HOUSTON (Sept. 3, 2015) — Today, Texas Executive Women (TEW) announced the Women on the Move® Class of 2015. The Women on the Move Award recognizes the business and civic achievements of ten top female leaders, while the Rising Star award spotlights one young professional woman up-and-comer. The Houston area winners will be honored during TEW’s 30th Annual Women on the Move Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010.
“The selection process was especially challenging this year because we received a record number of applications and the candidate pool was exceptional,” said Shira Yoshor, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair.
Cisselon Nichols Hurd, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair added, “Houston has a wealth of professional women making significant contributions, both professionally and in the community. The level of female leadership and diversity in our city was well reflected in the outstanding applicant pool and our 2015 WOM Class.”
“We invite everyone to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of the honorees, who embody the spirit of the Women on the Move Award. Indeed, each of this year’s talented honorees emanates qualities such as tenacity, courage, selflessness and humility,” said prior Women on the Move Award recipient Debra Ibarra Mayfield, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair.
Comprising the 2015 Class of Women on the Move are:
- Nory Angel, Executive Director/CEO, SER Jobs for Progress
- Christina Morales Berger, President/CEO, Morales Memorial Foundation
- Melanie Brown, Head of Technology Operations Strategic Execution Office, CenterPoint Energy
- Victoria Bryant, President, Ambassadors Caregivers
- Jane Cummins, Executive Director Educational Programs, Inspiring Communities dba The HEART Program
- Gina Gaston Elie, News Anchor, KTRK-TV, ABC13
- Julie Hardin, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
- Jonita Reynolds, CEO, Gulf Coast Community Services Association
- Gayle Slaughter, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Diversity, Baylor College of Medicine
- Cheryl Lyn Walker, Welch Chair, Professor/Director, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Institute of Biosciences & Technology
- 2015 Rising Star: E. Nicole Baldwin, Founder/CEO, Biao Skincare LLC
TEW understands the value of supporting women along their professional journeys and grooming the next generation of female leaders to help shape the global success of Houston. Partnering with TEW to accomplish its mission through sponsorship of the 2015 Women on the Move Awards Luncheon are the following sponsors to date: Platinum Sponsor H-E-B; Gold Sponsor Sofia Adrogue/Gary Reed & McGraw, PC/Kelli Cohen Fein/Caroline Baker Hurley/S. Shawn Stephens and Y. Ping Sun; and Silver Sponsors Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Nancy Hall, KPRC-TV, Melanie Gray/Winston & Strawn LLP, and Susan Soussan/Elizabeth Ray/Katie Kennedy. In-kind sponsors to date include: Barfield Photography and Lisa Malosky Productions, and media partner Houston Women’s Magazine.
For additional information regarding Texas Executive Women, Women on the Move, sponsorship or individual ticket purchase, please visit the TEW website. Sponsor confirmations are due by Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, for inclusion in the printed collateral.
About Texas Executive Women
Founded in 1979, Texas Executive Women (TEW) is a 501(c)(3) membership-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to support programs that recognize, develop and fund the advancement of women and teenage girls in Greater Houston. The TEW brand includes Women on the Move (WOM), which recognizes ten exceptional women each year and one Rising Star. WOM was started by two powerful Texas families – the Sakowitzes and Hobbys. Proceeds from the Women on the Move celebration fund college scholarships, field trips and individualized mentoring of the teenage girls in the program. For additional details, visit: www.texasexecutivewomen.org.
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