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
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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

December 1, 2017

The Misconception of Grand Jury Service

El Matha Wilder
Jill of all Trades, Master of Some

The Misconception of Grand Jury Service (Burden of Proof )
The selection and service process of the Harrris County Criminal Courts Grand Jury.

El Matha Wilder
2630 Bissonnet #5207
Houston, TX 77005

713-208-0033
elmatha@comcast.net

December 8, 2017

Latin American Glamour Trend

Geraldine Boyer
Owner

Latin American Glamour Trend
Founded by Geraldine Boyer, Collectivo embraces Latin American talent by hosting collections purely made by Latin American designers, both established & emerging. Collectivo is the first concept store (and location) of its kind in the U.S. Collectivo is located on the second story of the Westheimer Oaks development.

Collectivo
4310 Westheimer Rd. Suite 250
Houston, TX 77005

832-831-8818
gb@collectivointernational.com

December 15, 2017

The Advent of a Global Exchange

Joan Fithian Quintana

The Advent of a Global Exchange:
A New Approach to Building Vibrant Communities and Strong Economies

Joan and her husband Jose hosted us at their Sead Gallery in Bryan. She will share more about their life and experiences and about how they are growing a community and sharing that with other small communities that would like to grow their community economically, technologically and educationally

Adventgx
216 W 26th St.
Bryan, TX 77803

979 216 0548
joanquintana@adventgx.com

December 22 & 29, 2017

Off for Holidays

Off for Holidays
Return on January 5th 2018

November 3, 2017

Something Old, Something New

Eva Archer Smith
Executive Coach/Consultant/Keynote Speaker

Something Old, Something New
Eva will share some brand new brain research about how to stay motivated; and lead us through an exercise using old wisdom to keep us focused in today's changing world.

713-528-7020
eva@evaarchersmith.com

November 10, 2017

Turning Harvey Crisis into Positive News

Kim Mathes
Director of Marketing

Turning a Harvey Crisis into Positive News
Kim will discuss the challenges of crisis communications. Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in our community, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division was committed to the care and improvement of human life of more than 2,900 patients. The communications team quickly mobilized to share the positive news stories of each of our hospitals in the most difficult circumstances. www.hcagulfcoast.com

HCA Healthcare/ Gulf Coast Division
3737 Buffalo Speedway, Suitee 1400
Houston, TX 77098

832-294-1064
kimberly.mathes@hcahealthcare.com

November 17, 2017

Negotiating for Your Life

Lee Mayfield, JD, CFP
Financial Advisor

Negotiating for Your Life
Negotiation and reciprocity form the core of our social experience. In spite of this, the average American avoids explicit negotiation whenever possible. Why do people shy away from negotiation? What do they fear about it?

Lee Mayfield will draw upon his experiences in the military, law, and finance to discuss these and other questions, to empower us to take charge of our negotiations.

The talk will center around;
When to talk and when to walk
Strategies we overlook
How to tilt the playing field in our favor
How we can use negotiation to pursue just outcomes

Please join us for this discussion.

OWLFA
1601 Westheimer Ste. 140
Houston, TX 77006

713-300-0676
lmayfield@owlfa.com

November 24, 2017

Off-Thanksgiving Holiday

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October 13, 2017

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October 20, 2017

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October 27, 2017

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September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

Happy Holiday

September 8, 2017

An Update on Oil...

Meagen Smekar
Market Intelligence Manager

An Update on Oil: Macro Trends
Meagen will share an update on macro-economic drivers and their link to oil's outlook.

BP
501 Westlake Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77002

+1-832-619-2811
meagen.smekar@bp.com

September 15, 2017

Low Earth Orbit

Stephanie Murphy
President, Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance

The Commercialization of Low Earth Orbit
Stephanie will talk about the commercialization low earth orbit and the utilization of the International Space Station National Lab.

Alpha Space Test & Research Alliance
930 Gemini Ave.
Houston, TX 77058

832-915-5400
stephanie.murphy@alphaspace.com

September 22, 2017

Retreat Weekend

Retreat Weekend - No Speaker

September 29, 2017

Shooting to be the Best

Michael Maskell
Olympian & Instructor

Shooting to be the Best!
Michael is a five-time Olympian for Barbados in International Skeet; his talk will focus on his Olympic experiences.

Maskell's Shotgun Academy
3788 Savannah Lane
Spencer, IN 47460

812-322-6905
maskellshotgunacademy@gmail.com

www.theshotgunacademy.com

August 4, 2017

Basics of Business Immigration

Karina Gonzalez
Owner, Law Offices of Karina Gonzalez, PLLC

Basics of Business Immigration
Karina Gonzalez is a native Houstonian and born from immigrant parents. After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology & Hispanic Studies from Rice University, she earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. Her legal practice focuses primarily on seeking affirmative immigration benefits for clients.

Karina's immigration career began in law school, where was a member of the Joseph A. Vail Immigration Clinic and a Legal Extern for the Tahirih Justice Center. At these non-profit organizations, she assisted clients with processing Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Special Immigrant Juvenile, U-Visa and Violence Against Women Act cases before various governmental agencies.

After passing the bar exam, Karina's practice shifted, and she began assisting clients with family and employment based petitions (immigrant and nonimmigrant) before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the National Visa Center, various U.S. Embassies abroad, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Since obtaining her license almost 7 years ago, Karina has secured appropriate work visas for many clients, obtained green cards for entire families, and successfully applied for U.S. citizenship for qualified applicants.

Law Offices of Karina Gonzalez, PLLC
433 North Loop W., Ste. 260
Houston, TX 77008

713-202-6440
kgonzalez@kg.legal

August 11, 2017

Empowering Students

Michelle Lenzen
Founder, Humans at Heart

Empowering Students to Solve Problems Using Human-Centered Design
Michelle Lenzen is a teacher, researcher, and writer using design thinking to help others understand the human side of life, marketing, and business. She runs an after school program at YES Prep Northside where she teaches high school students communication skills and creative problem-solving. Through her company, Humans at Heart, Michelle conducts qualitative market research and humanizes brands with words and creative copy.

Humans at Heart
Houston, TX

708-275-5700
michelle@humansatheart.com
www.humansatheart.com

August 18, 2017

A Fresh Approach to Transition

Angela Coughlin
Author, Psychotherapist, Life coach and Speaker

A Fresh Approach to Transition
The Art of Waking Up

Where do you want to change your life? What big transition is presenting itself to you at this time? Each day we write the story of our lives. Each day we have the opportunity to move our lives to match our desires. Join us for this inspirational talk to explore the unique ways to navigate and implement your transition.

Angela Caughlin LCSW
Houston Therapist
4010 Blue Bonnet, Suite 108
Houston, TX 77025

713-398-5251
www.angelacaughlin.com

August 25, 2017

Our Houston Zoo...

Rodney Honerkamp & Jillian Day
Both are Directors, Development for the Houston Zoo

Our Houston Zoo: Then and Now
Our city’s Zoo is a jewel within Hermann Park that’s become internationally known since we privatized in 2002. We are the largest conservation education organization in Texas and the second-most-visited zoo that charges admission in the nation (only San Diego Zoo has attracted higher attendance in 2015 and 2016). Our contributions to field conservation place us in the top 10 of zoos across the country. Under the direction of our new CEO, we recently completed an exciting strategic plan that will transform our Zoo over the next twenty years. Rodney Honerkamp and Jillian Day, both Directors of Development and members of our Zoo’s fundraising team, will share details about where we’ve been as an organization and where we’re heading.

The Houston Zoo
1513 Cambridge St.
Houston, TX 77030

713-533-6716
jday@houstonzoo.org

July 7, 2017

10 pounds, 10 years, 10 minutes a day

Donna Milstein
Fitness Trainer

"Lose 10 pounds and 10 years in 10 minutes a day"
Donna will teach, demonstrate and lead the group in simple exercises that will improve your posture and balance.

Donna Milstein Consulting
1707 1/2 Post Oak Blvd Ste 236
Houston, TX 77056

713-984-1242
donnamilstein@hotmail.com

July 14, 2017

The Food Bank's...

Fanny Brown
Strategic Gifts Officer

"The Food Bank's Latest Successes and Challenges"
The Houston Food Bank is a non-profit food distributor network that collects and distributes millions of meals a year in the Houston area to needy citizens of all ages. It is part of the Feeding America Network.

Fanny will share with us news on their new kitchen facility, their recent successes as well as current challenges they are facing,

The Food Bank Houston
535 Portwall St
Houston, TX 77029

713-223-3700
www.houstonfoodbank.org

July 21, 2017

Immigrants & Refugees in Texas

Terri Burke
Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas

Immigrants & Refugees in Texas
Miss Burke's talk will focus on what the ACLU does expecially in the area of immigrants and refugees. The ACLU has been working overtime on this specific area since the election. She will share their story.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas
Houston State Headquarters P.O. Box 8306
Houston, TX 77288-8306

713-325-7003
tburke@aclutx.org

July 28, 2017

Chinquapin Prep

Tina Barr
Director of Admissions

Tina will speak about Chinquapin Prep, which is a non-profit college-preparatory school for grades six through twelve, primarily serving economically disadvantaged youth from the Houston area. Boys in grades seven through twelve live on campus Monday through Friday, while girls and 6th grade boys are transported daily.

Chinquapin Preparatory School
2615 E. Wallisville Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562

281-426-5551 X151
tbarr@chinquapin.org