7 episodes

The Greater Houston Partnership is proud to present Rise to the Top, a podcast that aims to amplify the voices of accomplished female leaders in the Houston region. Hosted by Partnership Chair Amy Chronis, Rise to the Top will feature compelling guests each month to share their personal journey and how their organization is making an impact in Houston. Along the way we’ll explore some of the places and experiences that make this region unique.

Rise to the Top Greater Houston Partnership

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

The Greater Houston Partnership is proud to present Rise to the Top, a podcast that aims to amplify the voices of accomplished female leaders in the Houston region. Hosted by Partnership Chair Amy Chronis, Rise to the Top will feature compelling guests each month to share their personal journey and how their organization is making an impact in Houston. Along the way we’ll explore some of the places and experiences that make this region unique.

    Ep. 7: Starlee Sykes of bp America

    Ep. 7: Starlee Sykes of bp America

    In this episode of the Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with with Starlee Sykes, Senior Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada at bp America. Starlee is a well-respected leader in the energy industry with more than 20 years’ experience leading complex teams around the world. She’s also a committed mentor for women and active in the Houston nonprofit scene. 

    Host and Partnership Chief Development Officer Katie Pryor talks with Starlee about her career evolution, what it’s like to lead at a critical time in the energy sector and her family life. 

    Other topics include the increasing opportunities for women in energy, the transitions taking place in the industry and much more. We also learn about some of the Houston places and experiences that are special to Starlee and what drives her as a leader. 

    Launched in 2021, the Greater Houston Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast aims to amplify the insight of accomplished female leaders in the Houston region. 

    • 29 min
    Ep. 6: Brenda Hellyer of San Jacinto College

    Ep. 6: Brenda Hellyer of San Jacinto College

    In this episode of the Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. 
    Host and Partnership Chief Development Officer Katie Pryor talks to Brenda about the community college's role in providing affordable educational opportunities for Houston area young people while addressing the workforce needs of the region. The two also discuss Brenda's unique path to leading the institution with more than 30,000 students and five campuses. 
    Other topics include working to bridge workforce gaps, the larger role of community colleges and the future of San Jac. We also learn about some of the Houston places and experiences that are special to Brenda and her family. 
    Launched in 2021, the Greater Houston Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast aims to amplify the insight of accomplished female leaders in the Houston region. 

    • 39 min
    Ep. 5: Melanie Johnson of Collaborative for Children

    Ep. 5: Melanie Johnson of Collaborative for Children

    In this episode of the Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of the nonprofit Collaborative for Children.  Host and Partnership Chief Development Officer Katie Pryor chats with Melanie about the organization's work to provide relevant early educational opportunity to Houston's children.  The two also discuss Melanie's experience helping lead several local institutions and her passion for education. Other topics include effective mentorship and prioritizing career and family. We also learn about some of the Houston places and experiences that are special to  this extraordinary professional. 

    • 24 min
    Ep. 4: Julie Sudduth of PNC Bank

    Ep. 4: Julie Sudduth of PNC Bank

    In this episode of the Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with Julie Sudduth, Regional President of PNC Bank, Houston.  Host and Partnership Chief Development Officer Katie Pryor discusses PNC's entrance into the Houston market with Julie as well as the bank's involvement in the local community.  The conversation also hits on Julie's career trajectory as an early banking executive and the risks taken to gain a leadership position in a highly competitive industry as a young mother. We also learn about some of the Houston places and experiences that are special to this fifth-generation native. 

    • 28 min
    Ep. 3: Ann Stern of Houston Endowment

    Ep. 3: Ann Stern of Houston Endowment

    In this episode of the Greater Houston Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with Ann Stern, President and CEO of Houston Endowment. We discuss Houston Endowment's mission and multifaceted work in the Houston community as well as how Ann's personal career trajectory positioned her to lead the foundation. Ann also shares some advice for aspiring female professionals and we discuss some of her favorite places in Houston. Join our host and Partnership Chair Amy Chronis for this exciting conversation with Ann Stern.

    • 15 min
    Ep. 2: Renu Khator of the University of Houston

    Ep. 2: Renu Khator of the University of Houston

    In this episode of the Greater Houston Partnership's Rise to the Top podcast, we talk with Renu Khator, Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston. We discuss UH’s meteoric rise in recent years, how the university is preparing for the future of its students and our region, as well as Renu’s personal journey to the position she’s held now since 2008.  We'll also learn about some of the UH leader's favorite spots in Houston! Join our host and Partnership Chair Amy Chronis for this exciting conversation with Renu Khator.

    • 39 min

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