Global Leaders of Influence

Vibrant Cultures – Diverse Perspectives – Meaningful Experiences

2021 Global Leaders of Influence

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is pleased to annually recognize Houston’s Global Leaders of Influence, a cohort of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds and fields all contributing to Houston’s standing as an international city. Global Leaders of Influence exhibit cross-cultural collaboration, international understanding, and have an enduring commitment to the City of Houston. 


Androgue Sofia 2021globalleader

Sofia Adrogué

Diamond McCarthy LLP

Baylor Cristal 2021globalleader

Cristal Montañéz Baylor  International Coordinator
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees 

Cykoski Heather 2021globalleader

Heather Cykoski

Group Vice President

Czarlinsky Randy 2021globalleader

Randy Czarlinsky

Houston Regional Director
American Jewish Committee

Head Linda 2021globalleader

Linda Head

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Lone Star College 

LeFlore Deanea 2021globalleader

Deanea LeFlore

Senior Director of Partnerships
The Ion

Mehnert Katie 2021globalleader

Katie Mehnert

Founder and CEO
ALLY Energy

Murillo Lauren 2021globalleader

Dr. Laura Murillo

President and CEO
Houston Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce

Palmer Alicia 2021globalleader

Alicia Kerber Palma

Consul General of Mexico 

Sanchez Miguel 2021globalleader

Miguel Sanchez

Vice President of International Operations, Nabors Industries 

sun y. ping

Y. Ping Sun

University Representative in the Office of the President
Rice University
Of Counsel, Yetter Coleman, LLP

Join us in celebration of these Global Leaders
23rd Annual Jesse H. Jones Awards Luncheon

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Sandija Bayot

Chief Development Officer