October 2017 – Educational Opportunities


CYFEN ABWA 2017 Theme"Educational Opportunities of ABWA"

ABWA Members, and Guests will learn how ABWA offers educational opportunities through their exclusive online learning portal. This online Apex Campus includes professional development courses, tools, and resources to support you in achieving your personal and professional best. Online courses include topics such as “Assertiveness and Direct Communication” and a “Job Suite” series.  OHIO University and New Jersey Institute of Technology are just a couple of educational institutions ABWA partners with. CYFEN encourages students in the area to attend the October luncheon.

Attendees will also hear from CYFEN members that attended the ABWA National Women’s Leadership Conference in Lancaster, PA.  This panel will update us on what they learned as well as have a Q & A session.

August 2017 Speaker: Toni Harris Taylor

Tony Harris Taylor
"Is Your Networking Not Working?"

Toni Harris Taylor is a motivation marketing coach who helps solopreneurs and sales professionals to take drastic steps to get known, get connected and get paid to earn six-figures in record time. Toni Harris Taylor has over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. Although she has suffered great personal losses and business challenges, every time she is knocked down, she turns it around by taking drastic steps. Toni brings a level of professionalism and expertise to her clients helping them to take the necessary steps to rise to the ranks of the Top 6 percent of entrepreneurs.

Toni speaks about effectively using networking to build relationships, stay connected and get new clients. With over 13,000 social media followers and friends and 5,000 on her email list, Toni knows how to build relationships that have grown her business nationally and globally. Toni shares the strategies she used to grow her business and helps her sales professional clients to achieve six figures in record time! 

Toni has a BS degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Adult Education and Training.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

July 2017 Speaker: Julie Burch

Julie BurchJuly Speaker:  Julie Burch, ABWA District II Vice President

ABWA District II Vice President Julie Burch is slated to induct the new 2017-2018 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) at the luncheon Thursday, July 27th.

New inductees to the 2017-18 CYFEN Board include: President – Dr. Michelle Becker, Shots for Holly; President-Elect/Vice President – Sonja Rucker Hines, Amegy Bank of Texas; VP of Communications – Diana Saufley, Keller Williams; VP of Finance – Michelle Guerra, MichelleGuerra.com; VP of Marketing – Cathy Conrad, Action Specialties, LLC; VP of Membership – Robin Haynes, Robin Haynes State Farm; VP of Programs – Kerrie Saeger, Plexus Worldwide; VP of Outreach –Patty Bergfield, Cruise Planners - CyFair; and Past President – Kristin Severson, Aire Serv of Northwest Houston.

Julie Burch is an active second-generation member of ABWA, she is a charter member of the North Dallas Business Women and served on the executive board for three years. She has served on many committees, she was the campaign manager for a District II Vice Presidential candidate, and co-chaired the DACA Woman of the Year luncheon in 2015. She is the North Dallas Business Women’s Woman of the year for 2016 and is currently your District II Vice President.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

June 2017 Speaker: Tony Vinchealle

Tony Vinchealle, BSc., CPT, Pn1
Founder of A'Stronger~U Fitness
"Fitness and Nutrition for the Busy Professional"

Tony Vinchealle is a wife, a mother of 4 children, a Holistic Fitness Professional, and founder of A’Stronger~U Fitness, Health, and Wellness.  She was motivated to start her company in January 2013 after having her own transformational experience with a weight loss coach.  Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur in the Fitness industry, Tony worked in Corporate America for over 10 years in Employee Training and Development and she also worked as a business developer for a large tax firm here in Houston, TX.  She earned her degree in Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston-Downtown where she concentrated her studies in Biochemistry and Human Metabolism and completed 2.5 years of graduate-level research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Tony is certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, a Metabolic Technician through Lifetime Fitness, and as a Nutritionist through Precision Nutrition. 

Tony’s mission is to empower people by providing them with the information and knowledge that is necessary to create a type of wellness that is well-rounded and comprehensive. She believes that Fitness, Health, and Wellness must be accomplished through knowledge, power, and the confidence to exhibit Self-Efficacy when it comes to YOUR overall Health.  Through education, proper Metabolism Based Nutrition, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, and through teaching you how to create synergistic teams who have YOUR best interest at heart, she is here to help YOU achieve your goals as you move towards #BecomingAStrongerU.

May 2017 Guest Speaker: Jan Koenig, Lone Star College SBDC

Jan Koenig
Lone Star College Small Business Development Center

"Know the Story of Your Business:  How to Prepare and Use Financial Statements"

Jan has 30+ years of experience in finance, education, and entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor of industrial engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s  degree in business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business. Jan moved to Houston in 1978 after receiving his MBA. From 2003 to 2011, Jan owned and operated a multi-location franchise business operation, during which time he successfully developed two new territories and acquired two other existing operations. Prior to becoming a business owner, Jan held senior management positions with Nations Bank (now Bank of America) and with Compass Bank (now BBVA Compass).  Jan also has taught courses in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management as adjunct faculty at Houston Community College. He has been a Senior Consultant with the Lone Star College - Small Business Development Center since 2012.

April – 2017 EXPO

Cy-Fair Women's EXPO

April 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m - 4:00 pm

Cy-Fair Express Network Home
16500 Houston National Blvd Houston, TX  77095

March 2017 Guest Speaker: Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale of Gallery Furniture will be our featured guest speaker in March. He is a Texas-grown phenomenon who knows how to "Save You Money, TODAY!" Mack's strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by the commitment he has to his family.  You won't want to miss this month's meeting.

February 2017 Guest Speaker: Jena Rodriguez

Jena Rodriguez, CYFEN February speaker

Jena Rodriguez

Jena Rodriguez, Brand Strategist + Business Coach, Speaker and Author, will be the guest speaker at the February 23 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon. Jena is passionate about transforming businesses from so-so to WOW with brand clarity, strategy and profit enhancement expertise. She is founder of Brand With Jena, a business coaching company that educates, elevates, and inspires entrepreneurs internationally, supporting them in getting their BRAVE ON!

Jena shows entrepreneurs what it takes to work with clients they LOVE and make the money they TRULY desire by elevating their perceived value so they can charge what they’re worth. By doing so, she’s helped clients surpass the 6-figure mark with increases of 600% + in their business. How big is YOUR BRAVE?

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

January 2017 Guest Speaker: Rita J. Leader

 rita-leaderRita J. Leader

"Choice of Entity and Intellectual Property Considerations for Small Business Owners"

Rita is an attorney who has practiced corporate law for over 30 years representing large publicly held corporations, individual entrepreneurs, small corporations, and venture capitalists.  Her experience includes entity formation, private placements, stock and asset sales, mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, tender offers, and capital formation.  Rita began her legal practice at Vinson Elkins and worked for two other law firms before retiring in 2013. She currently is a counselor with SCORE, an affiliate of the Small Business Administration, providing free business advice and mentoring to start ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

December – Holiday Luncheon & Gift Exchange

holiday1Bring a wrapped gift no more than $25.00 to participate in this fun gift exchange!
(No  business discount coupons or product promotional items please!)

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