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Milspo Con 2017


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Milspo Con 2017


 

Milspo Project Annual Conference + Retreat

Milspo Project's annual conference and retreat touches down in Wilmington, North Carolina this October 5th + 6th.  MilspoCON 2017 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 milspouse leaders. 


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Tickets


Tickets


 
 

Success starts here.

Join 100 military spouse attendees, esteemed speakers and Milspo Project leadership for a two-day, inspiration-packed experience at one of Wilmington, North Carolina's premier tech incubators, tekMountain.  MilspoCON is a safe and supportive place to get inspired, and dream bigger than ever before.  Tickets on sale now for this limited seating event.

 
 
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2017 Scholarship


2017 Scholarship


 
 

No barriers to attend


MilspoCON 2017 Scholarship

Presented by Armed forces Insurance + First Command

For the first time, our organization will be awarding five Milspo Project Conference + Retreat scholarships. We want to be sure military spouse entrepreneurs, regardless of financial status or life situation, is able to attend our retreat and gain resources and connections crucial to their success. We encourage all to remember that these scholarships are intended for those that have a true financial need and could not attend this conference without financial help.

 
 
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What is MilspoCON?


What is MilspoCON?


 

ABOUT our 2017 conference + Retreat

 

 
 

Milspo Project's MilspoCON 2017 delivers everything you need to start, expand and take your current business to the next level  —  in one essential event!  We address the specific employment circumstances that all military spouses face, such as deployments, PCSs and work-life balance. Started in 2014, in the donated space of a church, MilspoCON has grown to be largest and only exclusive gathering of military spouse leaders and business owners in the world.  Attendees and members return year after year, to make valuable connections, foster friendships, and to open up and learn in an safe and educational environment with like-minded military spouses.

 
 
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What to Expect


What to Expect


 
 

positive People who get you.

 
 

Our speakers are leaders in their industries and will be live and available to answer attendee questions. Learn more about how they lead and work for positive change in their own lives, while they share their knowledge and experience on how to successfully run a business and find balance despite the ups and downs, and uncertainties of military life.  

 
 
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Welcome to Wilmington


Welcome to Wilmington


 

TekMountain

MilspoCON 2017 will take place in Wilmington, North Carolina at tekMountain - a truly unique, versatile space that offers unparalleled access to entrepreneurial mentors, venture capital offerings and professional services.  

 

 
 

HOTELS + TRAVEL

Wilmington is home to well-known historical sites and is just minutes to the beach, shopping, unique dining and night life experiences.  MilspoCON 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 Wrightsville Beach, Lumina Station + Mayfaire Shopping Center. 

 
 
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2017 Speakers


2017 Speakers


2017 Keynotes

 
Rachel Luna is a best selling author, sales confidence strategist + elite business coach and international speaker, who has delivered powerful talks all over the world from the United States to Europe to Asia.  A former US Marine, this 4 foot 11 inch firecracker has a reputation for inspiring confident action and helping her clients double, triple and quadruple their income.   She's been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and Latina Magazine to name a few, and is the host of the podcast, Real Talk with Rachel Luna where she dishes on how to gain more clarity and confidence in life and business. Rachel has clocked in over 10,000 hours of coaching via her 1:1 sessions, group coaching sessions and multiple online courses.  She has helped hundreds of students in her programs, The Feel Good Sales Society, Profit without Products, The Consistency Incubator and The Confident Entrepreneur Academy. If you're stuck in a rut and are looking for that kick into action so you can get you to the next level, Rachel Luna is the woman to call. Rachel is currently working on finishing her second book, Girl, Confident, launching this winter.

Rachel Luna is a best selling author, sales confidence strategist + elite business coach and international speaker, who has delivered powerful talks all over the world from the United States to Europe to Asia.  A former US Marine, this 4 foot 11 inch firecracker has a reputation for inspiring confident action and helping her clients double, triple and quadruple their income.  

She's been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and Latina Magazine to name a few, and is the host of the podcast, Real Talk with Rachel Luna where she dishes on how to gain more clarity and confidence in life and business.

Rachel has clocked in over 10,000 hours of coaching via her 1:1 sessions, group coaching sessions and multiple online courses.  She has helped hundreds of students in her programs, The Feel Good Sales Society, Profit without Products, The Consistency Incubator and The Confident Entrepreneur Academy.

If you're stuck in a rut and are looking for that kick into action so you can get you to the next level, Rachel Luna is the woman to call.

Rachel is currently working on finishing her second book, Girl, Confident, launching this winter.

Rachel Luna

LIEUTENANT DARRYL D. DIPTEE is a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian, and life mastery coach who has dedicated the last 20 years to harnessing wisdom from around the globe. With his unique talents he has helped thousands of people overcome life challenges ranging from suicidal Silicon Valley CEOs, to sailors suffering with PTSD, to refugees struggling with basic survival. In 2014 he co-founded the Military Leadership Circle which bridges the civil-military gap by forming healthy interactions among military officers, Fortune 500 companies, and global leaders so that an increased sense of ownership in national defense may be achieved. As a social entrepreneur, Darryl is especially passionate about women's rights and the education of children in developing countries, and is currently leading the Wambuzi Project which aims to increase STEM education infrastructure in Zambia. Darryl is also the author of the self-help book, Free Your Mind, and the children’s book, The Caterpillar that became Enlightened, which inspires readers to strike a healthy balance between personal success and internal happiness. To learn more, visit www.DarrylDiptee.com

LIEUTENANT DARRYL D. DIPTEE is a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian, and life mastery coach who has dedicated the last 20 years to harnessing wisdom from around the globe. With his unique talents he has helped thousands of people overcome life challenges ranging from suicidal Silicon Valley CEOs, to sailors suffering with PTSD, to refugees struggling with basic survival. In 2014 he co-founded the Military Leadership Circle which bridges the civil-military gap by forming healthy interactions among military officers, Fortune 500 companies, and global leaders so that an increased sense of ownership in national defense may be achieved. As a social entrepreneur, Darryl is especially passionate about women's rights and the education of children in developing countries, and is currently leading the Wambuzi Project which aims to increase STEM education infrastructure in Zambia. Darryl is also the author of the self-help book, Free Your Mind, and the children’s book, The Caterpillar that became Enlightened, which inspires readers to strike a healthy balance between personal success and internal happiness. To learn more, visit www.DarrylDiptee.com

Darryl Diptee

 
 

2017 Workshop Leaders + Panelists

Tammy Meyer helps women carve out a little slice of this crazy military life to call their own by helping them keep their own identity, enjoy a thriving career, and pursue their personal best in health and wellness. Tammy is a Certified Life Coach & Purpose Clarity Career Coach, she has a BA in Exercise Science, BS in Organizational Leadership, is certified in six different fitness & nutrition specialties, and is an educator and consultant for Beautycounter ~ passionate about the safety & quality of our personal care products. Tammy received the 2014 AFI Navy Spouse of the Year award and currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her Navy Seabee & their sweet baby boy. 

Tammy Meyer helps women carve out a little slice of this crazy military life to call their own by helping them keep their own identity, enjoy a thriving career, and pursue their personal best in health and wellness. Tammy is a Certified Life Coach & Purpose Clarity Career Coach, she has a BA in Exercise Science, BS in Organizational Leadership, is certified in six different fitness & nutrition specialties, and is an educator and consultant for Beautycounter ~ passionate about the safety & quality of our personal care products. Tammy received the 2014 AFI Navy Spouse of the Year award and currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her Navy Seabee & their sweet baby boy. 

Tammy Meyer

Lauren Hope is the designer and owner of Hope Design Ltd, a hand-crafted military jewelry business, 2017 United States Military Academy Spouse of the year and Army spouse. Lauren has a passion for military history and is a member the Ohio Valley Military Historical Society. Here she collects vintage military insignia to be re-imagined into modern jewelry for military supporters. Hope Design has grown from a hobby, to successful Etsy store, to brand. Hope Design is licensed by branches of the US military and USMA, and partners with Waterbury Button Company, the official uniform supplier for the US military. Hope Design’s high standards of quality have attracted clients from capital hill, the White House, embassies, and spouses’ club gift shops alike. Lauren and her husband Greg have been married 10 years and are currently stationed at the United States Military Academy with their 2 sons. Lauren volunteers with her local spouses’ club and leads the West Point Chapter.

Lauren Hope is the designer and owner of Hope Design Ltd, a hand-crafted military jewelry business, 2017 United States Military Academy Spouse of the year and Army spouse.

Lauren has a passion for military history and is a member the Ohio Valley Military Historical Society. Here she collects vintage military insignia to be re-imagined into modern jewelry for military supporters. Hope Design has grown from a hobby, to successful Etsy store, to brand.

Hope Design is licensed by branches of the US military and USMA, and partners with Waterbury Button Company, the official uniform supplier for the US military. Hope Design’s high standards of quality have attracted clients from capital hill, the White House, embassies, and spouses’ club gift shops alike.

Lauren and her husband Greg have been married 10 years and are currently stationed at the United States Military Academy with their 2 sons. Lauren volunteers with her local spouses’ club and leads the West Point Chapter.

Lauren Hope

Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer  President, Armed Forces Insurance Foundation  Lori has 34 years of experience as a professional marketer. Lori oversees corporate branding as well as directs Armed Forces Insurance’s integrated marketing and public relations programs in addition to serving as company spokesperson. Lori and AFI share the same mission in many ways - “Our Mission is You” - and Lori’s professional and personal life proves it daily through her work and deep commitment to the military community.  Lori serves as the President of the Armed Forces Insurance Foundation, which works to educate the military community on an array of personal financial topics. As a former military spouse, she is a passionate advocate for our nation’s military families and plays an integral role in the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® program.  Lori is a member of several leading industry associations and is on the Board of Advisors for The Milspo Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing military spouses with the resources for success in business and in life.  She also serves on the Executive Council for the  Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl presented by ESPN. She is also the Secretary of the Armed Forces Insurance Agency.  Her educational credits include a B.S. in Business Marketing from LaSalle University, Training and Development certification from the University of Oklahoma. as well as several professional marketing certifications.

Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer 

President, Armed Forces Insurance Foundation 

Lori has 34 years of experience as a professional marketer. Lori oversees corporate branding as well as directs Armed Forces Insurance’s integrated marketing and public relations programs in addition to serving as company spokesperson. Lori and AFI share the same mission in many ways - “Our Mission is You” - and Lori’s professional and personal life proves it daily through her work and deep commitment to the military community. 

Lori serves as the President of the Armed Forces Insurance Foundation, which works to educate the military community on an array of personal financial topics. As a former military spouse, she is a passionate advocate for our nation’s military families and plays an integral role in the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® program. 

Lori is a member of several leading industry associations and is on the Board of Advisors for The Milspo Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing military spouses with the resources for success in business and in life. 

She also serves on the Executive Council for the  Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl presented by ESPN. She is also the Secretary of the Armed Forces Insurance Agency.  Her educational credits include a B.S. in Business Marketing from LaSalle University, Training and Development certification from the University of Oklahoma. as well as several professional marketing certifications.

Lori Simmons

Katie Christy was born and raised in Wyoming’s coal country and grew up with a pioneering spirit and a fondness for wide-open spaces. During her professional journey, she has gained experience in small business, personal finance and leader development. Katie is a natural entrepreneur and thrives when finding and conquering physical and mental challenges. Her love for learning and heart for service is evidenced in the various certifications (Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Accredited Financial Counselor, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer) she has attained in order to help others live their best life. Katie understands the joys and struggles of being a working mother as she works to balance raising two young boys while maintaining a professional identity. Katie’s mission is to help individuals and organizations leverage their talents to be more effective in both their personal and professional lives.

Katie Christy was born and raised in Wyoming’s coal country and grew up with a pioneering spirit and a fondness for wide-open spaces. During her professional journey, she has gained experience in small business, personal finance and leader development. Katie is a natural entrepreneur and thrives when finding and conquering physical and mental challenges. Her love for learning and heart for service is evidenced in the various certifications (Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Accredited Financial Counselor, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer) she has attained in order to help others live their best life. Katie understands the joys and struggles of being a working mother as she works to balance raising two young boys while maintaining a professional identity. Katie’s mission is to help individuals and organizations leverage their talents to be more effective in both their personal and professional lives.

Katie Christy

 
Megan Hall is the host of The Inspired Women Podcast, founder of The Inspired Women Community, and co-author of “A Woman’s Worth: The Struggles and Triumphs of a Successful Mompreneur”. Through her podcast, programs and speaking Megan helps women discover their own secret formula for achieving success. During her journey from homeless, unemployed, single mom to thriving military spouse entrepreneur Megan realized that life is not one size fits all so her approach shouldn’t be either. Megan currently resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband Jeremy, a Navy Sailor, their four children, and fur baby Tessa. In her “spare time” Megan hosts meet ups in her local area and loves to connect with other inspirational women. Megan’s dream is to one day travel on a worldwide speaking tour.

Megan Hall is the host of The Inspired Women Podcast, founder of The Inspired Women Community,
and co-author of “A Woman’s Worth: The Struggles and Triumphs of a Successful Mompreneur”. Through her podcast, programs and speaking Megan helps women discover their own secret formula for achieving success. During her journey from homeless, unemployed, single mom to thriving military spouse entrepreneur Megan realized that life is not one size fits all so her approach shouldn’t be either.


Megan currently resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband Jeremy, a Navy Sailor, their four children, and
fur baby Tessa. In her “spare time” Megan hosts meet ups in her local area and loves to connect with
other inspirational women. Megan’s dream is to one day travel on a worldwide speaking tour.

Megan Hall

Liza is a Full Stack .NET Web Developer with over 16 years experience contracting multi-million dollar projects with the government and private sector.  Throughout her career she has managed and delivered large scale custom web development projects.  Her speciality is C# .NET with SQL Server.  Her background in tech has enabled her to communicate effectively with technical staff and executive decisions makers. This combination has made Liza a success in her industry. Liza has a passion to see other military spouses succeed in business and technology.  Liza speaks, advocates and mentors women in technology.  She has a passion to see other military spouses learn tech and enter the workforce.  Liza is an active duty military spouse married to an EOD soldier, mother of 4 amazingly crazy kiddos and loves a great challenge. She is a southern girl at heart so don’t be surprised if a little southern draw comes across when you first meet her. MadSkills is the perfect match of passion meets purpose for Liza.  As our CTO she implements and manages all technology used by our team.

Liza is a Full Stack .NET Web Developer with over 16 years experience contracting multi-million dollar projects with the government and private sector.  Throughout her career she has managed and delivered large scale custom web development projects.  Her speciality is C# .NET with SQL Server.  Her background in tech has enabled her to communicate effectively with technical staff and executive decisions makers. This combination has made Liza a success in her industry.

Liza has a passion to see other military spouses succeed in business and technology.  Liza speaks, advocates and mentors women in technology.  She has a passion to see other military spouses learn tech and enter the workforce.  Liza is an active duty military spouse married to an EOD soldier, mother of 4 amazingly crazy kiddos and loves a great challenge.

She is a southern girl at heart so don’t be surprised if a little southern draw comes across when you first meet her.

MadSkills is the perfect match of passion meets purpose for Liza.  As our CTO she implements and manages all technology used by our team.

Liza Rodewald

Erica McMannes started out her career path in 2003 working for Army MWR/CYSS in various Director and leadership positions. After 10 years, 6 moves, 2 kids, and limited traditional job opportunity, she had to get creative with a way to find fulfillment and income that meshed well with the transient and unpredictable military lifestyle. Her entrepreneurial spirit was kindled in 2012 when Erica joined a veteran owned start up in Silicon Valley in a grassroots support position. Over the past 5 years, she has grown that experience through various consultant, blogging, and marketing gigs into a full time position as Community Director at LINE1.org. Erica is also CEO/Co-founder of MadSkills, an interactive platform to provide professional military spouses remote work opportunities. She is an Army spouse and mom to 2 boys, ages 10 & 5. She has survived 9 moves in 15 years from the swamps of Fort Polk and to the beauty of Monterey, CA and everything in between. She likes to run (but only if there is medal and free food at the finish line) and she loves collecting antique glass bottles. She was also recently named the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Military Spouse of the Year of 2017.

Erica McMannes started out her career path in 2003 working for Army MWR/CYSS in various Director and leadership positions. After 10 years, 6 moves, 2 kids, and limited traditional job opportunity, she had to get creative with a way to find fulfillment and income that meshed well with the transient and unpredictable military lifestyle.

Her entrepreneurial spirit was kindled in 2012 when Erica joined a veteran owned start up in Silicon Valley in a grassroots support position. Over the past 5 years, she has grown that experience through various consultant, blogging, and marketing gigs into a full time position as Community Director at LINE1.org. Erica is also CEO/Co-founder of MadSkills, an interactive platform to provide professional military spouses remote work opportunities.

She is an Army spouse and mom to 2 boys, ages 10 & 5. She has survived 9 moves in 15 years from the swamps of Fort Polk and to the beauty of Monterey, CA and everything in between. She likes to run (but only if there is medal and free food at the finish line) and she loves collecting antique glass bottles. She was also recently named the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Military Spouse of the Year of 2017.

Erica McMannes

Nikki James Zellner is the Maestro of Messaging; for Milspo Project. Over a span of 19 years, she has worked to craft the stories of over 1,500 businesses and connect those stories to consumers in traditional print, digital and social formats. She spent the majority of her corporate career in the roles of advertising account executive, sales team manager, community magazine developer, corporate sales trainer, and now a marketing coach. Nikki is an active-duty Navy wife to her husband, Peter, and mom to two boys, Ronan and Owen Asher.

Nikki James Zellner is the Maestro of Messaging; for Milspo Project. Over a span of 19 years, she has worked to craft the stories of over 1,500 businesses and connect those stories to consumers in traditional print, digital and social formats. She spent the majority of her corporate career in the roles of advertising account executive, sales team manager, community
magazine developer, corporate sales trainer, and now a marketing coach. Nikki is an active-duty Navy wife to
her husband, Peter, and mom to two boys, Ronan and Owen Asher.

Nikki James Zellner

 
Eliza graduated from Auburn University and majored in Communication and Marketing.  As a lifelong athlete she also played on the Auburn Softball and Rugby teams.  Eliza met her husband playing rugby at Ft. Benning after college and was quickly introduced to the military spouse lifestyle moving to various duty stations before ending up at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs.     Eliza’s yoga journey began here, as she searched to find a sense of self and something to compliment her previous athletic endeavors.  When her husband was deployed for a year, she found the full benefits of what yoga could offer- the ability to recognize that she could hold herself up- both mentally AND physically.   Fast forward 14 years later, Eliza and her husband own and operate a successful yoga studio- FlyDog Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia. They have built their studio from 10 classes a week to over 60 weekly classes, from 30 students a day to over 250 students a day.  Eliza credits their success on building a strong community through empowering and inspiring everyone that comes through their doors.  Eliza is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher, on her way to be a Master Baptiste Teacher and is currently going through FIT to Lead, the highest level of training the Baptiste Yoga Institute offers. As a result of FlyDog Yoga’s success, Eliza was selected out of 800 applicants as a 2017 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and was a top 10 participant for their Pitch Competition. Yoga has not only allowed Eliza to hold herself up but has created wings for her to fly.

Eliza graduated from Auburn University and majored in Communication and Marketing.  As a lifelong athlete she also played on the Auburn Softball and Rugby teams.  Eliza met her husband playing rugby at Ft. Benning after college and was quickly introduced to the military spouse lifestyle moving to various duty stations before ending up at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs.  

 

Eliza’s yoga journey began here, as she searched to find a sense of self and something to compliment her previous athletic endeavors.  When her husband was deployed for a year, she found the full benefits of what yoga could offer- the ability to recognize that she could hold herself up- both mentally AND physically.

 

Fast forward 14 years later, Eliza and her husband own and operate a successful yoga studio- FlyDog Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia. They have built their studio from 10 classes a week to over 60 weekly classes, from 30 students a day to over 250 students a day.  Eliza credits their success on building a strong community through empowering and inspiring everyone that comes through their doors.  Eliza is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher, on her way to be a Master Baptiste Teacher and is currently going through FIT to Lead, the highest level of training the Baptiste Yoga Institute offers. As a result of FlyDog Yoga’s success, Eliza was selected out of 800 applicants as a 2017 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow and was a top 10 participant for their Pitch Competition. Yoga has not only allowed Eliza to hold herself up but has created wings for her to fly.

  Eliza Whiteman

  Brittany Boccher is an Air Force spouse, mother, a small business owner, devoted volunteer and parent liaison/advocate for the Exceptional Family Member Program. Her son was born with Down syndrome in 2015, which prompted her to become an advocate for those with special needs. In 2015 she founded the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition, a partnership of active Down syndrome organizations pursuing the laws, regulations and policies aimed at improving access to healthcare, education and jobs.  In 2017, she was named the Air Force Spouse of the Year. As an advocate for people with special needs, she has accomplished changing the landscape of the playground at Little Rock Air Force Base and achieved the implementation of special needs shopping carts at the base commissary. She currently volunteers as the President of the Little Rock Spouses’ Club, sits on the advisory board for the Thrift Shop and was named the Office of Special Investigations nominee for the 2017 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award.  Currently, she is the owner operator of an apparel company, Mason Chix, which provides apparel with a purpose. She has an extensive background in fundraising and program management, with her Bachelor’s in Community Health Education and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management. Brittany resides in the Natural State of Arkansas with her husband of 11 years and two children.

 

Brittany Boccher is an Air Force spouse, mother, a small business owner, devoted volunteer and parent liaison/advocate for the Exceptional Family Member Program. Her son was born with Down syndrome in 2015, which prompted her to become an advocate for those with special needs. In 2015 she founded the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition, a partnership of active Down syndrome organizations pursuing the laws, regulations and policies aimed at improving access to healthcare, education and jobs.  In 2017, she was named the Air Force Spouse of the Year.

As an advocate for people with special needs, she has accomplished changing the landscape of the playground at Little Rock Air Force Base and achieved the implementation of special needs shopping carts at the base commissary. She currently volunteers as the President of the Little Rock Spouses’ Club, sits on the advisory board for the Thrift Shop and was named the Office of Special Investigations nominee for the 2017 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award.  Currently, she is the owner operator of an apparel company, Mason Chix, which provides apparel with a purpose.

She has an extensive background in fundraising and program management, with her Bachelor’s in Community Health Education and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management. Brittany resides in the Natural State of Arkansas with her husband of 11 years and two children.

Brittany Boccher

Lakesha is an author, mom, military spouse, business owner and mentor. With experience in retailing and home-based business start-up, she published her first book, Mommy Retailing, this year to help moms discover how to use their passions, interests, experience, and training to start a business.  Lakesha is the owner of She Swank Too, a curated shop for girls featuring a selection of imaginative clothing and accessories that embrace the innocence and fun of childhood. Her dream to reality of owning a business started as an idea seven years ago while sitting in her tiny California apartment, unemployed with a three-year-old, a deployed Marine spouse and all of her family 2,000+ miles away. Today the She Swank Too brand has traveled to customers in all 50 states and four countries.

Lakesha is an author, mom, military spouse, business owner and mentor. With experience in retailing and home-based business start-up, she published her first book, Mommy Retailing, this year to help moms discover how to use their passions, interests, experience, and training to start a business. 

Lakesha is the owner of She Swank Too, a curated shop for girls featuring a selection of imaginative clothing and accessories that embrace the innocence and fun of childhood. Her dream to reality of owning a business started as an idea seven years ago while sitting in her tiny California apartment, unemployed with a three-year-old, a deployed Marine spouse and all of her family 2,000+ miles away. Today the She Swank Too brand has traveled to customers in all 50 states and four countries.

Lakesha Cole

Bianca Strzalkowski is a freelance writer, editor, and public relations consultant. A proud Marine Corps wife of 16 years, she has experience in news reporting, social media management, and content marketing. Bianca has written for various print and online publications to include AmeriForce Media, The Daily News, USA Today, Huffington Post, GI Jobs magazine, and Star News. She is media trained and has appeared in interviews for television, radio, and print to include Fox News, CNN, and Oprah. Currently, Bianca resides in Jacksonville, NC with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Journalism, and is a member of the Military Reporters & Editors Association.

Bianca Strzalkowski is a freelance writer, editor, and public relations consultant.

A proud Marine Corps wife of 16 years, she has experience in news reporting, social media management, and content marketing. Bianca has written for various print and online publications to include AmeriForce Media, The Daily News, USA Today, Huffington Post, GI Jobs magazine, and Star News. She is media trained and has appeared in interviews for television, radio, and print to include Fox News, CNN, and Oprah.

Currently, Bianca resides in Jacksonville, NC with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Journalism, and is a member of the Military Reporters & Editors Association.

Bianca Strzalkowski

 
Cameron Cruse is the COO and co-founder of R. Riveter. With a Masters in Architecture from SCAD in 2011. R. Riveter has inspired women across the nation to believe in their dreams and stay motivated in the most challenging of circumstances. So much more than a handbag company, she is dedicated to redefining what is means to manufacture and helping to pioneer a flexible, remote manufacturing network. An optimist with southern roots and a passion for the creative. A mother of two and proud Military Spouse.

Cameron Cruse is the COO and co-founder of R. Riveter. With a Masters in Architecture from SCAD in 2011. R. Riveter has inspired women across the nation to believe in their dreams and stay motivated in the most challenging of circumstances. So much more than a handbag company, she is dedicated to redefining what is means to manufacture and helping to pioneer a flexible, remote manufacturing network. An optimist with southern roots and a passion for the creative. A mother of two and proud Military Spouse.

Cameron Cruse

Shiang-ling is a proud Milspreneur with more than five years of experience in starting and running small businesses. As an experienced boudoir photographer, she created a strong brand for her photography business, Queen B Studios, that is widely recognized throughout southeastern North Carolina. She is a visionary and creative spirit who has advised countless other spouses on starting a business. With a strong passion for branding and helping fellow military spouses, she founded The Hive & Co. and now works with others to build successful brands.

Shiang-ling is a proud Milspreneur with more than five years of experience in starting and running small businesses. As an experienced boudoir photographer, she created a strong brand for her photography business, Queen B Studios, that is widely recognized throughout southeastern North Carolina. She is a visionary and creative spirit who has advised countless other spouses on starting a business. With a strong passion for branding and helping fellow military spouses, she founded The Hive & Co. and now works with others to build successful brands.

Shiang-ling Bissonnette

Miranda has worked in Corporate America for over 9 years, specializing in search marketing and web design. She provided favorable and lasting results for each organization, including increasing online sales and improving search engine rankings. However, like many other military spouses, she found it challenging to maintain a successful career while I married an active duty service member. It was then that she decided to take her experience and apply it to her own cause. Miranda is currently serves as the Digital Marketing Director of The Hive & Co. and works with military spouse business owners to strengthen their digital marketing practices.

Miranda has worked in Corporate America for over 9 years, specializing in search marketing and web design. She provided favorable and lasting results for each organization, including increasing online sales and improving search engine rankings. However, like many other military spouses, she found it challenging to maintain a successful career while I married an active duty service member. It was then that she decided to take her experience and apply it to her own cause. Miranda is currently serves as the Digital Marketing Director of The Hive & Co. and works with military spouse business owners to strengthen their digital marketing practices.

Miranda Perales

 
 
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Event Schedule


Event Schedule


 

Renewal, Reflection + Workshops

 

MilspoCON2017 full event schedule will be released on August 15, 2017.  Check out our preliminary event agenda to learn more about what to expect.

 
 

 
 
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MilspoCON 2017 After-Party


MilspoCON 2017 After-Party


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Join us for our Post-MilspoCON Celebration!

The fun of MilspoCON doesn't have to end! Join us at Wilmington Brewing Company for networking and fun times. NextGen MilSpouse is our official MilspoCON 2017 After-Party Sponsor. Bring your conference badge and receive one complimentary brew, and your custom MilspoCON 2017 pint glass on our friends at NextGen MilSpouse. There will also be a food truck outside for conference attendees who would like to purchase food.

 
 
 

Where: Wimington Brewing Company - 824 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403

When: 7pm Friday October 6th

Food Truck: Port City Que

The after-party space is partially outside, please dress weather appropriate.

 
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2017 Sponsors


2017 Sponsors


Event Partners

Thank you to our MilspoCON 2017 Sponsors, who make life better for our military spouse leaders and entrepreneurs. Meet the companies that have provided scholarships, educational resources, and have made this year's event possible.

 

Presenting Sponsors


 
 
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Spouse Supporters


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Event Sponsors


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Become a 2017 Sponsor


Become a 2017 Sponsor


 
 

We can't do what we do without you.

Are you interested in learning more about how to partner with Milspo Project as a sponsor of MilspoCON 2017?  Email Lisa Valentine at lisa@milspoproject.org for more details.

 
 
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MilspoCON Media


MilspoCON Media


 
 

Press Pass Please

Are you a member of the media who would like to learn more about MilspoCON or Milspo Project? Email Nikki James Zellner at nikki@milspoproject.org for more info about how you can join us at MilspoCON 2017.

 

 

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