Fall 2013 Speakers
Ms. Wicoff, an alumni of the U of H Law Center, is the Executive Director of Urban Harvest, a Houston based non-profit that builds healthy communities by growing sustainable local food systems. Her legal and non-profit experience has put her in positions of leadership requiring skills in management, fundraising, human resources and community partnering.
Randryia L. Houston
Ms. Houston, a University of Houston alumni, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pencils4Change (formally The Pencil Project), a global nonprofit helping to alleviate educational disparities in Ghana, West Africa, Nicaragua, and Belize. Ms. Houston is also a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Certified Christian Counselor, philanthropist, and an international speaker.
Representative Armando Walle
Representative Walle is the elected Representative for House District 140 in the Texas House of Representatives. The first in his family to pursue a higher education, Armando is a proud graduate of the University of Houston, having received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Houston Law Center. Representative Walle was heavily involved during his undergrad career, and has continued his acts of service and involvement in the community on into his political occupation and his everyday life.
Past Catalyst Speakers
Leadership within Health Care Administration
Floyd Robinson, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness, has been with University of Houston for nearly two decades after spending time managing hospitals. Mr. Robinson shared his wealth of knowledge not only on working in a university and health care administration setting, but also the role that leadership and passion has played in his life.
Mrs. Lorraine Decker
Leadership in Achieving Financial Independence through Non-Profit Financial Education in Houston
Mrs. Lorraine Decker. Lorraine Decker is the president and founder of Financial Mentors of America, a Houston based non-profit responsible for licensing the Game of Real Life. The Game is a financial education, career discovery and college selection and funding course for middle school, high school and university students. The program guides economically disadvantaged and underserved teens to step into the future and discover a life path to be productive, contributing members of society.
Leading from The University of Houston to South Africa and Back
University of Houston Alum and CEO of Branwar Wine Distributing Company, Wayne Luckett spoke on his journey from being a Cougar to partnering with his son to form an international wine distribution company.
Executive Director of Agricultural Exhibits and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.