Stand up and cheer

Nation's largest Women's Chamber of Commerce honors a dozen Houston leaders

Nation's largest Women's Chamber of Commerce honors 12 H-Town leaders

Mary Ann Wilkins, from left, Karen Love, Leisa Holland Nelson and Dana Kervin Clark at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Mary Ann Wilkins, from left, Karen Love, Leisa Holland Nelson and Dana Kervin Clark. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Suzan Deison, from left, Denise Castillo-Rhodes and Samina Farid at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Suzan Deison, from left, Denise Castillo-Rhodes and Samina Farid. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Thomas and Cyndy Roberts at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Thomas and Cyndy Roberts. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Minnette Jackson, left, with Peter and Minnette Boesel at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Minnette Jackson, left, with Peter and Minnette Boesel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Judi McGee, left, and Merele Yarborough at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Judi McGee, left, and Merele Yarborough. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Lucy Puryear and Jim Nutter at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Dr. Lucy Puryear and Jim Nutter. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Samina Fari, left, and Cheryl Creuzot at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Samina Farid, left, and Cheryl Creuzot. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Jan Duncan at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Jan Duncan. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Matt and Cindy, left, with Allan Taylor at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Matt and Cindy, left, with Allan Taylor. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jane Page Crump, left, and Sharon Owens at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Jane Page Crump, left, and Sharon Owens. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Irma Diaz Gonzalez and Roberto Gonzalez at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Irma Diaz Gonzalez and Roberto Gonzalez. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Evan Rottet, left, and Lauren Rottet at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Evan Rottet, left, and Lauren Rottet. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. James Cox and Dr. Ritsuko Komaki at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Dr. James Cox and Dr. Ritsuko Komaki. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tobin and Diane Englet at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Tobin and Diane Englet. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Craig and Chris LaFollette at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Craig and Chris LaFollett. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mary Ann Wilkins, from left, Karen Love, Leisa Holland Nelson and Dana Kervin Clark at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Suzan Deison, from left, Denise Castillo-Rhodes and Samina Farid at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Thomas and Cyndy Roberts at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Minnette Jackson, left, with Peter and Minnette Boesel at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Judi McGee, left, and Merele Yarborough at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Dr. Lucy Puryear and Jim Nutter at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Samina Fari, left, and Cheryl Creuzot at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams, left, and Jan Duncan at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Matt and Cindy, left, with Allan Taylor at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Jane Page Crump, left, and Sharon Owens at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Irma Diaz Gonzalez and Roberto Gonzalez at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Evan Rottet, left, and Lauren Rottet at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Dr. James Cox and Dr. Ritsuko Komaki at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Tobin and Diane Englet at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014
Craig and Chris LaFollette at the Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Gala December 2014

It was a standing ovation in the ballroom of the Westin Galleria Hotel when a dozen Houston leaders were inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame at the organization's annual gala.

With close to 500 supporters, the evening was the chamber's most successful gala in its seven-year history. GHWCC is the largest women's chamber of commerce in the country.

"Houston is a remarkable city and tonight is more evidence of the generosity of its citizens," noted Chamber founder, president and CEO Suzan Deison. "These funds will enable us to enhance our program of work including education programs for girls, encouraging them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and the advancement and empowerment of women in business.”

Heading up the evening were chairs Denise Castillo Rhodes, Texas Medical Center executive vice president and CFO, and Samina Farid, co-founder and executive VP of Merrick Systems Inc. They were assisted by honorary chairs Dana Kervin Clark, Leisa Holland Nelson, Karen Love and Mary Ann Wilkins

Taking bows as the Hall of Fame class of 2014 were Minnette Boesel, Cheryl Creuzot, Irma Diaz-Gonzalez, Jan Duncan, Melanie Gray, Dr. Ritsuko Komaki, Christine LaFollette, Robin Mueck, Dr. Lucy Puryear, Lauren Rottet, Cindy Taylor and Merele Yarborough