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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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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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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Connie Leon

  

Connie Leon, better known as Momma of Dos. Born and raised Texan. Grew up in a small Texas town near the Mexican border.  Moved to Houston in 1999 to attend the University of Houston where she received her  Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health.  Has worked in the non-profit and governmental sectors most of her career. These days she works around the clock to provide for her little Mexican-American family both in and outside the home.  She has  "Dos" amazing, children; Camila, 8 years old and Santiago, 9. 

In 2014 she helped found Houston Latina Bloggers which serves as a collaborative group to help raise awareness of Houston-based Latina writers, bloggers and content creators within many industries such as; social media, marketing, and public relations among others. Their vision is to help empower Latinas in Houston to share their voice. Their organization works with brands to provide brand ambassadors, campaign leads, and other social media promotional packages. All services are provided online or via in-person events. 

Connie has been featured online on Parenting and Lifestyle sites where she shares not only her experiences as a Working Momma but also tips & ideas on ways to improve personal, work and family life. She also volunteers for local organizations. She has been asked to create & participate in several nationwide brand campaigns as well as coordinate local promotional events.  

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Meet the panelists

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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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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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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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The Emcee

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Keli Chevalier

Most entrepreneurs know that they need to tell a good story to get good business: client testimonials, speaker biographies, and sales pitches are all stories.What most entrepreneurs do NOT know is how to tap into the secret power of story to increase impact, build relationships and make more sales. 


Keli Chevalier, retired U.S. Army Major, spent two decades developing her storytelling skills under extreme pressure while serving as a Public Affairs officer in the U.S. Army. Keli's recent retirement from the military has afforded her the opportunity of a lifetime—to continue service to others as a motivational speaker,head a non-profit organization dedicated to female Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and proud owner of Word Slay Creative Agency.


She also established The Island Knight, the first Army Newspaper on Okinawa.Having worked primarily as a public affairs officer for 1, 2, and 3–star generals,Keli is very experienced in the art of leadership and influence.


She is also the inventor of the Perfect Pocket Pitch Deck, the world’s only universally effective story telling tool the helps you masterfully create keynotes,sales pitches, website copy, email campaigns and more in minutes. 


Keli is honored to have helped more than 600 clients develop their stories and create more impactful brand messages through her coaching.She was featured in the Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post and has made appearances on the Steve Harvey Show,Good Morning Houston and Advance Your Reach National Conference. 


Keli helps entrepreneurs discover who they are,find their inner strengths and maintain grace under fire while challenging individuals to recognize and over come their fears of writing to sell. Most importantly, she helps others recognize their self-worth so they can capitalize on the most valuable asset—their personality!


Keli completed her Master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.


She is a certified John Maxwell public speaker and author of Get Up!Get Dressed! Get Out!She resides in Houston, Texas with her three incredibly handsome sons (Carlos,Nathaniel and Jules) and her husband Max (a Jackie Chan look-alike).She hates cats and loves tacos