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2017 Celebrating Women: Mind-Body-Spirit Conference Honors Outstanding Texas Women
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Friday, April 07, 2017

2017 Womens ConferenceThe Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2017 Celebrating Women: Mind-Body-Spirit Conference was held Thursday at Moody Gardens Convention Center on Galveston Island. 

Several hundred women from all over the region filled the convention center in anticipation of gleaning some wisdom, knowledge and motivation from the featured speakers.  

Gina Spagnola, president of GRCC, opened the conference leading an energizing line dance from the stage, followed by opening remarks from GRCC chair C.B. “Bix” Rathburn, PhD welcoming the enthusiastic crowd. 

Guests learned about keeping healthy as they grow more mature from Kelly T. Dineley, PHD Associate Professor Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative diseases at Sealy Center of Aging. Karen Spurgeon Welch, MD, ABFM, Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine UTMB Health, lead the attendees in an exercise in mindful breathing. Caring for aging parents was the topic presented by Andrea Wirt, RN, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Department of Internal Medicine UTMB Health.   

Connie Watt, Vice President of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, rounded out the morning by sharing her keys to success in parenting her three sons. She described her jump into “coach mode” in raising three accomplished athletes and holding them to their tasks from the time they were just little boys.  

During lunch attendees were introduced to women chosen by the conference committee to be recognized as “Outstanding Texas Women”.  Being honored were Frances Moody Dahlberg, Laura Elder, Lynda Guidry, Dr. Donna Lang, Joan E. Nichols M.A., PhD., Susan Peters, Amie and Jolie Sikes, Brenda Weber, Dancie Perugini Ware and Carol Greaney Wurst. Honoree Profiles 

Outstanding Texas Women 2017Hats off to our very own publisher Lynda Guidry! After two decades of toiling behind the scenes in the production and management of and the Gulf Coast E-news, she was one of the women recognized. 

Mrs. Guidry has been heard to say her late husband, Jim Guidry, was the creator of While his background as a journalist may have been the basis of Guidry News publications, it was Lynda’s genius in marketing and design via the uncharted territory of the Internet in 1996 that gave Guidry News Service its successful business structure and product model.  

Susan Peters, National Director, UnBound, gave a heart wrenching presentation on human trafficking. Her presentation reminded all of the attendees that anyone can become a victim of human trafficking.  

Key note speaker Marilu Henner captivated the audience as she related her personal life story starting from her roots in Chicago all the way through her career on Broadway, T.V. and motivational speaker. At one point Marilu apologized for going over her allotted time, but the response from the audience was “keep going, we want more.” 

Mia Gradney of KHOU TV served as mistress of ceremonies. Her positive energy was a subliminal reminder of the value of Mind, Body and Spirit.

Special thanks went to this year’s event co-chairs Ruth Rendon and Theresa Elliott and the entire 2017 conference committee.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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