Women on the Move Awards to be presented

For the 30th time, Texas Executive Women will present its annual Women on the Move® Awards  at a luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St. The big event benefits Texas Executive Women’s mentoring and scholarship programs for high school girls.

This year’s Women on the Move honorees include the following outstanding business women: Nory Angel, Christina Morales Berger, Victoria Bryant, Melanie Brown, Jane Cummins, Gina Gaston Elie, Julie Hardin, Jonia Wallace Reynolds, Gayle Slaughter, Cheryl Lyn Walker. Receiving TEW’s 2015 Rising Star Award will also be presented. This time to E. Nicole Baldwin. 
 
Nory Angel is the executive director and CEO, SER Jobs for Progress. SER Jobs for Progress is a non-profit organization that provides education, training, employment and empowerment services to those in need. 
 
Christina Morales Berger is president and CEO of the Morales Memorial Foundation. She has carried her family’s tradition of driving progress in Houston’s East End by continuously overcoming obstacles and giving back to the community. Berger took the reins of the Felix H. Morales Funeral Home family business in 1993.
 
Melanie Brown, head of the Technology Operations Strategic Execution Office at CenterPoint Energy, oversees annual strategic planning and initiative operationalization, and special projects with a $110 million portfolio. Brown also is an author and public speaker who empowers business leaders and organizations to succeed.
 
Victoria Bryant is president of Ambassadors Caregivers. Her ambition is to make a difference and leave a legacy. She provides professional caregiver services to seniors, the disabled and anyone who needs an extra hand.  
 
Jane Cummins is the executive director of Educational Programs, Inspiring Communities dba The HEART Program. Because of her work, she was appointed by Houston’s Mayor and City Council to serve as commissioner on the Houston Commission on Disabilities. She also currently serves as president of the Texas Lyceum.
 
Gina Gaston-Elie is a news anchor at KTRK-TV, ABC 13. She enjoys sharing news stories that inspire viewers and giving them information to make better decisions, big and small, and grow as a human being. 
 
Julie Hardin is a partner at Reed Smith LLP. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston and serves on the board of directors of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston and The Women’s Resource, and on the Advisory Council for Dress for Success Houston. 
 
Jonita Wallace Reynolds is the CEO of Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. GCCSA’s programs and services are designed to educate, equip and empower the un-served in Harris County. Reynolds is a public speaker and true servant-leader who awakens daily with the desire to personify Gandhi’s profound words, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” 
 
Gayle Slaughter, senior associate dean for Graduate Education and Diversity at Baylor College of Medicine, is dedicated to improving the quality of life through training the next generation of scientists and physician scientists. She currently directs several programs that help transform curricula at three Houston universities.
Cheryl Lyn Walker is the Welsh Chair, professor and director of Texas A&M Health Science Center, Institute of Biosciences & Technology. She is an active researcher, conducting cutting-edge research on how the genes individuals inherit, and exposures to chemicals in the environment, determine risk for diseases such as cancer. 
 
Rising Star E. Nicole Baldwin is the founder and CEO of Biao Skincare and a U.S. Army veteran. She is a burn victim and survivor who has used her own skincare line to virtually eliminate physical scars from her face and body. She formulated her safe and effective beauty and skincare line to address the unique complexion needs of women of all ages and races.
 
“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of this year’s class and we are looking forward to the awards luncheon with great anticipation,” said Friederike “Rike” Hass, executive director of  Texas Executive Women. “Women on the Move® is an opportunity to be inspired by the achievements of great women and also raise college scholarship funds for the next generation of great leaders.”
 
Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee, will be the featured speaker at the Woman on the Move Luncheon. Sargen, a 28-year veteran in sports marketing and event management, has a resume that includes All-Star games, college bowl games, Republican and Democratic conventions and a variety of other events.
 
The 2015 Women on the Move Award Luncheon is underwritten (to date) by: Platinum Sponsor H-E-B; Gold Sponsors Sofia Adrogue/Gray Reed & McGraw, PC/Kelli Cohen Fein/Caroline Baker Hurley/S. Shawn Stephens and Y. Ping Sun; and Silver Sponsors Ambassadors Caregivers, ConocoPhillips, MDS, Inc., Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Nancy Hall, Shira Yoshor, KPRC-TV, Melanie Gray/Winston & Strawn LLP, and Susan Soussan/ Elizabeth Ray/Katie Kennedy. In-kind sponsors (to date) include Barfield Photography and Lisa Malosky Productions. Media partner is Houston Woman Magazine.
 
For more information about purchasing tickets and/or sponsorships, visit www.TexasExecutiveWomen.org/. 
 
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