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Grace helps do-gooders do greater. For more than two decades, she has shaped
programs, spread ideas, and spurred action as a founder, leader, advisor and
advocate for numerous initiatives and organizations, directly reaching over
267,000 people in the past decade alone. After co-founding Station Houston and
launching The Houston Innovation Summit (THIS) to rally Houston’s innovation
ecosystem and support local startups, Grace saw the need for more diverse
representation and resources to help uplift women and minority entrepreneurs. To
address that, she went on to co-found Impact Hub Houston, a locally rooted
501c3 nonprofit organization that provides inclusive platforms, intentional
programs, and an international community dedicated to empowering
changemakers and helping diverse entrepreneurs develop transformative
solutions with scalable impact. Impact Hub Houston works alongside 100+ Impact
Hubs in 56+ countries around the world, recognized by the United Nations as the
world’s largest network for accelerating entrepreneurial solutions towards
measurable impact for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Grace has real-world experience in design thinking, systems strategy, and
facilitating transformational change, which she puts to work supporting Greater
Houston’s diverse communities. During Hurricane Harvey, Grace organized
volunteers to help disseminate accurate and timely information across Houston,
and connected Sketch City’s tech volunteers with resources to help over 28,000
people across the city get informed, rescued, sheltered, fed, and supplied

“She has energized over 800 high-profile, international attendees as TED’ TEDActive Conference Creative Director; and spotlighted Houston’s creative community to 17,000+ participants over the nine years of ‘Houston@SXSW.’”

Grace serves on the boards of the Houston Downtown Management District,
Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), and Writers in the Schools
(WITS). She is a mentor for accelerator programs like MassChallenge, Rice
University Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (LILIE), UH Red Labs,
and Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship; and is the lead organizer for Women In
Tech: Houston (WIT:H) and TEDxHouston. Finally, Grace is a thought partner and
active member in: Nationswell; Kauffman SHIP National Resource Providers and
Ecosystem Developers community; Aspen Network for Development
Entrepreneurs (ANDE); Page 30 Coalition; City of Houston Women and Minority
Business Task Force (BEAMW); and the Houston Exponential Startup
Development Organization (SD) Roundtable.

First Day January 5, 2020
Second DayJanuary 6, 2020
Third DayJanuary 8, 2020
Fourth DayJanuary 9, 2020

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