Plan your day at the Festivals & Events Workshop on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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.

8:50AM | Welcome

Welcome: Mayor Craig Brown, City of Galveston

8:55AM | Greetings

Greetings: Special Video from Michael Woody, Visit Galveston, Chief Tourism Officer

9:00AM | Opening Session

“Exploring Creative Ways to Host Your Next Event” - Neil Kumar, Eventeny

9:45AM | Break


9:50AM | Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion – Working with your Tourism & Chamber Offices

  • Public Relations – Neil Murphy, Visit Galveston, Director of Strategic Communications
  • Event Services – Jacquelyn Helton, Visit Galveston, Director of Destination Services
  • Marketing – Melody Smith, Visit Galveston, Director of Marketing
  • Chamber Services – Jill Chapman, Galveston Chamber, Director of Events & Sponsorship Engagement
  • Moderator – Alex Thomas, Visit Galveston, Product Development Manager

11:00AM | Break


11:05AM | General Session

Where is the Money? Obtaining Sponsorship Dollars – Sylvia Allen, Allen Consulting

11:50AM | Break


11:55AM | Lunch

Lunch: Entertainment Provided By “Tales from Texas,” Kathleen Maca, Author/Storyteller; NIA Cultural Center, Torrina Harris, Program Director; Fanfare! Lutheran Music Academy, June Collins Pulliam, Executive Director; Galveston Mermaid, Cynthia Langreder; and Pokey Simmons, Comedian.

1:00PM | Panel Discussion

Success Stories Panel

  • Makeda Peterson, Juneteenth Kansas City, Program Director
  • Mike Dean, Mardi Gras Galveston
  • Moderator - Ann E. Hobing, Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston, Guest Experience Manager

1:50PM | General Session

Grants & Services on the State Level – Texas Commission of the Arts, Ernest Luna, Program Administrator

2:35PM | Break


2:40PM | Panel Discussion

What You Need to Know Before Planning Your Next Event!

  • City Services & Requirements – David Smith, City of Galveston
  • Accommodations & Meeting Services – Lamica Mackey, Holiday Inn Express, General Manager
  • Hospitality Education, Intern / Volunteer Opportunities – Sherry Rooks, Ball High School, Hospitality Department
  • Liability Insurance – Monica Brown, GIA Insurance, Sr. Client Success Specialist & Marketing Coordinator
  • COVID-19 Guidelines – Ashley Sciba, MPH, BSN, RN, Galveston County Health District, Community Health Services Manager
  • Beach Patrol Operations – Chief Peter Davis, Galveston Island Beach Patrol/ Park Board Police Department
  • Moderator – Sherrill Hilton, Galveston Film Festival & Conference, Director

4:05PM | Raffle & Closing Remarks

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