Conference Agenda

The Momentum Conference 2018

The 2018 conference opened the evening of February 27th with the prestigious Momentum Woman of Impact Awards celebration. The full conference day on the 28th included a continental breakfast and morning keynote speaker Bonnie St. John, 12 breakout sessions, seated luncheon with keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, and an exciting closing event to build on our “Better Together” conference theme with wine and food pairings from Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Many conference attendees took advantage of free resume reviews by seasoned HR professionals, updated head-shot opportunities, personal brand consultations, book signings, and continuing education credits in engineering, human resources, accounting, social work and nursing. So much to pack into one day!

February 27th, Day 1

5:30 PM

  • Woman of Impact Award reception with honorees

6:30 – 8:00 PM




February 28th, Day 2

7:15 AM   

 REGISTRATION/ Continental Breakfast
Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking. Plus, visit with our participating nonprofits in Uniting Community to learn more about board service and volunteering! 



8:15 AM    

Nancy Kane, Protective Life

Better Together | Uniting Leaders
April Benetollo, CEO, Momentum

Laura Oberst, Conference Co-Chair, Wells Fargo


8:30-9:30 AM    


KEYNOTE: High Performance Resilience

How do we continue to tap into new sources of energy for the innovations, insights and initiatives we need to compete as the pace of today’s global workplace continues to accelerate? Bonnie addresses these challenges by guiding participants, from the front lines to the C-suites, through a series of practical exercises and techniques that enhance her audience’s capacity to offset the negative effects of stress, increase resilience, and play to win.

Bonnie St. John, Paralympic Medalist, Best-Selling Author, Leadership Consultant, and International Speaker



9:30-9:55 AM 


MAXIMIZE YOUR DAY                        

Books & Authors Corner – Ms. St. John book signing, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking. Plus, visit with our participating nonprofits in Uniting Community to learn more about board service and volunteering! 


10:00-11:10 AM 

Morning Breakout Sessions


11:10 – 11:25 AM 


Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


11:30 AM – 12:50 PM

Rosilyn Houston, BBVA

Dr. Cheri Canon, Conference Co-Chair, University of Alabama at Birmingham

KEYNOTE: Lessons on Fearless Leadership

As a former Naval Aviator, a corporate executive, and a busy mother of four, Carey Lohrenz knows first-hand the challenges of navigating the many demands of a challenging career and daily work-life balance.  Carey will inspire you to ‘Be the Catalyst’ that can produce short-term and life-changing results. Just as pilots do a “systems check” before takeoff, Carey’s motivational speech will walk you through a Pre-Flight Check on your journey towards success.

Carey Lohrenz, US Navy Fighter Pilot, Fortune 100 Consultant, International Speaker, Author



12:50-1:15 PM 


Books & Authors Corner – Ms. Lohrenz book signing, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


1:15-2:25 PM 

 Afternoon Breakout Sessions 


2:20 – 2:45 PM


Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


2:45 – 3:55 PM

 Afternoon Breakout Sessions


4:00-5:30  PM


Better Together, Food & Wine Pairings,
featuring Les Dames d’Escoffier of Birmingham

Networking, Prizes and Closing Comments




more Ways to Maximize Your Day

Polish Your Personal Brand

How often do you get a chance to have a seasoned professional review your curriculum vitae, online presence, and even score a new professional head-shot? Attendees had the opportunity to do all this and more during the conference.


Uniting Community

Are you interested in serving on a nonprofit board, expanding your charitable giving, or volunteering with a nonprofit? We invited more than a dozen local nonprofits to the conference to share what they do and how you can get involved. Here’s who was there: Alabama Possible, Brock School of Business Samford University, Childcare Resources, Children’s Aid Society, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, GirlSpring, Heart Gallery, Jeremiah’s Hope Academy, Lakeshore Foundation, The Exceptional Foundation,  and YWCA of Central Alabama.


Bookstore & Authors Corner

Momentum partnered with Little Professor and women authors to host an on-site bookstore. Many of the featured authors were present to speak with attendees and sign their books for the duration of the conference. Shown here, Alabama Author Lilly Ledbetter with 2016 keynote speaker Diana Nyad, both of whom were busy meeting attendees and signing books! This year the following authors were at the Momentum bookstore to meet attendees and sign books: Bonnie St. John (morning keynote), Jim Harter (panelist), Lauren Denton, Verna Gates, TK Thorne, Carey Lohrenz (luncheon keynote), Cheri Collins, Terri Heiman, Gin Philips, Julia Segars, and Kathy G.




Continuing Education Units

The conference was approved for continued learning credits in Nursing (4), Social Work (5), Legal (5), Engineering (5), Accounting (4), and Human Resources (5). Stop by the CEU table to get specific instructions on how to claim your credits.