Join the Texas Lyceum for their State of Texas Women Conference
hosted in the Rio Grande Valley 



Thursday, April 27, 2023

4:00 PM

Buttermilk Reception

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception and ¡Pachanga! - Food Truck Park
Hosted by City of Edinburg

Buses will depart hotel @ 5:30 PM

201 North 7th Ave.
Edinburg, TX 78541

10:00 PM 

Hospitality Suite - DoubleTree Suites, Ruby and Rio Room, 1st Floor

Friday, April 28, 2023

8:30 AM

Breakfast - University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Buses will depart hotel @ 8:00 AM

1201 West University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Guy Bailey, Ph.D., President, UT Rio Grande Valley
Barbara Ankamah Burford, Vice President of Philanthropy & 
Community Impact,
Wells Fargo

9:30 AM

Understanding Texas Women

Veronica Chapa Gorczynski, President, East End District,

Texas Lyceum Class of 2020
Holly Heard, Ph.D., Vice President, Data & Analytics, Texas 2036

10:15 AM 

Factors in Women's Health

Rhonda Aubrey, Co-Director, Factor Health, Dell Medical School

10:30 AM

Addressing Maternal and Reproductive Health Outcomes

Carolina Cuellar, Rio Grande Valley Reporter, Texas Public Radio
Denise De Los Santos, M.D., FACOG, OB-Gyn, UT Health, Rio Grande Valley
Patrick Ramsey, M.D., OB-Gyn, UT Health, San Antonio
Dana Gonzalez, M.D., FACOG, OB-Gyn, Victoria Women's Clinic Association

11:00 AM

Solutions to Improve Women's Health Outcomes

Moderator: Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Lead Consultant, Layers of Change,
Texas Lyceum Class of 2019
Leslie Bingham, CEO, Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville
Cindy Martin, MD, Chief of the Division Advanced Heart Failure,
Houston Methodist Hospital
Sarah Martin, MD, Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Department of Psychiatry

11:45 AM 

Break, Lunch and UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán

12:30 PM

Women in Business - Access to Capital, Entrepreneurship

Wendi McGowan-Ellis, CEO & Founding General Partner, Cassandra Capital
Joshua Patton, Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Alice Rodriguez, Co-Owner, Kendall Milagro Inc., Texas Lyceum Class of 2008
Marlene Rodriguez, Senior Loan Officer, LiftFund

1:15 PM

Navigation in Male-Dominated Industries

Ryan Lilley, Senior Director, Oracle, 
Texas Lyceum Class of 2020
Diana Davila, Sr. Vice President - US Operations, UTC Overseas, Inc.
Nathali Parker, Co-Owner & CEO, KLP Construction Supply
Sarah Roberts, President & Founding Principal, KSR Capital LLC

2:00 PM 


2:15 PM 

Fellow Presentation - Leadership of Local Economic Engines:
Women in Texas Chambers of Commerce

Rebecca Nelson, Bush School of Government and Public Service,
Texas A&M University


2:45 PM

Journey of a Texas Woman in Leadership

Val LaMantia, Owner & Managing Partner, L&F Distributors LLC

3:00 PM

Investing In Texas Women’s Leadership

Christina McKinney, Director, The Governor’s Commission for Women
Jenifer Sarver, Principal, Sarver Strategies,
Texas Lyceum Class of 2014
Wandaliz Turner, Associate Director, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Christian Corrales, Ed. D, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement,
UT Rio Grande Valley,
Texas Lyceum Class of 2022

Buses depart for hotel @ 4:00

5:00 PM

VIP Reception - Quinta Mazatlan

6:00 PM

Dinner and Fireside Chat - Quinta Mazatlan

Moderator: Victor Sáenz, Acting Associate Dean, College of Education,
UT Austin, Texas Lyceum Class of 2022

Buses will depart from hotel @ 5:30 PM


9:30 PM 

Hospitality Suite - DoubleTree Suites, Ruby and Rio Room, 1st Floor

Saturday, April 29, 2023

8:00 AM


9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Board Meeting, DoubleTree Suites

Limited to Texas Lyceum Directors and Alumni only. 

 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

 Excursion Following the Board Meeting:

Sail on a Catamaran off South Padre Island
This 2 hour cruise in the Gulf of Mexico will include a 3 course meal.

Due to capacity, this excursion is limited to 25 people. Bus transportation will be provided leaving/returning to the DoubleTree host hotel for all attendees.

**Box Lunch following the board meeting will be provided**

 Bus will depart hotel @ 1:00 PM