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Juliet Stipeche had rose-tinted glasses perched on her nose when she was elected to the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Trustees four years ago. Those glasses lost their hue quickly, though.
“I went in thinking I was going to make good schools even better, that every child had an opportunity to succeed. I still believe that,” said Stipeche, who was first elected to represent District 8 in 2010 to fill Diana Davila’s unexpired term.
The Eighth Annual HER Awards Luncheon was held August 20 at the La Colombe d’Or Mansion and attended by a sell-out crowd of family, friends and fans of the 2014 honorees. Welcoming the guests to the grand event was Beverly Denver, publisher of Houston Woman Magazine, and others from her staff.
Never underestimate the power of a bunch of mothers determined to improve public safety for themselves and their children. That is exactly why Mothers Against Crime (MAC) was created earlier this year by Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. As a mother of three, Mankarious feels passionately about keeping schools, streets and communities safe for her children. She knows too that other mothers feel exactly the same way!
On the Cover:
Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2013
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.
On the Cover: Maria Oden
When Maria Oden started at Rice University as a bioengineering professor in 2004, senior students in the capstone class sketched out their engineering projects on paper.
On the Cover: Beena George
The new dean of the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business took an unexpected path to leading the esteemed school.
On the Cover: HER Awards Recipients 2013
Over 200 friends and fans of the Nominate HER Awards Program and the 2013 award recipients filled the ballroom of La Colombe d’Or Mansion on May 22 to be part of the seventh annual celebration luncheon.
On the Cover: Lemonade Day
When you walk into the national offices of Lemonade Day, located right here in Houston, the aesthetic of the place immediately grabs your attention.
On the Cover: Joan Ifland
A New Year, A New You! It’s the mantra for many! Vows to exercise, juice, cleanse and go raw are tossed about like so many footballs during the playoffs.
Nearly 200 readers of Houston Woman Magazine answered the call for nominations for Houston's 50 Most Influential Women for 2012. As a result, nomination forms flowed in, and HWM staffers were kept busy for weeks and weeks going through the mail and reading about so many worthy candidates.
Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Fortuitously, it was the work of the Bard himself that brought together a handful of women players performing at a Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, Texas a few years ago.
The annual HER Awards program is designed to recognize Houston women who influence and inspire those around them and, thereby, serve as excellent role models for others in our community.
Nancy Allen, fueling the passionate flames to build Asia Society Texas Center.
Nancy Allen has given new meaning to the word “cheerleader.” When it came down to moving ahead with the vision to build Houston’s brand new and gleaming Asia Society Texas Center headquarters, the mother and grandmother didn’t simply cheer from the sidelines since getting involved 10 years ago.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker began serving her first term in January 2010 and has just been re-elected to serve a second term. Prior to her election as mayor, Parker served as city controller for six years and as a member of city council for six years.
Halloween is right around the corner and for charity event planners Sidney Faust and Cora Sue Mach, that means looking forward to one of their most exciting parties of the year. For the 11th year in a row, the dynamic duo are throwing their Trick or Toy Halloween Party to help collect toys for the Texas Children's Cancer Center's holiday party.
On the Cover: Madison Robinson
At just 13 years old, footwear designer and entrepreneur Madison (Maddie) Robinson is one of the youngest businesswomen in the greater Houston area. FishFlops is the brand of children's flip-flop sandals that were sparked by Maddie's vivid imagination and her passion for drawing — a talent she has been cultivating since she was a toddler.
On the Cover: HER Awards 2011
Houston Woman Magazine held its Fifth Annual Nominate HER Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 24 to honor seven incredible women — all deemed excellent role models. The gala event was held at the La Colombe d'Or Mansion. A capacity crowd of professional men and women attended.
Those who walked into the ballroom of the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel on February 24 around noon could not have missed the beautiful clay sculptures of artist Veronica Casares Lee.
On the Cover: Celebating 7 Years
Houston Woman Magazine is celebrating its seventh birthday now, and this issue is a salute to the number seven. Readers sound off on why the number seven holds special significance to them.
On the Cover: Claire Hart-Palumbo
Claire Hart-Palumbo has spent 33 years helping to build theater in Houston.
September / October 2010
On the Cover: Beverly Kaufman
After 35 years of service, Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufma will retire on December 31.
On the Cover: Gwen Emmett
Wife of Harris County Judge talks candidly about her life and how she handles hurricanes and whirlwinds of activity.
On the Cover: HER Award Recipients 2010
Seven amazing women, all deemed excellent role models, were honored on May 21 at Houston Woman Magazine's Fourth Annual Nominate HER Awards Luncheon.
On the Cover: Renu Khator
Renu Khator holds the dual titles of chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston. She is the UH System's first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the U.S. She assumed her post in January 2008.
On the Cover: Nelda Luce Blair
Nelda Luce Blair is not a mayor, or even a councilmember, although she has many of the same responsibilities in her role as chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors.
On the Cover: Mandy Kao
Never underestimate the power of a turtle. Just ask Titan Management co-owner, community leader and philanthropist Mandy Kao. Born in Hong Kong, the self-described "mischievous prankster" sneaked out of her parents' condo to meet friends on the building's rooftop and started her first business.
On the Cover: Chevron: Powering Human Progress
Global leader Chevron has a commanding presence. The oil and gas giant is the country's second-largest integrated energy company and among the world's largest corporations.
On the Cover: HER Award Recipients 2009
The Third Annual Nominate HER Awards Luncheon was held June 25 at the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. The big event, sponsored by Houston Woman Magazine, honored seven women in seven different categories. Each was deemed an Excellent Role Model for the way she lives her life.
On the Cover: Elsie Huang
After six years of service, Elsie Huang is retiring as president of the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Houston. Her successor will be Rogene Calvert who takes over June 15. Huang joined the Chamber as executive director shortly after retiring as a elementary school principal. But, shortly after taking on the job, the Chamber's board realized the incredible work she was doing and changed her title to president.
On the Cover: Roberta Harris
Chaotic expression drifts into harmony and peace. Discordant black and white squares slowly blossom into geometric patterns tinted with muted ochre and pinks, emblazoned with soft-petal roses and gentle green leaves. And, according to the artist who created this collage-painting, it's an artwork that contrasts the turmoil and inner solitude – through a churning range of emotions – that women face daily.
On the Cover: Year of No More Excuses
Houston Woman Magazine has declared 2009 the Year of No More Excuses and challenged readers to make the next 12 months the best and most empowering time of their lives. We asked readers to tell us about their goals and good intentions. Some of their comments are printed here. Others will be included in Houston Woman Magazine over the next 12 months.
On the Cover: Lois Konnos
With a spirited personality and a thirst for closing the deal, Lois Konnos, president and CEO of Carnival Booking, Inc. has created the largest independent carnival booking agency in the country. Founded in the early 1990s, Carnival Booking, Inc. has earned an enviable reputation – one that's dedicated to excellence and the highest of standards. In this issue, you will read about Lois Konnos and how she took a once-shady industry to a whole new level respectability.
On the Cover: HER Award Recipients 2008
The Granduca Hotel was the scene recently of Houston Woman Magazine's Second Annual Nominate HER Awards Luncheon, when eight amazing women were honored for being excellent role models. All were nominated in different categories by readers of Houston Woman Magazine and selected by members of our staff. Honorees and the awards.
On the Cover: Donna Sollenberger
Baylor College of Medicine is building a new hospital, and Donna Sollenberger has returned to Houston to serve as CEO. She's excited about the opportunity to plan a hospital from the ground up - one that is embedding personalized care for patients into its delivery system.
On the Cover:
Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2008
Several hundred readers of Houston Woman Magazine answered thecall last winter for nominations for Houston's 50 Most Influential Women for 2008. As a result, nomination forms flowed in, and HWM staffers were kept buy for weeks and weeks going through the mail and reading about so many worthy candidates. Ultimately, the staff made the final selections from among those nominated. In this issue, Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2008 are profiled.
On the Cover: Reliant Energy
A successful career is all about balance: the process of juggling career and company goals with the demands of personal and family life. And when a company's culture recognizes that balance with a strong respect for each individual, the result is powerful. It's a corporate culture that Houston-based Reliant Energy is proud to call its own. To highlight the energy giant's progressive hiring, development and promotion policies – and how they affect women and diversity – Houston Woman Magazine interviewed four women executives at Reliant: Donna Benefield, Tracy Carmen-Jones, Suzanne Kupiec and Karen Taylor.
On the Cover: Jo A. Cassady
When it comes to stepping up its business, one company – Prudential – is looking for a few good men and women! And, leading the local recruiting effort for new financial planners and licensed sales professionals is Jo A. Casady, a take-charge woman with 22 years experience in wealth management.
On the Cover: Pamela Wright
Pamela Wright combines her passion and expertise in designing jewelry with her savvy in appraising valuables and estate property. And for Wright, an accredited appraiser of personal property through the International Society of Appraisers, it's a talent she puts to use every day at one of Houston's most successful pawn shops.
On the Cover: Georgianna Nichols
Georgianna Nichols looks back upon her career with a broad smile. What started with an unnerving move to Houston in the 1970s, a resume in hand and an unbridled work ethic resulted in her reaching the top of the corporate ladder in a "real man's world." But now, Nichols, President and Chief Operating Officer of CenterPoint Energy is retiring.
Cover Story Archives
Browse through our cover story archives below and learn more about the amazing women who have graced the covers of Houston Woman Magazine:
COVER GIRLS – 2015
COVER GIRLS – 2014
Kjersti Aagaard, M.D.
Veronica Caseras Lee
Cora Sue Mach
Dr. Cheryl Peters
Penny Ann Reed
Linda Bell Robinson
Tiffany D. Thomas
COVER GIRLS – 2010
Nelda Luce Blair
Elaine Johnson, R.N.
COVER GIRLS – 2009
Jennie M. Bennett
Jacqueline Baly Chaumette
Laurie M. Glaze
Shay St. John
Rebecca Greene Udden
COVER GIRLS – 2008
COVER GIRLS – 2007
Lee Ann Elvig
Margo P. Geddie
Maria Emee Nisnisan
COVER GIRLS – 2006
Mary Bossier-Bearden, R.N.
Kristi Cullum, R.N.
Helen Currier. R.N.
Mary Grace Gray
Charleta Guillory, M.D.
Renae Schumann, R.N.
Y. Ping Sun
COVER GIRLS – 2004
Lisa Leal, M.D.