Building Bridges to a Bolder Future
Illuminating Women 2020 Virtual Conference
Building Bridges for a
Bolder and Braver Future

September 25th, 26th, 29th,
October 1st & 3rd

I am so excited to announce the new dates for the 2020 Illuminating Women’s Conference! Due to the coronavirus, and to ensure everyone’s safety, it was necessary to postpone the conference originally scheduled for March. We will now present the conference online over several days beginning on September 25, 2020.

Come together with your sister community for education, empowerment, and support. Meet new people and renew friendships. We are looking forward to reaching more women than ever by presenting content in an online format. There are many convenient ways to attend, or to become a sponsor or vendor. Let’s embrace the new ways we have needed to adjust in today’s environment and make them work for us! You have told us what is important right now. Our speakers are excited to present topics to guide you toward personal and professional growth during this time where “pivot and change “ have never meant more.

Jill Nichols-Hicks

Jill Nichols-Hicks
Owner/Founder of I.W.

Here is quick look at the virtual platform

Watch the Sizzle Reel!

A quick snapshot of the interviews with the Illuminating Women 2020 Conference: Building Bridges for a Bolder and Braver Future. These professionals will be teaching on the areas women statistically need support for their personal and professional growth.

Don’t miss your opportunity to support women’s personal & professional development and receive greater visibility with wider outreach.

A Bolder and Braver Women’s Conference

Are you a woman looking to bridge the gap between what’s been holding you back and the future you’re envisioning for yourself? Are you hungry to pivot and shift with the changing times enabling you to navigate new waters going into 2021? Then this is the conference for YOU! After 3 years of producing women-centric conferences we’ve seen the POWER of bringing together; even virtually.

This year we see that the time is now to take a bold and brave look into what is holding you back and learn to let it go. To take a good look at vulnerability and see the strength within it. To understand what it means to trust yourself. To see that you are not alone in the challenges you face. To embrace positive change so you can create the ideal vision for your life generating greater leaps in your personal and professional growth.

This conference is designed to help you take your next step

If you want more, we will support you in going after it.

September 25th, 26th, 29th,
October 1st & 3rd

At tables

Impact-driven learning
through laughter, with an emphasis on active engagement through immediate implementation

Cheering and Clapping

Connecting with a diverse community
of women (ranging from employees to entrepreneurs) who want MORE without all the fear, pain, and sacrifice

Arms Out

Taking the lessons from the past
whose effects are felt here in the present, in order to shape an illuminated and empowered future

We ALL have unique experiences and come from diverse backgrounds.

By working together, and celebrating and honoring what makes us “special,” we are unstoppable!

See full Conference schedule below

*Go to our Illuminating Women YouTube Channel to see video interviews with the speakers including sponsor and vendor commercials.

Learn from the Experts!

We have assembled inspiring women from all over the west coast to be our expert guides through a day of personal and professional development.

Jill Nichols-Hicks

Jill Nichols-Hicks
Owner/Founder of I.W.

Conference Hostess

Maresa Friedman

Maresa Friedman
Strategist, The Executive Cat Herder

Keynote Speaker
“Owning the Room”

Beata Jachulski Baker

Beata Jachulski Baker
Writer/Editor, Ursa Minor Media, Inc.

Conference MC

Sharon Hockenbury

Sharon Hockenbury
Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness, Owner

Stretch and Move Break Leader

Lisa Fisher

Lisa Fischer
Lisa Fischer Styling

Friday Night Speaker
“Refresh Your Closet – Refresh Your Life”

Brenda Reiss

Brenda Reiss
Coach, Forgiveness Coaching

“Letting Go to Move Forward”

Lindsey Schwartz

Lindsey Schwartz
Powerhouse Women, Author

“Finding Courage”


Debra Trappen
CEO + Head of Moxie at d11, LLC

“Building Your Ideal Lioness Pride”

Dorice Horenstein

Dorice Horenstein

“Becoming Unsinkable”


Dawn Torres

“Sound Bath/Meditation”


Nikkie Achartz
CEO of SNAP Savvy Strategies, LLC

“Strategic Pivoting for Success”

Fireside Chat Panel

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Tisha Held

“Wisdom in Foresight”
Fireside Chat


Isabelle Banville

“Wisdom in Foresight”
Fireside Chat


Zuleika ‘Z’ Deciga

“Wisdom in Foresight”
Fireside Chat

A Special Presentation from our Non Profits


Kristin Bentley
NW Women of the Military Foundation

Nikki Gane-Butler

Nikki Gane-Butler
Dignity for Divas

7 Minute Illuminate Talk: Inspiration, Motivation, and Hope

Thursday, 10/1, 6pm Pacific


Stacy Fisher

“Foundation of Self-Care”

Elan Bailey

Elain Bailey

“The Journey from Impostor to Authentic Leader”


Kat Kim

“How to Cultivate Divine Confidence from the Inside Out”

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Gigi Khanyezi


Mirjam den Dunnen

“What is the Beautiful Quality in Your Allergy”

Huge Thank You to Our Workshop Facilitators

Bettina Carey

Bettina Carey

Aubrey Armes

Aubrey Armes


Louise Sportelli


Stacy Fisher


Donna Riccardo

Elan Bailey

Elain Bailey

Leubgythe (Nancy) Holm

Leubgythe Holm


Mirjam den Dunnen

Lisa Mueller2

Lisa Mueller


Elaine Seiler

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Anna Margolina


Tina Huang


Taryn Laakso


“This conference was like none other I have ever experienced. I have organized and been part of women’s retreats and conferences for decades. My experience attending this conference was like none other and the ‘take homes’ were profound and practical. The ‘tribe’ of women who attended were like-minded individuals, yet unique in their purpose and passion. I felt honored in my personal growth process and there was no sense of competition, only authentic support. The messages were real and raw, powerful and inspiring. I look forward to attending next year.”

-Sharon Hockenbury – Owner, Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness

“[The conference] was re-centering for me. The speakers were chosen with thoughtful purpose to reach as many women – where they are and with what they need – as possible. The attendees were gracious and genuinely wanted to make a connection with each other, so it was easy to feel welcome, accepted and valued, even if you didn’t know anyone. The conference has become one of the most important self-care days of my year, and is an incredible value of time and money.”

-Kitty Barran

Get a sneak peek at our packed agenda for 2020!

  • Letting Go to Move Forward
    Releasing the guilt and shame that comes from looking back in order to foster an INFORMED and EMPOWERED you!
  • Finding Courage
    Getting over your perfection paralysis and taking ACTION by freeing yourself from comparison and criticism.
  • Building Your Ideal Lioness Pride
    Resisting the urge to bite back, freeze, or flee and learning how to handle feeling under attack by one of your own.
  • Becoming Unsinkable
    Riding the waves of life and experiences, illuminating the champion within.
  • Wisdom in Foresight Fireside Chat
    Learning from those who have already been there so you can avoid self-destructive habits and costly mistakes.
  • Strategic Pivoting for Greater Success
    Recognizing and embracing the new game changes for 2021.
  • Owning the Room
    Developing an agile mindset and diverse toolkit for fostering positive action in powerful leadership.

Vendors Include:

Learning to LEAD logo
Flourish Beauty Clinic
Tranont logo
Women for One logo
Laurie Carlson logo
Jems Logo
Health 1st Chiropractic
Independent Consultant
arbonne Independent Consultant Logo
Dazzling by Design
Lake Sammamish Insurance logo
doTerra Wellness Advocate - PJ Hanks
Compass Financials
Pampered Chef
North Professionals

Conference Agenda

Opening Night

Friday September 25th, 5 pm – 8 pm:

Virtual Happy Hour, visit vendors
Sharon Hockenburry leading us in Zumba
Lisa Fischer: “Refresh Your Closet – Refresh Your Life”

Saturday, September 26th: 8:30 am – 11 am

Visit Vendors, Meeting Others/Networking
Brenda Reiss: “Letting Go to Move Forward”

Facilitated Workshop Breakouts
Lindsey Schwartz: “Finding Courage”

Facilitated Workshop Breakouts

Tuesday, September 29th: 8:30 am – 11 am

Visiting Vendors, Meeting Others/Networking

Facilitated Workshop Breakout
Debra Trappen: “Building Your Ideal Lioness Pride”

Facilitated Workshop Breakout
Dorice Horenstein: “Becoming Unsinkable”

Repeated from Morning Session, New Workshop Breakouts

Evening: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Visiting Vendors, Meeting Others/Networking
Debra Trappen: “Building Your Ideal Lioness Pride”

Facilitated Workshop Breakout
Dorice Horenstein: “Becoming Unsinkable”

Facilitated Workshop Breakout

Thursday, October 1: 8:30 am – 11 am

Visiting Vendors, Meeting Others
“Wisdom in Foresight” Panel

Nikki Gane Founder and Leader Dignity for Divas
Kristin Bentley – Founder and Executive Director of NW Women of the Military Foundation

No Break Out Room

Evening: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Visiting Vendors, Meeting Others/Networking

Next: 7 MINUTE ILLUMINATE TALK: inspiration, motivation, and hope
Thursday, 10/1, 6pm Pacific
1. Stacy Fischer “Foundation of Self-Care”
2. Elain Bailey (from Canada) “The Journey from Impostor to Authentic Leader”
3. Kat Kim “How to Cultivate Divine Confidence From the Inside Out”
4.Mirjam den Dunnen (from the Netherlands) “What is the Beautiful Quality in Your Allergy”
5. I’m still waiting for final confirmation

Dawn Torres: “Sound Bath and Meditation”

Saturday, October 3rd, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Visiting Vendors, Meeting Others/Networking
*Special Music and Blessing
Nikki Achartz: “Strategic Pivoting for Success”

Facilitated Workshop Breakout
Maresa Friedman, Keynote Speaker: “Owning the Room”

Facilitated Workshop Breakout
Closing Celebration


Each speaker will be recorded to view or review at your convenience. Only the workshop/breakouts will not be recorded and are only available after the speakers on 9/26, 9/29, and 10/1.


Conference Tickets

Join us for connecting with and learning from other incredible women!

Sponsor Tickets

Vendor Tickets

Influencer Tickets

Taking Notes

Conference Sponsors

North Professionals
Revolve Consignment
TWS SO - logo
Clif Bar
suite B hair and skin lounge
Minuteman Press Issaquah
First Financial NW Bank
DML Insurance logo
brenda reiss forgiveness coach logo

Advertising opportunity for your business, project, and or non profit in our conference journal that will be kept and seen over and over again.

Live stream viewers will receive a PDF journal.

2.25 x 3
1/4 page: 3 x 4.5
1/2 page: 4.5 x 6
Full page: 6 x 9

Please provide a pdf file in the final size of the ad.
No bleeds on ads, all art requires a 1/8 inch white border
Ad must be paid for by January 15th
All submittals for ads must be in by January 31st

***If interested, contact Sharon at to secure your space. She will invoice you.

Media Sponsors

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