Spring 2014 Speakers

JUDGE DEBRA IBARRA MAYFIELD
First Latina County Court at Law Judge in Harris County http://www.debramayfield.com/


CODY WHEELER
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 Speakers

Sandra Wicoff
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

Floyd Robinson
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.


Wayne Luckett
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.


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