Our Vision & History

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE WOMEN’S RESOURCE

We help women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive and financially stable.

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 inspiring financial change, improving financial health, and overall individual and family wellbeing.

We envision a day when every woman and girl has the KNOWLEDGE and HOPE she needs to reach her financial goals.

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“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

OUR HISTORY

1990

Cheryl Stavins becomes first scholarship recipient to attend the Executive Development Program at the University of Houston. Avance and Wellsprings become the first grant recipient.

1991

Governor Ann Richards is the keynote speaker at our Annual Business Meeting.

1993

Tickets sell out in 45 minutes for Oprah’s visit benefitting the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation (GHWF).

1997

Launches a $1 million fundraising campaign to establish an Endowment Fund.

1998

GHWF publishes ground-breaking research on the “Status of Women and Girls in Greater Houston.”

2003

Name changes to The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston. We make the strategic decision to concentrate our resources on education and training programs.

2005

Project LEAD is launched as a pilot program for pregnant and parenting teens at Jefferson Davis High School.

2009

Jo Cassady, Margo Geddie, Suzette Jones, Rhonda Sands, and Joyce Tyler-Williams are honored as the first Outstanding Women in Banking and Financial Services.

2013

Gloria Steinem draws a record-breaking crowd of 740 for our 23rd Annual Spring Luncheon.

2016

Project Lead becomes RISE! and transitions from a one-semester program to a four-year program for high school girls.

2017

The Women’s Resource becomes a United Way THRIVE partner.

2018

Launch YourLife Coaching & hire two coaches to provide one-on-one financing coaching.

2019

Develop a 6-class financial education curriculum — YourLife Finance Classes.

2020

The Women’s Resource celebrates 30 years of helping women and girls succeed.

Our Yearly Impact

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Past Research

In 1992, we began issuing grants, commissioned annual research on topics of significance to Houston’s women and girls, and launched a series of free financial education classes. A decade later, The Women’s Resource made a strategic decision to cease its grant-making activities and concentrate its resources on education and training programs and building partnerships to further our mission. 

Read some of the reports produced by The Women’s Resource:

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