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Iyanla Vanzant Speaks, 30 Honored at ‘Sister to Sister’ Event in Houston

Phenomenal, inspiring, uplifting and empowering are a few words to describe the night as people from around the world attended the standing-room-only event, “Sister to Sister: Celebrating the Power and Purpose of Sisterhood,” featuring world-renowned author and spiritual teacher, Iyanla Vanzant.

The event was sponsored by Deavra Daughtry and the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation at the gorgeous InterContinental Hotel in Houston in commemoration of National Women’s History Month. The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing value to the community and its partners for more than 10 years. TWEF focuses on programs that empower the family and community through financial literacy, mentorship and personal development.

Thirty dynamic women impacting the community and business sectors were honored with the International Empowerment Award for their philanthropy, mentorship and global influence. Honorees included University of Texas women’s track and field coach Beverly Kearney; Pastor Kim Burrell; Judge Clarease Yates; Sister 2 Sister magazine publisher Jamie Foster Brown; Dijana Handanovic, CEO of Eurobax Technology; Karen Becerra, COO of Principle Partnering Group; Dr. Heather Brown; Jan Chinn of the Ghana Africa Leadership Empowerment Center; Dr. Tamyra Comeaux; Terri Craig, executive managing director of eWomenNetwork of Greater Houston; Dr. Alison Cuillier; Catherine Flowers, director, city of Houston Neighborhood Service; Jacqui Francis, Jamaica House; Clinette Garces, owner, Mop’s Grill; Vanessa Hall, NY Life Insurance;  Sandi Johnson, Operation Get Fit; Carla Lane, CEO, Lane Staffing; Mary Lawler, executive director, Avenue CDC; Anhlan Nguyen, Vietnamese Culture & Science Association; Ugoeze Obichuku, Obi International; Michelle Rodriguez, president, HSW Financial; Kim Roxie, Lamik Beauty creative designer; Sheila Savannah, bureau chief  HDHHS; Kim Small, Images with You in Mind; CeCe Stephen, director of public relations, Lone Star College North Harris; Pam Terry, COO, Powerful Women International; Dr. Ka-Ron Wade; Janice Weaver, district staff for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; Dr. Anjanette Wyatt, CEO Clinical Care Pharmacy LLC.

After a heartfelt exhortation given by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, keynote speaker Iyanla Vanzant held an intimate community dialogue, closing out the night with reading excerpts from her book, Peace from Broken Pieces.