11 Sep
  • By Kayla Balke

Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani to Keynote Comerica Bank Houston Women’s Business Symposiums

HOUSTON, September 6, 2019—The second annual Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium returns to Houston this fall, featuring Girls Who Code founder / CEO and international best-selling author Reshma Saujani as the keynote speaker.  The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 from 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m. at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. 

This year’s headliner, Saujani founded Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding.  She also is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.  Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how girls are being raised. In addition, she is the host of the award-winning podcast “Brave, Not Perfect.”

“As the leading bank for business, it’s vital that we support women and their efforts to advance in the business world,” said J. Downey Bridgwater, Comerica Bank Houston Market president. “We are proud to foster an environment specifically designed for women business owners, executives and professionals to learn, connect and grow professionally, personally and financially – all while giving back to a life-changing charity, our longtime community partner The Rose.”

The symposium will open with lunch and a check presentation to the event’s nonprofit beneficiary The Rose, the leading nonprofit breast health care organization in Southeast Texas. Sponsorship proceeds will support the organization’s mission of saving lives through quality breast health services, advocacy and access to care for all.

“We are so honored to be chosen by Comerica as they continue to provide these amazing events which truly enhance women’s lives. What a perfect setting to share our mission and our work which has kept women alive and brave for the past 33 years,” said Dorothy Gibbons, The Rose Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen, syndicated TV and radio personality, certified sommelier and a seven-time cookbook author, will serve as the emcee for the day.

The following speakers round out the high-profile lineup for this year’s Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium:

AmyK Hutchens “The Power of Profitable Conversation”: A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for driving businesses forward faster.

Crystal Washington, CSP “One Tech Action-Master Efficiency Using Technology”:  A certified futurist, technology strategist, and author, who works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity. She takes complex social media, app, and web topics, and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. 

The event will conclude with a social networking session from 2-3 p.m.

To register, or join The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in sponsoring the Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium, visit the following link: https://events.comerica.com/wbshou19.

About Comerica Incorporated

Comerica Incorporated(NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica’s approximately 7,700 colleagues focus on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $73 billion at June 30, 2019.

About The Rose

As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is one of only 14 Breast Centers in the greater Houston area to receive this designation. Led by Fellowship trained physicians, The Rose’s advanced digital technology includes 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic work-ups including biopsies, and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. Since 1986, The Rose has led strong advocacy efforts for quality breast healthcare, and been on the forefront of innovation in breast healthcare. As a major specialty care provider within the Healthcare Safety Net system, The Rose is considered to be a leading nonprofit in breast healthcare. Annually, The Rose serves 40,000 insured and uninsured women and men.  With two Houston-based comprehensive Breast Diagnostic Centers and a Mobile Mammography Health Program, The Rose provides services to women throughout 41 counties in Southeast Texas. 

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