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The Professional Group

Women Making a Difference in Business and the Community

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Interested in becoming a member of TPG?
Contact Sally Andrews, our VP for Guests and New Members,
at and find the new member
application at left under "Member Sign-up."

A celebration party to honor the life of former TPG member and board president, Susan Ashley, will be held Sunday June 25th from 5-7 PM at Cindy’s Palace Banquet Hall, 1102 FM 2977 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469.

For those who wish, instead of usual remembrances, a donation may be made to the Smith-Phares Foundation and mailed to the attention of Joan Smith, 13923 Britoak, Houston, TX 77079

Register for our July 11 Meeting

Our Speaker: Cristina Vetrano, President & CEO, CanCare, Inc.
Cristina has over 25 years of experience in non-profit organization management. Her longtime passion for service organizations began with her Peace Corps experiences in Mongolia. She has leveraged her degree in Finance and an MBA to assist the American Red Cross and Kids Meals to expand in scope and impact, and now provides bold leadership to make the CanCare mission even more impactful.

Our June Meeting 

Our guest speaker was local chef Monica Pope, who has been revolutionizing Houston's culinary scene since she debuted her first restaurant in 1992. Pope shared her passion for connecting local farmers and consumers with cooking classes, an online cookbook, Eat Where Your Food Lives, plus Sparrow Bar Cookshop and Beaver's Restaurants.

Upper left: Monica Pope, our June speaker
Upper right: Monica Pope chats with TPG member Margy Magin and Roller Derby Valkyries' Queen of Shebad
Lower left: Roller Derby Valkyries' team members Punch Drunk Paula and Queen of Shebad
Lower right: Long-time member, Jane Brennom, said goodbye to TPG friends
as she and her husband are moving to Florida at the end of this month.

We will miss her bright smile and energy.
We appreciate all her contributions to TPG!

Congratulations to our Star Pin Recipient, Sally Andrews!
Sally was presented the award by Corine Prieto, our previous Star Pin Recipient.

The purpose of The Professional Group is to provide women of diverse professions with opportunities for building relationships and networks of personal and business associations through informative monthly presentations, professional development programs, educational and social activities, and philanthropic endeavors. For questions about The Professional Group, contact us at: