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Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER) Records, 1979-2000

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER)
Title: Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER) Records
Dates: 1979-1997
Abstract: As a non-profit foundation, the Women's Fund for HER is dedicated to understanding, improving, and promoting women's health by providing support for research and educational programs. Fundraising through membership solicitation, special events, and corporate support is a primary goal of the Women's Fund. These records include documents on fundraising and educational outreach events, with fundraising the dominant activity. Correspondence, membership rosters, income tallies, research grant applications, and newsletters comprise the collection.
Identification: 2000-002
Quantity: 14 boxes; 14 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Organization History

In February 1979 Jacqueline and Wayne Goettsche founded the Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research with a seed endowment. Concerned that women's health issues lacked appropriate funding and that research findings using only male subjects was applied indiscriminately to women, the Goettsches established the Women's Fund to support research on women's health issues and to disseminate women's health information through educational programs. The Goettsches organized a fundraising initiation barbeque in May 1979 that drew nearly 100 attendees from Houston's social and medical elite. With this event, the Women's Fund commemorated the signing of the By-laws and officially launched the new organization.

As a non-profit foundation, the Women's Fund for HER is dedicated to understanding, improving, and promoting women's health by providing support for research and educational programs. Fundraising through membership solicitation, special events, and corporate support is a primary goal of the Women's Fund. In 1979, the Women's Fund began with about 200 charter members; by 2001 membership had increased to 605, 203 of which are lifetime members. Membership categories include individual annual members, lifetime members, medical members, and corporate members.

The Women's Fund for HER hosts a variety of events each year; central among them is the Annual Benefit Luncheon held each fall. In 1983 the Women's Fund held its First Annual Benefit Luncheon with Erma Bombeck as the guest speaker. Featured speakers have included David Eisenhower, John Bradshaw, Suzanne Somers, and Liz Carpenter. Since 1991, the Women's Fund has presented the John P. McGovern Fall Seminar, which offers specialized information on topics such as allergies, chemical dependency, depression, and over-the-counter medicines. An Annual Spring Seminar provides another venue for similar kinds of information. The Program Committee organizes smaller and more frequent lecture/seminars throughout the year, often in collaboration with volunteers representing local medical institutions, and so many of the seminars are free. Membership coffees, held three to four times a year in a member's home, feature presentations on women's health concerns such as heart disease or alcoholism. Both Michael DeBakey and Ann Richards have spoken to attendees at these membership coffees.

As part of their educational outreach, the Women's Fund publishes A Primer on Women's Health, which is circulated to groups, agencies, and corporations without charge. To reach a wider audience, the Women's Fund translated the Primer into Spanish. Local philanthropic foundations and individuals support publication of the Primer. Another publication, Health Notes, helps women track their medical histories and maintain records of tests and diagnoses.

In addition to special events and the Primer, the Women's Fund supports basic and clinical research related to women's health concerns. Between 1980 and 1992 the Women's Fund awarded 73 grants for medical research and services geared toward women's needs.

Scope and Contents

The Women's Fund for HER donated twelve record cartons to the University of Houston Women's Archive and Research Center in July 2000. Another contribution of four record cartons arrived in March 2002. The Women's Fund records include documents on fundraising and educational outreach events, with fundraising the dominant activity. Correspondence, membership rosters, income tallies, research grant applications, and newsletters comprise the collection. The special events series is the largest, and includes annual benefit luncheons, McGovern fall seminars, spring seminars, and membership coffee/lectures. The collection is organized topically into ten series: Administration, Board of Trustees, Special Events, Granting Process, Gifts and Donations, Printing Samples, Publications, Guest Books, and Austin Office. A few artifacts such as the guest books and 5 1/4 inch floppy disks with newsletter files are also included.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Goettsche, Jacqueline
Goettsche, Wayne
Subjects (Organizations)
Women's Fund for Health Education and Research.
Women Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER) Records, Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, University of Houston Libraries.


Donation from Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER), 2000 and 2002.

Processed by

Teresa Tomkins-Walsh, August 2002, Amanda R. Martinez, October 2005

Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 1-20 Administration
This series includes documents related to the organizational and financial maintenance of the Women's Fund dating from its inauguration in 1979 through 1997. Twenty folders constitute the Administration series with materials including mission statement and organizational history, financial records and investments, non-profit status and management, correspondence, office management, and personnel and staff meeting minutes. Only moderate reorganization of the materials was necessary to establish cohesion among the documents incorporated into the Administration series.
1 Mission Statement/Organization History, 1980-1996
2 Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1989-1997
3 Financial Records, 1979-1994
4 Financial Records, 1996-1999
5 Financial Records - Advertising, 1990-1992
6 Financial Records - Investments, 1989-1991
7 Non-Profit Status and Management, 1989-1996
8 General Correspondence, 1977-1979
9 General Correspondence, 1980
10 General Correspondence, 1981
11 General Correspondence, 1982
12 General Correspondence, 1983
13 General Correspondence, 1984
14 General Correspondence, 1985
15 General Correspondence, 1992-1999
16 Letters of Endorsement, 1981-1983
17 Philanthropic Status, 1991-1995
18 Office Management and Equipment, 1967-1996
19 Personnel, 1979-1996
19a Saint Martin's Endowment, 1997
20 Staff Meetings Minutes, 1995-1997

1-2 Board of Trustees
All records of the activities of the Board of Trustees from 1979 through 1999 are collected in this series, which includes meeting minutes, correspondence, manual, and retreats. This series includes twenty-six folders.
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1 21 Advisory Board Committee, 1979-1994
22 Advisory Board Committee, 1996-1998
23 Advisory Board Member Profiles, 1993
23a Corporate Advisory Board Committee,1998
23b Endowment Committee,1997-1998
24 Executive Committee Meetings, 1979-1985
25 Executive Committee Meetings, 1986-1990
26 Executive Committee Meetings, 1991-1993
27 Executive Committee Meetings, 1994
28 Executive Committee Meetings, 1995
29 Executive Committee Meetings, 1996
30 Executive Committee Meetings, 1998
31 Executive Committee Meetings, 1999
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2 1 Correspondence/Minutes, 1981-1989
2 Correspondence/Minutes, 1990
3 Correspondence/Minutes, 1991
4 Correspondence/Minutes, 1992
5 Correspondence/Minutes, 1993
6 Correspondence/Minutes, 1996
7 Correspondence/Minutes, 1997
7a Correspondence/Minutes, 1998
8 Board of Trustees Manual - Part 1 of 2, 1992
9 Board of Trustees Manual - Part 2 of 2, 1992
10 Board of Trustees - Retreat, 1992-1994
10a President's Report,1999
10b Foundation Development,1996-1998

2-5 Committee Records
All the committee records and activities are contained in this series, including committees with a short life span and committees that have endured since the organization's inception in 1979. Ninety folders include lists of standing committees plus minutes and correspondence for development, long range planning, membership, newsletter, nominating, program, public relations, volunteer, and ways and means committees. Documents relating to committees as well as the committees' products, such as newsletters, are included in this series. folder arrangement begins with a folder of documents on the formation and maintenance of various committees and continues with specific committees in alphabetical order. folders within a particular committee are arranged chronologically.
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2 11 Standing Committees, 1984-1999
12 Community Focus Committee, 1989
13 Development Committee, 1991-1994
14 Development Committee, 1995
15 Development Committee, 1996
16 Development Committee, January-October 1997
17 Development Committee, November-December 1997
17a Development Committee, 1998
17b Development Committee, 1999
18 Long Range Planning Committee, 1987-1988
19 Long Range Planning Committee, 1993-1994
20 Membership Committee, 1980-1993
21 Membership Committee, 1994
22 Membership Committee, 1995
23 Membership Committee, 1996
24 Membership Committee, 1997
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3 1 Corporate Sponsors and Memberships, 1990-1994
2 Lifetime Memberships, 1989-1997
3 Medical Memberships, 1991-1993
4 Membership Address Labels, 1985-1994
5 Membership Contributions, 1980-1984
6 Membership Deleted/Non-Renewal List, undated
7 Membership Directory, 1989-1990
8 Membership Directory, 1992
9 Membership Directory, 1993
10 Membership Directory, 1994-95
11 Membership Directory, 1996
12 Membership Directory, 1997-1998
13 Membership History, 1979-1998
14 Membership Rosters, 1980
15 Membership Rosters, 1983
16 Membership Rosters, 1986
17 Membership Rosters, 1989
18 Membership Rosters, 1990
19 Membership Rosters, 1991
20 Membership Rosters, 1993
20a Membership Rosters, 1999
21 Membership Solicitations, 1991-1999
22 Newsletters, 1980
23 Newsletters, 1981
24 Newsletters, 1982
25 Newsletters, 1983
26 Newsletters, 1984
27 Newsletters, 1985
28 Newsletters, 1986
29 Newsletters, 1987
30 Newsletters, 1988
31 Newsletters, 1989
32 Newsletters, 1990
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4 1 Newsletters, 1991
2 Newsletters, 1992
3 Newsletters, 1993
4 Newsletters, 1994
5 Newsletters, 1995
6 Newsletters, 1996
7 Newsletters, 1997
8 Newsletters, 1998
9 Newsletters, 1999
10 Newsletter Committee Correspondence, 1986-1995
11 Newsletter Committee Correspondence, January-May 1996
12 Newsletter Committee Correspondence, June-December 1996
13 Newsletter Committee Correspondence, 1997
13a Newsletter Committee Correspondence, 1998-1999
14 Newsletter 5 1/4" Floppy Disks, 1991-1993
15 Nominating Committee, 1991-1993
16 Nominating Committee, 1995
17 Nominating Committee, 1996
18 Nominating Committee, 1997-1998
19 Program Committee - Correspondence, 1981-2000
20 Program Committee, 1994
21 Program Committee, 1995
22 Program Committee, January-April 1996
23 Program Committee, May-December 1996
24 Program Committee, 1997
25 Program Committee - Event Management, 1988
26 Program Committee Program Feedback Analysis, 1985-1994
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5 1 Program Committee - Programs, 1979-1994
2 Program Committee - Potential Speakers/Topics, 1987-1994
3 Program Committee - Potential Sites, 1990-1993
4 Program Committee - Meetings and Minutes, 1987-1995
4a Program Committee, 1998
5 Public Relations Committee, 1990-1999
6 Public Relations Committee - Media Relations, 1990-1992
7 Public Relations Committee - News Clippings, undated
8 Public Relations Committee - Proofs, undated
9 Public Relations Committee - Tale of Tiger, 1994
10 Volunteer Committee, 1992-1994
11 Ways and Means Committee, 1979-1993

5-9 Special Events
The Special Events series includes records of all events produced by the Women's Fund. This series has been divided into seven sub-series based on the different groups of events: Annual Benefit Luncheons, John P. McGovern Fall Seminars, Spring Seminars, Lectures and Seminars, Membership Coffees, Professional Women's Luncheons, and Outreach Events.
5-7 Annual Benefit Luncheons
To raise the funds needed to support the goals of the Women's Fund, organizers established an Annual Benefit Luncheon in 1983, with humorist Erma Bombeck as the first featured speaker. Bombeck's charisma and the labors of Women's Fund volunteers drew 1,046 attendees and netted the organization nearly $25,000. Every year since, the Annual Benefit Luncheons and celebrities such as David Eisenhower, John Bradshaw, Ann Richards, and Liz Carpenter help raise money for the Women's Fund's education and outreach programs. Demonstrating remarkable fundraising skill, the Women's Fund invited Florence Henderson as the featured speaker in 2001, resulting in $150,000 net profit.
Annual benefit materials were in good chronological order when received by the archives, but considerations for easy access and the volume of documents required imposing parallel subdivisions for each benefit year to create consistency among the events. The amount of material in some categories required splitting the materials chronologically into more than one folder.
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5 12 Annual Benefit History, undated
13-15 BBQ (Initiation Fundraiser)
13 Attendance, 1979
14 Expenses/Income, 1979
15 Publicity, 1979
16-20 1st Annual Benefit Luncheon - Erma Bombeck
16 Attendance, 1983
17 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1983
18 Expenses/Income, 1983
19 Publicity, 1983
20 Volunteer Organization, 1983
21-25 2nd Annual Benefit Luncheon - Cherry Boone O'Neill
21 Attendance, 1984
22 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1984
23 Expenses/Income, 1984
24 Publicity, 1984
25 Volunteer Organization, 1984
26-30 3rd Annual Benefit Luncheon - Norman Cousins
26 Attendance, 1985
27 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1985
28 Expenses/Income, 1985
29 Publicity, 1985
30 Volunteer Organization, 1985
31-35 4th Annual Benefit Luncheon - David Eisenhower
31 Attendance, 1986
32 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1986
33 Expenses/Income, 1986
34 Publicity, 1986
35 Volunteer Organization, 1986
36-40 5th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Liz Carpenter
36 Attendance, 1987
37 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1987
38 Expenses/Income, 1987
39 Publicity, 1987
40 Volunteer Organization, 1987
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6 1-5 6th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Suzanne Somers
1 Attendance, 1988
2 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1988
3 Expenses/Income, 1988
4 Publicity, 1988
5 Volunteer Organization, 1988
6-10 7th Annual Benefit Luncheon - John Bradshaw
6 Attendance, 1989
7 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1989
8 Expenses/Income, 1989
9 Publicity, 1989
10 Volunteer Organization, 1989
11-15 8th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Robert Fulghum
11 Attendance, 1990
12 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1990
13 Expenses/Income, 1990
14 Publicity, 1990
15 Volunteer Organization, 1990
16-20 9th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Ann Richards
16 Attendance, 1991
17 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1991
18 Expenses/Income, 1991
19 Publicity, 1991
20 Volunteer Organization, 1991
21-25 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Marry Higgins Clark
21 Attendance, 1992
22 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1992
23 Expenses/Income, 1992
24 Publicity, 1992
25 Volunteer Organization, 1992
26-30 11th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Moya Olsen Lear
26 Attendance, 1993
27 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1993
28 Expenses/Income, 1993
29 Publicity, 1993
30 Volunteer Organization, 1993
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7 1-5 12th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Richard Lederer
1 Attendance, 1994
2 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1994
3 Expenses/Income, 1994
4 Publicity, 1994
5 Volunteer Organization, 1994
6-11 13th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Janice Woods Windle
6 Attendance, 1995
7 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1995
8 Expenses/Income, January-August 1995
9 Expenses/Income, September-December 1995
10 Publicity, 1995
11 Volunteer Organization, 1995
12-16 14th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Carol Saline
12 Attendance, 1996
13 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1996
14 Expenses/Income, 1996
15 Publicity, 1996
16 Volunteer Organization, 1996
17-23 15th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Jayne Meadows
17 Attendance, 1997
18 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, 1997
19 Expenses/Income, February-August 1997
20 Expenses/Income, September-October 1997
21 Expenses/Income, November-December 1997
22 Publicity, 1997
23 Volunteer Organization, 1997
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12 1-7 16th Annual Benefit Luncheon -Rita Moreno
1 Attendance,1998
2 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, November 1997 - May 1998
3 Celebrity/Event Arrangements, June 1998 - October 1998
4 Corporate Sponsors, 1998
5 Expenses/Income, April 1998 - September 1998
6 Expenses/Income, October 1998 - Decemeber 1998
7 Publicity,1998
8-19 17th Annual Benefit Luncheon - Emily Crosswell-
8 Attendance,January 1999 - May 1999
9 Attendance,June 1999 - October 1999
10 Celebrity/Event Arrangements,1999
11 Corporate Sponsors,1999
12 Expenses/Income,April 1999 - May 1999
13 Expenses/Income,June 1999 - July 1999
14 Expenses/Income,August 1999
15 Expenses/Income,September 1999
16 Expenses/Income,October 1999
17 Expenses/Income,November 1999 - January 2000
18 Sponsor Ticket Purchases,April 1999 - August 1999
19 Sponsor Ticket Purchases,September 1999 - December 1999
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8 1-5 John P. McGovern Fall Seminars
John P. McGovern, M.D. is president of the boards of the John P. McGovern Foundation and the McGovern Fund for Behavioral Sciences. He is founder of the McGovern Allergy Clinic, the world's largest private allergy clinic. In 1991, Dr. McGovern endowed the Annual John P. McGovern Seminar for the Women's Fund. Each Fall Seminar covers a topic of interest to the Women's Fund membership. In this collection seven annual events dating from 1991 through 1999 are housed in seven folders.
1 1st Annual - Carl Anderson Addiction: Feeding a Hungry Heart, 1991
2 2nd Annual - Stuart Yudofsky: Challenge Inner Space, 1992
3 3rd Annual - Frank Smith: Interaction and Overmedication, 1993
4 4th Annual - Shearer: Allergies-The Immune System, 1994
5 5th Annual - Kathy Cronkite: Depression, 1995
5a 8th Annual - William H. Boylstein, MD & Alice M. Gates, EdD "Everyday Depression: Recognizing and Taking Care of The Blues and The Blahs," 1998
5b 9th Annual - Linda Boerger Andrews, MD "Can Your Mind Ease Your Pain?,"1999
6-26 Spring Seminars
Spring seminars began two years after the initiation of the Women's Fund, and became the spring counterpart of the Fall Benefit Luncheon. In 1992 friends of Wendy Haskell Meyer offered an endowment to support the annual spring seminar in her honor. Wendy Haskell Meyer had been an active member of the Women's Fund and wrote the first English edition of the The Primer on Women's Health. She died in 1987, and her obituaries are included in this sub-series.
6 3rd Annual - Combined Program Ronald L. Young: "Questions Women Most Often Ask Their Gynecologist," Jaime Cochran and Jean Burkham: "Rape Awareness: Prevention and Psychological Effects," Thomas Biggs: "Who Should Have Plastic Surgery," 1981
7 4th Annual - Joseph Goldzieher; Jaimie Cochran, 1982
8 5th Annual - Combined Program Joseph Goldzieher: "Update on Osteoperosis," John Stehlin, Jr: "Cancer Prevention Do's, Don'ts, and Myths," 1983
9 6th Annual - Lawrence Wharton: "Chemical Abuse in Women" Workshops: Jane Taylor: "What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer," and Lisa Balick: "Burn-out: Are You a Candidate?" 1984
10 7th Annual - Jeane Hester: "Advances in Cancer and Leukapheresis," Margaret Kripke: "Ultra-violet Induced Skin Cancer Including the Role of Immunology in Cancer and Aging," Louise Strong: "Family Heredity and Genetic Risk Factors in Cancer Occurrence," 1985
11 8th Annual - Tom Blocher: "Five Steps to a Stronger Self," Dena Kindred: "The Fitness Fix," 1986
12-14 9th Annual - Successful Aging Rebecca Elon: "Health Aging: Myths and Facts," R. Rodney Howell: "The Child is Father to the Man: Aging and Genetics," Noranna Warner: "Aches and Pains, Creaks and Cracks: The Musculoskeletal System as It Gets Older," James Grotta: "Our Brain Drain: How Our Perceptions Change as We Age"
12 Attendance, 1987
13 Arrangements, 1987
14 Income/Expense, 1987
15 10th Annual - Superwoman Panel: Margaret Maxey: "Women in a Technological Society: Confronting Faust and Frankenstein," Wayne Holtzman: "Body Image and Self Esteem," 1988
16-19 11th Annual - Parenting a Parent
16 Attendance, 1989
17 Arrangements, 1989
18 Income/Expenses, 1989
19 Publicity, 1989
20 12th Annual - Jane Porcino "The Sensuous Older Woman," 1990
21 13th Annual - Kathryn Cramer "Staying on Top in the Upside Down World of the 90's," 1991
22 14th Annual (Wendy Haskell Meyer) - Decision for Healthy Living in the 90s. Panel: Carolyn Moore: "Nutritional Controversies," John Foreyt: "Living without Dieting," Peter Jones: "Women & Heart Disease," Molly Gee: "Positive Eating," 1992
23 15th Annual (Wendy Haskell Meyer) - Prime Time Women. B. J. Frye, Elsa Rosborough, and Eleanor Tinsley, 1993
24 16th Annual (Wendy Haskell Meyer) - Alternative Health Care. Kris Rogers: "Acupuncture," Jerry Martin: "Chiropractic," Gilbert Manso: "Vitamin Therapy," 1994
25 17th Annual (Wendy Haskell Meyer) - Elizabeth Vliet: "Women's Health: Those Marvelous and Maddening Hormones," 1995
26 Wendy Haskell Meyer Obituaries, 1987
26a Wendy Haskell Meyer Spring Seminar "The Biology of Attachment," Speakers: Dr. Pat Love, Dr. Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, 1998
26b Wendy Haskell Meyers Spring Seminar "Life Preservers," Speaker: Harriet Lerner, PhD, 1999
27-38 Lectures/Seminars
Toward fulfilling its mission, the Women's Fund offered lectures and seminars on women's health problems, new technologies, and advances in disease treatment and management. Offered to the public as well as Women's Fund members, many of these lectures and seminars were free. Seminars are organized chronologically from 1987 through 1995.
27 Teenage Sexualtiy in the 80's: What Every Parent Should Know. Panel: Peggy Smith: "Teenage Sexuality," Sebastian Faro: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases," Susan Pokorny: "Teenage Pregnancy," 1987
28 The Evolution of Women's Self Care. Panel: Bruce Shephard, Sebastian Faro, and Marian Wulf, 1991
29 How You Can Plan for Unexpected Financial and Emotional Responsibilities. Panel: R.H. Stevens and Guy Bond, 1991
30 Estrogen: Miracle or Myth? Baylor College of Medicine, 1991
31 Parenting an Aging Parent. Panel: Linda Kaeser: "Aging Well," Dudley Pate: "Health Insurance," Robert Luchi: "Medical Issues," Nancy Wilson: "Community Resources," Anita Woods: "Social/Mental Well-Being," 1991
32 Endometriosis. Panel: Ronald Young, Vicki Schnell, and Dorothy Roach, 1992
33 Beauty and the Beast: Fighting on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Breast Cancer. Speaker: Dixie Melillo, 1992
34 Woman to Woman-As Our Lives Unfold. Panel: Jaimie Cochran, Keith Smith, Catherine Maxwell Hees, and Susan Cohen, 1992
35 Woman to Woman-Breaking the Silence. Seminar on Violence in the Home. Panel: Judith McFarline, Carol Gee, Jeffry Basen-Engquist, 1993
36 Women and Heart Disease. Panel: Karlene Kerfoot, Gary Binder, and Susan Wilansky, 1993
37 The Latest and Greatest in New Technology. Panel: Susan Pinero, John Walsh, Caroline Fife, Richard Ruiz, 1993
38 "Financial Management." Panel Jeanne Lynch, Mary Bird Bowman,1993
39 Fundraising Seminar Correspondence,1994
40 Hot Zones in Infectious Diseases Today,1995
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9 1-26 Membership Coffees
Contained within the Membership Coffees sub-series are event arrangements, hosts, and speakers for the coffees that the Women's Fund established to solicit, reward, and inform members about salient issues in women's health and medicine. Held at a member's home, these coffees offered information on women's health not generally discussed in public at the time that the Women's Fund was established. These events were an opportunity for women who volunteered in many organizations around Houston to treat themselves to some time dedicated to women's concerns. Membership coffees were the site of announcements for annual grant awards that supported research and education projects. Documents related to the coffees are arranged chronologically.
1 Call for Hosts, 1984-1989
2 Host: Joanne Wilson Presentation of Research Grants, 1983
3 Host: Janice McCrory, Speaker: George Blumenschein "Breast Cancer - Who is High Risk?" 1984
4 Host: Marilyn Noll, Speaker: Jaimie Cochran "Coping with Orwell's 1984," 1984
5 Host: Laura Lee Blanton, Speaker: Michael DeBakey "Heart Disease," 1985
6 Host: Sally Emde, Speakers: Jeff Sherman, Stella Garvan, and Peter Mansell "Straight Talk on AIDS," 1985
7 Host: Rocky Franzen, Speakers: Joanie Moncrief and Ann Hoy "Alcoholism," 1985
8 Host: Irene Weaver, Speaker: Antonio Gotto "Heart Disease," 1986
9 Host: Doris Buttram, Speaker: Eugene Carlton "Common Bladder Problems in Women," 1986
10 Silver Tea - Host: Jeanette Jaworski "Debut of Women's Primer," 1986
11 Host: Linda Finger, Speaker: Sandra Sessoms "Systemic Lupus Erythematosus," 1987
12 Host: Emily Crosswell, Speaker: Raymond Kaufman "Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist," 1987
13 Host: Jacqueline Goettsche, Speaker: Benjy Brooks "Successful Aging," 1987
14 Host: Laura Lee Blanton, Speaker: Ann Richards "Alcoholism," 1988
15 Host: Andy Delery, Speaker: John Wolf "Retin A," 1988
16 Host: Jane Cizik, Speaker: J. P. McGehee "Even Cowgirls Get Holiday Blues," 1989
17 Host: Jean Chernosky, Speaker: Ben Cooper "Headaches," 1989
18 Host: Fay Burke, Speaker: Stephen Slade "Advances in Eye Care," 1990
19 Host: Laura Blanton, Speaker: James Clarke "Dental Implants," 1990
20 Host: Roberta Howell, Speaker: Joseph Feste "Endometriosis," 1990
21 Host: Katsy Mecom, Speaker: Jackalyn Rainosek "Stress and How it Relates to the Total Woman," 1991
22 Host: Mary Jo Hunt, Speaker: Karen Ritchie "Biofeedback and Relaxation," 1991
23 Host: Sharon Lorenzo, Speaker: Elizabeth Watson "Houston Safety Alert: What You Can Do about Crime," 1992
24 Host: Jane Cizik, Speaker: Chris C. Steele "A Celebration of Hope in the Season of 'Bright Sadness'," 1992
25 Host: Pat Breen, Speaker: Jan Carson Presentation of 1992 Grants, 1992
26 Host: Odessa Wexler, Speaker: "Reversing Heart Disease: Is it Possible?" 1995
26a Host: Ginny Mithoff,1997
26a Host: Janice McNair,1997
26b Host: The Forum Speaker: Cheryl Alston "What's Up, Doc,"1998
26c Speaker: Raymond Kaufman, MD,1999
27-30 Professional Women's Luncheons
The Professional Women's Luncheons were organized to appeal to working women who might not be able to participate in other Women's Fund events because of career obligations. Women's Fund members and women at a number of Houston corporations and law firms were invited to these luncheons.
27 1st Annual - Speaker Melvyn Schreiber "Diagnostic Techniques for Self-preservation," 1988
28 2nd Annual - Speaker Ron Carson "Medical Ethics," 1989
29 3rd Annual - Speaker June Levy "Remarriage and Step Families," 1990
30 4th Annual - Speaker Travis Peterson "Holiday Stress," 1991
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9,12,13 31-36, 20-25, 1-10 Outreach Events
Outreach Events were organized to fill niches of need in the Women's Fund programming. Women's and Girls' Health Day offered a day-long venue of health and wellness programming, including presentations, posters, free consultations with health care educators. Additionally, it offered opportunities for hundreds of Houston area students to compete for cash prizes and college scholarships. A Denim Affair honored a previous benefit luncheon presenter: Janice Woods Windle on the occasion of the televising of her novel, True Women.
The event also served as a fundraiser for the Women's Fund. A celebration luncheon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the organization was held in 1999. Corporate members and sponsors, individual members and other health-affiliated organizations joined to celebrate 20 years of contribution, education, and progress toward women's issues.
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9 31 Women's and Girls' Health Day, 1995
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12 20 Women's and Girls' Health Day, 1997
20 Correspondence
21 Scholarship Essay Contest
22 Publicity/Follow-ups
23 Sponsors
24 Arrangements
25 Health Tips/Printing Samples
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13 1-5 Women's and Girls' Health Day,1998
1 Scholarship Essay Contest
2 Publicity/Follow-ups
3 Sponsors
4 Arrangements
5 Health Tips/Printing Samples
6-10 Women's and Girls' Health Day,1999
6 Scholarship Essay Contest
7 Publicity/Follow-ups
8 Sponsors
9 Arrangements
10 Health Tips/Printing Samples
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9 32-35a Denim Affair, 1997
32 Attendance, 1997
33 Event/Celebrity Arrangements, 1997
34 Income/Expenses, 1997
35 Publicity, 1997
35a Press Kit folders, undated
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13 11-16 20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon,1999
11 Committee Minutes/Planning, 1997
12 Arrangements
13 Attendance,1997
14 Sponsors,1997
15 Publicity/Follow-ups,1999
16 Printing Samples

9-10 Granting Process
The Granting Process Series includes all the documents related to the process of announcing, reviewing, and awarding grants for medical and educational research. In 1980, the Women's Fund began funding research grants. Funding for those early grants was modest, but over the past 18 years, the Women's Fund has approved and funded 147 grant applications. Total expended funds to date top $1,000,000. Besides formal medical research, the organization funded several outreach service programs with far reaching effects. This series includes two sub-series: Grant Administration and Grant Applications.
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9 37-40 Grant Administration
There are four folders in this sub-series, which are arranged alphabetically with folder contents arranged chronologically.
37 Grant Applications - Correspondence, 1980-1998
38 Grant Review Board, 1980-1996
39 Grant Review Committee, 1993-1999
40 Granting History, undated
9-10 Grant Applications and Processing
There are sixty-two folders in this sub-series, which are arranged chronologically.
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9 41 Giovanella, B.C. "Tissue Culture of Human Breast Carcinoma," 1980
42 Fritsche, H. "Immune Complex Detection in Breast Cancer," 1980
43 Taylor, J. "Computer Requirements for the Breast Research Program," 1980-86
44 Smith, P.S. "Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy: Administrative and Clinical Issues," 1980-81
45 Kaufman, R. H. "Herpes Relationship to Carcinoma of the Cervix and Vulva" and "DES Exposure in Utero and in Cancer," 1980 and 1982
46 Hays, B. "Baylor Lactation Clinic and 24-hour Hotline for Breast-feeding Mothers," 1981
47 Hays, B. "Baylor Lactation Clinic and 24-hour Hotline for Breast-feeding Mothers," 1983
48 Sadowski, B.R. "The Relationship of Testosterone Concentration, Spatial Ability, and Sex Role Identification in Women in Determining Preference for Mathematics as a Teaching Field," 1981
49 Gordon, C. "Depression and Satisfaction in Varying Combinations of Age and Family Composition among American Women," 1981
50 Mayor, N. "Defective Parvoviruses Protect against Virally-Induced Tumors," 1981-84
51 Baylor College of Medicine. Endocrine Fund, 1981-85
52 Younes, M. "Development of an Animal Model for Human Endometriosis Using the Nude Mouse," 1981
53 Gibbons, W. E. "Progestin Effects on Human Endometrium in Post Menopausal Estrogen Replacement," 1982
54 Malinak, R. "Endometriosis in Relation to Fertility," 1982
55 Goldzieher, J. "Comparison of Drugs to Induce Ovulation," 1982
56 Besch, P.K. and Zamah, N. M. "Transplantation of Normal and Ectopic Human Endometrial Tissue into Athymic Nude Mice," 1982
57 Moore, L. "Bilingual Health Educator," 1982-84
58 Hays, B. "Breast Feeding Mothers' Hotline," 1982
59 Hays, B. "Breast Feeding Mothers' Hotline," 1984-1985
60 Lovick, S. R. "'Young Moms' Parent Education Program," 1983
61 Meyer, J.S. "Neurology Research," 1983-84
62 Lockshin, A. "Rapid Screening of Drugs as a Predictive Mechanism for Treating Cancer Patients," 1983
63 Zamah, N. M. "A Comparison of the Tissue Effects of the CO2 Laser and Electrosurgery in Infertility Surgery," 1984
64 Elkind-Hirsch, K. "Treatment of Infertility with Pulsatile LHRH Administration: Intravenous vs. Subcutaneous Route," 1984
65 Elkind-Hirsch, K and Reynolds, Mary "Characterization and Immunoreactive GnRH and hCG Levels in Normal and Diabetic Pregnancy," 1985
66 Nader, Shala "Characteristics of Patients with and without Gonadotropin Surges during Follicular Recruitment in an in vitro Fertilization/Embryo Transfer Program," 1985-87
67 Sugarman, Barrett "Estrogens and Chlamydia Infections in Women," 1985
68 Doody, Michael "Investigation of Atrial Natriuetic Factor in Female Reproduction," 1985-87
69 Hickox, Peter G. "Characterization of the Optimum Estrogen/Progesterone Combination for Hormonal Replacement Therapy in the Postmenopausal Female," 1985-1987
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10 1 Goldzieher, Joseph W. "Use of Megestrol Acetate for the Destruction of Uterine Fibromyomas," 1985-89
2 Jones, Lovell A. and McCamant, Susan "Evaluation of Progesterone-Induced Increase in Estradiol Dehydronenase as a Practical Test for Prediction of Hormonal Responsiveness," 1986
3 Chocko, Mariam "Ethnic and Age Differences in Prevalence Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Adolescent Females," 1986
4 Weitzman, Glenn "Trans-Hysteroscopic Intra-Fallopian Gamete Transfer," 1986
5 Dunn, Randall C. "Study of Efficacy of Nafareline Acetate and Tissue Plasminogen Activator in the Prevention of Post-operative Adhesions in an Animal Model," 1986
6 Storthz, Karen "Viruses as Etiologic Agents of Genital Cancer," 1986-87
7 Nader, Shala "A Study of Female Fecundity," 1988
8 Krasnow, Joel "Investigation of the Hormonal Regulation of Aromatase in the Developing Follicle and Corpus Luteum," 1988
9 Winkel, Craig "Modulation of Vascular Endothelial Cell Cholesterol Metabolism by Sex Steroids," 1988
10 Pivarnik, James "Effect of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Serum Creatine Kinase Levels Following Endurance Exercise," 1988
11 Brody, Steven A. "The Study of Neuroendocrine Mechanisms in the Control of Hypothalamic GnRH Secretory Activity in Vivo and in Vitro," 1988
12 Snabes, Michael "The Safety and Efficacy of Aspirin in the Prevention of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension," 1988-90
13 Hinkley, Clark "Loan Repayment Program for Nurse-midwifery Education," 1989-90
14 Newmark, Michael "Two Part Education and Research Project to Help Epileptic Women Manage Their Pregnancies," 1989-90
15 Valdes, Cecilia "Late Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Hormonal and DNA Diagnosis in Women with Various Gynecologic Disorders," 1989
16 Whitworth, Tina "Evaluation to Determine if Endometrial Thickness, Endometrial Growth, and Dominant Follicular Growth are Predictors of Implantation," 1989
17 Brody, Steven A. "Pathophysiological Studies on Tissue Injury and Adhesion Formation Following Laser, Thermal, and Electrosurgical Cauterization," 1990
18 Nadar, Shala "Study of the Absorption and Bioavailability of Sublingually Administered Progesterone Lozenges," 1990
19 Hays, Bethany "A Request for Funds for A Women's Retreat for the Baylor OB-GYN Residents," 1990
20 Bakht, Fred R. "Prevalence of Toxoplasmosis in Young Women: A Cross Sectional Serologic Survey," 1990
21 Fisher, Jeanne "Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program," 1990
22 Snabes, Michael "The Use of Human Eggs as a Model for DNA Analysis: How Sex Steroid Hormones Regulate Carbohydrate Metabolism," 1990
23 Hergenroeder, Albert C. "The Effect of Estrogen Therapy on Osteopenia, Stress Fractures, and the Risk of Osteoporosis in Young Women with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea," 1990
24 Mann, Melinda S. "Diseases of the Vulva and Vagina: Slide Library Project," 1990
25 Chuong, C. James "Effects of Naloxone on Luteinizing Hormone Secretion in Premenstrual Syndrome," 1990-93
26 McFarlane, Judith "De Madres a Madres Program," 1990
27 Bynum, Diane "Expecting the Best Healthy Baby Kit," 1990
28 Sherman, Lori "How Sex Steroid Hormones Regulate Carbohydrate Metabolism," 1990
29 Dunn, Randall C. "An Experimental Model to Study the Etiology and Development of Endometriosis," 1990
30 Ritchie, Karen S" "A Mental Health Program for Breast Cancer Patients," 1990
31 Cowles, Tracy "Association of Placental Chromosomes Abnormalities with Abnormal Pregnancy Outcome," 1990-91
32 Cassin, Kristi Shipnes "Community Partners," 1991

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10 33-42 Gifts and Donations
Fundraising has been a major thrust of the Women's Fund mission because the organization needs money to implement the other objectives of the mission statement: public education and research support. Included in the Gifts and Donations series are detailed records of ticket sales, corporate contributions, and in-kind donations for administrative support and special events. folder divisions generally follow original order but were reorganized slightly to maintain chronological groupings.
33 Donations, 1980-1996
33a Donations, January - October 1998
33b Donations, November 1998 - November 1999
33c Donations, December 1999
34 Donations - Memorial for Martha G. Slaughter, 1995
35 Donations - In Kind, 1993-1997
36 Donors, 1987-1993
37 Contributions Reports, 1985-1986
38 Contributions Reports, 1987
39 Contributions, 1979-1996
40 Corporate Sponsors and Donations, 1980-1996
41 Donations from Women's Fund for HER, 1984-1993
42 Grant Solicitations for Support of Women's Fund, 1984-1989

10-11 Printing Samples
The Printing Samples Series includes samples of the many invitations, announcements, and programs produced by the Women's Fund over the years. Samples were re-foldered and labeled in original order.
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10 43 Printing Samples, 1983
44 Printing Samples, 1984
45 Printing Samples, 1985
46 Printing Samples, 1986
47 Printing Samples, 1987
48 Printing Samples, 1988
49 Printing Samples, 1989
50 Printing Samples, 1990
51 Printing Samples, 1991
52 Printing Samples, 1992
53 Printing Samples, 1993
54 Printing Samples, 1994
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11 1 Printing Samples, 1995
2 Printing Samples, 1996
3 Printing Samples, 1997
4 Printing Samples, 1998
5 Printing Samples, 1999
6 Printing Templates, undated

11 Publications
This series consists of six folders relating to the Women's Fund's two publications, Primer on Women's Health and Health Notes.
7-11 Primer on Women's Health
In 1985 the Women's Fund produced a Primer on Women's Health, a free brochure circulated to inform women throughout the Houston community on women's vital health issues. Revised every two years, the Primer promotes the latest in health maintenance information. To date, the Women's Fund, with the help of generous sponsors, has distributed 232,500 copies of the English edition to agencies, corporations, schools, churches, and hospitals. To reach a broader representation of the Houston community, the Women's Fund produced a Primer in Spanish in 1987 and since then the Women's Fund has distributed 106,700 copies of the Spanish edition.
7 Primer on Women's Health - Correspondence, 1984-1994
8 Primer on Women's Health, 1985
9 Primer on Women's Health, 1992
10 Primer on Women's Health, 1993
11 Primer on Women's Health, 1997
12 Primer on Women's Health, 1998
13 Primer on Women's Health, 1999
14 Primer on Women's Health, 2001
12 Health Notes
In 1995 the Women's Fund recognized that changes in the insurance industry meant that many women might change health care providers repeatedly over a lifetime. To help both patient and physician with this dilemma, Health Notes grew into a simple, practical strategy for a woman to collect and maintain a personal record of her medical history.
12 Health Notes - Correspondence and Examples, 1995-1999

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11 13-14 Guest Books
Two guest books accompanied the collection of materials donated to the UH Archives. Neither is identified and only one has entries.
13 Guest Book, 1981-1987
14 Guest Book, undated

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11 15-22 Austin Office
In 1987 several directors of the Women's Fund transferred to Austin and decided to expand the services of the Women's Fund to the Austin community. Membership in the Austin branch was more diverse and included many career women. By 1991 it was clear that the Austin office could not sustain itself and the branch was closed. Records follow original order closely but were regrouped slightly to reflect the organizational pattern of the Houston office records.
15 Correspondence, 1987
16 Executive Committee, 1987-1990
17 Executive Committee, 1990-1991
18 Financial Records, 1986-1991
19 Newsletters, 1987-1989
20 Programs, 1987
21 Publicity, 1989
22 Sales Tax Exemption, 1984-1990

VHS Programs Library
A total of 44 VHS video tapes are listed in chronological order from 1991-1999. The tapes feature guest speakers at various John P. McGovern seminars, lectures, Membership Coffees, and Outreach Events. They are arranged in the box from bottom to top, in chronological order, with the most recent events on top.
14 "Tis' the Season to be Jolly: Managing Holiday Stress," Travis Peterson, MSW, Four Season Hotel, 1991
"Preparing for Unexpected Financial & Emotional Loss," R. H. Stevens, Jr., CPA, The Forum, 1991
"Addiction: Feeding a Hungry Heart," Carl M. Anderson, PhD., INNOVA - 20 Greenway Plaza, 1991
"Beauty and the Beast, Battle Against Breast Cancer," Dixie Melillo, MD, HL&P Energy Info. Center Auditorium, 1992
"The Challenge of Inner Space, Mental Illness," Stuart C. Yudofsky, MD, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1992
"A Celebration of Hope in the Season of "Bright Sadness," The Rev. Chris C. Steel, Host: Mrs. Jane Cizik, 1992
"Prime Time Women," B. J. Frye, E. Rosborough, E. Tinsley, Junior League of Houston, 1993
"Heart to Heart" Seminar, Karen Rose, K. Kerfoot, PhD., G. Binder, MD, S. Wilansky, MD, St. Luke's Medical Tower, 1993
"Towering Panic," Jaimie Cochran, MD, Host: Mrs. Linda Gillman, 1993
"The Latest & Greatest in New Technology," L. Watts, PhD., S. Pinero, MD, J. W. Walsh, MD, C. Fife, MD, R. Ruiz, MD, Hermann Hospital, 1993
"Interaction & Overmedication of Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs," Frank E. Smith, MD, Host: Mrs. Joyce Goodman, 1993
"Breaking the Silence," Judith McFarlane, RN, Carol Gee, B.A., Jeffry A. Basen-Enquist, M.A., Houston Area Women Center, 1993
"Adv. Genetic Technologies to Diseases of Women," Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, Houston Marriott Medical Center, 1994
"Oh, My Aching Feet," John O. Bishop, MD, Houston Civic Garden Center, 1994
"My Life, My Body," Dr. Karlene M. Kerfoot, Dr. Esta Kronberg, Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 1994
"Alternative Health Care," K. Rogers L.Ac., J. Martine D.C., G. Manso, MD, Omni Houston Hotel,1994
"Life Changes; The Changing Decades: Women's Health Issues," R. Fish, MD, Fae Garden, MD, J. Buster, MD, B. Barrett, MD, The Wyndham Warwick, 1994
"Allergies: The Immune System Overreaction," William T. Shearer, MD, PhD., The Forum, 1994
"Caring: The Knot at the End of the Rope," Sue Baier, Author of the book: "Bad Number Ten," The Forum, 1994
"Third Annual Women's & Girl's Good Health Day"1994
"Hot Zones in Infectious Diseases Today," Irene Fuentez, MD, Herber Dupont, MD, Marcia Kielhofner, MD, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, 1995
"The Mind is at the Heart of the Body," Alice Domar, PhD., Memorial Health System, 1995
"The Women's Fund 13th Annual Benefit Luncheon," Janice Woods Windle, Author of "True Women," Westin Galleria Hotel,1995
"Reversing Heart Disease: Is it Possible?" Antonio Grotto, Jr. MD, Host: Mrs. Odessa Wexler, 1995
"Those Marvelous and Maddening Hormones," Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD, Junior League of Houston, 1995
"Self-Defense for Women," Holly and Kevin Bozant, The Forum, 1995
"The New Renovated Clinical Nursing Skill Lab," Kathryn Stream, Ph.D, Assistant Vice President of TWA, Tour Guide: Joan Devilbiss, Texas Women University, 1995
"Ovarian Cancer Screening: What You Need to Know," Joseph A. Lucci III, MD, St. Joseph Hospital, 1996
"Embracing Change - You Only Have 'One Life to Live'," Elizabeth Gregory, Ph.D, Cynthia Freeland, Ph.D, Junior League of Houston, 1996
"Good Grief, Charlie Brown," Karen Pennebaker, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1996
"Biochemistry of the Aging Process," James R. Gullett, MD, Sports Fitness Center Auditorium, One Fannin Bldg., 1996
"Women's Health - Past, Present, and Future," Kathryn Peek, Ph.D, The University Club, 1996
"Too Much of a Good Thing?," Eileen Starbranch, MD and Hope Nordmeyer, LMSW-ASCP, Houston Country Club, 1996
"The Heart of the Matter," Philip Bentliff, MD, Patrick Hogan, MD, Stephanie Gross, MD, Ricer Oaks Country Club, 1997
"Everyday Aches and Pain," Heidi Seifert Collins, MD, and Bill Case PT, SCS, The Briar Club, 1997
"Entering and Leaving the Sandwich Generation," Anita Woods, Ph.D, Sharon K. Oswald, Ph.D, Nancy L. Wilson, M.A., Junior League of Houston, 1997
"Learning From Your Body Teacher," Rita Justice, Ph.D, Host: Joyce Goodman, 1998
"The Biology of Attachment," Patricia Love, Ed.D, Omni Houston Hotel, 1998
"What's Up Doc?" Cheryl Alston, MD, The Forum, 1998
"Everyday Depression," William H. Boytston, MD and Alice M. Gates, Ed.D, Junior League of Houston, 1998
"Looking Backward and Looking Ahead," Raymond H. Kaufman, MD, The Forum, 1999
"20th Anniversary Luncheon - Celebration of Leadership," Doris Kearns Goodwin, Westin Galleria Hotel, 1999
Primer on Women's Health, Christi Myer's 5 p.m. Newcast
Alternatives to Hysterectomy, KHOU - TV, Houston, Dr. Joseph Feste