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Guest Speakers — Page Array — CYFEN

February – William Holt

William Holt - February Speaker

William Holt has worked with coaching clients and international executives from Chevron, Toyota, Bank of America, Bechtel, Unilever, BP and many others for over 25 years. He has personally trained over 240 executives to become coaches in and outside of their companies. He has won many awards, including the Unilever Silver Award and the Best Practices Aware for an outstanding Coaching Training Program at BP.

It is his love and respect for his mother and his own forced exit from Corporate America that led to a career that speaks to his heart.  His mother was a good 50’s wife, marginalized, objectified, and passed up.  Watching his mom work for a big truck dealership, where even though she admired their success and bowed to male authority, was passed over for promotions and raises.  On her last job, she worked tirelessly for ‘the man” for 22 years, then was fired without a pension plan and was replaced by a younger person whom she had trained.

Similar experiences in his own career led him to pursue a dream in his heart.  He refers to himself as a feminist in a male body.  He will share more about his mother, his twin girls and his strong life partner, Adriana, so you can see that he is on a mission that serves women.  He believes that women are the hope for the future.

January – Denice Smith

Denice Smith

"Know Your Rights, Start the Year Off with a Plan"

Being raised in different countries, Denice Smith speaks three languages:  English, Spanish and Portuguese. Following her graduation from high school in Brazil, Houston became her home. It is here that she obtained a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston and her law degree from South Texas College of Law. Her curriculum vitae' spans six pages and shows not only her competency as an attorney but her passion for coaching and advocating for a long list of causes. In addition to her expertise in her current practice that includes family law, estate planning, arbitration, and mediation, she is a certified appellate attorney and is licensed to practice before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her career covers other specialties like medical malpractice, personal injury and sports law. Her accolades are impressive, however, it is the peace of mind and confidence that her clients and colleagues express regarding the professional service she has provided for them that makes her acquaintance endearing. Her elevator pitch states the importance of legal representation perfectly, “if you don’t know your legal rights you don’t have any.”

December – Holiday Gift Exchange

Holiday Gift Exchange
Bring a wrapped gift of $25 value to participate.
(No promotional products, coupons or certificates please)

November – Speed Networking

Members and guests will participate in a fun, quick-paced Speed Networking Event. This is a great way to meet and get to know those in attendance and to share your business with others in the community. Bring plenty of business cards and join us for this fun event and grow your circle of influence.

This month's EXTENDED CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 10:30 am followed with a prompt 11:00 am start of the program.

October 2019 – Sonya Aston

Sonya AstonSonya Aston
Get the 411 Before your 911 - Emergency Preparedness for Individuals and Businesses

Sonya Aston is a 6th generation Houstonian, graduate of the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law.  Much of her career has centered around response to emergencies or preparing for emergencies.  After working on the Exxon Valdez litigation in Anchorage AK, Sonya returned to Houston, graduated from law school and began working as an environmental enforcement attorney for the City of Houston.  At the City, she was the hotline for environmental emergencies. She continued her environmental experience at Conoco Inc and a small environmental firm.  Sonya returned to government at the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office where she volunteered at the Office of Emergency Management during emergency events.  After four years, she moved to the Elections Division where she was the Administrator of Elections for eight years.  Each election is a four to five week emergency.  She is here to provide her lessons learned from years of emergency planning and response. 

 

September 2019 – Jen Guadet Trosclair

CYFEN Speaker Jen Gaudet Trosclair

Jen Gaudet Trosclair

International speaker and Human Performance Specialist, Jen Gaudet Trosclair, empowers high impact individuals and groups to elevate their life, health and business for maximized impact in their organizations and communities through self care, stress management, mindset, and the pillars of human performance.

By empowering leaders to elevate their game, the ripple effect impacts employees, families, and communities to take charge of their health and lives.

With nineteen years in sports medicine physical therapy rehabbing elite collegiate, professional, and olympic athletes, Jen ups the ante, bringing mindset work and human performance to LIFE, challenging leaders everywhere to elevate their game. 

It’s time to be BE the change we want to see in our world, and it starts with us!

August 2019 – Bella Gilbert


Bella Gilbert

"Women in Leadership"

Bella Gilbert is an engaging speaker and educator with a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration. She currently serves at FranklinCovey Education in Houston, TX where she enhances the lives of youths and educators through a school transformation process that embodies the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

 

In 2018, at the Texas Conference for Women, she received an award for her profound personal story in Target’s Storyteller Promotion. She’s triumphed over many obstacles in her lifetime including exiting a toxic marriage, paying off $90,000 in debt, and working towards healing a compulsive overeating pattern, which resulted in losing 90 pounds. Gilbert’s tact for practicing disruptive thinking patterns continues to be forged by her Christian faith, training as a life coach and hard-won life experiences. Her passion for facilitating growth in others has paved the way for her to present on topics ranging from Parenting with Grit & Grace to Overcoming Burnout. In June, she completed leading a 16-week video conference book study on Brene’ Brown’s powerful book, Dare to Lead!

 

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11:00 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at our new location, Longwood Golf Club, 13300 Longwood Trace, Cypress, TX 77429.

July 2019 – Board of Directors Induction

July 25, 2019
New Board Inductions

New inductees to the 2019-2020 CYFEN Board include:

President:  Canthy Conrad, Action Specialties ;
President-Elect:  Angela Altamuro, Fashion with Angela;
VP of Communications:  Kathy Kirby, Wine Shop at Home;
VP of Finance:  Windee Falls, CC & A;
VP of Marketing:  Stefany Hennigan, Color Street;
VP of Membership - Kerrie Saeger, KerrieSaeger.com
VP of Programs - Kristi Howton, Iscential;
VP of Outreach - Donna McCarty, MisFit Design Group;
Past President - Sonja Rucker-Hines, Amegy Bank.

June 2019 – Rebeca Joffe

Rebecca Joffe
"How to Level Up in Your Business Using Social Media"

At the June luncheon come learn from Rebeca Joffe while she shares her tips and tricks on leveraging Facebook for any business owner to expand their network and reaching their ideal clientele. Most of Rebeca’s success has been from adapting quickly to the digital age and sharing with others the idea of scaling their business quicker through social media advantages. She loves mentoring and helping other business owners take their passion and transforming it successfully on social media!   

 

May 2019 – Maximize Your ABWA Membership

May 23rd, 2019

Our May meeting is all about how to maximize your membership with CYFEN.  This is an extended networking event, bring business cards, and come at 10:30 am to network.  Meeting starts at 11:00 a.m.

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