Join us for a special opportunity to sit down with one-of-a-kind entrepreneurs and creative thinkers from Houston.
We’ll explore the impact these individuals are causing, their life before yoga, and the conversations that fundamentally shifted their mindsets and led them to where they are today. Featuring Lisa Helfman, Steven Kaufman, and Andria Dugas on our panel and Andrew Dugas as our moderator, the conversations will be nothing but insightful, funny, and full of value for anyone looking to start a business or movement that makes a difference.
Read about these powerful Houstonians below:
Lisa Helfman is the founder and board chair of Brighter Bites. In the fall of 2011, Lisa and her family took part in a weekly fruit and vegetable co-op, and she watched her children’s eating habits transform—for the better. So much so that her little boy rejected a piece of cake at a birthday party, asking for fruit instead!
When she isn’t pushing kids to drink kale smoothies, Lisa is Director of Public Affairs for H-E-B Grocery Company in Houston. Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Law Center with her law degree. The Houston-Galveston chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has named Lisa its 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.
Dr. Steven Kaufman is an accomplished investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Steven manages his family assets with a focus on thesis-driven opportunistic investments in three asset classes which include real estate financing, real estate investment, and private equity in small growth-companies.
Steven has held C-Level positions in various financing enterprises for 18 years and has been investing in real estate for 20 years. During that time he coordinated over $1 billion in real estate financing for companies like American Express, Hewlett Packard, and Exxon Mobil and founded ZeusLending.com which is the leading online provider of real estate financing in the United States.
Steven resides in Houston with his wife and two children.
Andria Dugas is the Studio Co-Founder, Manager and one of the senior teachers at Yoga Better Studio. With over 20 years of fitness and training experience, Andria’s journey towards yoga was one of skepticism and procrastination. Her first introduction to Yoga Better was in 2008, after years suffering from severe inflexibility and pain in her back, hips, and shoulders.
In 2014, Andria completed the Yoga Better Teacher Student Training. Using her broad knowledge of body function, and newfound expertise in yoga mechanics, sequencing, and conditioning, she has created a pain-free, stronger, balanced body. She is committed to bring that same transformation to each of her students, and particularly loves bringing yoga to those that may have had no, or negative experiences with it in the past.
Andrew Royal Dugas first came to yoga through his music studies at Rice University in 1997. “I started yoga weak, inflexible, and 55 lbs heavier than I am currently”. Now with over 20,000 hours of teaching experience, and 20 years of practice, Andrew Dugas’ body and life have been transformed. Andrew has been fortunate to be gifted access to the skills that have helped himself and others feel better. After years of chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, he was introduced to yoga by Paul Ellison at Rice University. His studies with his teacher and friend Robert Boustany empowered him with the knowledge and tools to create a pain-free body. In 2003 he quit playing classical music to teach yoga full time. Cutting his teeth on harder traditional yoga he quickly noticed that much of classical yoga easily injures most people’s bodies. His focus and teaching style is an inquiry to find a way to balance and strengthen the body without injury.
From handstands to simple walking to complete stillness, Yoga Better offers an appropriate class for absolutely anyone, at any level, at any point in their life.