Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Suggested Reading - Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman

Given that the arguments surrounding work-life balance have been so fully voiced, here is a different track, adding more insights to the discussion of leadership challenges that women face at work, apart from the juggling act.

Read the article here

Friday, June 24, 2016

June Leadership Luncheon

Challenge Yourself to be a Courageous Leader
06/21/2016, Westin Galleria Houston

The Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce hosted a powerful leadership luncheon at the Westin Galleria that challenged GHWCC luncheon attendees to be courageous leaders. Bambi McCullough of Chrysalis Partners, continued the discussion from GHWCC's NO LIMITS Conference for Women regarding leadership and continuing breaking glass ceilings. Each table was facilitated by Houston's leading women in different industries. Facilitators include Former City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Bambi McCullough, Council Member Amanda Edwards, Loretta Cross, Caroline Fant, Samina Farid, Valerie Gibbs, Ora Gibson, Marsha Murray, Rhonda Arnold, and other dynamic leaders.
Kate Good, Bambi McCullough (Keynote Speaker)

Former City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Suzan Deison
(GHWCC CEO/President/Founder)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Restaurant Review: Peska Seafood Culture

Peska Seafood Culture

Helmed by star Executive Chef Omar Pereney, Peska delivers some of the most unique and delicious seafood dishes in Houston. Fresh, flavorful and well-executed dishes with beautiful presentation are what guests can expect to discover at Peska.

Chef Omar Pereney
Born in Venezuela, Pereney has been making waves in the culinary world since the age of 12. Now 21 years old, Pereney is a highly recognized chef throughout South America and Mexico. He is one of the youngest chefs in the United States to have reached the position of Executive Chef.

Pereney’s talent is undeniable, and his menu is sure to please the most demanding palette. On my most recent visit to the restaurant, I had the Ceviche Peruano, Lobster Cappuccino, and the brunch pancakes.

The Ceviche Peruano is a colorful combination of textures and flavors, and includes mahi mahi, octopus, yellow peppers, cancha (corn) and sweet potatoes. The contrast of citrus with corn and sweet potato make this one of my favorite ceviche dishes.

The Lobster Cappuccino is a lobster bisque with white truffle foam, lobster and brie crostini. That may sound like a dish that leans toward the heavy side, but it was surprisingly light and filling, not to mention beautifully presented.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Take Charge of Your Health with Medical Screenings

by Darra McMullen,
GHWCC and Women’s Health Network writer/researcher

With the observance of National Women’s Health Week (May 8th. – 14th.) in our very recent rear view mirror, now is the perfect time to make a personal health plan and implement it into our everyday lives.

            During National Women’s Health Week, most of us probably read or heard, in a piecemeal fashion, about various health issues effecting women, but we may not have sat down and tried to coalesce our tidbits of information into a cohesive body of information from which to make a plan of action. Because we at the GHWCC encourage all women to care for their whole selves, the information that follows is intended as a quick checklist of overall health basics to help us focus our attentions on improving overall health – including in areas that we may often gloss over or ignore completely.

To begin, we’ll start with the more commonly discussed issues surrounding women’s health, but we’ll move quickly to areas frequently overlooked.

  “Know your numbers” – weight, height, blood pressure, cholesterol (LDL, HDL, triglycerides, overall total cholesterol), blood glucose, A1C.

These figures can give you important clues to your overall risk for major killer diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, or other cardiovascular problems, as well as clues to the presence of other conditions, such as osteoporosis.

  Make sure your female parts are examined and screened for disease.  Breasts, ovaries, uteruses, and vaginas have on-going issues and needs throughout life, even if child bearing is long over.  Younger women who still have child bearing in the picture have even greater need for being sure their female parts are healthy.  Whatever your age and stage of life, make sure you’ve been screened recently for cancer and other health problems.  Talk with your doctor about a screening regimen that’s right for you and your personal needs.

Monday, May 16, 2016

GHWCC Member Restaurant Spotlight: UP Restaurant


 Authentic, high quality, savory American cuisine with a bold Texas twist

Set in a Highland Village landscape, Up features classic American food with a menu that is planned for the way Houstonians like to eat and drink. The menu stands apart from the trends of the day. Whether one is craving authentic Spanish Paella, USDA steak, or crudo, they will find their favorite version at Up.

Perched three floors up you will be able to enjoy the scenery of downtown Houston or the Galleria. Enjoy the outdoor patio and the wall to wall windows that will be open when weather permits.

Up is destined to become a Houston staple-your second kitchen. Service is simple- never fussy. Always kind and welcoming, Up is the way dining should be. Authentic, Quality, and Savory American Cuisine with a Bold, Texas Twist!


After 5:30PM


Up Restaurant has unique private and semi private dining areas that will meet every need.

3995 Westheimer Rd.
3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: 713.640.5416

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cancer Prevention, Gratitude, Optimism, and Food: A Powerful Relationship

by Darra McMullen,
Women’s Health Network Member, and GHWCC Writer/Researcher

What common thread(s) could possibly connect subjects as diverse as breast cancer (or any cancer) prevention, traditional winter foods, and attitudes of gratitude and optimism?  The answer is “plenty” – plenty of “common thread” connections and plenty of healthful takeaway lessons for us all.

            This article could easily be entitled, “Onward from October, Through the Holidays, and Beyond” because of the many dovetailed facts connecting breast cancer (or any cancer) prevention with holiday, or more generally, wintertime food favorites, and the positive mind-set we often have around holiday time and early in the new year.
            As we’ll see as this article progresses, the ingredients common to holiday or winter favorite foods and the positive mind-set common to the new year should become part of a year-round regimen for breast or any cancer prevention, improved overall immunity, and general health improvement.
            To begin, let’s take a look at the importance of mind-set in cancer prevention before getting into the nuts and bolts of nutritional aids against the disease.
            According to scientists at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, a person who regularly gives thanks by daily jotting down three items (or more) for which he/she is grateful, can extend life by up to around 12 years.  The “attitude of gratitude” habit and the optimism it engenders help activate a gene that strengthens the immune system’s ability to destroy cancer cells, as well as helps lower blood pressure and slows aging of blood vessels and organs.  Test subjects’ gratitude lists didn’t have to be extensive; even simple things like viewing a funny video that lifted a test subject’s spirits could “count” as one of the three gratitude items named on the daily list.
            The importance of the daily list was not its contents, per se, but rather the fact that the list served to remind the individual to stop, focus, and think about the positive things in his/her life, and that positive focus and mind-set of gratitude actually improves health, slows aging, and helps prevent cancer development.
            For years, self-help books, various faiths, and anecdotal evidence have encouraged gratitude and positive mind-sets, but now, more and more scientific evidence is backing up the importance of those same attributes by showing the connection to improved health, cancer prevention, and even cancer survival for those stricken with the disease.  Cancer patients are now regularly encouraged to practice gratitude and optimistic attitudes to help them deal with the rigors of treatment, as well as to help keep them from falling into depression over their serious conditions.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Into Autumn’s Harvest of Potential for Growth

Fall Into Autumn’s Harvest of Potential for Growth

by Darra McMullen,
GHWCC Writer/Researcher and Women’s Health Network Member

Fall’s bounty, in every sense of the word, brings with it numerous opportunities to improve our physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Let’s now take a look at a few of these options for moving in a positive direction.

Number One:  Take advantage of autumn’s plethora of different types of squash and potatoes to whip up healthy and satisfying soups and stews.  Squash and potatoes can serve as a wonderful “base” for many recipes.  Dishes can vary depending on the type of squash or potato used and the add-ins included in the dish.  Consider adding one or more of the following:  onions, carrots, celery, peppers, lean meats, tomatoes, and beans or peas.
            Carefully think about whether you want the preparation to run on the sweet, savory, or salty side, and season accordingly.  To stay on the healthy “wagon”, use caution when adding sugar or salt.  Let natural sources of sweetness, such as carrots or corn, do some of the seasoning for you.  Likewise, consider using salt substitutes for part or all of your salt contribution to the dish.  Experiment with fresh or dried herbs to add dimension to your cooking.  Don’t rely on just “sweet” or “salty” for seasoning; get curious and creative and use those herbs.

Number Two:  Use’s fall’s cooler temperatures to start or improve an exercise program.  Frequent walks, by yourself or with a companion, jogging, bike rides, stretching routines, and yoga are all much more pleasant to do when there are not high temps, humidity, and mosquitoes to contend with on a daily basis.
            Let fall’s cooler, drier air fill up your lungs and invigorate your body and spirit to go forth and move about more productively.  Start with an informal fitness routine, such as walking or biking, and while you’re outside, consider what else you feel inspired to do.  Whether it’s to take up gardening, to join a gym, to participate in charity walks to raise money for worthy causes, or simply to make a commitment to frequent walks or bike rides for your own well being, follow your heart and go with your inspiration.  Your physical health and mood will definitely improve, and you may even find that your inspired ideas lead to personal or spiritual growth.

Number Three:  The fall season is replete with festival opportunities and special events put on by houses of worship or ethnic group organizations.  Take advantage of these numerous options to learn something about other groups of people and their cultures or to contribute something of your own – time, talent, money, or objects – to a worthy cause set up by your (or another person’s) house of worship or a charity.
            You’ll find that gaining a broader perspective of others and/or contributing to charitable causes makes you feel a lot better, as well as improves our community.