Our Speaker for Thursday, October 18 is Dylan Gray

Back by popular demand.

Bio: Sales Consultant, Salesforce Expert & Sales Trainer

Founder: Dylan Gray Consulting
Founder: Organized Growth

20+ years Sales Process, Sales Tools & Sales Training

17+ years salesforce.com experience with over 100 implementations and 20 years of happy clients.

I have worked with companies locally and globally such as Shell, Baker Hughes & Compaq Computers

Our Speaker for Thursday, October 25 is Jason Nguyen

Bio: Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care was established in 2007 and is the only minority-woman owned business of its kind in the market. Nightlight’s mission is to be a beacon of healing that lights up lives in every community we serve. Nightlight exists to be the first choice provider for pediatric urgent care when the primary pediatrician is not available. Nightlight has locations in eight convenient Greater Houston areas: Sugar Land, Cyfair, Pearland Humble,Webster, Tanglewood, Garden Oaks, and Katy. Nightlight is open evenings, weekends and holidays. 

NightLight has been highlighted in 2017 as a Forbes Small Giant, recognized as one of best places to work in 2013 by the Houston Business Journal, ranked as an Inc 5000 company for four years in a row, honored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award winner, and ranked on the Houston Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy list as an inspiring resource in the pediatric healthcare industry. NightLight’s mission is to be a beacon of healing that lights up lives in every community they serve and it’s vision is to inspire a world where love, peace, and joy are more contagious than the flu.

More information is available at Nightlightpediatrics.com.

Our Speaker for Thursday Nov 15 is Paula Brandenburg

Bio: Paula Brandenburg founded Respekt after spending more than 25 years as a teacher in elementary, middle and high schools. Since 2005, Paula has conducted youth and adult leadership, character development, and team building programs at the local, regional and national levels for the Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest values-based youth development organizations.

Deeply concerned by the increasing lack of respect she observed in society, Paula created Respekt to help teens and adults develop the mindset and skills needed to transform not only their personal and professional lives, but ultimately, the communities in which they live.

As a master teacher, she utilizes differentiation and immersion techniques to develop curriculum and create a customized experience for each learner. Paula is also recognized for her expertise in behavior management. 

A few of the forums that Respekt offers are Respect is Listening, Respecting Change, and Respecting Differences.  Respekt also offers programs that are composed of sections of or entire forums and are developed specifically for each audience.  This has been done for Executive Coaching and Individual Employee Development and for Middle school parents, Paula put together the program, “Surviving Middle School Respectfully”.

It is Paula’s vision that Respekt will lead positive change in many individual lives as well as communities and make our World a more respectful place.

TBD: Matt Curry

Bio: Matt Curry is a Vice President at Texas Citizens Bank. He has an MBA from the University of Houston–Clear Lake and over eight years of community banking experience. For seven of those eight years, Matt worked in every facet of SBA lending—servicing, closing, and approval. This provided him with a deep understanding of SBA lending and primed him for his current role in full-service business lending, where he helps connect local entrepreneurs with the commercial financing they need to grow.

Prior to joining Texas Citizens Bank, Matt worked in the SBA departments of Texas First Bank and Spirit of Texas Bank. During this time, he was involved in well over 100 SBA loan transactions. Now a vice president and relationship manager at Texas Citizens Bank, Matt helps business owners understand their options and constructs loan packages tailored to their specific business needs.

TBD: Rania Mankarious

Topic: The mission of Crime Stoppers

Bio: Boston native Rania Mankarious was chosen to head Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers, in March of 2013. Rania received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence completed at the University of  Houston Law Center. She boasts an extensive resume with experience consulting for national companies, non-profit organizations and private public relations clients alike. Citing a personal mission to serve families and engage the public to better society, Rania began consulting with Crime Stoppers in 2006. 

In her four years at the helm and through working with her incredible team, Rania’s legacy has been well established. Described by some as “Crime Stoppers on steroids,” her footprint has elevated the organization to new heights. In addition to expanding the reach of the Safe School Program, the topics covered by the Safe Community Program, the launch of Parents Against Crime and the critically important Fallen Hero Program, Rania is most proud to have built the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, anywhere in the world, right here in Midtown. The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston was officially opened January 2017 and is the first public safety, crime prevention facility of its kind – bringing together civilians and law enforcement as well as students and community members from every corner of our great city. Additionally on this city block rests the first Harris County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Garden, a beautiful tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In a short time, the ambitious mother of three has lifted a Houston institution to new heights.