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Chapter Spotlight: WISE Houston

Chapter President’s Corner: Janis Burke

What inspired you to lead WISE Houston?

To provide a network of females within the local industry that could help ignite and motivate women of all ages, and at whatever point in their career they find themselves, to reach their fullest potential.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being chapter president?

I'm new in the president role, but was a founding board member and founding sponsor of the chapter. With that said, the most rewarding aspect of being part of the leadership team since the inception has been to watch the expansion of friendships or influence, as well as the tremendous confidence boost and individual growth I've witnessed amidst the members.

What impact has WISE Houston had on the local community?

We've had a significant impact with our focus on mentoring inititatives, special speakers that have been brought in to teach members on various subject matters, and the networking or friendship building that we've provided for several hundred ladies in Houston. We've also been able support Dress For Success, the Houston Food Bank and various charitable youth initiatives through our philanthropic efforts.

What drives WISE Houston?

Strong leaders and committee volunteers that are passionate ambassadors

List three adjectives that best describe WISE Houston.

Engaged. Innovative. Pivotal.

Chapter Overview

Year Founded

2016

Current Chapter President

Janis Burke

Founding Chapter President

Carrie Potter

Most Popular Event

2019 Speed Mentoring Roundtables at Minute Maid Park had the largest attendance

Most Interesting/Highly Attended Speaker/Topic

Financial Fitness event with American author and financial editor of NBC's Today Show Jean Chatzky

Approximate Number of Events Per Year

22 to 25

Event Price Range

Most events are free for members; price varies for nonmembers

Average Event Attendance

80

Do you offer WISE Within?

Yes

Do you offer Speed Mentoring Roundtables?

Yes

Do you have an annual event exclusive to your chapter?

Game days with all of our professional teams

Corporate Partners/Sponsors

Houston Sports Authority, Four Seasons, Amegy Bank, Printer and all four professional teams

Women of Inspiration Honorees

  • 2016: Sallie Sargent, Janis Burke, Anita Martini (posthumously)
  • 2017: Pam Gardner, Gina Gaston
  • 2018: Dr. Seun Adigun, Leah Mastaglio
  • 2019: Julia Morales Clark, Amy Palcic, Gretchen Sheirr

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