Speaker line up for 2018 has yet to be announced, but you will see many of your favorites returning along with some fun, new additions. 

At Becoming, we are so privileged to have so many women share their heart on a variety of topics. This year we have added a number of new faces to the agenda that bring even more passion to the art of becoming more.

Jen head shot 2As a full time family manager, Jen Schmidt balances and embraces both the beauty and bedlam of daily life. As a motivational speaker and writer, Jen shares with humor and authenticity on a myriad of topics, many which fall under her passion to embrace, “It’s the little things that are the Big things.” She shares these at her blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, as well as at her newly launched food blog, 10 Minute Dinners.. Her practical lifestyle ideas encourage others to save money where they can, so they can spend, share, and give, on what’s important.

Jen loves time with her family, but she regularly dreams about a clean house, couponing, meal planning, home schooling, DIYing, thrift store hunting, or the next treasures she’ll score for her Frugal Fashionista wardrobe.


karianneKariAnne writes the blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her farmhouse tucked away in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She lives with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats, a tortoise, a herd of deer, a family of rabbits and a salamander. KariAnne loves sweet tea with lime, mis-matched chairs, thunderstorms, crickets singing in the rain and walking at sunset with her knight-in-shining-armor. Thistlewood Farms was recently named Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year and has been featured in publications such as Flea Market Decor, Hobby Farm Home, Country Living and online outlets such as Apartment Therapy, Apple Magazine, Resource Restyle and Country Living On-line. KariAnne also runs a successful blog consulting business where she partners with individuals interested in growing their blogs.


In an ocean of advice for women to “try harder” and “do better,” Erin Odom offers an oasis of hope for grace and compassion. On her blog, The Humbled Homemaker, Erin combines her passion for intentional, natural living with her mission to encourage women to give grace to themselves and those around them.

She writes and speaks in an inspirational yet practical way about healthy eating, frugal home management, and thoughtful mothering. She has authored three eBooks,Confessions of a Cloth Diaper ConvertYour Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day, and The Woven Heart: Essays for Moms on Life, Love, and Loss.

meghanMaghon Taylor is a sweet Carolina girl with a love for the South and pretty letters. She’s been doodling for as long as she can remember but two years ago she developed her own shop, style and calligraphy workshop program that she’s super excited to share with all of you. All She Wrote Notes is a calligraphy studio based around celebrating not just special occasions, but everyday moments that make life so worth living.

Maghon lives by her own life motto “work hard, stay sweet, trust God, love deep.”  Her goal is for God’s joy and love to shine through each and every item that she writes whether it is for a wedding, a celebration, a quote in your home or a sweet note between friends.

By day, Maghon works in alumni relations at her alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill and pursues her small business dream each night.  She is excited to meet and encourage other women who are trying to juggle it all.  She is celebrating every day in Graham, North Carolina with her brand new husband (and middle school sweetheart) Chris.



Christy Jordan from Southern Plate

Coming from a long line of Southern cooks, Christy Jordan was raised to appreciate the real wealth in life : Family, Friends, Faith, and Good Food. She started Southern Plate to share all the great recipes she learned from her Mother and Grandmothers. Her blog then lead to her first book, Southern Plate, Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family, second book “Come Home to Supper” and since has lead to being an editor at Taste of the South Magazine. Christy feels that mealtimes should be important to us all, because it is through our mealtime conversations we learn who we were, where we came from, and what was expected of us as we go out into the world




8 thoughts on “Speakers

  • June 15, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Who is the key note speaker besides Jen and Jenny. Whom I love!!! So looking forward to this year. I’ve only missed 1 year..

    • June 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      hi Martha – this year we will just have one keynote on Saturday morning and it’s Wendy Speake. You can check out her Bio under our speaker section. See you soon. :) – jen

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  • February 14, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I attended in 2013, missed last year, but have already got it on the books for this year. I can’t wait! I’m especially looking forward to seeing Rachel Van Eerden again. I loved all my sessions but I walked away from hers as a better mother than I was when I went in.

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  • June 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve just registered myself and a friend for the conference, and I am super excited!! I have read through the bios for each of the 13 speakers, and I understand that attendees do not need to register for the general conference sessions. What I’m wondering is…how do I know which speakers I’ll be hearing? I am a HUGE fan of Christy Jordan, and I desperately want to be able to hear (and preferably to MEET) her!

    I don’t want to wish the summer away, but I am so looking forward to my first Becoming!

    • June 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

      So thrilled to have you. You will have the option to choose any of the sessions, so don’t worry, you won’t miss Christy. We will have the sessions finalized this week, with the agenda up in the next month.


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