November Monthly Luncheon

November 07, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Houston Racquet Club
10709 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
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Day-After Election: The New Role of Communications in Campaigns and Public Service

Benefiting the PRSA Houston Scholarship Fund

The day after one of the most important mid-term elections in the US, you can get insight as to what role communications played in the results and just how elected officials use communications every day to listen to and address their constituents.

This distinguished panel will tell you just how communications is shaping our political future not only in Washington DC but in Austin as well.


Carol Alvarado (D-145) is the state representative for Texas' 145th House District, which includes southeast Houston, a portion of the historic Houston Heights and cities of South Houston and Pasadena. Before being elected to the Texas House, she served on the Houston City Council and as Houston Mayor Pro Tem. In 2008, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. She serves as Chair of the Urban Affairs Committee and is a member of the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse. Her primary legislative focus has been on economic development, public health and public education issues.

Jim Murphy (R-133) serves in the Texas House, representing District 133 in West Houston. Murphy is currently in his fifth term and serves as the Chairman of the Special Purpose Districts Committee and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. He also serves as the Floor Leader of the House Republican Caucus. Murphy’s legislative work has been recognized with awards from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, Empower Texas, Houston Executive Council, and National Coalition for Capital, National Federation of Independent Business, Texas Association of Business, Texas Conservative Coalition, Texas Association of Manufacturing, and Texas Right to Life.

Jessica Colon opened her own company, Colon and Company in 2009 based on many years of national political and campaign experience. The firm is focused on political consulting, fundraising and public affairs. In all sorts of races -- from President of the United States to Justice of the Peace -- her company offers its clients consulting, campaign management, financial planning, public relations, coalition building, convention strategy and general political advertising. Jessica served as the Texas State Director for the Rick Santorum for President Campaign. She served as Senior Advisor to Attorney General Ken Paxton in 2014. Currently, she is a weekly panelist on Houston’s FOX26’ live political talk show “What’s Your Point/” and has been a weekly in-studio guest on the Lance Robert’s Show on 700 AM-KSEV and appeared on numerous occasions on KUHF’s “Red, White and Blue.”


Grace White is an Emmy award-winning reporter and fill-in anchor for KHOU-TV.  She specializes in in-depth crime reporting and cold cases.  A Houston native, Grace graduated from Memorial High School.  She has spent the last decade working in newsrooms across the country.  Before coming home to Houston, she traveled with Texas doctors on a medical mission trip to West Africa and even spent the night in the Bexar County Jail to bring viewers as inside perspective.  The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters have also recognized her work.  She covered the 2012 Democratic National Convention and traveled to Iowa to interview Senator Ted Cruz.  Beginning as an intern at KTRK-TV, she decided broadcast journalism was the career to pursue.  She was also a Houston City Hall aide and a White House intern.  After graduating from the University of Mississippi she traveled with the White House Press Advance Team to coordinate President George W. Bush’s trips to Singapore and Guatemala.  She has worked in broadcast outlets in Florida and Louisiana. 


Luncheon attendees will also have the opportunity to go home winners, thanks to the PRSA Houston Scholarship Committee raffle. Each $5 raffle ticket – or five tickets for $20 – will serve as an entry in a drawing for the following great prizes:

• Gift certificate to Carrabba's Italian Grill
• Dinner for four at Charlie’s BBQ Restaurant
• $50 gift card to First Watch
Chick-fil-A for a year
• Gift certificate from MKS Printing
• Tickets to the Alley Theatre
• Weekend stay and breakfast for two at Houston Marriott CityPlace at Springwoods Village
• Weekend stay for two at the Hilton Americas
• Gift certificate from Ibiza Restaurant
• Two tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival

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$47.00 after 5:00 pm November 2

$47.00 Guests
$52.00 after 5:00 pm November 2

$26.00 Student Ticket