolls built-in specification to a real girl’s body. Her inspiration came in 2007 after shopping for a doll with her then 9-year-old daughter and finding a doll with belly-baring clothing, high heels, and make-up, named ‘Lovely Lola.’ Initially, industry leaders dismissed her product because a sports doll was not mainstream. “Girls want fashion dolls,” she heard, over and over. She was not convinced and knew mainstream ideas never create change. By 2015, she had made significant strides and her product was launched in Walmart stores. In October 2016, the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting-edge toy company.
She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Shape, Self, Runner’s World, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.
She is a Fellow at Maddock Douglas, Inc., an innovation, leadership and consulting firm in the Chicago area, a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago, a board member of Kaskey Kids an award-winning line of sports action figures, a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts, and a member of Women in Toys.
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Shanterra McBride- Author, Educator and Founder of Marvelous University
Shanterra McBride is an author, speaker, educator, and coach. As the founder of Marvelous University, she offers life coaching and success planning for young people – specializing in leadership development for girls and young women.
Shanterra has a wide range of expertise on all things related to young people. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including: friendships, teen relationships, equity, justice and multicultural education, social media, relational aggression, sexual harassment, dating violence, and cyber bullying. Various media have interviewed Shanterra as an expert on bullying, gender-based violence and teen dating violence, including National Public Radio, Essence and Parade magazine, and an assortment of network and cable television affiliates across the United States. Shanterra is the author of Love Your Jiggle: The Girls’ Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls ages 11-17, published by Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc. Themes covered include self-worth, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self-empowerment and diversity and inclusion.
Shanterra has always followed her intuition and following her successful career pursuits in Washington, DC and northern California, Shanterra was inspired to return to her hometown of Dallas, Texas, where she served as a Youth Director at a local United Methodist Church, and partners with schools, speaking to their entire communities on equity and inclusion and relational aggression in schools.
Shanterra was recently awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from SMU for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women overall. This summer, Shanterra’s voice became international. She traveled to Morocco, where she delivered workshops to girls on the importance of valuing themselves and others. She also spoke in four cities in South Africa on girls’ empowerment issues including creating safe spaces, combating gender-based violence, and anti-bullying.
Shanterra earned bachelor degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in public affairs & corporate communications and sociology. She obtained her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her bond with family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower young people to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!
2019 Houston Workshop Presenters
|Aisha Thomas||aishathomas.org||Aisha Thomas is a Youth/Teen Girl Motivational Speaker. As a migrant from West Africa she encountered years of bullying. As she attempted to fit in, her self esteem decreased and she attempted suicide at 14. As she battled depression, she was relocated for a new start but became a victim of sexual assault her senior year in high school. Although she had many challenging transitions she joined the USAF, where she has served honorably for over 14 years. Through her SELFies principle, she promotes to young women, self love, self value, self esteem and self worth.|
|All Girls Considered||allgirlsconsidered.org||All Girls Considered is a non-profit organization that empowers young women through digital media and mentoring. We create spaces where girls feel safe to develop and share their voices, and to determine how women and girls get to share their stories with the world.|
|Ashley Noelle Jackson||ashleynoellejackson.com||Ashley is best known for her recent role as the boldfaced Mercy Jones, Ezekiel Jones’ baby sister, on the hit show, The Librarians, on TNT. Ashley also landed a principal role in the Credit Sesame Commercial, which was featured regionally throughout the United States during the Superbowl 2018. Originally from University Place, Washington, she attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 2013. Shortly after, she won Best Actress for her lead role in the short film, UnReflected at the Wait-A-Minute Film Festival in Tacoma, Washington.|
|Bridge 3 Play||bridge3.com||Bridge 3 is a veteran-owned consulting firm focused on the development of people in organizations. Bridge 3 Play is the educational outreach arm of the organization aimed at using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and design thinking to help students and teachers develop the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and compassion.|
|Challenge Island||challenge-island.com/nwhouston-katy||Challenge Island meets the 21st century core essentials where kids discover solutions to complex challenges using the own unique resources and the power of team work. Challenge is based on core essentials of STEM and STEAM but it also enhances effective oral and written communication. Wrapped in whimsical trimmings (headbands, face-paint, and the beat of the tribal drum), the Challenge Island program features an unmistakable spirit and flair. A sense of anticipation fills the air as tribes of kids enter new worlds of adventure and imagination through Challenge Island after-school classes, in-school field trips, camps, family fun nights.|
|Charlie Marcol||charliemarcol.com||Charlie Marcol, was born and raised in the great state of Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Houston, where she became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She also earned a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from Texas Southern University. Ms. Jones writes from her personal experience. Charlie decided to take negative energy and transform it into a tool to help those struggling with the same issues. She loves speaking and sharing her story. It serves as a personal testimony of self-discovery and redemption.|
|Coach Cam||Coachcamcares.com||Coach Cam is a champion of youth and families. Connecting directly to his audiences with his vast experience as an athlete, coach, businessman, and leader; Coach Cam creates impactful content that resonates with everyone that he comes across. His message meets at the intersection of social/emotional intelligence and empowerment. Always challenging his audiences, attendees leave feeling emboldened to accomplish their goals and lend a helping hand to assist in the successes of others.|
|Crime Stoppers of Houston||crime-stoppers.org||Crime Stoppers of Houston is Houston’s top non-profit dedicated to public safety and since 1980 has remained committed to its mission to solve and prevent serious crime in the Greater Houston Area in partnership with citizens, media and the criminal justice system. Sydney Zuiker uses prevention and awareness programs to educate students ages kindergarten through 12th grade, school administration staff, and community members throughout the Greater Houston Area.|
|Dance Another World||danceanotherworld.org||Dance Another World is an English immersion non-profit taught through dance. In Dance Another World, we know a dance is a story and learn how to communicate through creative movement! English language immersion Students must listen actively and attentively to English instruction to complete the class and dance lesson. Dance provides the content for instruction, encouraging students to simultaneously foster new dance abilities while increasing opportunities for active English listening and learning experiences.|
|DPR Construction||dpr.com||We are a general contractor working in Houston and around the country, specializing in technically challenging & sustainable projects like hospitals, data centers, and higher education facilities. We are defined by four Core Values – Integrity, Enjoyment, Uniqueness and Ever Forward.|
|Dr. Shana D. Lewis, LPC||drshanadlewis.com||Dr. Shana D. Lewis, LPC, NCC or Dr. Shana as she is affectionately known, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, keynote speaker, author, domestic violence advocate, owner of Living Well Professional Counseling Services and the founder of Her VOICE, a non profit dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence thru mentorship and education. Dr. Shana specializes in working with women and adolescent girls to empower them to live amazing and fulfilled lives by helping them to see their potential and power within. Dr. Shana is also the author of two books in a series called Get Your Life!|
|Emerald Rising, LLC.||emeraldrisingllc.com||Londen Underwood, the CEO of Emerald Rising, has always had a passion for helping others. However, she would have never imagined that her passion to help others would involve utilizing her innate fashion sense and stylish ways. In the summer of 2016, Londen launched Emerald Rising LLC. Londen’s vision for Emerald Rising is to provide men, women, and teenagers the techniques that they need to improve their self-confidence and give them the tools to makeover all aspects of their life. Emerald Rising also works with organizations, businesses, and musicians by providing self-esteem seminars, artist development, and image branding.|
|Erin Mcclarty, PLLC||emcclartypllc.com||Founder of Erin Mcclarty, PLLC. A writer, business owner, creative and attorney by trade, I help clients all over the nation use their superpowers to create the worlds they want to live in. Working with businesses, charities, institutions, and movement leaders to create structures, documents, operations, and business models that reflect themselves, their values, dreams, purpose, and mission. By creating focus, structure, clarity, and healing through tools, community, resources, and education.|
|Four Girl Magic||fourgirlmagic.com||Tiah Lewis is a wife, author, mom of four beautiful girls, and CEO of Four Girl Magic. Inspired by her four daughters, Tiah had a vision to help mothers guide their daughters to a purposeful journey into womanhood. It is her passion to help build confident girls to become life changers.|
|Frances Fisher||Frances Fisher has been working in the Recreation Therapy field for over a decade and her primary passion is helping young people understand the importance of using their leisure time in a way that aids both personal growth and a refuge from the unavoidable stress of life.|
|Girls on the Run Greater Houston||gotrgreaterhouston.org||WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY GIRL CAN EMBRACE WHO SHE IS, CAN DEFINE WHO SHE WANTS TO BE, CAN RISE TO ANY CHALLENGE, CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. CAN. Mission We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Vision We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.|
|Girlstart||girlstart.org||Girlstart is a non-profit organization focused on empowering girls to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs and aspire for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our year-round events and after school clubs led by college women strive to encourage young girls to see STEM as a possibility for their future!|
|GirlzwithGoalz/ Athleta||Athleta.com||Athleta’s Power of She campaign and brand experience celebrates inclusivity and the power of women and girls uplifting one another. Athleta creates versatile premium performance apparel designed by women athletes to inspire a community of active, confident women and girls to reach their limitless potential.|
|Gustavia Pearls Women’s Outreach||gustaviapearlswomensoutreach.com||Dwantrina Russell is the Founder of Gustavia Pearls Women’s Outreach, a non-profit 501-C-3 organization where we develop a platform for women and girls to enhance their lives through a wide variety of formats – from awareness programs, spiritual encouragement, education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workshops and events that inspire individual advancement. Dwantrina Russell is a Board member of Dwantrina is a member of Texas Girls Collaborative Project Champions Board and UT Physician – Jensen Clinic Community Advisory Board, Recipient of the Top 50 Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs of Texas, Community Super Neighborhood Member, Voter’s League Member.|
|Healthy Actions Intervening Responsibly||mtechwebsites.wixsite.com/jacquelinemiller||Healthy Actions Intervening Responsibly (H.A.I.R.) was founded by Jacqueline Miller. H.A.I.R addresses the impact that adultification, violence and poverty has on children of color, particularly Black girls. Specialty areas of H.A.I.R. are addressed strand by strand. H.A.I.R. has been selected for the 2019 Texas Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Conference in San Antonio! H.A.I.R. has also been featured at local and national conferences, radio-station KAZI and several organizations within Austin and vicinity.|
|Houston Ballet||houstonballet.org||Houston Ballet is the fourth-largest professional ballet company in the USA. Under the Education and Community Engagement department, it operates 18 community programs. Today’s program is X3: Explore, Extend Excel! Teaching Artists Brittany Bass and Valerie Handy along with Cuban percussionist Lazaro Martinez will be leading each workshops. All have extensive teaching and performing experience are thrilled to be here.|
|IBM and Society of Women Engineers Houston Area (SWE-HA)||houstonswe.org||The Society of Women Engineers-Houston Area Section (SWE-HA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides educational resources and promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among women in the Greater Houston Area. SWE-HA empowers women of all ages and diverse cultures to successfully achieve their aspirations, and recognizes women for their contributions as leaders in the community. SWE-HA aspires to unify science and engineering communities through active participation in outreach events for grades K-12, Academic Scholarships, Awards & Recognition, and Professional programs. With the support of local corporate sponsors and individual donors, SWE-HA is dedicated to pursue this impactful social commitment.|
|InspireFire||inspirefiredaily.com||InspireFire is a healthy living initiative that Inspires the Fire within youth to be the best versions of themselves. Their fun-filled program is designed to provide youth with the tools they need to improve their life with four key components: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Self Love and The Mind. Students will walk away knowing how to navigate through life making positive decisions one healthy step at a time.|
|Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture||Intuitiveafricandanceanddrumculture.com||Tracie has danced West African dance over 24 years. Tracie has taught West African dance for several schools and dance companies including, Prairie View A.M. University; Dance Houston; and HCC; Klein Oak Dance Club. West African drum and dance is Tracie’s passion as she believes the genre embraces history; meaning; culture; rhythm; movement; and spirit, providing a rich foundation upon which one can develop not only as a skilled dancer, but a well rounded artist.|
|LaTisha Cotto||latishacotto.com/aboutyogitish||LaTisha Cotto is a Master Life Coach and Motivational Speaker. She helps people take center stage in their own lives by reminding them of their innate worthiness and brilliance. She has worked in the Latin music business, career development, corporate finance and obtained her MBA from Rice University. For more information and to connect with her, please visit latishacotto.com.|
|Leslie Contreras Schwartz||lesliecschwartz.com||Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a writer, artist and instructor who grew up in Houston’s Aldine area. She’s the author of two poetry collections, and also writes nonfiction and fiction. She graduated from Rice University in 2002, and received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She teaches writing in the community, and also art at a Sunday Jewish program. She is the mother of three children.|
|Mas Que Tres Collective||facebook.com/mq3collective||Más Que Tres (MQ3) is a group of Chicanas who offer a space to openly explore multiple perspectives including art, radio, personal or political issues. This Chicana collective is rooted in: photography, poetry, yoga, dance, education y más! Drawing on the Mexika principle of the three sisters, MQ3 uses diverse urban experiences to cultivate and bridge communities through innovative approaches. Core topics addressed by this collective encompass feminism, health, empowerment, race and justice.|
|MD Anderson Cancer Center||mdanderson.org||We’re one of the largest cancer centers in the world. We’ve been working to eliminate cancer for more than seven decades. Our depth of experience contributes to every aspect of your care. We have ranked as one of the top two hospitals in cancer care every year since U.S. News & World Report began its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey in 1990.|
|Me2Lead||me2lead.com||Founder of Me2Lead, women’s leadership & empowerment coach Rachel Brownlow Lund empowers young women to overcome self-doubt and achieve their full potential as leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers. Through private coaching, group coaching, workshops and speaking events, Rachel has helped hundreds of women get clear on their dream life, get recognized for their accomplishments and take inspired action to reach their goals.|
|Melanin Minds Matter||fb.me/melaninmindmatter||Melanin Minds Matter is a mental health and wellness program that targets adolescent school-aged girls from a holistic approach. This program intends to bridge the disparities gap and focus on a population group that is often times overlooked. Melanin Minds Matter will dedicate its effort to promote creative expression and address numerus mental health topics to improve self-awareness, relationship building, problem solving and school-related skills.|
|Microsoft||microsoft.com||Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975. Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft has 3 Retail Stores in the Houston Area, located at the Galleria, The Woodlands Mall, and The Baybrook Mall.|
|Mindful Transformations||mtspringcounseling.com||Erica Cleveland is a psychotherapist and the Founder of Mindful Transformations. Mindful Transformations is a private practice counseling office located in Spring, Texas. Erica has 18 years or counseling related background. She has had experience as a school counselor, a member of the clinical team at Kingwood Pines Hospital, and a private practitioner for the last 3 years. Her passion is to uplift and help guide GIRLS to loving themselves. Her mission is to bring edification and esteem to one girl at a time.|
|MJ’s Coaching and Business Solutions LLC||maggiejeancoaching.com||I am a business owner who offer services in personal growth and development, I am also a Speaker and a team trainer and I am certified with the John Maxwell Team. My goals is to help develop successful leaders by using coaching techniques that will help them uncover the strengths that are already within them.|
|Olivia McCulloch and Torri Russell||Olivia McCulloch graduated in 2015 from West Virginia University with a mechanical engineering degree. Olivia now works for Williams as an engineer on pipeline maintenance projects. Torri Russell graduated in 2015 from the University of Tulsa with a mechanical engineering degree. Torri now works at Williams in the Houston tower and does engineering for expansion work on compressor stations. Olivia and Torri are passionate about encouraging girls to explore the STEM fields.|
|Open Honest Communication, LLC||openhonestcommunication.com||Open Honest Communication LLC is dedicated to improving relationships through the art of proper communication. Our mission is to help take the blinders off and recognize legitimate beyond the surface issues that need to be addressed. We hosts workshops that provide tools and resources for the purpose of bridging communication gaps and creating safe environments for expression.|
|Page||pagethink.com||At Page, our vision is to become influential champions for design that makes lives better. We aspire to make an impact that extends beyond the work itself. To influence how design merit is perceived and defined. And, ultimately, to help shift the global focus of design toward making a difference for the better in the way people live.|
|Sama Yoga||samayogahouston.com||Sama Yoga strives to help others cultivate sustainable practices that promote a healthy, vibrant, and compassionate life. It is where movement, breath, laughter, and connection intersect; where exploration and play go hand in hand; and where student and teacher overlap. Sama Yoga is a community that respects differences, celebrates successes, and supports growth – on and off the mat.|
|Sarah Laskin||Sarah Laskin: Current 10th Grader at the Awty International School. A teenage girl, trying to figure out how to navigate the social and academic pressures in this day and age. Through a passion in understanding people, their personalities, and how to make connections, Sarah has introduced hundreds of teens to understanding their own personalities and others’. Using this knowledge, she hopes to help foster the foundation for people to understand one another before judging.|
|SciArt Exchange||SciArtEx.net||Using a science-integrated-with-art approach, SciArt Exchange supports, prepares, and convenes people of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations to discuss and potentially solve space, science, and technology challenges. We offer multi-disciplinary art contests, artwork events, consulting, training and community resource services to support science and technology education, collaboration, and innovation.|
|Shantia Coley, Purpose Driven Lawyer||shantiacoley.com||Shantia Coley is an attorney for a Fortune 500 Corporation. As a first generation college graduate, she is passionate about helping women and youth find their way out of mental shackles and societal pressures. She speaks and teaches individuals to find their purpose and power.|
|Simone Otenaike||bakerlaw.com/SimoneOOtenaike||A technology enthusiast with a background in cognitive science, clients rely on Simone’s experience with regulatory and transactional matters, primarily in the technology, healthcare, and life sciences industries, to navigate the maze of healthcare laws and general corporate and operational concerns.|
|Splash Kids Art and Paint Parties||Houstonart.webs.com||Our company specializes in art classes and mobile paint parties in the Houston and surrounding area. “Our mission is for every child to reach their greatest creative potential in the community.” Our team is awesome and loves to work together in teaching children about art. We are experienced working with all ages of children. We encourage everyone to practice their creativity.|
|Texas Department of Transportation||txdot.gov||TxDOT’s workforce is made up of engineers, administrators, financial experts, designers, architects, sign makers, accountants, purchasers, maintenance workers, travel counselors and many other professions. All of our employees work together to realize the TxDOT mission: Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.|
|The R.O.S.E. Project||facebook.com/iamtheroseproject||The goal of The R.O.S.E. Project is to provide adolescent with support in reaching their abilities and talents regardless of their personal background and/or challenges. Utilization of the 4 components: Relationships, Outreach, Safety, and Engagement will help the girls to tap into their best selves. The founder, Nina Rose, has years of experience working with young people from all backgrounds including foster care, residential facilities, and under-served neighborhoods. She hopes to connect to as many girls as possible through vulnerable and brave conversations.|
|Toyin Okusaga||themanagementmaven.com||Toyin Okusaga; also known as The Management Maven is a management strategist who sees the struggles to solve the big issues in different individuals & industries in a unique new light. She is a professional management consultant and entrepreneur who has over 5 years of experience in diverse industries. Her specialty resides in helping individuals, corporate enterprises and businesses launch a product, business or service more efficiently and effectively. Toyin aids companies around the Houston area, nationwide and internationally and is driven to help others succeed in life and their businesses.|
|United Against Human Trafficking||uaht.org||United Against Human Trafficking’s Goal is to end Human Trafficking through Awareness, Education and Outreach. We aspire for all people to experience freedom and live beyond bondage to others. We envision a world that is intolerant of buyers and sellers of Human Beings. Au’Vonnie Alexander is the Youth Specialist who educates youth to increase their knowledge of what constitutes as human trafficking and exploitation. By participating in our programs, youth develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations.|
|Women in Architecture Houston||aiahouston.org||Women in Architecture Houston is a community working to promote equal opportunity, celebrate advancement, empower success, and foster future generations of all women in the architecture, design, and construction industries of Southeast Texas. Women in Architecture aspire to be defined, not by gender, but rather by our talent, competency, and perspective as design professionals.|