Past Catalyst Speakers

Fall 2015

Kenneth Arfa
Dr. Kenneth Arfa is a psychiatrist working at the University of Houston Health Center. He specializes in issues that emerging adults encounter, therefore mostly works with college and graduate students.

Matt Clark
Matt Clark is a serial entrepreneur turned investor, passionate about sharing what he has learned about entrepreneurship with any entrepreneur looking to take a business to the next level. He is the co-founder of the leading software and training company for entrepreneurs,

Ellen Cohen
Ellen Cohen has lived and served the City of Houston for 38 years in various positions such as Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas State Representative for Houston’s District 134, and Council Member for District C.

Spring 2015

Brenda Stardig
The Catalyst Leadership Luncheon Series is bringing one of the top City officials to talk with you! Councilmember Stardig will be speaking with students about her path to leadership and how you can make an impact in your community by getting involved in civic leadership.

Fall 2014

Kevin Barber
The Catalyst Leadership Luncheon Series, in honor of Veterans’ Day, is proud to bring you one of Houston’s leading veterans. Kevin Barber is the founder and president of Veteran Energy, the first 100% Veteran Owned Retail Electric Provider in the Texas.

Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield
The Catalyst Leadership Luncheon Series is bringing one of the top female, Hispanic, legal professionals in Harris County to talk with you! In light of Constitution Day, Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield of Harris County Court 1 will be speaking with students about your constitutional rights and duties as the future leaders of Houston.

Richard Webb
The Catalyst Leadership Luncheon Series is proud to welcome back one of our most successful Cougars from the University of Houston. Richard Webb is the Senior Vice President of Costco, representing the Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Kansas regions with over 5,800 employees and over $3.6 billion in sales.

Spring 2014

Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield
First Latina County Court at Law Judge in Harris County

Councilman Cody Ray Wheeler
UH Political Science Alumni and currently pursuing his masters in Public Administration at UH He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and City of Pasadena City Council District E

Ryan Soroka / Aaron Corsi
Ryan Soroka (UH MBA '11) and Aaron Corsi (UH '09, MSA'11) Eatsie Boys Café and 8th Wonder Brewery

Fall 2013

Sandra Wicoff
Ms. Wicoff, an alumni of the UH Law Center, is the Executive Director of Urban Harvest, a Houston based non-profit that builds healthy communities by growing sustainable local food systems.

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.

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.

Past Catalyst Speakers

Floyd Robinson
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
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.

Wayne Luckett
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.

Joel Cowley
Executive Director of Agricultural Exhibits and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.