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Around Cy-Fair, July 2017

| July 1, 2017

(L-R): Barbara Thomason, President, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Darlene Hajduk, President, Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN).

(L-R): Barbara Thomason, President, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Darlene Hajduk, President, Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN).


(L-R): WEWEN Members Stacey Isola, Diana Saufley, and Vita Barrio at the conference.


With the goal of taking education to the next level and raising funds for local scholarships, the Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) presented the Empowering Business Conference at Lone Star College-University Park in May. The event featured an economic outlook address from Barbara Thomason of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, a large vendor fair, and numerous professional development sessions from prominent area business coaches, including Toni Harris Taylor of Drastic Steps Marketing and Karen Sharp of the Small Business Development Center.

Darlene Hajduk, founding WEWEN President and EBC Planning Committee Chair said, “WEWEN is proud to have pioneered the Empowering Business Conference with major sponsors University of Houston Downtown, Lone Star College-University Park, Leadership North Houston, and A Splash of Sass Boutique. This inaugural fundraising event was a huge success. The community, sponsors, members, vendors, featured speakers, and educational community all collaborated to help fund scholarships for women in business and to support The University Park Express Network (UPEN), a student chapter of ABWA.”

WEWEN, formed just one year ago in the Vintage Park area of Houston, shares the mission of the ABWA national organization by bringing together businesswomen of diverse occupations and providing opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. Now 100 members strong, WEWEN meets once a month at Lone Star College-University Park and provides additional networking and educational experiences throughout the year.

“Expanding access to education is at the core of our mission,” stated WEWEN Vice President of Communications Melissa Rotholz. “We empower women with the resources they need to be successful through events like the Empowering Business Conference. This conference generated over $5,000, which will be used to fund educational scholarships for local female students and WEWEN members.”

Hajduk added, “This is just the beginning! When we formed WEWEN, we all shared a commitment to finding new and impactful ways to support women in Northwest Houston. We look forward to expanding WEWEN’s reach and next year’s conference!”

For more information about the Empowering Business Conference, the Women Empowering Women Express Network, or the American Business Women’s Association, visit wewen.org or email


(L-R): Volunteers Donna Moore, Carolyn Milby, Barb Cooper, Nancy Weaver and Judy Barker.

(L-R): Volunteers Donna Moore, Carolyn Milby, Barb Cooper, Nancy Weaver and Judy Barker.


Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) celebrated the much-anticipated 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. More than 200 guests enjoyed laughter and camaraderie on April 20 thanks to the generosity of Bobby Shirley, owner of Shirley Acres. Every year for the last six years, NAM has honored its volunteers with a delicious luncheon served by NAM staff at Shirley Acres in Houston. The event is in gratitude for the thousands of volunteer hours donated by more than 2,000 community volunteers that help support NAM’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

“I am so grateful to all the volunteers that come to NAM every day,” explained Carole Little, NAM’s president and CEO. “This luncheon is an opportunity to honor the unsung heroes of NAM and we know that without them we couldn’t possibly do what we do. Behind every success story, every client helped every dream fulfilled, there’s a volunteer that made that possible and I am so grateful to every single volunteer for all they do to help our neighbors in need.”

To learn more about volunteering at NAM, community members should contact Courtney Frost-Tadlock, community relations coordinator at 281- 885-4604 or volunteer@namonline.org.

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