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Tyra Banks headlines Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation leadership summit

Supermodel joins TWEF founder Deavra Daughtry and philanthropist Reggie Van Lee to host one-day conference in Houston’s Hotel Zaza on April 22
Tyra Banks. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation)

The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) along with its founder and visionary leader, Deavra Daughtry, and Reggie Van Lee, a philanthropist, successful business executive and arts advocate, will host the 20th Annual International Women’s Leadership Summit featuring renowned Supermodel and Business Leader Tyra Banks on April 22, 2024, at Houston’s Hotel ZaZa – Museum District.

The Summit will also feature Leadership Workshops, a private VIP reception to recognize Men Who Empower Her, a VIP Business Soiree hosted by Harvard University Alumni and Friends along with CEO of a 150-year-old Japanese company, Orime Fujita, global entrepreneur and executive Marko Kovacevic, television producer known for American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance Ron DeShay and Managing Director of Live Nation Philippines Rhiza Pascua.

For more than two decades, the TWEF International Women’s Leadership Summit has become an annual influential gathering of networking and inspiration by highlighting exceptional women and men global leaders, CEOs, and accomplished entrepreneurs.

Banks to speak at luncheon

The summit schedule will include:

An amazing lineup of speakers with a fireside chat during the luncheon with the incomparable Tyra Banks, an entrepreneur, Supermodel, and Emmy award-winning television producer and personality at 11:30 a.m. As one of the most iconic models in the history of fashion, Banks has collected a long list of “firsts” as she broke down multiple barriers in the modeling industry. Banks was also twice named as TIME magazine’s Most Influential People in the World and taught Branding at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business for three years.

Proceeds from ticket purchases for the International Women’s Leadership Summit Luncheon will be donated to the TWEF Eagle Scholar Program scholarships. To date, TWEF has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to college-bound students.

For more information on tickets and sponsorship, please visit:

Sponsors supporting the 20th Annual International Women’s Leadership Summit include Title Sponsors: Enterprise Holdings LLC., Fujita Group, Charles Schwab Bank, Farouk Systems, Rice University, Comerica Bank, United Airlines, Radio One, LIPF, Signet World, Emerald Team Inc., BDO USA, Mattress Firm and Fox26.

TWEF is a nonprofit organization that mentor’s families from all walks of life, helping them reach their fullest potential in the areas of personal development, business, education, finances, and socio-economic development. TWEF also provides scholarships and empowerment programs for families. For more information, visit

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