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Melissa Rotholz

Shield Bearer Associate Director Melissa Rotholz was honored as 2017 Woman of the Year by the Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) at the ABWA Houston Area Council Women Celebrating Women Luncheon on June 24, 2017 at the Junior League of Houston.

The mission of ABWA is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. The ABWA Woman of the Year Award highlights women that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and mentorship within their local league, the ABWA organization, their professions, and the community. Melissa is a founding member of WEWEN, currently serves as WEWEN Vice President of Communications, and is slated for WEWEN President in 2018.

As Associate Director of Shield Bearer, a local non-profit organization dedicated to hope and healing for victims of crime and abuse, human trafficking survivors, veterans and active military families, struggling marriages, and many other hurting hearts, Melissa oversees community engagement including marketing, public relations, volunteering, and event planning. She has over fifteen years of experience leading teams dedicated to elevating individual and organizational performance in both the public and private sectors. Melissa feels specifically called to empower families with education and resources, and is passionate about speaking out for those that have experienced traumatic events and are unable to afford services and programs. She recently pioneered a Mother Daughter Strong program that focuses on building strength physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, created a Mentor Program for homeless women and community volunteers, and is publishing the first in a series of poetry books centered around positive self-image for children later this year.

Melissa also currently serves as a mentor for sister ABWA league Cy-Fair Express Network, volunteers for the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Good Shepherd Methodist Church, Reach Unlimited, The Mission of Yahweh, and the Cypress Gems Chapter of the National Charity League. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Organizational and Human Resource Development from Abilene Christian University. Her most treasured roles are wife of twenty-three years and mom to two teenagers.

For more information about WEWEN or ABWA, visit wewen.org or email communications@wewen.org. For more information about Shield Bearer, visit shieldbearer.org or call (281) 894-7222.

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Kathy Girgenti Co-Founder and Owner of Keller Williams Premier

The Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) invites you to attend a Monthly Networking Luncheon sponsored by Proline Supply Company on June 1st, 2016. The luncheon will be held in the West Dining Room of Lone Star College-University Park at 20515 State Hwy 249, Houston, Texas 77070. Open Networking begins at 11:00AM, followed by an informative program and lunch from 11:30AM-1:00PM. This month’s program includes 2016-17 Board Inductions, the Official Charter of WEWEN, and a presentation from Dorothy Gibbons entitled, The Women of the Rose.

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Gayle Huffman Co-Founder and Owner of Keller Williams Premier

In 1986, Dorothy Gibbons and colleague Dr. Dixie Melillo founded The Rose, a place where every woman could receive quality breast health care regardless of her ability to pay. Today, thirty years later, with two Diagnostic Centers and a Fleet of Mobile Mammography Units, The Rose has served over a half a million women, insured and uninsured, and expanded services throughout Southeast Texas. Explore the story of how The Rose was born and how it has survived–against all the odds. It is the story of incredible generosity, unexpected corruption, and the hard truth about who can afford healthcare and who can’t.

Expand your network, grow your business skills, reach a new audience, or advance your career with the Women Empowering Women Express Network of ABWA. WEWEN meets the first Wednesday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Additional details and luncheon registration ($25) are available at wewen.org. Contact communications@wewen.org with questions.

American Business Association LogoBusinesswomen throughout the community are invited to attend.

Houston, TX – The Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) invites professional women to attend its “Official Launch Luncheon” on May 4, 2016 at the Lone Star College-University Park West Dining Room, from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Informal networking will take place from 11:00AM to 11:30AM, followed by a special presentation and lunch from 11:30AM to 1:00PM.

Susan Hodge, founder of Women Leading Together LLC and Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Downtown College Of Business will present “Shedding the Shoulds”. Learn how to identify and “shed” those unnecessary activities to free up your time for what is important, rid yourself of the guilt that burdens us when we buy into the “shoulds” of others, and stand firmly on YOUR view of what needs to be done.

“We are excited to bring an empowering, energetic, and professional organization to women in Houston. WEWEN will serve as the premiere source for women looking to expand their network, grow their business skills, reach a new audience, advance their career, and truly impact this community,” states WEWEN Formation Chair, Darlene Hajduk.

The Official Launch Luncheon is sponsored by University of Houston Downtown College of Business, Lone Star College-University Park, and the Cy-Fair Express Network. To register for this event and other WEWEN events, visit wewen.org or email communications@wewen.org.

About ABWA

Founded in 1949, ABWA provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated 65 years to women’s education, workplace skills and career development training. For more information, visit abwa.org.