FHPW President's Letters
Encouraging Networking, Recognition and Growth
2020 FHPW President's Message - August
August 2020 FHPW President’s Letter:
In July, we concluded our virtual educational series of live webinars focused on 2020 vision. If you registered and missed attending some of the webinars in the series, you can contact our webmaster and receive the link to the recording when available. All the speakers were really great, and we are grateful to our Education Director, Jennifer Bell, for pulling together this innovative summer series. If you heard the July 16th speaker panel on personal style vision, you might want to clean out your closet and donate clothing items that don’t fit your style vision at the upcoming FHPW Quarterly meeting for our Dress for Success professional clothing drive.
Speaking of the FHPW Quarterly meeting, for the first time we had to postpone the meeting until Monday, August 10th. We are postponing to have more time to plan our meeting for safe in-person Networking with social distancing at the Norris Center with only 4 people per table, and at the same time, to use Zoom for those who would prefer to attend remotely. In-person registration deadline is August 3rd and meals to go are available for those who only want to drop off their donations and take a meal home to watch via zoom. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home and watch on zoom.
The FHPW Educational Foundation is also accepting donations at the August 10th quarterly meeting for their silent auction at the gala to raise funds for scholarships. We Encourage all of our member organizations to provide a silent auction item or donations for the wine and liquor pull at the gala.
Thanks to the leaders and delegates of the FHPW member organizations who have nominated a Woman of Excellence for Recognition at our annual FHPW Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. The FHPW Board voted to relocate the gala to a private country club venue to enhance our ability for safe social distancing. All of the details for sponsorship opportunities are available on our website. Ticket sales are also available both for in-person and virtual attendance. It’s going to be an innovative, beautiful and memorable experience, so please make you plans now to attend or tune in!
I would like to acknowledge and thank all our FHPW leaders who are helping make possible the August 10th Quarterly Meeting as both a virtual and in-person meeting including Program Director-Toni Harris Taylor and our speaker from Dress for Success, Gala Director-Carolyn Cooper, Reservations Director- Cathy Conrad, VP-Anita Long, and Technology Advisor- Kim McCully. We are especially excited to see Carolyn and Cathy receive Recognition as Women of Excellence from their respective organizations!
We look forward to introducing all of the 2020 Women of Excellence to you for the first time at our quarterly meeting on August 10th so please register to attend! For those coming in person to the meeting, Norris Center will take our temperatures and is asking everyone to wear a face mask upon entry. Masks will be provided to our 2020 Women of Excellence honorees.
In case you missed our April virtual quarterly meeting, here are a few announcements made then:
If you know of a speaker that should be considered as part of our future Educational programming, please contact our FHPW Education Director, Jennifer Bell, at email@example.com.
Kristina Perez from Cy-Fair Express Network of ABWA, who is serving on the FHPW Educational Foundation Board, is gathering your silent auction donation items at the August 10th FHPW Quarterly Meeting at Norris Center. Kristina can provide you a copy of the 501c3 information to deduct your donation from your taxes. The Foundation will also have a vendor table at the Quarterly Meeting with a Splash of Sash fundraiser. This year, the Foundation selected 12 scholarship recipients who are all Encouraged to attend the Awards Gala to receive Recognition and have a Networking opportunity with our Women of Excellence to inspire their future Growth (ENRG 2020!)
In addition to funding scholarships, the Foundation has training information available to help FHPW member organizations learn how to use Zoom for your meetings. If you need help hosting virtual meetings, please contact Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek, President of the FHPW Educational Foundation.
FHPW still has a couple of open leadership opportunities – Marketing & Media Director, and Policies & Procedures Director, although we already have committee members for both of these committees. If interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to have as many of our member organizations represented on the board as possible. Nominations for 2021 FHPW Executive Board officers will be coming soon under the leadership of immediate Past President, Liz Cloud, from Texas Executive Women. If you’ve thought about stepping up to a new level of leadership for a larger organization, please contact Liz. FHPW officer elections are held during our October Quarterly Meeting.
In addition to electing officers, we will also be voting on a new vision for FHPW to take us into our 40th year. After conducting a 2020 vision workshop with FHPW leaders and reviewing the suggestions with the board, we have developed the following new vision for consideration by our members in October:
To expand innovative opportunities for professional women through diverse collaborative interactions.
The original FHPW vision for comparison is as follows:
FHPW Members are business and professional organizations that support the advancement of women in business and support women’s interests.
Don’t miss the October quarterly meeting to make your vote count toward the future of FHPW!
My prayers and best wishes go out to all the women in our FHPW member organizations and their families for your continued health and safety.
Jill Almaguer, PE, MBA
2020 FHPW President
May 2020 FHPW President’s Letter:
In April, we used lessons learned from our first virtual educational session to host our FHPW Quarterly meeting for the first time using Zoom. We hope all who attended enjoyed a very special opportunity for learning from the panelists on how to tell your story and hearing the encouraging experience from our moderator on publishing.
Thanks to the leaders and delegates of all the FHPW member organizations who attended the virtual meeting and voted in (via Zoom chat) our two new member organizations: Second Chance Women’s Council and Inspire Women. We are so glad to welcome these new member organizations in time for them to nominate a Woman of Excellence for recognition at our annual FHPW Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. Please note the gala date has gone back to our traditional third Saturday of September as voted on at the May board meeting. The FHPW Board also voted to relocate the gala to another venue to enhance our ability for safe social distancing.
In case you missed the April meeting, here are a few of the announcements that were made:
The Houston Business Journal is accepting nominations to honor an accomplished Business Woman. Deadline: Friday, June 19th. Criteria for selection includes career achievement, contribution to company, community involvement and leadership.
Sounds similar to our Women of Excellence! Please remember to submit your organization’s Woman of Excellence profile and information by the end of May on our website at www.fhpw.org.
For the summer, we are planning a 3 part educational series on Vision. This monthly series will be for those pivoting their personal vision and for those corporate or small business leaders that will need to take a closer look at how Covid19 has impacted their current business model and long term vision.
At the beginning of the year, our Educational Director, Jennifer Bell, began reaching out to companies such as Amazon and the Regional Houston Public Library Technology Lab and Houston Dairy Maids for tours. These may have to turn into virtual tours, but we expect to offer a tour of a local business.
If you know of a speaker that should be considered as part of our Educational programming, please contact Jennifer at email@example.com. Thank you.
Kristina Perez from Cy-Fair Express Network of ABWA ,who is serving on the FHPW Educational Foundation Board, made an announcement about the Kendra Scott scholarship fundraiser that was held online during our April Quarterly Meeting. She is also gathering silent auction donation items for the Awards Gala silent auction and wine pull benefitting the FHPW Educational Foundation. The Foundation has selected 12 scholarship recipients who are all Encouraged to attend the Awards Gala to receive Recognition and have a Networking opportunity with our Women of Excellence to inspire their future Growth (ENRG 2020!)
I would like to acknowledge all our FHPW leaders who helped make the April Quarterly virtual meeting possible including Program Director-Toni Harris Taylor and our speaker panel, Reservations Director- Cathy Conrad, and Technology Advisor- Kim McCully. We are available to help member organizations learn how to use Zoom for your meetings. If you need help hosting virtual meetings, please contact Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek, President of the FHPW Educational Foundation, for available training information.
FHPW still has a couple of open leadership opportunities – Marketing and Media Director, and Sponsorship Committee Chair, although we already have committee members for both of these committees. If interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to have as many of our member organizations represented on the board as possible.
We welcome our Gala Director, Carolyn Cooper, from On the Fly Toastmasters. Her Gala Committee and the Sponsorship Committee are already starting work on our Awards Gala, and the FHPW Educational Foundation is working on the Gala silent auction. The EF also has a leadership position that recently became available for Recording Secretary.
Please watch our website for information about our July 27th FHPW Quarterly Meeting as we work to determine whether to meet in person again or host it virtually. We are looking forward to introducing all the member organization’s selections for 2020 Women of Excellence at our July meeting. My prayers and best wishes go out to all our FHPW member organizations for your continued health and safety.
Jill Almaguer, PE, MBA
2020 FHPW President
2020 FHPW President's Message - March
March 2020 FHPW President’s Letter:
Last month, we enjoyed a very special opportunity for Networking with the leaders of all the FHPW member organizations at our annual Leadership Forum focusing this year on 2020 vision. On Monday, February 10th, our FHPW Immediate Past President and other member organizations’ leaders brought their organization’s vision to review as well as the elements that make a good vision statement. We had breakouts where we brainstormed how to renew the FHPW vision to better serve our member organizations. We need your input to allow FHPW to help you achieve your visions and will bring a new Federation vision statement for consideration at our April 27th quarterly meeting.
On March 31st, we had been looking forward to Networking at our first educational lunch n learn of the year; however, we will turn the event into a virtual one that you can enjoy from the safe distance of your computer. Since no lunch will be served by FHPW, you can enjoy the virtual meeting at a reduced rate and provide you own snacks while you watch via Zoom. If you haven’t tried Zoom before, we will provide some information about how to use it to everyone who registers to attend at www.fhpw.org.
Next month, we are hoping we will be able to meet again in person at our 2nd Quarterly Meeting of 2020 on Monday, April 27th, for our fabulous panel of speakers on publishing your story because “Your Story Matters!” Details of this event and registration are already on our website, plus you can put your member organization’s events (or rescheduling notices) on our FHPW website calendar. We are also Encouraging you to promote your events at our next quarterly meeting “Minute at the Mic.”
Also available on the website is the nomination information for each organization to submit an outstanding member for the Woman of Excellence award so we can give them Recognition at our annual awards gala on September 26, 2020. At the gala, our FHPW Educational Foundation also awards scholarships to deserving women to continue their education for professional Growth. The scholarship applications are now being reviewed and award decisions will be announced by the FHPW Educational Foundation. Although education has been disrupted for all ages this spring, we hope next fall that our scholarship winners will be continuing their studies as planned.
Finally, we still have opportunities to serve on the FHPW Board and Gala Committee. Please contact me directly at email@example.com if you are interested in a new leadership opportunity in 2020! Our April 13th FHPW Board meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. At that time, we will make a decision about the ability to host our April 27th quarterly meeting in person. Best wishes to all our member organizations for your continued health and safety.
Jill Almaguer, PE, MBA
2020 FHPW President
2020 FHPW President's Message - February
In January at our first quarterly meeting of 2020, we voted in two new member organizations: “On the Fly” Toastmasters Club and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Women’s Leadership Network. We are so excited to see the Growth in the Federation of Houston Professional Women during our year of Encouraging Networking, Recognition and Growth (ENRG 2020!) We also enjoyed a wonderful speaker, Cecilia Rose, who Encouraged us to remember that “Life Doesn’t Happen To Us; Life Happens For Us.”
Our next meeting is a very special opportunity for Networking with the leaders of all the FHPW member organizations at our annual Leadership Forum focusing this year on 2020 vision. On Monday, February 10th, we invite all the leaders to bring their organization’s vision so that we can review them as we renew the FHPW vision to better serve our member organizations. We need your input to allow FHPW to help you achieve your visions. Registration is now open on our website.
In March, we are looking forward to Networking at our first educational lunch-n-learn of the year, and then in April at our 2nd Quarterly Meeting of 2020. Details of these events will be on our website, plus you can put your member organization’s events on our website calendar. We are also Encouraging you to promote your events at our next quarterly meeting “Minute at the Mic.”
We encourage you to begin thinking about who to nominate for the Woman of Excellence award so we can give them Recognition at our annual awards gala. At the gala, our FHPW Educational Foundation also awards scholarships to deserving women to continue their education. We encourage you to let all your members know that the scholarship applications are now open on our FHPW website.
Finally, we still have a few opportunities to serve on the FHPW Board and Committees. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a new leadership opportunity in 2020!
Jill Almaguer, PE, MBA
2020 FHPW President
Here's a Video from 2020 FHPW President Jill Almaguer, about how networking has helped her over her career. Pass It On (with E.N.R.G.!!)
Many thanks to Anita Long of Long Films Studio for creation of this video.
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 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.