FHPW President's Letter
Enriching and Celebrating Women!
The Federation of Houston Professional Women began in September 1981 and was officially chartered by State of Texas in May 1982 as a non-profit, non-partisan business league. Our first Woman of Excellence Gala was held in 1982. We are in our thirty eighth year as an organization. We have honored over 2, 400 Women of Excellence and I feel honored to serve as President for 2019. Our theme this year is “Enriching and Celebrating Women.” Our history of connecting women in friendship, providing career and leadership opportunities, promoting networking and educational events, and unifying women’s organizations has enriched thousands of women’s lives.
We are privileged to have a Board of Directors who is excited to serve this year:
Jill Almaguer, President-Elect has already started off the year with our annual Leadership Event for member organizations current and past Presidents as well as delegates. She led us through how to de-stress event planning through project management.
Gail Prather, Immediate Past President is a guiding voice of experience and is working with the FHPW’s Past President’s Advisory Council as well as serving as the Nominating Chair for 2019.
Anita Long has recently joined us as Vice President and is bringing her experience as a leader to the Board.
Donna Mitchell, Administrative Secretary is serving her second year. You will hear from her all year with emails from the Communications Director. If you’re not receiving emails go to our website and subscribe so you can keep up with current announcements.
Cindy Mitchell, Recording Secretary is doing a great job on keeping our Board meeting minutes as well as for the quarterly events.
Mary Faris, Treasurer has stepped in to fill a vacancy and we are excited to have her expertise.
Miriam Devault, Awards Gala Director has shared she loves to fundraise and we are excited to have her enthusiasm.
Diane Finch, Education Director is busy planning our annual Cyber Security Workshop. We’ll be having this workshop within the next two months so be on the lookout for more details.
Tanesha Mosley, Marketing & Media Director has some great ideas for letting Houston know about the Federation including social media.
Kisten Rhodes, Membership Director is planning to visit many of our member organizations and as well an potential new members. We’ll be having a meet and greet later this year.
Gracie Bradford, Policies & Procedures Director has been involved in updating the Standing Rules for 2019 as well as an overview of the By-Laws. The new Standing Rules will be posted on the FHPW website.
Cathy Connors, Reservations Director has all of our quarterly meetings arranged with the Norris Conference Center and designed a fun BINGO networking activity for our January quarterly meeting. Who knows what she’ll design next?
In addition to the Board, we have dedicated coordinators who support us:
Kim McCully, Technology Advisor and has been busy updating our website. Check it out.
Vie Mixon, Travel Coordinator has been promoting the Viking River Cruise to the Danube this coming October 27-November 3. $100 of each booking is being donated to the FHPW Educational Foundation and all are welcome to join on this cruise – family, friends and colleagues.
Sue Bradshaw, FHPW EF President is also a non-voting member of the board this year. We appreciate her keeping us updated with the EF activities.
Our goals this year include plans for member’s involvement in what’s going on and if you have an interest in volunteering to help with registration, membership, social media or the Awards Gala, please contact us.
Look for a few new things in our meetings this year and let’s have fun “Enriching and Celebrating Women!”
2019 FHPW President