Fifty Women of Influence

Fifty women named to 2013
'Houston’s Most Influential' list

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Last fall, more than 200 readers of Houston Woman Magazine answered the call for nominations for Houston's 50 Most Influential Women for 2013. As a result, nomination forms flowed in, and HWM staffers were kept busy for weeks going through the mail and reading about the accomplishments of so many worthy candidates.

Ultimately, the staff of Houston Woman Magazine made the final selections from among those nominated. Each one of them was chosen because her sphere of influence was deemed "vast and powerful."

Beverly Denver, editor and publisher of Houston Woman Magazine, said, "When the call for nominations went out, we had a number of people call or email and ask what exactly did we mean by 'most influential.' Many thought we were looking for the most successful women in town or the most well known, for example. We explained that in some cases all might apply, but being 'most influential' (in our opinion) was truly about something else. Simply put, we were looking for women whose actions or thoughts can change the actions or thoughts of others."

Influential people are often charismatic individuals with a vast network of social and professional connections. Many times they also have earned an enviable reputation for an expertise in a particular area. Because of that, they are credible. This form of influence draws upon the notion of trust. The women selected this year fit all these descriptions," said Denver. 

So, it should come as no surprise that Houston's 50 Most Influential Women for 2013 is a diverse group, representing women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.

Some of the women have lived in Houston for many, many years. Some have not.

Some of the women are influential because of the volunteer work they do in our community. Some are not.

Many have distinguished themselves in their businesses or careers. And, as you’d expect, their fields of work are about as diverse as one can imagine: chemistry, energy, law, non-profits, oil and gas, media, medicine, politics, real estate, space exploration, etc.

It is our pleasure to be able to introduce all of these amazing women to our readers," said Denver. "Each is unique and spends her time doing what she is most passionate about. As a result, she influences — in a most positive way — a wide circle of friends and associates."

Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2013 were honored at an afternoon tea at the St. Regis Hotel on Sunday, January 12. At the private event, the 2013 honorees were the first to see Houston Woman Magazine's special edition featuring each of them. Next day, that keepsake issue was mailed to all subscribers of Houston Woman Magazine and became available for purchase by others. Requests for copies should be directed to 713-780-2098.

Women of Influence Honorees

  • 2013 Honorees +

    Amy Bernstein
    Nandita Berry
    Noel Bezette-Flores
    Jeanne Bollinger
    Victoria Al Linh Bryant
    Frances Castaneda-Dyess
    Shern-Min Chow
    Amy Chronis 
    Cheryl D. Creuzot 
    Wendy Daboval 
    Kimberly C. David 
    April Day 
    Twila Day 
    Kathie Edwards 
    Caroline Fant 
    Kelli Cohen Fein 
    Valerie Gibbs 
    Gwendolyn Goffe 
    Julie A. Hardin 
    Carol A. Hess
    Kathy Hubbard
    Marianne Ivany 
    Clare Sullivan Jackson 
    Alicia Jansen 
    Elizabeth “Betsy” Kamin 
    Janet Langford Kelly
    Elizabeth Killinger
    Lianne Lami
    Katrina Landis 
    Melaney Linton 
    Pamela Lovett 
    Rania Mankarious
    Jean May 
    Amanda McMillian 
    Alice B. Otchere 
    Munira Panjwani 
    Minerva Perez 
    Teresa Cox Reading
    Cindi Harwood Rose 
    Becky Rush
    Laura Sayavedra
    Sara Speer Selber
    Christine Spray
    Senfronia Thompson
    Linda Thrane 
    Sherry D. Williams
    Melanie Wong
    Anjanette Wyatt
    Betty Young
    Robin Young-Ellis
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  • 2012 Honorees +

    Wanda Adams
    Tara Maria Amavi
    Anne Anderson
    Crystal Ashby
    Susan Asimakis
    Susan A. Bailey
    Cindy Bigner
    Minnette Boesel
    Susan Boggio
    Maria Wyckoff Boyce
    Helena Brown
    Elizabeth Campbell
    Shauna Johnson Clark
    Heidi Cruz
    Cissy Segall Davis
    Julie Dill
    Marcela Donadio
    M. Cathy Douglas
    Samina Farid
    LaTanya Flix
    Vicki Fullerton
    Cyndy Garza-Roberts
    Laura Gibson
    Charleta Guillory, M.D.
    Carole Harrington
    Mireille Hassenboehler
    Brenda Hellyer
    Irene Helsinger
    Liane Hinrichs
    Karen Hoylman
    Janeen Judah
    Sally Kline
    Libi Lebel
    Gina Luna
    Jacqueline Martin
    Susan McEldoon
    Sharron Melton
    Sophy Merszei
    Sister Jane Meyer
    Sheri Parrack
    Gilda Ramirez
    Maria Rios
    Janis Schmees
    Lisa Trapani Schumate
    Kim Szeto
    Linda Toyota
    Phoebe Tudor
    Susan Vick
    Pamela Wright
    Kelly Zuniga

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  • 2011 Honorees +

    Erin Asprec
    Debbie Bates
    Martha Blackwelder
    Melanie Brown, Ph.D.
    Katy Caldwell
    Bonnie Campbell
    Eileen Campbell
    Katherine Cabaniss
    Anne Chao 
    Patsy Chapman
    Janette Lemmon Cosley 
    Lavonne Cox
    Lisa Cregan
    Cris Daskevich
    Sarah Marie Davis
    Chitra Divakaruni
    Gwen Emmett 
    Mary Jane Fortin
    Dena Gray
    Winell Herron
    Tammie Kahn
    Mary Anne Jay
    Jane D. Jones 
    Ann Kaufman
    Dana Kervin
    Mandy Kao
    Melissa King 
    Cora Sue Mach
    Sultana Mangalji
    Linda K. May
    Stacy Methvin
    Annella Metoyer
    Mamie Moy
    Linda O'Black
    Sara Ortwein
    Kathleen Tinsley Ownby
    Page Parkes-Eveleth
    Patricia Prather 
    Charlene A. Ripley
    Margaret Vaughan Robinson
    Susan V. Sample
    Jewel Smith
    Cleverley Stone
    Elaine Turner
    Margaret Van Bree
    Harriet Wasserstrum
    Rebecca White
    Peggy Whitson
    Melissa Wilson
    Carole A. Young 

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  • 2010 Honorees +

    Dorothy Ables
    Carol Alvarado
    Lisa Anderson
    Nana Booker 
    Shannon Buggs
    Deborah Cannon
    Theresa Chang
    Elizabeth Cheney
    Janet Clark
    Jane-Page Crump 
    Chloe Dao
    June Deadrick
    Ann Deaton
    Ellen DeSanctis 
    Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
    Jana Grauberger
    Janet Gurwitch
    Eva Guzman
    Peggy Heeg
    Diana Hudson
    Jolanda Jones
    Alecia Lawyer
    Karen Love
    Barbara Manousso 
    Cindy Marion
    Catherine Mosbacher
    MaryJane Mudd
    Laura Murillo
    Chris Noble
    Frances S. Padgett
    Annise Parker
    Sue Payne
    Monica Pope
    Susan Repka
    Mary Ann Reynolds
    Rebecca Roberts
    Nancy Rutledge
    Dominique Sachse
    Rita Santamaria
    S. Shawn Stephens
    Julie Struble
    Y. Ping Sun
    Anne Taylor
    Pattie Dale Tye
    Helen Vollmer
    May Walker
    Claudia Williamson 
    Dr. Laureen Wishom
    Linda Wuest
    Marcie Zlotnik

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  • 2009 Honorees +

    Joni Baird
    Nelda Luce Blair
    Angela Blanchard
    Susan Borches
    Brene Brown
    Suzanne Bruce, M.D.
    Martha Carnes
    Gracie Cavnar
    Cindy Clifford
    Donna Cole
    Marian Davenport
    Deborah Duncan
    Dorothy Weston Gibbons
    Christina Robinson Grochett
    Susanne Glasscock
    Paula McCann Harris
    Carol Helliker
    Teresita Hernandez
    Leisa Holland-Nelson
    Joan Huffman
    Meredith Iler
    Beverly Kaufman
    Renu Khator
    Kay King
    Nancy Levicki
    Lynne Liberato
    Janiece Longoria
    Kathy Lord
    Karen Love
    Sue Lovell
    Kathleen Lucas
    Patricia Lykos
    Lynn Mathre
    Anne Neeson
    Susan Osterberg
    Sonia Perez
    Leila Perrin
    Kathy Ploch
    Susan Rafte
    Kim Ruth
    Roberta Schwartz
    Evalyn Shea
    Cindy Siegle
    Mary Spangler
    Diana Morales Taylor
    Nancy Tucker
    Dancie Perugini Ware
    Francie Willis
    Beth Wolff
    Francene Young
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