Conference Speakers

The We Are Girls Conferences, produced by Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) are held in Austin and Houston, 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. The 2018- 2019 theme is “Ignite Her Power.” Leadership positions are available for high school girls. Tickets cost $30 per person and 50% of attendees receive scholarships.

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Featured Speaker: Denise Hamilton, Founder and CEO of WatchHerWork and IOLA

Denise launched WatchHerWork to leverage the wisdom and experience of successful female leaders to close the achievement gap between men and women in this country. Denise brings 25 years of executive professional experience in Fortune 100 companies, small businesses and educational institutions. Denise is a highly sought after speaker, trainer and executive coach. Her diverse experience uniquely qualifies her to speak to the varied issues and challenges facing the modern professional woman as well as provide strategic counsel to corporations large and small.

WatchHerWork.com is a multimedia digital platform that is closing the achievement gap for professional women by providing the much needed professional advice they need when they need it, how they need it.

By video crowdsourcing and carefully curating work/life wisdom from top female professionals from all walks of life, WatchHerWork.com helps women make the decisions that propel them to success. We are ready to close the achievement gap between men and women and that happens when women have access to the right information. You shouldn’t have to have powerful friends to have powerful information.

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Featured Speaker: Emily Roberts, MA, LPC – Creator of the Guidance Girl, Author, Psychotherapist and Teen Expert

Join psychotherapist and award winning author and Emily Roberts for a powerful workshop on communicating with confidence. Emily teaches girls and parents all over the country how to feel confident expressing themselves and build strong relationships with others. You will learn how to feel powerful in any situation life throws your way. Whether it’s online or at school, with friends, parents, frienemies, powerful adults, cliques or crushes Emily will teach you how to manage intense emotions and express yourself with ease.

ArYouSerious- Ar’Sheill Monsanto

Born and raised in Chicago, I fled to Houston seven years ago in search of a new beginning. In the midst of my quest, I became moderately successful in my career and found love that thrust me into a wife and mother! I started this blog in 2010 to rant about the person I was dating (whom I later married). Since its inception, ArYouSerious has evolved much like me. Through my writings, I share my experiences and perspective on life along with a litany of random rants. I also drop a few gems and provide some sage advice about marriage, parenting, relationships, career and things women can relate to. For more information, please visit www.aryouserious.com.

CATES @ Texas Child Study Center

The Child Anxiety Treatment Enhancement Study (CATES) evaluates a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention at the Texas Child Study Center in Austin, Texas. We work with youth ages 7-17 who are struggling with clinically significant anxiety and their parents. For more information please email texasanxietyclinic@gmail.com or https://www.dellchildrens.net/services-and-programs/texas-child-study-center-mental-health-services/.

Charlie Marcol

Charlie Marcol Jones, educator and self-love coach, is a graduate of the University of Houston, with an M. Ed in Counseling from Texas Southern University. Ms. Jones writes from her personal experience. The result of a failed marriage initiated the opportunity for Ms. Jones   to share the pain and doubt of her personal journey. She decided to take the negative energy and transform it into a tool to help those struggling with the same issues. While cathartic, it also serves as a personal testimony of self-discovery and redemption. For more information, please visit www.charliemarcol.com.

Coach Cam

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. Coach Cam has blazed a trail impacting both youth and adults. For more information, please visit Coachcamtx.com.

College Community Career

CollegeCommunityCareer is a college success program which helps high school students from low income, first generation backgrounds to successfully apply to and graduate from a university. CollegeCommunityCareer works with students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade at 8 Houston-area high school campuses and then follows students until they graduate with a bachelor’s degree. For more information please visit www.collegecommunitycareer.org.

Courtney Harris Coaching

As a Child-Centered Coach for Teens and Parents, Courtney supports children ages 11-19 in finding their voice, growing confidence, and thriving. Through 1:1 and small group coaching sessions, teens and tweens are able to overcome anxiety, disconnect, and isolation as they discover their truest sense of self and develop a deep sense of empowerment. Courtney supports parents in self-care, growing alongside their children, and in developing balanced sensitivity towards the process their child is creating. Sessions with both teens and parents guide families in developing the trust, communication, and connection that’s crucial for a life of ease. For more information, please visit https://courtneylynnharris.wixsite.com/mysite.

Crime Stoppers of Houston

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. For more information, please visit crime-stoppers.org.

DPR Construction

DPR Construction (DPR) is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the healthcare, advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country. For more information, please visit www.dpr.com.

El Generation

EI Generation’s programs emphasize the development of self-awareness and strengths identification, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills needed for an emotionally intelligent community.  We emphasize a “person approach” built upon mini retreats/workshops, authentic learning experiences, coaching and reflective practice in order to meet each community’s unique needs.  EI Generation envisions improving everyone’s ability to manage emotions, connect with others, and use their strengths to make the world a better place by unlocking their greatness and enabling them to reach their full potential in our ever-changing and increasingly complex world. For more information, please visit https://www.eigeneration.com/.

Ford Momentum

FordMomentum! began as a commitment to servant leadership. Through our experience in organizations across nearly every major U.S. industry, we recognized the lack of authentic cultural information used in key decision making.   FordMomentum! solves communications issues that elevate the human condition. We are women of color who own a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, family-owned business and we are excited to partner with Girls Empowerment Network! For more information, please visit www.thefordmomentum.com.

FotoFest International Learning Program Literacy Through Photography

Literacy Through Photography (LTP) is the learning program for FotoFest International, Houston’s longest running institution devoted solely to photography and new media artwork. LTP began with a series of groundbreaking photography workshops conducted by teacher and photographer Wendy Ewald supported by FotoFest in Houston in 1987, which built upon the project’s success by expanding to roughly one thousand Houston Independent School District students by 1990.  Literacy Through Photography grew from the initial project into a full-scale photography and writing literacy program that offers Houston students an avenue for greater self-expression. For more information, please visit http://www.literacythroughphotography.org/.

Girlology and The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

Dr. Hillary Boswell is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in providing gynecologic care to pediatric and adolescent patients. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Columbia University. Dr. Boswell completed her medical school training and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University. She later moved to Houston to pursue subspecialty training at Texas Children’s Hospital in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Boswell has been involved with many community programs to help support female adolescent health. She was the first “Girlologist” in the Houston area, and is proud to represent Girlology (a nationally recognized brand) by giving seminars for girls and their parents, providing fun and factual education about puberty and other challenges of being female. For more information, please visit https://www.girlology.com/.

Girls Living Life on Purpose

Leslie Denman serves at Girl Living Life On Purpose (GLLOP), an award winning 501c3 nonprofit that empowers girls for purpose and success. GLLOP offers a variety of girl empowerment programs, such as training and services designed to inspire passion, increase capacity, strengthen families, and support girls as they transition to womanhood. For more information, please visit www.gllopinc.org.

Girlstart

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, please visit www.girlstart.org.

HISD College Readiness Department

Mia Bradford is currently a Senior Manager for the HISD’s College Readiness department in Houston, Texas where she is leading the district’s elementary and middle school outreach initiative for early college awareness. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Spanish-Linguistics from UCLA and has a Master’s in School Counseling from New York University. She previously served as the Director of College Counseling at the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem and a School Counselor for nine years with the New York City Department of Education. For more information, please visit www.houstonisd.org/collegereadiness.

Houston SPCA

Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation, and community support makes it possible for us to fulfill this mission every day.  Established in 1924, the Houston SPCA is a high impact organization – providing the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast region. We provide services for more than 50,000 animals each year, including dogs and cats, horses and farm animals, native wildlife and exotic species.   The Houston SPCA is also the lead non-profit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. For more information about the Houston SPCA and special events, please visit www.houstonspca.org.

“I Am” Project for Girls – Paula Ramirez

My name is Paula Ramirez.  I was born in Brownsville, TX and grew up in the Houston, Heights area.  I’m a true Texan at heart.  I have two beautiful children, daughter, now 21 and a son who is 14.  I have a Bachelor’s degree and currently finishing a Master’s Program at LeTourneau University Business School.  I have been in the healthcare industry for the last 20 years. I love to use my imagination for crafting and creating something out of nothing. For more information, please visit https://my.bravegirlsclub.com/courses/i-am-project-for-girls/.

InSpire Inc.

InSpire is a non-profit organization providing wrap around services for families. Our goal is to support schools in educating the entire family with programs to encourage higher learning, health, mental wellness and economic empowerment . We provide ongoing 21st Century Skills Programs. Our learning experiences are highly engaging hands-on and project-based design by pupil interested; we have incorporated STEAM in all classes. To expose our participants to the fastest growing educational trend — the integration of science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math — a whole mind way of learning that prepares students for a complex world and the 21st century job market. For more information, please visit www.inspirealife2.com.

Inspire Fire

InspireFire uncovers the MAGIC behind healthy living through their fun and interactive workshops. They breakdown what it truly means to live a healthy lifestyle nutritionally, physically and most importantly mentally. For more information, please visit http://www.inspirefiredaily.com/.

Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture

Intuitive provides “edutainment” services, via classes and performances, which focuses on the rich cultural history of West African drum and dance rhythms. For more information, please visit www.Intuitiveafricandanceanddrumculture.com.

Iris Lacsamana

Iris Lacsamana is a girl who loves the world. She is an actress, playwright, dancer, and all around artist. She loves encouraging girls to live to their fullest potential, especially in the arts. She believes that being a good girl means being a girl rooted in love, that is, love for oneself and for the people around you, and that this should be conveyed in any and all art that you produce. For more information, please visit facebook.com/irislacsamana.

Kelly Banneyer, PhD

Kelly Banneyer earned her PhD in School Psychology and is currently a Psychology Fellow.

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, please visit www.LSMURPHEF.com.

Lauren Newman

Lauren Newman is a nutrition expert and dietetic intern at The University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about empowering individuals connect with their bodies to improve their health and wellbeing.

Londen Underwood/Emerald Rising, LLC

In the summer of 2016, Londen launched Emerald Rising, LLC. Londen’s vision for Emerald Rising is to provide men, women, and teenagers with the techniques that they need to improve their self-confidence and give them the tools not only to makeover and identify their own personal style, but 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.  For more information, please visit www.emeraldrisingllc.com.

M.A.D. House Domain

M.A.D. House Domain, founded in 2015, was started by a young girl, President Lauren Miller, in her college dorm room wondering how and even if she could make a positive difference in the world. With a fiery heart full of dreams to bring empowerment and awareness to a society struggling with it’s identity,  M.A.D. House Domain came into being. M.A.D. House Domain was birthed through the belief that bringing awareness to societal issues and helping people share their unique story through the arts and their gifts empowers them to not only embrace their identity but to become an advocate for others who are on similar journeys. For more information, please visit www.madhousedomain.com.

Dr. Marta Zarzycka

Dr. Marta Zarzycka is a Ph.D. with experience in curriculum development, public speaking and advising corporate and non-profit businesses on the implementation of diversity and global context strategies, including their online content and management policies. She consults organisations on their online content and management policies on implementation of diversity, inclusion, and global context strategies. She also publishes on gender- and race bias and targeting in social media, and on developing strategies and content policies for inclusive and safe online participation. For more information, please visit marta.zarzycka.net.

Más Que Tres

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

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in central Houston in the Texas Medical Center.  MD Anderson was created in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today.  U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey has ranked MD Anderson the nation’s top hospital for cancer care. For more information, please visit mdanderson.org.

Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. For more information, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/.

Page

We are Page, a 500-plus person multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm with offices in the U.S. and abroad. Our work consists largely of complex projects that benefit from our integrated disciplines and that make a significant impact on the communities they serve. We are guided by the three core values of creativity, collaboration, and commitment. Through the force of these ideals, we live up to our promise of design that makes lives better. For more information, please visit pagethink.com.

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.  Her conscious parenting programs teach how to keep your cool during heated moments rather than resorting to the dominant methods from yesteryear that often involved fear, threats, shaming and punishment. To find out about her book and programs on this topic visit randirubenstein.com.

Redefining BEAUTY

Redefining BEAUTY Movement is a movement that encourages women to deviate from society’s perverted view of beauty by “Becoming Educated Artistic and Understanding Towards Yourself.” It is a movement for girls/women of all race, ethnicity, culture, shape, and sizes! For more information, please visit www.redefiningbeautymovement.com.

Sales Fix, LLC – Kali Cole

Kali Cole moved from Brooklyn, New York to Houston, Texas as an adolescent and later graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.   She has worked in innovative, highly competitive and fast-paced Corporate environments for industry titans which permitted her to acquire her unsurpassed business acumen and Marketing expertise. For more information, please visit www.salesfixtexas.com.

SciArt Exchange

SciArt Exchange offers multi-disciplinary art contests, artwork events, consulting, training and community resources to support science and technology education, collaboration, and innovation.  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. For more information, please visit www.SciArtExchange.org.

Splash Kids Art

Splash Kids Art specializes in kids mobile art parties and other art services. We have worked with schools and other organizations to bring art to the community. Stephanie Haden is owner of Splash kids and is certified in art education. She works with her A team staff: Diana, Noemi, Angela, and Julia. We enjoy bringing art and creativity to the community. For more information, please visit Houstonart.webs.com.

Tech It Out – SHEbot

SHEbot is a high tech educational group that provides camps and clubs for Girls grades 3th – 8th. We aim to increase the number of girls involved in the intellectual sport of robotics. The mission of SHEbot is to use a girl-focused robotics challenge and natural desire to collaborate to increase girls interest, abilities and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and sisterhood through involvement in competitive robotics. For more information, please visit www.BotShopRocks.com.

TexasYogini, LLC

TexasYogini is an intimate yoga studio featuring nurturing, experienced teachers, unheated classes, lots of assists, and always laughter and community.  From first time yogis to well seasoned practitioners, there is something for everyone at the studio.  Hope has been an educator since 1995 – graduated from the University of Houston and completed masters and doctoral level coursework at Texas Tech, College of St. Rose, and Vanderbilt University.  Yoga entered Hope’s life in 1999, and in 2004, she began deepening her learning by enrolling in the yoga immersion and instruction offered through ViraYoga in NYC.  Hope’s practice remained strong, but she only began teaching yoga to others after traveling to and studying Hatha Yoga and meditation in Upper Bhagsu, India in 2014.  She then taught at Houston Yoga Collective in Garden Oaks. For more information, please visit www.texasyogini.com.

The Pangea Network – Young Women’s Leadership Challenge

In 2012, The Pangea Network, a Houston-based NGO that had historically worked primarily in Kenya decided to bring its programs to the USA, inspiring local girls to TAKE ACTION. Founder Nicole Minor noticed that, when asked to speak to high school groups about her Kenya project, young woman would come up to her and tell her that they wanted to be involved, to become empowered, and to give back locally and globally but didn’t have the tools to do so. Therefore, Nicole and her team created The Young Women’s Leadership Challenge (YWLC). In 2017 the program was expanded to Austin and Dallas, based on the demand from high school teachers and counselors as well as high school girls. For more information, please visit www.thepangeanetwork.org.

The Princess Within Foundation – Dr. Bernada Nicole

Dr. Bernada Nicole is one of the most influential, inspirational, and captivating leaders of her generation. Her ability to captivate the attention of girls and women is remarkable.  Dr. Bernada Nicole is a native of Chicago and recently relocated to Houston, Texas. She has been blessed with a variety of gifts and talents that have been used to empower girls across the globe to love themselves unconditionally by discovering the princess that lies within.  Dr. Bernada Nicole is the CEO/Founder of The Princess Within Foundation, a mentoring program that equips girls with the tools needed to cultivate self esteem, overcome the obstacles of life and to excel academically. Dr. Bernada Nicole has a proven track record of success for working to empower, educate and equip girls with the tools needed to succeed in life & to not become a victim of their circumstances. For more information, please visit www.theprincesswithin.org.

The Queen’s Project

The Queen’s Project is based on the principle that all girls should be empowered to reach their greatness.The Queen’s Project will inspire and encourage girls to reach their goals and show them how to stay focused while doing just that. For more information, please visit http://www.thequeensproject.com.

Tristan Jackson

Tristan Jackson is a self-published inspirational author. Tristan Jackson was raised by a single parent in a small low income neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Ms. Jackson was determined to break the generational curses in her family. For more information, please visit www.tjinspires.com.

UNICEF USA

UNICEF USA is the largest humanitarian organization in the world, working in 190 countries. UNICEF USA is supporting UNICEF’s mission with education, advocacy and fundraising activities. I can present to any of the following topics:  ▪ UNICEF 101 ▪ Global Citizenship ▪ Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ▪ UNICEF Kid Power ▪Children’s Rights and Peace-building ▪ UNICEF’s Response to Emergencies ▪ Health and Nutrition ▪ Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ▪ Gender Equity and Social Inclusion ▪ Human Trafficking and Child Protection ▪ Innovation in Development ▪Sustainable Development Goals ▪ Macedonia & South-Eastern Europe. For more information, please visit www.unicefusa.org.

Vintage CrossFit Kids

CrossFit Kids combines gymnastics, body-weight calisthenics, and weightlifting elements to develop physical skills with additional focus on elements that encourage bone density and vestibular system development. Children and Teens have a great opportunity to maximize their physical skills when exposed to this stimulus during years of peak development, and the elements are combined to keep children engaged and entertained, while teaching them proper movement mechanics and creating a broad athletic foundation. For more information, please visit www.vintagecrossfit.com.

Wells Fargo – Brenda Sexton

Brenda has been in the mortgage/finance industry for 25+ years.  The last 14 years have been with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  She has held several positions with her organization as Home Loan Processor, Home Mortgage Consultant, Area Processing Manager, and most recently Branch Sales Manager. She has a passion to educate those she encounters around home mortgage process.  She believes everyone can obtain that “American Dream” of homeownership. For more information, please visit www.wellsfargo.com.

Wells Fargo – Cindy Boutte

Cindy has been in the Financial services industry for 13+ years.  The last 12 years have been with Wells Fargo Bank N.A.  She has held several positions with her organization as Personal Banker, Service Manager, and most recently Regional Banking Branch Manager.  She manages a team that enjoys getting to know their customers and providing them with solutions to help  to help them succeed financially. For more information, please visit www.wellsfargo.com.

Women in Architecture Houston

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. For more information, please visit https://aiahouston.org/v/site-home/Women-in-Architecture/3u/.

Young Artist Art Studio

Young Artist Art Studio is a well-located art studio providing the perfect enviroment for nurturing non-competitive programs. At Young Artist Art Studio, children not only will learn to use their imaginations, but will learn to bend them and stretch them inside out. Students gain a sound understanding of many aspects of arts and painting techniques. They acquire a deeper appreciation for art and they begin realize how the creative mind that every child is born with can positively impact every aspect of their lives. For more information, please visit www.youngartistartstudio.com.

Young Picassos

Founded in 2011 by Psychotherapist Angelina Rodriguez, Young Picassos embodies a passion for art and personal development. Our mission is to promote compassion, empathy, self-esteem, trust, authenticity, and confidence through engaging, fun art projects. Young Picassos creates an enriched environment that fosters personal growth and self-image for children ages 3 and older. We believe our method of helping parents mold children into happy, self-aware adults separates our program from other children’s art programs in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit www.youngpicassoshouston.com.

Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores 2017