October 2018 Print

President's Report


Fall is here, school and football season are in full swing, the Astros are on another run to the World Series, and our chapter activities are well underway. During the past two months we’ve held six events, including:

  • Our August 8th FEI Women’s roundtable luncheon at Masraff’s sponsored by The Siegfried Group focused on “The Fascination Advantage™ Leadership Assessment”.

  • Our August 15 breakfast hosted by Bank of America at the Junior League. The panel’s topic was “Emerging Trends in Enterprise Innovation and Ways the Changing FinTech Landscape Maybe Impacting Firms Locally in Houston”.

  • We had our first chapter dinner meeting on September 18 with Robert Half presenting the topic “The Houston Labor Market Overview and Turning Corporate Culture into a Competitive Advantage”. Our networking hour was sponsored by V&E and our dinner speaker was former Apollo 7 Astronaut - Walt Cunningham who presented a thought provoking presentation on climate change.

  • On September 25, we had an excellent luncheon presentation, sponsored by Stout, as part of our career management series. Our speaker was executive coach and career strategist, Cecilia Rose who spoke on “Managing Your Executive Brand”.

  • We held our first chapter happy hour social at Barcelona Lounge on September 26.

  • On Wednesday, October 3rd, we held one of our popular Leadership Luncheons. The topic was “Knowing When to Disrupt” with Judy Le. The event was sponsored by RGP and was held at Eddie V’s on Kirby.

Hopefully you were able to attend one or more of these outstanding events. Our upcoming events include:

  • We will have our first networking event organized by our Next Generation Leader’s group on October 16. The event will be at the Yellow Rose Distillery located just north of I-10 and I-610 intersection. The event will include a tour and tasting of 5 spirits and a souvenir glass. The Whitley Penn sponsored event be from 6:00 to 9:00 and is open to all members and their guests.

  • Our October Chapter dinner meeting will be held on October 23 at the Junior League starting at 4:00. Our long-time sponsor Sirius Solutions will be presenting the Professional Development session at 4:30. The topic will be a panel discussion on “Using Learning and Development as a Strategic Tool to Develop and Retain Millennials & Generation Z Employees”. Our networking hour will be sponsored by Whitley Penn and our dinner speaker will be BBVA Chief Economist Nathaniel Karp. Nathaniel will lead a discussion of economic trends and implications of tax reform, Fed monetary policy normalization and current trade policy.

  • November will kick off with a Career Management luncheon on November 6th sponsored by V&E, at McCormick and Schmidt’s in the Galleria area. The topic will be “Life Long Networking” led by Todd Auwarter with the executive search firm Egon Zehnder.

  • Our November chapter dinner will on November 13th and will be held at the Junior League (This is a change of venue. So if you previously scheduled this event, please update your calendar). The professional development will be presented by our new sponsor SenseCorp. The topic will be “Analytics: The New Currency of Modern Finance”. Our networking hour will be sponsored by Wells Fargo and our dinner panel will be on Houston Exponential lead by Gina Luna.

As always, at all of our events we encourage you to bring a colleague who will enjoy expanding their executive network and potentially join our chapter.

Don’t forget to connect with our Sponsors at during our events. Building high quality relationships with outstanding professional service firms is one of the unique opportunities provided by membership in our chapter.

More details and registration for all these and additional events throughout the year are included below and at www.FEIHouston.org. To schedule your calendar for all events during our upcoming chapter year follow this link to our Calendar.

On behalf of your chapter leadership team, we thank you for your support and participation in our chapter. If you have any suggestions or want to participate in a committee don’t hesitate to contact me at robertmschmitz77@gmail.com. The time investment is minimal and the payoff is well work it.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter event.

Rob Schmitz
FEI Houston Chapter President 2018-19

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