Julia Cuba Lewis

Girls Empowerment Network       I remember the day I met her. She was standing among a small group in a Houston high-rise condo, the host having invited us all to meet this dynamic woman on a mission: “To ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in…

Sara Speer Sellber

If there’s anyone on the planet who gets what it means to be human, it’s Sara Speer Selber.  Everything she does is about helping others, so it will come as no surprise to learn about her 30+ years of being a major player in Houston’s non-profit scene.  From the Dynegy Foundation to AIDS Foundation Houston…

James Brown

EncourageX Inviting James Brown to be a guest was kind of a no-brainer.  He had me at “Encourage”!  I love that word and all the positivity it evokes.  I first met James when he was an executive at a Houston-based oil field services company.  Little did I know that a few years later he would…

Denise Hamilton

  You better work (2 finger snaps and a head roll)!!  Better yet, you better WatchHerWork!  Because this dynamo is on a serious mission to empower women to live their best lives in the workplace.  Her brilliant idea to curate on camera a range of advice from professional women, for professional women, and make it…

Rob Fersh

When I first met Rob Fersh, little did he know that he wouldn’t be able to get rid of me!  I was invited to attend a Houston reception introducing his Washington, DC-based organization,  Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.  The mission resonated with me so deeply that I sat myself next to him at dinner and…

NEIL BUSH

  Podcast (Audio only) YouTube Channel (Audio + Video) His family name symbolizes an American political dynasty, but his chosen path is outside of politics.  Neil Bush is a businessman, investor and Founder/Chairman, along with his wife, Maria, of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.  In my previous role as a news anchor and reporter…

Stefanie Cantu

Stef Cantu and I first crossed paths in 2004 when she walked across a stage and I handed her a Linda Lorelle college scholarship.  Today, she is on our Board.  That, in itself, is quite a story, which we will definitely touch on.  But there is so much more to this young woman who is…

Brice Everhart

It is central to the mission of Our Voices Matter to include a diverse group of voices, including those of our youth.  I can’t think of a better young man to represent his generation than  Brice Everhart.   Wise beyond his years, Brice is articulate, engaging and already a successful entrepreneur at the tender age of…

Mustafa Tameez

If you watch cable news, his face might look familiar.  Mustafa Tameez makes the rounds regularly on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and other networks as a “pundit”, weighing in on a variety of topics making headlines.  You might have already formed an opinion about him, most likely based upon your politics.  But I assure you,…

Russell “Rusty” Hardin

He’s been hailed and pilloried as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney.  His roster of clients includes Dow Jones, Arthur Andersen and J. Howard Marshall, III (Anna Nicole Smith was not a fan), not to mention a who’s who of professional athletes:  Roger Clemens, Warren Moon, Wade Boggs, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Murphy and Rudy…