By: Deavra Daughtry

The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) successfully hosted its 20th Annual International Women’s Leadership Summit at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District, co-chaired by founder Deavra Daughtry and philanthropist Reggie Van Lee.  e sold-out event, featuring special guest Tyra Banks, raised over $300,000 for the TWEF Eagle Scholar Program, providing scholarships to deserving students. Over 600 attendees experienced a day  filled with inspiring workshops, networking opportunities, and special events. The Summit included a private VIP reception honoring “Men Who Empower Her,” a VIP Business Soiree hosted by Harvard University alumni, and interactive sessions with global entrepreneurs and business executives.


Special guests included the CEO of a 150-year old Japanese company, Orime Fujita, television producer Ron DeShay, and Managing Director of Live Nation Philippines Rhiza Pascua. Fox Houston’s Caroline Collins emceed the luncheon, which featured a fireside chat with Tyra Banks, moderated by Fox Houston’s Damali Keith. Banks shared her journey from supermodel to successful entrepreneur and Emmy award-winning television personality, inspiring the audience with her stories of resilience and reinvention.


The success of the event was made possible by the generous support of its Title Sponsor, Enterprise Holdings LLC, and its Supporting Sponsors: Fujita Group, Charles Schwab Bank, Farouk Systems, Rice University, Comerica Bank, United Airlines, Radio One, LIPF, Signet World, L.L. Academy, BDO USA, Mattress Firm, and Fox 26.  Their commitment to uplifting the next generation of leaders was key to making the Summit a success.


During the luncheon, Deavra Daughtry presented the 2024 International Leadership Award to Tyra Banks and the 2024 International Business Leadership Award to Rhiza Pascua. Before concluding the event, Daughtry surprised TWEF Eagle Scholar Emarion Miller with a $10,000 scholarship, demonstrating the profound impact this Summit has on young leaders. Additional Eagle Scholars, Charles Wiltz and Alexandria Moffett, also shared their personal stories with the audience, highlighting the transformative influence of TWEF’s scholarship program.

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

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