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  • Invitations to a number of intimate gatherings with fellow female executives from Houston's top companies.

  • VIP behind-the-scenes experiences with member companies.

  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

  • Opportunity to attend an annual retreat for EWP members.

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Actively Involved

The Executive Women’s Partnership hosts events periodically throughout the year. In fall 2018, the group hosted a discussion with Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire on 2020 Women on Boards. This national initiative strives to increase the number of women on corporate boards by 2020. 
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Texas One of Best States for Businesses to Survive COVID-19 Economic Turmoil

7/9/20
Texas is one of the best states for businesses to weather economic challenges brought on by COVID-19.  As reported by InnovationMap, a new study from Fit Small Business ranked Texas #3 when it came to business owners weathering the economic fallout from the pandemic. Ohio and South Dakota ranked #1 and # 2 respectively. New York was last.   Click to expand The study analyzed several metrics, including infection rates, consumer confidence and overall financial health. Texas ranked #1 in the Emergency Reserves & Relief category, which considered the overall reserve of funds the state has to help provide financial relief to those affected by the pandemic. The study noted the state's adequate economic reserves and unemployment compensation. Authors also cited an article by Richard Fisher, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who called Texas "the case study for economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession."  The study also pointed to the state's diversified economy, noting it as a key aspect of a state's ability to recover, and said while Texas has felt some affects of the economic downturn, it has enough resources to weather the storm.  See the full study and results from Fit Small Business. Learn how Texas compared to other states in each of the categories here. Learn more about Houston's diversified economy. Read more about Texas's business-friendly environment in the Houston Regional Market Profile.  Register for the next Greater Houston Partnership Economy Series. Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership's Senior Vice President of Research, will share a broad overview of major economic impacts from the first half of 2020 and the outlook for the rest of year.
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Small Biz Insider: Advice for 2020 Graduates, Houston's Newest Entrepreneurs

7/7/20
Houston-area colleges and universities graduate more than 100,000 students each year. But 2020 is an especially challenging year for these new graduates, including those who aspire to start their own business venture. Houston faces a dual economic challenge stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil downturn. Together, these two factors have created an economic situation that’s quickly surpassed unemployment numbers from the Great Recession of 2007-2009.  Our guests on this episode are: Dr. Yolanda Norman is the Assistant Director of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering Career Center and leads the UH Cooperative Education Program. She is also the founder and CEO of FirstGenCollege Consulting.   Dr. Hesam Panahi is Interim Executive Director of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He's also a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Business as well as a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Houston. Here are some highlights from this episode:  Is now the best time to be an entrepreneur in Houston given the economic conditions? Yes and no. Dr. Panahi said on the one hand, there are a lot of new opportunities to innovate and new problems to solve. Plus, with so many furloughs and layoffs, there's a pool of very talented people available to pull into the startup ecosystem. But raising money for your venture will be tough. Dr. Panahi said many are putting whatever resources they have into their existing businesses and investments, so finding someone to write a check will be difficult.    Graduating without a job or venture opportunity? Take inventory of your skills and projects. Dr. Norman and Dr. Panahi said they've had several students who've either had their job offers rescinded or had new job start dates pushed back to next year. So what now? Dr. Norman said new graduates should consider the projects they've done, their capabilities and what they can bring to the table. Include that in your resume and cover letter. Tell others what value you can offer as an entrepreneur.    Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, whether you're planning to start your own business venture or not. "There are things entrepreneurs do that you can apply in your day-to-day routine," said Panahi. Entrepreneurs take on a ton of risk, not knowing what the outcome is going to be, and they try to mitigate that risk as much as possible but are flexible enough to quickly change direction if they need to. Even if you don't want to be an entrepreneur, get involved in entrepreneurship programs and you'll find bits and pieces that'll be useful to you.    Small Biz Insider is presented by:    Click here for more COVID-19 resources for small businesses. Visit the Partnership's COVID-19 Resource page for updates, guidance for employers and more information.  The Small Biz Insider podcast is part of our digital series highlighting entrepreneurs in the greater Houston region who are making a big impact in the small business community.  Subscribe to Small Biz Insider through these popular podcast players: Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify
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  • Invitations to a number of intimate gatherings with fellow female executives from Houston's top companies.
     
  • VIP behind-the-scenes experiences with member companies. 
     
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities. 
     
  • Opportunity to attend an annual retreat for EWP members. 
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