About ROBWEC

Connections for growing your business, reaching new goals and having your ideas heard.

Our story

Established in 1976,  River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club (ROBWEC) is a women’s professional organization that meets monthly for networking, business support, professional development opportunities and social events. Members represent dynamic and diverse backgrounds and occupations.

ROBWEC provides its members with web access to the membership directory, a monthly newsletter, special interest groups, and socials. Members interact with other business and professional women and hear informative speakers who educate, inspire, and entertain us. If you are interested in learning more about our organization, contact us here.

Our Meetings

When: ROBWEC meets on the first Friday of every month.
Where: River Oaks Country Club | 1600 River Oaks Blvd. | Houston, TX 77019

  • 7:00am Coffee
  • 7:15am Breakfast
  • 7:30am Announcements
  • 7:50am Speaker Introduced
  • 8:30am Adjourn
  • January 11 – Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • February 1 – Ellen Efsic, Girls Inc.
  • March 1 – Holly Ridings, NASA
  • April 5 – Susan Bickley, BlankRome
  • May 3 – Julie Farr, Museum District Assoc.
  • June 7 – Lincee Ray, Blogger
  • July 12 – Jesse Thompson, Federal Reserve Bank
  • August 2 – Ana Maria Martinez, Houston Grand Opera
  • September 6 – Kelly Rentzel, Mental Health Advocate
  • October 4 – Closed Meeting
  • November 1 – Annie Rupani, Cacao and Cardamon
  • December 6 – Kairy-tate Barkley, French Boutique
  • January 10, 2020 – Denise Hernandez, Nutritionist/Dietician
  • February 7, 2020
  • March 6, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • May 1, 2020
  • June 5, 2020
  • July 10, 2020
  • August 7, 2020
  • September 11, 2020
  • October 2, 2020
  • November 6, 2020
  • December 4, 2020

Our Mission

To provide members a resourceful and supportive affiliation of women whose leadership and professional standing in the community have been well established.

ROBWEC Board of Directors

Sheila Bezdek President

Susan Schmaeling President Elect

Jane Seger VP Programs

Gayle Ann Gourwitz Treasurer

Carol Gradziel VP Membership

Peggie Pentecost VP Socials

Marie Schmidt VP Reservations

Halina Dodd VP Communications

Moira Holden Secretary

Emilie Booth Past President

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