Terms & Conditions

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Revised August 26, 2015

Welcome to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON – where women own their power and come together to Connect, Inspire, Empower – and thank you for visiting! I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON, owned and operated by ELIZABETH PUDWILL, provides its interactive website and associated services subject to the following TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Your account
If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that IKSH is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. IKSH and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion.

IKSH does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use IKnowSomebodyHouston.com only with permission of a parent or guardian.

Use of Site

We welcome both members and non-members to use our site. Whether you are a visitor using the public-facing site at www.IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com or one of our members using the members-only features, your use of this site or the Services described below indicates your acceptance of these terms.

Our TERMS AND CONDITIONS apply to all activity occurring on this website ( www.IKNOW SOMEBODYHOUSTON.com ), including all pages on the IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com domain, any related domains, third-party domains hosting I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON intellectual property, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON bulletin boards, blogs, social networking properties, member databases, and internal or e-mail submissions, regardless of whether they are specifically referenced herein (“the Services”).

By using the Services, you warrant that (a) you are competent to understand and abide by the terms; (b) you have read and understand the terms; (c) you agree that the terms are valid; (d) you have entered into a legal agreement with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON; and (e) you agree to abide by the terms during your use of the Services.

Please be aware that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON may amend the terms from time to time, with all changes posted here. Your continued use of the Services further warrants that you accept any amendments I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON may make.

 

Statement of Non-Affiliation

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON is not associated or affiliated with any other women’s association, nor with any other organization or entity except for those specifically identified in the Services provided by I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON. If any other individual, organization or third-party of any type represents to a user that it is somehow affiliated with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON, the user is asked to report and/or verify this representation to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON by contacting legal@I KNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com .

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON Membership Benefits

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON exists to serve its members, and strives to maximize the value of its memberships by providing America’s most value-added, secure forum designed exclusively for professional women to grow socially and professionally. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON provides both paid and complimentary levels of memberships:

Paid Membership Levels : Our experience and research has shown that our members experience success in proportion to the degree of commitment they give to their membership and active participation they experience with other members. To maximize our members’ opportunities, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON invests significant resources in developing interactive benefits for our paid members, at various levels. Descriptions of the benefits available to you at each level are displayed under the BENEFITS tab at www.IKNOW SOMEBODYHOUSTON.com .

Initial Membership : Unlike many networking organizations, which typically require a fee for inclusion, you are eligible for a free Initial Membership. While this membership is not interactive and does not permit you to obtain a local chapter membership or network with our paid members, the benefits are significant, as explained by our membership coordinators in verbal or written communication to you.

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON Automatic Membership Renewals

All paid I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON memberships are for one year from date of purchase. For your convenience and protection – to prevent lapses in your I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON membership and ancillary benefits through our partners – I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON will automatically renew your membership at the end of each year, using the credit card you initially provided. As your membership year draws near its close, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON will send you a reminder before processing your membership renewal.

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s membership services are delivered immediately. Upon the conclusion of your membership sales call, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON automatically sends you an email containing your login information so that you may begin to use the services, and I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON automatically completes your membership profile and links it with the nearest Local Chapter, so that you can immediately begin in-person networking if you wish. At the same time, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON automatically enrolls you in the ancillary benefits through our business partners and pays for your enrollment up-front. Because I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON immediately delivers its services and incurs full costs for your membership, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s membership sales are final, discussed below.

If you wish to opt out of automatic renewal or to change the credit card used for your renewal, please contact our Renewal Department at (713) 240-5277, email us: renewal@IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com , or visit our online Renewal Center at http://www.IKNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON.com/renewalbilling to submit a form.

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON makes every effort to communicate its billing and renewal policies and to remind members of their authorization to automatically renew their membership. These policies are explained during membership registration and your membership coordinator receives your verbal authorization for the automatic renewal. This verbal authorization is recorded and kept on file, and our Compliance Team reviews each recording to confirm that authorization was given. In the rare event that authorization was not clearly recorded, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON will contact you to explain and receive a clear confirmation.

Additionally, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s welcome email provides a link to these Terms & Conditions and requires that you read and acknowledge them prior to using the services. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s system tracks and logs your acknowledgment of the Terms & Conditions, and I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON maintains a record of your access to the services.

Beginning with all new members who enroll after August 1, 2015, as your membership year nears its end, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON will begin a series of communications with you, starting approximately 12 weeks before your automatic renewal date. A Membership Specialist will contact you to go over your existing benefits, your use of them in the past year and the new benefits being rolled out in the upcoming year. If a Membership Specialist is unable to reach you by telephone, we will send you an immediate email to the email address we have on file. Additionally, we will send you a postcard, to your mailing address we have on file, providing renewal information and indicating the date on which your automatic renewal will process.

If you elect to opt out and not renew your membership – or to renew your membership using a different credit card, we ask that you provide notice at least 30 days prior to your anniversary date, or upon receipt of your first reminder email, whichever occurs first, by contacting our Renewal Department at (713) 240-5277 or by email at renewal@IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com .

All Membership Sales Final

As discussed, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON delivers its services immediately upon the membership sale. At that time, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON pays to enroll you in its third-party programs, to complete and manage your profile, and for each of your tier-specific benefits. As your membership coordinator explains during your introductory call, all of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s membership sales are considered final and fully-consummated at the time of the sale and you have agreed that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON may collect all outstanding dues by charging the credit card provided at the time of original sale. As such, there are no refunds unless required by application of law operating independent from these Terms & Conditions.

Use of Member Database

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly reserves the right to use all information members provide in association with their profiles, including name, geographic data, professional data, and other information, as I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON sees fit, keeping in mind that we are very judicious with the use of our members’ information and make every effort to identify opportunities that are beneficial to our members.

Use of Services and Proprietary Information

The Services and all information provided within the Services are the intellectual property of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and are therefore proprietary to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON (“Proprietary Information”). As such, all users of this website, the Services or Proprietary Information agree that the Proprietary Information is protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark and/or other intellectual property laws, and that the unauthorized use, copying or appropriation of the Proprietary Information may subject the user to civil and/or criminal liability.

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON makes its Proprietary Information available only to members, for the express purpose of furthering I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s mission. The provision of Proprietary Information constitutes a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, granted only for this purpose and no other. Users acknowledge that the Services are subject to change according to the needs of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s members, as determined solely by I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and without specific notice to users. Users further acknowledge that circumstances may arise in which the Services are found to contain errors or other deficiencies, but that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON shall have no liability to users in the event such circumstances arise. In addition, users agree that interruptions may periodically occur, and that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON shall have no liability to users for such interruptions. Specifically, users agree that they have assumed these risks in exchange for the benefits I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON provides through its Services and other offline opportunities.

Users may not engage in any of the following conduct with respect to any of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s Proprietary Information, including Proprietary Information found or hosted on third-party sites, social media platforms, etc. All such conduct is forbidden, and users agree that the following types of conduct may give rise to civil or criminal liability:

  • Reproduction, in any form by any means and through any forum, of the Proprietary Information without the express written authorization of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON
  • Modification, distribution or republication of the Proprietary Information for any purpose other than that of furthering the I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON mission
  • Transfer of the Proprietary Information to any other person, entity or third-party without the express written authorization of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON
  • Removal of or obscuring any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from the Proprietary Information
  • Granting any non-member or other third-party access to or use of the Services or Proprietary Information without the express written authorization of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON
  • Participation in any conduct which disrupts or in any way interferes with the intended use or operation of the Services
  • Participation in any conduct which in any way interferes with another member’s use of the Services
  • Participation in any conduct which in any way attempts to reverse-engineer any of the Services or Proprietary Information, or which in any other way attempts to decompile any of the Proprietary Information
  • Participation in any conduct which otherwise violates the Terms and Conditions

Users specifically acknowledge that the Services and Proprietary Information may contain I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s copyrighted material as well as its trade/service marks. Users further acknowledge that nothing in these Terms & Conditions, or any other aspect of membership, confers upon users any ownership interest in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s copyrighted material or marks, and that such ownership rests exclusively with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON. Finally, users agree that they have no interest in any intellectual property belonging to third-parties but licensed to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s use in association with the Services or Proprietary Information. Any attempt to alter, remove, copy or otherwise misappropriate any such intellectual property shall be deemed a material breach, subjecting the user to forfeiture of membership as well as civil and/or criminal liability.

If, in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s sole discretion, a user is found to be in breach of these terms, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON reserves the right to terminate the offending user’s license(s) as well as their membership status. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly reserves all other rights and remedies that may be available in the event of such a breach.

Confidentiality of Proprietary Information

Users agree that all Proprietary Information is confidential and that the sole ownership of such information rests with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and shall not be transmitted in any manner without the express, written authorization of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON. Users further agree that all Proprietary Information is trade secret-protected, in that it is independently valuable, not generally known within the industry outside of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and its limited licensees to whom it is provided solely in furtherance of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s mission, provides I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON with a competitive advantage in the marketplace, kept secret and subject to reasonable safeguards within the I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON organization and released only to those with a need to know or in accordance with a limited license, and not subject to reverse-engineering or independent discovery or duplication without substantial expertise or by improper means.

Users specifically agree that any unauthorized use of the Proprietary Information constitutes unlawful misappropriation as defined by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Section 757 of the Restatement of Torts, and various state and federal statutes.

Further, users agree that their uses of the Proprietary Information under the limited license granted herein shall be solely in furtherance of the Mission. Users acknowledge that any other use of Proprietary Information, including but not limited to unauthorized copying, editing or publication to third-parties, constitutes misappropriation which may subject the offending user to civil and/or criminal liability as well as the remedies set forth above.

Finally, users acknowledge that Proprietary Information shall not be used in any circumstances detrimental to or competitive with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON, and that any such misuse may subject the offending user to civil and/or criminal liability as well as the remedies set forth above.

If, in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s sole discretion, a user is found to be in breach of these terms, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON reserves the right to terminate this license as well as the offending user’s membership status. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly reserves all other rights and remedies available in the event of such a breach.

Acceptable Use

Users agree that the I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON membership experience may be devalued by users who violate these Terms & Conditions to the detriment of the I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON user community. To maintain the ongoing high quality of our community, users agree to the following acceptable uses of the Services and Proprietary Information:

  • To use the Services and Proprietary Information only in accordance with the Terms & Conditions
  • To maintain control over the secrecy of all access information, including usernames and passwords, used to gain access to the Services and Proprietary Information
  • To refrain from any activity that is detrimental to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON members, including posting disparaging information about other members
  • To comply with the Local Chapter Bylaws and Agreement in all dealings associated with Local Chapters
  • To refrain from any activity that is competitive with or detrimental to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON or any of its affiliates or partners
  • To refrain from any activity identified as fraudulent or without authorization under Title 18 U.S. Code Sec. 1030, including the reproduction, duplication, copying, selling or trading of the Services or Proprietary Information; the transmission through or implementation in the Services or Proprietary Information of adware, malware or computer viruses; and/or the deletion or interruption of the Services or Proprietary Information, with the exception of the user’s personal information when done in accordance with the membership agreement
  • To refrain from any other conduct which might place I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON members or I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON itself in a negative light

If, in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s sole discretion, a user is found to be in breach of these terms, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON reserves the right to terminate this license as well as the offending user’s membership status. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly reserves all other rights and remedies available in the event of such a breach.

Non-Disparagement

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON has invested heavily and takes pride in its customer service and organizational leadership directed at building and maintaining a positive membership community. If any user has questions, comments or concerns about I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON membership, they may be directed to membership@IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com .

Users agree that any false, inaccurate, misleading, disparaging or otherwise defamatory statements made about I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and/or its members would cause immediate, irreparable harm to I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and its membership community. Therefore, users agree not to engage in any conduct which in any way communicates such statements, including by posting them to any Internet site of any kind, whether controlled by a third-party or the user. In the event any user breaches this agreement, the user further agrees to the following:

  • User authorizes I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON to contact the Internet provider in control of the site on which any such statements are posted and demand immediate removal of the statements
  • To the extent such statements are posted on a site controlled solely by the user, user agrees to immediately remove the statements upon notification by I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and, should user refuse to do so, user will be responsible for I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s reasonable fees and expenses to seek removal of the statements
  • User agrees that such statements have caused I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON and/or its membership community to suffer immediate, irreparable harm sufficient to warrant a court to award temporary injunctive relief should such relief be necessary for removal of the statements
  • User agrees to cooperate in every respect with regard to the removal of such statements, including to execute any documents necessary to effect the removal

If, in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s sole discretion, a user is to be in breach of these terms, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON reserves the right to terminate this license as well as the offending user’s membership status. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly reserves all other rights and remedies available in the event of such a breach.

Limitation of Liability / Legal Conditions

Users agree that the Services and Proprietary Information are made available as-is, with all faults and without any express or implied warranties of any type. Users further agree that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON is a service provider as that term is understood under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. As such, users agree that I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON is immune from liability for false or misleading information contained within the Service and provided by third-parties.

Users expressly waive any and all warranty claims, and I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON expressly disclaims all warranties, including:

  • warranties of merchantability
  • warranties of fitness for a particular purpose
  • warranties related to infringement of third-party rights
  • warranties related to accuracy or completeness of information provided by I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON or its members
  • warranties that the Services or Proprietary Information will be free from disruption or malicious problems such as viruses
  • warranties that membership in I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON or use of the Services or Proprietary Information will yield a particular business result or otherwise enhance the user’s career in any way
  • warranties related to the utility, reliability or safety of third-party sites or content referenced or linked to by the Services or Proprietary Information, and I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON specifically disclaims any endorsement of or control over any content provided by any third-party source

Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON from any losses, damages, claims, demands or obligations arising out of users’ breach of these Terms & Conditions. Users agree to bear sole responsibility for such breach and to remunerate I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON for any expense or burden whatsoever associated with such breach.

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s maximum liability and users’ sole remedy for any cause whatsoever shall be limited to the amount of a user’s membership dues. I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever associated with users’ membership or use of the Services or Proprietary Information or any interruption of same.

Should any term of users’ agreement with I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconscionable or otherwise invalid or unenforceable, all other terms shall continue in full force and effect.

Users should remain aware that not all disclaimers of warranties or of liability, or limitations on liability, are available in all jurisdictions. As such, all statements in this section may not apply to all users. Nevertheless, regardless of the jurisdiction, I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON’s liability is limited to that provided by the law of the particular jurisdiction at issue.

Choice of Law / Arbitration

Users agree that all disputes shall be governed by the law of New York State, without regard to any other principles, including conflicts of law, comity of nations or any United Nations convention. Any dispute arising out of I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON membership or use of the Services or Proprietary Information shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules of the U.S. Arbitration Act, as administered by the American Arbitration Association. Users agree that any arbitration should be held within Nassau County, New York, before a panel of three neutral arbitrators. Further, users agree that any arbitration award in favor of users under these Terms & Conditions shall not include any consequential, exemplary, special or otherwise punitive damages unless such damages are made non-waivable by applicable statute. Finally, users agree that the result of any such arbitration shall remain confidential and subject to the entry of a suitable non-disclosure order.

Notification of Claimed Infringement

If you believe that any material within the Services infringes upon your copyright, pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, please send your written notice of infringement to:

I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON

ATTN: General Counsel

911 Sue Street

Houston, TX 77009

You may also email any claims to: legal@IKNOWSOMEBODYHOUSTON.com 

Complete Agreement

Users agree that these Terms & Conditions and the associated Privacy Policy constitute the complete agreement between them and I KNOW SOMEBODY HOUSTON, and that any other purported agreement, in any form, is wholly superseded.