A co-founder of Dallas-based Hari Mari is the featured speaker at this year’s Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit.

Lila Stewart founded the store in 2012 with her husband, Jeremy, and will be the keynote speaker for the 18th-annual summit. She’ll talk about her background, career and the growth of the flip-flop brand. The company started with a mission to make comfortable sandals and footwear for men, women and kids, and its products are now sold in over 1,000 retail locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.

Lila Stewart.

“We live, work and have built our company in East Dallas, and Hari Mari is what it is today, in part, due to the incredible support we’ve had from such a special community,” Stewart says in a news release.

Hari Mari, which donates 1% of sales to help families cover the cost of pediatric cancer treatments, has a location on Haskell Avenue, and its flagship store is on Knox Street.

The theme for this year’s chamber event is “Flip Your Script: Finding Opportunity and Adventure Everywhere.”

Other speakers include City Council members and Steve Brown, the real estate editor for The Dallas Morning News.

The economic summit is scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. at the Lakewood Country Club. Individual tickets start at $65 and can be purchased here. Sponsorships are available starting at $1,500.

CC Young is this year’s presenting sponsor.