We have some important news to share. After many conversations and deliberation, our planning committee has decided to end the Women’s Health Conference. We will no longer be holding events in Bismarck or Fargo.
We are proud of the work we’ve done together to educate, inspire, and empower women to make lasting changes to their lifestyles. Over the past 19 years, we’ve welcomed national level speakers and learned from regional health experts. We’ve laughed and explored new ways to take care of ourselves.
We believe that women in our region are happier and healthier because of your willingness to support the Women’s Health Conference.
There’s a common proverb that says all good things must come to an end. Whether it’s a visit with a treasured friend or holidays spent with family, goodbyes must always be said. That is now where we find ourselves with the Women’s Health Conference.
Thank you for your previous attendance, support and encouragement. We are grateful for what we accomplished and shared together. Be happy, stay healthy.
You made a choice for you. You are going to the Women’s Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018.
What to wear
How ever you dress, be comfortable as you (maybe have a sweater or scarf, sometimes it gets cool). Women come to this event wearing jeans, running shoes, yoga pants or heels and something to make our inner fashion-ista squeal. You do you.
Get there at 7:30 to register, visit the exhibitors (scroll to the bottom) and look through the free stuff: program packet, Danielle’s book White Hot Truth, and the #WHCFargo tote. We’ll get started promptly at 8:00 AM (I know, early, right?!).
We’ll have a little morning snack waiting for you when you arrive at 7:30 plus green tea, water and coffee all day. We brunch at 10:50 AM– expect to stack your own plate full of colorful, delicious veggies, packed with nutrients to fuel your body. At 1:45 PM, construct your own trail mix and try a refreshing veggie and fruit smoothie (no added sugars).
7:30 Registration & Exhibit Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crystal Ballroom
8:00 Welcome from emcee Veronica Michael & Eliz Greene
8:50 Breakout Sessions & Exhibit Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various
9:50 Breakout Sessions & Exhibit Showcase
10:50 Brunch Buffet & Eliz Greene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crystal Ballroom
12:55 Breakout Sessions & Exhibit Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various
1:45 Snack & Exhibitor Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crystal Ballroom
2:00 Veronica Michael & Danielle LaPorte
4:00 PM END
We have 5 knowledgeable breakout speakers and only 3 chances to hear them speak. So much great content so little time… You have to be choosey: women’s health, creativity as a daily health practice, self-care at work, mindfulness, or connection? Pick sessions that interest you.
Danielle LaPorte & Eliz Greene
Listen for main stage announcements when Eliz and Danielle are selling and signing books. Find them in the exhibitor area. Both want your questions, your thoughts and will sign books! Oh, Danielle has to leave at the last session, so get your book signed early in the day!
Please share your experiences with friends and family. The committee has worked on this event since February, we would love to look back at your pictures, comments and ideas to learn how we can grow and do better the next time. Use the hashtag #WHCFargo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
After the event
Ok, this is supposed to be a one-day pause for you. But we know, it’ll go fast. Please take a few minutes after and sit with what you learned - even if it’s only 2 minutes alone in your car. Let the messages of the day seep into your core. Write yourself a note, give yourself a compliment, tell yourself, “Yes. I deserve to take time for me. I am enough.”
Also, there a number of deals only for attendees of the Women’s Health Conference. Watch for emails on Tuesday through September 30 to get more content.
Navigating your ever-changing health needs; helping you understand what you need to know to continue to feel your best in every phase of your life.
Navigating your ever-changing health needs for the many phases of a woman’s life can sometimes be challenging. Come prepared to have an open conversation about what you need to know to continue to feel your best in every phase of your life. We will cover:
Jean Marie McGowan, MD was born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the SUNY at Binghamton in 2008. She attended the American University of the Caribbean for medical school where the first 2 years were located on the beautiful, friendly island of St Maarten. She completed clinicals all over NYC & the UK before going back to the AUC to teach 1ST & 2ND year medical students. In 2013, she started Internal Medicine residency at the University of North Dakota in Fargo. After falling in love with this midwestern community, she stayed to partner with Sanford to build a strong & comprehensive clinic to improve health care for women. When not working, Jean Marie runs, (for fun) & sings. She tries to travel when she can but her most favorite time is giving belly rubs to her incredibly smart, loving maltipoo, Minnie.
Siri Thaden, RN Care Manager served as Miss Minnesota 2012 with her personal mission of women’s heart disease prevention and health education. She was the public ambassador for the Lillehei Heart Institute, media spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program, and conducted research with women’s cardiac supports groups at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse and certified Public Health Nurse. Her interest in radio lead her to host shows in Minneapolis and Fargo, but her desire to help women on a personal level brought her to Sanford. She now serves as an RN Care Manager at Sanford Health, writer for Area Woman Magazine, and co-chair of the Nursing Research Council at Sanford.
Dr. Jean Marie McGowan and Siri Thaden, RN Care Manager are speaking at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
Catch two of our #WHCFargo 2018 speakers, together in a podcast all about self-love and living your best life. Randi Kay interviews Danielle LaPorte.
Danielle shares her #Truthbombs on being your own best friend, the life-saving reasons for self-care practices and the importance of knowing your core desires. http://bit.ly/2AYc6FL
Danielle LaPorte and Randi Kay are speaking at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
Forget about balance and get CLARITY and a PLAN!
We can’t get rid of all stress, and we wouldn’t want to even if we could. Our bodies’ natural reaction to stress is what gives us a boost to get the job done, but too much stress can cause problems for the heart. Stress-Proof Your Heart uncovers the real causes of stress (hint: the answer might surprise you) and provides real-world, immediately implementable strategies to protect your heart.
Recognizing stress as an essential and often under-addressed risk factor, Wellness expert
Eliz Greene conducted a research study on job stress. She will reveal insights using the results of the survey. Through stories from a wide variety of leaders and employees interviewed during her study and her own experience surviving a heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, Eliz debunks work-life balance and provides a plan to protect your health, productivity, and sanity under stress. She uses humor and engaging activities to show it’s time to:
• Pinpoint how the stress hormone cortisol jeopardizes heart health.
• Explore the major causes of stress based on the results of the Job Stress Survey.
• Understand how to reduce cortisol levels and improve heart health.
Eliz Greene will help you stress-proof your heart at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
Stress recovery strategies that work?
How do you maintain your sanity, relationships, and health when there is never enough time
to get things done? Hectic pace, chronic high-stress, uncertainty, and unavoidable negative
influences can threaten productivity, creativity, and suck the fun out of even the most
Identifying your personal stress recovery personality (Iguana or Border Collie) is one step in
becoming Stress-Proof, or immune to the impact of stress. Protective gear is important in
many work environments, wouldn’t it be nice to have protective gear for stress?
Professional speaker, Eliz Greene shares insights from her job stress research and strategies
to limit the impact of stress by developing what she calls an “emotional hazmat suit.” Using
her unique testing tool, Eliz can provide detailed insight into your organization’s stress
environment and pinpoint opportunities for impact.
Eliz survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins and knows
limiting stress is essential to a long, enjoyable and productive life. This engaging and
humorous program details how to develop a system to protect your health, sanity, and
Eliz Greene will help you with stress management at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
What does a dog or a lizard have to do with stress?
Plenty, if you're considering how you recover from stressful situations. Identifying your personal stress recovery personality (Iguana or Border Collie) is one step in becoming Stress-Proof, or immune to the impact of stress.
Eliz Greene debunks "work-life balance" and reveals insights to help protect your heart at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott.
Tickets are $75.
Move through simple and effective ways of countering the negative effects of desk working and feel more empowered at work and in your life.
There is a growing rate of low back pain, brain fog, neck and shoulder pain, and wrist issues, all due to our screen-centric culture. Doctors are even calling sitting the new smoking because of the long-term negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. And while we might not be able to change our jobs or our screen time, we can change how we go about it.
We can have healthier habits surrounding these tasks that can restore us to our happier and healthier selves. During the Women's Health Conference, you'll learn practical and powerful ways to not only feel better and more empowered while you work but also prevent the negative effects from creeping in.
Randi Kay has been in the healing industry for over 10 years. With a background in Massage Therapy, Yoga, and Self Care Mentoring she works with people on getting to the true source of their pain, finding solutions to ease that pain, and educating them how to bring their healing into every area of life.
Randi's healing studio is located in downtown Fargo, but she also offers self care education tools online, such as her mentoring program, the Simple Self Care Podcast, and online courses at NaturallyRandiKay.com.
When she's not at the studio, you can find Randi cozied up with her husband and goldendoodle, playing folk music around town, or exploring new lands near and far.
Randi Kay will guide women towards self care during the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
Learn how practicing art daily improves health and healing. Release emotions, experiences and thoughts that are heavy in your heart through “For-Give” journaling.
Artist Nichole Rae has been guiding others to hold space and create moments of pause through journaling and affirmations. As the creative guide, her work cultivates a focused connection to the present self and inspires the creative spirit.
During a session with Artist Niclole Rae, she guides people through a practice to create space, bring inspiration and healing. The practice cultivates vision, intention and gratitude within.
Her program is called the Art of Daily Practice and was inspired by her own creative art journaling practices. Her work is grounded in the metaphysical practices of “A Course in Miracles”. Nichole’s healing journey has inspired her purpose and she is passionate about guiding others into their own daily practice. She carries the words, "create what you most need to find", and will meet anyone practicing at their beginning.
Artist Nicole Rae will guide women in a creative practice at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.
The complicated, gritty path to grace.
The bridge between the sweet relief of forgiveness, and the resistant, resentful, crunchy path to getting there. When you’re ready.
Danielle LaPorte writes, "Unfiltered and hard-won wisdom…at least I think it’s wisdom…from my own self-help antics and victories. I hope White Hot Truth feels like a relief to people who take it in — comfort from knowing that even when you get off track, you’re still where you need to be.
Knowing that you’re not a New Age loser because you gave your power away on the “spiritual path” — but that it’s all a power initiation and how we deepen our devotion to meaningful living.
Really, I want this book to help you create deeper compassion for yourself, so that you can care more deeply for other people. Self-love and then, selfless loving for the world. Radical discernment and real open heartedness."
- Danielle LaPorte
Danielle LaPorte is speaking at the Women's Health Conference on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Delta by Marriott. Tickets are $75.