Women of Influence 2019
January 17, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
NCJW Greater Houston Section’s annual Women of Influence award honors women who embody our beliefs of courage, commitment, and compassion by putting those beliefs into action.
Maureen Wittels started the Houston, Texas chapter of GRASP (Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing) after her amazing son, Harris Wittels, passed away from a heroin overdose at just 30 years young. He died as co-executive producer for Parks and Recreation and co-producer of Master of None. She shares his story in hopes of saving someone else from this tragedy.
Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Houston-based Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the author of best-selling book Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, described by Booklist as a “harrowing, heartbreaking, cathartic memoir” and called “a powerful debut” by Kirkus. A theater director and well-known voice actor (appearing in countless anime series and movies), she also has a decade of experience as an arts educator. Wittels Wachs now sits on the Board of Directors of Rec Room Arts, a reputable performance space and national artist-residency program that she co-founded in memory of her late brother, Parks & Recreation comedian-writer-producer Harris Wittels. She recently co-created Lemonada Media with Jessica Cordova Kramer, who also lost her brother to addiction, because, Wittels Wachs says, “Community is a life jacket.” She will be hosting the new podcast Last Day, which comes out Fall 2019.