Programs that Recognize, Develop and Fund the Advancement of Women in the Community
Here’s an opportunity for you to share your wisdom, experience, talent and resources in a way that will reward your heart and enrich the lives of many young women.
Whether you spend an hour a month, tap into your network to set up a Career Tour, or just drop by to say hello and show your support – rest assured that your effort and your participation will be greatly appreciated.
One thing you can do that will take just a moment is to give us suggestions for how our girls can perform community service hours, preferably in their area (because of transportation).
If you are interested in outreach opportunities, please contact Frances Dyess, VP or Mentorship.
Frances Dyess ~ VP of Mentorship
Since Texas Executive Women began its mentoring programs in 1993, it has touched the lives of over 2,500 middle and high school girls. The goal behind mentoring is to create possibilities for young women, provide role models, spark the desire for a better life, and show them how to plan for a better life.
The Career Women of the Future programs at Alief Hastings High School in Houston and Ball High School in Galveston work with young women in the 9th through 12th grade. In monthly workshops, TEW volunteers works with the young women to create resumes, refine interview skills and consider career possibilities.
At the Ladies of Excellence program at Aldine Ninth Grade, the emphasis is on improving self-esteem through team building, classes on etiquette and dress, career tours and encouraging responsibility. At Aldine Senior High, over 50 students in the Ladies of Distinction program meet for monthly seminars. Each class of young women in the program has followed a tradition of performing over 6,000 aggregate hours of community services.
Career tours are an integral part of each mentoring program. Many of these visits are to the work places of our Women on the Move honorees as they are among the best role models for young, aspiring women.
Proceeds from the Women on the Move® Luncheon funds not only mentoring programs, they also provide scholarships for mentees graduating from high school to attend a university, junior college, vocational or career education schools. Established in 1998 and named to honor Jackie Greer, founder of the mentoring program and 1985 Women on the Move, these scholarships have allowed many young women to pursue career options that may not be possible otherwise. Texas Executive Women is proud to have funded over $620,000 in scholarships over the years.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Mentor or hosting a Career Tour, please contact Frances Castaneda Dyess, VP for Mentorship.
“My experience with Texas Executive Women began when I was a student at Stovall Middle School (then Junior High) in Aldine ISD in 1994. I was selected as a participant in the Ladies of Excellence program. We had the opportunity to attend a leadership conference with the Ladies of Distinction from Aldine High School, and other Aldine ISD schools. The conference was held offsite at a hotel and featured amazing outside motivational speakers. I still remember my Mom and I shopping for the perfect dress for me to wear so that I looked professional. It was an amazing experience, and one that I vividly remember. For many of the students, it was the first time to be able to have such an opportunity. It was even more memorable as our principal had been selected as a Woman on the Move a few years before (Jody Tyson, a 1991 honoree).
I gained tremendous confidence by participating in the TEW program in Aldine ISD. Having the opportunity to interact with professionals in professional settings as a young age inspired me to want to be a successful woman. Now, as a professional, it is important for me to give back to the community that helped me. At CenterPoint Energy, we have enjoyed hosting student tours over the years. We want to inspire girls to succeed. We all have resources to share, and just one visit with these young ladies could change a life.”