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The Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards Presented by d-mars Business Journal

d-mars Business Journal is pleased to announce the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards. Tenacity, discipline and diligence are just a few of the criteria for making the list. This year’s awardees have broken barriers in their respective fields and left an indelible mark on the face of Houston.

“At we feel it is our privilege to recognize and celebrate the success of influential women leaders. This is an excellent opportunity to offer them the accolades they deserve for the magnanimous achievements in the various industries and communities they serve,” said Keith Davis, Sr., President and CEO of d-mars.

Friends, family and colleagues will laud the accomplishments of these outstanding leaders during an awards dinner at The Houstonian, located at 111 North Post Oak Lane, on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

“There are so many women who are doing great things in their communities – each so diverse with unique gifts to offer people. We are honored to be able to extend our appreciation to these extraordinary women for all they do,” said Kimberly Floyd, Vice President of

The event will not only celebrate the achievements of influential women in Houston, but allow guests to meet and network with an elite group of ladies who can share their knowledge about effective leadership.

“’s mission is to strengthen our community, and these women are definitely an inspiration to the generation of youth who undoubtedly look up to and aspire to become influential leaders in their communities,” Davis said.

The Top 30 awards also honor the Junior Youth Initiative Mentoring Program, in which junior and senior girls from Jack Yates High School attend “working lunch” workshop sessions on topics related to leadership and self-esteem.

Sponsors of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Lane Staffing, Amerigroup, The Hall Law Firm, Mena Freeman Financial Services, Troy B. Smith Professional Services, Texas Southern University, Dr. Heather Brown Orthodontics, Wine Her Dine Her, GP Industrial Contractors, Inc., ALLCO, Daniel & Co. Media partners are Fox26 and

For more information on sponsorship, media access, interviews or tickets ($200), please contact Kimberly Floyd at (713) 272-9511 or e-mail or visit

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The 2013 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Honorees are as follows:

Nargis Ahmed – Director, Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas;
Maria Moncada Alaoui – General Manager, Momentum BMW West;
State Rep Carol Alvarado – Texas House District 145;
Rhonda C. Arnold – Director of Community Relations; Houston Airport System;
Lisa Ashley – Director, Corporate Communications, Port of Houston Authority;
Karen Becerra – Chief Operations Officer/Principal, The Principle Partnering Group, LLC;
Dr. Heather Brown – Owner & Orthodontist, Dr. Heather Brown Orthodontics;
Madeline Burillo, Ed.D. – Associate Vice Chancellor, Houston Community College;
Helen Callier – President, Bradlink, LLC;
Emelda Douglas –SVP and Chief Development Officer, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.;
Wilma J. Evans – President, North Houston Frontiers Club & Managing Partner, DeMand Staffing & Consulting, LLC.
Christina Robinson Grochett – Chief Strategist for Innovation and Research, Lone Star College;
Dr. Irishea Hilliard – COO & Pastor, New Light Christian Center Church
Carla Lane – President & CEO, Lane Staffing;
Shara McClure – Vice President Network Management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Catherine Mitchell – COO, Amerigroup;
Marlene Petry, RN, MSN – SVP, GP Industrial Contractors, Inc.;
Eva Pickens – Associate Vice President, University Advancement – Communications & Marketing – Texas Southern University;
Vanessa Reed – Assistant Vice President, South Texas CRA Manager Corporate Public Affairs & Community Reinvestment, Comerica Bank;
Susan Repka – Executive Director, Women Contractors Association;
Dr. Jonita Wallace Reynolds – Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA); Kandice Rose – Founder, Pretty Girls with Cancer;
Jamilah Shami – Project Manager, Farouk Systems, Inc.;
Melinda Spaulding – Anchor, Fox 26 KRIV-TV;
Dr. Angela Sturm – Facial Plastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates;
Dr. Ka-Ron Y. Wade, BS, RN, BSN, DDS – Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentist, Cosmetic Dental Texas; Cynthia Wenz – President & CEO, The Source for Women;
Nicole C. West – President, NCA Investigations;
Dr. Anjanette Wyatt – Pharmacy Manager, President & CEO, Clinical Care Pharmacy, LLC;
Judge Mimi Yam – United States Immigration Court

The 2013 Top Influential Women of Houston Icon Recipients are as follows:

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee – 18th Congressional District of TEXAS; Donna Cole – President & CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc.
Dr. Patricia Brock – Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Medical Bridges;

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