2014 Conferences for Christian Mompreneurs

2014 ConferencesI remember one of the first times I traveled for business when my children were little. I had worked so hard arranging all the details so things would go smoothly while I was gone. There were six pages of notes! The babysitters were lined up. Carpools arranged. Food purchased and prepped. I’m somewhat organized so you could say I did a thorough job planning for my three-day excursion.

But what I didn’t plan for was the emotional tangle that hijacked my heart as soon as my plane took off. “What if I die on this plane,” I thought. “My children will never forgive me for leaving them!”  And then… “How could I do this to my husband? He’s going to resent me and my business!” And finally, “Why on earth am I doing this?” I immediately decided that I had made a horrible mistake.

I’d like to tell you that within the first few hours of the conference I changed my perspective. But the truth is the entire three days were riddled with guilt, confusion and regret. Imagine being 300 miles from home on a January afternoon and getting a call from the 16-year-old babysitter that the water in the house had been shut off. I had three babies in the care of a teenager and they had no way to eat or bathe or even use the potty. And of course, this was all my fault.

It took me a long time to recover from that business trip – emotionally. But I know for certain that it was the first step in a much needed transformation of my heart. I learned that my family WILL survive without me there every minute of the day. I learned that I cannot control everything – despite my best efforts. And I learned it’s good for ALL of us to have some time apart every once in a while. Oh – and I learned a heck of a lot of valuable stuff about running a business and I met new friends who are still, to this day, a part of my life.

Since that trip, I’ve made a regular commitment to invest in myself and my business each year through conferences, retreats, masterminds and coaching events. They are not always business events – I like to include at least one spiritual or creative retreat as well. Here are some of the events I recommend (or am considering attending) this year:

 

Top 10 Conferences and Retreats for Christian Mompreneurs in 2014

 

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Hearts at Home

March 14-15, 2014

Normal, IL

Gathering with thousands of moms, Hearts at Home main sessions are high energy opportunities to laugh and learn. Through drama, music, and speakers who understand the real challenges of motherhood, you’ll find your vision refreshed, your heart full, and your perspective transformed. (This event is a LONG way from home for me, but I felt right at home when I was there.)

 

 

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Launch Conference

April 7-10, 2014

Orlando, FL

Helping speakers maximize their business. Whether you are a professional speaker—or just want to be—Launch Conference will teach you how to start where you are and take your business to the next level. (Note – I’d actually prefer to attend Michael Hyatt’s Platform Conference instead but he hasn’t released the details yet, so this is another option. He also hosts the SCORRE Conference in May in Orlando. I’m betting than any of these will be jam packed with information and great networking!)

 

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Mom 2.0

May 1-3, 2014

Atlanta, GA

An open conversation between moms, marketers and media.
Meet smart people. Hear success stories. Discover what’s working. Discuss ways to create smarter creative content, impactful web-based marketing, as well as new programs, people, and platforms that engage your audience and build relationships. (I haven’t attended this event before but it’s been on my list for a couple of years!)

 

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She Speaks

July 24-26, 2014

Concord, NC

She Speaks is a unique combination of spiritual inspiration and practical application for Christian writers, speakers and ministry leaders. At She Speaks, every attendee chooses either the speaking or writing track. Regardless of which track you choose, all attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the top editors, publishers, and literary agents in the Christian market. (I cannot begin to do this event justice. I will only say that if you feel called to attend – just go. Just do it. You will not regret it.)

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Type A Parent

September 19-21, 2014

Atlanta, GA

Type-A Parent Conference 2014, the world’s top conference for mom and dad bloggers will feature killer sessions, opportunities to network with bloggers and companies, and some of the brightest speakers in social media. (I loved the annual conference last year and learned so much! There are also two Type A Parent bootcamps – I’ll be at the one in Orlando in March at Walt Disney World!)

  

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Allume Conference

October 23-25, 2014

Greenville, SC

The Allume conference exists to offer a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow, and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world through the social media medium. (This is another event I’ve been wanting to attend. You just might find me here in October.)

 

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EntreLeadership

Various Dates and Locations

Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Live events are no fluff, just practical wisdom on winning in business. No leader should lead without these principles. It’s what your team members need to see in you, and what you want to see in them. Sign up for the EntreLeadership Live Event of your choice, and put 20 years of proven business principles to work for you. (I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey and would love to attend one of his events. At the very least, I’ll be paying a visit to his studio in Nashville in February!)

 

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Bloggy Bootcamp

Various Dates and Locations

Blogging and social media conferences for women. This is a gathering of smart, motivated, kind women who believe that when one of us succeeds, we all benefit. That sharing the secrets of our success matters. And that there is nothing more powerful then a room full of women encouraging and supporting one another. (Here’s another event I’d love to attend…if only I could travel more often!)

 

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She Streams

Date and Location TBD

Created by BSM Media, an award winning market to moms agency, SheStreams is a one-day conference of informative and engaging sessions intended to catapult women and brands into the future of social technology. Attendees from tech savvy millennials, to mom bloggers and business executives, united through social media and technology, are given the unparalleled opportunity to connect with brands offering the latest products and services that will  help them effectively define their voice and continue to develop their overall influence in the online world. (I missed this last year and would love to attend depending on the location. Maria Bailey is so brilliant and generous with her knowledge – I know it will be fabulous!)

 

 

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Uplevel Live

Date and Location TBD

Here’s another conference that has yet to be announced but keep it on your radar because Christine Kane is a fabulous teacher and she attracts some of the most creative and kind people on the planet. Last year it was held in June in Atlanta. What’s with all the conferences in Atlanta? If you want to get a taste of what she teaches without the travel, start with her free video training series here: Cracking the Cashflow Code. (I’ve been to many of Christine Kane’s events and I guarantee you will walk away feeling encouraged and empowered to take your business to the next level.)

I know I promised the 10 conferences, but here’s a bonus event that I simply cannot leave out because it’s our very own conference hosted by the International Christian Mompreneur Network! It’s my opportunity to share with you everything I learn from the events I attend, trainings I complete and real world experience making imperfect progress every day as a mompreneur!

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She Builds a Business Event

Fall 2014

Virginia Beach, VA

The premiere training and networking event for Christian mom entrepreneurs! We haven’t released the date yet but it will take place in fall 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA and I’d love to see you there! If you want to receive early registration information, send me an email at info@theresaceniccola.com and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!

What about your travel plans? Are you headed to a conference, retreat or event this year? Please share your plans with us here!

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  • worryfreemom

    Hurray! I’m so glad you posted the list again this year, Theresa!

    • http://www.theresaceniccola.com/ Theresa Ceniccola

      You are welcome, Karen! Thanks for the reminder:-) Let me know where you are headed so we can meet in person!

  • http://apowerfulmoment.com/ Susan Seay

    Wow! I just learned about some new ones. I’ve been considering SheSpeaks this year. Which ones are you attending?

    • http://www.theresaceniccola.com/ Theresa Ceniccola

      Oh, I love SheSpeaks, Susan! I’m not sure about my fall schedule but I’m going to the Type A Bootcamp in Orlando in March and the one in Atlanta in September. I’d really like to go to Allume and She Streas this year as well. And of course, She Builds a Business:-)