GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS
Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing and You're Made for a God-Sized Dream. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.
Deidra Riggs, writer and speaker, claims an undying devotion to disco music, the Motor City, and long bike rides under a big, blue sky. She is managing editor at The High Calling and a monthly contributor to (in)courage. As founder of JumpingTandem, Deidra inspires individuals to pursue the dream(s) God has uniquely designed for them.
Deidra and her husband live in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are the proud parents of two adult children and the happy inhabitants of an empty nest. Deidra’s first book, Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are (Baker Books) releases in September 2015.
Kim is a writer and speaker, the founder and host of Winsome and the founder of Five-Fifteen, an organization fighting human sex trafficking through corporate prayer. She is also Jeff's wife, a mom to five sons and one daughter, mother-in-love to three, and Amelia and Elisha's grandma! Kim's passions are to love her family and friends well and encourage women through speaking and writing about her imperfect path and God's perfect plans.
Lelia Chealey is wife of one, mom of three and became a very young grandma to two little girls before she turned 40. A woman with a past that includes adultery and abortion, she is passionate about encouraging others to stop hiding behind the baggage of their past and allow God to use their story for His glory. In May 2013, her teenage son was sentenced to prison and her trust in God was taken to a whole new level as He is guiding her and her family on this unexpected journey. She is currently writing a book and has written on her blog since 2007.
Lelia has been blessed with many opportunities to share her testimony, including a guest conference call with Proverbs 31 Ministries' Melissa Taylor, a post on Renee Swope‘s blog, and a post on Focus on the Family‘s I Am Pro-Life Facebook page. She is the founder of the Refresh My Heart conference, a graduate of She Speaks, and lives in Nebraska.
Read more about Lelia on her blog leliachealey.com.
Emily is the founder of Verity Vareé a happy wife to her husband and band partner, Ethan, a model, and actress. She is a passionate advocate for truth, specifically regarding women's bodies, their self-image, and telling the full story of their lives. Having grown up in an industry wrought with high demands and sometimes impossible standards, she is passionate and bold about encouraging women to not only see themselves through Christ's eyes, but to re-train their own to see the gift God has given every single woman . . . beauty. She loves listening to women's stories, doodling, reading children's books, Swedish Fish, sunshine, and writing in her many funky journals. Visit her on Facebook and Instagram.
Kristen is a Northwest native who grew up surrounded by family, books, alpine peaks and lots of green. She never thought she’d leave. And when she did, she landed in a lot of concrete in a city that shapes the world’s culture.
Now she's figuring out a life that she longs to have marked by gratitude and grace, good food and conversation; beauty, art and homeschooling all squeezed into a Manhattan apartment. She writes about living with intention as a wife and mother of four in the midst of a city that makes her heart beat just a little bit faster every time she walks outside at Hope With Feathers.
Kristen has a background in Early Childhood Education, spent years as a missionary in Asia and Europe, and now relishes in her role working with writers as the Editor of The Better Mom. You can also find her musing on Twitter at @KristenKill