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Dr. Daniel Siegel

“Presence In Parenting”- How Showing Up For Our Kids Helps Them Thrive.

If you’ve ever wondered…

  • WHY your child acts out? Dr. Siegel will demystify your childs behaviour and give us the reasons for the back talking, tantrums, not listening etc…..
  • He explains the science of how a childs brain is wired and how it matures. The “Upstairs brain” responsible for making decisions and balancing emotions in under construction until the mid twenties. MID TWENTIES!

This talk will provide an overview of the field of attachment research and the practical lessons learned from this basic science of how we raise our children.

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed hispostgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescentand adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health ResearchFellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachmentexperiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative

Stephanie Wicker

“Raising Kids with Self Esteem (how to teach a growth mindset in a helicopter world) – This talk will cover how to define, recognize and practice a healthy self esteem in and with your children.”

If you’ve ever wondered…

  • How we can define, recognize and practice a healthy self esteem in and with your child?
  • We will learn the 3 areas of development: self-esteem, self soothing, and intrinsic self control.
  • Stephanie will give us actionable tools to guide then through this process and also how to not lose our sh*t. (most of the time!)

Stephanie brings optimism and expertise to modern parenting challenges, helping to demystify puzzling childhood behaviour with simple, common-sense solutions to big challenges. She brings with her a virtual kitbag of tools to tackle tantrums, defiance and aggression which are as practical as they are positive. Through her practiced child-centred approach, Stephanie focuses primarily on three areas of development; self-esteem, self- soothing and intrinsic self-control.

Janelle Jones

“The Modern Marriage After Kids” Pre baby marriage: that comfortable sexy high heel shoe. Post baby marriage: the well worn slipper.

If you’ve ever wondered…

  • Why am I struggling to feel a connection with my partner?
  • I feel like we are always arguing about who’s job isharder. Is it a contest now?
  • What do I do when I don’t feel like myself anymore…will I ever recognize myself again?
  • Is it normal to feel like you don’t have anything in common?

Janelle is a registered clinical counsellor who specializes in individual and couples counselling. When her son was born in 2016 Janelle took a step away from her private practice to pursue motherhood head on. Following the birth of her daughter in 2017, she began to realize that the women and men in her parenthood support community were continually facing the same common difficulties. Many identified with feeling burdened by the mental load of balancing competing household/relationship/work and family responsibilities. Others felt they had lost their identities along the road of becoming a mother or parent. With these complex challenges came extraordinary guilt, energy depletion, loss of patience and in some cases depression and anxiety. It was then that Janelle founded Modern Mom & Marriage Counselling and committed herself to helping mothers and couples find the joy and balance in parenting.


 “How to Keep a Pulse on Your Finances During Motherhood”

If you’ve ever wondered…

  • How do I get comfortable with investing?
  • Should I keep my finances separate from my spouse?
  • How do I find a financial advisor I will trust?
  • What does a financial plan look like?
  • How do I teach my kids about money?

Did you know 80% of household consumption decisions are made by moms? With this huge power comes great responsibility. And it’s often a stressful one. Mom’s are often left in the dark with financial decisions because they are not always the chief breadwinners. And the financial industry tends to over-complicate decisions and products and plans and this creates even *more* stress. Danielle is very good at simplifying financial topics. She will  lead us in her discussion on how every Domestic CEO/ Mom can gain control of their family finances, and feel calm and engaged while doing so.

Danielle will teach us five things you need to do NOW (including a fast and easy way to budget), how to be brave and invest like a pro, how to teach your kids about finances, how to talk to your partner about finances, and how to feel calm when you think about your finances.

Danielle began in financial services directly after university. She quickly progressed from a trading assistant to financial advisor to branch manager to director at a  multi-national investment firm. She is the recent co-author in two parenting books. Danielle is is a mom to two (baby) girls and because of that, is even more obsessed with financial literacy. She says: when women know their financial options, it brings them power, hope, and esteem. It gives them freedom!  

Parenting Power – Julie Friedman Smith & Gail Bell

 If you’ve ever wondered…

  • Cut out the arguments around screen time
  • Build a deeper connection with your children

Session 1: “Are screens stealing your sanity?”

Go from worrying about technology to having deeper conversations about it’s intentional use in your family by kids and parents. Cut out the arguments, keep your kids safe and build in person connections.

Session 2: “Getting kids to listen in the morning and all day long.”

Turn exhausting morning arguments into positive interactions that set your day on a great path. Go from saying things five times, to having your kids listen the first time!

With a combined 30 years experience in the education sector, we founded Parenting Power with the goal of helping parents face everyday challenges. Our commitment to the growth of our company has always been matched with our commitment to be present with our own children and families along the way.

Wendy Belanger

“Three 2 min and under hairstyles for the busy mom”

If you’ve ever wondered…

  • How to look like you’re still investing time into yourself even when you don’t have time.
  • How to look & feel your best little time

International Artist Redken NYC and owner of Influence Salon in Calgary, Ab. This 2012 Alberta Hairstylist of the year and Mirror award Finalist and her work have been featured on television and several commercial, fashion and trade magazines. Passion, ambition and the drive to succeed, make Wendy Bélanger one of the most sought after stylists in the industry.
Wendy has been hand selected as Pureology’s International Artistic Director.
This position gives her the opportunity to mentor, salon professionals, create upcoming trends as well as work alongside some of the industry’s finest.
She is also one of the facilitators at the Award winning Redken Exchange in New York City.
Her career has found her at events such as fashion week; styling stars for the Oscar Awards as well as the Emmy’s in L.A. 

Dr. Hillary Smith

“The importance of post baby nutrition for moms”

I believe the strength of naturopathic medical care lies in its ability to treat the root cause of a patient’s concern. This not only achieves symptomatic relief, it allows a patient to reach a higher state of health and prevents further disease. By understanding the underlying physiology of a patient’s medical condition, along with taking the time to learn about the whole person, I create treatment plans using various modalities such as acupuncture, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, lifestyle and diet management, and physical medicine.

Mika Perry

Morning and Night Routines for Busy Moms

Mika is a mom, blogger, influencer, and podcaster. She shares thoughtfully curated tips and tricks through her Instagram and blog to help her following live a more balanced, organized, healthy, and happy life. As a former professional organizer, she is especially well-known for her content surrounding home organization. Mika co-hosts the Good to be Home Podcast along with her husband, Russ. Good to be Home is a weekly exploration of entrepreneurship, family, marriage, sobriety, and how to balance business and life.

Day 2 speakers

Kate Northrup

“How To Have More By Doing Less” A revolutionary approach to time and energy management for ambitious women.

Kate’s Passion is to support ambitious women who light up the world without burning themselves out in the process.

-She will help us to solve the constant struggle to find balance.

-Give us strategies to know how to filter out what doesn’t and clear your plate to make time for what does.

-She makes a science backed argument for a slower paced, more meaningful life without sacrificing results.

– Kate will tell us HOW to get the same results in HALF the time.

As an entrepreneur, best-selling author, mother, and activist, Kate Northrup supports ambitious, motivated, and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Bestselling author of DO LESS.


Kids Eat in Color – Jennifer Anderson

From Battles to Fun: How to make happy eaters without drama

Jennifer is going to show us how we’re doing a great job right now! Plus, how to let go of the biggest mealtime stressors including:
– making multiple meals
– dealing with kids who won’t eat vegetables (or whatever you made)
– being obsessed with what the kids are or are not eating
– fighting over whether they can eat dessert now

MORE about Jennifer:
She’s a mother of 2 boys, and master of science in public health and registered dietitian nutritionist. It was her first son falling off the growth chart that helped her learn that some kids need extra help. She took this experience and specialized her knowledge so that she could help other moms get relief from feeding stress.

Jennifer Anderson is a registered dietitian with a masters degree in Public Health. She’s passionate about changing the way we feed our children, catering to picky palates in a way that does not compromise health. Her colorful bento boxes have developed a loyal Instagram following and high child-approval rating.

Patricia Moreno

The Growth Zone of Parenting
 If you’ve ever wondered…

How do we raise our kids to be compassionate, confident and resilient?

Whether we mean to or not, we as mothers pass down our habits generationally, and if we truly want our kids to be better human beings, we are the ones that need to evolve first.

Patricia Moreno is the trailblazing pioneer of spiritual fitness and creator of the intenSati method, leading a conversation about the importance of each and every one of us waking up and changing the inner dialogue that’s been holding us back. She combines her over 20 years experience and expertise in movement, mindfulness and spirituality to teach people to disempower negative beliefs, detach worthiness from weight, and co-create an inner narrative to access the love, courage, and confidence we need to live a full-potential life. She has created her own practices to integrate spiritual fitness into the lives of hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Patricia is an international speaker and presenter, inspiring worldwide at Google, Equinox, Nike, Reebok, The Limited, and The Miracle Morning among other notable organizations. She has been featured in publications such as Oprah’s O Magazine, Vogue, Psychology Today, Shape, Women’s Health, The New York Times, Glamour, Well + Good, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz.


Steffani Lefevour

“Creating An Unstoppable Life”

My passion and purpose is to help busy women transform their relationships with themselves, their partners, their kids and their coworkers, and live a happier life on a daily basis.

Stacey McCready

“Prepared for school? How to set the kids up for a successful school carreer.”

Long time teacher and now elementary school administrator for eleven years. As a leader she is passionate about children and empowering them to be the best they can be. Her focus is centered around the whole child: emotional, social, and physical well-being. “It is my job to cultivate an environment that promotes integrity, equity and inclusiveness, safety, well-being, creativity, and innovation”.

Leisha Laird

“Finding Calm in the Chaos: How to Counter Stress In the Fullness of Motherhood”

Leisha Laird is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCMD), a registered acupuncturist and owner of Flourish Wellness in Calgary, Alberta. She supports couples (in collaboration with natural, IVF, and fertility treatments) as they navigate through fertility, pregnancy, and early childhood. Her practice focuses on a healthy mind, spirit, and body, empowering individuals and families to Be Well. Leisha is a regional chair and an active board member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA), and works closely with the midwifery and doula communities in both Alberta and British Columbia.

Kelly Kaprowski

(Tots and Squats) Fitness Coach

No excuses! How to workout at home with your mini me.

  • Every little bit of fitness adds up! You don’t need to make it to the gym or to a class to stay in shape.
  • Tips on how to fit fitness in throughout the day even if you have your kids with you
  • Favourite excercises to do while multi tasking!

Kelly is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist/Lifestyle Coach and Kids Nutrition Specialist who specializes in women’s health. Most importantly, a proud Mother to my two beautiful identical twin daughters, Sophie and Olivia and her son Carter. Prior to having children, she was a Fitness Trainer, specializing in women’s health, training clients in Calgary, Paris and Houston. Since having her own children and experiencing some of the challenges that accompany fertility and Motherhood, training Mothers and helping them become their strongest self has become her true passion.

Kitty Raymond

“The Importance Of A Proper Sleep Schedule”

Kitty Raymond is Calgary’s first sleep training consultant and parenting expert with over 35 years of experience. Raised in California, Kitty attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Psychology and studied Early Education. After moving to Calgary, Kitty began working for Observation Nurseries which helped her clarify the need for support and education for first-time parents of newborns.

Prepared by this experience Kitty opened Raymond Parenting, known as the Infant Resource Centre, in 1983. Due to high demand, in 1990 Kitty’s primary focus became to educate parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers on how to successfully set the stage and accomplish wonderful sleep habits for the whole family.

Jackie Chemelli

“Motherhood…the side hustle”

Jackie Chemelli {@jaclyn_lisa} is the founder and owner of @lacebrickdesign  an adventure lifestyle brand for women. She also recently launched an adventure brand for baby girls: @babybrickbrand  Jackie loves french fries & foggy forests and she never says no to an adventure! She’s a partner to one of Canada’s top western leathersmiths, Ben Forster @tfb_leather and a new-ish mom to the coolest 17 month old twin boys, Sawyer & Miller. Jackie thrives on building community & connecting like-minded go-getters. She loves sharing her obsession with entrepreneurship, her accumulated brand building knowledge, & her passion for a creative life. Working hard each day to find a humble balance in love, life, motherhood, and business, Jackie challenges herself to live her best life in a way that inspires others to do the same!







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