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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Tony’s Restaurant – 3755 Richmond Ave.

The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Women’s Excellence in Business Luncheon, the final installment in the three part series at top dining destination Tony’s Restaurant, and presented by Westpark Communications.  Closing out the year will be distinguished U.S. Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore.  A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Gilmore graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1981.

Gilmore has become an active member of the Houston civic community, serving on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations.  Her civic activities outside of the courtroom brought her to the attention of then-Governor Ann Richards who, in 1991, appointed Gilmore to the Texas Department of Commerce Policy Board, where she also served as chairperson from 1992 to 1994.  Her appointment made Judge Gilmore the first African-American to serve on this panel, whose responsibilities include increasing business, promoting tourism and developing job training in Texas.

Judge Gilmore was nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and became the first University of Houston graduate to be appointed to the Federal bench, as well as the youngest Federal Judge in history. In 2005, Gilmore presided over the Enron Broadband trial and has written significant opinions on patients’ rights, copyright, patent law, and the first amendment. Gilmore has assisted with and instituted initiatives to help local Houston families, including the development of a legal clinic at Texas Southern University. She is the recipient of numerous civic awards for community service and serves as a member of the Hampton University Board of Trustees (her alma mater) and on the advisory board of Inprint, a literary arts organization for readers and writers. The federal judge is also a published author, with works including “Saving the Dream,” a book about the world of adoption; “A Boy Named Rocky: A Coloring Book for the Children of Incarcerated Parents;” “Lynn’s Angels – The True Story of E. Lynn Harris and the Women Who Loved Him,” and an autobiography penned “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Tales From a Judicial Diva.”

The Women’s Excellence in Business series provides high level networking for women in the C-Suite and female business owners. Tickets are limited to the first 100 registrants, and must be reserved in advance by contacting Hailey Miles at the Houston West Chamber of Commerce ( or call 713-785-4922). Chamber members are offered a reduced ticket price of $60, and non-member tickets are available for $70. Complimentary valet parking is available.

The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is located in the population center of Houston that is home to the Galleria area, Uptown District, Westchase District, Spring Branch District, Memorial City, International District, CityCentre and the Energy Corridor District – an area with approximately 8,000+ businesses that employ more than 100,000 people. Some of the industries responsible for the exponential growth in West Houston in recent years include oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, retail, medical, engineering and service firms.   There are more than 80 chambers in the Houston area, and the HWCOC is one of the most active. With the uniting of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce, the HWCOC membership has grown to 914 active paid members. For more information on this event and the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, please call 713-785-4922 or visit

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