Center for Women in Law

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November 14, 2013

Janiece Longoria Talks to Students About Building a Leadership Portfolio

On October 29, Houston attorney Janiece Longoria discussed her experience establishing a leadership portfolio with University of Texas law students at the Center for Women in Law’s Tuesday Power Lunch Series.

“Janiece has held some of the most influential positions in Texas including former Vice Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and her current position as Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, the nation’s 2nd busiest port. We are thrilled to bring her experience to UT Law students,” said Center for Women in Law Director Linda Chanow.

Janiece is an equity partner at the Houston office of Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall, LLP. In addition, she is the first woman and first Hispanic elected Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority. Recently increasing its economic impact, the Port of Houston currently contributes $178.5 billion to the state of Texas per year.

Referencing the satisfaction stemming from her work as Chairman, Janiece encouraged law students to pursue leadership roles focused on improving the community as both a method of diversifying experience in the field of law and enriching society.

Janiece also underscored the benefits of advocating for and learning from peers in law: “Remember the importance of working together to elevate each other to new heights. Other members on your team have things to offer that you don’t have, and you have a lot to offer that they don’t have,” Janiece stated.

Janiece is a founding member of the Center for Women in Law. On May 9, she was honored at the Girls Inc. 17th Annual Smart, Strong, and Bold Celebration Luncheon as the 2013 Strong, Smart, and Bold Winner. A graduate of the University of Texas, Janiece received the highly coveted Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award on November 1.

The Center for Women in Law thanks Janiece Longoria for her valuable insights.