Get Ready for Delights, Surprises and the Unexpected at the Women Driving Business 2016 High Heel Connections Series

Women Driving Business committee members Kathie Edwards, Sarah Cain, Jessica Woods, Martha Ceballos, Rachel Price, Kristie Cherry, Connie Inman, Jeannie Bollinger, Tere Batista, Dulcie Wink and Laureen Wishom.

Women Driving Business committee members Kathie Edwards, Sarah Cain, Jessica Woods, Martha Ceballos, Rachel Price, Kristie Cherry, Connie Inman, Jeannie Bollinger, Tere Batista, Dulcie Wink and Laureen Wishom.

Women Driving Business, a committee of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, has joined with presenting sponsor Women’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City to bring back the “can’t be missed” professional women’s networking events of the year – the 2016 High Heel Connections series. Now in its 12th year, the High Heel Connections series gives key West Houston businesswomen, female C-Level Executives and women-owned business owners the opportunity to come together, connect and promote their businesses in a female-only networking environment.

This year’s High Heel Connections series promises to delight participants with four unique events for sponsors and guests. The first is a sponsor-only photo shoot at the Lakeside Country Club on Thursday, July 21st, a breakfast on Thursday, August 11th also at the Lakeside Country Club, a luncheon on Tuesday, September 20th at The Briar Club and a special Afternoon Tea and Sponsor Celebration on Friday, October 7th at the Hotel Granduca, an exclusive affair for sponsors only. The Claudia G Collection is gifting each breakfast guest with one of her custom designed bags. During the Afternoon Tea, St. John will host a fashion show with models showing the latest collection. Shortly afterwards, there will be a pop-up shop for exclusive shopping. Following, The Uptown Park Tasting Room will host a Ladies Lagniappe.

300-womendrivingThe series continues the tradition of recognizing exceptional women business leaders and will feature dynamic keynote speakers at the series’ breakfast and luncheon. Breakfast attendees will hear a keynote presentation titled Authenticity and Humility: The Cornerstones of Inclusion from Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, executive vice president and treasurer with Wal-Mart. A native Louisianan, Babineaux-Fontenot will discuss her own journey to success, the importance of self-awareness and acceptance, and why diversity, inclusion and hiring to fill employment gaps are so critical. She is a past recipient of the Dave Jackson Trailblazer Award, has been named a Diversity Champion by Diversity Edge Magazine and was included in the “Women Worth Watching” list by the Diversity Journal.

Shabana Qureshi, Jenn Todd, Sarah Cain and Rhonda Elmore.

Shabana Qureshi, Jenn Todd, Sarah Cain and Rhonda Elmore.

At the luncheon on September 20th, guests will enjoy a presentation from accomplished speaker Terri Ammerman, president and CEO of The Ammerman Experience. Ammerman’s firm provides communications strategy, counsel and training for clients globally, and she believes in helping people and organizations tell their stories in a compelling way that ultimately influences change. Ammerman has traveled and spoken internationally at numerous events, including at The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Texas Counsel for School Women Executives and as a guest lecturer at Rice University. She is active in the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Goodwill Industries Houston, is very involved with her church and volunteers to mentor young women and build their confidence.

In addition to hearing great speakers, breakfast and luncheon attendees will also have chances to win haute couture grand prizes, spa-tacular treatments, vacation vouchers and more. As custom, a portion of the series proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations.

“Women’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City is proud to once again support Women Driving Business,” said Shabana Qureshi, marketing and communications representative at Memorial Hermann. “As a facility dedicated to women’s services, we know that women often put their work and family first and their own health and wellbeing second, and we want them to know we are here for their specialized care. Women Driving Business is the perfect platform to network and connect with the talented women in our community, and we are honored to be the presenting sponsor of the series.”

The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is located in the population center of more than 8,000 businesses that employ more than 100,000 people in industries responsible for West Houston’s exponential growth, such as oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, retail, medical, engineering and service firms.

For more information on this event and the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, visit www.hwcoc.org or call 713-785-4922.