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Table Talk Update

The 16th annual Table Talk celebration made a lot of people happy on Wednesday!  As ever, the amassed talent of the conversationalists in the room was thrilling in itself (many of whom are pictured above).  And then there were the conversations. "The talk at our table this year-about food and family memories-was the best ever!" said one longtime fan of the event. "Our conversationalist is a force of nature!" said another. "A beautiful, festive, and fun event" "awesome!" "wonderful," "fantastic," "terrific" are some of the reviews we've received in the aftermath.  


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Honoring a panoply of amazing women from diverse industries and backgrounds, in a conversational context that builds community among those at each table, the event broke fundraising and attendance records this year.  Co-chairs Cheryl Creuzot and Leisa Holland-Nelson and their great host committee put together a sell out - with 3 tables added for overflow.  Past conversationalists Helen Vollmer, Donna Vallone, Beth Wolff, Shannon Buggs and Karen Farber filled in at those tables and for two of the planned conversationalists who had last minute conflicts.  Many thanks as well to Laura Arnold for hosting the great kickoff party, and to all our raffle donors and to Zita Giraldo who put together the beautiful raffle baskets and centerpieces. In a week of sexist Oscars and cutbacks on family friendliness at Yahoo, the 54 great conversationalists from so many fields reminds us that women have made and continue to make huge progress.


The lunch featured a short, fun video about WGSS by Blue Ribbon Digital Media, featuring students and our postdoc Rachel Afi Quinn.  In case you didn't hear every word, here's a link


Many thanks to our underwriters:


Herstorian: Debbie McLeod & the Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation
Preservers: CenterPoint Energy, Chevron, Percy & Cheryl Creuzot, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Fiesta Mart, Inc., Melanie Gray, H-E-B, Chinhui Juhn & Eddie Allen, MetLife, Carey C. Shuart, Texas Children's Hospital   
Scholars: Amegy Bank of Texas, BASF, Inc., Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Annette Coleman Bracey, Andrea Georgsson, Nina Andrews Karohl, Ann & Elizabeth MacNaughton, Susana Monteverde, Reliant Energy, Beverly Robinson  
Researchers: Vilma Allen & Rosenblum Fine Jewelers, Christine Attar, Abenaa Brewster & Adrian Melissinos, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors, Deena Buford, Robert & Charmane Carter, Chamberlain Hrdlicka, ContentActive LLC, Yvonne Cormier & Eileen Lawal, Cullen College of Engineering/UH, Rania Daniel, Deavra Daughtry, Melissa Edwards & Yava Scott, Enaxis Consulting, Elaine W. Finger, Pam Gardner & Kathryn Peek, Eleanor Gilbane & Jamil Higley, Zita Giraldo, Valerie A. Golden, The Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce, MarySoctt Hagle, Geordie M. Hrdlicka/Verde Wealth Group, Tina Knowles, Sherry Merfish, Office of the President/University of Houston, Becky Rush & MaryRoss Taylor, The Sterling Group, University of Houston Libraries, US Trust 
And Special thanks to: Laura Arnold, Michelle Barnes, Blue Ribbon Digital Media, Zita Giraldo & Jill Knobloch


Thanks to all who joined us in making this year's Table Talk such a success in support of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at UH.


To reserve your table for Table Talk 2014, call Carlos at 713 743 3773.


on March 21st, 6-8pm 

Keep the conversation going at the Friends of Women's Studies' Spring Fast Friends Speed-Networking Social, this time hosted by Christina Bryan. Connect and exchange ideas with dynamic women from across Houston

Members only!! For members at the Sustainer level or higher.  

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To join online:

RSVP: 713 743 3214 OR with FAST FRIENDS in subject line.

Table Talk 2013 Co-Chairs: 
Cheryl Creuzot and Leisa Holland-Nelson

The Presidents: 
Renu Khator (President of University of Houston and Chancellor of UH system) and Susana Monteverde (President of Friends of Women's Studies)
Michelle Barnes and Ramona Davis