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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce Susanne Sullivan as the recipient of the “Mary Ellen Doyle” Legacy Woman of the Year award. This recognition will take place at the 16th annual Galveston Women’s Conference on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

Susanne Sullivan, a respected independent fund-raising professional, stands as one of the visionary founding mothers behind the establishment of the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Sullivan also holds the honorary chair position for Catholic Charities. With a nursing degree from the UTMB School of Nursing, she was also the inaugural Director of Development for the school, successfully raising substantial funds in support of our exceptional nursing professionals. Furthermore, she has served as the past President of the Junior League of Galveston County and actively participates in various other volunteer organizations.

“We are absolutely thrilled to honor Susanne Sullivan for her exceptional contributions and unwavering dedication to our community,” said Gina M. Spagnola, president and chief executive officer of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Her transformative work and visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on Galveston, inspiring us all. Through her remarkable efforts, she has not only shaped the present but has also laid a foundation for an even brighter future. Susanne’s impact resonates deeply, and it is our privilege to recognize her as the recipient of the esteemed ‘Mary Ellen Doyle’ Legacy Woman of the Year award.”

Distinguished actress Christine Baranski, known for her outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry, will serve as the keynote speaker. Baranski’s impressive accolades include multiple Emmy, two-time Tony, Screen Actors Guild, Drama Desk, and American Comedy Awards. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Baranski achieved fame through her standout performance in Tom Stoppard’s hit Broadway comedy “The Real Thing,” directed by the renowned Mike Nichols, which earned her a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

The Galveston Women’s Conference attracts a diverse audience of over 1,000 attendees and features a comprehensive expo boasting more than 130 vendors with products tailored to women’s interests.

Hosted by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the oldest chamber of commerce in Texas since its establishment in 1845, the event is scheduled for September 15, 2023, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center on Galveston Island.

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