Led by a council of peers, The Women’s Home Young Professionals (WHYP) are bright young women and men who support the mission of The Women’s Home with their time and resources. Started in 2009 as a grassroots initiative to help rising young professionals make a difference in their community, WHYP has grown over the years to become an integral force within The Women’s Home.
Under the leadership of the WHYP council, members organize and volunteer for fundraising and social events throughout the year. Annual events include social mixers, monthly volunteer projects at The Cottage Shop (The Women’s Home resale shop), a holiday party for residents of The Home and The Women’s Home’s Annual Crawfish Boil, a fundraising event that raised almost $70,000 to support The Women’s Home in 2015.
If The Women’s Home Young Professionals sounds like your way to make a difference, we welcome you to join our group today.
London Meets Houston Bus Tour
TWH Young Professionals Kick Into High Gear at Houston’s New SoulCycle
On May 11th, 30 of our Young Professionals took the plunge and experienced Houston’s hottest new cycling studio – SoulCycle. SoulCycle opened its first Texas studio in River Oaks this April and invited The Women’s Home to take a ride. Members had a ball during the rocking 45 minute workout and were treated to post workout drinks at Local Foods by Westside Lexus. Special thanks to event chair and Soul Rockstar Hallie Bauer for her efforts!
Young Professionals Welcome Spring at Boheme
April showers cleared the way for a beautiful evening at Boheme on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 for The Women’s Home Young Professionals’ annual spring mixer. Nearly 30 guests mixed and mingled on the patio enjoying Boheme’s laid back atmosphere and delicious menu while learning more about the group’s mission and upcoming events from YP Council members. Special thanks to event chairs Helen Jaw and Jessica Schaffner for organizing such a lovely evening.
Much Ado About Mudbugs
The Women’s Home kicked off the festivities for its 2016 Crawfish Boil with a high octane sponsor gratitude party at Alara Garage/M.Brandon Motorcars on March 22nd. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed the Zydeco stylings of DJ B-Easy while enjoying tasty treats from Izakaya, Peli Peli and Phoenicia and toasting the night away with libations from St. Arnold Brewing Company and Texas Tru Distribution.
Event chairs Matt Corbett, Courtney Goldberg and Natasha Prather extended their thanks the event’s sponsors while giving special thanks to Houston Methodist for serving as the premier sponsor for this year’s event and Admiral Transfer and Rigging, the John P. McGovern Foundation, and Marine Foods Express for their major sponsorships. Through the amazing efforts of the event’s volunteer host committee, the 2016 boil is off to a record setting year. The event has 64 sponsors who have helped us raise over $70,000 so far in support of The Women’s Home. We can’t wait to see what happens the day of the event!
Special thanks to Ara Malkhassian and Michael Foertsch for giving our guests a VIP behind the scenes look into their passion for luxury automobiles.
Spotlight: The Women’s Home Young Professionals:
Meet Nicole Worley, a member of The Women’s Home Young Professionals. A Texas native, Nicole Worley makes an impact with #twhyp as the Cottage Shop Liaison. Nicole describes the shop as “Houston’s best-kept secret for amazing thrift deals,” including four discount days a week! In fact, Nicole increased the visibility of the Cottage Shop last month as she led the third annual Shop.Taste.Empower event with a local DJ, food vendors, swag bag goodies, and over two hundred participants! Nicole comes by her enthusiasm naturally as a former competitive cheerleader, and this energy serves her well in her professional role as a risk analyst at Enterprise Products. This vegetarian also loves binging on Netflix, learning from Brene Brown, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her canine Summer.
Meet Stephanie Nguyen, member of the Young Professionals of The Women’s Home! Stephanie feels called to volunteer due to the influence of her mother. After escaping from Saigon for a second chance with her family in the United States, Stephanie’s mother encouraged her children to impact the world around them with community service. Stephanie has done just that with her own family. The last several summers, Stephanie and her children Zoe and Zak traveled together to rural Vietnam to build schools with Sunflower Mission. Stephanie maintains her commitment to service as an instrumental member of the Leadership Council of The Women’s Home Young Professionals. Whether celebrating client birthdays or serving alongside her children and the clients at Food for Life, Stephanie participates with generosity and her trademark smile . This past week, Stephanie chaired the event “Dress a Girl Around the World.” The Young Professionals and clients of the Home worked hands-on to construct youth dresses out of pillow cases and colorful garments, donated by the Cottage Shop. The dresses were sent to Hope4Women International for distribution to young girls around the world, spreading the message that “every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress.” When she is not volunteering, Stephanie loves playing sand volleyball and enjoys a complicated relationship with running.
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