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The Virginia Women and Family Support Center Presents:

The 2024 Breaking Cycles

Women's Conference

Welcome to the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference – an immersive experience designed to usher you into 'A Season of Rest and Healing.' Join us on this transformative journey where we explore the power of rejuvenation, the beauty of healing, and the strength found in breaking cycles. Discover a community committed to empowerment, connection, and creating a future filled with resilience and renewal. This season, embrace the invitation to rest, heal, and be part of the change at the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference.

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About The Conference

As we embark on a new season at the Virginia Women and Family Support Center, we're thrilled to announce our 2nd annual women's conference. This year, while remaining dedicated to breaking cycles, we're diving deeper into the vital themes of rest and healing.

Join us for a transformative experience featuring inspiring keynote speakers and immersive workshops. Our curated program encourages self-discovery, fosters healing connections, and empowers you to embrace the beauty of restoration.

The Breaking Cycles Women's Conference serves as a sanctuary where you can recharge, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore the profound power of healing.

We invite you to become part of a community committed to breaking barriers, cultivating resilience, and embracing the transformative impact of rest and healing. Welcome to 'A Season of Rest and Healing' at the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference, where each moment offers an opportunity for renewal and every step leads toward empowerment.

"The Breaking Cycles Women’s Conference was one of the best
conferences I have ever attended! Every single detail was thoughtfully and mindfully
implemented to ensure attendees received trauma-informed care. Every presenter was
one of integrity, tenderness, and they all emanated wholehearted compassion. The
women selected as presenters were also astounding examples of how having
compassion for yourself allows you to fully embody hope while integrating your whole
self, despite deep-rooted trauma. I also truly appreciated that the Conference was designed to ensure the tender carenecessary to gently offer the women participating permission to heal. I saw manyastounding women begin to fully let go to begin the healing process. I specifically saw many women healing right before my eyes. It was almost as if the conference had given thempermission to heal, and to fully embody their whole being. I am deeply and profoundly
grateful to have both been an attendee and presenter last year, and I am truly excited
for the 2024 Breaking Cycles Women’s Conference!"

Jessica Woelkers, @kind__mom

When &
Where

Save the date for the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference at The George Mason Verizon Auditorium in Manassas, VA, located at 10900 University Blvd, on April 20th, 2024. Immerse yourself in 'A Season of Rest and Healing' as we explore empowerment, connection, and transformative change.

Join us for a day of inspiration and renewal!

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Meet The Speakers

Prepare to be inspired by a lineup of extraordinary voices at the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference. Our speakers are thought leaders, change-makers, and experts who will guide us through 'A Season of Rest and Healing.' Join us as they share diverse perspectives, impactful stories, and valuable insights, contributing to our journey of empowerment, rejuvenation, and transformation. Get ready to be moved, motivated, and enlightened by the exceptional voices awaiting you at the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference.

Kemba Smith Pradia

Kemba Smith Pradia

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Kemba Smith Pradia went from college student to drug dealer’s girlfriend to domestic violence victim and in 1994. Kemba’s story was featured on a variety of television shows and in several publications. The support prompted then-President Clinton to commute her sentence in December 2000, after having served 6. 5 years in prison. Along with being an advocate for criminal justice reform, Kemba is the founder of her 501 (c) 3, The Kemba Smith Foundation.

Dr. Amber Price

Dr. Amber Price

GUEST SPEAKER Dr. Amber Price received a Bachelor in Behavioral Science from the University of Maryland, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University. She received her Executive Doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University, with a research focus on Leadership. She served as President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Virginia, and in 2017 won the Monarch Award for Innovation in Nursing. She was named one of 100 “CEOs To Know” by Becker’s Healthcare in 2023.

Emma G

Emma G

Author, two-time TEDx Speaker, Singer/songwriter, and Empowerment Coach, She uses the magic of music to empower, uplift, and motivate audiences worldwide. Born with a rare neurological condition called hydrocephalus, Emma G has recovered from multiple traumas, including ten brain surgeries, by writing and singing her truth, sharing her experiences, and turning her lessons into blessings. Her music and story are helping audiences overcome struggles, trauma, stress to step up and into blessings.

Erica Howard

Erica Howard

With nearly 20 years of experience in the Hair industry, specializing in top-notch services and customer service, I felt a strong desire to help my clients on a deeper level, focusing on healing and self-care. This led me to pursue additional training and certification as a trauma-informed yoga therapist. Combining my expertise in hairstyling with my passion for holistic well-being, I now offer a unique approach to self-care that addresses both outer beauty and inner healing.

Teresa Jenkins - Christopher

Teresa Jenkins - Christopher

As a trauma-informed yoga therapist, Teresa is dedicated to walking side by side with clients, to co-create inclusive, judgement-free, brave spaces that offer the opportunity to Retrain the body, Restore the nervous system, Reframe life experiences, and Remember their innate wholeness within by exploring yoga practices 4RWellbeing.

Heidi Henyon

Heidi Henyon

Heidi loves working with people who are ready to transform personal and generational trauma and learn from past experiences. Through this you become your own best friend and learn to create, grow, and nurture your wonderful future. She is a multi-certified transformational coach, certified health coach, somatic practitioner, sound healer and CMT. Author of 3 best-selling books and co-author of 2 more, speaker, retreat center owner, grandmother, and lover of life.

Dr Chrisenia White

Dr Chrisenia White

My personal experience as a patient led me to pursue a career in medicine to be a better advocate for those seeking medical care. Having felt unheard and unsupported during my health struggles, I was determined to become a doctor who genuinely listens to patient’s concerns and provides the holistic care they deserve. At Acure Wellness, I am devoted to understanding each patient’s unique needs and identifying the underlying causes of their health issues.

Jessica Woelkers

Jessica Woelkers

Jessica Hartley Woelkers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Mindfulness Therapist, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Jessica also serves as the President and Founder of Kind Mom, Inc., a non-profit organization steadfastly committed to normalizing the mental health needs of young families. With a dedicated yogic practice since her collegiate years, she has garnered profound insights into the transformative healing power of yoga, particularly during her postpartum periods.

Sultana Karim

Sultana Karim

Sultana is the Owner and Psychotherapist at Karim Counseling Services, PLLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Maryland, Virginia and Michigan; a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C). She has 12 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings, including outpatient mental health, child advocacy centers, domestic violence, and adoption agency.

Tiffany Goddard

Tiffany Goddard

Tiffany will explore the art of finding a mentor and best practices for establishing a successful mentorship. Delving into the significance of having a ‘board of advisors’ this session will provide practical insights on identifying suitable mentors, fostering meaningful relationships and maximizing the benefits of networking to find your mentor. By the end the audience will gain a comprehensive list of best practices on the topics of mentorship and networking.

Dr. Joann Harris

Dr. Joann Harris

Feeling overwhelmed at times? Join us for a supportive women's session to build your inner fortress and cultivate resilience in turbulent times. Through thought provoking questions and mindful practices, discover tools to identify strengths and vulnerabilities, prioritize restorative rest and self-care, and cultivate inner peace and self-compassion. Leave empowered, equipped, and ready to navigate challenges with grace and strength. Let’s explore, connect, and rise together.

Jennifer Semaan

Jennifer Semaan

The effects of trauma, even if stemming from the same event, are likely to impact each person differently. Society teaches us that how trauma impacts us is somehow related to our strength; however, this is a myth that has been long-debunked by the field of psychology. This session aims to clarify the meaning of Trauma, especially during a time in which the word has been overused, diluted, and misrepresented. The session will help the audience better understand the impact of trauma.

Are you to break cycles,
be empowered,
and explore rest & healing?

Reserve your seat to the Breaking Cycles Women's Conference today!

Ticket Scholarship

If you are ready to break cycles, but need additional funds to do so, please apply for our scholarship by sending an email to marketing@vawfsc.org

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