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


May 11, 2018

Healthy Hearing

Darrell Cornelius

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


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!


May 25, 2018

Memorial Weekend - No Meeting

April 6, 2018

Praeclarus Web Portal 101

Yvonne Cormier, MD

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

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


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.

1724 West Main
Houston, TX 77098


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

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


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


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

March 30, 2018


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

713-557-4859 Laura

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


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.


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.


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

January 26, 2018

UKUSA Agreement

Stephen Patrick McCarty

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