Fifty Most Influential Women

Houston Woman Magazine has released a special edition featuring “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2009.” A private reception, hosted by Chevron, was held the evening of December 7 in the Chevron Building, 1400 Smith Street in downtown Houston, to mark the occasion and honor this year’s Women of Influence.

Each honoree was first nominated for inclusion on the “50 Women” list by a subscriber of Houston Woman Magazine and then selected by a committee comprised of local professionals and staff of the publication.

According to Beverly Denver, publisher of Houston Woman Magazine, “Those selected as Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2009 are individuals with vast networks of social and professional connections. They have earned an enviable reputation for possessing an expertise in a particular field or arena. They are considered knowledgeable, credible and trustworthy. The thoughts and actions of these women can change the thoughts and actions of others. It is our distinct privilege to be able to introduce these remarkable women to our readers.”

Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2009 are:

Joni Baird, Chevron
Nelda Luce Blair, Blair Law Firm
Angela Blanchard, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Susan Borches, Houston Greeters
Brene Brown, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Suzanne Bruce, M.D., Suzanne Bruce & Associates
Martha Carnes, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Gracie Cavnar, Recipe for Success
Cindy Clifford, Clifford Group
Donna Cole, Cole Chemical & Distributing
Marian Davenport, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Deborah Duncan, KHOU-TV
Dorothy Weston Gibbons, The Rose
Susanne Glasscock, Retired
Christina Robinson Grochett, University of Phoenix
Paula McCann Harris, Schlumberger
Carol Helliker, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Teresita Hernandez, Bastion Technologies
Leisa Holland-Nelson, ContentActive, LLC
Joan Huffman, Texas State Senator
Meredith Iler, The Strategic Alliance
Beverly Kaufman, Harris County Clerk
Renu Khator, The University of Houston System
Kay King, Houston Community College
Nancy Levicki, Dress for Success
Lynne Liberato, Haynes & Boone, LLP
Janiece Longoria, University of Texas System Board of Regents
Kathy Lord, Bayou Preservation Association
Karen Love, Harris County Health Care Alliance
Sue Lovell, City of Houston Council Member
Kathleen Lucas, BP Americas
Patricia Lykos, Harris County District Attorney
Lynn Mathrem Asset Management Advisors, Inc.
Anne Neeson, United Way of Greater Houston
Susan Osterberg, University of Houston
Sonia Perez, AT&T
Leila Perrin, Better Business Bureau
Kathy Ploch, Zientek & Co., PC
Susan Rafte, Pink Ribbon Project
Kim Ruth, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Roberta Schwartz, The Methodist Hospital
Evalyn Shea, Shea Writing & Training Solutions
Cindy Siegle, City of Bellaire Mayor
Mary Spangler, Houston Community College
Diana Morales Taylor, YWCA Greater Houston
Nancy Tucker, CanCare
Dancie Perugini Ware, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations
Francie Willis, Urban Retreat
Beth Wolff, Beth Wolff GMAC Real Estate
Francene Young, Shell Oil Company

Copies of the special edition featuring Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2009 were mailed to all subscribers of Houston Woman Magazine. Additional copies are now available for purchase for $10 each at River Oaks Bookstore or by calling Houston Woman Magazine at 713-780-2098.