FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke, (409) 762-3930
9th Annual Conference for Women Dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas
GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 9th Annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit will be dedicated to former Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. The conference is Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Each year the Women’s Conference features speakers who address topics of concern to women and who epitomize the spirit of entrepreneurship in their selected fields. The 2016 conference is dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas who serves as a role model for her lifetime commitment to family and community.
The mother of four grown children and grandmother of two, Thomas lived in New York City during the early years of her marriage from 1956 to 1972. Having attended the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University, she served as manager of Direct Mail Marketing for Lord & Taylor, and then became Editorial Assistant at Harpers Bazaar Magazine before returning to Galveston.
Upon her return to Galveston, Thomas founded and managed Thomas & Company, an architectural and historical restoration company. She has also served as chairman of the Board of Mainland Center Hospital, created a half-way house for mentally disabled young men and women, and owned and operated Galveston Harbor Tours, an eco-tourism company which operated in Galveston Bay.
Elected to City Council in 1998, Thomas served the three-term limit. In 2004 she was elected Mayor of the City of Galveston, and re-elected in 2006. She worked tirelessly to make city government and city services more accessible to all citizens. Her calm example and strength of character displayed during Hurricanes Rita & Ike (2005 & 2008) captured the attention and respect of people around the nation and the world.
In recognition of her leadership, she received the BRAVO Award by the League of Women Voters and was selected as Public Elected Official of the Year in 2005. In 2006 she was named Galvestonian of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce; Hockaday Alumnus of the Year; and Citizen of the Year by the Galveston County Daily News in 2006. In 2007, she received the National Blueprint Best Practices Award from the National Council on Readiness & Preparedness.
Lyda Ann Thomas has spoken at hundreds of meetings and conferences, hosted by such eminent organizations as the Baker Institute, The Center for Houston’s Future, 2009 Leadership Texas, Houston Jr. Forum, Houston Executive Women’s Partnership, and a host of Rotary Clubs. In addition to disaster response and recovery, she is well-versed in topics relating to the regionalization of shoreline protection, high-speed rail, and closer partnering with the cities and ports along the upper Gulf Coast.
It is with honor that the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce dedicate the 2016 Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit to Lyda Ann Thomas.
The 9th Annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit, presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and UTMB Health, is Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center, 8 am – 5 pm. Reservations are required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $150 per person and includes health and wellness programs, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, complimentary happy hour, Women’s Expo and gift bag. Tables, sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available. Contact Christy Benson (409) 763-5326 or go to www.galvestonchamber.com.