TOP 20 IMPACT MAKERS AWARDS 2019
Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker Award
Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Warner Roberts is a prominent Houston figure who has enjoyed a number of successful careers throughout her vibrant life. She has been a fashion model; an award-winning television journalist; an actress; a talk-show host; an inspirational writer and speaker; and most importantly, a wife, mother, and grandmother. During her time as host of the long-running Warner Roberts Show, Warner had the opportunity to interview many of America’s most celebrated personalities. Of her career as a fashion model, Warner says, “It was a happy accident,” one that saw her modeling in all the top fashion stores in Houston.
During the height of her modeling career, she auditioned for, and got, the role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Theatre Inc. It was the beginning of her acting career. Recently, Warner has had roles in eight feature films.
She is also a contributing editor for the national publication, Cowboys and Indians Magazine and for H Texas Magazine. In 1996, Warner created The Social Book, Houston’s comprehensive calendar of fundraising events for charities and nonprofits.
Her new book, Life is an Adventure: Eight Steps to a Happy Life: What I Learned Walking (Modeling), Talking (Talk Show Host) and Managing, (Marriage, Motherhood and Miracles) depicts Warner’s life journey. Throughout her fascinating tale, Warner shares what she has learned from her experiences and how she discovered her eight-step program for a truly happy life. The book is a number one best seller on Amazon in six categories, including Biographies of Journalists, Women’s Spirituality, Self-Help Inner Child, Children’s Nonfiction Performing Art, Children’s Television and Radio Books, and Arts and Music Books.
Warner has been profiled in three books, including Texas Women, by Richard Pruitt and David Woo; Evin Thayer Mayor’s Millennium Celebrity Series; and Wind for New Wings: A Message from the Leaders of Today to the Leaders of the New Millennium, by Bertie Simmons.
A woman of achievement, Warner is also well known in Houston for her kindness and philanthropy. One cause especially close to her heart is The Mission of Yahweh, a homeless shelter founded by Sister Helen Gay in 1961. Twenty years after its inception, Warner took it under her wing and actively raised money for the first dormitory. Six month’s later it was built and furnished. Today, there are 12 campus buildings, including two emergency dormitories and one transitional dormitory. On May 31, 2017, a plaque naming that first dormitory The Warner Roberts Building was unveiled, and the day was designated as Warner Roberts Day.
Warner’s love of hearts inspired her to create A Celebration of Hearts in the lobby of the Texas Heart Institute. It is a permanent exhibit consisting of hearts collected from national and local celebrities. An annual event that honors Houston sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, is another brainchild of Warner’s. As well, it was her idea to annually present Houston Treasures for The Social Book.
Her community service work has included spearheading events and serving as a board member for many organizations. For her philanthropic work, she has received the following awards and honors: Crohn’s & Colitis Woman of Distinction, the Savvy Award, Cancer League Pacesetter of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, American Heart Association Heart of Houston Award, Shriner’s Hospital for Children Award, Silver Grace Hope Award, Wellsprings Award, Houston Delta Gamma Foundation Women of Vision Award, Cancer League Heart of Houston Award, the Houston Children’s Charity Heart of Houston Award, The Mission of Yahweh Leaders and Legends Award, the Lady Washington Chapter NSDAR Excellence in Community Service Award, and Easter Seals Hats Off to Mothers and I Am Waters Awards.
Warner has the distinction of being the honoree of the first American Heart Association Gala. She has also been the honoree of the National Kidney Foundation of America Gala and the American ORT Gala. The March of Dimes has honored her three times and the Leukemia Society has honored her five times. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Texas Children’s Hospital, have also all honored her. It is no wonder the Houston Chronicle has named her one of the Most Beautiful Houstonians.
Warner’s top priority is her beloved family: husband, Bob; son Bob Jr., his wife, Kristin, and their sons, Bob III, Ryan, and John Luke; and son Cliff Lee, his wife, Angie, and their sons, Lee and Cliff.
Warner Roberts is truly a woman of accomplishment, not only in her chosen careers, but in her support of the Houston community. For Warner, however, her greatest success has been the extraordinarily happy life she has led.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Warner Roberts has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker for 2019.