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Thursday, October 8
 

7:30pm

Registration/Help Desk
Thursday October 8, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH
 
Friday, October 9
 

9:00am

Registration/Help Desk
Friday October 9, 2015 9:00am - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

11:00am

WELCOME! Your Sisters Have Been Waiting for You.
Welcome to the manifestation of the highly innovative idea that for just one weekend, women who are not mothers might come together to learn, laugh, recharge and connect. It's the most different women's conference of the year: A celebration of women who, by their own choice, uncontrollable circumstance or quiet ambivalence, are not mothers. May this introduction to the scope of the NotMom community - from the Summit ballroom to countries around the world - remind you that you are not alone.
 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Blackstone, Ph.D.

Amy Blackstone, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Maine & Co-Owner, we're {not} having a baby!
Sociologist and NotMom Amy Blackstone is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Maine where she studies the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. She is a textbook author and has published dozens of peer-reviewed pieces on the childfree and other topics. Dedicated to bringing social scientific knowledge to broad audiences, Dr. Blackstone regularly writes Op-Eds and her research has been featured in... Read More →
avatar for Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie

NotMom Summit Co-Administrator & Writer for The NotMom.com, The NotMom.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her partner, Matt, and their hairless cat, Piglet. In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to build a shelter for Zulu orphans and other vulnerable children. | | Laura's been a NotMom for as long as she can remember. She didn't even like kids when she was a kid and... Read More →
avatar for Karen Malone Wright

Karen Malone Wright

Administrator, The NotMom Summit, Founding Voice & Chief Executive, TheNotMom®
Karen Malone Wright launched The NotMom.com in 2012 for herself and the one of every five American women who are childless or childfree. Her insights and ideas spring from a notable career directing communications strategy in philanthropy, health care, television and print media in Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, D.C. | A skilled presenter, in 2012 Karen spotlighted the online audience of women without children at BlogHer, the world’s... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

11:00am

Bookstore
You'll find books written by speakers at The NotMom Summit here, thanks to Appletree Books, an independent, female-owned bookstore. If you're tired of looking for relevant women's stories and research, do stop by!


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

12:15pm

Friday Luncheon & Keynote Speaker

Founder:

Melanie Notkin uncovered the growing demographics of childless women and given them a voice. To celebrate modern aunthood, in 2008, she founded SAVVY AUNTIE®, the multiplatform lifestyle brand for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids. In 2014, she introduced Otherhood, the modern, growing demographic of women who, despite their deepest yearnings, remain single and childless as their fertile years wane.

Author:

SAVVY AUNTIE: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids (Morrow, 2011), was a Wall Street Journal best-seller.

Melanie's second book, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness (Seal Press/Penguin Canada) is also a bestseller and was given a prestigious Booklist *Starred Review.*

Marketer:

When Melanie Notkin launched Savvy Auntie in 2008, she also uncovered the PANK® (Professional Aunts No Kids) demographic, the new marketing frontier of highly influential female consumers. Savvy Auntie and the PANK demographic are subsets of the OTHERHOOD™ brand.

As a marketer, Melanie was featured in The New York Times Sunday Style section for a national research study entitled The Power of the PANK which she co-released with Weber Shandwick and KRC Research in December 2012. In November 2013, the PANK was reported by Euromonitor International as the top travel trend. In April 2014, Shades of Otherhood, a national demographic study inspired by Melanie's Otherhood, and with her deep involvement as consultant, was released by DeVries Global PR. It gained notoriety on UpWorthy.com.

Melanie has attracted leading brands including Disney, Ford, Lands’ End, Pantene, Olay, Avon, Hallmark, Hasbro, Tropicana, JCPenney, Yoplait, Sprout and Scholastic as sponsors. Her social media and marketing campaigns on behalf of her clients have been featured in The New York Times, Advertising Age, Mashable.com and The Wall Street Journal where she’s been lauded as a ‘trusted source’ and spokesperson for America’s top brands.

Speaker and Thought Leader:

Melanie Notkin speaks at conferences and events for women and for marketers. Recently, she spoke at the STYLUS UK Modern Family conference on the growing demographic of childless women and PANKs, to a Fortune 50 company and a Fortune Global 2000 company on marketing to the Otherhood, at a fertility conference for women and men, as well as at the 92Y and to a standing room-only crowd at Barnes & Noble.

Melanie has been featured on CNN, TODAY Show, Rachael Ray, ABC News Now, Good Day NY, as well as on NPR, the BBC and Australia’s ABC RadioNational. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Mashable.com, New York Magazine and other national, local print and online media. Melanie pens popular blogs on Huffington Post Women and PsychToday.com on the subjects of childless and/or single women.


Speakers
avatar for Melanie Notkin

Melanie Notkin

Author and Founder, Savvy Auntie and Otherhood, Melanie Notkin Media Inc
Founder: Melanie Notkin uncovered the growing demographics of childless women and given them a voice. To celebrate modern aunthood, in 2008, she founded SAVVY AUNTIE®, the multiplatform lifestyle brand for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids. In 2014, Melanie introduced Otherhood, the modern, growing demographic of women who, despite their deepest yearnings, remain single and childless as their fertile years... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

2:30pm

Nullipara: Childlessness & Your Health
"Nullipara" - the medical term for a woman who has never given birth. Does the absence of motherhood impact a woman's health status? It can, and this session breaks down what's real. Factor in all definitions of 'health'- physical, mental, emotional - and there's much you need to know.

Speakers
avatar for Marjorie Greenfield, MD

Marjorie Greenfield, MD

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Vice Chair for Faculty Development; Division Director, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, MacDonald Hospital for Women, University Hospitals Case Medical Center & Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
After graduating from Case Western’s School of Medicine in 1983, Dr. Marjorie Greenfield completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and University Hospitals MacDonald House. She then became an attending physician at MacDonald, where she is the longest continuously serving faculty member (but not the oldest).  She is currently Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Chief of the... Read More →
avatar for Erika Taddie-Osborn, MSSA, LISW-S

Erika Taddie-Osborn, MSSA, LISW-S

Therapist, Psychological & Behavioral Consultants
Erika Taddie-Osborn has 15 years of experience in individual and group counseling and treatment of substance use disorders, most recently at Cleveland's Glenbeigh Hospital, where she served as counseling director. | | She has served as a therapist and chemical dependency counselor in outpatient and inpatient settings, working with both individuals and groups.  | | In addition to treatment of substance use disorders and other addictions... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon H

2:30pm

Mother Earth Is Not For Mothers Only
Environmentally conscious NotMoms report that their interest can be questioned by people who wonder why, without children (AKA The Future), we care about clean air and water, fracking, and other issues. Find out how to take your involvement to the next level and silence anyone who dares to limit who can love the Earth.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonny Dam

Rhonny Dam

Author, Speaker, Founder of Womyn Rising & Climate Reality Leader, The Climate Reality Project
A long-time environmentalist, Rhonny Dam is a Climate Reality trained leader for the Climate Reality Project who is comfortable speaking about controversial topics. She has been on a mission to wake others up to see that our many conveniences, plastics, chemicals and other unnecessary things place a growing burden on the world’s resources. | | Under the persona of the "Good Green Witch", Rhonny wrote in her snarky style via blog to get... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon G

2:30pm

What to Do NOW to be a Happy, Secure Old Lady
What IS the answer to "Who will take care of us when we're old?" In some measure, the answer is, "Us".

Thoughtful investments and money management, wills, long-term care insurance...not the most exciting topics to think about. And, sometimes it costs money to be smart about money and healthcare. Well, it is what it is, and you have more control than you know.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Baker, CLTC

Catherine Baker, CLTC

Regional Marketing Director, Lincoln Financial Distributors, Inc.
 Catherine Baker is a regional marketing director with Lincoln Financial Distributors. She is responsible for Lincoln MoneyGuard® solutions in the broker-dealer and regional channels, covering Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia. She has worked at Lincoln Financial Distributors since 2001.  Catherine and her team take a hands-on approach to long-term care planning by showing advisors how to maximize... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Newburger, LISW-S

Lisa Newburger, LISW-S

Owner, Discuss Directives, LLC
Lisa Newburger is a Master's Level Social Worker who has learned that a WARPED Sense of humor can get you through difficult times. Her career includes working with ventilator patients and then working in 35 nursing homes as a consultant. | | Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to start thinking about one's own mortality, she launched Discuss Directives, LLC. to provide educational, humorous programs about end-of-life decision-making. Lisa... Read More →
avatar for Fahreed Siddiq

Fahreed Siddiq

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management Director, Financial Planning Specialist, The Siddiq Group, Morgan Stanley
Fareed Siddiq, an experienced Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley since 1980, has built and expanded his business through dedicated service as a Financial Advisor to his clients.  He helps provide counsel in the areas of financial planning, risk management, investment management, estate and tax planning strategies, and retirement planning. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Accredited... Read More →
avatar for Dee Yezbak

Dee Yezbak

Financial Advisor/Health Advocate, Beacon Financial Partners
For 38 years, Dee has been a trusted advisor for women and families by empowering them to sort through the often confusing world of finance and investing. She has helped clients remain focused on their plans during times of volatility and turmoil. Women in particular often don’t- can’t - or won’t -take charge of their financial house. | | Dee enjoys helping clients understand their financial options, thus taking the fear out... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon F

2:30pm

Mean, Rude or Ignorant? Smart Responses to Unsolicited Comments
Depending on who says it and when, a passing comment has the capacity to ruin your whole day...if you let it. It helps to know that it doesn't just happen to you -- and there are strategies to honor and direct your natural, emotional responses...and feel good doing it.

 

Speakers
avatar for Gladys Perez-Mojica

Gladys Perez-Mojica

Coach, Speaker, Workshop Leader & Professional Actor, .
Gladys has been coaching for 10 years and acting for 30. Between her acting and coaching work, she has been featured on NBC, Fox, several feature films, stages in New York, Europe and the Midwest, publications such as the New York Times, Village Voice, Chicago Sun-Times, and Spanish language media outlets such as El Diario - La Prensa and Amor 93.1.  | | Gladys is married to a wonderful man with whom she walked through "fire" in order to... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Huron Room

4:00pm

BREAK
Friday October 9, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

4:30pm

No Babies! No Way, No How.
In 2015, women with no interest in pregnancy, now or in the future have a menu of contraceptive options their grandmothers could only dream of. By understanding how each option works in a woman's body, from condoms and sponges to the 'day after' pill and voluntary sterilization, know what you need to make an informed choice that is best for you.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea J. Burns

Andrea J. Burns

CEO & Research Consultant, AJB Omnium
Andrea is a tree-hugging food enthusiast who's passionate about using every tool we have to improve what we do and how we do it -- nothing is off-limits.  A seasoned research professional, she is a lifelong advocate of questioning the norm, looking at things differently, and finding solutions that work for real people living real lives. | | Through her consulting work and blog (Cheshire-Grin.com), she covers a broad range of topics... Read More →
avatar for Adriana Whelan, DNP, AAHIVS, CNP

Adriana Whelan, DNP, AAHIVS, CNP

Associate Director of Clinical Services, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
Adriana Whelan is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland since 2001. Adriana currently serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services, overseeing HIV services, as well as support and lab services. In addition, she serves as a Clinical Provider with 15 years of experience in primary care, specializing in gynecology and HIV services. Adriana earned degrees... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon H

4:30pm

Political Footprints: The Women's Vote
One year from now, America will choose another president, and women voters will lead the way. Being active in politics doesn't mean you have to run for office or be drafted to a local committee -- it just means that you care. How does a child-free life influence your political inclinations? How does your gender influence America's future?

Speakers
avatar for Jan Roller

Jan Roller

Partner, Giffen & Kaminski
Jan Roller is a trial attorney specializing in person injury litigation, medical malpractice, commercial litigation and mediation. After starting her career as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, she has worked since May 2015 as a partner with the law firm Giffen & Kaminski in Cleveland. Previously she was a partner at Davis & Young since 1989; she started at that law firm as an associate in 1983. A graduate of... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon G

4:30pm

The Open-Faced Sandwich: Caregivers Without Kids (or Spouses)
Media focus on the "sandwich generation" - parents who simultaneously care for their own aging parents - can leave NotMoms feeling their pain is not as honored, or honorable. When other family resources are hard to find, it's hard to know where to turn. Women directly involved with connecting families to appropriate supports offer new options that may help your situation, too.

Speakers
avatar for Connie Hill-Johnson

Connie Hill-Johnson

Owner, Visiting Angels & Co-Chair, African-American Philanthropy Committee, The Cleveland Foundation
Connie Hill-Johnson knew the struggles of caregivers to find appropriate supports first-hand when she was making repeated trips from her home in St. Louis to help her elderly parents in Cleveland. After losing her job to corporate downsizing, she moved to Ohio and used savings to buy a Visiting Angels franchise. Visiting Angels services include non-medical senior homecare, respite and companion staffing to enable... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon F

4:30pm

Setting Boundaries: How to Say It's Your Way Or...

Women who've chosen a life without motherhood hope their decision will be respected, but too often it is rejected. Unfortunately, women without children by circumstance face similar hassles from friends and family. Thoughtless comments like 'Just relax and it will happen' hurt, just as 'You'll change your mind later' labels careful decision-making as juvenile and ineffective.

Through screaming matches, written word and quiet conversations, NotMoms may explain their feelings and request a change in behavior, but...nothing changes at all. This session teaches basic, solid skills that keep your message strong and clear (not rude, defensive or hurtful) as you draw your final 'line in the sand'.


Speakers
avatar for Montana Miller, Ph.D.

Montana Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
While my job that pays the bills is teaching qualitative research methods and ethics in cultural studies at Bowling Green State University, my life has mostly been spent in various professional aerial careers, most recently in the world of skydiving, where I hold multiple world records, work as a tandem instructor and captain one of the only all-female competitive formation skydiving teams in the world. My aerial career has led me down many roads... Read More →
avatar for Lesley Pyne

Lesley Pyne

Coach, Supporting Childless Women
Lesley Pyne is a London-based coach who supports childless women to heal and to create a life they love. After 10 years of struggling to come to terms with her own childlessness and trying to find her place in the world she trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line techniques. This enabled her to let go of the grief and sadness and find inner peace and happiness to move forward. Now, Lesley uses her first-hand experience and... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Huron Room

6:00pm

Welcome Reception
What? We gotta tell you how to party?  Mingle with other attendees and kick off your first night in #CLE! 

Friday October 9, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - East Foyer
 
Saturday, October 10
 

7:00am

Fitness Walk/Run
Gather in the Lobby at 7:00 am and head out for a brisk walk through downtown Cleveland. Fran Hoerrmann, a Summit volunteer and former CLE resident will join you to answer questions and make sure your path doesn't stray too far from the hotel. Don't miss breakfast! 

Moderators
Saturday October 10, 2015 7:00am - 8:00am
Downtown Marriott Cleveland at Key Center- LOBBY

8:00am

Breakfast & Honest Conversation with Moms of NotMoms
A rare opportunity to hear mothers discuss how their daughters' childlessness, or potential for it, impacts their lives. From snide or thoughtless comments by other wormen to a sense of grieving for the grandchild that will never be, some of their complaints will sound familiar. For NotMoms struggling to understand their mothers' behavior, listiening to this very open conversation may help.


Moderators
avatar for Cindy Carty

Cindy Carty

President, CLCarty Consulting & Creative Services
Cindy Carty is an award-winning, creative communicator with a proven ability to build business and strengthen crucial relationships. A certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), she is a thoughtful instructor and discussion leader trained to apply deep listening to help audiences find clarity of vision, goals and possibilities.   Cindy designs original and innovative team-building workshops, targeted messaging and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Holmes

Melanie Holmes

Author, .
Melanie Holmes is the mother of three:  two grown sons and a teenage daughter. Discouraged by those who view females only through the motherhood lens, and concerned for her daughter when she read an interview with an infertile woman who felt life wasn't worth living, Melanie embarked on a quest to uncover the level of assumptions about women's lives.  | | Melanie interviewed/polled 200 women across the U.S. (and some... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

8:00am

Registration/Help Desk
Saturday October 10, 2015 8:00am - 2:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

10:00am

Speed Dating for NotMoms
This is no ordinary ice-breaker. Chances are, you will meet more NotMoms in 15 minutes than in all of 2014!

Saturday October 10, 2015 10:00am - 10:15am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

10:30am

Expecting Acceptance, Post-Choice or After Grief
Make no mistake - women who wanted children grieve the loss of something they never had, and women who never wanted children search for like-minded connections and understanding of their choice. Both journeys lead to a search for acceptance in a world dominated by mothers and 'families' defined as Mom + Dad + Kids.

Speakers
avatar for Liz O'Donnell, Ph.D. (LPCC-S, NBCC, PT, CPC)

Liz O'Donnell, Ph.D. (LPCC-S, NBCC, PT, CPC)

Owner & Counselor, Minding Matters
Liz O’Donnell is a doctoral level professional clinical counselor licensed in the State of Ohio, licensed physical therapist (CA, WI, OH), Certified Professional/Executive Coach and registered yoga teacher (RYT), with significant expertise in individual, group, and relationship therapy. | She has been working in the field of infertility for over 20 years and became certified as a pre-term infant developmental specialist... Read More →
avatar for Laura Carroll

Laura Carroll

Childfree Advocate & Author, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix
In 2000, Laura Carroll put the childfree choice on center stage with her book, Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice. The book received international acclaim and paved the way for her become one of the leading voices and experts on the childfree choice. | With a Master’s in Psychology and Communications, for over the last 15 years she has researched, interviewed and talked with thousands who... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon H

10:30am

Lasting Impressions: Philanthropy, Volunteering, & Work That Gives Back
Through volunteering and donating to local and national non-profit organizations, anyone can make a difference in someone else's life, and their own. For more long-lasting impact, the establishment of a grant program in your name, concentrated on the issues you care about, will last far beyond your lifetime. This session is for anyone interested in best practices for making a positive difference for their fellow humans, shared Earth or animals of all kinds.

Moderators
avatar for Connie Hill-Johnson

Connie Hill-Johnson

Owner, Visiting Angels & Co-Chair, African-American Philanthropy Committee, The Cleveland Foundation
Connie Hill-Johnson knew the struggles of caregivers to find appropriate supports first-hand when she was making repeated trips from her home in St. Louis to help her elderly parents in Cleveland. After losing her job to corporate downsizing, she moved to Ohio and used savings to buy a Visiting Angels franchise. Visiting Angels services include non-medical senior homecare, respite and companion staffing to enable... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D.

Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D.

Senior Managing Partner, Improve Consulting and Training Group
Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. Ellen is also an instructor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program and The... Read More →
avatar for Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie

NotMom Summit Co-Administrator & Writer for The NotMom.com, The NotMom.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her partner, Matt, and their hairless cat, Piglet. In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to build a shelter for Zulu orphans and other vulnerable children. | | Laura's been a NotMom for as long as she can remember. She didn't even like kids when she was a kid and... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Tutolo

Kimberly Tutolo

Community Relations Manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve
KimberlyTutolo has a passion for living a life of compassion.  She is a lover of all walks of life, animals, nature, travel, books and a delectable glass of wine. Childless by circumstance, Kimmie has learned to embrace life with a passion.  She is surrounded by a loving family, incredibly supportive friends, two very adorable Chihuahuas and many children who adore her.  Kimmie is a healthcare industry professional with over 20... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon G

10:30am

The Rights & Wrongs of The Non-Parent Employee
When working longer hours to help out a co-worker with a sick child starts to be a problem, do you know your rights? Discuss the most professional workplace strategies to speak up for the value of your off time, and all those extra hours.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Smejkal, SHRM-CP, PHR

Tracy Smejkal, SHRM-CP, PHR

Human Relations Specialist, .
Tracy Smejkal understands what it is like to be single and Not A Mom. She wanted to be a mother, but life dealt her another hand. She will talk about what issues related to being childless or carefree in the workplace, single or married. | | Tracy has built her professional career in Human Resources over 16 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baldwin Wallace College, and two accredited Human Resource certifications. Her expertise... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon F

10:30am

Dating in the Real World
When do you reveal to someone new that you can't have children, or just don't want them? What if you learn that person is already a parent, after he or she has won your heart? Online and off, today's dating scene can feel like a board game, sending you back to GO again and again. Is there a better way?

Speakers
avatar for Dani Alpert

Dani Alpert

Creator and Writer, The Girlfriend Mom™
Dani Alpert's first acting photo was her mugshot taken after getting arrested for tagging an overpass in the town where she grew up. Other lofty accomplishments include working out in the NYU gym alongside Adam Sandler while attending film school. She followed that up with a move to Los Angeles, where she worked out in a gym alongside Facts of Life star Mindy Cohen, while attending The American Film Institute.While living in Los Angeles, Dani... Read More →
avatar for Christy Goldstein

Christy Goldstein

Relationship & Life Coach, Writer,, YourTango.com
Christy Goldstein is a relationship and life coach. She currently writes for YourTango.com and many other dating websites. | | At age 25, Christy was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. After researching the illness and taking many notes from her own experience with EDS, she chose not to have children and possibly pass on this illness to them. Because of this decision, dating became easier for her as she went along. By not having a... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Huron Room

10:30am

How to REALLY Spoil Your Pet
"Parenting" for NotMoms generally involves a four-legged sweetheart covered in fur. Your cat or dog enjoys quality foods, regular vet visits and all the exercise and hugs it craves, and good for you! Take your puppy love to the next level in this info-packed review of pet insurance, GPS & microchip trackers, and tips to know if those treats you bought are as healthy as they claim to be.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett

Chief Embracer, Embrace Pet Insurance
Laura Bennett is the CEO and Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance. She trained and worked as an actuary at a life and health insurance company in Toronto, Canada and Dublin, Ireland for 12 years before obtaining her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated as Palmer and Siebel Scholars.  | | Laura was the first pet insurance actuary in the United States and was named to the Society of... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Eick, RVT, KPA CTP, VTS

Amanda Eick, RVT, KPA CTP, VTS

Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior, The Behavior Clinic
Amanda Eick, RVT, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior) is the lead veterinary technician and practice manager of The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio 0 an animal behavior only veterinary clinic. Over the last 19 years, Amanda has worked in general veterinary practice, taught in veterinary technology programs and run her own animal training and behavior business, Pawsitively Pets, LLC. | Along the way she also became a Certified Professional Dog... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Erie/Superior Room

11:00am

Bookstore
You'll find books written by speakers at The NotMom Summit here, thanks to Appletree Books, an independent, female-owned bookstore. If you're tired of looking for relevant women's stories and research, do stop by!


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

12:00pm

Saturday Luncheon & Keynote Speaker

An op-ed columnist for The Los Angeles Times since 2005 and a 2015 Guggenheim fellow, Meghan Daum is the author of four books and editor of the new anthology Selfish, Shallow & Self- Absorbed: Sixteen Writers On The Decision To Not Have Children (Picador 2015.). Ms. Daum also works as an adjunct associate professor in the MFA writing division at Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York City.

Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed has attracted enormous media and public interest, sparking a national conversation among parents and non-parents alike. Ms. Daum’s basic message, that opting out of parenthood is not a function of laziness or immaturity but, rather, a complicated, intensely personal decision that actually honors good parenting, is explored in essays from celebrated writers like Pam Houston, Sigrid Nunez, Lionel Shriver, Geoff Dyer, and Kate Christensen, among others.

Daum’s own collection of essays, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion (FSG 2014) is a series of original works looking at sentimentality and manufactured emotion in American life. The essays take on serious subjects, such as the death of a parent, the decision not to have a child, and Daum's own near death from a freak illness, as well as lighter topics like the love of dogs, the proper appreciation of Joni Mitchell, the tedium of foodie culture, the definition of "romance" and much more. Widely praised by critics, The Unspeakable was called a “best of 2014” book by Slate, Entertainment Weekly and The Huffington Post. In The New York Times Book Review, author Cheryl Strayed called it “thrillingly good” and named it the best book she read in 2014. 

Daum’s other books include Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House (Knopf 2010), a personal chronicle of real estate addiction and obsessive fascination with houses, the novel The Quality of Life Report (Viking 2003) and the essay collection My Misspent Youth (Open City 2001; a reissue from Picador will be out in the fall of 2015.)

She has contributed to public radio's Morning Edition, Marketplace and This American Life and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Harper's, GQ, Elle, and Vogue. Her work is also included in dozens of college textbooks and anthologies, including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, The KGB Bar Reader, Sex and Sensibility, Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit and The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence among many others. 

Born in California in 1970, Daum was raised primarily on the east coast and is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA writing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She spent several years in New York City before making her now-infamous move to Nebraska in 1999, where she continued to work as an essayist and journalist and wrote The Quality of Life Report while living out her longtime fantasy of literally residing in a little house on the prairie. In 2003, she moved to Los Angeles, where she has hosted and moderated numerous interviews and panels for public event series such as Zócalo Public Square, the LA Public Library's ALOUD program, and Live Talks L.A. 

Daum currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York, where she is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA writing division at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She has taught at the California Institute for the Arts, the Aspen Writers' Festival, and the Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference and has been a mentor in PEN USA's Emerging Voices Program. She also volunteers as a foster child advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles County. 


Speakers
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Meghan Daum

Author, Columnist & Essayist, .
Meghan Daum, an author, columnist, and essayist, has been an op-ed columnist for The Los Angeles Times since 2005. A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of four books as well as the editor of the new anthology Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Choice Not to Have Children (Picador 2015.)  Called “hugely significant” by The Atlantic, Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed has attracted enormous media... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

2:15pm

God Only Knows: The Faith of Women Without Children
NotMoms of faith may have had some hard conversations with God about life without children. From anger over unanswered prayers for a baby, to uncertainty that the childfree choice is divinely sanctioned, the feelings are real but difficult to share. Religious services where families and babies are the majority can be hard to take. Whether you believe that God and religion are separate or fused together, if you Believe, this introspective discussion between women well versed in theological matters is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Shawna Atteberry

Rev. Shawna Atteberry

I am an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author. I have finished two novels that I plan on self publishing (Mutability, a feminist vampire story and The Forgotten Guardian). I am also a feminist theologian, and I have published one nonfiction book, What You Didn't Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn't Shut Up & Sit Down through Wipf & Stock Publishers. You can find out more about my nonfiction writing at ShawnaAtteberry.com | I live in... Read More →
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Andrea J. Burns

CEO & Research Consultant, AJB Omnium
Andrea is a tree-hugging food enthusiast who's passionate about using every tool we have to improve what we do and how we do it -- nothing is off-limits.  A seasoned research professional, she is a lifelong advocate of questioning the norm, looking at things differently, and finding solutions that work for real people living real lives. | | Through her consulting work and blog (Cheshire-Grin.com), she covers a broad range of topics... Read More →
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Shirley Nelson

Author, Coach, Retreat Facilitator, San's Sacred Circle
Shirley Nelson is a certified life skills coach and retreat facilitator in Cleveland, Ohio working with large and small groups, including her own grassroots organization, San’s Sacred Circle. Her work develops sustainable practices for emotional and spiritual healing for women's spiritual support groups and retreats and workshops in northeast Ohio and nationally.  | | Shirley served as vice president for operations and program... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon H

2:15pm

Your Story Matters. Tell It.
As NotMoms, we often hide from our Truth and keep parts of our story hidden from others, sometimes even from ourselves. Owning and telling your story helps on so many levels; emotionally, spiritually and physically. You become the author rather than a character in it, with the ability to write your own happy ending.

Looking back over your whole life is empowering and enables you to create new meaning and purpose. In this interactive session you will learn techniques to start to take back control of your story and your life. 

Speakers
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Lesley Pyne

Coach, Supporting Childless Women
Lesley Pyne is a London-based coach who supports childless women to heal and to create a life they love. After 10 years of struggling to come to terms with her own childlessness and trying to find her place in the world she trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line techniques. This enabled her to let go of the grief and sadness and find inner peace and happiness to move forward. Now, Lesley uses her first-hand experience and... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon G

2:15pm

TribeSearch: Conversation Spiral
Connect with your sister NotMoms in a circular environment where there's no "back of the room" to hide. Join a moderated discussion on how the energy generated here moves on...and where. Where can we be advocates for women without children into the future? Who needs to hear our voices now?

*** Sign-up for Tribe Mailing Lists  Build your tribe by geography and interest (tech, crafts, boomer, etc.), 

Moderators
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Cindy Carty

President, CLCarty Consulting & Creative Services
Cindy Carty is an award-winning, creative communicator with a proven ability to build business and strengthen crucial relationships. A certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), she is a thoughtful instructor and discussion leader trained to apply deep listening to help audiences find clarity of vision, goals and possibilities.   Cindy designs original and innovative team-building workshops, targeted messaging and... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Salon F

2:15pm

NotMom Generations: Boomer, Millennial & Beyond
Millennial women are age 18-34 in 2015, and their experience of life without motherhood is vastly different than their Boomer sisters who are now age 51-69. That's a given. Lessons learned on their very different journeys can be surprisingly similar, even in their divergence.

But Boomer NotMoms and those who came before could never have imagined the Internet, a tool to fight feelings of being 'the only one' through connections with other women without children nearby and far away. In this conversation of sharing, two NotMoms, age 29 and 69, examine yesterday, today and tomorrow through our distinctive lens.

Speakers
avatar for Aralyn Hughes

Aralyn Hughes

Producer, Writer, Actor, .
After growing up on Route 66 in Oklahoma in the ‘50s, Aralyn Hughes expected to experience the traditional roles of wife, mother and homemaker.  She even majored in Home Economics and served as President of Tri Delta Social Society. In the 1960s, she came of age and her perspective changed when her life was touched by the social revolution that involved the Vietnam war, draft, sex, drugs, rock and roll. Due to the advent of the... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Huron Room

2:15pm

"Love in the Sixties"
LOVE IN THE 60s is a documentary about the life of' Aralyn Hughes--'first Lady of the Keeping Austin Weird movement.' Directed by Amparo Garcia Crow, the film follows Aralyn for three years as she becomes a performance artist/solo performer at the age of 65 after a 35-year business career.

A staunch feminist and former director of the first abortion clinic in Austin, Aralyn places an ad in the Austin Chronicle that reads: 'dominatrix wanna-be, a Bette Midler with a whip looking for quirky submissive to look but not touch. . . .' Overwhelmed by the many responses, Aralyn sets off on a whole new life journey that gets her pondering: Is this a retirement option or an unexpected means of finding love and the sharing of her crone wisdom?

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/100448856

Saturday October 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Erie/Superior Room

3:45pm

BREAK
Saturday October 10, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center Cleveland, OH

4:30pm

Community Living: The Overlooked Option to Living Alone
Meet women enjoying and promoting alternative models for living in community settings and housing. At almost any age of adulthood, it's possible to control where you live, how you live and who you live with, but it's more of challenge as we age, and it can't happen without a plan.

If you're tired of living alone, or interested in intentional housing and life services for women and communities, learn about different options and how to make them work for you.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie FallCreek, DSW

Stephanie FallCreek, DSW

President & CEO, Fairhill Partners
Stephanie FallCreek D.S.W. has served  as President/CEO of Fairhill Partners in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1992. As CEO of this unique mixed use campus, dedicated to social purpose real estate, lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships and successful aging, she leads a diverse team of paid and unpaid staff in a multi-agency environment. | | Dr. FallCreek currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Evidence-Based Leadership Council, a... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Kilkenny

Marianne Kilkenny

Creator/Founder, Women For Living in Community
Marianne Kilkenny works each day to fulfill her dream - a world where people can age in grace, dignity and peace surrounded by friends, family and community.   | Combining more than 25 years experience working in corporate, Marianne relocated to Asheville, NC and took the first step toward realizing her dream when she founded Women for Living in Community (WLIC) in 2007.  Since that time, WLIC has grown from an online website to a complete... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom

10:00pm

Wild Women Rock!
In ancient Greece, the winter solstice was marked by a ritual called the Festival of the Wild Women. Let's bring it back! Grab a drink, hit the dance floor, and Party Like a NotMom! #PLNM

Saturday October 10, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday October 11, 2015 12:00am
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - Ballroom
 
Sunday, October 11
 

10:00am

The Get Up & Meet Up Farewell Breakfast
Limited Capacity full

Share your favorite Summit moments and next steps with The NotMom team before heading home.

SORRY! Space is limited at this self-pay breakfast and all seats are filled. No new reservations accepted. 

 



Moderators
avatar for Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie

NotMom Summit Co-Administrator & Writer for The NotMom.com, The NotMom.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her partner, Matt, and their hairless cat, Piglet. In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to build a shelter for Zulu orphans and other vulnerable children. | | Laura's been a NotMom for as long as she can remember. She didn't even like kids when she was a kid and... Read More →
avatar for Karen Malone Wright

Karen Malone Wright

Administrator, The NotMom Summit, Founding Voice & Chief Executive, TheNotMom®
Karen Malone Wright launched The NotMom.com in 2012 for herself and the one of every five American women who are childless or childfree. Her insights and ideas spring from a notable career directing communications strategy in philanthropy, health care, television and print media in Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, D.C. | A skilled presenter, in 2012 Karen spotlighted the online audience of women without children at BlogHer, the world’s... Read More →

Sunday October 11, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Marriott at Key Center - David's Restaurant