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The NotMom Summit 2017: The ONLY international conference for and about women without children by choice or by chance.

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Friday, October 6
 

10:00am

WELCOME! Your Sisters Have Been Waiting for you
Speakers
avatar for Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie

Blogger/Co-Administrator, The NotMom.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her partner, Matt, and their hairless cat, Piglet. In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to build a shelter... Read More →
avatar for Karen Malone Wright

Karen Malone Wright

Founding Voice & Chief Executive, TheNotMom®
Karen Malone Wright launched The NotMom.com in 2012 for herself and the one of every six American women who are childless or childfree. Her insights and ideas spring from a notable career directing communications strategy in philanthropy, health care, television and print media in... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114

11:15am

Women Without Children: Then and Now
Speakers
avatar for Laura Carroll

Laura Carroll

Author,, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix
Laura Carroll, M.S., is a seasoned communications consultant and writes nonfiction. Her book on childfree couples, Families of Two, received international recognition and paved the way for her to become a leading voice on the childfree life. For over the last 15 years, she ha... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 11:15am - 11:45am
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114

12:00pm

LUNCH - Keynote Speaker Marcia Drut-Davis
Speakers
avatar for Marcia Drut-Davis

Marcia Drut-Davis

Author & Pioneering Advocate for Parenting Choice
Memorably profiled in a 1974 episode of “60 Minutes”, Drut-Davis was one of the first American women to speak publicly about making the decision to live childfree. She is an outspoken author and pioneering advocate for parenting choices. Her primary focus is on reaching hearts... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114
 
Saturday, October 7
 

8:00am

Breakfast with NotMoms from Around the World
Speakers
avatar for Jody Day

Jody Day

Author, Psychotherapist and Founder,, Gateway Women
Jody Day is an author, social entrepreneur, integrative psychotherapist trainee and the founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women. Jody is a founding member at AWOC.org (the ageing without children collective)  A former Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Catherine-Emmanuelle Delisle

Catherine-Emmanuelle Delisle

Creator, Femmes Sans Enfant
Catherine-Emmanuelle Delisle is a Canadian teacher and creator of femmesansenfant.com, a blog written in French, to inform, rally and celebrate the lives of women without children by choice or by circumstance. Catherine has grown the audience for her website through an ongoing and... Read More →
avatar for Amy Blackstone, Ph.D.

Amy Blackstone, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Sociology & Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine and Blogger, We're {Not} Having A Baby!
Sociologist and NotMom Amy Blackstone is a professor at the University of Maine where she splits her time between the Sociology Department and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Dr. Blackstone studies the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. She is a... Read More →
avatar for Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.

Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.

Criminologist, Sociologist & Assistant Professor, Salem College
A childfree woman who never had a desire to have biological or adopted children, Kimya recalls when she “made official” her lack of desire and decision not to have children. She is also a sociologist and criminologist. Her teaching, research, and community activism tackle reproductive... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114

9:45am

How Many NotMoms Can You Meet in About 30 Minutes?
This is no ordinary conference ice-breaker. Chances are, you will meet more NotMoms in half an hour than in all of 2017!

Moderators
avatar for Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie

Blogger/Co-Administrator, The NotMom.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her partner, Matt, and their hairless cat, Piglet. In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to build a shelter... Read More →
avatar for Karen Malone Wright

Karen Malone Wright

Founding Voice & Chief Executive, TheNotMom®
Karen Malone Wright launched The NotMom.com in 2012 for herself and the one of every six American women who are childless or childfree. Her insights and ideas spring from a notable career directing communications strategy in philanthropy, health care, television and print media in... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114

12:00pm

LUNCH - Keynote Speaker Jody Day
Speakers
avatar for Jody Day

Jody Day

Author, Psychotherapist and Founder,, Gateway Women
Jody Day is an author, social entrepreneur, integrative psychotherapist trainee and the founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women. Jody is a founding member at AWOC.org (the ageing without children collective)  A former Fellow... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114

4:30pm

On the Big Screen: Childless & Childfree Stories
Documentary filmmaker Maxine Trump, a NotMom by choice, was already mapping out her next project on America's women without children when she learned of the first NotMom Summit in 2015. She attended the event and interviewed many women on camera, from conference attendees to hotel staff.

Now that editing is underway, Maxine is ready to talk about what she's learned during the filmind process.

Motivational speaker Delores Pressley has built a successful life and some might think she gets everything she wants. But as a By Chance NotMom, she knows what it means to stuff your feelings inside, and how to move on and move up!

Speakers
avatar for DeLores Pressley

DeLores Pressley

Owner, DeLores Pressley Worldwide
International keynote motivational speaker and life coach, is dedicated to helping people take action to launch bold, confident and courageous lives. She is the CEO of DeLores Pressley Worldwide and founder of the Global Up Woman™ Network, a movement to empower and elevate women... Read More →
avatar for Maxine Trump

Maxine Trump

Director, Helpman Productions
Maxine Trump's feature documentary Musicwood, was a New York Times Critics' Pick, a festival award-winner and played in theaters and on TV networks around the world. TO KID OR NOT TO KID is Maxine's latest documentary, the film has just finished production so we are in the very fortunate... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Hope E 100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland OH 44114