Keynotes

Barbara Humpton

Barbara Humpton

CEO, Siemens USA
Robyn O’Brien

Robyn O’Brien

Vice President, rePlant Capital

C-Suite Panel

Anna Babin

Anna Babin

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
Beverley Babcock

Beverley Babcock

Former Sr. V.P. Finance & Administration, Imperial Oil
Steph Sherrodd

Steph Sherrodd

President and Chief Executive Officer, TDECU
Heidi Schwarzwald

Heidi Schwarzwald

CMO-Pediatrics, Texas Children's Health Plan
Sima Jani

Sima Jani

Senior Associate, KPMG

Power and Influence: Getting to YES
Share strategies to get things done in the real world, where politics and personalities can often get in the way. Answer questions like, “how did they get them to say yes?” by exploring what motivates people to listen and act. Illustrate how power and influence can lead to effective and enduring leadership.

Joan Neuhaus

Joan Neuhaus

Executive Director, William Stamps Farish Fund
Jacky Noons

Jacky Noons

CEO, 3 Men Movers
Mary Trevino

Mary Trevino

Managing Director, Multi-family Investments, Hines
Beverly Robertson

Beverly Robertson

Senior Associate Director, MD Anderson

Personal Branding
Whether you are happily employed, looking to make a switch, or starting a new venture, honing your personal brand is critical to realizing your professional goals. A clear brand allows you to take control of the conversation and influence how others perceive you when you are not in the room. These panelists will offer advice to those wanting to be more deliberate with their personal messaging. This session will give you the tools to polish your professional reputation and steepen your career trajectory.

Mary Bass

Mary Bass

Partner, Spencer Stuart
Janelle Daniel

Janelle Daniel

Vice President, Human Resources, Community Relations and Sustainability, Transocean Ltd.
Susan McGee

Susan McGee

Board Director, Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc, and GS Private Middle Market Credit LLC

Male Advocacy: Engaging Men as Allies
This year Rice Business Women's Organization launched their first male advocacy group, Men as Allies, to “normalize the conversation” on gender issues with open and candid dialogue. Attendees will hear from a diverse group of professionals who understand the impact of inequality on women in the workplace. Learn how males can advocate for your career and other gender equality efforts. Men giving voice to these issues provides credibility and creates better companies that are run by the most qualified, regardless of gender. 

Robert J. Gaudette

Robert J. Gaudette

Senior Vice President, NRG and President of Business Solutions
Chad Libertus

Chad Libertus

Partner, KPMG
Julie Sitzmann

Julie Sitzmann

Director, Oilfield Quality Solutions, Oceaneering International
Robyn Underwood

Robyn Underwood

Director, Barclays
Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles

Lecturer in Management - Organizational Behavior


20% to 0%: Closing the Gap
In the 1960s the US passed the Equal Pay Act and Civil Rights Act to outlaw gender discrimination however today an American woman earns 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. Hear how women can help themselves and future generations in eliminating the pay disparity between the sexes.

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Juliana Garaizar

Director, TMC Venture Fund, Texas Medical Center

Mayerland Harris

Group VP, HR, H-E-B
Regina Mellinger

Regina Mellinger

Founder, Owner, and President, Primary Services
Alie Pruner

Alie Pruner

Senior Advisor, Perella Weinberg Partners
Lee Ann E. Butler

Lee Ann E. Butler

Lecturer in Management - Strategic Management


Innovation: Leveraging Change
As Stephen Hawking once said, "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." A successful business is not reactive to customer or organizational needs, but proactive to future trends and developments. Learn from the experts to keep your company on the s-curve and make the right decisions when faced with a host of alternatives and unknowns.

Nikki Beck

Nikki Beck

Principal, Mergers and Acquisitions, Deliotte
Barbara Burger

Barbara Burger

President, Technology Ventures, Chevron Corporation
Delfina Govia

Delfina Govia

Partner, Veritas Total Solutions
Jane Gasdaska

Jane Gasdaska

Change Management Lead, Phillips 66


Giving Back: Be Part of the Solution 
With over 500 nonprofits in the greater Houston area there is undoubtedly one cause you care about. Many benefits come with working with or investing in local nonprofits beyond helping those in your community. Hear how getting involved can expand your professional network, give personal satisfaction, improve the city you live in, fill skill gaps, and enhance your personal brand. 

Thao Costis

Thao Costis

President and CEO, SEARCH Homeless Services
Cathy Cranberg

Cathy Cranberg

Philanthropist, Founder ACE Scholarships
Lauren Levicki Courville

Lauren Levicki Courville

President, Dress for Success Houston
Nicola Fuentes Toubia

Nicola Fuentes Toubia

Founder, Fuentes Toubia, PLLC
Audrey Fersten

Audrey Fersten

Financial Advisor, US Capital Advisors, LLC