Houston Women: Agitating, Educating, Advocating

HHA’s 7th Houston History Conference

Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m to 4 p.m., MATCH Midtown, 3400 Main St., 77002

Our 2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura G. Murillo, President and CEO of Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

You weren’t there? Here’s what you missed:

Houston Women: Agitating, Educating, Advocating – see the full panel discussions here!

As part of the Tales of Houston Women collaboration, HHA presented its 7th Houston History Conference, a one-day presentation of panels and roundtable discussions entitled “Houston Women: Agitating, Educating, Advocating.” The full day of programming included panel discussions by women who are not only experts in the history of Houston’s women and their roles as agitators, educators, and advocates, but who lived the history and can reflect on their own experiences. Conference goers engaged in direct dialog with the panels as we looked at how women can continue to lead the city now and into the future. The conference also included the Houston Popup Museum, sponsored by the UH Center for Public History. Free to the public, the museum featured exhibits by area history and humanities-focused organizations. There was also be a vendor area where area organizations can promote their programming.

See the videos!

The History Behind “Agitating, Educating and Advocating” Betty Chapman

KEYNOTE: Dr. Laura Murillo, President and CEO Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


  • Renee Cross – Moderator
  • Tanya Debose
  • Ada Edwards
  • Annise Parker


  • Elizabeth Gregory – Moderator
  • Linda Cohn
  • Yvonne Frear
  • Judge Phyllis Frye
  • Kristen Contos Krueger

Lunch by Claire Smith of Canopy/Alice Blue/Woodbar Restaurants and “I’ll Have What She’s Having” nonprofit


  • Council Member Ellen Cohen – Moderator
  • Dorothy Gibbons
  • Nikki Van Hightower
  • Gracie Saenz

 Who were our speakers? See our speakers bios here.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; The Summerlee Foundation; Langdon Manor Books; the Center for Public History at the University of Houston; the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston; and Houston History Alliance.

HHA Mission

This proposed programming initiative greatly furthers the mission of the Houston History Alliance, which is to serve as a connection point and catalyst between the general public and Houston’s many history-centric organizations. This collaborative project and our one-day presentation of academic programming will further our mission to leverage the city’s history to inspire civic pride and investment in Houston’s communities and its history organizations.

Conference-goers will know beyond a doubt that Houston’s women deserve to be celebrated and known


Major funding for this program provided by

and Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional funding by The Hobby School of Public Affairs, The University of Houston Center for Public History, Langdon Manor Books. 

Website and design generously provided by Sybil Media.