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Alabama’s largest leadership conference, Momentum Conference 2020, is coming up March 11-12 at The BJCC, and if you’re a professional, you’ll want to be there.
Registering to attend this conference, which only comes around every two years, is an investment in your career, your network and your life that will pay off in spades. Know you want to seize the moment? Save your spot now.
1. What is Momentum Conference 2020?
Momentum Conference 2020 is the 5th biennial leadership conference hosted by Momentum. According to their website,
“Momentum is Alabama’s premier women’s leadership program which empowers a diverse group of promising women to develop leadership skills that positively impact business, culture and politics in Alabama.”
Men in management and senior-level leadership roles are welcome and invited to attend, too.
But wait. While the conference is for professional women at all levels of their careers, it’s definitely for men in management and senior-level leadership roles, too. It is a leadership development conference, after all.
Past participants are crazy about this conference.
In 2018, attendees loved this conference so much that 100% of attendees surveyed said they’d recommend it to a friend or colleague. Not 80%. Not 90%. 💯🔥
Here’s what one participant had to say about the 2018 conference:
The conference was filled with an energy like no other. The keynote speakers were phenomenal and both were amazing and inspiring women who shared stories of personal victories and at times great defeat, but they both were able to overcome their obstacles in tremendous ways. I think everyone left the conference feeling empowered and motivated to make changes to make life better both professionally and personally.Takeria N. Stephens, Regions
2. Here’s what you can expect at Momentum Conference 2020
Robyn Benincasa is 2020’s headline keynote speaker, and wow, is she something. Check out her demo reel above to get a little hint of what you can expect live.
The 2020 Conference will be bigger than ever, attracting 1500 professionals (women and men) from across the state.
There are many ways to learn and connect at Momentum Conference 2020
Here are some highlights taking place at the conference:
- 3 motivational keynote speakers
- More than 20 educational breakout sessions on topics such as career development, leadership development, well-being, advocacy and community engagement
- Expo hall featuring products and services that will make life better for working professionals, including wellness-focused exhibits
- Conference app to track your schedule
- Plenty of avenues—digital and IRL—to make great new professional connections
- Community-focused zone that will help you explore volunteer and board opportunities with local nonprofits
There will also be an Inspirational Woman of Impact Awards Luncheon.
3 keynote speakers will motivate and inspire participants
March 11: Risha Grant
Risha is an international speaker and author who has won lots and lots of awards. She’s author of “That’s B.S.: How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets.” Check out her fun and educational “That’s BS! Video Series.”
- About: Diversity Consultant, Author and Speaker
- Find out more about Risha
March 12: Hillary Wicht
Hillary brings experience as a stage and voice performer, a singer and voiceover artist, behavioral psychology and Somatic Leadership Coaching. According to her website,
Hillary now helps clients generate greater influence so that their messages are heard, their purposes are valued, and the right people take notice. This leads to enormous breakthroughs that pay dividends: higher promotions, larger paychecks, bigger crowds—you name it.Hillary Wicht
March 12: Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure Racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips, and the Founder and CEO of The 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, which helps survivors live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery.From Robyn Benincasa’s website
Know you wanna go? Get your tickets now.
3. Benefits you’ll gain from going to Momentum Conference 2020
Of course there are all the non-quantifiable benefits of being at an event like this: new relationships, inspiration, motivation. Also, there are some very concrete things you can get while you’re there:
- Free professional headshots: these alone offset the price of admission.
- Social media review: have a pro take a look at your online presence and help you maximize it for results.
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for many professions: who doesn’t like to come away with a little extra credit?
4. What 3 Birmingham professionals took away from Momentum’s 2018 Conference
Sam Burn, Cayenne Creative
A staff member pointed out that 68% of Cayenne’s staff were women, and told the owners about the Momentum leadership conference. Because they want to have good leaders at all levels of their organization, it seemed like a good opportunity.
They decided to get tickets for all the women in their organization, which turned out to be three tables. Then, guess what happened? Two out of three of the male owners decided they wanted to go, too!
The biggest takeaway for me was that if we want to overcome gender inequity in the workplace, we need to develop leadership at all levels of an organization. To do that, we need to provide a track to progress that comes from both male and female business leaders. We need to ask ourselves what are we doing male or female to make the people who work with us better leaders and smarter problem solvers, and what sort of opportunities are we providing our staff to to be better tomorrow than today.Sam Burn, Cayenne Creative
Sam thought the conference was fantastic, with top notch speakers. Everyone came back more empowered, inspired and confident.
Barbara Perry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
When I asked Barbara Perry what the conference was like, here’s what she said:
Refreshing. Finally, a legitimate professional conference for women. No fluffy content (“How to Rock the Business Casual Look at Work!”), but real, useful takeaways, things that I could immediately apply to my own career. Sessions that did more than just scratch the surface. When you’re there, you get the sense that WOW, we’re a powerful group. We each have stories and strengths and SO much to offer this world. We’re making big things happen just by showing up and learning together.
Here’s how her life has changed since attending the conference:
I feel stronger and more brave—like I can face and learn from any challenge. I also just feel more rooted in my community here in Birmingham. There’s a much larger network of professional women than I ever realized existed.
Takeria N. Stephens, Regions
My life is different because the conference provided a ton of resources and I was empowered to make immediate changes such as building a stronger professional network and understanding that a work/life balance only depends on the items I think are most important and may look different for everyone.
The conference provided many tips on navigating my professional journey from negotiation skills to networking skills that I use daily. I was able to hear more about career struggles that woman go through as well as about challenges and opportunities we face.
It was an exceptional experience to be a participant of the 2018 Momentum Leadership Conference and I am looking forward to the 2020 conference as well.
Martina Winston, Protective Life
The event reaffirmed my belief in the power of the women we have in this city to make big things happen. The commitment of the women in the room to help grow each other and pass it forward was really refreshing to witness.
5. Register now to guarantee your spot at Momentum Conference 2020
In previous years, the Momentum conference has sold out well in advance, so you’ll want to reserve your spot now. Here are the details:
- Early bird registration: $360 per person before January 3rd
- Regular registration: $450 per person after January 3rd
- Get tickets