Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting, Evening Social Jun 24, 2021
Evening Fellowship
Shantera Chatman Jul 01, 2021
Importance of Allyship (Zoom)
Importance of Allyship (Zoom)

MBA, President of PowHer Consulting, a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) consultant and strategist who specializes in transforming organizations and driving accountability through curated experiences that bridge cultural gaps.

 

 

With over 20 years of professional experience, Shantera Chatman has become a successful

Global Culture Strategist and community leader. Shantera graduated from Texas A&M

University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information & Operations

Management. She is noted for her significant leadership accomplishments with her clients

and founding The Chatman Women's Foundation in Houston, Texas. As President of PowHer

Consulting, Shantera is known for her guiding principles, developing strong cultures, and her

successful work within many Fortune 500 companies. She has worked for both large and

small consulting firms servicing clients such as NASA and Chevron. Shantera has led teams for her clients as they successfully rolled out various information technology (I.T.), cyber

intelligence, and diversity initiatives. As a transformation specialist and project manager,

Shantera has helped Fortune 500 companies engage their user community and adopt

significant workplace cultural changes.

 

Shantera is a prolific writer and the author of the Transformative Ally Framework: Advocacy,

Support & Coexistence, PowHer Play: A Women's Empowerment Guide, Embrace Resistance: How to Conquer Your Critics, and emPowHering YOU: 12 Tips to Finding Your Voice. Shantera focuses on culture curation and building strong allies in the workplace. She weaves her experiences into powerful stories and interactive conversations that make her a sought-after speaker, consultant, and lecturer. Her thought leadership has been featured on and in various online news platforms, Houston Business Journal and Inc. Magazine.

Importance of Allyship

“Importance of Allyship” provides a strong foundation for anyone looking to learn what it takes to be a true ally in the workplace. An ally is a highly evolved person that navigates diversity, inclusion, and equity with strength and accountability. Through this discussion, participants will leave with an understanding of why allyship is important and the keys to building trusting relationships at work.

Akshay Tavkar (In person) Jul 08, 2021
AG talk discussing new Rotary year
Peta-gay Ledbetter (In person) Jul 15, 2021
Pageantry
Pageantry

Dr. Peta-gay Ledbetter holds several degrees and several beauty queen titles. She is an immigrant from Jamaica, a sexual assault survivor, an Adjunct Professor at UH and Mrs. United Nations 2016. She will talk about her journey from brains to beauty.

No Meeting, Evening Social Jul 22, 2021
Evening Fellowship
Faith Malton (In person) Jul 29, 2021
From Victimhood to Creatorship
From Victimhood to Creatorship

Adaptability and Resiliency Role Model
Faith Malton is a natural born engineer. She was born missing her right arm and thus, grew up problem-solving and adapting to her environment through innovation. More importantly, she engineered her mental aptitude and psyche to be rooted in a growth mindset. A student ambassador, she found herself inquisitive on how other cultures worked and how culture determines perception of disability. Her curiosity led her to places like Antarctica, India and Tanzania. Always traveling with a new group, most of the time alone, she learned more about herself, humanity and her place in the universe. Every single trip was an awakening and revealed to her how the built environment shapes the way in which humans experience the world. She believes design teams have a responsibility for their designs to be universally accessible, inspire the human spirit, and nurture connection to the natural world.
Her other passions include psychology, health and human optimization. She recently graduated Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Energy and Sustainability. She now works at Walter P. Moore, an international civil engineering firm, doing site design. Malton chose Walter P. Moore for their core value of sustainability and philosophy, “driven by the challenge.” Malton also works to help others break through mental barriers and navigate the world with limb difference through her YouTube channel, One Arm Wonder. She is working towards entering the human optimization and mindset industry to help people transform from being victims of life to being creators of it.

No Morning Meeting- DG multi club meeting Aug 05, 2021
Cindy Childress (In person) Aug 12, 2021
You Don’t Have to Get Naked to Be Creative (But You Can)
You Don’t Have to Get Naked to Be Creative (But You Can)

Dr. Cindy, The Expert’s Ghostwriter

Dr. Cindy, The Expert’s Ghostwriter, is a ghostwriter and book editor for entrepreneurs that want to write books that make money and make an impact. Her business, Childress Business Communication, took bronze for Most Innovative Company of the Year for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business 2020. Her clients go on to achieve bestseller status, give TEDx Talks, and win book awards.

No Morning Meeting Aug 26, 2021
Commissioner Tom Ramsey (in person) Sep 09, 2021
Harris County Current Events
Harris County Current Events

Commissioner Tom S. Ramsey, P.E.
Harris County Precinct Three

Tom Ramsey has a long track record of improving the safety, infrastructure, livability, and financial health of the
communities he serves. An award-winning civil engineer turned senior executive and public servant, Tom has led
companies, a city, key action groups, and more throughout his 42-year career.

As Mayor of Spring Valley Village from 2012-2020, Tom reduced the city’s tax rate by 21%, invested more than
$38 million in infrastructure, and oversaw Spring Valley’s ascent to safest neighborhood in Harris County, according
to relevant FBI statistics. A trusted expert often called upon by his peers and other community leaders, he served
on the Harris County Storm Water Task Force and the Imelda Assistance Fund Board.
Tom’s private sector experience spans more than four decades. He served as Senior Vice President of Klotz
Associates before selling the company in 2017.

Tom’s deep project portfolio includes the Hardy Toll Road, Brazoria County Master Drainage Plan, Galveston
County Master Drainage Plan, Harris County Drainage Plan Update, Houston Safe School Sidewalk
Program, Precinct 3 road improvements, multiple hike and bike trails for the Houston Parks Board, and successful
infrastructure projects for more than 50 Texas cities and 20 counties.

Much of his work has also included creating sustainable solutions for street and drainage assignments throughout
Harris County including the ACEC Award-winning Birnamwood Roadway improvements.
A Texas native, Tom grew up in Crockett, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil
Engineering. Tom and his wife, Marsha, raised their three children in Spring Branch ISD, and have lived over 30
years in Precinct 3. His family now includes seven grandchildren, all of whom still live in the West Houston area–
–five in Precinct 3. Tom’s love for this county and its people also drives his work in the church, where he has taught
adult Bible studies for more than 40 years. He currently teaches two classes at Second Baptist Houston, where he
serves as a deacon, and is Treasurer on the board of Loving Kids, a local initiative launched to help underserved
Houston children.

Esmaeil Porsa, MD (In person) Sep 16, 2021
Population health and social determinants

Esmaeil Porsa, MD, MBA, MPH, CCHP-A

President and Chief Executive Officer

Harris Health System

Dr. Esmaeil Porsa serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harris Health System in Houston, TX. Prior to returning back to Houston in 2020, Dr. Porsa served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Integration Officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System where he had worked since 2007 in different capacities including the Medical Director of the Dallas County Jail Health program, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Professional and Academic Affairs and Interim Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Porsa completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio before earning his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in San Antonio.  He completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he also served as the Chief Medical Resident.  Dr. Porsa completed a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health as well as a fellowship program in primary care at the UTHSC-Houston medical school in 2005. Dr. Porsa obtained his MBA degree in Health Care Leadership from University of Texas in Dallas in 2017.

Dr. Porsa has a special interest in improving community health through addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and health care delivery in correctional setting. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and is a member of the Certified Correctional Health Care Professional Board of Trustees for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).  

No Morning Meeting Sep 23, 2021
No Speaker- Community service Sep 30, 2021
No Morning Meeting Oct 28, 2021
No Morning Meeting Nov 25, 2021
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