She Started It: Film Screening &
Houston Women Entrepreneurs Panel
Friday, April 26, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
HCC Alief Hayes - West Houston Institute.
Join us for a screening of She Started It, which follows five passionate, trailblazing young women who strive to compete and thrive in the ruthlessly competitive boys club of high tech start-ups. After the film, stay for lunch and learn from a panel of four women entrepreneurs who will share their own stories of creating their own Houston-based startups and nonprofits.


9:00 am - Welcome
9:15 am - Film Screening
10:30 am - Group Discussion
11:00 am - Lunch
12:00 pm - Panel - Women Entrepreneurs in Houston 

About the Film:

She Started It gives a new face to the tech entrepreneur: a female face.

Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, the documentary takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big picture perspectives from women, like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.

Through intimate, action-driven storytelling, the film explores the cultural roots of female underrepresentation in entrepreneurship including pervasive self-doubt, fear of failure and risk aversion among young women. It exposes too, the structural realities women face as they become entrepreneurs, including lack of female role models and investors, and the persistent dearth of venture capital funding made available to women-led companies.
Official Trailer: 

More About our In-Person Panel of 
Women Entrepreneurs in Houston
Amanda Shih, Co-Founder, Code Park   
Code Park empowers underserved student s with creative coding experiences.   We inspire students all around Houston to be curious about and creative with technology through coding and making. Learn more at For the past four years, Amanda has spread her enthusiasm for technology to Houstonians K-12 and beyond through Coding in Minecraft, Drawing with JavaScript, Rails Girls, and many other workshops.
Previously, Amanda was a Director of Product Development for SimplyApply, a Developer for Interface Designer and Inventor, Developer for OpenStax at Rice University and Co-Founder of Biocentric Developments, LLC. Amanda has a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from Rice University.
Ana Rojas Bastidas, Owner, Orolait
From Colombia, South America to Houston, TX. From Blogger to Influencer. From Human Resource Director to Executive Director. From Mom to Momtrepreneur. No two journeys are the same and Ana Rojas Bastidas is an example of what happens when you align your passions with your purpose to create your own opportunities. As she embarks on her newest journey as Founder and CEO of Orolait, a line of breastfeeding friendly bikinis, all of her previous experiences have prepared her to create a game-changing brand that is also a movement. In her not so spare time, she also serves as a mentor for TiE Houston's Young Entrepreneur program and advisor for Impact Hub Houston .
Tiffany L. Williams,  Twice Media Productions , CEO & Creative Director, 
Tiffany Williams is the CEO and creative director for Twice Media Productions, LLC., a video technology company based in Houston, Texas. She began her career while still in college as a freelance multimedia journalist. Three months after finishing graduate school, she moved to Houston and opened her business at age 24. Since then, the business has grown substantially, working with a host of clients, including Shell, Wells Fargo, Houston Airport System, and the Houston Area Urban League. In 2016, Tiffany received the Emerging Leader of The Year Award from eWomenNetwork and won 3rd Place in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. The previous year, she won Supplier of The Year from the Women Business Enterprise Alliance, an Emerging Ten (E-10) Award from the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and Houston Business Journal, and was named a Pinnacle Award Finalist by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXIV, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking from Michigan State University.
Rhian Davies, VP, Business Development, LetsLaunch
LetsLaunch is a Houston Based crowdfunding platform that is changing the way that small businesses and startups raise funds, and people invest. Rhian possesses over ten years of experience in supply chain management, deal delivery and operations within the oil & gas industry, including leading high profile negotiations with major international industry players. Rhian has lived and worked in over six countries and holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School, UK.
Lisa Brunet, Managing Partner, President, 
DLZP Group 
Lisa Brunet is an Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Ms. Brunet is skilled in nonprofit organizations, sales, team building, management, Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and business development. DLZP Group is a woman- and minority-owned company with a focus on implementing, migrating, hosting, and managing business applications on the AWS Cloud.  Lisa has been instrumental in the growth of DLZP Group. She developed strong relationships with Amazon Web Services and CIIS (a subsidiary of Canon), which has helped establish DLZP Group as a leading innovator. DLZP Group co-created with AWS the "Test Drive" for AWS and had the first working test drive for PeopleSoft on AWS. DLZP Group is the premier solution provider of migrations' services from On-Premise-to- the-AWS Cloud for Oracle PeopleSoft Solutions.
Reduced $10.00 Fee -  Includes Lunch! 

This event is offered at a reduced cost of $10.00 to the Houston area, thanks to our HCC West Houston Institute, Center for Entrepreneurship and the generosity of our Partners and Sponsors.

High School Students, College Students and for HCC Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and first 10 Veterans sponsored by our partners:  

Don't miss these exciting learning opportunities!


Sandra Louvier

Center for Entrepreneurship
Houston Community College - Northwest
She Started It: Film Screening & Women Entrepreneurs Panel

Friday, April 26

Registration & Check-In 
8:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


HCC Alief-Hayes Campus

2811 Hayes Road
Houston, TX 77082 

West Houston Institute
Building C- fronts Westheimer Rd.
Room: Auditorium

Special Thanks to Strategic Partner SCORE

for collaborating with HCC on this outstanding outreach to gather aspiring & existing women entrepreneurs across generations!   


SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer business mentors, offering workshops and free one-on-one mentoring to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. 

Of SCORE's client base, 61% were women, 35% were minorities and 11% were veterans. Thank you SCORE for empowering women in small business! 
About the 
Center for Entrepreneurship
The mission of Houston Community College's Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide education and training for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our mission fosters economic growth through business and community development.  



Sandra Louvier

[email protected]   

Also Upcoming at HCC Northwest
Marketing & Branding - What's Effective in Today's Marketplace
Tuesday, April 23
9:30 am - 11:00 am

HCC Alief Hayes,  
Center for Entrepreneurship 
Main Building 
(turn into SECOND driveway on Hayes Rd.) 
3rd Floor,  Room A319


 Phil Morabito

Philip Morabito founded Pierpont Communications in 1987 after leaving New York City and a prestigious Madison Avenue public relations firm. Hiring his first employee in 1992, Phil now oversees Houston's largest full service PR firm - one of the largest in the Southwest with offices in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.   Phil has more than 28 years of experience in public relations and marketing, beginning with the firm of Robert Marston & Associates. Phil has a B S and an MBA in marketing and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Bauer School of Business, where he teaches integrated marketing communications to graduate students.   Phil was selected as the 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Houston Partnership CEO Roundtables for small businesses. In 2006, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Services category.