Conference Agenda

The Momentum Conference 2018

The 2018 conference will open the evening of February 27th with the prestigious Momentum Woman of Impact Awards celebration. Attendees will gather at 5:30 for a cocktail reception with the honorees, followed by an inspirational celebration in the BJCC Forum as we hear a brief address from this year’s honorees. The Awards Celebration tickets may be purchased separately or in conjunction with the full-day conference registration.

The full conference day on the 28th will open with networking and a continental breakfast at 7:30 am. We’ll gather in the ballroom at 8:15, where our morning keynote is sure to inspire and energize us for the day with her message of resilience to boost focus, drive and energy. Following the keynote attendees will have the option to attend one of four morning sessions, or may opt to visit the Author’s corner or schedule time to polish their personal brand.

At noon we gather again in the main ballroom for a seated luncheon with our headline keynote speaker. In her motivating and engaging keynote presentation, she shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Following the luncheon we will break again for afternoon sessions, with more time for networking and personal brand consultations. We will wrap up the day with an exciting “better together” to celebrate leadership in the Magic City.

Many conference attendees will take 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

6:45 – 8:00 PM

  • Momentum Woman of Impact Awards Celebration

February 28th, Day 2

7:15 AM   

 REGISTRATION/ Continental Breakfast
Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


8:15 AM    

WELCOME – Better Together | Uniting Leaders
April Benetollo, CEO, Momentum


8:30-9:30 AM    


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

Introduced by Laura Oberst, Executive Vice President, Business Banking Group, Wells Fargo


9:30-9:55 AM 


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES                        

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


10:00-11:10 AM 

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • “What’s Holding You Back? Breaking Down Invisible Barriers to Career Progression”
  • “Building Meaningful Relationships through Effective Networking”
  • “Women in STEM Roles”
  • “Women on Corporate Boards”


11:10 – 11:25 AM 


Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


11:30 AM – 12:50 PM


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

Introduced by Dr. Cheri Canon, Professor and Chair of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham


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 #1

  • “Your Career: Next Level Leadership”
  • “Health and Wellness”
  • “Preserving Public Trust: Ethical Employees and Corporations”
  •  Men with Momentum, Part I


2:20 – 2:45 PM


Books & Authors Corner, Polish Your Personal Brand, Networking


2:45 – 3:55 PM

 Afternoon Breakout Sessions #2

  • “What’s Your Story”
  • “Venture Capitalism as a Vehicle for Entrepreneurs”
  • “Leadership Lessons from Momentum C-Suite Leaders”
  • Men with Momentum, Part II


4:00-5:30  PM


Better Together, Food & Wine Pairings from the Magic City
Closing Comments and Networking

Optional Activities

Authors Corner

Momentum has partnered with Little Professor and women authors to host an on-site bookstore. Many of the featured authors will be 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!




Personal Brand Consulting

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 will have the opportunity to do all this and more during the conference. Some services are by appointment, and others will be first come, first served.

Don’t miss your chance to get your personal brand polished up before that next networking event, speaking engagement, board meeting, or job interview.




Continuing Education Units

We are in the process of getting approvals for this year’s program. In prior conference years CEU’s were offered in the following fields: nursing (6.8), accounting (4), human resources (5.5), social work (8.4), and engineering (9.2). Continuing Education Units are available at no additional cost.