2021 Luncheon


Join us for this special event!

October 8, 2021 | 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Omni Houston Hotel

Our biggest fundraising event for Houston’s women and girls is returning, in-person this fall at the Omni Houston Hotel.

We’ll be back with more inspirational stories and exciting opportunities for you to invest in the future of Houston’s women and girls. While we await this important event, please take a moment to explore other opportunities to help here.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Make a difference in the lives of women and children in our community! Check out our 2021 Luncheon sponsorship opportunities. 

Outstanding Women in Banking and Finance Awards

We are excited to present the Outstanding Women in Banking and Finance Awards! The Houston region is fortunate to have many outstanding female leaders in the banking and financial services industry. We will acknowledge the skill, savvy, and expertise of these women in 2021 by presenting the Outstanding Women in Banking and Finance awards. This honor acknowledges Houston women who have made considerable contributions and achievement in banking and the financial services field, and it is the only award that recognizes this stellar group of women. Nominations will be accepted through June 1, 2021

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Keynote Speaker:
Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the CEO of HerMoney.com and host of the podcast HerMoney With Jean Chatzky. The financial editor of NBC Today for 25 years and the Financial Ambassador for AARP, she appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC and was a recurring guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Her latest book is Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.

An in-demand motivational speaker and fierce advocate for financial literacy, in 2015, she partnered with the PwC Charitable Foundation and Time for Kids to launch Your $, an in-school magazine that reaches 2 million school children each month.   

Past Honorees 

Kimberly C. David (2019)
Ann Janssen (2019)
Terry Morales (2019)
Lynn Nazareth (2019)
Sandra Salazar (2019)
Valerie Toalson (2019)
Alie Pruner (2017)
Denise Castillo-Rhodes (2017)

Dorothy Marchand (2017)
Hallie Vanderhider (2017)
Jill Vaughan (2017)
Kathy Orton (2017)
Mari Salazar (2017)
Sherri Schugart (2017)
Julie Cripe (2014)
Val Gibbs (2014)

Deborah Gibson (2014)
Susan Hill (2014)
Jo A. Casady (2009)
Margo P. Geddie (2009)
Suzette W. Jones (2009)
Rhonda Sands (2009)
Joyce Tyler-Williams (2009)

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Texas Capital Bank

Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank

ThompsonKnight Foundation


Bronze Sponsor

Capital One

Elizabeth & Joseph Ivers

Jessica and Ken Neikirk

Copper Sponsor

Jackson Walker, LLP


Veritex Bank

Courtney Cole

Susan Hill

Veritex Community Bank

Baker Botts, LLP

Reed Smith


Fifth Third Bank

Sally Shaw

Jessica and Ken Neikirk

Luncheon Host Committee 

Luncheon Chair 

Jessica Neikirk


Frances Castaneda Dyess

Terri Fiedler

Jenny Guzman

Valerie Walker

Linda Humphries

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The Women’s Resource helps women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive and financially stable. We envision a day when every woman and girl has the KNOWLEDGE and HOPE she needs to reach her financial goals. 

In our programs, women acquire the essential financial knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make sound decisions and improve their lives – for themselves and for generations to come. For 2.8 million Houstonians who are experiencing financial distress, The Women’s Resource trains and coaches women and girls, meeting them where they are. We inspire financial change, improving financial health, and overall individual and family well-being. For more information about our history, community impact and programs, click here.

“I feel I have a lot more confidence and control over my money. I’m not afraid to talk about it anymore, money is not a scary thing. That’s the beauty of talking to my financial coach.”

– Annabella, YourLife coaching client

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