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GHWCC to host The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women

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Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) will host The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women on November 18, 2021 at The Woodlands Resort.

Hello Woodlands interviewed Suzan Deison, CEO/President/Founder of Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Shayla White, Executive Director GHWCC Women’s Business Center, and Natalie Saikowski Goertz, co-chair of the Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women and Senior Vice President at Guaranty Bank & Trust.

What is the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce? 

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) is a nonprofit business organization of highly influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through avenues of leadership, education, advocacy and mentoring.

“We are the place where women do business in Houston. We provide women with a platform to make your voices heard and to build valuable business relationships. We provide opportunities to enhance your leadership skills. We advocate for your business with our legislators on the local, state and federal levels. We host educational workshops to help you expand or start your business. We educate our membership on the benefits of preventive healthcare. We engage dynamic executive women to build relationships, generate provocative ideas, thoughts and solutions to impact the future of healthcare. We provide unlimited opportunities for women and girls to develop and enhance their leadership skills with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). We provide scholarships for our next generation of women leaders.” Read more about GHWCC on their website at ghwcc.org.

How can members of the community become a member?

Suzan Deison, CEO, President, and Founder of Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, shared, “The GHWCC membership levels are based upon a business’ number of employees.  The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) is the fastest growing women’s chamber in the US. We represent over 1200 member businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to small women led businesses.  Men are also welcomed to join to not only support women, but to do business with women.”

Tell us about the GHWCC SBA WBC.

Shayla White, Executive Director GHWCC Women’s Business Center, responded, “The GHWCC SBA Women’s Business Center serves as a catalyst to enable women entrepreneurs and their leadership teams to start or take their business to the next level through organization, innovation, and engagement. The GHWCC SBA WBC empowers women-led organizations by introducing resources that provide tools, access to capital, and valuable business relationships.”

“GHWCC WBC is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to become self-sustaining  and successful contributors to their communities, with special assistance for women, low-income, minority, veterans, and non-profit businesses in Montgomery County, East Harris County and Chambers County. We have a diverse Advisory Board of 18 that represents the chambers geographic service area who assist and support the WBC activities including business consulting and hosting workshops.  The GHWCC SBA WBC Advisory Board members serve as advisors for the WBC team, sharing insights and strategies to help women entrepreneurs succeed.”

“The GHWCC SBA WBC provides educational workshops and events to build capacity, make connections and overall elevate entrepreneurs’ business acumen to remain competitive in the marketplace. For a comprehensive understanding of our offerings, visit www.ghwcc.org , email info@ghwcc.org , or call 713-782-3777.”

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How can members get involved?

Suzan Deison said, “GHWCC Members have many opportunities for leadership and engagement!” 

“GHWCC Programs include: The SBA Women’s Business Center and LAUNCH, helping women-led businesses start or expand their business by providing valuable education, tools and resources including access to capital, Women On Board Institute, an initiative to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards by helping them become board-ready, and STEAM Town USA, an initiative to increase at-risk third grade girls’ interest in math and science through STEAM concepts, and encourage them to pursue STEAM careers.”

“GHWCC committees include Governmental Affairs, Women’s Health Network of the Texas Medical Center, Education, Marketing, 40 Under 40, Ambassadors, and HR Roundtable.  We also have regional chapters; Central Houston/Energy Corridor, Southwest Houston/Fort Bend County, Baytown, Bay Area and The Woodlands North Houston.”

Tell us about the “Volunteer of the Year,” “Chapter Chair of the Year,” and other annual awards.

“The GHWCC hosts five signature events each year that recognize women who are leading in their respective fields, who support gender diversity and who are making a positive difference in our community.  They are the GHWCC Annual Meeting and Awards, The Greater Houston Conference for Women, Women in the Fast Lane of STEAM Luncheon and Style Show, The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women and the Greater Houston Hall of Fame Gala,” said Suzan Deison.

What and when is the GHWCC Conference in The Woodlands area? What can attendees expect and how can people register?

Suzan Deison responded, “The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women will be held November 18, 2021 at the Woodlands Resort.”

“The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) is excited to host The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women on November 18, 2021 at The Woodlands Resort, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Demonstrating to our business community that women truly have no limits, and highlighting your support of gender diversity, we want you to be a part of it.  We encourage you to seize this opportunity to influence over 400 members of our business community at our Conference. Sponsors will earn recognition through a variety of media from videos to pre-event PR, e-blast and advertising.”

“The GHWCC is the fastest growing women’s chamber in the country, and The Woodlands North Houston Chapter continues to have tremendous support.  Our events host nationally and internationally recognized speakers, from First Ladies Laura and Barbara Bush, to the first Asian woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn, to Tiffany Pham, of Mogul and Amy Lacy of CaliFlour Foods.  Our panel of CEOs and C-suite executives will share invaluable business insights that members can take back to the office and use for creating real change.  We will honor twelve Trailblazers at the Conference, outstanding leaders who are recognized for being trailblazers in their industries and in their career, thus opening doors for our and the next generation of women.” 

“We are excited to have the leadership of Natalie Saikowski Goertz as a co-chair of the Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women.  Natalie also dynamically serves as a co-chair of The Woodlands North Houston Chapter and the GHWCC Board of Directors.” 

Natalie Saikowski Goertz, Co-Chair of the Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women, shared, “I got involved in the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce because I wanted to cultivate new relationships with other business women in our community.  I continuously to seek opportunities to lock arms with other women and have everyone rise to the occasion together.  Serving others is something I have always been passionate about, so I jumped right in to getting involved with the Chamber.  One of the characteristics of this Chamber that was attractive to me is the diversity of the members, which has been beneficial to my personal and professional growth.”

For more information about the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and to register for The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women on November 18, 2021 at The Woodlands Resort, visit www.ghwcc.org.

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