May – All About ABWA – Round-Table Sessions

Join us for our Round Table Sessions and learn more about what ABWA and CYFEN can offer you!  You’ll learn about the benefits of membership.  Topics included ABWA Education, Awards and Recognition, Scholarships, Community Service and more. 

Join us online again this month at 11:15 a.m.

 

April – María Inés Flores Wurmser

Virtual Meeting Guest Speaker  (Via ZOOM)
María Inés Flores Wurmser

"Take Charge of Your Families' Health"

Olympic Gymnast, MBA, Certified Nutritional Coach María Inés Flores competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.  She holds a BS in Business Management from Francisco Marroquín University (Guatemala City), an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, and is a Certified Nutritional Coach with Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

María Inés works as Nutritional Coach helping children, young athletes, and families change their lives by incorporating good nutrition and health habits into their lives. She specializes in kids and teenagers, leveraging her talent for communicating well with them, and facilitates education and tools so that they make their health a top priority.  

María Inés lives in The Woodlands with her husband and four children. She is a member of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands and volunteers with TWST (The Woodlands Swim Team).

 

***Cancelled *** March – Cynthia Daly

Cynthia Daly, March Speaker*** This meeting has been Cancelled  ***

"Taking Dominion of your Finances:  Smart Money Moves"

Cynthia Daly moved to Houston, TX from the Washington, DC area in 2011. She is originally from Charleston, SC (ranked the #1 tourist destination for 2019)! She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and her MBA in Finance from Argosy University. Cynthia is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Currently, she is the Director of Internal Audit at People’sTrust Federal Credit Union in downtown Houston.

She served our country for 28 years in the US Army in the field of communications and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Cynthia always had a keen interest in finances and wealth. She decided 35 years ago to educate herself through reading many financial books, magazines, blogs, and newspapers. She also attended financial seminars and watched and listened to other successful financial experts such as Mellody Hobson, Jean Chatzsky, Suze Orman, Michelle Singletary, David Bach, and Warren Buffet to name a few.

 

Cynthia was first certified as a financial counselor in 2009 and taught financial education for the University of Virginia Cooperative Education Department from 2009 - 2011. After relocating to Houston, she developed her own financial education program to primarily educate women and children about smart money decisions. She founded the C.A.N. Foundation in 2018 to promote financial literacy within our communities and she teaches a six-week course twice a year at the Tracy Gee Community Center. 

Also, Cynthia is a licensed life, health and accident insurance agent. She is currently studying for her series 6 licenses in securities to further help those who are ready to take dominion over their finances. Her motto is “Bring Wall Street to Main Street.”

 

In her free time, she volunteers with the Financial Ministry at Lakewood Church, enjoys traveling, mentoring and coaching others to be rich in mind, attitude and spirit.

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.

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