IMpower unites a diverse group of women in dialogue and action through community events, retreats, coffee chats, and service projects to help IM feed homebound seniors and disabled adults, resettle refugees, promote respect and unite volunteers and their passions with non-profits and their needs. IMpower is sponsored by Interfaith Ministries’ Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships department.

IMpower launched on September 20, 2018 with a program, titled Let It Begin with Me: Women and Philanthropy Changing One Community at a Time. Over 80 women and men gathered in Interfaith Ministries’ Great Hall to hear how empowered women are changing philanthropy and impacting our community from a panel of experts: Claire Costello with U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Maghna Goswami with Houston Endowment, Mandy Kao with Titan Management and the Many Kao Foundation, and Saleha Khumawla with the Bauer College of Business at University of Houston.


Upcoming Programs

Toward a New Dialogue on the Role of Immigrants in our Community


IMpower is excited to partner with the Center for Houston’s Future to host a community dialogue on the new role of immigrants in our community on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  The Center for Houston’s Future will present its research highlighting how immigrants helped fuel the region’s growth and how immigration will be crucial to our economic future.  The program will also feature one of the Center’s short Rational Middle videos and table talk discussions.  A networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m.  The formal program is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend the event.  Space is limited, so RSVP early HERE. RESCHEDULED DUE TO TROPICAL STORM IMELDA

Media, Justice and Righting Wrongful Convictions


Join us for IMpower’s special luncheon to learn how two award-winning journalists, Nicole Casarez and Pamela Colloff, helped to save the lives of innocent people and shed light on wrongful convictions.  “Media, Justice and Righting Wrongful Convictions” will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Great Hall of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.  Sponsorships are available for a limited time. Tickets and tables are limited to this intimate discussion.  Click here to purchase a ticket or a table. 

Nicole was a journalism professor at the University of St. Thomas and a non-practicing attorney and Pamela was a staff writer at Texas Monthly when their lives intersected with Anthony Graves, an African-American man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a family of six in 1992 and spent 18 years in prison, with 12 of them on death row.  Through their investigative efforts and stories, they put a spotlight on this miscarriage of justice – they righted this wrong – and saved Anthony’s life.  Today, Nicole is an attorney and a communication professor at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches about media law, media ethics, journalism and wrongful convictions.  Pamela Colloff is a senior reporter at ProPublica and a writer-at-large at the New York Times. They continue to help the wrongfully convicted.

We are grateful to Neal Manne and Nancy McGregor Manne for their title sponsorship of this important event. A tour of IM’s Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect will immediately follow the luncheon program. We hope you will join us on December 4!