UH to host one of Houston’s premier networking luncheons aimed at highlighting women’s leadership

The University of Houston’s Friends of Women's Studies (FWS) and co-chairs Divya Brown and Leila Perrin, present the 21st Annual Table Talk Luncheon, on Wednesday, March 28, at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. FWS supports the UH Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS), assisting the program’s research, teaching and campus and community activities through philanthropic and volunteer efforts. This lively lunch honors fifty Houston women of accomplishment, from diverse industries and backgrounds. This year’s honorees are listed below.

Last year's 25th-anniversary event attracted well over 600 attendees. The luncheon‘s unique format features rich interaction and compelling stories, as each conversationalist shares her life experiences with the guests seated at her table.

Table Talk is one of Houston’s most popular networking events. Past honorees have included over 800 women leaders, from oil execs to nonprofit leaders, from artists to athletes, and everything in-between. Recent honorees have included designer Tina Knowles, Police Chief Martha Montalvo, writer Brené Brown, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Chef Kiran Verma.

The WGSS Program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, offers a major, two minors, and a graduate certificate. All combine theoretical and empirical studies to give students the tools to analyze gender dynamics of the past and present and to build a fair future.

Table Talk starts with a reception at 11 a.m., followed by conversations over lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.

2018 Table Talk Conversationalists

Sandy Asch  Author & Principal, Alliance for Organizational Excellence
Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock Director of Engagement & Planning, CenterPoint Energy
Lindsey Brown Owner, Lindsey Brown Public Relations
Deborah Byers  Americas Industry Leader / US Oil & Gas Leader, Ernst & Young
Jenny Chang, MD Director, Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital
Estela Cockrell Founder, Switch_Pure, LLC
Lauren Levicki Courville Vice President, Dress for Success Houston
Cheryl Creuzot, JD, LLM, MBA CEO, Wealth Development Strategies, & Author
Lisa Cruces Hispanic Collections Archivist, UH Libraries, Special Collections
Barbara Davis Owner, Barbara Davis Gallery
Julie De Vries Table Talk Featured Artist
Luz Maria Garcini, PhD, MPH Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Studies/Immigration, Rice University
Mia Gradney  Evening News Anchor, KHOU __ News
Diva S. Herazo President, Biomedent, Inc.
Jennifer Herring Director of Reentry, Harris County Sheri_’s O_ce
Amy Hertz Founder, Tangerine Ink
Leisa Holland Nelson Vice President / Chief Marketing O_cer, AstoundZ
Patricia Hunt Holmes, PhD, JD Author, Former Partner Vinson & Elkins LLP, & Former UT Prof.
Geordie Hrdlicka, JD, LLM, CFP Founder & President, Verde Wealth Group
Jean Janssen President & Chair, San Jacinto Council / Girl Scouts of America
Melanie Johnson, EdD President & CEO, The Health Museum
Myrtle Jones Senior Vice President of Tax, Halliburton
Maryam Afsahri Khreibani  Owner, Baanou
Sima Ladjevardian Lawyer & Activist
Jennifer Ligums Farmer & Rancher
Brenda Mainwaring Assistant Vice President Public A_airs, Union Paci_c Railroad
Heidi Smith Chief of Staff, Texas Southern University Office of the President
Marcie Mir CEO, El Centro de Corazon
Tai Dillard Mouton Assistant Coach, University of Houston Women’s Basketball
Laura Murillo President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Poppy Northcutt President, National Organization for Women – Houston
Kim Ogg District Attorney, Harris County
Kathy Flanagan Payton President & CEO, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corp.
Terri Pustilnik, MD Gynecologic Oncologist, MD Anderson Medical Center
Josefina M. Rendon Attorney, Mediator, Associate Municipal Judge
Carolyn Rodz Founder & CEO, Alice
Jessica Rossman Senior Managing Director & Managing Counsel, United Airlines
Adrienne Scott Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel
Shreela V. Sharma, PhD, RD, LD Associate Professor, UT School of Public Health & Co-Founder, Brighter Bites
Peggy B. Smith, MA, PhD Professor & CEO of Teen Health Clinics, Baylor College of Med
Christiane Spitzmueller, PhD Professor of Psychology; Managing Director UH ADVANCE
Erin Stewart Co-Owner, Define Studios
Anne Sung Trustee, Houston Independent School District
Claire Cormier Thielke Chief Operating O_cer - Hines Investment Management
Ana Trevino-Godfrey Director & Co-Founder, Prelude Music
Phoebe Tudor Philanthropist
Candy Twyman Executive Director, Better Business Bureau Education Foundation
Anne Whitlock Founding Director, Connect Community
Betti Wiggins Officer of Nutrition Services, Houston Independent School District
Lynn S. Wyatt Philanthropist