Branch Programs


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the Harris County Tracy Gee Community Center: 3599 Westcenter Drive, Houston, TX 77042 (713) 266-8193


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Cathy Mincberg, Ed.D University of Houston – “Is the American Education System Really Broken?”

Dr. Mincberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Reform of School Systems.  She has worked at the forefront of public education reform, both as a long-term school board member in the Houston Independent School district, as community college trustee and as a high-level administrator in two urban districts.  Dr. Mincberg earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

May, 2017 – No Meeting (looking forward to the Style Show fund raiser…date TBA

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.
Branch Recognition Luncheon and Program Installation of Officers and Recognition of Baker-Telfer Scholarship Winners. The luncheon will be held at the Lakeside Country Club.  Program to be Announced.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Former Houston Mayor, The Honorable Annise Parker – “Why is Governing so Hard?”

Annise Parker has spent many years in service for the people of Houston.  Time Magazine named Ms. Parker as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  President Obama appointed her on the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.  Currently, she is a Fellow at the “Doerr Institute for New Leaders” at Rice University, and Vice President for Strategy, Programs and Finance at Neighborhood Centers, Inc.  She serves on the board of FirstNet, created by Congress to implement a nationwide broadband network for first responders, and is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council.  In addition, Ms. Parker is an advisory board member of Holocaust Museum Houston, the Center for Houston’s Future and The Montrose Center.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.
Anne Chandler, Director of Tahirih Justice Center – Houston  “Violence Against Women is Intolerable”

As the Director of Tahirih’s Houston office, Anne provides strategic direction and manages Tahirih Houston’s staff of 12.  She has provided leadership for Tahirih Houston since the office first opened its doors in 2009 to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence in the Houston area.  Anne serves on the board of the American Immigration Council and Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.  Prior to joining Tahirih, Anne was a Clinical Professor for the University of Houston Law Center.  While there, she acted as the Interim Director of the Immigration Law Clinic.  Prior to joining the Houston Law Center in 2003, she was the Director of Immigration Legal Services for the YMCA International Services of Greater Houston.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Jenny Chang, M.D., Director, Houston Methodist Cancer Center – “On a Mission to Win the Fight Against Breast Cancer”

As Director of the Houston Methodist Cancer Center since 2010, Dr. Chang’s job involves coordinating all the cancer care at Methodist’s seven hospitals, including the research and clinical trials.  She is also a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX.  As a young girl, Dr. Chang was reportedly adventurous and according to her mother a bit mischievous; her mother stating that she was relieved to ship her off to university in England at age 18, where she obtained a medical degree from Cambridge University.  Dr. Chang also has a Fellowship in oncology at Royal Marsden Hospital.  Her professor recalls that 80 percent of Chang’s colleagues were male, yet he left her in charge of his work while on sabbatical in California.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Holiday Party

Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Timken Walker, Executive Director, United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) and Misa Nguyen, Director of Programs (UAHT) “Human Trafficking and Houston’s Response”

Mr. Walker and Ms. Nguyen will discuss human trafficking and how Houston is responding.  Timeka Walker joined United Against Human Trafficking in February, 2015 as the Executive Director of Operations.  He has over 16 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership. Timeka brings to UAHT many years of operations, program development and evaluation experience.  As a trained social worker, Timeka has served at-risk youth, HIV positive homeless men and women and those suffering from mental illness.

Misa Nguyen serves as the Director of Programs for United Against Human Trafficking.  Ms. Nguyen oversees the research, development, and implementation of UAHT’s projects and programs for training frontline professionals and public awareness campaigns.  Ms. Nguyen represents UAHT in the community for various capacities, currently serving on the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance Task Force and Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA.

February 25, 2017
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference in Science and Mathematics

Tuesday, March 21,  2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Heloise Bloxsom Lynn, Ph.D Stanford – “Life Changes Through the Decades: Student – Wage Earner – Forest Dweller/Retiree…And Beyond”

Dr. Lynn will talk about her experience as a scientist working with the world’s cultures.  She has worked 41 years as a geophysicist in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.  She lives near La Veta, Colorado, on the side of Mt. Mestes, in the midst of forests, streams, deer and more; but often winters in Houston, TX. with her two Arabian endurance (trail riding) horses.  She consults part-time in the oil and gas industry, mostly with teaching and training courses all over the world.  Her husband of 38 years, and their two sons, enjoy hiking and biking together.

March is International Women’s Month