February 2023 Luncheon: A New Vision and Brand for the Next 100 Years of Community Service

The United Way of Greater Houston’s President and CEO, and Chief Advancement Officer
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Presented by: Brookwoods Group

Community Service with a Vision

At our February luncheon, learn how a 100-year-old nonprofit organization refreshed its brand and increased its relevance while continuing a strong legacy of community service. United Way of Greater Houston leaders will discuss their process of using research, data, and stakeholder insights to develop a new vision and a new brand for a new century.

We’ll hear about how this recognizable and revered local nonprofit addressed the challenges of launching a new strategy, fighting old perceptions, and helping people understand what they do.



Speakers: United Way of Greater Houston

Amanda McMillian | President and CEO

Amanda assumed her position as President and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston on May 1, 2020. Prior to joining United Way, she served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where she was a member of the executive committee and was responsible for Anadarko’s legal, human resources, and real estate and facilities functions.  Before her tenure at Anadarko, Amanda practiced corporate and securities law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Health Equity Collective. Amanda previously served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, where she was a past President of the Board, and served on the Advisory Board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University and received both a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Duke University.  She received the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation Premier Woman in Law Award in 2019; she was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil & Gas by the National Diversity Council for 2018, 2017 and 2016; and recognized as one of the Most Powerful Businesswomen in Texas by the National Diversity Council in 2016.


Angel Harris | Vice-president and Chief Advancement Officer

Dr. Harris serves as the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) at United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH). As CAO, Angel oversees UWGH’s development and brand strategies to execute on the community’s Second Century Vision. Over her career, she has raised over half a billion dollars to fund investments in poverty-reduction programs in communities across the country.

Before joining UWGH, Harris served as the Executive Director of Dress for Success Columbus. By providing a network of support, career development tools, and professional attire, Dress for Success is empowering women to achieve economic independence.  Dress for Success Columbus serves more than 2,000 women annually and has empowered more than 18,000 since opening its doors in 2007.

Angel also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at United Way of Central Ohio.  In her role, she built relationships with philanthropists and leaders within corporations to create a more vibrant central Ohio by building pathways out of poverty for those who need help most.

Angel was selected as Columbus CEO Small Nonprofit CEO of the year in 2020, At The Table Community Excellence Award Recipient in 2020, and Buckeye Lifestyle’s Woman of Initiative in 2019. She is an honoree in the 2014 Class of Business First’s Forty Under 40. Her additional honors and awards include proclamations for outstanding community service, several outstanding achievement awards, Executive Elements woman of the Week, Greater Ebenezer’s Woman of the Year, recognition in Who ’s Who in Black Columbus publications in 2005-2017 and was featured as a Who’s Who Game Changer in 2015.

Angel serves and has served in a variety of community-related positions, including a trustee for the Livingston Avenue Collaborative for Community Development, a first connection volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and volunteer tax preparer for the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition.  She has served as a mentor in both the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring program, and the Franklin University Undergraduate coaching program. She recently ended 7 years of leadership as President of the Greater Ebenezer Cathedral of Praise Women’s Auxiliary. A graduate of Project Diversity, she was also a member of Leadership Columbus class of 2007, and was a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.  She and her husband, Chris, have a blended family with seven children.



Early Bird Prices (Ends January 30th at midnight))

AMA Member: $37
Non-Member: $51
Student: $32

Ticket Prices (Registration begins January 31st – and End February 3rd)

AMA Member: $47
Non-Member: $61
Student: $37

Ticket Prices (After February 3rd)

AMA Member: $56
Non-Member: $73
Student: $45


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