Houston: Elected and Entrepreneurs | September 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered what the relationship between government and business is?  Are you an entrepreneur trying to understand how civic engagement can help you advance business opportunities?  Or, an elected official looking to connect with a broader constituency of emerging and established business women?  Join Walker’s Legacy Houston for an important discussion with on how small business and government can work together.

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September 23, 2015| Location: Calabash Island Eats Houston, TX 77002| Time: 6-8PM

Eclipse_Carla Brailey photoDr. Carla Brailey, Texas Southern University

Dr. Carla Brailey is a native of Houston, TX and currently teaches Sociology at Texas Southern University. Her areas of specialization are in social inequality and urban studies with special emphasis on the study of race, class, and gender as systemic forms of inequality. She is a 2007, Ph.D Graduate from Howard University where she studied Divinity and Women’s Studies. She is most prideful about being a socio-political scholar-activist, mentor, and educator that uses critical, progressive pedagogical approaches to raise the consciousness, vision and strategy amongst students and the general public. Through all of her accomplishments, she is most proud of being a mother to her six year old daughter, Marley J.

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Carlecia Wright, Director of Business Opportunity, City of Houston

Carlecia Wright is Director of Business Opportunity for the City of Houston. In this role, she leads the City’s supplier diversity and small business programs; helping facilitate historical accomplishments, including the award of over $1 billion dollars to small, minority and women-owned businesses under the administration of Mayor Annise D. Parker. During her four years tenure with OBO, Carlecia has brought national recognition to the City for its diversity programs, and has launched and implemented several innovative business development policies and initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College of Chicago and a Master’s Degree from New York University. In 2013, Carlecia was honored by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s 40 Under 40 professionals. She is a proud graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future and Leadership Houston.


Eclipse_RhondaSkillernRhonda Skillern-Jones, Houston Independent School District

Rhonda Skillern-Jones Rhonda Skillern-Jones was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. She was sworn in as Trustee in January 2012 and served as board secretary in 2012 and 2013, and First Vice President in 2014. She also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors. Ms. Skillern-Jones, a wife and mother of five children, is a native Houstonian. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University. In recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens, she has received numerous achievement awards and honors, and holds membership in several civic and community organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.


Eclipse_ProfilePic_2011Ama Love, AMA LOVE & Associates

Ama Love is the Principal Consultant at AMA LOVE & Associates — a specialty financial services company that provides comprehensive asset protection, wealth management and legacy planning strategies to professionals, executives, and small business-owners in the energy, healthcare and franchising industries. Ama is also the Founder and Managing Director of SÏMEMA, a business and government advisory company, specializing in innovative public-private-partnership initiatives in the emerging markets of Africa and The Caribbean. Both companies are headquartered in Houston, Texas. Ama is a career financial economist and risk manager; and a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and international affairs.



Tiko Reynolds-Hausman, Partnership Strategist

Tiko Reynolds-Hausman is an accomplished executive with local and regional experience in building collaborative partnerships in the community that support the mission. Experienced in organizing multiple activities through efficient program and event management, supply chain management, and process development resulting in achievement of optimal performance for targeted outcomes. She has a track record of demonstrated leadership in coordinating cooperation amongst local and federal government agencies, local corporations, advocacy groups and chambers of commerce.

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