Thursday, March 8, 2018
Tom Reid, Mayor of Pearland
Born in Houston, Mayor Reid acquired his conservative philosophy growing up in the farming and ranching country of Central Texas. He moved with his family to Pearland in 1965 and both his son and daughter graduated from Pearland schools. Mayor Reid became active in Pearland and served as Scout Troop Committee Chairman, City Planning Commissioner, City Councilman, Chairman of the Pearland Library Board, Chairman of Brazoria Drainage District #4, and as Mayor.
His professional career includes scientific writing, underwater defense research for the Navy Department, and as a Junior Design Engineer with WKM Valve Manufacturing Company. He was hired by Rockwell International and worked at Johnson Space Center from 1965 to 1997. He supervised and managed complex projects with sizeable staffs and tight budgets on Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, and Space Shuttle Programs, and spent the last 10 years at JSC in the Space Shuttle Program Office.
Mayor Reid is highly visible in community activities. He is a Board Member of Pearland Arts League, PISD District Education Improvement Committee, and Adult Reading Center. He is a member of the Gideon Society, Chamber of Commerce, C. F. Spencer Lodge, and many other community organizations. He is an Eagle Scout, Ordained Elder in the First Presbyterian Church, and is a 32 Degree Mason and a Shriner.
He has a history of regional participation and currently represents Pearland as a Board Member and Past President of the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Texas Association of Regional Councils, and is Secretary of the H-GAC Transportation Policy Council. He is on the Executive Board of Bay Area Transportation Partnership and is a Vice President of the Economic Alliance of the Houston Port Region. He is also Chairman of the Pearland Development Authority, and the Pearland Area Citizens Corps.
Mayor Reid believes that regional partnerships on transportation, surface water, and air quality are essential to economic growth and quality of life for both Pearland and the Houston Gulf Coast area. He is working with local, regional, and state organizations and officials to make Pearland a quality city that will make us all proud to say we live in Pearland.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
What is Toastmasters and how it can help you...
presented by Kim Walker
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 352,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,400 clubs in 141 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Kickstart Your ABWA Experience . . .
A Tour of Community Connections from A to Z!
with Ann Strouhal, 2017 top Ten Business Woman of ABWA
Ann Strouhal is owner of Strouhal & Associates, LLC, in Pearland, Texas, and holds both the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional certification. As a Certified HR Professional, Ann specializes in developing effective and efficient HR policies and procedures, employee communications, conducts HR Audits and various other basic HR functions that ensure compliance while aligning with her clients’ missions and goals. She has extensive experience in the human resources field ranging from being HR Director for an independently owned, rapid-growth, retail and manufacturing operation to Vice President of HR Communications for a large financial institution, all of which provided a good foundation for starting her HR Consulting firm.
As a charter member of the South East Express Network (SEEN) of ABWA in Pearland, Ann has held the positions of Vice President of Programs, President-Elect, and President of SEEN. Ann was also selected as one of ABWA's 2017 Top Ten Business Women and was chosen to represent SEEN as a 2015 Woman of Excellence of the Federation of Houston Professional Women.
“ABWA has always been there for me in both my personal life and professional life. Two years after college graduation many years ago, I found myself in a new position, in a new store, and in a new city where I knew absolutely no one. Shortly after that move, my new banker invited me to an ABWA meeting, and I joined immediately.” Ann explains. “As I advanced throughout my career and the challenges of life, ABWA provided a great support system, incredible resources, and an invaluable opportunity to meet other business women that I would have not had the chance to meet."
Ann is also actively involved in her community as an executive board member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, the Daughters of the American Revolution and St. Helen Catholic School Board of Directors, to name a few. Volunteering her time to others allows her to utilize and share the experiences and knowledge she has gained to further advance the success of various organizations, its members, and/or the recipients of services provided by those organizations.
Ann has been married to her husband Don for 35 years and they have two children, Amy and Adam, and a dog, a cat, and a grand-dog! She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University (’81) and a Master of Business Administration in HR from the University of Houston Clear Lake (’12). One of Ann's goals with ABWA is to ensure that members are reaping the full benefits of ABWA membership!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
"Let's Get Real"
... with Donna HD
Are you feeling misunderstood?
Do you get different reactions to what you say and email/tests you send than what you wanted?
Are you hesitating to have that hard discussion because you don't know how it will turn out?
Do you wonder why people don't seem to listen to you?
Thursday, October 19, 2017
(Please Note New Date Due to Conference)
Speed Networking . . .
"Learn how to make lasting connections."
Have you ever attended a business meeting and heard introductions and thought, "I need to get with her" or "I was looking for someone who performed that service". The meeting continues, adjourns and everyone heads back out to their busy schedule. If you have ever thought this, even once this monthly program is for YOU!
Join members and guests as they return from the National Women's Leadership Conference in Lancaster, PA for an exciting update on the latest in the American Business Women's Assn news AND a lesson in Speed Networking that will get you connected with others in a brand new way.
Bring lots of business cards to share with everyone and practice your 3 minute introduction so that you can give clear and concise information about your business, your passion and your dream job or goals.
We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hootsuite, A Social Media Timesaver . . .
"Learn How Scheduling Saves Time and Money!"
with Lindsey Meadows of Meadows Resources
Lindsey is the proud owner of Meadows Resources a virtual staffing agency that places virtual and remote workers with clients all over the world. She is also the founder of VA School, a virtual academy dedicated to the enrichment of virtual workers and clients. She has over a dozen years’ experience in HR, Recruiting, and Staffing with over five years in a virtual capacity. She is committed to developing female talent in technology, science, and mathematics based careers. She is also passionate about helping rural economies through the use of virtual talent.
She is an active member of ABWA, Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN), Houston Area Council and CETA. Lindsey is also WEWEN's 2017 Woman of the Year. She is currently serving at the Communications Chair of HAC and the VP of Communications for WEWEN. She likes to spend time in her garden with her pets and family when not working.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Social Media Apps Made Easy. . .
"Canva for Everyone!" with Kristen Hackett
Owner of Source Media Solutions
Kristena is the Owner and operator of Source Media Solutions and oversees every client’s service needs. For over a decade as the media and IT specialist of a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas, she developed the skills at every level of the industry from videography and editing to writing, interviewing, audio mixing and IT services. Kristena completed media editing courses at Houston Media Source. Kristena has multiple IT certifications for Dell, Compaq, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard and a range of others after receiving her Comp TIA A+ certification. As a Keynote Speaker, she shares her knowledge on social media, business apps, or even how to keep going through the darkest of times.
Kristena's love for friends and family is what matters most. She learned from her mother how to be strong but loving, tenacious but humble, and hardworking but always willing to help. Kristena was timid, quiet, and scared, but was accepted for who she was by her sisters in ABWA Humble Artesian giving her the courage to step out of her comfort zone and step into her destiny.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Making the Way for Others with Courage and Grace
We are excited to have all FOUR Candidates for District II Vice President attend and share their vision on June 8th! This program is NOT only for ABWA members, it is for anyone who has ever wanted to step into any leadership role and let the "voices in their head" talk them out of it!
You will meet four amazingly ordinary women stepping out of their comfort zones to Take Flight in ABWA. Before starting their journey, Rebecca Dollinger, Carol Nagel, Charlotte Osborne and Shawn Todd barely knew each other, yet each of them knew they wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves. By stepping out of their comfort zones, each of them are making a lasting impact on working women in their business leagues, communities and the ABWA Nation.
Each will give a 3 minute speech on how this leadership journey has had an impact on their personal and professional growth and then answer questions on leadership, education, networking support and their vision of meeting the ever changing needs of today's busy working woman.
2017 Top Ten Business Woman of American Business Women's Association
2017 Woman of the Year
2018 Top Ten Business Woman Nominee
2017 Protege Award
2017 Woman of Excellence
2012- SEEN Woman of the Year
2008-2009 - SEEN President
Rest in Peace - We Miss You
Gaylyn DeVine, Owner of TLS Graphics, Inc. South Houston, has been elected as Treasurer of the board for the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast where she has served as the Gala Chair and Presenter since 2014.
TLS Graphics, Inc. is a well-established family owned and operated commercial printing company with offset and digital capabilities, as well as social media support.
Myrleen P. Knott - Vice President/Co-Owner, Buffalo Flange, Inc. - Myrleen is serving as the Chair of The Rose 2016 "A Time to Care" Luncheon.
Co-Founder of South East Express Network (SEEN)
Susan Olson was contracted by a leading handbag shop in NEW YORK to supply her beautiful cigar handbag "boxes", on a continual basis, with as many creative designer's handbag's "BOXES" as she can make!!! Susan will be a very busy lady!!