Vice President of Community Relations
Centerpoint Energy Company
Sharon M. Owens, Vice President of Centerpoint Energy’s Corporate Community Relations Department, oversees the strategic development of the company’s community based programs specializing in Education and Consumer Affairs. In addition to managing and developing her staff in Houston & Minnesota, she works closely with the Executive leadership to provide strategic direction as it relates to the community and CenterPoint Energy’s core business. She maintains a well established professional relationship with key leaders and members of the business community, nonprofit agencies, schools and elected officials. She also oversees the company’s corporate giving. Prior to joining the company in 1977, Ms. Owens taught high school Voc. Home Economics in St. Paul, MN.
Ms. Owens is active and holds officer positions on several professional and civic boards including the Houston Downtown Management District Board, the Better Business Bureau, the Joint City County Commission on Children (JCCCC), Precinct 1 Street Olympics, Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corp. (NRCDC), The Ensemble Theatre, River Oaks Women’s Breakfast Club, Girl Scouts Emerald Circle, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and the Missouri City Chapter of Links, to name a few.
She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and invaluable service to the community, in which she works and lives. In 2008 she was recognized by Rolling Out Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women of Houston – Female Success Factor” and on November 14, 2008, she was honored as the “2008 Most Inspiring Business Woman” by Inspire Women.
In 2007 she was featured in the Inaugural edition of “Who’s Who in Black Houston” and in 2006 was honored by Leadership Houston as one of their “Top 25 Leaders”.
Ms. Owens received her Associate of Arts Degree from St. Philip’s Jr. College in San Antonio, Texas, and her B.S. in Vocational Education from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. She considers herself both a catalyst and conduit for people to achieve positive goals for themselves and their community. She has the ability and intuition to assess needs in the community and match the right people with the right causes to achieve the right results.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, and pipeline and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered electric and natural gas customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Assets total over $17 billion. With about 8,570 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 130 years. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.