October 5, 2018

Midterm Elections

Dr. Bob Stein
Lena Gohlman Fox Professor

Midterm Elections

Political Science Department, Rice University
202 Herzstein Hall, 6100 Main St. MS24
Houston, TX 77005

713-348-2795
stein@rice.edu

October 12, 2018

Environmental Law

Jim Blackburn
Professor of the Practice in Environmental Law

Post-Harvey
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

108 Mechanical Lab
6100 Main St. MS 317
Houston, TX 77005

713-348-4246
Eblackbur@rice.edu

October 19, 2018

Houston's Today & Its Future

Ellen Cohen
Houston City Council Member & Houston Mayor Pro-tem

Houston's Today & Its Future
As Ms. Cohen's 9-year city council service nears its end, she will reflect on changes in Houston and the outlook for its future.

Houston City Council
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251

832-393-3004
valerie.luna@houstontx.gov

October 26, 2018

Hot Houston Restaurants

Mary McIntire
Member

Hot Houston Restaurants
A personal take on some of the best and most interesting new and established restaurants in town. Input from other members on their favorites

713-962-5016
maryb@rice.edu

September 7, 2018

Members Only Meeting

Members Only Meeting

State of the Club
Please join us for a discussion of Praeclarus 2018. The board will be giving an update on the our current status.etc. Treasury, Membership, and Programs, as well as, voting on a possible, board recommended, by-law change based on the work of our Ad Hoc Committee.

September 14, 2018

Producing a Bestselling Novel

Katharine McGee
Author

What's involved in producing a New York Times bestselling novel?
Katharine will discuss the business of publishing, how a book is made and what it's like being a full-time novelist.

Ekatiebmcgee@gmail.com

September 21, 2018

Compassionate Houston

Lynn Loughney
Board Director, Compassionate Houston

Compassionate Houston
In 2015, the Mayor and city council designated Houston as a City of Compassion. Compassionate Houston is a collaborative, humanitarian organization formed by Houstonians to celebrate and nurture compassionate culture in the greater Houston area. Lynn Loughney is a member of the Board of Directors and will speak to us about the organization and its work.

Compassionate Houston
3501 Chevy Chase Dr.
Houston TX 77019

Lynn.Loughney@gmail.com

September 28, 2018

Medical Ethics

Arline Worsham
Clinical Ethicist
Texas Medical Center and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Medical Ethics
Arline will review the meaning of medical ethics today at Memorial Hermann health care system. She will be discussing some of the current challenges with illustrations from some of her cases.

Memorial Hermann Hospital System

August 3, 2018

Business Meeting

How Can We Assist You With a Business or Personal Challenge?

Each table will have this discussion and everyone, that wants to, can raise a business or personal issue.

August 10, 2018

What BakerRipley Does

Melissa Noriega
VP of Policy and Partnerships at BakerRipley

What BakerRipley Does For Our Community
BakerRipley continues to assist many in our community from Hurricane Harvey destruction. Eleven months after the hurricane new people surface weekly asking for help. Melissa will tell us the different facets of help provided. But BakerRipley is MUCH more. Melissa will give us an overview of the many services that BakerRipley provides to Houston.

Baker Ripley
mnoriega@bakerripley.org

August 17, 2018

Current Exhibits at HCCC

Kathryn Hall
Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Current Exhibits at HCCC
Kathyn will talk about the mission of Houston Contemporary Craft Center and its current exhibits as well as the artist residency program

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
848 Main St.
Houston, TX, 77002

713-529-4848
khall@crafthouston.org

August 24, 2018

Wellness: Empowered Self Care

Ashley Tuttle Garza
Owner

Wellness: Empowered Self Care
When you hit a "roadblock" using traditional medicine and you're not improving. What to consider?

Tres Amigas Wellness
14919 Chadbourne
Houston, TX 77079

713-504-1030
agarza713@yahoo.com

August 31, 2018

No Meeting

Off For Labor Day

July 6, 2018

No Meeting

No Meeting off for Independence Day

July 13, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet

Dr. Rupal Mathur
Physician

The Ketogenic Diet: Fact vs. Fiction
Dr. Mathur will discuss the science behind the ketogenic diet and how it can be used as part of a lifelong weight loss and/or wellness plan. She will also clear up common misconceptions about the diet and its safety profile.

Lifelong Weight Loss
3100 Weslayan St #253
Houston, TX 77027

713-299-1634
info@lifelongweightloss.com

Website: www.lifelongweightloss.com

July 20, 2018

Sindhis History

Aparna Shewarkmani
Attorney

Sindhis History
Indian partition and Sindhi diaspora, particularly as it related to Hindu families that lived in Pakistan at the time of partition.

Lewis Brisbois
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77046

July 27, 2018

Members Meeting

Angela Odensky
Programs Director

Members Meeting: Summer Reading Recommendations
Bring your favorite summer reading books or a list of favorites to share and discuss.

June 1, 2018

Early Days of Praeclarus

Lynda Daniel & El Matha Wilder

The Early Days of Praeclarus
With all the recent discussion of changes to the club, Lynda and El Matha will talk about its history, how we got where we are, and what changes have been attempted in the past.

5300 N. Braeswood #344
Houston, TX 77096

713-344-0730
angela@odenskylaw.com

June 8, 2018

Changing Trends, Funeral Business

Lacy Fox & Bery Crispin
Founders, A Sacred Choice Funeral Homes

Changing Trends of the Funeral Business
A Sacred Choice was founded in August of 2017 by three partners, Rev. John Onstott, Bery Crispin, and Lacey Fox. Before launching this unique and groundbreaking funeral organization, all three partners worked at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons; John was the President and CEO, Bery was the Assistant Vice President, and Lacey, the Senior Funeral Director. They have a combined 60 years of experience in funeral service.

They have listened over the years to what people have said about funerals. As the cremation rate rises so do memorial services. Brick and mortar funeral homes with high fixed costs ponder how to recoup lost revenue present in traditional funerals. The desire for expensive caskets and packages providing things under the heading of “personalized service” is not as appealing. We assist families through a low basic cost, taking no profit on merchandise or accepting commissions provided by third parties such as florists, caterers or newspapers. The goal of A Sacred Choice is to be completely transparent and to educate the public.

Bery and Lacey will speak about the changing trends of the funeral business, what a funeral director is legally required to take care of, the actual cost of merchandise, and the mission of the business.

A Sacred Choice
4740 Dacoma St., Ste. A
Houston, Texas 77092

713-637-4933
laceyfox@asacredchoice.com

June 15, 2018

Cosmetic Dermatology

Esta Kronberg, MD
Dermatologist

The Latest and Greatest in Cosmetic Dermatology
Dr. Kronberg will discuss new trends in cosmetic dermatology.

Esta Kronberg, MD
7500 Beechnut St #228
Houston, TX 77074

713-771-8941
esta@estakronbergmd.com

June 22, 2018

The Diva's in the Details

Jacqueline Journey
Television Producer, Author, Actress, & Filmmaker

The Diva's in the Details
Jacqueline is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer who has created thousands of hours of original programming seen in all corners of the globe. She is formerly COO of Carolco Pictures and is now founder and CEO Of Journey Entertainnent and has continued to create great entertainment and great relationships throughout her industry. Her book "The Diva's in the Details", shares her no nonsense strategies on how she was able to take her dreams and make them reality.

Carolco Pictures, Inc.

561-309-3408
JJ@Jacquelinejourney.com

June 29, 2018

Introduction to Overture

Emily Collins
Community Manager

Introduction to Overture
OFF-SITE BREAKFAST! This week we'll be meeting at Overture Tanglewood, located 504 Bering Dr., Houston, TX 77057, at Bering Dr. at Chimney Rock, just North of Woodway, near Barnaby's Cafe.

Emily will be giving us a tour of her beautiful facility, which are luxury apartments for 55 and better. Breakfast will be provided there. Please arrive between 7:15 and 7:30. The program should start around 7:50.

Overture Tanglewood
504 Bering Dr.
Houston, TX 77057

Google map showing location.

713-782-8000
overturetwmgr@greystar.com

May 4, 2018

Programs We'd Like to See

Angela Odensky
Programs Director

Programs We'd Like to See
This members meeting will focus on getting speakers to share with us their stories and expertise. It is also about how to use the programs to invite new members in and expand our group.

The Law Office of Angela Odensky
5300 N. Braeswood, #344
Houston, TX 77096

713-344-0730
angela@odenskylaw.com

May 11, 2018

Healthy Hearing

Darrell Cornelius
Owner

Healthy Hearing
Sometime within the next year either you or someone close to you will need hearing aids. Receiving early treatment has the potential to literally transform your life and arrest and even reverse hearing loss. Darrell Cornelius will help demystify this burgeoning field of information for you and answer all your questions.

Best Hearing Aid Solutions
510 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057

713-322-8315
darrell@besthearingaidsolutions.com

May 18, 2018

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Suchi Pahi, CIPP/US

The ABCs of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
Suchi is an attorney with extensive experience in effectively managing incident response, regulatory compliance, and regulatory investigations. She advises clients on breach response, regulatory compliance requests, and collaborates with clients to evaluate data transfer, storage, and collection implications in various data privacy and security frameworks. She is a Fellow of the Internet Law and Policy Foundry, and passionate about working with companies across industries to help them protect privacy and secure their data.

Suchi will give a brief overview about the basics of data breaches, regulatory compliance and preventative care, and financial implications in the domestic and international arena. Questions are always welcome, and spirited discussion even more so!

281-686-0893

May 25, 2018

Memorial Weekend - No Meeting

April 6, 2018

Praeclarus Web Portal 101

Yvonne Cormier, MD
Anesthesiologist

Houston’s Best Dressed Doctor
It's hard to imagine two more diverse worlds than anesthesiology and fashion. However, Dr. Yvonne Cormier navigates both with ease, moving from surgery scrubs to designer threads at the drop of a benefit gala.

Yvonne holds a Ph.D. in biochemical pharmacology from Yale University and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. It was during graduate school at Brown University that she developed a keen interest in fashion through her friendship with André Leon Talley, who would eventually become editor at large for Vogue. Yvonne's fashion motto paraphrases the great Diana Vreeland: "It's not the dress," she says. "It's what you do in the dress that matters."

She’s a wife, mother, physician and been on the Houston Best Dressed List for many years. Her dresses from Oscar De. Renta were recently displayed at the Fine Arts Museum.

To contact Yvonne email member:
Phyllis Pittman
p@pittmancommunications.com

April 13, 2018

Women’s Heart Health

Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC, FASE
Cardiologist, Texas Heart Institute

Women’s Heart Health
Dr. Stephanie Coulter is a long-time advocate of women's health and promotes the development of diagnostic tools; treatments and prevention strategies that can improve cardiovascular care for women. Dr. Coulter is an active member of the volunteer leadership at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) serving as the founding Director of the Women's Center for Heart & Vascular Health, the Director of THI's Cardiology Education and the Program Director of the THI Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. She also serves as the Associate Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at CHI Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (BSLMC). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine section of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and member of many professional societies, including the American Heart Association.

Dr. Coulter believes our community is the environment that defines our lives and carries this belief into her work her at THI every day. She educates women and primary care physicians about risk factors and provides interventions that can prevent disease or decrease risks. Her newsletters "Straight Talk from Stephanie," addresses current topics related to women and heart disease and are aimed to separate fact from fiction. Dr. Coulter is a featured speaker at many women's and community groups and has been featured in various news media. She is married with two lovely daughters and a very active member of our community.

Texas Heart Institute
6770 Bertner Ave. MC 3-117
Houston, Texas 77030

832-355-9591
kSprung@texasheart.org

April 20, 2018

Doing Business in the U.S. vs. Middle East

Samir J. Foteh
Adjunct Professor

Doing Business in the U.S. vs. Middle East
Samir is currently in Houston and teaches in the Law Center at University of Houston and Houston Community College. He previously spent 10 years living and working in Kuwait as Legal Advisor to the Royal Family's business enterprises.

Consultant
1724 West Main
Houston, TX 77098

713-256-5588
sjfoeth@AOL.com

April 27, 2018

Members Only Meeting

Jo Reid & Angela Odensky
Ad Hoc Committee Members

Update on the Membership Committee
For the members-only meeting, we will be discussing the work of the new membership committee: why the board felt it was necessary and what we are trying to accomplish. We will be gathering input from the group.

March 2, 2018

Praeclarus Web Portal 101

Hope & Angela
Member’s Only Meeting

Praeclarus Web Portal 101
This is the first in a series of member’s meetings intended to be a refresher regarding our Club member’s understanding of operational resources.

Praeclarus Web Portal 101 will review resources available on-line and provide tips on how to access Club information quickly. Future Praeclarus 101’s will address Creating Programs, Club Bylaws & Constitution and being on the Board.

Hope Fonte
713-256-0820 cell
hope@visualalliance.com

March 9, 2018

Raising My Daughter Who Was My Son

Nancy Simms
V.P. for Communications, Pierpont Communications

Raising My Daughter Who Was My Son
Nancy's child realized early on that she was given the wrong gender designation and that she was a girl not a boy. Nancy will share with us the challenges of parenting a transgender adolescent.

Pierpont Communications
1800 N. Loop So. #800
Houston, TX 77027

713-627-2223
nancy.sims@gmail.com

March 16, 2018

Tahirih Justice Center

Ann Chandler
Executive Director, Houston Office Tahirih Justice Center

The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit that has served over 22,000 courageous individuals fleeing violence since 1997. Our efficient, effective, and innovative model of service is now delivered from four locations, and we’re committed to serving as many immigrant women and girls as possible.

Tahirih Justice Center
1717 St. James Place Suite 450
Houston, TX 77056

713-496-0100
annec@tahirih.org

March 23, 2018

Covenant Community Capital

Stephan Fairfield
President, Covenant Community Capital

Covenant Community Capital launched its "Smart Savers Program"
We are a nonprofit focused on increasing the capacity of low-income communities to develop affordable housing, grow business enterprise and build family and community assets. Covenant Community Capital launched its "Smart Savers Program" in 2001 in partnership with the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Initially funded by a grant from the federal government, the partnership has expanded to include the City of Houston, the Houston Credit Coalition, several private banks, and a network of other community partners. To date, more than 600 low to moderate-income individuals have enrolled and 300 others have completed the program, purchasing a home or financing their education or a small business. Covenant has disbursed more than $1.2 million in match money at a 2:1 match rate.

Covenant Community Capital
3300 Lyons Avenue, Suite 203
Houston, TX 77020

713-223-1864 x17
sfairfield@sbcglobal.net

March 30, 2018

GOOD FRIDAY

No Program

February 2, 2018

Sexual Harassment: "You, Too?"

Laura Viada
Trainer and Fiber Artist

Sexual Harassment: "You, Too?"
Laura Viada will lead an open discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace. We'll take a look back at our past experiences — How has harassment affected our lives and careers? And, then we'll take a look at where we may be headed — Where are the lines that separate acceptable and unacceptable behavior? What do you think of the current "Me Too" movement? What do you think will be the long-term effects?

N Darlene Walker & Assocs
1425 Blalock Rd Ste 200
Houston, TX

713-688-0703
713-557-4859 Laura
dwalker@ndwassoc.com
lhviada@gmail.com

February 9, 2018

Return to the Wortham

Jennifer Wijangco
Director of Development, Individual Giving

A Triumphant Return to the Wortham: Houston Grand Opera's 2018-19 Season
Jennifer will discuss Houston Grand Opera’s 2018-2019 recently announced season.

Houston Grand Opera
510 Preston St.
Houston, TX

713-546-0704
jwijangco@houstongrandopera.org

February 16, 2018

Curing Caroline

Keri Fletcher
Program Coordinator

"Curing Caroline"
Chaicot-Marie Tooth Type 2D (GARS) mutation is a rare neurodegenerative disease. Keri Fletcher will discuss her family’s attempt to find help for her niece’s disease.

713-705-4798
kfletch500@gmail.com

February 23, 2018

So Many Books, So Little Time

Andrea Lapsley
Program Coordinator

"So Many Books, So Little Time: Working with Authors and What to Read"
Andrea will discuss her work creating author programs for Colorado State University. In this capacity she has worked with more than 100 authors and has some great suggestions for your must read list.

713-824-5663
andrealapsley@msn.com

January 5, 2018

Art Tour Of Cuba & Mexico

Jo Reid
Praeclarus Member

Art Tour Of Cuba & Mexico

Jo recently travelled with an Art Group to Cuba and Mexico and has some great information and beautiful art to share with us.

January 12, 2018

Let's Rodeo

Great presentation about our upcoming Houston Rodeo.

January 19, 2018

Harmony House, New Building

Meg Pohodich, MBA & Preston Witt
CEO Harmony House
Chief Services Officer Harmony House Inc
.

New Building: New Services
Harmony House will be breaking ground on a New Respite Center for Homeless Men recovering from accidents, acute illnesses, and other Medical Conditions. The City of Houston and matching funds will enable the new facility to support the Medical Model that has been established since 1992. New and Existing Services will be presented.

Harmony House
602 Girard
Houston, Texas

713-221-6222, ex 6214
meg_pododich@harmonyhouse.org

January 26, 2018

UKUSA Agreement

Stephen Patrick McCarty
Consultant

UKUSA Agreement
Multi Lateral agreement for cooperation in signals intelligence between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Contact in US via:
Bonnie Berube
713-9273476
blb1@earthlink.net