Plan your day at the Festivals & Events Workshop on Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The event is designed for festival and event organizers to obtain fresh ideas, networking tools, information from local professionals and ways to identify funding opportunities to enhance or develop sustainable events.

8:00AM | Registration

Registration will remain open until 12:00PM.

Location: Pre-Function Level One

8:30AM | Welcome

Welcome: Kelly de Schaun, Chief Executive Officer, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees

Location: Galleon I, II, III

8:35AM - Roll Call, Attendee Introductions

8:55AM | Opening Session

8:55AM - Introduction of Opening Session Speaker – Jacquelyn Helton, Director of Destination Experience, Visit Galveston

9:00AM - Opening Session: “Developing Creative Events” Amy Doherty, Events and Outreach Manager, City of Suwanee, Georgia Economic & Community Development

9:45AM | Networking Break

10:00AM | Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: City Services & Requirements – David Smith, Executive Director of Fleet, Mass Transit and Special Events, City of Galveston

Moderator: Jill Chapman, Director of Events & Sponsorship Engagement, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

Location: Yacht

Breakout #2: Festival & Events Media Checklist – Caitlin Carnes, Public Relations Manager, Visit Galveston

Moderator: Sherrill Hilton, CEO, Galveston Island Film Festival & Conference

Location: Clipper

Breakout #3: Hospitality Workforce Development – Elizabeth Matthews, Yagas Entertainment Inc.; Jennifer Lamm, Employee Relations & Training Manager, Moody Gardens; Susan Keeble, Human Resources Generalist, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees

Moderator: Sherry Rooks, FCS & Hospitality Teacher, Ball High School

Location: Schooner

10:50AM | Networking Break

11:00AM | General Session

General Session: "Funding: Identifying Grants on the Local, State and Federal Level" – Ernest Luna, Program Administrator, Texas Commission of the Arts; Thomas Singleton, Grants Manager, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees; Bethany Offer-Moscoso, Grants Program Officer, Humanities Texas

Moderator: Ann Hobing, Guest Experience Manager, Galveston Park Board of Trustees

Location: Galleon I, II, III

11:50AM | Networking Break

12:00PM | Lunch

Lunch: Entertainment Provided By FLY Dance Company & The Ensemble Theatre

Moderated by: Haley Follett, Meetings & Events Services Coordinator, Visit Galveston

Location: Pre-Function Level One


1:00PM | Afternoon Session

Afternoon Session: Corralling Community Buy-in – KiKi Mannear, Senior Communications & Engagement Manager, Louisiana River Parishes

Moderator: Christine Bryant, Chief Executive Officer, Vision Galveston

Location: Galleon I, II, III

1:50PM | Networking Break

2:00PM | Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: Working with your Tourism Partners to secure Meetings, Conventions and Event Space! – Kim Conner, Sales Director, Moody Gardens; Darcy Fleeman, Regional Sales Manager, The San Luis Resort Properties

Moderator: Bryan Kunz, Director of Group Sales, Visit Galveston

Location: Schooner

Breakout #2: LULAC: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo & Dia de los Muertos on Galveston Island – Robert M. Quintero MPA, President, LULAC Council 151; Roberto Torres, Event Co-Chair, LULAC Council 151; Vicky Gomez, Event Co-Chair, LULAC Council 151

Moderator: Tiffaney Gonzales, Sales Manager, Visit Galveston

Location: Clipper

Breakout #3: Digital Marketing: “Promoting Your Event” – Sydney Macapagal, Digital Content Coordinator, Visit Galveston & Clayton Kolavo, Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Galveston

Moderator: Torrina Harris

Location: Yacht

Breakout #4: Liability Insurance – Monica Brown, Sr. Client Success Specialist & Marketing Coordinator, GIA Insurance

Moderator: David Smith, Executive Director of Fleet, Mass Transit and Special Events, City of Galveston

Location: Spinnaker

3:00PM | Networking Break

3:10PM | Closing Session

Closing Session: Working with your Texas Music Office – Chip Adams, Community Relations & Outreach Specialist, Texas Music Office

Moderator: Ann Hobing, Guest Experience Manager, Galveston Park Board of Trustees

Location: Galleon I, II, III

4:15PM | Door Prizes & Closing Remarks

Door Prizes & Closing Remarks – Alex Thomas, Product Development Manager, Visit Galveston

Location: Galleon I, II, III