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The Happiness Project

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CONTACT: M.J. Naschke, (409) 762-3930
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016

The Happiness Project

GALVESTON, TX – Just where does happiness lie in the big scheme of your life? We know that happy people are healthier and live longer, but is it achievable for those of us who want to de-stress, laugh and be happy? Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, will let us in on the path to being happy at the 9th Annual Women’s Conference , Celebrating Women, Mind, Body , Spirit, Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.

Presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event is planned and organized by women, for women, and speakers address topics that are on the minds of today’s women. Presentations by noted authorities are designed to educate, excite and empower attendees to live a healthier and happier life. Sponsored by the Galveston Chamber and UTMB Health, speakers include author Gretchen Rubin, Jentry Kelley, founder of Jentry Kelley Cosmetics, and UTMB Health physicians Dr. Zehra Jaffery; Dr. Sukwan Jolley; and Dr. Juliet McKee. Serving as Mistress of Ceremony is Mia Gradney, KHOU TV,with radio personality Sara Pepper . A Women’s Expo featuring health and wellness products, jewelry, clothing and other merchandise for sale is located adjacent to the conference and will be open 7:30 am until 6 pm. A complimentary happy hour will be hosted at the conclusion of the conference in the Expo. Drawings will be announced throughout the day and the grand prize drawing will be announced in the Women’s Expo following conference programs.

This year’s Women’s Conference is dedicated to former Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and community honorees are Pamela Watson, Susan Falgout, Mary Jo Naschke, and Ruth Rendon.

Keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Happiness Project” , “Better Than Before”, and Happier at Home”; all blockbuster successes. Enormously popular with readers in print and online, more than two million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Conference attendees will learn the rules for life that happy people know and how to design your personal program to aquire a happier tomorrow.

Makeup artist Jentry Kelley founded her own line of cosmetics in 2011. The company, Jentry Kelley Cosmetics, takes makeup to another level by providing education on application to achieve a younger, more polished look. Given that every woman acts as her own makeup stylist, Kelley coaches in techniques to enhance daily routines resulting in a 10 – 15 years younger appearance without a stylist on the payroll. Makeup tips you can apply at home on your own with professional results. Kelley will talk about the entrepreneurial spirit that led her from the University of Houston, with a degree in business management, to the Clinique counter at Dillard’s, to ultimately founding her own company in cosmetics which she has a passion for. Kelley will have a booth at the Women’s Expo to introduce her cosmetics line where stylists will be available for mini consultations.

For more information on the 9th Annual Women’s Conference, Celebrating Women: Mind, Body Spirit, go to www.galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326 to purchase tickets or tables. No tickets will be sold at the door. $150 per person includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, gift bag and drawings. All major credit cards are accepted.

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Advocacy. The Business Advocacy Committee shall be charged with the primary responsibility to promote a positive and pro-active business environment in the Galveston area through the following activities:

  1. Developing and supporting local governmental action which promotes a strong business climate and job growth opportunities.
  2. Opposing local governmental action which inhibits a strong business climate and diminishes job growth opportunities.
  3. Establishing productive relationships between business interests and public officials.
  4. Providing forums to inform public officials and candidates for public office on issues impacting the business community.
  5. Providing forums to educate the membership on issues impacting the business community.
  6. Communicating official Chamber positions to the appropriate public officials prior to their action on the issue.
  7. Identifying and supporting individuals to serve on public Commissions and Boards.
  8. Endeavoring to hold public officials accountable for their actions and the resulting impact on the business community. This may be accomplished by the circulation of public official voting records to the Chamber membership on any issue on which the Chamber has communicated an official position.

Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with Legislative Affairs, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Comite de Negocios (Spanish Businesses Committee). This committee's mission is to advocate and act as a liaison for the hispanic owned business community within the region.

The Comite de Negocios meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

C-Crewe. The C-Crewe’s objective is to engage professionals under forty in the Galveston business community, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

C-Crewe meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 10:00 am, at various locations.

Doolin Maritime Career Pathways. As a committee of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Doolin Maritime Pathways Crew is a coalition of educators, organizations, and businesses that promote local workforce development for the maritime industry.

The Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:30 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Education. The mission of this committee is to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students, and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.

Education Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 7:30am, various locations.

Executive Committee. This committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 8:00 am, Chamber offices.

Golf Tournament. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber.

This committee meets monthly beginning in May, with the exact scheduled to be determined at that time.

Legislative Affairs. The mission for this committee is to advocate through the Legislature for member businesses, providing a voice to not only the State, but at a National level as well.

This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is an initiative of the Galveston Regional Chamber’s Education Committee, empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Youth of all ages – from pre-K through high school, across Galveston County can register.

Lemonade Day Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room.

Membership Development. This committee is tasked with growing and retaining the membership base, through continual review of membership levels and benefits, and listening to the members, their requests, and requirements.

This committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 2:00 pm, Chamber offices.

Pelican Island and Galveston Channel Advocacy. This committees mission is promoting and advocating for existing and future land owners and businesses on Pelican Island and the Port of Galveston and its tenants.

This committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 11:30 am, at various member locations.

Women’s Conference. The mission of this committee is to give women in the region an opportunity to come together, share and learn from each other.

Women’s Conference Committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm in the Chamber Board Room.

Work Force Development. The mission of this committee is to identify skill sets that match employment opportunities in the Galveston Region.

Work Force Development Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:00 am in the Chamber Board Room.

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