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One-Day Conference
January 23, 2021

8:30 am - 1:00 pm (MST) 
Virtual and In-Person Experience

We all encounter "tough" and "tender" seasons.   What do we do when they arrive? How do we navigate when our "normal" is disrupted with little advance notice?  The Tough and Tender Conversations One-Day Conference is created to share real-life topics authentically while offering biblical solutions for the unprecedented times women face. 


Our event is available virtually and in-person in Colorado Springs, Colorado, beginning at
8:30 am and concluding at 1:00 pm (MST).  The experience will include main sessions, panel discussions, Q&A, and the opportunity to build relationships throughout the day. During this unique conference experience, we will share real-talk during our Main Sessions - Navigating Disappointment, When Anxiety Strikes, and Mistake Makeover. Conference merchandise will be available to commemorate the Tough and Tender One-Day experience. 

Option #1 - Attend In-Person ($40)
Our In-Person conference will be hosted at the beautiful Creekside Event Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Guests will have the opportunity to share this unique experience with other women who have also walked through the tough and tender seasons of life.  We have planned three dynamic main sessions that speak to the relevant needs of a woman's heart.  Our panel discussion will allow our guests to participate in the fun Q&A segment we have planned.  Continual coffee, tea, and a selection of snacks are available throughout the day and a full hot and cold brunch will be served as well.  Additionally, we will have conference merchandise if you choose to commemorate your day with a special item.   Seating is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.  (We will adhere to COVID guidelines by wearing masks and practice social distancing within our event and seating). 
Ticketed purchase includes coffee and tea bar and light pastries,  full brunch selections, snacks and beverages throughout the day, and conference materials.

Option #2 - Attend Virtually ($20)
Our Virtual conference experience is available for women, no matter the geographical location!  The conference will be hosted on a privately designated  Facebook page where attendees will be given special access to our live event. We will have live Emcees ushering attendees through the day, video of our main sessions, and panel discussions.  Virtual guests will participate in our fun panel discussion Q&A and participate in fun giveaways throughout the day.  
Ticketed purchase includes full access to the conference experience through our private Facebook page,  downloadable materials, and the opportunity to connect with fellow conference attendees. Conference merchandise will be available through our privately designated guest experience page.  

All women are invited to join the conversation about the tough and tender moments in life specifically unique to a woman's heart. Invite your friends to attend virtually with you! 

Virtual Conference Guests!

Your downloadable conference materials are prepared and ready for you!

Conference Booklet

Information Card

Podcast Subscribe  Card

Encouragement Stickers

Encouragement Stickers

 Our Main Session Speakers


 Stephanie Henderson 

Stephanie is personified by her love of laughter and greeting people with a huge hug whether she is meeting them for the first time or they are long-time friends. Like most women, she embraces many roles including wife, mom, and Bella (grandmother) as well as being an accomplished professional speaker, coach, and pastor.
Stephanie leads a women's virtual community titled, "Loved, Seen, Treasured", is the founder of "She Leads Leadership Academy", and hosts a podcast series titled,  "Tough & Tender Conversations".  Her greatest joy is seeing women come to understand their value through the lens of God's limitless love and delight in who they are. She is uniquely gifted as a bold teacher of the Word of God and a dynamic coach to help empower women to step fully into their destiny, 
Stephanie is happily married to George; Mom to Jessica (Jared), John Mark (Lisa), and James (Rebecca); Bella to Kai, Haven, Mary, and Henderson John. Additionally, their family has two Yorkies, named Cayenne and Dolce.  Her greatest joy is celebrating her family and friends while preparing large amounts of New Orleans inspired cuisine for all to enjoy. 


Octavia Cormier

Octavia and her husband, Brandon, serve as Lead Pastors with  Zeal Church in Colorado Springs.  She is a registered therapist at Whole Kids Company.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has served in a pastoral role at several local churches alongside her husband, Brandon, over the last 9 years.  Octavia has been a frequent public speaker to hundreds of teens and adults. She has a passion for enriching the lives of others through mentoring, discipleship, and experiencing personal growth as they navigate life's difficult situations.
Octavia's journey has proved the words of Maya Angelou to be true “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”.
 Her greatest joys are being a wife and a mom to their three children. Octavia has a heart for those that feel forgotten and left behind.

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