Community Leaders Conference Schedule

Tuesday, August 7

United Way Center
50 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas

As United Way approaches our second century serving Greater Houston, we are called to look at our path for the future. To ensure our community’s long-term sustainability, we will strive to create the opportunity for every individual and family to thrive. Join us as we frame up our Second Century Vision with the help of key community leaders and guests.

Full Conference Schedule


8:30 - 9:00 am

Registration and light breakfast

Visit with staff at expo tables to see the work and impact of United Way

9:00 - 11:45 am

Morning Session featuring:

Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director, Rice University Kinder Institute shares results from the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey

Anna M. Babin, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Houston, introduces United Way's Second Century Vision, along with

Armando Perez, Vice President, H-E-B, and Chair of United Way Second Century Vision Strategic Oversight Committee

Scott Prochazka, President, Centerpoint Energy and the 2018-2019 United Way Community Campaign as Chair

Bob Harvey, President & CEO, Greater Houston Partnership, facilitates a THRIVE Upskills discussion with representatives from S&B Engineers and Constructors, TDIndustries and CHI St. Luke's Health

11:45 - 1:00 pm

Keynote Presentation and lunch

Chris Garner is a businessman, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his son. His life story became the basis for the 2006 major motion picture "The Pursuit of HappYness" starring Will Smith. His amazing story illustrates the need for United Way's work in the community, helping to ensure that  individuals and families can achieve financial stability and thrive.

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Select one:

Philanthropy in Your Business Workshop (60 min) - Take an in-depth look at trends in corporate philanthropy, employee engagement strategies, and how partnering with United Way can help your company achieve its corporate social responsibility goals.
Presenters: Truman Bell, Community Relations, ExxonMobil and Holly Lang, Principal, Dini Spheris

United Way THRIVE Upskill Experience + 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE Tour - Get a taste of what life is like for a family struggling to get ahead, learn how United Way THRIVE’s workforce development services help people gain the skills they need to start a career that can support their family, and see the impact United Way THRIVE’s wraparound support has on hardworking families. This session will end with a chance to hear real calls from to our 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.​

United Way THRIVE Bus Tour (75 min) - Go on-site at the SER Jobs for Progress welding lab and meet firsthand the students who are upskilling to work toward financial stability.
Presenters: Stephan Fairfield, Covenant Community Capital and Richard Simonds, Family Houston