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Saturday, November 7

8:30am CST

Morning Reception and Registration
Get your name badge, grab some coffee or a mimosa and enjoy a light breakfast while reconnecting with friends.

Saturday November 7, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am CST

9:30am CST

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Planning Team
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Trish Morrison

Producer, MomCom, LLC
Please let me know what you are most interested in when attending MomCom! What are your interests, why are you attending and what would you like to walk away with?

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 9:50am CST
Continental Ballroom

9:50am CST

Single Motherhood and Resilience: Stories from the Edge
Nearly ten million families in this country are headed by single mothers and half of all children currently in the US will live with a single mom at least once in their lives, which presents unique challenges for these mothers and the societies that should support them. In this session Rabia will share her personal story of single motherhood, and the blessings and difficulties faced by millions of mothers going it alone.

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Rabia Chaudry

Speaker, New America Foundation
@RabiasquaredRabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney and International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation (www.newamerica.org), where she heads the CVE (countering violent extremism) and community engagement project in partnership with Google and Facebook. She is a senior CVE consultant, with experience in international CVE evaluation projects and advocate training in Pakistan on the intersection of digital... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:50am - 10:35am CST
Continental Ballroom

10:40am CST

Saving for college: Everything a Mom Should Know
College prep has hit the playground set. Recently, the word ‘college’ and the conversations surrounding it are being introduced at a very early age. According to a recent report from The New York Times, children as young as first grade are already selecting colleges and universities they wish to one day attend. 

However, the road to college takes more than studying hard and sending in applications. As mothers, what we also need to ask our kids is: ‘How will you get there?’ Financial planning is a crucial component to the college prep process. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average student in the class of 2014 graduated with a student-loan debt of $33,000. As the challenges and costs of paying for higher education continue to grow, saving now can have a big impact later. Session highlights include:
  • Betty's personal story about saving for her kids' college education
  • Getting started: what is a 529 plan?
  • Incorporating saving into your college planning
  • 529 plan resources: www.collegesavings.org

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Betty Lochner

Chair, College Savings Plans Network
@bettyklochner Betty Lochner is the director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program, a division of the Washington Student Achievement Council. She oversees all program responsibilities, including daily operations, marketing and media relations, finance and records, customer... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:20am CST
Continental Ballroom

11:30am CST

The Myth of Perfection: Get Down and Dirty with Your Money

Not long ago, weight and health were off limits topics, and now everyone is talking about their steps, diet, and weight. We feel the same way about the control women have with their money---it is so important to our lives and wellbeing----but few people talk about it! In this session, we will share stories of success and “failure”, talk about very different approaches to understand your learning style, balancing your personal and family goals and finding ways to control your future.  We will give you steps to learn from one another to leverage your strengths and put your future ahead of you.

No, we won’t talk numbers like FitBit, or give you the perfect “diet” but we believe that together, we can break open this secret world, and create a culture of engagement around finances where we can impact a larger community.


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Kara Ardis & Courtney Duncan

Courtney and Kara started their collaboration and passion for education on accident. Both women started their careers in Financial Services and have developed a passion and gratitude for the gift of knowledge. They consistently give that gift to their families and friends, and want... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:25pm CST
Breakout #2/The Gallery

11:30am CST

Black and White: Motherhood and Race
This presentation will be conducted by two mothers, one black and one white,who have been examining issues of race and the criminal justice system both professionally and personally for more than a decade. They have learned the most about each other and about themselves as mothers first, and then as professionals and community leaders. Through formal presentation, group activities, and a light hearted and informal conversation, the session will explore the nature of race, how we understand race, and their stories on race and motherhood. The presentation will also seek to assist participants in becoming more comfortable talking about these issues, and provide them with tools with which to become advocates for change.

Session Participants will: 
  • Be more comfortable talking about race with other adults, mothers, and their children
  • Be able to apply critical thinking skills to current events and relationships where race plays a role
  • Be equipped with some practical tools for understanding each other at a deeper level and advocating for each other

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Courtney Robinson

Speaker, Excellence and Advancement Foundation
@DrCRobinsonDr. Robinson has over 20 years of experience in educational leadership, including direct employment positions and contracted roles with universities, community colleges, public schools, and non-profit organizations.  She is the Founder/CEO of the consulting firm Institute for Ex... Read More →
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Laura Sovine

Speaker, Adastra Enterprises
Laura currently serves as the Case Management Coordinator for Travis County Health and Human Services, supervising all 8 social workers in the Family Support Services Division. Prior to this she was a Senior Program Coordinator for Communities in Schools, supervising after school... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:25pm CST
Continental Ballroom-BREAKOUT

12:25pm CST

Networking Lunch
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Saturday November 7, 2015 12:25pm - 1:10pm CST

1:15pm CST

Millennial Moms and Motherhood in the 21st Century
Anne Boysen will reflect on her own personal experiences and how they relate to the topics brought forth in a collage of news clips that have shaped childhood and childrearing in the first decade and a half of the 21st century. She will then move the talk into the present and future by focusing on millennial moms and current and future trends that will shape how they are raising their children and making life choices. From this talk, attendees can expect:
  • To understand that we are parenting in challenged times, and that the little stuff is less important in the long run.
  • To see how parenting styles are in constant flux and that different types of parenting styles are appropriate for different eras.
  • To better understand the next generation of mothers and the future that they will shape and be shaped by.

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Anne Boysen

Futurist, After the Millennials
Anne is a strategic foresight consultant who spends her time trying to unearth the various causes of social change and the different forces in society that make people tick a certain way. In most of her work Anne has focused distinctively on our youngest generation. She later started... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 1:15pm - 1:40pm CST
Continental Ballroom

1:45pm CST

The “M” Word
It’s this decade’s vagina. With more than 10,000 people a day turning 50, the “M” word is in the ether. A woman's and mother's last little dirty secret, The “M” Word is both an epoch and an experience. It is a passage and a destination. Anyway you slice it, it is no bullshit and it's time to start talking about it NOW. The accompanying onslaught of revelation, a transcendent hurricane of hell, is marked by dehydration, blindness, irony, and wine. Lots and LOTS of wine. Join international fitness professional Laura Cisneros for a lively, wry and frank conversation about the other M word - MENOPAUSE. 

SEX. DRUGS. AND Whack-a-Mole.

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Laura Cisneros

Speaker, FRESH, The Service Industry, Dynamax, urban animal
With more than 25 years as a fitness professional, Laura Cisneros is a force of nature and a no-holds-barred leader who inspires action and drives results. With a powerful communication style and a tremendous “can-do” attitude, she has a proven track record of identifying markets... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 1:45pm - 2:10pm CST
Continental Ballroom

2:30pm CST

Power in the Pivot: Taking Charge, Embracing Change and Doing What You Can
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Hear Laura Beck, Carla Birnberg and Karen Greenberg  talk about what prompted each to launch her own business. They will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of going it alone professionally and how they survived professional break ups. The session will cover how their business ventures affected their personal lives as well as how their families and friends influenced business decisions. Laura, Carla and Karen will also share their perspectives on managing growth and knowing when it's time to cash out.

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Laura Beck

Chief Shortie, Too Short Industries
@laurabeckLaura Beck is a 20+ year public relations and marketing vet who worked for 18 years with big agencies, including opening up and growing Porter Novelli's Austin office to $3M billings. On the brink of turning 40, she threw caution to the wind and left it all to start stripedshirt... Read More →
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Carla Birnberg

@carla_birnbergCarla Birnberg’s health philosophy (and life motto) is: Fitness isn’t about fitting in. She believes we may all share the goal of a longer, healthier, more vibrant life, yet it’s okay (even encouraged) to carve a unique path there. Her site's tagline “unapologetically myself... Read More →
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Karen Greenberg

Speaker, MadCaps Salon
@MadCapsSalonKaren Greenberg is a Family Nurse Practitioner who jumped off the hamster wheel 4 years ago to start her own business. She has been an RN in the Austin community for over 25 years. She co-founded MadCaps Lice Removal salon in 2012 and has created a fun, stress free, welcoming environ... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:30pm - 3:25pm CST
Continental Ballroom-BREAKOUT

2:30pm CST

Redefining the Workplace: Insight from Women in Male-dominated Professions
Register for the conference here: SuperHero Mom.
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Virginia Woodruff

Founder/Director of Great Moments in Parenting & PR & Social Media for MomCom 2015, Great Moments in Parenting
@LemonadeSocVirginia Woodruff is a writer, editor and social media maven. She founded the site Great Moments in Parenting, where moms and dads share "the agony and ecstasy of life with kids." She's been published in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Brain,Child, The Mid, and other sites... Read More →

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Amy George

Speaker, BlueAvocado
@blueavocadoAmy George is CEO and Co-founder of BlueAvocado, a consumer products company that creates simple solutions to reduce waste in our lives and landfills. To date the company has helped customers avoid 198 million disposables and invest in over 1000 micro-entrepreneurs with 1% of sale... Read More →
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Katie Mehnert

Speaker, Pink Petro
@katiemehnertKatie Mehnert is the Founder and CEO of Pink Petro™, the first and only global social learning community for women in energy aimed specifically at disrupting the gender gap.  Pink Petro launched in early 2015 with initial industry support from Halliburton, Shell, and Jive Softwar... Read More →
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Amanda Wixted

Speaker, Meteor Grove Software
@commandaAmanda Wixted is a video game programmer and entrepreneur who has been specializing in mobile games for over a decade. Huffington Post called her the "Jay-Z of the tech world" for her numerous iOS chart-topping titles. She's a regular conference speaker, podcast guest, and featur... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:30pm - 3:25pm CST
Breakout #2/The Gallery

3:35pm CST

There's More than One Way to Be a Good Mom
In this high-energy session, Yasmin Turk & Amanda Quraishi will share the stage with four other diverse moms, each of whom is defining motherhood in her own way, managing the challenges of parenting in very different circumstances and finding ways to follow her own passion and vision for herself.

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Amanda Quraishi

Director - Social Media, Texas Association of School Boards
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Yasmin Turk

Speaker, SafePlace & HOPE for Senegal
@HOPEforSenegal Extrovert. Unapologetic ice cream lover. Amateur travel enthusiast. Practitioner of getting back up after falling down.Yasmin Diallo Turk is the CPS & Family Violence Safety Policy Analyst for SafePlace, an Austin, TX-based nonprofit agency serving domestic/sexual violence survivors... Read More →

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Eman Ghanem

Speaker, The University of Texas at Austin
Eman Ghanem is an Egyptian mom, scientist, trail runner and coffee connoisseur. She is Co-Director of the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) at The University of Texas at Austin. FRI is a program that provides hands-on research experience to first-year students in the College of Natural... Read More →
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Krys Kagan

Homemaker/Owner @The Bicycle Baker, The Bicycle Baker
@krysthebakerSelf proclaimed foodie, vegan chef & baker, and mum of two darling boys.Homemaker, & owner of The Bicycle Baker. When not baking, her time is spentcaring for her boys one of which is special needs.  She also works on advocating for human rights, animal rights, LGBT rights, & fighti... Read More →
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Sabiha Rehman

Owner & Recruiter, Caddodesign
Sabiha is a mother of three wonderful kids, one boy and two girls in Elementary, Middle and High school who has been happily married for 19 years. She was born in and brought up in New Delhi, spent time in California, Germany and Dubai but considers Austin home.With degrees in Bioscience... Read More →
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Crystal Silva-McCormick

Pastor, Activist, United Church of Christ/St. Andrew's Presbyterian
@csilvamccormickCrystal Silva-McCormick is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves as Associate Pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian in Austin, Texas and as a trustee on the Board for the Parliament of the World's Religions. She is a doctoral student in Interfaith Rel... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 3:35pm - 4:30pm CST
Continental Ballroom

4:35pm CST

Standing and Speaking from Each Other's Shoes
Go to Eventbrite to sign up: SuperHero Mom.
This session will inspire women to understand our shared responsibilities, each to the other.  And will encourage the use of our voices to fight for each other.

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Wendy Davis

@wendydavis Wendy Davis is an attorney, author, former Texas state senator, former city councilperson and the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee.  Her public service career as an elected official spans three decades.  From very humble beginnings, Wendy worked as a single parent to... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 4:35pm - 5:20pm CST
Continental Ballroom

5:30pm CST

Evening Reception
The reception is included in the full conference registration. If you would like to join us for the reception only, please register on Eventbrite and select: Party Mom.
Saturday November 7, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm CST
Westin Austin Downtown Rooftop

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