Leadership Houston Newsletter
January  2019
Message From Our Board Chair

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Hello and Happy New Year!
For Leadership Houston, 2019 started with a bang – Class XXXVII’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Class Day. Hosted by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Houston, the day featured some of our city’s best speakers covering topics including “Diversity Matters: Defined with a Purpose from Multi-Perspectives,” “Communication in the Era of Fake News” and “Religious Diversity: Challenge or Opportunity?” More class days are lined up and Class XXXVII’s project, Learning Labs for Felix Cook Elementary (Houston ISD), is well under way.
I am also pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Alumni Directory!
Remember there are  many great ways to stay in touch with each other and involved with Leadership Houston, including attending our happy hours, visiting our Facebook alumni page and even helping us recruit the next “best class ever.” You can read all about it – including how to access the Alumni Directory -- in this newsletter.
Thank you for helping to make Leadership Houston the premier leadership organization it is. May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.
All the best,
Reda Hicks, Class XXIX
Leadership Houston Board of Directors
Save the Date!
Alumni Happy Hour
Date: March 27, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Cottonwood,
3422 N Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77018
LH Annual Meeting
Date: June 27, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd Floor
2303 Smith St. Suite #300
Houston, TX 77006
LH Alumni Directory
Hey Alumni, activate your directory account and keep in touch with other Leadership Houston alumni.
Look for an email from Leadership Houston coming this week containing your Alumni Member Number and further instructions to access the Alumni Membership Directory.
Calling for Class XXXVIII Candidates
Alumni, do you know of someone who is a perfect candidate for LH Class XXXVIII? Nominate them for the upcoming class and invite them to sign up for the February 5th Information Session! 
Hey, Leadership Houston Alumni! 
We have a pair of tickets to see the Houston Rockets!
Here's all you have to do to win:
Know someone who would make a great candidate for the Signature Program?
Help them form life long partnerships with like-minded Houston innovators in three easy steps.
1) Share our mission with your prospective candidate(s) to see if they're up for the challenge.
2) Next, put in a good word for them by Friday, February 15, 2019.
3) The lucky winner will be announced in early spring.
That's it!
We can't wait to see who you'll pick to lead alongside our upcoming Class XXXVIII.
Event Details:
Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets
Monday, March 11, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Class XXXVII:  Learning Sessions
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Members of Class XXXVII continued their Learning Sessions with "Business, Housing, & Community Development" Day on Friday, November 2, 2018. Followed by "Local Government & Politics" on December 7, 2018 and, most recently, "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion" Day on January 4, 2019.
Class XXXVII: Project Update
On a mission to provide Houston ISD's Felix Cook, Jr.’s Elementary fifth grade students with the best environment to learn in and the tools they need to excel, the Leadership Houston fellows have partnered with the school to improve and enhance the class’s reading lab. The LH class project will focus on redesigning the current space, as well as outfitting it with new technology, such as laptops and reading computers, and culturally relevant books to which the students can better relate. 
Alumni Spotlight: Mary Vitek, Class XVII
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As chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Mary Vitek is responsible for the second largest Girl Scout council in the nation, which serves approximately 54,000 girls and 18,000 adults across 26 counties in Southeast Texas. She is responsible for managing a $20 million budget, advising a 34-member board of directors, and maintaining relationships with key constituents in the community.
We caught up with Mary recently and asked her a few questions.
Are you a Houston native or a transplant? 
Native Houstonian, born at St. Joseph Hospital.
What made you decide to apply to Leadership Houston? 
I applied to Leadership Houston to hone my leadership skills and expand my network beyond the organization I served.
Finish this sentence, "As a result of my experience in Leadership Houston I..."
...gained a deeper appreciation for the community I love and life-long friends.
What is your best memory of your time with Leadership Houston?
Sharing a room with Sofia Adrogue.
Mary has been recognized as one of five Outstanding Young Houstonians by the Houston Junior Chamber, one of five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Junior Chamber, and one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine. In addition, Mary was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and honored as Outstanding Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the Houston Business Journal.
It was great learning about Mary! Click on the link below and complete the form for yourself or someone you know.

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