On Thursday, April 17th, the Houston chapter of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – a global organization of professional women working across all sectors of the energy industry – will be holding their Women’s Energy Network Biennial Charity Luncheon. The fundraising event is designed to benefit a local charity that aligns with the tenets of the Women’s Energy Network and will feature keynote speaker, Sara Ortwein, President of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. The Women’s Home is honored to be chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s charity luncheon, which, through the generosity of sponsors, is expected to raise over $100,000 for The Women’s Home. Amazing! Both WEN-Houston and The Women’s Home are committed to the mission of empowering women, and we believe this pairing is a perfect match!
The Charity Luncheon is held bi-annually so that WEN’s Charity Luncheon Selection Committee has the necessary time to both research and choose the charity that best represents their core values and heart. The selection process begins two years prior to the lunch when members are asked to submit charity suggestions. Once vetted, the selections are narrowed to five (5). The Committee then begins an even more in-depth selection process – which includes the requesting of financial records, additional research into programs offered and a site visit. It is during that site visit that the Committee is able to physically assess the needs of each charity to decide if the ultimate contribution will make a true impact on the lives of those served by the organization. It is, admittedly, a tough process to narrow down charities, as there are so many worthwhile and deserving organizations in need of support.
The Women’s Home was ecstatic to learn that we would be the luncheon beneficiary. Not only is the event exciting and interesting, with impressive speakers and guests, but through the generosity of their sponsors, WEN-Houston is expected to raise over $100,000 for The Women’s Home. Amazing!
When asked about their ultimate decision to choose The Women’s Home, Arlene Nowak, WEN member, Luncheon chair and Business Development/Producer at Sullivan Group, said:
“It was both the holistic approach to The Women’s Home’s program of healing and realizing that any one of us could be there. When we learned of successful women who had fallen for whatever reason, it resonated with us. Life is a journey, and you never know where that journey will lead you. We felt the simplicity and very nurturing environment, combined with a very complex, well thought-out program served the highest good of each individual.”