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Embark


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Embark


Embark 2016

The Milspo Project's premier event touches down in Norfolk, VA in 2016. Embark is everything you need if you are looking to grow a successful, rewarding, and creative business or career as a military spouse and meet like-minded milspouses in the process. Let's explore what is possible in our businesses, financial future, dreams, and contribution to our military family and the world, together.  New to business, being a military spouse, or looking for meaningful employment? Embark 2016 is the place to come to get inspired to take your dreams to the next level.

 

#EMBARKMOMENTS

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Tickets


Tickets


"LIKE A GIRL BOSS" TICKET $197.00

BEST VALUE. Consider "Like A Girl Boss" Ticket your all-access VIP pass to Embark Live. You’ll get into all sessions, keynotes and networking events for all two days. Also, experience queen-like treatment with the best seats in the house for the conference for all sessions, complimentary after-party cocktails, mingle with Embark keynote speakers during the gala VIP meet-and-greet, and receive a luxury swag bag. Plus, you’ll receive audio recordings from most sessions, included free with your registration. The "Like A Boss" Ticket: It’s your very best Embark value!

BEST VALUE. Consider "Like A Girl Boss" Ticket your all-access VIP pass to Embark Live. You’ll get into all sessions, keynotes and networking events for all two days. Also, experience queen-like treatment with the best seats in the house for the conference for all sessions, complimentary after-party cocktails, mingle with Embark keynote speakers during the gala VIP meet-and-greet, and receive a luxury swag bag. Plus, you’ll receive audio recordings from most sessions, included free with your registration. The "Like A Boss" Ticket: It’s your very best Embark value!


MILSPRENUER EXPERIENCE $144.00

Join us for 2-day registration consecutive days, Thursday – Friday and access all sessions, keynote and networking event during those two days. Mingle with military spouse business owners and leaders from across the country, connect with other Milspo Project members, and chapter leaders. The Milspreneur Experience includes complimentary dinner tickets to the Thursday night gala and cocktail party, access to the Embark after party, and a lunch the day of the conference.

Join us for 2-day registration consecutive days, Thursday – Friday and access all sessions, keynote and networking event during those two days. Mingle with military spouse business owners and leaders from across the country, connect with other Milspo Project members, and chapter leaders. The Milspreneur Experience includes complimentary dinner tickets to the Thursday night gala and cocktail party, access to the Embark after party, and a lunch the day of the conference.


The Kaufman Ticket      $97.00

Can’t make full Embark Live Experience? Book a 1-day registration that lets you choose from all the sessions, keynotes and events happening on Friday Sept. 23, 2016 at the conference. Lunch will be catered onsite the day of the event and included in the ticket price. Also, you will receive access to Friday networking events. Get ready to leave Embark with equal parts inspiration and motivation. At Embark you will have the chance to meet other military spouse leaders who are starting + growing their businesses. 

Can’t make full Embark Live Experience? Book a 1-day registration that lets you choose from all the sessions, keynotes and events happening on Friday Sept. 23, 2016 at the conference. Lunch will be catered onsite the day of the event and included in the ticket price. Also, you will receive access to Friday networking events. Get ready to leave Embark with equal parts inspiration and motivation. At Embark you will have the chance to meet other military spouse leaders who are starting + growing their businesses. 


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WHAT IS EMBARK?


WHAT IS EMBARK?


ABOUT Embark 2016 LIVE

EMBARK IS THE LARGEST AND ONLY EXCLUSIVE ANNUAL GATHERING OF MILITARY SPOUSE Leaders + BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE WORLD. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA ON SEPTEMBER 22-23 FOR EMBARK 2016, WHICH WILL BE THE MOST INSPIRING, EMPOWERING, EDUCATIONAL + BUZZED-ABOUT CONFERENCE TO DATE.

Milspo Project's Embark delivers everything you need to start, expand and take your current business to the next level  —  in one essential event! No subjects are off limits. We address the specific employment circumstances that all military spouses face, such as deployments, PCSs and work-life balance.

Embark delivers both the inspiration and motivation you need to dream bigger, and the take-home information you need to effectively grow your business or strike out on your own. The Milspo Project is the heartbeat of the military spouse community, and Embark delivers practical, achievable sessions that address the challenges that every military spouse faces today. The program adapts every year to meet your needs, so it is never the same twice! Embark is where the brightest military spouse leaders and entrepreneurs meet each year to learn from the most talented professionals in business. It is where you can reimagine your business, discover new ideas, reinvent yourself, network with other business owners, learn new skills, and get one-on-one time with the brightest minds in business. We can't wait to see you there!

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What to Expect


What to Expect


Learn from industry leaders

While meeting other Military spouses who share similar dreams

On September 22-23, 2016 Milspo Project will host our 3rd Annual Embark Business Conference for Military Spouse Entrepreneurs. Our speakers are leaders in their industries and will be live and available to answer attendee questions. These dynamic individuals will convene in Norfolk, VA to share their knowledge and inspiration on how to successfully run a business and find balance despite the ups and downs of military life. Military spouses are one of the fastest growing segments of entrepreneurs in the United States, and it is time for the educational opportunities for this unique demographic to catch up! If you are a military spouse leader, professional, business owner, or self-improvement junkie then you are in the right place!

 

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Welcome to Norfolk


Welcome to Norfolk


CHRYSLER ARTS MUSEUM

Embark 2016 will take place in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Chrysler Arts Museum in the Kaufman Theatre, a handsome, mid-sized performance hall with room for 375 conference attendees. The space will be a perfect conference retreat within the museum's walls. The Chrysler's renovated galleries are home to Picasso, Warhol, Dali, Degas, Matisse, Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Rodin, Rubens and Tiffany. 


Norfolk is home to the world's largest Naval base and the North American Headquarters for NATO, in addition "Norfolk is one of the top 10 markets for business relocation and expansion," which is why the Milspo Project is excited to bring Embark to this historic and entrepreneurial city.


HOTELS + TRAVEL

Norfolk is home to well-known historical site, shopping and unique dining experiences. Embark attendees will find it easy to reach all that the area has to offer as they are just a short walk or Uber ride away from most attractions. Norfolk International Airport is the major airport serving southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. American, Delta, Southwest and United offers daily flights to hundreds of cities worldwide. 

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2016 Speakers


2016 Speakers



Frank Shankwitz

Founder Of Make-A-Wish Foundation


Rosemary Williams

 Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at Veterans Affairs


CORIE B. WEATHERS

2015 Military Spouse of the YEar, Author

 

Lindsey Germono 

Germono Advertising Co.

TAYLOR WALLACE

WeVue, Co-Founder

Jen Crane

BOTTLE BREACHER,  Co-Founder

Eli CranE

Bottle Breacher, Co-Founder

 

  ERin Voirol

EMbark 2016 EmCEE

Michele Bradfield

Independent, Co-Founder

Leslie Brians

InDependent, Co-Founder

Cameron Cruse

Managing Partner of R. Riveter

 

Laura Early

Wise Advise, Co-Founder

KAtie Christy

Empower, Co-Founder

DR. PATRICE CARTER

Breakpoint Coaching, CEO

CLAIRE YANTA-O'MAHONEY

FLEUR DE LIS FITNESS, Founder

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Event Schedule


Event Schedule


EMBARK 2016 - Event Schedule

September 22 + 23 | NOrfolk, VA

 

THURSDAY - September 22

TUESDAY MORNING WORKOUT

Join us for a pre-conference workout hosted by Independent, and taught by military spouse Claire Yanta O'Mahoney of Fleur Dis Lis Fitness at 7:30am at the Residence Inn Marriott Downtown.

WORKOUT ADDRESS: 227 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA

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HUBER COURT DINNER

DRESS CODE: Business Professional or Cocktail Attire

ADDRESS:  1 Memorial Pl, Norfolk, VA 23510

VIP Cocktail hour, Ancient Worlds & Porcelain Gallery 6:00p

Front doors open for all guests, event begins 7:00p

Event ends, vendors clean up 9:45p

 
 
 
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Friday - September 23

Kaufman Theatre, CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

 

DRESS CODE: Business Casual

ADDRESS:  1 Memorial Pl, Norfolk, VA 23510

8:15a Registration begins, enter Grace Street side of museum

9:00a Embark Day Two Begins!

9:15a Director of Visitor Services gives CMA welcome, Theatre | Executive Director Welcome

Side door closes (Grace Street side of the museum) **Latecomers will need to enter through the museum’s front doors

9:30a Rosemary Williams, Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at Veterans Affairs: Reinventing Yourself

10:00a BREAK

10:10a Panel: Shark Tank Winners Circle with Cameron Cruse of R. Riveter + Jen and Eli Crane of Bottle Breacher 

10:45a Taylor Wallace, WeVue: The Culture of Remote Working and Learning

11:15a BREAK

11:25p Milspouse Power Session: Laura Early: The Secret T Being Successful, Profitable, and Having More Time

11:45p Milspouse Power Session: Dr. Patrice Carter: The Power of Authenticity, Passion and Grace

12:15p LUNCH

 ***Lunch (Children’s Gallery, Education Workshop, Library Reading Room, Huber Court, Mary’s Garden)

1:45p Milspouse Power Session: Katie Christy + Danielle Tenconi: Strengths-Based Branding

2:10p Frank Shankwitz, Founder Make-A-Wish Foundation: Everyone Can Be A Hero

2:40p BREAK

2:55p Panel: Michele Bradfield, Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney  + Leslie Brians: Finding Self-Worth Beyond Work in Mind, Body, and Friendship

3:25p Corie Weathers, 2015 Military Spouse of the Year + Author: The Source of Powerful of Influence

3:55p BREAK

4:05p Lindsey Germono, Germono Advertising Company

4:35p Closing Remarks by Erin Voirol - side door opens (Grace Street side of the museum)

4:45p  Friday Conference Ends ... (kinda) 

6:00p Official Embark 2016 After-Party at O’Connor Brewing Co. hosted by sponsor Bottle Breacher

 

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Embark 2016 After-Party


Embark 2016 After-Party


Sponsored By Bottle Breacher

The fun of Embark 2016 doesn't have to end! Join us at O'Connor Brewing Co. for more good times. Bottle Breacher is our official Embark 2016 After-Party Sponsor. Bring you conference badge, to receive one beer ticket and your Embark 2016 Bottle Breacher/Milspo Project Pint Glass.

 

 

O'Connor Brewing Co.

211 W 24th Street Norfolk, VA 23517

 
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2016 Sponsors


2016 Sponsors


First Command’s mission – coaching those who serve in their pursuit of financial security – hasn’t really changed in the ensuing years. Our focus continues to be on building trusting Client-Advisor relationships by meeting face-to-face with service members, federal employees and their families to learn what’s important to them, helping them establish meaningful and specific goals that reflect their values, and then constructing comprehensive financial plans for protecting their loved ones and pursuing their goals.


InDependent’s mission is to connect military spouses to local health and wellness resources, as well as offer virtual and in-person programs in support of their wellness journey. We are fiscally sponsored by Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading 501(c)(3) non-profit fiscal sponsors, serving communities across the nation since 1968. 


Bottle Breacher creates hand crafted 50 Caliber bottle openers made by Active Duty service members and Veterans. The staff at Bottle Breacher used to use 50 Caliber ammunition to defend our country down range, they now use them to provide the best MAN gifts, groomsmen gifts, and promotional products on the market.


MILLIE is an online community offering both local information and expert services to help military families experience more informed, less stressful relocations to new duty locations . Combined, we’ve moved wives, husbands, pets, Airstreams, vinyl record collections, furniture, children, destination signs and an aircraft carrier filled with wonderful memories over 50 times. We are bound by our “bring it on” spirit and our desire to provide services and opportunities for military people to help each other eradicate stress from the military move.


The demands of military life often leave highly skilled and professional spouses with years of unemployment or gross underemployment. Finding a way to balance the demands of military life with personal skill sets and career goals just hasn’t been solved – until now. Join the MadSkills community by creating your profile that highlights and markets your professional skills. You are able to communicate with other military spouses to outsource projects for self-owned businesses. Browse current remote job opportunities and connect with employers to utilize your motivations and goals to continue to build, and grow, and thrive as a career professional.


Dubsado is a Client Management System for Creatives.  Keep track of bookings, send contracts and questionnaires, send invoices and get paid fast via credit card... Keeping all your business to-dos in one place! Easily keep track of clients, send contracts, accept payments & stay organized with complete bookkeeping.


UnbrandedAR.com is a clearing house for contract-manufactured AR-15 parts at both the dealer and retail levels. The core business of Critical Capabilities is parts provision for large, household-name OEMs. UnbrandedAR.com represents excess capacity from that core business, and it affords our clients the ability to purchase the same quality parts they would purchase elsewhere, just without a brand attached to it. 


BorrowShare is the ultimate community resource that opens up a whole new world of opportunity to source what you need from right within your own community, while curbing overconsumption. The platform is open to active duty and their dependents, DOD, veterans, and civilians living in communities with a strong military presence. We like to think of it as the friendliest and most efficient virtual garage sale and lending locker all rolled into one. You can buy and sell, rent, or book services all on the same local platform. If your local community is not an active BorrowShare community, you can start one today!!


Fleur de Lis Fitness by Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney provides motivation, accountability, and guidance through fitness and nutrition coaching. Whether it's connecting in person, live online using Skype/FaceTime, or on demand using YouTube, Claire has an option that works for you and your unique life. It’s your turn to feel your best! 


Nakeya has always had a passion about two things: planning events with class and style and helping her fellow military spouse. While planning her own wedding, Nakeya was faced with the task of planning a wedding during a deployment. Nakeya had to change her date and her venue to accommodate the ships schedule. It was during this process that Nakeya decided that she would finally live her dream of being an event planner and became a certified event planner to help other future brides avoid the same pitfalls that she faced.


Happy Kaycee Productions LLC provides creative marketing and consulting services to small businesses/start-ups using the mantra, “Build Community & Grow Your Brand."  The HKP Team leverages inbound marketing technologies such as blogging, social media and e-newsletters to expand your brand's exposure and position your company as the expert in your niche community!  

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Become a 2016 Sponsor


Become a 2016 Sponsor


We can't do what we do without you.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in learning more about sponsoring military spouse business owners to attend Embark 2016. Your contribution will directly impact small business owners and the military spouse community. Also, your donation is tax deductible. THANK YOU.

Download the Embark 2016 Sponsorship Package

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