Governor's Business Forum for Women
The 2017 Governor's Business Forum for Women, presented by The Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Texas Governor's Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, and other local partners, give entrepreneurs and businesses valuable tools, skills,and knowledge needed to thrive in today's fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forum provides a great opportunity to build valuable business relationships and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers and other regional businesses.
Kendra Scott started her business in her home in 2002 with $500 and a baby at her side. She now has 50-plus stores plus a robust online retail presence and recently expanded into home decor. Hear Kendra's story about the journey that led to her building a $1 billion dollar fashion and lifestyle brand.
Kendra Scott is Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Kendra Scott, LLC, an American fashion and lifestyle brand. The brand includes collections in fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, home and beauty and is influenced by Scott's personal style and travels around the world. Ms. Scott has been involved in all phases of the brand's development since its founding in 2002. Kendra Scott, LLC currently has 67 standalone retail stores across the United States, and is sold at the finest specialty and department stores in the country.
Ms. Scott is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting cancer-related causes and maintains close partnerships with MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whether in business or philanthropy, she has always attempted to find transformative solutions for big problems on a local and national level. Philanthropy is an integral part of the Kendra Scott brand and in 2016 alone, Ms. Scott gave back $3.5 million to support organizations across the US and donated over 75,000 pieces of jewelry.
She has received the Breakthrough Award from the Accessories Council Excellence Awards; been named Outstanding Mother of the Year by the Mother's Day Council; Texas Businesswoman of the Year by the Women's Chamber of Commerce; Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Year by Upstart Business Journal; and Best CEO by Austin Business Journal. She is a member of the board of directors of Helm Boots and maintains her position as Chairman of the Board of Kendra Scott, LLC. Ms. Scott currently resides in Austin, TX with her husband Matt and three children.