2nd Annual 25 Most Influential Women in Houston part 5

regina woolfolk – tackling community issues

Director of Community Relations, Houston Texans


While the Houston Texans hope to earn respect on the football field, they have already done an exceptional job in the community. As the director of community relations for the Houston Texans, Regina Woolfolk has scored big for the community.

“We create programs that connect the Texans with non-profit initiatives in the Houston area,” Woolfolk says. “We have a program with college students where we provide a career seminar and also recruit them for internships.”


Woolfolk believes that it is necessary to support those in the city of Houston. “It’s important to have contact with the community,” she says. “You start by volunteering and then you will soon identify the needs of the community. This will allow you to reach those who need your help.” 
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tracye mcdaniel – at the top of her game

Executive Vice President and COO, Greater Houston Partnership

As a University of Texas student, Tracye McDaniel dreamed of becoming a broadcast journalist. But after volunteering at Austin’s Chamber of Commerce, McDaniel discovered her passion for business. As executive vice president and COO of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), McDaniel is charged with managing operations for one of the largest business advocacy groups in the world. GHP’s mission is to build Houston’s regional economic prosperity through business expansion. 

“Our board is made up of 135 CEOs,” McDaniel says. “They represent national and international companies. We focus on business development and public policy that supports a healthy business environment.”

McDaniels offers this advice: “In the business world, nothing is constant. You have to always be open to change that could happen at anytime.” 
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Argentina James – boosterism 101

Director of Public Affairs, Port of Houston Authority

The director of public affairs for the Port of Houston Authority, Argentina James is a mastermind when it comes to creating public relations strategies. Her specialties in the public affairs arena include government and community relations, media marketing, and collateral development.

“When there’s conversation in and around issues that impact people in our community, being at the table at the high level and then being available at the grassroots level is important [to build] ties to the community,” she says, adding that she particularly enjoys supporting the arts. “I’m very much a proponent of the arts, so I spend a lot of time in the arts and a lot with economic development.” –jason thompson


jacqueline pope – the ties that bond

Executive Assistant to CEO Anthony Hall, City of Houston National President, Top Ladies of Distinction

Jacqueline Pope applies her exceptional skill set to every task she undertakes as the executive assistant to the city of Houston’s CEO, Anthony Hall. Pope is in charge of scheduling, arranging and attending department head meetings, and collecting her office’s assignments and marching orders from Houston Mayor Bill White.

Pope has capitalized on her passion for politics and community by developing the Financial Literacy For Top Teens program. The program targets youth between the ages of 13-18 and stresses the importance of managing money and budgeting money.

“The community is everything. … You are entrusted to work for the people, when they elect you they are selecting you to represent them. You are their voice,” she counsels. 
jason thompson


minister mia k. wright – making a change

Founder, Metamorphosis Women’s Conference

Since starting the Metamorphosis Women’s Conference, Min. Mia K. Wright has helped thousands of women gain the support and encouragement that are required to be successful. 

“I felt that women were not connecting,” Wright says. “I could see the same issues were stopping women from getting to where they needed to be. Women needed the spiritual and practical reasoning to apply to their lives. So we started the conference in a hotel with 300 people, and it has grown every year.”

In March, the Metamorphosis Women’s Conference hosted a crowd of 3,000 at the annual function. Wright expects over 9,000 guests for the event in 2008. “We will continue to develop women,” she says. “The conference has restored and renewed the spirit in a lot of women.” 
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