8th Annual International Financial & Leadership Summit Post Press Release
A Special Thank You for Making TWEF Summit A Huge Success! Watch Highlights, Photos & Videos
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/30/2014, 3:53 p.m.
Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for your contribution for TWEF 2014. I know lives was transformed and our young scholars are forever grateful! Please find a glimpse of the beautiful collective collage of events.
Together we serve & thank you again,
Over 2,000 guests joined The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) for the 8th Annual International Financial & Leadership Summit at the JW Marriott Galleria hotel on Thursday and Friday. The event benefitted TWEF’s scholastic scholarships and programs at the Empowerment Community Center.
Women were empowered Thursday during the International Women and Money Leadership Luncheon where this year’s keynote speaker, Tina Knowles, gave the audience an inspiring speech about her success. Several women were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the community including President and CEO of Wealth Development Strategies, L.P. Cheryl Creuzot; Belynda Lee of Nerium International; ABC-13 News Anchor Melanie Lawson; Director of Diversity Strategies for Macy’s Kristyn Page; professional career strategist and executive coach Dr. Shirley Davis; President of M.H. Cavazos & Associates M. Helen Cavazos; Dr. Carolyn Farb; Southwest Airlines Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots Christine Ortega; Senior Manager of Media & Community Relations at BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Marina Coryat; Regional Manager of Comerica Bank Theresa Bazan; Swift Worldwide Resources’ Monique Shankle; Senior Director at Capital One Laurie Vignaud; and Andrews Kurth LLP’s Partner and Chief Diversity Officer Elizabeth Campbell.
The evening ended with TWEF’s Community Celebration where $40,000 in scholarships were given out to several deserving youth. Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner generously donated an additional $40,000 to the TWEF program. American Idol winner, singer and Broadway actress Fantasia joined the celebration when she captivated the audience with her Broadway performance by Porgy & Bess.
TWEF hosted the International Million Dollar Round Table on Friday for entrepreneurs, professionals and event students to hear Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s Press Secretary, Darian Ward, facilitate a question and answer panel with Nelson Mandela's grandson Ndaba Mandela, Chairman and Co-Founder of Africa Rising. During this event, Mandela publicly announced for the first time that he will be running for South Africa’s President in the near future.
2014 IFLS Principal Honorees include Tina Knowles; American Idol winner, singer and Broadway actress Fantasia; Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation Ndaba Mandela; CEO of Gulfgate Dodge James Davis; and Senior Vice President, Public Affairs - Director of Community Development and External Affairs of Comerica Bank Irv Ashford.
2014 IFLS Honorary Chairs include Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner; President and CEO of Wealth Development Strategies, L.P. Cheryl Creuzot; UST Global Community Affairs Denise Mitchem; Fox 26 News Anchor Melinda Spaulding; HISD Board of Director Wanda Adams; professional career strategist and executive coach Dr. Shirley Davis; President of M.H. Cavazos & Associates M. Helen Cavazos; and Director of Diversity Strategies for Macy’s Kristyn Page.
The success of the 8th Annual International Financial & Leadership Summit is due to the efforts of the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation and the sponsors including Capital One, Wealth Development Strategies, Macy’s, SHRM, HEB, Excel-E-Care, UST Global, My 20, Comcast, Nerium Int’l, Fox 26, 97.9 The Box, Houston Style Magazine, Magic 102, Comcast, Arrest-a-Pest, Southwest Airlines, Barnes & Turner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Gulfgate Dodge, and the University of Houston – Downtown.
International Leadership Awards Gala Reception on Friday night experienced
the success stories of Irv Ashford, Jerome Edmondson, Johnny Wimbrey and
International Power Couple Dr. Walter and Sonjia Young.
For more information, visit http://twef.org/IFLS/