Kyra Hardwick

Kyra is the Founder and CEO of Imagine Excellence, Inc a 501(c) (3) non-profit youth leadership development organization. Kyra and her team deliver a message of development & empowerment with each encounter.  Middle and high school students experience power packed conferences and workshops focusing on academic excellence, healthy relationships, finance, safe teen driving, high school and college preparation, social and branding strategies and everything in between!  IE’s “real life” delivery impacts our youth where they are every day!

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Micah Gamboa

As Executive Director of Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms, Micah Gamboa spends her time developing a team of passionate justice-focused professionals while propelling the anti-trafficking movement forward in Houston, Texas.  Since 2012 she has overseen the organization and nurtured its development from a tiny, locally focused mission to a multi-programed, nationally recognized entity while maintaining fidelity to the original vision and mission. 

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Courtney Johnson-Rose

An active member in the community, Courtney currently serves as the Chair of the Board for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Texas Association of Real Estate Brokers. Under her leadership at the GHBC, they have expanded their footprint into Missouri City with the start of GHBC - Missouri City Branch, grown membership by over 40% and launched the BuyBlack initiative focused on creating economic development for Houston’s Black-owned business community.  Courtney is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Suburban Ft. Bend Chapter and serves as an appointed Commissioner for the Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Allison Hay

Allison Hay is the Executive Director for Houston Habitat for Humanity. She has volunteered with many organizations including San Jacinto Girl Scouts,  The RISE School and Bel Inzio, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition.  

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Barbara Joseph

Ms. Joseph, who is an ardent self-disclosed HIV positive individual continues to be an advocate, particularly emphasizing the need for prevention and treatment for women of color.  Ms. Joseph has actively participated in street outreach and meeting the people where they are.  She was one of the first members of Houston’s State of Emergency Task Force.  A medical facility was named in her and Ella Hines honor in 2001, thus the founding of “Joseph-Hines Medical Clinic”.  Ms. Joseph was honored by Ebony Magazine and the makers of Pine-Sol as one of four African American Women that are making a difference in our communities at Ebony’s Sister speak Luncheon Series which celebrates the unique sisterhood of African-American women.  In July 2008 Ms. Joseph was featured in Ebony Magazine.

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Elizabeth Pudwill

IKSH started in March of 2012 as a solution to a problem. “I had a friend who was jobless and had been for about a year. I shared with her ‘If we could just figure out how to connect all of my contacts to yours, and then sort of spider web out – you know connect all of them to each other and their contacts. Your job is in our network, I just know it.’”  I Know Somebody Houston was born. IKSH exists to provide resources to the women of Houston at home, work or play.

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Anna Dragsbaek

Anna Dragsbaek, Chief Executive Officer, brings many years of non-profit experience and a passion for empowering families to The Women’s Home. With a background in social work, public health and law, Anna has pursued her passion for building healthy, strong communities. She has served women in a wide range of roles from working with rural women in West Africa to helping women make smart decisions about health care.

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Dawn A. Lawless


Unashamedly passionate about accomplishing the mission call she received, Ms. Lawless has dedicated her career to strengthening the mental health in her community. Her focus has always been to end child abuse, and in practice, she continues to counsel those affected by childhood sexual abuse.

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