2017 Honorary Co-Chairs
Fran Watson is a native Houstonian who has a passion for equality and believes everyone deserves a life of dignity, equal access, and fair treatment. Fran is one of the founding partners of Simoneaux & Watson, P.C., a Houston based law firm that focuses on protecting the legacy of families. Fran is an active member of the LGBT and progressive communities, with a strong focus on the intersection of race and gender.
Fran is the current President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated to advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights through education, advocacy, and the endorsement of pro-equality political candidates. She serves on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s newly created LGBT Advisory Board. She is the Co-Director of the Houston chapter of New Leaders Council (NLC), a progressive leadership institute that recruits, trains, and promotes innovative leaders to affect change in their surroundings She is a member of the NLC4 Women’s Caucus, a policy team of women from across the country seeking to promote an agenda of equality for women. Most recently, she was elected to the statewide board of Annie’s List, an organization that recruits and empowers progressive women to run for office.
Kim Watson was born and raised in Galveston County and has spent the last 12 years residing in Houston. Kim is a Strategic Consultant at PROS; a big-data software company that offers a holistic approach to improving revenue and profit performance. As someone who is passionate about helping others reaches their full potential, she is constantly mentoring incoming employees. Additionally, Kim is an active participant in the women’s resource group, BLAZE, and one of PROS’ cultural ambassadors.
Outside of work, Kim currently serves on the board of the Montrose Center, Houston’s LGBT community center that offers resources such as counseling, senior programming, HIV care, and anti-violence services. She also serves on the Davidson Hatch Youth Committee as well as the Philanthropic Committee. She was the 2016 co-chair of the Montrose Center’s annual Out for Good fundraiser. For the past four years, she has volunteered with AssistHERS, an organization that provides nonmedical care to Lesbians with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses.
In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, family travel, hanging with the family dog, Freeway, and spreading the news on dogs looking for forever homes.