WEWEN Committees and Delegates

A way to support our league and the ABWA mission is through volunteering to serve on a committee or as a delegate of WEWEN. This provides an opportunity to get engaged while stretching your skills, building relationships with other members, and learning the value of teamwork. Do not hesitate to participate because you are unfamiliar with the function, as we have past members and mentors who will give you the knowledge you need to be successful. Email president@wewen.org to get started on a committee!

WEWEN Committees

Audit Committee: Reports to VP of Finance: This committee reviews the yearly accounting procedures and the books and budget of WEWEN to verify what best accounting practices are used for the recording of our expenditures and income. Written recommendations for improvements are then made to the Board following this audit. This is done in the month of July, prior to July 31st, or the award year. (CC the President and President-Elect on all correspondence) Jennifer Baker, Lynn Brunson

Business in the Spotlight Committee: Reports to VP of Programs: This Chairperson will be responsible for securing 3 businesses in the spotlight for each monthly meeting and assure that they understand that they only have 3 minutes to speak and be their timekeeper. A BITS report detailing upcoming speakers and logos should be submitted to VP of Programs prior to each Board meeting. (CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: Markisha Mitchell, Nancy Robbins

Educational Advisory Committee: Reports to Past President: This Chairperson will be responsible for educating and keeping membership updated with all things related to ABWA National. This will include updates to our current scholarship programs available, regional and national conference dates, Apex Training, and Community Connections. (CC the board on all correspondence) TBD

Finance Committee: Reports to VP of Finance, assist with check-in, dual control with all cash transactions and help with arranging the annual auditing of the books and budget. Lynn Brunson, Jennifer Baker

Fundraising Committee: Reports to VP of Programs: The focus of this group will be to coordinate the Empowering Business Conference fundraiser in the SPRING that will raise money to support WEWEN’s educational goals, involve the community while bringing awareness to our ABWA group. Also, this chair will assemble volunteers to help staff these events. (CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: Dijuana LambKelli Seyedain, Melissa Rotholz, Carol Brace, Darlene Hajduk, Kaley Frye

Hospitality Committee: Reports to President-Elect: This committee must show up early to each monthly meetings (no later than 10:45 AM) to Welcome and Greet WEWEN guests and introduce them to other members to assure our guests feel welcomed. This Chairperson will also communicate with the Mentor Committee and VP of Membership to share WEWEN and ABWA membership information with guests. (CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: Christy CreeVita Bario, Dignora Casanova, Darlene Hajduk, Stephanie Jones, Terry Garcia

KOPS Committee (Keep our Peeps): Reports to the VP of Membership: Knowing that membership renewals after the first year in ABWA leagues are historically at 50%, this committee’s goal is to implement a successful renewal campaign through the first year of a new member’s tenure. It will be a strategic approach or plan to reach out to new members, at least 3 months prior to their expiration date with the intent to prove value, get feedback, and retain them as members. WEWEN Goal: 80% retention! This committee will also reach out to our current members monthly, the intent is to prove value, get feedback and improve our delivery of content and knowledge for all members. (CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: Carol Brace, Stephanie Jones

Mentor Committee: Reports to the VP of Membership: This Chairperson will coordinate New Member Orientations (NMO), assemble a team of mentors, and assign mentors to mentees as they join the organization. This chairperson will communicate all NMO’s through email, social media and at the luncheons. The committee will meet one on one with new members as they join to guide them through the first few months and answer questions and attend NMO’s as available to educate and welcome new members. (CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: Paula Harvey, Stephanie Jones, Darlene Hajduk, Carol Brace, Christy, Cree, Anya Lucas, Melissa Rotholz, Heidi Furlong, Joan Deasy, Ava Ray, Lindsey Meadows, Carrie Morrison, Demethra Orion, Kathi Schmidt, Dignora Casanova, Dawna Dyson, Melanie Hugele, Elizabeth Hale, Kelli Seyedain, Paula Harvey, D’Ann Gummelt, Kathy Henderson

Newsletter Committee: Reports to VP of Communications: Must use Quarterly Newsletter template downloaded from Community Connections. Communicate with membership to report on all WEWEN and National ABWA newsworthy stories such as hospitality events, president letter recapping quarter, HAC/FHPW/Chamber meeting reports, member awards and updates, and list of new members that have joined. These newsletters are due at the end of October, January, April, and July and must be uploaded to Community Connections by end of that Quarter. Must bring copies to the following luncheon. (CC the board on all correspondence) Shawna Young, Kathy Lee

Nominations Committee: Reports to the President: Beginning in January this committee will seek out and enlist committee members and judges panel for National and Local recognition which includes Top Ten, Women of the Year (WOY), and Women of Excellence (WOE). They are for creating and delivering a presentation at the April luncheon to announce the honorees. Dawna Dyson

Outreach Committee Chair: Reports to President: Partner with local non-profit organizations to create two exciting opportunities in the year for WEWEN members to engage in social, economic and environmental needs of our community that drive lasting change. (CC the board on all correspondence) Phyllis Outstine, Kathy Lee, Paula Harvey, Stacey Isola

Photographer Chair: Reports to VP of Communications: Take exciting photos at each WEWEN Event. Place all photos in our Dropbox. (CC the board on all correspondence) Julizza Holub

Scholarship Committee: Reports to President: Oversee and promote scholarship opportunities for WEWEN members. Board member liaison: (CC the board on all correspondence) TBD

Social Committee: Reports to President (Elect): Coordinate and plan quarterly outside events that help promote networking and camaraderie with other members. Communicate promotion of events via email, social media and at luncheons to all members. At least one member of the social committee must be in attendance.(CC the board on all correspondence) Chair: D’Ann Gummelt, Demethra Orion, Kelly Hodges, Tanya Russell, Melony Davis

Social Media Chair: Reports to VP of Communications. This chairperson will be responsible for monitoring and updating monthly luncheon schedule, uploading new photos, as well as communicating with the board to receive any updates needed. Responsible for WEWEN Facebook, Linked In, and Instagram pages to present a coordinated, pre-planned unified crafted message. (CC the board on all correspondence) Heidi Furlong

Sponsorship Committee Reports to VP of Finance: This group is responsible for securing sponsorship support from the community for luncheons, and events. We offer annual advertising space (business card ad) in our newsletters and sponsor’s ads. Please coordinate with VP of Finance if payment is required prior to insertion. Using the sponsorship grid, the various sponsor’s commitment will be documented in writing and once secured and the specified level is chosen, this committee is responsible to communicate to the appropriate Board members what the sponsor receives in exchange for their investment. (CC the board on all correspondence) Carrie Morrison

WEWEN Delegates

(All Chair & Delegate positions have a one-year term limit August-July and are board appointed.)

Tomball Chamber of Commerce Delegate: Reports to VP of Marketing: As an ambassador for WEWEN, this delegate is responsible for attending each schedule monthly luncheon and bring the WEWEN Free Luncheon Certificate, Door Prize, WEWEN business cards and submit a meeting report within 3 days to Newsletter Chair and VP of Marketing. Primary Delegate Nancy Robbins, Backup Delegate Christy Stratton

Houston NW Chamber of Commerce Delegate: Reports to VP of Marketing: As an ambassador for WEWEN, this delegate is responsible for attending each schedule monthly luncheon and bring the WEWEN Free Luncheon Certificate, Door Prize, WEWEN business cards and submit a meeting report within 3 days to Newsletter Chair and VP of Marketing. Primary Delegate Kris Lusebrink, Backup Delegate Lynn Brunson

Houston Area Council (HAC) of ABWA Delegate: Reports to President: As an ambassador for WEWEN, this delegate is responsible for attending the quarterly dinner meetings and submitting a meeting report within 3 business days to the Newsletter Chair and President. Primary Delegate Shawna Young, Backup Delegate Stephanie Jones

Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) Delegate: Reports to President: As an ambassador for WEWEN, this delegate is responsible for attending the quarterly dinner meetings and submitting a meeting report within 3 business days to the Newsletter Chair and President. Primary Delegate Carol Brace, Backup Delegate Chantel Williams


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