IMpower Women’s Initiative is a membership group that unites a diverse group of women in dialogue and action through community events, coffee chats, service projects, and large events to empower themselves, the next generation, and the community. IMpower is a program of Interfaith Ministries’ Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships Department.

2020 – 2021 Steering Committee Members 

Swati Narayan – Co-Chair Nihala Zakaria – Co-Chair
Marla Fielder Phyllis Gingiss Jessica Gonzalez
Indrani Goradia Jessica Keiser Susi Knight
Tehmina Masud Graciela Saenz Paula Sutton

To Join IMpower Women’s Initiative – Click Here

Unity Level Member – $2,500 Champion Level Member $1,000 
Includes access for up to 10 for the following events: Includes access for two to the following events:
o   Author Engagement Experience o   Author Engagement Experience
o   Cooking Class Experience o   Cooking Class Experience
o   Wellness Experience o   Wellness Experience
o   Unity of Hope Concert o   Unity of Hope Concert
Includes access for two to the IMpower Coffee Chats Includes access for two to the IMpower Coffee Chats
Listed as a sponsor for the Unity of Hope Concert
Patron member – $500 General member – $250
Includes access for two to the IMpower Coffee Chats Includes access for one to the IMpower Coffee Chats
Discounted tickets/access to the following events: Discounted tickets/access to the following events:
o   Author Engagement Experience o   Author Engagement Experience
o   Cooking Class Experience o   Cooking Class Experience
o   Wellness Experience o   Wellness Experience
o   Unity of Hope Concert o   Unity of Hope Concert

“Your membership contribution may be tax-deductible, excepting the fair market value of events attended.”

Upcoming Events

Abraham: Out of One, Many Art Exhibit Virtual Launch

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Access

About the Event: 

Please join the IMpower Women’s Initiative for the Abraham: Out of One, Many Exhibit Launch on Tuesday, April 20th at 5:30 pm for an exclusive conversation with curator, Bishop Paul Gordon-Chandler. The virtual event will be followed by a docent lead tour of the virtual gallery. General admission tickets are $100 and sponsorships begin at $1,000.

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Current IMpower members and steering committee receive complimentary access. Please RSVP to Gevetta Phillips – gphillips@imgh.org.

IMpowered  Voices: A Unity Concert

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Access

About the Concert: 

IMpowered Voices:  A Unity Concert is an uplifting, virtual storytelling concert showcasing a diverse group of talented local artists, celebrating unity, harmony and empowerment, and highlighting the critical mission work of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.  IMpowered Voices: A Unity Concert, hosted by IMpower, the women’s initiative of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, supports our work to feed 5000+ homebound seniors and their pets daily, resettle refugees, promote interfaith dialogue, service and collaboration, and transform our community through volunteerism and Volunteer Houston.

We are honored and delighted to announce our line-up of local artists:

  • ROBYN TROUP is an American singer who was the winner of the “My Grammy Moment” contest organized by NARAS and Yahoo! Music in 2007. She is the granddaughter of Rev. William A. Lawson.
  • AHI AJAYAN is a high school senior who is classically trained in Indian music.
  • ARSHENOOR ANKLESHWARIA is a classically trained singer and piano teacher.
  • DEE DEE DOCHEN & VICKI MERWIN are two friends and vocalists who perform professionally with various groups in both public venues and at private events in addition to their careers in crisis management and financial planning, respectively.
  • INTERNATIONAL VOICES HOUSTON is a multicultural choir in Houston that inspires, educates, and brings joy to its audiences through world music.

Melanie Lawson will emcee IMpowered Voices: A Unity Concert.  Melanie Lawson and Robyn Troup continue the family legacy of Rev. William A. Lawson, who is honored as one of the Three Amigos on our Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect.

Host Committee and Sponsorship are available now. Click here for more information.

Future IMpower Events

IMpower 2020 – 2021 Event Schedule*
schedule subject to change based on presenter schedule
April  Abraham Exhibit – IMpower VIP Reception
May  IMpower Coffee Chat
June  IMpowered Voices: A Unity Concert

For more information about the IMpower Women’s Initiative

For more information about membership, event sponsorship, or to join IMpower, please contact Brandi Ledet at (713) 533-4925 or bledet@imgh.org.