WES:CC Q4 General Meeting



We're finishing out our first full year at WES:CC with an amazing line up of speakers and topics to get you fired up for 2019!

During this meeting, you will hear inspirational personal stories from women who are doing incredible work in our community (and beyond); discover new ways to value yourself and your work; and connect with other women entrepreneurs in truly meaningful ways. 

We will also be learning about the benefits and skills learned by participating in our local ToastMasters groups, and will hear from our charity partner The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend and our community partnership with the American Advertising Federation for our WES:CC Holiday Gift Market on Dec. 8.

This meeting is open to current WES MEMBERS. Please be sure you RSVP if you will be attending so we have an accurate headcount: https://www.facebook.com/events/2215441931860836/


Small Business Development Center
Room 106
3209 S Staples St
Corpus Christi, TX 78411


5:30pm – Mingling & Pizza

5:45pm – Welcome & Year in Review
Nikki Riojas, Founder & President, WES:CC

6:00pm – WES:CC Holiday Gift Market Overview
Katy Jones-Gulsby, WES:CC Committees Chair
Angelica Hanley, MDR and AAF (American Advertising Federation)
Laura Gesner, Salvation Army Coastal Bend

6:30pm – Toastmasters Introduction
Renée Johnson, Third Coast Learning

6:45pm – 5 Minute Break

6:50pm – “Know Your Worth” Swat Kasham, Swat Kasham PhotoImagery

7:30pm – “Creating Your Own Path” Liza Wisner, PowerUp.org

8:10pm – Small Group Discussion

8:30pm – Wrap Up

Our speakers include:


Liza Wisner

Founder, PowerUp.org and AXOM Foundry
Owner, Automate Business Growth

Liza Wisner has more than a decade of experience helping organizations optimize and grow so they create jobs and support programs that make communities stronger. She is a multi-award-winning television personality, developer, project manager, and public speaker working with brands and business people around the globe. Professionally trained in computer science and educational technology, Liza has built an incredible career and has turned her love of automation into a fulfilling life, strategizing and managing learning and automation initiatives. Liza is also the founder of social organizations including PowerUp.org and AXOM Foundry, the first co-working space in Corpus Christi.


Swat Kasham

Owner, Swat Kasham PhotoImagery

Discovering and celebrating the value in your life and business. Swat Kasham PhotoImagery’s mission is to give every woman the best images she has ever had of herself. With the tagline, "capture your worth", her clients are photographed in celebration of their unique beauty and spirit, and given images that are both art and memories to treasure for a lifetime.


Renée Johnson

Founder + Facilitator, Third Coast Learning

Renée Johnson is a WES member through Third Coast Learning where she specializes in professional development and social media training for small businesses. In addition to running Third Coast Learning, Renée also owns an online luxe fashion jewelry boutique, works for Del Mar College as an adjunct Instructor, and recently added the role of Social Media and Marketing for Corporate Services at Del Mar.

When she’s not working one of her 4 jobs, she enjoys time with her family of FIVE nearly all-grown children and her husband, Darren. Renée is also active in the community, including being on the board of her son’s baseball booster club at Ray High School, the Vice-President of her property owner’s association, and Toastmasters International, where she’s been a club officer for nearly 4 years now.

Renée is the Vice-President of Public Relations for Small Biz Buzz, one of our local Toastmasters clubs that meets in the CED at Del Mar College every Monday at 5:45PM.