FHPW President's Letter

Find the Joy with Reconnection

2023 FHPW President's Message

Happy New Year to all member organizations and members!

I am honored to lead the Federation of Houston Professional Women in 2023.  With approximately 10,000 members in the Greater Houston area, we are a diverse and strong organization focused on enrichment of personal and professional relationships and expanding leadership.

I would like to thank our member organizations and our 2022 FHPW Board of Directors for the tremendous achievement last year.  The 2022 Women of Excellence Award Gala and the first CEO Executive Conference were extremely successful.

The theme for this year is Find the Joy with Reconnection.  We have been going through three challenging years.  It is time for all our organizations and members to reconnect.  We need to surround ourselves with positive members while getting support.  Despite working hard and taking care of family, we all need joy in our lives.

Each year, we provide our members with the opportunity to network and receive professional development.  Members of FHPW are from different industries and backgrounds.  I want to keep this tradition and culture and make it even better.  My goal for 2023 is to re-connect members and member organizations while attracting new members.  We will continue to have quarterly meetings, and we will add some special events (happy hours) to our activity list.  I hope you all come to our quarterly meetings, continue supporting FHPW and find joy by doing it.

If you have an idea, suggestion, comment or would like to get involved, please contact me or any of our board of directors.  We are open to feedback and enriching your experience as members.   I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2023 and seeing you soon!


Warm regards,

Huandong ‘Mary’ Faris, CPA, MBA

2023 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.