11th Annual Rockin’ Resiliency Luncheon

Sunday, October 24, 2021
11:30 a.m.

Royal Sonesta Hotel,

2222 West South Loop, Houston 77027

Lara Bell and Dylan Milam, Aliza and Addie Dutt

Honorary Chair:
Edna Meyer-Nelson

Keynote Speaker:
Marlen Esparza, Professional Boxer

Sue Trammell Whitfield Award for Resiliency recipient:
Martha Walton

The John P. McGovern Foundation “Champion in Women’s Health and Wellness” Award:
Dr. Julie Hakim


Guests along with girls and women who participate in The Women’s Fund’s Health Education classes are invited to a fun-filled afternoon featuring Olympic medalist and world champion boxer Marlen Esparza as the keynote speaker, silent auction, baubles and bubbles champagne raffle, and more.

Luncheon: features a keynote speaker who shares an inspiring story of courage and perseverance as it focuses on resiliency!  Each year our Sue Trammell Whitfield Award for Resiliency is presented to a worthy individual who exudes Sue’s dedication, leadership and philanthropy to Girls’ and Women’s Health issues.  For the third time, we will be presenting The John P. McGovern “Champion in Women’s Health and Wellness” Award to a deserving health-related professional in recognition of Dr. McGovern and his Foundation’s long time support of our mission.

Martha Walton

Martha Walton

Sue Trammell Whitfield
Award for Resiliency

About Martha

Martha Walton

The Women’s Fund will recognize Martha Walton as the recipient of the Sue Trammell Whitfield Award for Resiliency for her involvement in strengthening the health and wellness of Houston-area women and adolescent girls through her volunteerism, leadership and philanthropy. Walton has served on The Women’s Fund Board of Trustees and Advisory Board since 2016. She has actively participated as a member of the Fund Development Committee as well as supporting and attending all major functions and membership events. Additionally, she serves in the capacity of Chair of The John P. McGovern Health Museum’s Advisory Board and has previously served on their Board of Directors. She has served on the Houston Methodist Research Institute Board of Directors and the Martha & D. Gibson Walton Lectureship was established to honor her late husband’s legacy where he served on the board for 15 years and was incoming Board Chair.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Julie Catherine-Elise Hakim

Julie Catherine-Elise Hakim

The John P. McGovern Foundation “Champion in Women’s Health and Wellness” Award

About Julie

Julie Catherine-Elise Hakim, BSc, MSc., MD FRCS (C), FACOG

The Women’s Fund will also honor Julie Catherine-Elise Hakim, BSc, MSc., MD FRCS (C), FACOG with The John P. McGovern Foundation “Champion in Women’s Health and Wellness” Award. Dr. Hakim, a Canadian and U.S. board-certified OBGYN and Assistant Professor in OBGYN at Baylor College of Medicine and Pediatric Gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital, is being recognized for her dedication to providing exemplary and compassionate service in the field of adolescent girls’ and women’s health and wellness. While focusing on reproductive and gynecologic health needs of pediatric and adolescent girls she has founded an active research lab in vaginal tissue regeneration and biotechnology. She also holds multiple provisional patents and is the co-inventor on a patent for a novel vaginal stent designed specifically to address the needs of pediatric and adolescent girls. Additionally, Dr. Hakim is the co-founder and Medical Director of FemTech Focus, a not-for-profit organization geared towards empowering women’s health and wellness. She runs the social media platform @SomosGYN, a safe place for girls, particularly in the Latina community, to learn about reproductive health without the stigma or shame that often comes with conversations around menstruation and sexual maturity. Dr. Hakim is also the founder of the Tumaini Children’s Project, an international nonprofit organization focused on supporting Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS.


Bookings are closed for this event.