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What Will I Learn?
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You will learn from a variety of experts, which will provide tools to help you shift your perspective and claim who you want to be. These tools will be like a roadmap as you navigate thru the changes and evolve to becoming an even more fabulous version of yourself. Your LIGHT will shine thru with even greater understanding of who you are meant to be.

Our Keynote speakers the “Kite Sisters” Beauty Redefined. They are dedicated to promoting positive body image and changing the conversation about body image by telling girls and women they are MORE than beautiful. Lexie and Lindsay assert positive body image is about feeling positively toward your body overall, not just what it looks like. The Beauty Redefined mantra is: “Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.” This expanded definition of positive body image provides the foundation for their overall mission to promote body image resilience, or the ability to become stronger *because* of the difficulties and shame women experience in their bodies, not *in spite of* those things. Through both research and personal experiences, Beauty Redefined works to arm girls and women with the tools to become resilient in the face of objectification and unreal ideals about female bodies.

You will also learn about Mindfulness and compassion. Harnessing Personal Freedom: Unlocking hidden power to make successful and lasting change in your life. Financial Freedom, and much, much more.

The presentations will provide you with powerful tools you can add to your life right now. Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll learn: 

Unlocking hidden power to make successful and lasting change in your life.
Unlocking hidden power to make successful and lasting change in your life.
Uncovering the strength and power of becoming who you were meant to be
Leading your life with mindfulness and compassion.


8:00 AM
Doors Open

Check in at our registration table, get your complementary swag bag sponsored by the Chamber, and find a seat.

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcome, prizes, and an introduction to the Women of Light “Look Up!” event

8:45 - 9:15 AM
Featured National Speaker: Ann Washburn

World-class body language coach, mentor, and Women of Light board member, Ann Washburn, will inspire your minds and gear you up for a great day of inspiration

9:15 - 10:15 AM
Keynote Speakers: Lexie & Lindsay Kite

Lexie and Lindsay will teach us how we can Redefine Beauty and love ourselves -- just the way we are.

10:30 - 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions #1

Topics: Debunking the Diet Myth; Creativity & Play; Surviving Cancer: Faith, Perseverance, Overcoming Difficulty; small group discussion

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Breakout Sessions #2

Topics: Mindfulness & Compassion; Gut & Mental Health; Living with Purpose; Matresecense; small group discussion

2:15 - 3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions #3

Topics:Authentic Leadership, Caring for Aging Parents; Racism & Diversity; The Anxious Introvert; small group discussion

3:30 - 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions #4

Topics: Building Healthy Female Relationships; Drama Therapy; Overcoming Trauma; small group discussion

4:45 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks: Mayor Usha Reddi

Who Should Come?

Women of Light brings together women of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, careers, building bridges with what we have in common - LIGHT! Yes, that means YOU should come!


“Look Up!” will be held at the K-State Student Union Building maini auditorium. Here is the address:



Older adults report improved contentment as they age despite increasing losses. The accumulation of loss is overemphasized byyounger people who then develop ageist beliefs. This ageism can be internalized by older adults leading to poorer performance on cognitive tests, poorer health and even shorter lives. This presentation is meant to enlighten participants to age-stereotyping and ageism and can be used as a score sheet for owning one’s own age.

Gayle Doll


Briana S. Nelson Goff, Ph.D, is a professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services. Dr. Nelson Goff’s clinical experience and research specialization is with primary and secondary traumatic stress symptoms in trauma survivor couples, families and children, with a specific focus on military- and disaster-related traumatic events. Since 2010, Dr. Nelson Goff and a colleague at Texas Tech University have conducted research, workshops and educational programs at their universities, collaborating on a national research study on the positive aspects of having a child with Down syndrome titled, “My Kid Has More Chromosomes than Yours!: The Journey to Hope and Resilience in Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome.”

Briana S. Nelson Goff


Dr. Brett Baxter received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland University-Kansas City in 2017, after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Field Biology from Friends University in 2013. Dr. Baxter, a native of Park City, Kansas, is passionate about helping people function at their optimum capacity. Choosing to be a chiropractor was his natural niche as he always “asks the next question” and enjoys the challenge of finding the root cause of disease, rather than just masking the symptoms.

Dr. Brett Baxter


What percentage of your day would you say you spend thinking about food or body image concerns? If you’re like many women, it’s more (maybe much more) than 50%. Guilt and shame around food have become commonplace, dominating conversation, social media, and even healthcare. Instead of connecting deeply with their values, women everywhere are distracted by obeying the latest food rules. In this session, we’ll talk about the false promises made by diet and wellness culture and how to free yourself from restriction, guilt, and shame around food so you can pursue the things you truly value.

Sydney Cochran


Our struggles in life can feel daunting but viewing ourselves as Heroines on a journey of growth, can transform struggles into invigorating challenges possible to surmount. The Heroine’s Journey (different from the Hero’s Journey) is a mythical pattern in folktales across the world and leads women to find ways to balance their feminine and masculine qualities and discover their unique strengths. With paper, markers, and colored pencils participants will create a map of their own Heroine’s Journey and identify their place on it. Your map may provide insights into your past and current struggles and prepare you for those ahead.

Sally Bailey


In today’s social media society it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap and begin feeling we don’t quite measure up. Many women wonder if their life has meaning… if it has purpose. They find themselves focusing on perceived weaknesses, striving to do more. . . to be more. . . to be “enough.” This is not what God intended.
Chrissie challenges you to:
• Reject insecurity by realizing you’re a cherished masterpiece of God.
• Replace unhealthy comparison with the celebration of your unique gifts.
• Realize contentment by letting go of who you’re not and embracing who you’re created to be.

Chrissie Angel



Jurdene Coleman LCMFT will engage participants in a conversation about how she came to lead a community that she isn’t native to. Attendees will learn ways to engage in their community by rethinking their own strengths and gifts in terms of public service.
Attendees will be able to identify how their passions can positively impact their communities and leave with concrete steps they can take towards leadership roles.

Jurdene Coleman


The Alexander Technique is a foundational practice focusing on how we use our minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits. Excess tensing in any one of these areas, negatively influences all the areas and interferes with our optimum use.
This work benefits any activity from parenting to presenting, to caregiving, to artistic performance, to public speaking, to decision making, to collaboration, to driving, walking, or athletic competition.

Laura Donnelly


This session will help you to discover all that you are and the value that you bring to the world! You will be provided with tools to identify self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors and replace them with resources that will enable you to step into the greatness of who you are and to live out your unique purpose here on this earth. Regardless of your life circumstances, you can choose to live a life of purpose and make a difference each and every day just by being who you are. Join us as we celebrate the beauty of YOU!

Bethany McCormick


“Knowledge is power.” But sometimes, even with a lot of knowledge, experience, and even confidence, we find ourselves feeling less empowered than we’d like in our personal and professional relationships. So how much of power imbalances are due to gender? How much can be changed? And can the distribution of power be accurately measured? This breakout session will discuss four key ways to take inventory of the way power is experienced in your relationships, along with applicable tips for ways to discuss these with significant others, friends, family members, employers, etc.

M’ichelle Washburn-Busk


Too often women avoid facing their own personal weaknesses, but He clearly conveys to each of us that His grace is sufficient for us, and that, His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). In this 60 minute session, Dr. Brown will seek to guide participants through a journey of self-reflection in which attendees will take personal assessments, via technology, to identify targeted strengths and weaknesses, in order to compare/contrast themselves to the women in the Bible, and conclude with a plan of action for continued daily personal growth. In order to fully engage in this session, participants will need to bring a device to access the Internet and will need to be prepared to move about the room as requested. Please come prepared to interact with other participants.

Jennifer Brown


Our world has an epidemic of loneliness. Many of us may not even realize that we feel isolated or
recognize what loneliness is: simply, loss of meaningful connections. We all need close friends, yet we all can make excuses for why we don’t need/want them. Have you ever found yourself saying some of the following sentences before?
“I’ve been burned/hurt by friends and I’m not doing that again!”
“I’m an introvert, I like being alone and not having friends.”
“I don’t know how to make or where to meet friends at my age.”
“I just don’t like other women. They’re so drama-filled and catty!”
“Friends? I barely have time to take a shower!”
“My best friend is my spouse/partner, I don’t need anyone else.”



Mothers and young families in the early childhood years face numerous challenges: adding the role of parent to the partner relationship, feeling hurt and disappointed when our partners don’t live up to our expectations, changes to how we feel about and in our bodies, our self-confidence and our sex drives. Yet for most new mothers, none of these challenges are as disruptive as the difficulty of discovering who we are now that we are mothers. In this session, Sarah Siders will discuss the myriad changes mothers go through adapting to motherhood, tools for developing realistic expectations and how we can learn to love the women we’ve become, no matter how new or experienced you are at motherhood.

Sarah Siders


“What you pay attention to matters.” Shauna Shapiro
Curious about what mindfulness is and why it is being mentioned more in more in self-help? Mindfulness is a key element in transforming your relationship with yourself and managing your internal world. The goal of the presentation is to help demystify mindfulness and explore it alongside the skill of self-compassion. Self-compassion is the key in changing how you respond to yourself internally in emotionally painful moments. This session will assist in giving you the basics of mindfulness and self-compassion skills by exploring research, definitions of the practices and application of the skills to take home with you.

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson photo

Dr. Suess famously said, “There is no one alive that is youer than you.” What are you supposed to do with that? Fitting the mold may be bland and painful, but blazing your own trail is hard and scary. If only there was a pattern for reaching a unique destiny of our own potential. Welcome to this class, a class in which the ‘where’ and ‘why’ are left to you, but the HOW is revealed! We will investigate various methods of making changes to make your dreams comfortably come true.

Laura Pennock


Having the Strength to do IT. As an immigrant thirteen year old girl I didn’t know if I had it in me to learn a new language. Would I feel comfortable in my own skin knowing that I was a minority? What would it take to navigate my life through a culture that I was not familiar with? Would I lose my identity trying to fit in? All this questions for a thirteen year old seemed overwhelming and how would I have the courage. I needed to connect the dots of who I was with what my future would look like living in a new country.

Whitney Mayer



Each and every one of us comes into this life with light. As we grow, we are given opportunities to disperse this light in the world. I have been able to merge my light with others through the Women of Light platform to effect goodness in my community.

-Lindsay Bradley.

As I have been involved with our Women of Light service project I have been able to grow my circle of friends. I have been so touched to see so many women who are already serving so much but are excited about giving more! They seem to be coming out of the woodwork to serve! They come across our path and are eager to do what they can to help. It has already blessed my life!

-Amy Parish.


What's the dress code?

Come dressed comfortably. You'll be sitting in soft chairs most of the day. However, if you want to get gussied up, we'd be flattered. If you show up in cargo shorts and crocs with socks we won't turn you away... but also, please don't.

May I bring my teen daughter?

YES, please do! We’d recommend ages 12+.

May I bring my younger children?

We love children, we really do. We ask, though, for babes in arms only for this event, please.

Will there be food?

Several of the restaurants at the Student Union Building will be kept open for you to purchase lunch and snacks during the day. Or, bring your own sack lunch if you’d prefer!

Where do I park?

Feel free to use the street parking spaces or the parking garage near the Student Union Building (small fee). There are lots of spaces.
Then, follow the signs to the auditorium.

Is this a religious event?

The content shared at our events is research-based. Most of the things we share will align with your belief system, but the event itself is very secular and inclusive of people from all walks of life.

Can I get tickets at the door?

This event will sell out! We will not be selling tickets at the door. We would hate to have you miss this amazing chance to hear from these world-class presenters. The only way to get tickets is to click the button below, and register. Don't put off getting your tickets!

Can I get a refund if I don't make it?

Refunds and exchanges are not available within 2 weeks of the event. Please check your calendars to make sure you are available to attend before buying tickets!