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…

Julia Cuba Lewis

    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 their ability to be…

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,…

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…

OVERCOMING THE “OTHER”

At some point in our lives, we all know what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.  To be shunned.  To be the outcast.  To be the “other”.  Business leaders, students, parents, political leaders, educators, doctors, professional athletes, social activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers…everyone you can think of.  What are their stories?  What “other”…