Reservations/Events

We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month:
Big Horn BBQ
2300 Smith Ranch Rd, Pearland, TX 77584

Upcoming Event

Business Development: Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Presented by Gloria Spruce, Certified Adult Education Trainer & Instructor

Thursday, November 11, 2021 
11:15am – 1:15pm
Program and Business Meeting  

Cost: $20 meeting fee includes lunch

Guests are always welcome! 

 Gloria Spruce is a Certified Adult Education Trainer & Instructor whose experience ranges from elementary through post-secondary schools in the areas of instruction, administration, curriculum design, standards-based education/lesson planning, employability skills-infused lesson planning, workforce literacy, data management, grant compliance, professional development training, and grant writing.In the area of adult instruction and ESL curriculum design, she offers a vast array of knowledge in standards writing & implementation, soft skills-infused lesson training, forward-thinking teaching strategies, lesson design and coaching, and organization of learner-centered lessons. 

Once you decide that you are going to embark upon the venture to become an entrepreneur, your mindset must shift from an employee to an employer. Gloria’s presentation covers shifting the way one should think as an entrepreneur including how to handle money and make decisions.

Past Events

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Market your business through public speaking.

presented by Pam Terry, Speaking Coach and Marketing Strategist

October 14, 2021

Pam Terry provides public speaking coaching and marketing strategies to entrepreneurs. She is a savvy marketing strategist with more than 40 years’ experience in public speaking, marketing, public relations, sales, and system development.

A writer and content developer, Pam has helped hundreds of people become in-demand speakers. She trains and works with entrepreneurs and corporate teams, teaching them how to connect and engage from the stage and how to market themselves as a speaker and build business from speaking.

A frequent keynote speaker, Pam is a community leader and was formerly Executive Director and President of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce.

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Get Known, Get Connected, Get Paid!

Strategies to Make Six-Figures and Beyond!
Presented by Toni Harris Taylor, Marketing & Sales Coach, Drastic Results

Thursday, September 9, 2021 
11:30am – 1:00pm
Program and Business Meeting  

Cost: $20 meeting fee includes lunch

Guests are always welcome! 

Toni’s mantra for life and business is “drastic”. By taking drastic steps, Toni is more than a survivor, she thrives! From losing over 90 lbs. twice, to being a 2x widow, to starting college at age 43 to obtain her Bachelors and Masters degrees while nursing her husband, to surviving a 10-day coma, Toni truly knows what it means to be drastic.

She has personally grown her business internationally by connecting with other entrepreneurs all over the world and she teaches her clients to take drastic steps to get drastic results in their business.

As an international speaker and certified marketing/sales coach and author of 5 business books, she teaches entrepreneurs how to get known, get connected, and get paid! Toni recently took another drastic step and launched the Drastic Results with Toni Harris Taylor TV Show where she interviews successful entrepreneurs and helps inspire entrepreneurs to stay in the game.

The South East Express Network (SEEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) seeks to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Join us for this business lunch to network and grow your business.

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Who’s Hat is Your Realtor Wearing?

July 8, 2021

This month, SEEN is proud to have Debi Trahan! Debi has been in real estate for over 36 years and will be sharing how to navigate the current real estate market. Raised in Houston, Debi has lived in the South Belt area for 40 years, specifically Pearland/Manvel for 27 years.

A licensed realtor since 1986 and 1993 graduate of the Realtor Institute, Debi became Owner/Broker of her own company in 1997 and completed the Texas Realtor Leadership Program in 2012. In 2013 she was certified as an International Property Specialist and is a member of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals. She is 2007 Past Chair Bay Area PAALS and is a member of the HAR International Advisory Group.

Debi is uniquely qualified to talk about the local real estate market, focusing on dos and don’ts when purchasing or selling property and how your agent should be representing you.

With the rapid growth in the Houston area there are many choices in deciding on a new home. There are numerous new city subdivisions and properties available with acreage for that “country feeling”.

Debi is a SEEN Past President, former Top Ten Candidate and past Woman of the Year Honoree. She and her husband Randy are very involved in the community, cooking up great meals for good causes and entertaining friends and lots of relatives.

While building relationships locally with other business women at SEEN meetings, the benefits of ABWA membership reach far beyond the local league. Included in her presentation is an actual tour of the ABWA member website, online tools and information, and a “how to register” for the many APEX online courses.

The South East Express Network (SEEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) seeks to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Join us for this business lunch to network and grow your business.

Meet the incoming officers of the South East Express Network

The South East Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is excited to have member Myrleen Knot, Past National Officer of ABWA, facilitating the installation of the incoming Board of Directors for SEEN at the Thursday, July 8, 2021, meeting.

The incoming 2021-2022 Officers for the South East Express Network are:

President
Tracey Adams, Commercial Sales, CertaPro Painters.

President Elect
Debi Trahan, Broker/Owner, Texas Go2 Realtors

Vice President of Finance
Ro’Vin Garrett, Client Liaison, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP

Vice President of Communications
Ann Strouhal, Owner/HR Consultant, Strouhal & Associates, LLC

Vice President of Marketing/PR
Marilyn Ramirez,

Vice President of Programming
Christian Graffagnino, Owner, Infinite Image Consulting

Vice President of Membership
Mary Ann Stanko, Licensed Insurance Agent, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency

The South East Express Network (SEEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) seeks to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Join us for this business lunch to network and grow your business.

Educational Opportunities in ABWA’s Online Community

presented by Ann Strouhal, Strouhal & Associates, LLC

June 10, 2021

The South East Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is pleased to have member Ann Strouhal, owner of Strouhal & Associates, LLC, as the featured speaker at the Thursday, June 10, 2021, meeting.

Ann Strouhal, owner of Strouhal & Associates, LLC, is a certified Human Resources consultant who partners with business owners and executives to provide customized solutions for their HR infrastructure. This includes focusing on compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations by providing HR Audits to determine status of current documents and procedures, in particular Employee Handbooks, Onboarding/Offboarding, Job Descriptions, and updating clients on new regulations such as the latest COVID19 Pandemic. She has extensive HR experience across many industries from manufacturing to retail to “white collar” organizations. Ann is passionate about guiding, recommending, and implementing practices and procedures that align with the company’s mission and goals while enhancing the company’s bottom line. She earned her BBA from Texas A&M University and her MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is also passionate about ABWA, in particular the South East Express Network (SEEN), and sharing with others all the benefits that membership has to offer.

Ann will be reviewing and guiding attendees through many of the vast and valuable ABWA benefits that are available via the organization’s web platform called Community Connections and the online classroom Apex Campus. While building relationships locally with other business women at SEEN meetings, the benefits of ABWA membership reach far beyond the local league. Included in her presentation is an actual tour of the ABWA member website, online tools and information, and a “how to register” for the many online courses.

Ann and her husband Donnie have been residents of Pearland, Texas, for 36 years. They have two adult children, Amy and Adam, and one “grand-dog” Louie! She is currently the VP Marketing/PR for SEEN and is actively involved in her business community as the 2021 Chair of the Board of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

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Pearl K. Cajoles is the External Affairs and Workforce Development Manager for the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity

May 13, 2021

Prior to Pearl coming to the City of Houston she was with the University of Houston, where she served as digital marketing manager for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. In this role, she led marketing and communications projects, and helped increase the college’s reach as community and media liaison.

Pearl also spent seven years at the Houston Chronicle, where she began her tenure as writer and editor for neighborhood news, and later for the advertising publications and marketing departments. Pearl’s experience also includes operations management in business process outsourcing (BPO).

For three years, she led the international expansion of the editorial and copywriting department for AffinityX, a marketing services agency with offices in Asia and North America. Pearl holds a BA in Communication from the University of St. Thomas.

The South East Express Network (SEEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) seeks to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Join us for this business lunch to network and grow your business.