Concordia University Texas presents "Education = Competitive Advantage"

Top Quote CTX - Houston Center, a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, is hosting a free lecture entitled "Education = Competitive Advantage" on Thursday, April 14 at Sagemont Church in South Houston. Speakers Harv Hartman and Don Devens will lecture on the advantage that higher education gives to both individuals and their companies. End Quote
  • Houston, TX (1888PressRelease) April 05, 2011 - Concordia University Texas - Houston Center will present a lecture on the importance of higher education at Sagemont Church in South Houston on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

    Harv Hartman, managing partner of the Houston-based Summit Management Group, and Don Devens, president of Devens Financial Services, are dynamic leaders in the fields of human resources and business finance. They will share experiences and expert advice about the added value of education to individuals' organizations and professional careers.

    "We recognize there is so much turbulence in the economy and lack of stability for employment," said Christopher Leslie, dean of the Houston Center. "As a university dean, I want to provide a sense of hope and a foundation of positive encouragement for Houston residents."

    CTX - Houston Center, a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, aims to use the lecture as a springboard to engage people in the region with experts in various disciplines, and empower individuals to meet their fullest potential.
    "The Houston Center is offering this lecture event to the community for the purpose of calming fears, easing uncertainty and instilling hope for all of us who are frustrated and wondering what will happen next," Leslie explained.

    Harv Hartman has over 33 years of experience at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including ten years as the Director of Human Resources at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Hartman has served on the Clear Creek Education Foundation and the Samaritan Center for Counseling and Education. He currently chairs a committee for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

    Don Devens is a registered financial consultant and life and health insurance representative. He has experience as an associate general agent and compliance manager. In addition to his financial experience, Devens has worked as a hospital administrator and licensed counselor.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Space is limited, so reserve your seat now at For more information, contact Jen Farlow at jennifer.farlow ( @ ) concordia dot edu or 281-484-5128 dot

    Sagemont Church is located at 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy East. Doors open at 6:15; lectures begin at 6:45.

    About Concordia University Texas
    Concordia University Texas is an award-winning institution of higher education, offering undergraduate, graduate and an Accelerated Degree Program for adult students. The main campus is located in Northwest Austin with four university centers in central Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. A privately-held, accredited, liberal arts university, Concordia is under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a member of the highly respected Concordia University System in which more than 19,000 students are enrolled nationwide. Concordia University Texas ranks 18th on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 "America's Best Colleges" list of regional colleges in the West.

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