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.
Current Chapter President
Founding Chapter President
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
Do you offer WISE Within?
Do you offer Speed Mentoring Roundtables?
Do you have an annual event exclusive to your chapter?
Game days with all of our professional teams
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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