Get Involved with Public Education

Missy Bender

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division will host Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee-in-Residence, Missy Bender. This session, moderated by Jim Rice, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Education Division Chair, will be held Thursday, September 8th, at the Fort Bend Chamber, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Join us as Missy Bender educates attendees on the practical ways that individuals and business can advocate for public education before, during and after a legislative session. Missy served for 12 years as a Trustee for Plano ISD with three of those years as Board President. She has partnered with Trustees and Superintendents to move away from compliance-based governance to a visionary view that enables each student to maximize their personal potential.

Event registration and sponsorship opportunities are open for Fort Bend Chamber members. The Event Sponsor is $500 and includes company logo on event marketing materials, invitation for five guests and recognition during the event. The event is $25 for an Individual Member Reservation and $40 for At-the-Door registration. Details of upcoming events can be found at or contact Rebekah Beltran at 281-566-2158 or

The Education Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is under the leadership of Chair Jim Rice, Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. The Education Division’s passion is building awareness and connections between the business sector, community leaders and education. By keeping its members engaged with current events impacting education on a local and national level, the division’s goal is to create opportunities for individuals to invest in education.