Thursday, June 27, 2013 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
The Plaza Club
100 W. Houston
Hope Andrade is the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the three-member Commission in March, 2013. Commissioner Andrade serves as the advocate for more than 460,000 Texas employers. In this role, she ensures employers' interests are considered in all Commission actions.Prior to her appointment to TWC, Andrade served as Texas' 107th Secretary of State from July 2008 to November 2012. As Secretary of State, Andrade was one of six state officials in the Executive Branch of Texas state government. Named by Governor Rick Perry on July 23, 2008, Andrade was Texas' first Latina Texas Secretary of State. Prior to her appointment as Secretary of State, Andrade served as a Commissioner on the Texas Transportation Commission from 2003 to 2008.Andrade was an entrepreneur and leader in the San Antonio business community for more than three decades. She has served in multiple leadership roles in San Antonio civic causes, including the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, United Way, the Board of Christus Santa Rosa, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Board of Trustees for Our Lady of the Lake University.In recognition of her service to Texas, Andrade has received a number of accolades including the San Antonio Business Journal's Leadership Legacy Award, the San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Trefoil Award from the Girl Scouts of America. Additionally, she has been named the Woman of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar and Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.