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Upcoming SEEN Programs 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"Retirement: The Beast in The Basement" 

presented by Daphne Jones, The Smart Money Chick

 Daphne uses plain English when speaking about how the lack of financial literacy is hampering women from living their best financial lives. She presents financial concepts made practical, steps her audience can take to avoid common mistakes in protecting and growing their money.


Whether speaking to singles, young families, Gen-Xers facing retirement or retirees looking to leave a legacy,

TheSmartMoneyChick is a resource for women living their best financial life.


Daphne runs TSMChick which specializes in one on one consulting educating women to protect current income, pay less in taxes and limit market risk. As a Licensed Financial Professional she has worked successfully with clients to devise detailed plans to reach their financial goals. She has vast experience across public and private sectors, serving as a Marine Corps Officer and in corporate America.


Daphne received her Bachelor Degree from Texas Southern University and a Master in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Why It's Important to Serve Locally . . . 

"How to make the most of learning new roles in volunteer organizations"

By Julie Burch, ABWA National Vice President

Julie Burch is the President of Julie Burch Speaks!, In her 20 plus years of speaking professionally, Julie has had the privilege of speaking to audiences in all 50 states, Washington DC, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Canada, England and Wales. She has designed programs for industry leaders such as Texas Tech University, Mercedes Benz, Fidelity Investments, Wingstop, BP Oil and Gas, Husky Oil, the Social Security Administration, Texas Women’s University, The American Payroll Association, The United States Army and Air Force, Subway, Kentucky Fried Chicken, American Advertising Federation, and The Society for Human Resource Management. She was named the Society of Human Resource Management’s 2017 Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee and was honored with a guest appearance on “Good Morning America” where she was interviewed by Diane Sawyer.


Julie is an active second generation member of ABWA and a charter member of the North Dallas Business Women Express Network  where she served on the executive board for 3 years.  Julie was honored as Woman of the Year in 2016 for her service to ABWA.  She has served on numerous committees, as a campaign manager and co-chair for the Dallas Area Council of ABWA’s Woman of the Year luncheon in 2015. She was elected as District II Vice President for 2016-2017 and currently serves as National Vice President, as well as a Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Trustee.   


She is the coauthor of two books including a motivational book for women titled “The Princess Principle: Women Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit” and “Success Simplified: Simple Solutions Measurable Results.”




Thursday, June 14, 2018

Speak More to Sell More . . . 

"The success formula that moves your audience to action."

Presented by Toni Harris

Let's face it, whether we are a business owner, sales person or an employee we are always having to sell ourselves.

Learn why learning to present yourself increases your credibility and generates more leads. But speaking is not just connecting with your audience that touches, moves and inspires them to say yes to you! In this workshop, you will learn:


-Why learning to speak and present yourself is the best marketing tool ever!

-The success formula that moves your audience to action

-How to get what you want by establishing a connection with the audience


When Toni launched her business in 2012, she wanted to be a motivational speaker making $5,000+ per speech. She quickly found out that unless you were already famous and a billionaire, those gigs were hard to come by. At that point, she began to invest time and money learning the speak to sell model. As a result, Toni runs her six-figure business using speaking as her #1 marketing tool. She is Constant Contact’s first ever Rookie of the Year delivering more talks and opening more accounts than any other solution provider in the world! She grew her network by speaking nationally and internationally.


 Forget Amazon, because of speaking, she has sold thousands of books from the front of the room. Now, she is passionate about helping other sales professionals and entrepreneurs to take the drastic step to use their voice to create a steady pipeline of leads, grow their lists and make more sales from the front of the room, even getting those paid speaking gigs. If you want to learn how to speak more to sell more, than Toni Harris Taylor is your next speaker!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season? ...

Presented by Sally Mercer, Agent


Sally Mercer was born in Pasadena, Texas and moved to Pearland in 2005 when she got engaged to her husband, whom she met on eHarmony. They have been married 12 years and have two boys. She attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with Spanish & Business minors and selected as the LBJ Outstanding Senior.
Sally’s professional background began in the oil & gas industry and morphed into event planning, activating sponsorships, and volunteerism through her charity work. One year after she married, she started as a CSR/producer for her father-in-law in order to learn the insurance business; the plan was to operate the agency once he retired, which he did in November 2010. Sally has her property & casualty license, life & health license and Series 6 & 63 licenses.
Sally’s agency is a one-stop shop for all your insurance needs. She offers home/renters, seasonal, landlord, windstorm, flood, auto, umbrella, RV/ATV/boat/jet ski/golf cart, motorcycle, life and small business/commercial insurance. Collectible car, various bonds and builder’s risk insurance is also available, among others.
Sally offers notary services to her clients free of charge. In 2013, she created the annual Jim Mercer Scholarship in honor of her father-in-law & as a thank you to her clients. 2018 marks her agency’s 40th Anniversary serving Pearland and surrounding areas and occurs in conjunction with Farmers Insurance’s 90th Anniversary.



 Thursday, April 12, 2018

Managing Facebook Group Pages Effectively . . .

"Learn how to leverage your personal connections to increase group visibility."

Presented by Gaylyn DeVine, CEO TLS Graphics, Inc.

Gaylyn DeVine, is the owner and CEO of TLS Graphics, Inc a full service commercial printing company in South Houston, TX.  Gaylyn took over the family owned and operated business in July, 1998.  She has seen marketing and branding evolve into various formats of print media including social media. 


Navigating Social Media and knowing what is right for your business and customers is a tricky proposition.  You can spend valuable time and resources chasing the latest social media app and not see a return on your investment.  Besides the time investment to keep up with the changes, there are post boosts and ads which you can leverage for both your business and association group pages. 


As more and more people manage their own social media pages the need to know how to post, like and comment by toggling back and forth effectively is key. 


If you manage your Company Facebook page, are a Admin of a group page or Moderator on any page other than your personal page…this program is for YOU! 


Bring your laptop for this interactive group session to assist you in managing all your Facebook pages with purpose. 


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"

Communication Training

... 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.





Jenny Wiest


2017 Protege Award

In Memoriam

Vicky Reynolds


2012- SEEN Woman of the Year

2008-2009 - SEEN President

Rest in Peace - We Miss You



Gaylyn DeVine

 Gaylyn DeVine, Owner of TLS Graphics, Inc. South Houstonhas 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 Board of The Rose 

 Co-Founder of South East Express Network (SEEN)