TOP 20 IMPACT MAKERS AWARDS 2019
Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker Award
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Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Beth Wolff is chairman and CEO of Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living. Her Houston roots extend back to the late 1800s when her great grandparents arrived in the city and made a life here for themselves. She graduated from The Bellaire School in her junior year and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Her first position was as a teacher at T. H. Rogers Junior High.
Beth is the proud mother of two children, Cynthia and Ed. When she became their sole supporter, they were Beth’s inspiration to begin her own real estate firm. With one sales associate and 375 square feet of office space, Wolff & Associates, Inc. was born in May of 1978. By July, space was added. This would happen five more times over the next ten years.
Grateful to be a woman who was able to support herself during that time, Beth felt a strong desire to give back to the community. Her first volunteering experience was with the Chamber of Commerce, now the Greater Houston Partnership. Since that first contribution, and all those that have come after, Beth believes she has received more than she has given. She appreciates that she is able to help people both in her chosen career and in her community service. “As realtors,” she says, “we assist people during very difficult times in their lives. We also are responsible for advising people about one of the largest investments most of them will make in their lives. It is an honor and a responsibility. I find the same principles apply in volunteering. There is so much need today, and playing a small part by volunteering is very rewarding.”
Beth has played a significant part in service to the community. She has had numerous appointments and has been involved in a number of community activities. The following is a small sample: president, Houston Symphony League, 2017 to 2018; host committee, Houston Area Urban League 50th Celebration, 2017; cochair, Symphony Ball Auction, 2017; cochair, Denali Foundation Gala: A Night in the Sky, 2017; cochair, The Women’s Fund: An Evening With Friends, 2017; president-elect, Houston Symphony League, 2016 to 2017; Board of Baylor Partnership, 2015 to 2017; cochair, Saks Nutcracker Luncheon, 2016; sponsor, Baylor Partnership, 2015.
A proud founding member of the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Beth believes knowledge is the key to success. She also understands that having world-class arts in Houston is not only a factor for quality of life, it’s also an economic development initiative. A true believer in medical research, she is an avid supporter through the Baylor Partnership and the Methodist Society.
Beth has been appointed to numerous city commissions and has been a vital part of several Houston firsts. The first house built by Houston Habitat for Humanity and the oversight chair for Opportunity Houston are two of them. As a respected member of the Houston Association of Realtors, Beth has been honored with the organization’s prestigious Presidential Citation and the John E. Wolf Citizenship Cup.
For everything she has done for Houston and everything she continues to do, Beth has received more honors and awards than can fit here. For that reason, here are some of the most recent: HBJ Finalist, Women Who Mean Business, 2016; ABC-13 Woman of Distinction, 2014; Houston Business Legend, 2013; honorary chair, The Living Bank, 2013; Laureate in Junior Achievement Hall of Achievement, 2011; Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, 2010; NCJW Faith and Humanity Award, (an honor she shares with her son, Ed Wolff), 2010; Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Breakthrough Women, 2010.
Beth is especially honored to be receiving the Sue Trammell Whitfield Award for Resiliency in October of 2018 from the Women’s Fund. The award honors Sue Whitfield’s legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism and is bestowed annually upon women who have devoted years to improving the lives of others in the community.
When Beth isn’t working or volunteering, she likes to experience Houston’s innovations in museums and art. She believes Houston is a city of opportunity for all. Her most cherished activity is the time she spends with her grandchildren.
During a time when few women were working, Beth persevered and carved out a niche for herself in Houston’s business community, provided a valuable service, and began giving back to her community. The result has been a life lived in service to Houston, helping to make it one of the greatest cities in the world.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Beth Wolff has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker for 2019.