WISE Houston Events


Speed Mentoring Roundtables, a WISE Within signature mentoring event, is an interactive event that brings you up close and personal with industry veterans and peers to discuss career and professional development topics that are important to you. Participants will be grouped by years of experience and the Featured Mentors will rotate among the tables to address specific and relevant topics.

Former Featured Mentors:


The “Power Play: Up Close With ...” series brings together executive-level female sports business leaders from the same industry or organization for a panel discussion on career issues. Seeing other women succeeding and celebrating their success is critical for women’s professional development. Panelists are encouraged to talk about their work within their organization, as well as their overall career journeys.

2024: Up Close with Women from the Olympics!

Former Power Play Events:

  • 2022: Up Close with the Women of the 2023 NCAA Men's Final Four
  • 2021: Up Close with the Houston Theater & Arts
  • 2020: Up Close with Women in College Athletics
  • 2019: Up Close with the Houston Sports Media
  • 2018: Up Close with the Houston Medical Community Sports Sponsors
  • 2017: Up Close with the Houston Energy Industry Sports Sponsors
  • 2016: Celebrating Women Trailblazers of Houston Sports


Owning a small business or rising up the ranks to assume key leadership roles in organizations and companies requires an understanding of personal fiscal management and overall business operations. Financial Fitness addresses topics such as money management, budget development, the valuation process, and salary negotiation and fee structure, breaking them down into an easy-to-digest format.

Former Financial Fitness Featured Speakers

  • 2023: Marilan Logan, Katie Grahmann 
  • 2022: Jason Miles, Chris Soriano, Monique Studak 
  • 2021: Carrie Potter
  • 2020: Carrie Potter
  • 2019: Nancy Tengler
  • 2018: Jean Chatzky
  • 2016: Elizabeth Campbell, Vivian Mora 


WISE is dedicated to recognizing women who have achieved a standard of excellence in sports business, led by example, and support other women. The Women of Inspiration Awards, determined and awarded by WISE Houston, honor local women who exemplify the spirit of the WISE mission and are making a positive impact on the business of sports while serving as positive role models and mentors for other women.

Women of Inspiration Houston Honorees

  • 2023: Jennifer Davenport, June Deadrick, Zina Garrison
  • 2022: Paula Harris, Nina Jackson, Rachel Quan
  • 2021: Anita Sehgal, Lana Ramirez, Sarah Robles
  • 2020: Carrie Potter 
  • 2019: Julia Morales Clark, Amy Palcic, Gretchen Sheirr
  • 2018: Seun Adigun, Leah Mastaglio
  • 2017: Gina Gaston, Pam Gardner
  • 2016: Sallie Sargent, Anita Dimartino, Janis Burke