Newsletter October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!
I want to congratulate the Houston Philanthropy and Networking Committees on a job well done last week. The shopping night at Neiman Marcus was a great success with over 130 members in attendance.  Huge thanks to Neiman’s for hosting us and for the terrific fashion show, skilled make-up artists and great take-home gift.  I want to thank all the committee members involved for their hard work in making the event one to remember!
There was a great article in the New York Times this weekend:  Are Women Better Decision Makers by Therese Huston. It turns out the answer is yes – when any type of stress is involved. And it all comes down to biology and how women’s bodies process stress. In fact, the more stress, the better women’s decision making gets. The full article can be found here:
Ms. Huston’s work follows the groundbreaking research done by John Coates as detailed in his book, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf.  John Coates, former trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist wanted to understand why traders with strong performance derailed on a regular basis. It turns out “laws of financial boom and bust, it turns out, have more than a little to do with male hormones.”
And to come at it from the perspective of mathematics, Scott Page detailed in his book, The Difference, how diversity in groups can lead to better decision making. But we start to go down the path of complex systems here, and that is a lot for a Monday morning!
We have terrific events coming up in October that you will not want to miss! We have our third annual Boots & Blackjack Casino Night in Dallas next week – grab your significant other, colleagues and friends and join us for this great fun event! We also have dinner with 2 dynamic CIOs in Austin. You will not want to miss what they have to say!
We look forward to seeing you all at an event soon!
Kind regards

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