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Houston Business Journal Names Dr. Beena George to 2019 Women Who Mean Business Awards List

Dr. Beena GeorgeUniversity of St. Thomas’ Dean of the Cameron School of Business, Dr. Beena George, was recently named to the Houston Business Journal’s 2019 Women Who Mean Business Awards list.

Each year, HBJ recognizes and celebrates the city’s most successful women business leaders in for-profit and nonprofit industries at an awards gala scheduled this year for Thursday, Oct 3 at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

According to the HBJ news story, judges reviewed hundreds of nominations to arrive at the 65 honorees. The criteria for selection included career achievement, contribution to company and city success, community involvement and leadership.

Dr. George shares the category of “Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders” with eight other recipients including Heather Shirk Patrick, president and CEO, Prevent Blindness Texas and Natalie Wood, senior vice president of programs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

“Being honored with this group of outstanding women leaders is a privilege,” Dr. George said. “I am truly humbled to be named to HBJ’s Women Who Mean Business Awards list. My work as a professor and dean of the business school at the University of St. Thomas has been rewarding as I watched our students learn and then take on their new roles as ethical leaders in the business community.”

Dr. George, who served as the dean of the Cameron School of Business since 2013, now serves as the University’s first Chief Innovation Officer. Under the leadership of University President Dr. Richard Ludwick, Dr. George’s appointment as CIO cements the University’s dedication to creating a culture of innovation. As a liberal arts University, UST’s focus is learner-centered innovation; ensuring students are prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Dr. George is poised to blaze another trail. "Dr. George is an expert in technology and at building important relationships, and she has been doing exactly that with local incubators and as point person for UST in the new Ion building,” Dr. Ludwick said. “Dr. George will continue her good work and take us well beyond those initial projects to firmly establish UST as a major player in the Houston innovation ecosystem and other ecosystems throughout the state and nation. The potential of the partnerships in this space is almost limitless, and the benefit for UST will be immeasurable,” he said.