Hotel ZaZa Museum District, Houston

Friday, November 19, 2021

Program and Lunch 12:00-1:00 PM CT

In-person registration opens at 11:30 AM CT

In-person ticket sales for the AMIGOS Lifelong Leaders Luncheon are officially closed. If you have questions about in-person tickets, you can email Sam Waters at [email protected].


Important COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Attendees 

The Lifelong Leaders Luncheon will follow the below COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff, and speakers. Please read carefully before reserving your tickets. 

1) In-person attendees will be required to present either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to be admitted into the event. This information will be required at registration. 

2) Tables of 4 or 8 seats are available. Let us know if you have a table size preference and/or guests whom you may wish to be seated with outside of your ticket reservation group. 

3) In-person attendees are encouraged to wear masks during registration and when socializing with other guests. 


You may still purchase virtual tickets. To purchase virtual tickets, click here.

The AMIGOS Lifelong Leaders Luncheon will raise the visibility of our organization in the Houston community and celebrate our history and future. Donations during the event will support AMIGOS international youth leadership programs and financial assistance fund.  


Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author


Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity. Her new Harper Collins book and The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams, shares the surprising ways leaders undermine inclusion and provides actionable ways that leaders can pivot to build more inclusive teams. Dr. Johnson is a member of the MG 100 Coaches and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She works with the best companies in the world to create more inclusive leaders.

Stefanie is returning to Houston, where she received her Master’s in 2002 and her PhD in 2004 in Industrial/Organization Psychology at Rice University, to join AMIGOS for this event. We are honored to have her serve as the luncheon’s keynote speaker.

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson has performed other keynote speeches for:

Billie Jean King Leadership Gala
Citris Women in Technology
Crowe Corporate Event
CU Boulder – Building A Better Business
Harvard Leadership Conference
Leaking Talent: How People of Color Are Pushed Out of Environmental Organizations
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Proof or Pedigree
University of Colorado Boulder – The Myth of Meritocracy
White House D&I Summit


Meah Matherne (’21), Student Speaker 

2021 Summer Program in Nicaragua Alumna
Student at Tulane University

Meah Matherne is a 2021 AMIGOS alum and a current freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is currently undecided in her major but plans on minoring in Spanish and is involved in the Honors College on campus. She would love for her future job to have interactions in Spanish and hopes to spend considerable time abroad. She loves to read and write and wants to learn as many languages as she can in her lifetime. Meah loves AMIGOS because it gave her the opportunity to step into a different worldview and helped her better understand what contributes to individual happiness. 


Art Rascon, Master of Ceremonies and ABC News Anchor



Since our founding in Houston in 1965, AMIGOS has served more than 30,000 young people in thousands of communities throughout the Americas. As our programs inspire more and more leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences, we continue to fulfill our organization’s mission in powerful ways. We envision a world where these young leaders and all of us become lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.

As the place where AMIGOS began 57 years ago, Houston has always played a special role in our impact. Over the decades, AMIGOS has influenced the lives of more than 2,300 students from the Houston area. We are enthusiastic about this new format for our benefit in Houston that will expand opportunities for Houston’s youth.

In-person ticket sales for the AMIGOS Lifelong Leaders Luncheon are officially closed. If you have questions about in-person tickets, you can email Sam Waters at [email protected].  

You may still purchase virtual tickets. To purchase virtual tickets, click here. 


Important Information for Virtual Attendees 

Please read the below information carefully before reserving your tickets. 

1) There are two ticket options available for virtual attendees. 

  • $25 virtual attendance 
  • $45 virtual attendance that includes a to-go lunch from the ZaZa Hotel (Houston-based attendees only). You are responsible for picking up your lunch at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District on November 19th between 10:30–11:30 AM. 

2) Virtual attendees will be provided a private Zoom link where you will access the live stream of the event program. 

3) Purchase virtual tickets here.


$5,000 – CATALYST

Joanne Houck and Tim Singletary
Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner
White & Case


$2,500 – VISIONARY

Tim and Michelle Ruch


$1,000 – BELIEVER

Cathy Arnold
Steve and Allyson Cook
Higginbotham Insurance Agency
Phil and Linda Johnson
Mariela Poleo
Westwood Trust


$500 – HERO

NX Media

$250 – LEADER

Jill and Jason Assir
Andy and Kate Green
Pamela and Kenneth Guidry
Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre


Please visit the Sponsor tab for more information.



Alma Del Toro and Clint Ford

Laura and Steve Otillar

Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner



Cathy Arnold

Jill and Jason Assir

Amy Becker

Ed and Suky Cazier

Claudia Christin and Robert Lee

Steve and Allyson Cook

Ann Crowley

David and Viviana Denechaud

Joanne Houck and Tim Singletary

Linda and Phil Johnson

Mariela Poleo

Brenda Rios Brombacher and Michael Brombacher

Tim and Michelle Ruch

Kendall and Carlos Sole

AMIGOS Houston Chapter

The AMIGOS Lifelong Leaders Luncheon builds on the legacy and impact of the AMIGOS Breakfast Benefits hosted from 2017–2019. Together, these events raised nearly $200,000 for our programs and our Houston volunteers. 

See the below summary of the 3rd AMIGOS Breakfast Benefit for more information on the legacy and impact of the Breakfast Benefits.  


The 3rd Annual Breakfast to Benefit AMIGOS on November 14, 2019 at the River Oaks Country Club raised $94,280 to expand financial assistance awards for 2020 Houston area youth volunteers and support our programs.


From L to R: Keynote Speaker Scott Horsley, Co-Chairs Tim Ruch & Michelle Ruch, AMIGOS CEO & President Sara Nathan, Co-Chair Catherine Masterson, Master of Ceremonies Art Rascon, Co-Chairs Joanne Houck & Tim Singletary


Our Keynote Speaker was Scott Horsley, Chief Economics Correspondent at NPR and AMIGOS Alumnus ’83, ’84.

In his work for NPR, Scott Horsley reports on ups and downs in the national economy as well as fault lines between booming and busting communities. Scott spent a decade on the White House beat, covering both the Trump and Obama administrations. He spoke on the continued relevance of AMIGOS programs in today’s interconnected world.


Student Speaker Alexa Lara shared her incredible story of volunteering with AMIGOS with the help of financial assistance from the Houston Chapter and how it has helped her feel ready for college and beyond.

“I’m so grateful to AMIGOS for their investment in me as a person and as a leader. Being here today is one way for me to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be the first person in my family to go to college and thanks to this program I learned I can be away from my family and can still be close to them.” – Alexa Lara

AMIGOS students positively impact their host communities and return home with greater leadership skills, a higher sense of purpose, and a better understanding of collaborative community service. We will continue to empower young leaders in Houston and look forward to sharing their inspiring stories with you.


2019 Breakfast – Photos

Photography by Chuck Ohamara