Time & Location

Jul 14, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

She calls herself “The Funny Rocket Scientist.” Can you say ‘Pivot’?

About The Event

How did Shayla Rivera ’83 go from being a NASA aerospace engineer, to a motivational speaker turned comedian, to a professor of practice and Director of ENGR[x] at Texas A&M?  

  “In life, if you take risks, go in the direction you’re drawn to and let yourself be inspired, opportunities will arise

      that you cannot see today. And they will take you exactly where you’re supposed to be.” – Shayla Rivera ’83

Join us on July 14 for another “can’t miss” episode of Houston Aggie Women Networking Luncheons.

Maggiano’s will be observing all recommended social distancing guidelines.

In June, we were limited to 6 guests at each table. Maximum of 24 guests in the room. All banquet staff wore masks and gloves.

We don’t know what the guidelines will be on July 14th, but whatever they are, we’ll be observing them. Stay tuned for updates. 

Like all Houston Aggie Women events, the July14th Networking Lunch is OPEN TO ALL.  No membership required.

Current members do get a discount on their lunch price, however.  If you haven’t paid your 2020 Membership, you can do that here.

$30 Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than July 7th. $35 Member Price if you pay on-line after July 7th or at the door. 

$35 NON-Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than July 7th. $40 NON-Member Price if you pay on-line after July 7th or at the door.

With the room capacity limited to 24, our June event sold out quickly. We cannot guarantee you a seat unless you register on-line before the event.  

NOTE: We won’t know the room capacity limit until closer to the actual date of this event. Better safe than sorry….

Lunch is served family-style – this month’s menu includes salad, grilled chicken with veggies, pasta, and don’t forget those fabulous desserts! Yum!

Questions? E-mail JClark@melton-melton.com or Info@HoustonAggieWomen.org

HOUSTON AGGIE WOMEN is a key resource for Aggie women, friends and family.  We connect the Houston Aggie community through networking, education, and giving back. 

Our events are OPEN TO ALL – men and women, Aggies and Non-Aggies – anyone needing a little boost. 

Second Tuesday of every month – networking starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for good food, good conversation, and an interesting speaker – sometimes an Aggie, sometimes not, but always interesting.

Afraid you won’t know anyone there?  Bring a friend!

Can’t find a friend to bring?  Don’t worry!  In a room full of friendly Aggies, you’re bound to find a conversation to join.  And with our wide range of Class Years, you’ll probably find someone with a Class Ring just like yours.  


I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and despite speaking very little English at the time, I came to Texas A&M in 1979 and studied aerospace engineering. 

My first job after graduation was with the NASA Space Shuttle and Space Station programs, where I helped develop software simulating the critical points of missions, like ascent and entry. I worked with NASA for five years until I found my way into technical sales. That was the first time I was exposed to professional development. 

I attended sales trainings and learned about personality types, interacting with people and managing life. I saw the value of these ideas and decided I wanted to become a trainer.  

I landed a corporate training job, working and learning from Houston stress management expert Robert Pennington, then decided to pursue motivational speaking. I did small gigs at night. When people began suggesting I should try comedy, I was so offended.

But I heard it enough times to finally try it, and I’ve been doing stand-up comedy ever since.

In 2017, College of Engineering Dean Katherine M. Banks asked me to join the Texas A&M engineering program. Today, I am an engineering professor of practice, which is a perfect fit for me. Professors of practice are industry professionals who have practical experience outside of academia and bring that perspective to students. As our program leader, Col. Mark Johnson ’78, likes to put it, “We have done what you are learning to do.”

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