Texas Diversity Magazine Announces the 2018 Houston Power 50 Award

Power 50

February 28, 2018 For Immediate Release

Houston, TX – Texas Diversity Magazine announces the 2018 Houston Power 50 award. The list recognizes women who are shaping the future of their industry with their insight and leadership. These women continue to excel in the workforce and are inspiring and influencing other women to do the same. The power 50 is a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers who impact, inspire and influence other women to do the same.

“The 2018 Houston Power 50 Award honors an amazing group of women that exemplify effective leadership in their industry,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We hope their success inspires all women in their industries to continue striving for success.”

2018 Houston Power 50 Award is based on the following criteria:

  • The candidate is regarded as a respected and knowledgeable figure by peers and mentors alike.
  • The candidate demonstrates dedication to community service and empowers other women in achieving their success.
  • The candidate has significant power in her organization and possesses strong leadership skills which have directly benefited her organization

For more information and questions regarding the 2018 Houston Power 50 list please visit www.texasdiversitymagazine.org or contact Marisa Richard at [email protected]

       2018 Houston Power 50 Awardees

  • Alaina King Benford, Litigation Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Alice Aanstoos, Regional VP, ATT
  • Amanda Spielman, President of Memorial Hermann Mischer Neurosciences Associates
  • Andrea Coughlin Rowley, SVP of Human Resources, Entergy
  • Anita Kerin, Partner, Strasburger & Price, LLP (Houston)
  • Beth Common, Vice President, Aon
  • Carol Hess, VP Workstation Product Management and Go-to Market, HP
  • Carole J. Hackett, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Houston Methodist
  • Christine Thomas-Knox, SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, CB&I
  • Deborah Merril, Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy
  • Elizabeth Campbell, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Andrews Kurth Kenyon
  • Elizabeth Killinger, President, Reliant and NRG Retail, Reliant, an NRG company
  • Emily Goertz, Vice President Revenue Cycle, UTMB
  • Freda Lee, VP, Head of Relationship Mgmt, Valic
  • Jackie Malone Ward MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Jeanne Abundis, Partner, Audit, KPMG
  • Jennifer Davenport Dabkowski, VP of Marketing and Community Development, Houston Texans
  • Jennifer Stewart, Chief Financial Officer, Southwestern Energy
  • Jill Gilbert, Assurance Partner, PWC
  • Katya Defossez, Partner,McKinsey & Company
  • Kelly Holmes, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Woodforest National Bank
  • Kim Adams, Vice President, AIG
  • LaKeisha Jones, Vice President of HR, Airgas
  • Lauren Ivers Steinke,Partner- Global Mobility and Tax, Deloitte, LLP
  • Lyn Beatty, SVP of Finance, Halliburton
  • Margaret Montemayor, Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Mayerland Harris, Group VP of Human Resources, HEB
  • Mayerland Harris, Senior Vice President, Hancock and Whitney Bank
  • Melinda Reeves, EVP of HR and Global Organization Effectiveness, Direct Energy
  • Michelle Riley-Brown, Executive Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Monica C. Thurman, Chief Compliance Officer, XPO Logistics Inc
  • Myrtle Jones, SVP of Tax, Haliburton
  • Nakeya Shelton, VP of Business Development, UPS
  • Normanique (Brown) Preston, Vice President of HR, Dynegy
  • Pam Reiland, Senior Vice President, GulfStar Group
  • Pamela Brylski, VP – Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
  • Paula  Johnson, EVP, Legal and Government Affairs, General Counsel, Phillips 66
  • Paula Hubbard,VP of Human Resources, BP
  • Rebecca Dalton McGarr, VP Human Resources Downstream: Global Manufacturing, Shell
  • Rose Lynne Menker,Vice President, Marketing, Stewart Title
  • Sharon Birkman Fink,President and CEO Birkman International
  • Sherri Allen Sides,Vice President of HR, Air Liquide
  • Steph Sherrodd,President & Chief Executive Officer, TDECU
  • Stephanie Swanson,Vice President, Transwestern
  • Sue Ortenstone, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Centerpoint Energy
  • Susan Bailey-Newell, Senior Vice President, CHI St. Luke’s Health and Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Tana Pool, Vice President and General Counsel, TGS
  • Vicki Hollub, President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum
  • Yasmin Huebinger, Senior Vice President, Capital One
  • Yvonne Romero Da Silva,Rice University

About Texas Diversity Magazine

Founded in 2008, Texas Diversity Magazine is an initiative of the National Diversity Council. It is a wide-ranging publication set to stir a conversation about the benefits of diversity in the state of Texas. Its editorial focus includes diversity and inclusion, leadership and women’s initiatives. For more information, please visit www.texasdiversitymagazine.org.