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2023 Education Symposium

2023 Education Symposium

Building an Effective Workforce

In 2013 the Chamber began dialogue to create a bridge between industry and education in order to create a workforce that meets the needs of businesses.

The great work continues annually through this event! Attendees continue to discuss partnership models that are effective. Participants are also taking a look at the current changes in schools, discussing how industry can provide effective feedback, and calling for action.

Success in education not only guarantees a future for students but the positive growth of business and community. To continue our support of education in Houston's East End we depend on valuable donations from people like you. Make a tax-deductible donation today and become a proud supporter of Houston's success.

2023 Speakers

Athena Jackson

Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Athena N. Jackson
Dean of University of Houston Libraries,
University of Houston
Dr. Peter Hu

SESSION A:

Career Exploration, Pathway Programs, And Future Of Healthcare Industry

Dr. Peter Hu
Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions,
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Eric Bing

Session A:

Career Exploration, Pathway Programs And Future Of Healthcare Industry

Eric Bing
CEO
College of Healthcare Professionals

Kenya Steele

Session A:

Career Exploration, Pathway Programs, And Future Of Healthcare Industry

Kenya Steele
Assistant Dean of Outreach,
Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine

Jamie Lard

Session A:

Career Exploration, Pathway Programs, And Future Of Healthcare Industry

Jamie Lard
Administrative Director of Employee Relations,
Harris Health System

Paula Whitfield

Session A:

Career Exploration, Pathway Programs, And Future Of Healthcare Industry

Paula H. Whitfield
Moderator
Managing Partner,
Hunter Burton Consulting

Jim Griffin

Session B:

Workforce Demands & Opportunities In The Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Fields

Jim Griffin
Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals,
Energy & Technology, San Jacinto College

Dr. Mike Webster

Session B:

Workforce Demands & Opportunities In The Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Fields

Dr. Mike Webster
Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Instruction,
Houston Community College

Lon Brenner

Session B:

Workforce Demands & Opportunities In The Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Fields

Lon Brenner
VP & General Manager,
Valero - Houston Refinery

Greg Nevermann

Session B:

Workforce Demands & Opportunities In The Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Fields

Greg Nevermann
Site Manager,
LyondellBasell

Michelle Hundley

Session B:

Workforce Demands & Opportunities In The Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Fields

Michelle Hundley
Moderator
​Economic Development Lead,
CenterPoint Energy

Charles Montgomery

Session C:

Trade Skills For Houston's Job Demands - Pathways, Apprenticeships & Where We Are Today

Charles Montgomery
Safety Representative,
ILA - South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District

Mitch Heiserman

Session C:

Trade Skills For Houston's Job Demands - Pathways, Apprenticeships & Where We Are Today

Mitch Heiserman
Business Development Manager,
Gulf Stream Marine

Paul Puente

Session C:

Trade Skills For Houston's Job Demands - Pathways, Apprenticeships & Where We Are Today

Paul Puente
Executive Secretary,
Houston Gulf Coast Building & Construction Trades Council

Sam Cook

Session C:

Trade Skills For Houston's Job Demands - Pathways, Apprenticeships & Where We Are Today

Sam Cook
Area Manager,
CenterPoint Energy - East District

Cyndi Stewart

Session C:

Trade Skills For Houston's Job Demands - Pathways, Apprenticeships & Where We Are Today

Cyndi Stewart
Moderator
​Leadership Coach & Strategist

Shari Carter

Session D:

A Sea Of Challenges & Opportunities: Sustain, Promote And Grow The Maritime & Logistics Industry

Shari Carter
Program Director of Logistics & Global Supply Chain Management,
Houston Community College - SE

Candace Diggs

Session D:

A Sea Of Challenges & Opportunities: Sustain, Promote And Grow The Maritime & Logistics Industry

Candace Diggs
Vice President of Customer Service,
Gulf Winds International

Jackie Young Hall

Session D:

A Sea Of Challenges & Opportunities: Sustain, Promote And Grow The Maritime & Logistics Industry

Jacquie Hall
Maritime Education Outreach Manager, Port Houston

Captain Clint Winegar

Session D:

A Sea Of Challenges & Opportunities: Sustain, Promote And Grow The Maritime & Logistics Industry

Captain Clint Winegar
Presiding Officer,
Houston Pilots

Amy Arrowood

Session D:

Amy Arrowood
Moderator
Director of the Maritime Credit Program, San Jacinto College Maritime Campus

Reginald DesRoches

LUNCH KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Reginald Desroches
President,
Rice University

Doreen

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doreen Anderson
Valero - Houston Refinery

Donald-Bowers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Donald Bowers
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2023 Event Gallery

Exhibitors

Houston Community College - SE
Port Houston
Space City Credit Union
State Senator Carol Alvarado
Sunshine Personnel Solutions
The College of Health Care Professions

Platinum Sponsor

Valero Houston Refinery

Gold Sponsors

Lyondell basell logo
SCCU

Silver Sponsors

Amegy Bank of Texas
Carlos Garcia Realty
Gulf Winds International

Houston Community College - SE
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
TPC Group, Inc.

Social Media Sponsor

Houston Pilots

Registration Sponsor

San Jacinto College

Breakfast Sponsor

Federal reserve bank of Dallas

Lunch Sponsor

legacy community health

Teacher of the Year Sponsor

Texas Mattress Makers

Printing Sponsor

Bayside Printing
HCC
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