Annual WISE Conference makes donation to local nonprofits

Mosaics of Mercy members along with Wise Conference Committee members, including Zipporah Singleton, Kiki Koymarianos, Vee Vickers, Malisa Floyd, Carolyn Gray, Laura Josefsen, Amy Hauser, Paige Butler, Sherry Burkhardt, and Dawn Candy.

The Woodlands, TX (December 9, 2019) – The 2019 7th Annual WISE (Women Inspiring, Supporting Empowering) Conference was held September 25 at Lone Star College, with a line-up of professional speakers, break-out sessions, a special training presented by Constable Gable on response to an Active Shooter, and key note speaker Jessica Buchanan, a humanitarian kidnapped by Somali land pirates and held hostage for 93 days with her colleague amid 26 gun-toting and drugged captors who restrained her, psychologically tormented her, and constantly threatened beheading.

The all-day conference motivated and encouraged women to collaborate in the community and seek partners in leadership roles. Founded in 2012, “Women Helping Women” is the motivation behind the collaboration between two organizations that founded the conference; Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) and Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC).

WISE Conference committee members along with members of God’s Garage, including Kiki Koymarianos, Malisa Floyd, Laura Josefsen, Carolyn Gray and Dawn Candy.

Both of the local nonprofit organizations, Mosaics of Mercy and God’s Garage, received $5,000 checks donated in a  presentation recently from the WISE Conference.

Mosaics of Mercy was created to fill the high priority need in the community for a central connection point around mental health and wellness. They do this by creating connections to knowledge (education), initiating connections to mental health resources (navigation), and allowing for connections to God, creativity and community (cultivation). Serving both men and women, Mosaics of Mercy fosters a safe environment where brokenness and resources can be acknowledged and accessed cultivating mobilization, empowerment, hope, and healing to those with mental health concerns. Learn more at

God’s Garage is solely dependent on donations to rescue women from significant transportation challenges by granting qualified recipients free vehicle repairs and free vehicles so they can drive to their jobs, travel to medical appointments, take their kids to school, and maintain their overall independence. Read more about God’s Garage at

The donation to God’s Garage will enable 6 women to receive a vehicle.

“It was quite an emotional and uplifting experience to see first-hand what a difference a vehicle can make in someone’s life”, said Dawn Candy, Coordinator of the WISE Conference.

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