Heart of HoUSton: Servant Leadership 2017 and Beyond

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

*Registration begins at 8:00am. Program begins promptly at 8:30am.

Join us to explore how to create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Based on Lawrence J. Payne’s edited volume of the same name, attendees will hear from Houston leaders across disciplines to gain an understanding of how to sustainably impact our communities for the better.

The Heart of HoUSton 2017 Flyer



8:00am – Arrival and Registration
8:30 – Welcome – Larry Payne
8:40 – Invocation and Comments – Rev. Patrick Miller, Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal
8:50 – Framing the Discussion – Larry Payne
9:00 – Framing and Context – Stephen Klineberg, PhD, Co-Director of the Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
9:30 –  15-minute mini-Talks from Guest Speakers
1:00 – Spirit of Servant Leadership Award Ceremony
1:20 – Closing Comments – Larry Payne
1:30 – End

Our Speakers:

Payne SquareLaurence J. “Larry” Payne has 35 years of experience in public service, education and not-for-profit and religious leadership. Larry is recognized from City Hall to the White House with city, State and National leaders actively seek out his counsel in leadership, diversity, management, organization design, and strategic planning. Larry is Vice President for Organizational Development at Desir Group Human Capital Managemnet, a leadership training, education, and consulting firm based in Houston. He also sits on the board of ISH.

Stephen KlinebergDr. Stephen Klineberg received an M.A. in Psychopathology from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. After teaching at Princeton, he joined Rice University’s Sociology Department in 1972. In March 1982, he and his students initiated the annual “Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey,” now in its 33rd year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents. No other metropolitan region in America has been the focus of a long-term longitudinal research program of this scope. Houston recovered from the oil-boom collapse in the early 1980s to find itself squarely in the midst of the new restructured economy and an accelerating demographic revolution. No city more clearly exemplifies the transformations that are refashioning the social and political landscape across all of urban America.

Pat MillerThe Rev. Patrick Miller Received his BA from Austin College in Communication and Philosophy in 1990. He received his MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest in 2000. In February 2008, Patrick became the ninth rector of St. Mark’s church and school. He serves as Executive Chairman of our school, and as a member of the St. Mark’s Endowment Board. On the parish level he advises the Liturgy Committee, the Welcome Committee, the Stewardship Committee, and the Formation Committee.

Peter BishopPeter Bishop, PhD, is a Professional Futurist (futurologist), a retired Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight, and the former Director of the graduate program in Futures Studies at the University of Houston. He came to the UH in 2005, after having taught futures studies at the University of Houston–Clear Lake since 1982. Specializing in techniques for long term forecasting and planning, he has published a book on the subject, Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight, with co-author Andy Hines. He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Sharon WashingtonSharon Washington, PhD, has nearly three decades of professional experience in non-profit and higher education leadership, K-12 education and the arts. Throughout her career she has engaged in work that contributes to a greater understanding of individuals and groups and the ways in which work and learning communities can foster greater equity and opportunity. Dr. Washington currently serves as CEO of TWO Research.

Adeeb BarqawiAdeeb Barqawi is the Founder and CEO of ProUnitas Inc, which strives to empower low-income communities by providing its youth with a sustainable ecosystem of support. ProUnitas Inc. realizes that one of the biggest contributors to educational inequity in this country is not the lack of support systems and recourse but rather the lack of access to children and young adults living in low-income communities. Their vision is that one day all children – regardless of their socioeconomic status – will be immersed in a sustainable ecosystem of support within their communities by the collective action of government, nonprofits and business.

Juliet StipecheJuliet Stipeche, JD, is the Director of Education for the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Office. Ms. Stipeche was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Argentina and Mexico. She grew up in the diverse East End of Houston where she continues to reside today. In 1992, Ms. Stipeche graduated valedictorian of the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and earned an academic scholarship to Rice University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science, Policy Studies and Religious Studies from Rice University in 1996 and was awarded the Joseph Cooper Prize as the most outstanding Policy Studies student in her graduating class. Ms. Stipeche then attended The University of Texas School of Law and received her law degree in 1999.

Rogelio MarroquinRogelio Marroquin is a Senior Executive Coach with extensive experience in business management. Throughout his career, Roger has garnered many Presidents’ Club Awards and held the distinction as the #1 Operation earning the leadership award within Xerox Services. Roger has an MBA in International Management and has participated in many executive training and development programs such as the Center for Creative Leadership and Kellogg School of Management. He currently serves as a strategic advisor for Houston Community College and President for Leadership 360.

Tosha EvansTosha Evans is the Founder/CEO of BIW Resources where she has developed a Mentorship Program that caters to High School and College students, providing them with personal, professional and leadership development training. She also manages workplace wellness programs for non-profits and organizations. Additionally, she is a trailblazing wellness expert and has launched the Be Incredibly Well Global Wellness Movement, a wellness platform that engages both live and virtual audiences across the globe.

Jeff ReichmanJeff Reichman serves as Principal at January Advisors and is Founder of Sketch City. January Advisors is a consulting firm focused on data. This includes data analysis, visualization, dashboards, strategy, policy, infrastructure, performance measurement, marketing, and communications. Sketch City is a community of 2,000+ people who address public problems using technology and data. I started this organization because there aren’t enough collaborations between tech people and government people, but there’s a lot of opportunity and interest. Jeff enjoys working on new business ideas, and over the years has started and invested in several businesses.

Richard LoganRichard Logan has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, and 7+ years experience of community development work in under-resourced communities in the US and Africa. In 2011, he founded Attack Poverty, which has experienced rapid growth as a global organization serving on 2 continents, in 6 communities and impacting over 13,000 lives using a wholistic asset-based approach which builds on the strengths and capacities of the community. Richard leads Attack Poverty as the President and CEO and serves as a catalyst for community transformation in under-resourced pockets of poverty. He is currently working on a book about the Church’s best response to poverty. He has lived in the greater Houston area for 16 years with his wife Diana and two children.

Desdamona RiosDesdamona Rios, PhD, is an assistant professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a joint PhD in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She uses mixed research methods to study identity development in academic contexts. Her current projects include examining the role of culturally relevant curriculum in academic identity development among Hispanic American high school students, and narrative identity among diverse groups of gay, bisexual and queer college men. She has also published work on her pedagogical practices, including the importance of making visible the accomplishments of marginalized groups across course curricula.

Michael HarrisMichael Harris, JD’s, service, dedication and commitment to the City of Houston, its constituents and the people at-large began as a Police Sergeant for the City of Houston’s Police Department in 1986. Since that time, commitment and community involvement has been evidenced in every area of his work, profession and career. Harris is known throughout the City and State in business, legislative, political and community arenas. This lends well to his ability to network, connect and organize people collectively to work toward targeted causes. While on the police force, Harris received the honor and distinction as “Officer-of-the-Year” and was also recognized with the “Outstanding Texan Award.”Harris brings over 20 years’ business management, community relations, government affairs, public policy and public service to his law practice at The Harris Law Firm. A 1996 graduate of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Harris earned his degree while working as a Sergeant with the Houston Police Department.After graduation from law school, he became an associate with Barnes & Turner Law Firm and served as a government affairs consultant with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP.In 2001 Harris founded The Harris Law Firm; he represents and counsels clients in all areas of Texas law.

Mike NguyenMike C. Nguyen serves as Executive Director of VN Teamwork, an organization who’s mission is to enhance the health, education, and social well-being of low-income and under served people in the greater Houston metropolitan area. It runs health care programs, training programs and community service programs, including the provision of safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income families.

Charles Hearne

Charles Hearne is the Executive Relations Manager at Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a servant leadership-based organization on a mission to transform inmates and executives by unlocking human potential through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring. Their groundbreaking results include a return-to-prison rate of less than 5%, employment rate of 100% within 90 days, and over 100 businesses launched.


Servant Leadership Award Ceremony