A CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT WOMEN
Getting Back To The Basics
Krista Dunbar is a twenty-something daughter of the King, wife to her best friend Chris, sister, and friend. She goes to bed thinking about morning coffee, and journals her way through life as it happens. She’s a self-proclaimed extroverted-introvert with a need for deep conversations, and using her gift of encouragement to help other women in their journeys. She loves to lead through authenticity, letting others know she doesn’t have it all together and asking them to grow alongside her. Her driving passion is using the written word to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. She’s also the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of VALOR Magazine and co-founder of the Cultivating Conference alongside friend, Anna Scott.
The pressure of our culture can feel so heavy. It is constantly urging us to compare, change and doubt ourselves. When we question who we are, negative self-talk creeps in and we begin to question our purpose. Our Creator calls us His beloved and has intentionally designed us for a different story. Know your value and live your design.
A nature and hiking fanatic, Ashley loves living in the Pacific Northwest where she gets to go on epic explorations with her husband (who she rightfully argues is the coolest) and her fun loving dog. Give her chocolate and coffee and she’ll be one happy lady. Not a huge fan of small talk, Ashley loves to get to know women as they are and cherishes the power of a transparent community. Seeing women thrive and building relationships with them is what fuels her passion! She is the founder of The Lovely Initiative.
Maggie Johnson is a social justice junkie who lives with her bearded, worship-leading husband in Fishers, Indiana. As a feisty introvert, Maggie is allergic to large crowds, first impressions, and small talk. She’d much rather sit down one-on-one at the local coffee shop to hear your story. She’s a fan of theology, the local church, a good cup of coffee, and she believes that no one is past the point of grace. Maggie also serves as the Director of Young Adults at Grace Church. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @maghjohnson.
Designing a Life That You Love: Freedom From Overwhelm and Guilt
Anna Scott is a twenty-something wife, mama, and infrequent blogger who lives in the suburbs of Indianapolis with her husband and their massive dog. She’s all about experiencing the freedom this life has to offer through exploring the art of minimalism, being intentional about how much time she spends online, and creating lots of margin and white space in her day to day life to keep things stripped back and simple. She's the co-founder of the Cultivating Conference alongside friend, Krista Dunbar.
Overcome Fear By Running Towards The Roar:
Sometimes we need to run towards the thing that scares us the most instead of running away from it.
Dija Henry is an actress, filmmaker and author living in the Midwest with her amazing family. In her free time she enjoys watching super hero movies, eating sushi, hanging out with her family and spilling her guts to her journal.
Full & Simple: Why We Were Never Meant To Live A Plain Life
"You should be able to do and have it all." "You have to choose one thing to be great at." These are two lies that our culture screams at us daily. And the fact that they are contradictions makes it all the more impossible to achieve either. Having a full AND simple life, may sound like a contradiction as well, but I'll show you how it will free you from the world's contradictions and why its the way we were intended to live.
Erika Bault is a wife and mother of two kids living in southern Indiana. Previously a high school business teacher, she now stays home and writes on her blog, Full & Simple. The world would tell us that life can be full or simple, but scripture tells us differently and it's her passion to show women how they can have a life that is BOTH full and simple.
Your Spiritual Identity in a Sexualized Society
Ashlee Edgerton (maiden name Stockberger) is a Carmel native and she grew up attending Hazel Dell Christian Church. Her husband Luke, is the Next Generation Pastor at Mercy Road Church. Ashlee is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, one of a handful in the state of Indiana. She has a passion for helping young girls and women recover from eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. In the church setting she enjoys speaking on topics like body image and self-esteem. She has a heart for freeing young girls and women to see themselves and their bodies through God's eyes.
Comparison and Authenticity:
Now more than ever, amid a digital deluge of status updates and Instagram posts, we are lured into the comparison trap. In a world where so much of our lived experience leaks out to others in filtered photos and crisply-turned bits of prose describing our commercial-ready lives, it’s a trap that’s hard to avoid. Each day, we have a choice to make: compare and despair, or see and be free. We can live an abundant and beautiful life of authenticity and purpose, or a small life, bent around the tiny orbit of public opinion. In this session, Ali will help you break free from the comparison trap and inspire you to learn, hone, and honor the path God has called you to walk.
Ali Wren is a teacher, foodie, and lover of goldendoodles–especially the fluffy ones. Passionate about helping women discover a whole and healthy life, she chronicles her journey at AliWren.com. There, she writes about overcoming the comparison trap, healthy eating with food allergies, and reclaiming authenticity, beauty and simplicity in each day.
My name is Paige Imel! I am 20 years old, and currently a student at Grace Indy. I go to Common Ground Christian Church, and have been leading worship there for about two years now. Music has always been the way I connect best to God, so leading worship was a natural way for me to live more fully into who I am, and hopefully bless others in the process. I'm very passionate about creating a safe place for people to worship however they feel comfortable. Outside of church I have the privilege of singing with Nick Morrow in his band/worship ministry called Mountaintops. When I'm not teaching myself guitar, doing homework, or nannying, I love doing Pilates or watching Netflix dramas set in the 1800's!!!