FHPW President's Letter

FEARLESS: Thriving in the World of Diversity

2022 FHPW President's Message

2022 President Nelia Mazula

I am excited to accept this role, especially during such challenging times.  As I write this many people are suffering from the latest variant of COVID.  My family and I were recently affected by COVID and I am blessed that we have recovered and we are now healthy.  This experience reminds us that life is not guaranteed to be easy. However, by being fearless and thriving, even during these difficulties, we can be meaningful contributors to our community, friends, and family.

The theme this year is, “We are fearless and thriving in the world of diversity. “ The world is complex and diverse. That said, we at FHPW are still committed to creating a vehicle for women to connect and grow.  This year we have assembled an outstanding team to drive our core values and continue to provide value to our member organizations.  We want to expand on the momentum from last year’s 40th anniversary year, which we successfully executed despite the challenges of COVID.  We also want to focus on our membership’s needs. Some of our member organizations are small non-profits focused on providing support to often overlooked communities. Communities such as children, women in need around the world and previously incarcerated women who are often burdened to integrate into society and support their families. With over 30 organizations and over 10,000 members we are comprised of many passionate people focused on changing the world for better.  Organizations that were founded by fearless women who decide to do something despite all odds.

Our strength is in our passion and in our numbers. We have the ability to connect the many members in our organization in ways that incubate multipliers of innovation. I believe that by being intentional and fearless we can have a major impact in Houston this year and drive bigger opportunities than ever before.  I look forward to connecting to our existing members to expand our footprint and expand our organization.

I wish you and your family health and safety during this trying times.

With Kind Regards,

Nelia Mazula, PMP MBA

2022 FHPW President


Our History

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 40th year as an organization and we have honored over 2, 400 Women of Excellence. 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.