Sunday, January 19, 2020

2019 Rise Women's Conference

one of the many snack options/trays available
There was also a popcorn bar, chips station, pizza rolls, and chocolate covered pretzels

performers from the local high school drum line

Back in early November (just a couple months late posting...don't judge) I attended the annual Rise Women's Conference held at my church.  It's a Friday evening/Saturday morning event with speakers and activities for close to 1000 women.  

This year had a Homecoming oriented theme.  I helped with decorations and the snack bar.  This was my favorite Rise conference yet.

QHS drum line

lead singer of That 80s band dressed as Debbie Gibson

Mandy Harvey of AGT fame as a speaker....Beyond inspirational and down-to-earth.

QHS Drum Line....amazing. 

That 80's Band from St. Louis.......Great live band with music from the 80s. 

The Crossing Worship Team.....sang uplifting music to get us pumped.

Friday was phenomenal.  I even had a couple friends over after to spend the night.  I'd like to talk about how Saturday went but I way overslept (by several hours) so never made it.  

If you've never heard of Mandy Harvey, look her up!  It was at the conference that I first learned who she was.  Mandy is best known for being a finalist in America's Got Talent.  She has a voice that will tear at your soul and can play an instrument quite well.  And, unless she told you, I swear you'd never know Mandy is deaf.  

Mandy, at the age of 19, lost all of her hearing.  She went through a season of self-pity and anger but put on her big girl panties and has made the best of it.  Because she can't hear the songs she writes/sings, Mandy uses different techniques to get the vibrations and vocals correct.  That girl is the epitome of inspiration!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sounds like a fun event, and I remember Mandy!! I'm sure she was super motivational.


John Smith said...

'80s fashion, drum majors, and lots of candy: It looks like quite the event!

Jenny Evans said...

Sounds like an awesome time. Maybe the snacks were a hidden test for all those people who made their New Year's Resolution this year to "eat healthier?"

An Apel a Day said...

That looks like an inspiring event! I love the live acts, and food.

Screw Lucy said...

I went to a women's conference very similar to this two years ago in Dallas.

Shakeia Rieux said...

Sounds like so much fun! I definitely would’ve enjoyed this!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I've never heard of Mandy before, but she sounds so inspiring. I'm off to YouTube to see if I can find some of her work. said...

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