Leadership Houston Newsletter
October  2018
Message From Our Board Chair

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Dear Colleagues,
I hope this note finds you well. Our Leadership Houston Signature Program has kicked off with Class XXXVII recently attending “This Is Houston” Day. It’s great to see class members learn about our city while developing friendships that will last for years to come. In the meantime, many of you are out there making a difference, as we see from posts on the Facebook alumni page and this newsletter’s spotlight on Megan Ortiz, Class XXXV. Keep up the great work – this is what leadership is all about! And be sure to let us know about it! We love to hear about all of the amazing things our alumni are doing around Houston.
I encourage you to read this newsletter and learn about the great things happening at Leadership Houston, including alumni programs and how you can stay connected. Click on social media links, stay updated and please let us know what you are up to. We look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Reda Hicks, Class XXIX
Leadership Houston Board of Directors
Calling for Class XXXVIII Candidates
Alumni, do you know of someone who is a perfect candidate for LH Class XXXVIII? Invite them to sign up for an Information Session!
Save the Date!
Fall Drive Dialing-For-Dollars
Who: LH Alumni
When: October 23,24,25 Time:6-8 p.m.
Where: 2727 Allen Parkway #1300 Houston, Texas 77019
RSVP: Zac Miller- VP Development
Giving Tuesday
A global event that brings individuals and businesses together to give back to their communities. Join us on November 27, 2018 to promote the continued improvement of Leadership in Houston!
LH Alumni Family Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo
Who:LH Alumni and Families
When: December 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: 6200 Herman Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
Zoo Member $17.95 Non-Member $22.95 Children 1 and under: FREE
RSVP: April Day- LH Board of Director, Alumni Programs acday13@gmail.com
Class XXXVII:  'This is Houston' Learning Session
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Members of Class XXXVII kicked off their Learning Sessions with "This Is Houston" Day on Friday, October 5, 2018. Dr. Stephen Klineberg presented the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey Report results. Fellows also toured 5th Ward and East End District, visiting Finca Tres Robles and the mural "Rebirth of our Nationality" restored by Gonzo247.
Alumni Spotlight: Megan Ortiz, Class XXXV
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Welcome to our first Alumni Spotlight! We'll be featurein Leadership Hoston alumni in our newsletters, on the LH website and via social media channels. Why? To keep up with each other while letting the world know how our great leaders are making a difference in their communities and at woek. Today's spotlight is on Megan Ortiz. If you would like to nominate yorself or a friend, just click on the link at the bottom of this page and complete the form. Thanks!
Are you a Houston native or a transplant? 
I am a 5th generation Houstonian (that I have been able to trace back thus far). My great great grandparent's home is one of the few still standing in Sawyer Heights and my grandparents met in 1943 at what is now Fitzgeralds.
What made you decide to apply to Leadership Houston? 
I always admired the leadership programs in the metros I lived in so when I moved back to Houston I immediately considered applying to Leadership Houston, assuming a residency requirement would be in place. I literally applied around 5 pm on the last day of the last round for Class 35. Allison Esenkova, Class XXXI, encouraged me to throw my name in the ring.
Finish this sentence, "As a result of my experience in Leadership Houston I..."
I have been able to gain a greater understanding of how Houston functions. And, of course, I've gained the most amazing friends.
What is your best memory of your time with Leadership Houston?
Family 6, LH Class XXXV had a pretty epic road rally. For all being leaders, none of us came prepared with directions on how to complete the assignment. We had the best time figuring it out as we went along and celebrated a job well done over margaritas at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation.
What is one fun fact about you that few people know? 
I'm a proud first-generation college graduate and I'm currently training to obtain my private pilot license.
Finish this sentence, "Leadership Houston is...." 
 ...a beautiful reflection of Houston's collaborative culture.
What are you doing now in your career/civic life?
I work for a wonderful oil & gas company - Covia - that allows me to be a mom first in parallel with my role as marketing lead for our energy segment. Additionally, Covia is incredibly charitable both with the financial support of local organizations but also, they actively encourage employees to give back through community service. In 2016, I founded Big Give Houston - Houston's first community-wide fundraiser - and I am in the midst of organizing our 2018 24-hour day of giving, which will take place on Giving Tuesday. I cannot thank my company enough for allowing me to prioritize family and my commitment to my community. 
It was great learning about Megan! Click on the link below and complete the form for yourself or someone you know.

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