The National Women’s Council Honors Outstanding Female Executives at Houston Women’s Conference

The National Women’s Council is proud to announce the 2017 Top 15 Business Women of Houston, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting various industries in corporate America. Each executive honored with this distinguished award will be formally recognized at the 2017 Houston Women’s Conference on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. At the event, the award for The National Business Woman of the Year will also be presented to one exceptional female executive who exhibits undeniable leadership and commitment to the betterment of her community. This event offers women a venue to learn from and network with many of the top female business leaders in the Houston area. The theme of this year’s conference will be “The Power to Be”

“The most extraordinary female leaders in Houston will be highlighted at the 2017 Houston Women’s Conference,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are honored to be able to recognize women who are dedicated to success in their fields of expertise.”

2017 Top 15 Business Women of Houston selection was based on the following criteria:

  • Top leader in her organization and profession
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and ethical behavior
  • Inspiring role model and active mentor to women within the industry
  • Hold proven track record of achievements in her area of expertise and contributes to business development
  • Has an established commitment to corporate citizenship

Registration for the 2017 Houston Women’s Conference is ongoing and can be completed at For more contact Dennis Kennedy at [email protected].

2017 Business Woman of the Year

  • Cindy Taylor, President, CEO & Director, Oil States International, Inc.

2017 Top 15 Business Women of Houston

  • Carol Hess, Vice President, Worldwide Mobility Product Management, HP, Inc
  • Susan Blocher, Global Vice President, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Stephanie Stegall, Vice President, Event Sales and Operations, Houston Astros
  • Allison Odom Bashir, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Christina Chen, Co-Founder, Vice President & CFO, Carrier Energy Partners
  • Malisha Patel, Chief Operations Officer – SW Hospital, Memorial Hermann Health Systems
  • Dana Hoyt, President, Sam Houston State University
  • Sharon Weintraub, CFO North America Gas, Power & NGLs, Integrated Supply & Trading, BP
  • April Bailey, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Amegy Bank
  • Cheya Dunlap, Organization & Talent Development Leader, Integration Team, GE Power
  • Daniella Landers, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Melinda Guerra-Reeves, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Direct Energy
  • Kimberly Stith, Vice President & General Counsel, Employment and Benefits, Waste Management
  • Elizabeth Killinger, President, NRG Retail and Reliant
  • Jackie Wallace, CIO & Vice President, Data and Analytics, GE Oil & Gas