2015 Soirée

The Greater Houston Partnership's Soirée is an annual gala showcasing the Houston region as a center of commerce, influence, arts and culture. Attended by more than 600 of Houston's dignitaries, consular corps and community-minded business leaders, Soirée offers a night of entertainment, culinary delights, and a world-class silent auction.

This year, Soirée will shine a light on an issue that greatly impacts our region: workforce development. Designed to address this issue, the Partnership's UpSkill Houston initiative is an innovative blueprint for leaders to build a quality middle-skills workforce to remain competitive across the globe. Join us for this unforgettable event and opportunity to support our region's future success!

Have questions? Contact:

Kristin Culwell

kculwell@houston.org | 713-844-3694

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The Silent Auction

We invite you to take part in supporting the 2015 Soirée with a generous donation of merchandise or a gift certificate to our silent auction.

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Annette Monks
Carlton Staffing/Carltech

Vice Chair

Crystal Ashby

Sponsorship Chair

Laura Lewis
Superior Energy

Silent Auction Chair

Syndy Gold
Level 3 Communications

Host Committee Chair

Leisa Holland-Nelson
ContentActive, LLC


Susan Asimakis
Greater Houston Partnership

Mickey Blake
Marketability AIA

Kristin Culwell
Greater Houston Partnership

Allison Esenkova
100 Year Starship

Amanda Evans
BB&T Wealth

Karyn Guerrero

Marie Guillot

Megan Henderson
Carino's Catering

Leisa Holland-Nelson
ContentActive, LLC

Stephen Horton
Carlton Staffing/Carltech

Karen Love

Shelley McIntyre
Carlton Staffing/Carltech

Janiece Peters
Build Houston Magazine

Ramit Plushnik-Masti
Houston Forensic Science Center, Inc.

Jackie Pool
Carlton Staffing/Carltech

Caresse Young
Houston Forensic Science Center, Inc.

Vienda Velasquez
Greater Houston Partnership


Leisa Holland-Nelson
ContentActive, LLC


Roland Garcia
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Paula W. Hinton
Winston & Strawn LLP

Badar Khan
Direct Energy

Janiece Longoria
Port of Houston Authority

Gina Luna
JPMorgan Chase

Scott McClelland

Mary Ryder
Cadence Bank

William J. Toomey II