From Mentee to Mentor, Annise Parker Shares Lessons on Female Leadership

BEFORE ANNISE PARKER WAS HOUSTON’S REVERED city councilwoman, city controller, three-term mayor, champion of LGBT rights and all-around glass ceiling breaker, she was a shy merit scholar and Rice University student who, after graduating in 1978, accepted her first job in the male-dominated oil and gas industry. Parker knew she wanted to work, save money and eventually attend graduate school, not realizing that her first boss-turned-female mentor would change the course of her life.

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