Frances Moody’s great-great-grandfather built an empire on Galveston Island. More than a century later, the 27-year-old is carrying on the family’s long legacy in her own way.
Frances Moody walks with her bichon frise from the beach to her home in Galveston.
This month, more than 1,000 women are taking a daytrip to Galveston Island. But it’s not spring break or Mardi Gras season, and they certainly are far from boarding a Carnival cruise ship. These women are CEOs, entrepreneurs and political powerhouses who are convening on the third coast for a purpose: the Galveston Women’s Conference (galvestonwomensconference.com). One of the faces behind the empowering occasion at the Moody Gardens Convention Center is 27-year-old Frances Moody. With a surname that’s been synonymous with Galveston since the 1850s, Moody was born into an iconic family whose American history rivals the Rockefellers, Hunts, Vanderbilts and Hearsts. But as the events director for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the bright-eyed beauty is far from sitting back and sunbathing; instead, she’s rolling up her sleeves and making big things happen on the island.
Thanks mainly to Moody and her team, the table sponsorships and VIP tickets for this year’s Galveston Women’s Conference sold out months ago, also due in part to some Lone Star State starpower: Laura Bush. The former first lady will be delivering the keynote address. “This conference is designed to inspire women personally and professionally,” says Moody. “It is a full day of listening to educational and inspirational speakers, and connecting and networking with other women. We hope everyone leaves the conference feeling truly energized, inspired and more prepared for life.”
Also on the roster to speak is Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot Family of Brands. “I’m looking forward to hearing how she built a $300 million empire,” Moody continues. “There are classic traits of successful entrepreneurs that each one of us can develop and use not only to create a company, but also to create an extraordinary life.”
It’s a life Moody is determined to live and share with others. Following the conference May 9, she is shifting gears to prep for the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston’s 30th Anniversary Pearl Gala (rmhg.org) May 18.
“I have always been so proud to be from Galveston,” says Moody, who is currently dating Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee. “It is where my great-great-grandfather W.L. Moody started to build his business empire more than a century ago. My grandfather and father have continued to live in Galveston and promote Moody businesses. They have passed down their love of Galveston to me, as I am the only grandchild to reside here. I am determined to follow my family’s legacy of striving to make Galveston an even better place to live, work and vacation.”
Photography by: Jenn Duncan