Game Changers

Houston, Texas

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Westin Galleria Houston

Women in STEM Awards

Honoring Outstanding Women in STEM

The Game Changers Annual Luncheon is a special celebration honoring women who have made a significant impact in STEM. Girlstart’s Game Changers Luncheon raises vital funds to support Girlstart’s year-round programs in Houston, including free after school and summer camp programs, now reaching more than 500 girls at 20 high-need Houston schools.


Lesa Roe

UNT System Chancellor

Lesa Roe, former Deputy Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), took office as University North Texas Chancellor in October, 2017. She is the chief executive officer of the UNT System and is responsible for all aspects of the System’s operations, including general oversight of 10,000+ employees and the three UNTS campuses – UNT in Denton, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and UNT Dallas – as well as the UNT System administration. Chancellor Roe is the first woman to lead the UNT System. Read more…


Barbara Burger

President, Chevron Technology Ventures

Barbara Burger, Ph.D., joined Chevron in 1987 and is currently the president of Chevron Technology Ventures, an organization that champions innovation and the integration of emerging technologies into Chevron.

Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more…

Eileen Collins

Former Astronaut and Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

Eileen M. Collins is a former astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. She retired from the Air Force in Jan 2005 and from NASA in May 2006 after a 28-year distinguished career.  A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first woman pilot and first woman commander of a space shuttle. Read more…

Sue Payne

Retired, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Sue Payne retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation after a 37 year career in global oil and gas exploration, development and production. After starting her career as a geophysicist in Mobil’s technology center in Dallas Texas, she served in many diverse professional and management roles. As an executive, she held positions in Mobil’s headquarters in New York and Fairfax, followed by roles as South American Business Development Manager, as Vice President of US Exploration and Production, as Geoscience Manager for ExxonMobil Production, as US Exploration Manager, as Global Exploration Planning Manager and finally as Manager of Global Geoscience. Read more…

Janine K. Iannarelli

Founder and President of Par Avion Ltd.

Janine K. Iannarelli is the founder and president of Par Avion Ltd.   She has more than 30 years of business aviation experience representing numerous corporations and private individuals worldwide with the sale and purchase of business aircraft. Par Avion is an aircraft marketing firm that specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of aircraft with an emphasis on pre-owned business jets valued upwards of $65,000,000 (USD). Read more…

Girlstart Houston Council

Sharmila Anandasabapathy

Anna Belcheva

Genie Bopp

Cindy Boyd

Carlos Cantu

Helen Chen

Jeff Davis

Beth Fischer

Kathy Holland

Kelley Hughes

Janine Iannarelli

Marie Myers

Aparna Rao

Brad Rossacci

Leanne Schneider

Dave Stump

Rose Valenzuela

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Mystery Boxes

We are now accepting in-kind donations for our Mystery Boxes, which will be sold to guests during the luncheon.


Click HERE to download the Mystery Box donation form.


Mystery Boxes are filled with great prizes valued from $25 (and more). Donors include HP,  milk + honey,  Heads & Tales a Premier Salon, CAMAC, and more! It’s a great way to get the word out about your business at the same time your in-kind gift supports Girlstart.