Registration opens March 12
Early Bird Registration March 12 – July 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $129, Conference: $99
Registration July 2 – October 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $159, Conference: $129
Cancellation deadline: September 14
Cost of registration does not include lodging accommodations, book your hotel room
"I'm an Ohio native, an oldest child, and an INFJ. But the most important thing you should know is that I love words and believe they can change the world. I first learned this as an undergrad at Calvin College, where I worked on the student newspaper and genuinely looked forward to writing papers. After studying theology at Oxford University, I landed my first job copy editing Christianity Today magazine in the suburbs of Chicago. I would go on to launch a women's website (Her.meneutics) and become the magazine's youngest and first female managing editor. Lest you think it's all been upward and onward, at age 27 I went through a major life event that seriously upset my identity and sense of purpose. So naturally, I decided to write a book about work, vocation, and identity, which came out in 2016 from Simon & Schuster / Howard Books. I speak regularly on faith and work, women's vocation, writing, and evangelicalism. I have written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and have commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers."
Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subject of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in the church and local non-profits as well as our nation's capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Tony, and their four children.
Jo Saxton is a leader, visionary, and practitioner. She has served as a pastor at St. Thomas Church in Sheffield, England, and in a wide range of churches in the United States. In 2009 Jo went to work for 3DM where she continues to serve while writing books, speaking around the world, and planting a church with her husband in Minneapolis, MN. Jo’s primary focus isequipping women for leadership and missional ministry. She engages the world in the same way God does—by going out rather than just reaching out.
A 22-year youth ministry veteran, Amy Williams follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she heard God’s call to move into a Latino gang neighborhood in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community to be a “Hope Dealer” doing street outreach and walking life with young people on her block. Amy has pursued her calling as a Youth Pastor, Reentry Coordinator for paroled youth, Youth Mentor and Advocate. She has been involved in youth ministry at the local church level, with Urban Young Life and as the former co-founder of Community IMPACT and the Christian Basketball Academy. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the North Park University Center for Youth Ministries Studies (CYMS). She has been published in various magazines and projects including Crossway Publishing’s Urban Devotional Bible and is a guest blogger for D.L. Hughley and other sites. She is currently working on her first book.
“I take a deep breath and step out on faith. Do it afraid.” Those words have been a mantra for South Side of Chicago Native, Sharon Irving, songstress/songwriter/spoken word artist, worship leader and actress, since she was a little girl, performing in front of the congregation at the south side church in Chicago where her grandfather was pastor. Sharon is an inspiring ‘ voice for the voiceless’ , a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, singing songs of life and love motivated by her personal experiences, and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Sharon has been a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois for several years, has contributed songs and words of hope before thousands at liturgical and corporate events, youth conferences, including the popular “CHIC”, (‘ Covenant High in Christ’ ),in small clubs and intimate settings all over the country, at the Angola Prison in Angola, Louisiana, and even entertained millions while a participant on Season Ten of “America’ s Got Talent”, where she received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” at her first televised audition, and was chosen by America to compete in the Semi-Finals.
Nikole is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization that equips survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories.
Nikole is in the Red Letter Christians network. She consults regularly with international organizations including The Salvation Army, has spoken in faith-based initiatives at the UN Women Conference, and lectures at universities across the country. Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and is often found buying African fabric on the street. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story.
Tasha is a fellow abolitionist, bridge-builder, engager and a leading voice in the fight against human trafficking. Having worked with youth and serving as a Children’s & the Next Gen Director, she's developed an untamed passion for social justice issues across the globe. She loves challenging others to tap into their God-Given gifts by finding confidence in how God has wired them.
"I do believe that the body of Christ is the only place that is equipped to do this well and do this right. Our goal with Be the Bridge is to be who God created us to be—that credible witness for his glory as it relates to racial reconciliation." Tasha Morrison - Christianity Today January, 2017
King bedded room: $135
Double bedded room: $140
Call the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a handicap accessible room and mention that you're coming for the Arise & Shine Women's Conference.
The parking discount for guests with rooms is $20/day. For the guests without hotel reservations the Hyatt will honor a discount of $25/day for parking. As a reminder, there are no in and out privilegesBOOK YOUR ROOM