Meet the speakers

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Quinn Kelly

Quinn originally graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism but after working for a year after college, she felt she had missed her real calling for helping people so she went back to school and became a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Shortly after beginning her family and therapy practice, Quinn started her blog called Sanctification and Spitup -- a place where she could combine her love of writing with her love of encouraging others all into one. This blog allowed her writing to spread and be published on sites like Today Show’s Funniest Parents, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Family Share, Love What Matters and Mother and Baby Australia.

After beginning to speak in the Houston Area, Quinn felt called to lead her own conference and thus began the Renew Faith Conference, which led to two conferences with over 600 women in attendance. From those, the Renew You Podcast was birthed. A podcast created to encourage others to find renewal through faith in their everyday life in a fun, fresh and engaging way. 

When Quinn is not hanging with her hubby and four boys OR speaking...you can likely find her eating a dessert in her pantry. If you are not following along with her, Quinn would love for you to join her!

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Leslie Allen

  

Leslie Allen is happily married to her husband and her rock, Elverez for 6 years. She’s a mother of 5 beautiful daughters, Tasiah (age 21), twins Jahz & Jayhlin (age 17), Ariel (age15) and Edyn (age 2). She currently is the Senior Manager of Global Payroll with Alert Logic, a security software company.


Leslie is a true city girl raised in Houston, Texas who loves to spend her free time with her family, host friends, play with fashion and indulge in the appreciation for the Arts. Although her parents divorced when she was very young, she considers herself a “Mama’s girl” & a “Daddy’s girl”. She credits her parents for gifting her with her best characteristics and the greatest gift of all, her faith in God. Her mother, Gwen, faithfully kept she and her older sister, Tasha, involved in church where Leslie & her Mother still worships today. Her father James, always involved in church, was and still is a story teller and loved to take real life experiences to compare them to stories and scriptures in the bible that helped to keep her lifted and faithful through her life’s journeys.


Leslie is an avid believer in sharing her life’s experiences, both the good and the bad, especially with her daughters. She shares less ideal experiences such as becoming a teenage mother and being a young divorcee and good experiences like career driven success and finding and marrying the love of her life. Those experiences all link back to her relationship with God. Her faith in Him is what kept her lifted through those less ideal experiences and what has made her praise Him even more through the good times.

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Lindsey Maestas

Lindsey Maestas is a writer, podcaster, speaker and entrepreneur based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is a Christian, a wife and a mama to two sweet boys. Her passion for talking about real life from a place of vulnerability and openness propels her forward with the goal of bringing hope and reminding others that they’re never alone. She loves books, spicy food and binge-watching Netflix with her husband. 

Check out the Milk and Honey | Podcast

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Keva Horry

 Born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there is no question that Keva DeVelle Horry is truly a southern girl at heart. Keva attended Stillman College in 1989-1990. She went on and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Alabama, which is where she met and later married her college sweetheart, seven-time NBA Champion, Robert Horry. The “Horry Glory” days were fun, but her true claim to fame is having a heart for Jesus, a heart for service and proudly wearing the banner of motherhood. She is the mother of two beautiful children--Camron Horry, and the late Ashlyn Horry. 


Ashlyn was born with a rare chromosome abnormality known as 1p36 (pronounced one p three six) Deletion Syndrome. Doctors did not expect the young Horry to live beyond infancy.However devastating the news of her prognosis, Keva, at 23 years young, did not let that dim her laser focus. As a matter of fact, she looked at it as an opportunity for her to exercise what her parents had always taught her growing up...faith in God. Not knowing what the future was going to hold, but knowing who held the future, Keva instantly began a journey as Ashlyn’s primary caregiver. After years of emergency hospital visits, ICU stays, around-the-clock nurses,physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy; compounded with: strong faith, a strong prayer life, and resilient love, Ashlyn was able to beat odds that her doctors said from the beginning she wouldn't. Although modified, she walked. She talked. She went to school. She had the best quality of life that a child with different abilities could have. Keva saw to it. At 17 years old, Ashlyn succumbed to her illness after suffering with severe respiratory complications in June 2011.


With an understanding that personal experiences often times lead to greater purpose, Keva carries on her daughter’s legacy of love as the Founder and Executive Director of The Ashlyn Horry Foundation, Inc. established in May 2008. The organization has worked closely with The Ronald McDonald House by providing hot meals for families while their children have lengthy stays at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. AHF raises awareness about 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, raises funds to further the research of this disease, and it has proven to be a reliable resource to many other families in the same or similar circumstances as Keva and her family. 


Keva is an advocate for children with special needs (or, as she likes to say, children with different abilities). She is also a writer with contributing articles in various publications, a published author and sought-after public speaker who reaches hearts and educates minds through sharing her experiences having been the wife of an accomplished professional athlete and as the mother of a special-needs child. Her highly successful memoir, “Glamorous Sacrifice: Life in the Shadow of Championships,”is her homage to her daughter, Ashlyn. Keva is a member of the National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) where her strong desire to give back to humanity is always   

a call to action. She is also a proud member of a sisterhood that shares her heart's call to service, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 


Keva resides in Houston, Texas, and is looking forward to many more opportunities to be of service and watching her 20 year old son, Camron, play football as he enters his Junior year in the fall for Texas A&M University. 



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Tamara Lexow

Tamara Lexow is a wife, a mom, children and family ministry director, writer and speaker. She writes and speaks about faith, family, food, and God’s power to heal and renew.

Tamara has lived in the Houston area since 1998, but her East Texas and Southern Illinois roots prove she’s anything but a city girl.


Tamara lost her mom to suicide in 1997 and  has spent her entire adult life learning what it means to be a motherless daughter embraced by her Father God. She is recovering from codependency and food addiction and is well versed in the 12-Steps of Recovery. As a Certified Transformation Specialist, Tamara continues to study and learn about God’s power to heal our heart, mind, and soul from all of our hurts, habits, and hangups. 

She shares her story with heartfelt passion and humor that will draw you in and touch your heart. You can read about life with her husband, two teenagers, and puppy on her blog at TamaraLexow.com or on Instagram @TamaraLexow..

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Tara Carr

  

Tara Carr, a true entrepreneur at heart has held many job titles including fashion designer, fitness personality, business coach, and social media influencer. But, her most important role is and always will be Mom. 

She got her start in business almost 10 years ago when she launched her clothing line, Ava Lane Couture. After years of traveling all over the US to market and sell her clothing line, she felt the #momguilt and the constant tug of being in a career that required her to travel and being a mama to her then toddlers. She ultimately decided to let the business go to pursue a career online which would allow for more time at home with her girls.  

As it turns out, online business became her passion and she quickly began building a personal brand under her name Tara Carr. Today, she has successfully marketed and built online businesses in the fitness industry and in the business coaching realm. Her most recent endeavor though has landed her back in the fashion industry as an online fashion and lifestyle influencer. You can find her most days on Instagram, where she works with brands such as Madewell, Living Proof, Waterloo Sparkling Water, Valencia Hotel Group, DIFF eyewear, and 7-up to name a few! 

Through it all, her goals have stayed the same. Empowering women to take charge of their careers and create for themselves any reality they can imagine. To teach women how to lead with confidence, show up for themselves and others in a way that makes them proud, and to do it all because they are capable and deserve it. 

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Meet the panelists

Ashley Lilly is mom to two handsome little boys, Ethan (age 5) and Blake (age 1). She is blessed to

Ashley Lilly

  

Ashley Lilly is mom to two handsome little boys, Ethan (age 5) and Blake (age 1). She is blessed to be married to her husband, Paul, for 6.5 years. She currently works with Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) in the research and development department as a Sr. Site Manager, monitoring cancer studies. 


While balancing work, family, and school, she pursues one of her greatest joys, traveling.  This has inspired her to sharing her journey on her blog, OnTrekMom, that focuses on traveling with children, budget friendly home projects, natural hair tips, and features her artwork from her travels.


 She grew up in a Christian home but made the personal decision to accept Jesus into her heart at the age of 13. Since then she has been following Jesus, and been devoted to her faith and on mission to raise her children God’s way. Every milestone she has reached in life has been attributed to her relationship with God and ability to stay faithful throughout the journey. Her goal is to accept challenges that will lead to growth, inner strength, and bring joy to her and her family. 

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Terra Bholmann

  

Terra Bohlmann is the creator of The Business Map Method. She is a Business Coach + Strategist for women entrepreneurs. She loves to teach women how to create their signature offer and sell it over and over again. She serves the world by helping women work smarter (not harder). From Houston, Texas, Terra has a huge passion for traveling and loves coming home to her family including her husband of 18 years (Darin), active boys including 16-year old son (Grant), 9-year old twin boys (Cooper and Lance) and her spoiled rescue dog and cat. You can learn more at TerraBohlmann.com  

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Jennifer Perez Medina

  

Jennifer Perez Medina is a social media strategist, speaker and influencer. As a consultant, she helps women entrepreneurs with strategic planning to market their business online and elevate their expert status, grow their influence through genuine connections, and convert their followers into paying customers. 


She founded The Socially Connected, a digital marketing agency, to leverage ten years of communications experience as a fast-paced news producer and public relations expert to implement social media strategy, content creation for social platforms, and influencer and event marketing. 


She also gives back to the community and serves as the VP of Communications for her son’s school PTA, is an active member of the Women Helping Women 2 Network organization, and is a board member of Houston Latina Bloggers, the largest Latina Blogger organization in Texas. Every chance Jennifer gets, you can find her at ballet or swim class with her 2-and-a-half year old daughter or at the baseball fields with her 10-year-old son.

To learn more about how to work with Jennifer, visit TheSociallyConnected.com.

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Traci Miller

  

Traci Miller is a salon business consultant, speaker, and founder of the Iconic Salon System. After more than 20 years of experience as a 6-figure stylist and owning a million-dollar salon, she decided to share her secrets to help other salon owners create your dream salon by marketing yourself and having your team booked solid. Traci believes that every salon owner can get out from behind the chair and have more time with your family when you have a custom system in place to attract loyal stylists and clients

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