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Texas Executive Women Honors Women on the Move

The 10 Women on the Move honorees and The Rising Star.

Eleven were celebrated for their successes

Texas Executive Women (TEW) recently held its 31st annual Women on the Move Award Luncheon, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of the 10 honorees and a rising star. The event was held at a sold-out Bayou City Event Center in Houston.

“The judges worked hard to select ten amazing women for this year’s class,” said Shira Yoshor, luncheon co-chair. “Every member of the 2016 group is outstanding.”

The 2016 Women on the Move are:

  • Maria Boyce, partner, Hogan Lovells, LLP;
  • Katy Caldwell, CEO, Legacy Com­munity Health Services, Inc.
  • Karen Carter Richards, CEO and publisher, Forward Times
  • Wendy Dawson, founder and executive director, Social Motion, Inc.
  • Janine Iannarelli, founder and president, Par Avion, LTD
  • Amy Lynn McGuire, director and professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Paula Mendoza, president and CEO, Possible Missions
  • Mia Mends, CEO, Benefits & Rewards Services, USA, SODEXO, Inc.
  • Carrie Potter, president and owner, The Carrie Potter Group, LLC.
  • Laura Robertson, deputy general counsel, Litigation & Arbitration, Conoco Phillips.

The 2016 Rising Star was Nicole Sous­san, litigation associate, Reed Smith, LLP.

“This amazing group of successful women exemplify the core values of TEW,” shared Chastiti N. Horne, also a luncheon co-chair.

After shopping the many tables of accessories and enjoying a light lunch, the audience was treated to a brief video of each of the honored women about their lives, careers and tips for all women moving forward into a successful career. Tips included: find a mentor, take risks and do not be afraid to succeed, don’t take yourself too seriously, stay true to your passion but ask for help and invest in who you are.

The Women on the Move annual recognition has been part of TEW since 1985. It was the brainchild of successful Houston businessman Robert Sakowitz. During that first year, Kathy Whitmire was serving as the first woman mayor of Houston; and other strong women were holding key positions in the city. All of them served as examples to teenage girls, who to this day benefit from scholarships raised at the luncheons.

Texas Executive Women is an organization of professional female executives from many different professions and industries. They come together to network, share experiences and professional resources, and are actively involved in the community. TEW also strives to support programs that recognize, develop and fund the advancement of young women in the community, such as with their mentoring and scholarship programs.

Visit texasexecutivewomen.org for more information.

Mentees with Frances Castaneda Dyess.

Gala co-chairs Chastiti Horne, Debra Ibarra Mayfield and Shira Yoshor with Lisa Malosky.




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