Dress for Success Houston Corporate Guild provides the opportunity for female executives to network with women in other corporations. Houston’s top companies come together quarterly to network with each other – always with a focus of supporting the mission of Dress for Success Houston.
History and Mission
Founded in 2002 by Continental Airlines, the Corporate Guild started with 16 companies and now includes 52 of Houston’s top companies and firms. In 2016, the Corporate Guild raised more than $350,000 to support Dress for Success Houston through sponsorships and events like A Night Out. The Corporate Guild dramatically impacts our agency by funding 31% of our annual operating budget.
2017 CORPORATE GUILD CORPORATIONS
Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Williams Matthiesen LLP
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
The Carlyle Group
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Corporate Retreats International
Energy Transfer Partners
First American Title Company
First Tennessee Bank
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Gray Reed & McGraw PC
Greenwood King Properties
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Jenkins & Kamin LLP
Joanie Y. Hare, MD
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Lauren Brownfield, DDS, MS
Lockton Companies, LLC
Marathon Oil Corporation
New Leaf Real Estate LLC / Ginny Jackson
Norton Rose Fulbright
Reed Smith LLP
Reliant an NRG company
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Sirius Solutions, LLLP
Surreal Corporate Image Consulting
Suzanne Bruce & Associates – Dermatology
Texas Aromatics LP
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
The annual sponsorship commitment to join the Corporate Guild is $1,500 which includes four steering meetings and tickets to annual events, such as Models of Success sponsored by Vinson & Elkins LLP, Power Breakfast hosted by Four Seasons Hotel Houston and a Fashion event with Neiman Marcus.
Each March, the Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. sponsors “Models of Success” showcasing success stories of selected clients that have benefited from the array of services at Dress for Success Houston. These women have gone above and #beyondthesuit taking advantage of ongoing career educational programs offered in our Professional Women’s Group.
The evening honored Chevron, Send One Suit Month’s Presenting Sponsor for the 11th year and our “Clean Sweep” sponsors who help underwrite a month-long, city wide suit drive effort with 136 Houston companies hosting drives at 177 sites. “Clean Sweep” Sponsors include: United Airlines, Cameron, Eniver, First Reserve, Houston Chronicle, KTRK-TV (ABC 13), H&R Block, LINN Energy, Midway, Phillips 66, Reliant, an NRG company and Weingarten Realty.
2016 Models of Success
A Night Out
This event at River Oaks Country Club features a dinner, fashion show, boutique shopping, silent auction and an exciting game of “Heads or Tails,” all contributing to the goal of generating funds to provide professional attire for low-income women transitioning into the workforce. Local image consultant, Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary produces a fashion show featuring models from the Corporate Guild wearing fashions from A Bientot and Elizabeth Anthony.
Corporate Guild members modeling clothing from Elizabeth Anthony
Each May, the Four Seasons Hotel Houston generously hosts the women of the Corporate Guild for a Power Breakfast with a dynamic speaker covering varying topics. Past speakers include: Mayor Annise Parker, Janiece Longoria, Dr. James Maas, Dr. David Eagleman, Pam Gardner and Karen Hughes.
Mary Bass, Spencer Stuart; Hillary Holmes, Baker Botts LLP; Kathleen Hogenson, Zone Oil & Gas Inc.; Tom Segesta, Four Seasons Hotel Houston; Nancy Levicki, Dress for Success Houston; Martha Carnes, PwC and Rebecca Roberts pictured after discussing the topic, How To Join a Corporate Board.
Fall Fashion Event
Neiman Marcus helps the women of the Corporate Guild Fall in Love Fashion showcasing upcoming Fashion finds and trends.
DFSH President Nancy Levicki, Neiman Marcus Store Manager Bob Devlin, and St. John Stylist Lela Briggs at the 2015 Neiman Marcus Fashion Event