Youth Talent Showcase – August 9, 2018

The “Youth Talent Showcase” event was a great success! More photos to come.

February 7, 2018 – White House Press Release

As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.

The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.

The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.

“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”

After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.

To stay updated on Mrs. Pence’s events, follow her on Twitter at, @SecondLady.

About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship

The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.

The official press release can be found here:


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    All day

    Join our Swiss Friends on June 2 for a Blueberry Outing
    Lina Corinth invites you on behalf of the Swiss American Society:

    Come to the Chmielewski Blueberry Farm in Hockley on June 2, starting at 8:00 a.m.; event organized by the Swiss American Society of Houston.

    No need to RSVP, just join us!

    At the entrance of the farm you will get a bucket then you go and pick your own blueberries! Wear old shoes, bring hat, lotion and plenty of water to drink and money to pay for your blueberries!

    We will have a re-hydrated picnic after picking the blueberries. Bring your own drinks and watermelon!.

    Location: Chmielewski Farms, 23810 Bauer-Hockley Road, Hockley TX 77447

    Danke Schoen!

  • 05


    All day

    It’s Spargelzeit in Germany, and you don’t want to miss this delicacy from Germany.

    The German American Chamber of Commerce – Houston invites you to its New Member Reception on June 5, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Knoll, Inc., the designers of iconic modernist furniture

    Address: 2229 San Felipe St #900, Houston, TX 77019:


    Deadline to register: Friday, June 1, 2018.

  • 06


    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    The USRCC Young Professionals Committee and the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Young Professionals Speed Mentoring Session & Networking Event

    Speed Mentoring is a great opportunity for young professionals ages
    21-40 to get advice from a number of experienced professionals in the most time-efficient manner.

    Discuss your professional strengths and challenges, ask questions, build connections and get insight into the industry of your interest from the best.


    Michelle Hundley
    Economic Development Advisor
    Office of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

    Stephen Fulton
    General Manager, Shipping and Logistics

    Dr. Kevin Barksdale
    Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
    Marilyn Davies College of Business
    University of Houston-Downtown

    Mikhail L. Antonov
    President and Managing Director
    Gazprom Marketing and Trading, USA

    Nikolay Gergov
    Vice President, Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking
    BBVA Compass

    USRCC Members – $15/Non-Members – $30

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    University of Houston Downtown
    Room B 113
    320 N Main Street, Houston TX, 77002

    *Parking Instructions:
    Free parking is available at Shea Building student parking lot on Vine Street (entrance is at the back of Shea Building)
    Please use the pass code 642642 to enter.

    Bring your business cards!

    Event Partners:
    -Sister Cities of Houston
    -Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce

  • 07


    All day

    Come join the Houston-Taipei Society as they host Dr. Anne Chao to discuss the Taiwanese immigrant experience in Texas. Dr. Chao is the Curator of Rice University’s award-winning Asian Immigrant Archives. She will discuss the legal, social, and economic challenges facing early Taiwanese immigrants and will feature families of Houston Taipei society members.

    Location and time to be determined, check back later for updates!

  • 14


    7:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Save the date for June 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

    More details to be announced.