If you missed last year's summit, you may be feeling left out. Like you missed a big party. A party that could have literally changed your life.
And it's true.
In 2021, we pulled together the top blended family experts and speakers and they gave our attendees everything they have learned about thriving in stepfamily life.
But the great news is that you can still enjoy the summit - at your own pace and on your own schedule.
Because let's face it, stepmom, we know you are already overwhelmed. You're busy, so you deserve options. You deserve help that won't leave you MORE stressed out!
What if you could extend the time that all these amazing experts are available to you? So that you could access them anytime you want.
So you can take your time soaking up all of these tools and tips in order to really focus on creating a happier stepmom life.
Cameron Normand, Co-Founder of The Stepmom Summit, Host of The Stepmom Diaries Podcast, Owner, This Custom Life.
"Discipline and The Stepmom: Why Less Is More"
Cameron is married to a veteran and is a stepmom of four, including one with special needs. She has worked in politics for over twenty years and is a Washington Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business" award recipient.
Her work has been featured in Insider, UpJourney, StepMom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, Stepmomming, the Today Parenting Team, and she is a coach and contributing writer for the Stepmomz App.
Beth McDonough, Co-Founder of The Stepmom Summit, Certified Stepparent Coach, and owner of The Inclusive Stepmom.
"Boundaries: Why You Need Them and How to Set Them"
Beth specializes in LGBTQ+ issues, being a childless stepmom, infertility, dealing with the ex in a small town, and strengthening stepfamilies through focusing on your relationship with your partner.
Her work has been featured in StepMom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, SheKnows Parenting, Bustle, Romper, TravelZoo, BabyCenter, Stepmomming, Stepmomz, and ParentMap.
Susie Moore, Bestselling Author, Life Coach
Keynote Interview: "How To Stepmom With Confidence"
Susie Moore is a former Silicon Valley Sales Director turned Life Coach and Advice Columnist. Her work has been featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, Oprah, Business Insider, CNN, Forbes, Time Inc, Marie Claire and she’s the resident Life Coach Columnist for Greatist.
Her first book What if It Does Work Out? was named by Entrepreneur as one of the 8 Business Books Entrepreneurs Must Read to Dominate Their Industry and her second book, Stop Checking Your Likes debuted as an Amazon bestseller in April 2020. Susie lives in Miami with her husband Heath and Yorkshire Terrier, Coconut.
Kit Rich, Celebrity Trainer
Keynote Interview: "Self-Care Success For Stepmoms"
Kit Rich is a nationally recognized Pilates expert, fitness professional, published writer, and speaker. She works with and has toured with a long list of celebrities. She is the owner of KICHGO, a fitness product featured in FORBES, The LA Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Kit has been named one of the top five trainers in Los Angeles by SHAPE magazine, a top female trainer by PopSugar, and made it to the top twenty of Oprah’s “Be The Next TV Star.” She has been featured on The Today Show, E Network, Access Hollywood, Extra, and more.
Megan Hunter, MBA
Co-founder & CEO, High Conflict Institute & Conflict Playbook
"Identifying and Reducing Stepfamily Threats"
Megan Hunter, MBA, is co-founder of the High Conflict Institute and Conflict Playbook, along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. who developed the high-conflict personality theory. She is also the founder of Unhooked Books Publishing.
Megan has trained professionals across the U.S. and 7 countries. She holds an MBA and a B.S. in Business and Economics. She has served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, the Arizona Family Support Council, and the Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association. She served 5 years on the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. She is the author and/or co-author of several books, including Dating Radar; Hiring Radar; BIFF at Work; and The High Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide. Megan is a mom of 3, mother-in-law of 2, and stepmom of 5.
Dr. Patricia Papernow Psychologist, Founder of Stepfamily Institute
Interview: "It’s Not the Brady Bunch: Meeting the (Big) Challenges of Becoming a Stepmom"
Dr. Patricia Papernow has taught about “blended families” all over the U.S. and the world. In addition to her lively engaging presence, Patricia brings forty years of clinical experience helping stepfamilies, and a solid grounding in the current research about what works (and what doesn’t) to build a thriving, healthy “blended family.”
Patricia is the author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t, and, with Karen Bonnell, The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating, to Getting Serious to Forming a “Blended Family.”
She is a member of the Experts Council of National Stepfamily Resource Center and the recipient of the 2017 award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
Wendy Behary Clinical and Training Director, The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC
Interview: "Navigating Narcissism... Kids, Inlaws, Partners, Ex-partners"
With 25+ years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ- NYC-DC.
Wendy is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an internationally bestselling book, "Disarming the Narcissist...” Wendy specializes in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. She is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on schema therapy for narcissism for professional readers. She lectures both nationally and internationally on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, and dealing with difficult people.
Michelle Tangeman Founder of Michelle Tangeman Behavioral Health & Thriving Toddler
"Helping You And Your Spouse Get On The Same Parenting Page"
Michelle Tangeman is a mom of two, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She gives parents science-led tools to support a thriving family. She has a private practice located in Los Angeles where she sees children and families.
She is also the founder of Thriving Toddler where she provides digital parenting resources. In 2021, she co-founded Parenting Understood, the podcast where she and her co-founder, Dr. Erin OConnor from NYU, offer a mix of child development and parenting research and real-life parenting stories.
Dr. Courtney Conley, Ed.D, NCC, LCPC, ACS
Adolescent Therapist, Parent Coach, and Author
"How to Use Validation to Foster Connection and Make Your Child Feel Heard"
Dr. Courtney Conley is an author, therapist, and educator who specializes in working with adolescents. Courtney’s passion stems from her own emotional turmoil during her teenage years. Her mission is to equip adolescents with the inner tools needed to successfully navigate their teenage years. She partners with parents to support young people. Courtney’s book, Your Daughter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable: An Approach to Supporting Your Teenage Daughter Through Depression, teaches parents strategies to connect with and help their struggling teen. She currently resides in a suburb of Washington D.C. where she continues to serve adolescents and their families in her private practice, Expanding Horizons Counseling and Wellness.
Founder, Institute of Step-Family Dynamics
"Why People Don't Need To Like Your Boundaries"
Anita is a step/mum to 7 who lives in New Zealand with a revolving cast of kids, pets, and a constant husband. She works with individuals, couples, and step-families around the world to provide tools and support as they navigate the sometimes challenging waters of the step-family dynamic.
Anita specialises in working with people with trauma and those experiencing high conflict parenting situations. Along with coaching her clients, she coaches coaches and established the Institute of Step-Family Dynamics, a resource for both stepfamilies and professional working with stepfamilies.
Coach For All Things Stepfamily
"I Don't Know What's Worse: The Kids or my Partner's Parenting!"
Barb Goldberg is a Certified Life Coach with Dr. Martha Beck and the owner of The Evil Stepmother Speaks. As the stepmother to three children and the biological mom to one son, Barb has been through the trenches and understands the challenges of stepmother life. Her greatest accomplishment is looking at her four, amazing adult children with tremendous pride.
Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has been an expert guest on CBS Talk Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Pat McMahon Show, and an audience expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her blog, “The Evil Stepmother Speaks” was chosen as #1 Blended-Family Blog by Circle of Moms. Barb hosts The Evil Stepmother Speaks Podcast and is author of The Evil Stepmother Speaks: A Guide for Stepfamilies Who Want to Love and Laugh.
Kristen Skiles Certified Stepparent Coach
"Life-Changing Tips for the Struggling Childless Stepmom"
Kristen is the proud wife of Kevin and stepmom to 11-year-old Krista. Together, they live in Dallas, Texas, and share 50/50 custody with Krista’s mom. Kristen has overcome insecurities as her husband's second wife, learned a million lessons the hard way as a stepparent, and been on a roller coaster ride with shared parenting. Kristen grew up as a stepchild with a strict, very involved stepdad and one long-distance dad with a few different stepmoms over the years. Couple that with the fact she was business partners and lived with her stepdaughter's mom for a season, and it's safe to say, she offers a unique perspective.
Kristen is a Certified Stepparent Coach and founder of stepmomming.com, an online platform dedicated to providing comfort and guidance to overwhelmed stepmoms by giving them the tools and inspiration they need to overcome insecurities and discontentment.
Dr. Erin Careless, PhD Certified Stepfamily Coach
"Step In, Step Back, Step Out: Navigating Your Role in Your Stepfamily"
Erin, aka the unfortunately named, Dr. Careless, is sarcastic, empathetic, and a recovering people-pleaser. She has a PhD, is a Certified Stepfamily Coach, and the owner of Steplife: Stepmom Coaching and Support. Erin is also a Director of Adult Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She lives just a few feet from the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the beach is a favourite spot for her and her kids.
Chef and Stepfamily Coach
"Bridging the Gap: Diversity in the Modern Day Blended Family"
Born + raised in Southern California to immigrant parents, Kimberly King is a Chef and Certified Stepfamily Coach.
A biracial woman in an interracial and multicultural marriage and family, a former beauty queen turned chef, Kimberly's latest accomplishment is becoming a Certified Stepfamily Coach. She and her blended family recently moved from Los Angeles to Jamaica and you can usually find her in the kitchen cooking up delightful dishes or doting on her adorable 2 year old.
Ali Wilks, MSc
Successful Stepfamily Strategist and Couples Coach
"5 Secrets To Releasing Stepfamily Resentment"
Ali Wilks MSc is a certified Successful Stepfamily Strategist and Couples Coach. She created the Successful Stepmom Retreats and Successful Stepcouple Retreats and is the owner of The Soulful Stepmom, where she shares her soulful insights, embraces her otherworldly gifts, and teaches about the heart-earned lessons that came as a result of her stepmom struggles.
Ali offers coaching programs to stepmoms and stepcouples so they can release resentment to find peace and empowerment. She’s been featured Divorce Magazine, YourTango, StepMom Magazine, and Stepparent Magazine. She is a recent addition to International Bestselling Authors list for her contribution to the Book BluTalks Series 2.
Yvonne Jimerson Founder and Owner, Redefining Posh
"The Blended Bank: Navigating Finances In A Blended Family"
Yvonne Jimerson is the spunky money mentor behind the keyboard at Redefining Posh, an online personal finance education company. Yvonne founded Redefining Posh out of her fervent passion to help women slay their debt and navigate the choppy waters of their finances. Her groundbreaking money management system combines her nearly 20 years of accounting experience and her own extraordinary personal journey to debt freedom and money mastery to educate and motivate scores of families to ditch their debt, master their finances, and experience true financial peace.
Yvonne lives in southern California and is a stepmom of three and a mom of two.
Jessica Frew Owner, The BOLD Logic and Host, Husband in Law podcast
"Co Parenting in a LGBTQ+ Family with Religious Differences"
Jessica Frew is a wife, ex-wife, mom, stepmom, and BOLD action taker. She has a successful podcast called “Husband in Law” that she records with her husband, Matt, and her ex-husband, Steve. Together they are sharing their stories of love, marriage, coming out, divorce, remarriage and co-parenting to help others know they are not alone. They also co-own The BOLD Logic. A company devoted to helping people go from living in an “I should” mindset to taking BOLD action towards keeping and reclaiming their sense of self. Jessica is a firm believer that by knowing and understanding what it is you really want in life you can BOLDly create a life you love, no matter what your circumstances.
Joslynn Flowers Entrepreneur
"I See You, Stepmom!"
Joslynn is a mom of 4, who hates the labels (3 of the 4 happen to be her stepkids) and is a certified stepmom coach. Manager turned STAHM and teacher once covid hit, she left her full-time job to stay home with the kids.
In her time as a stepmom, she has experienced the struggles of dealing with high conflict situations and multiple custody battles resulting in a CWS situation granting her husband full custody. Having created a working co-parent relationship with her stepkids' mom, Joslynn loves to help other stepmoms do the same while creating healthy boundaries. Joslynn is the host of The Daily Stepmom Podcast where she talks about not just surviving but thriving in your role as a stepmom!
Wendy Tamis Robbins Author, Attorney, Anxiety Coach
"Recognize & Reduce Your Anxiety - Navigating Your Way Through the Stepfamily Jungle"
Wendy Tamis Robbins has been a stepmom to her second husband's two teens for over 10 years. She chronicled her journey to find freedom from anxiety in her book, The Box: An Invitation to Freedom from Anxiety, where she talks about childhood trauma, destructive perfectionism, disordered eating, divorce and forgiveness of ourselves and others. She now helps others find by sharing her hard-fought lessons, strategies and inspirational story through writing, speaking, and coaching.
Her articles have been featured in Stepmom Magazine, Thrive Global, CEO World, Authority Magazine, Happiness Series, Elephant Journal and Beyond the Crib. She has also been a guest on podcasts like the Kickass Stepmom, Bottomless Momossa, and EmpowHer Purpose.
Maarit Miller Founder, Blended Family Frappe
"Expectations vs. Reality: Blended Family Edition"
Maarit is a writer, artist, and former single mama turned stepmama who literally wrote the book on disengaging. Today, she helps blended families in high conflict find some kinda zen as they navigate their way through dating, marriage, raising stepkids, and dealing with the ex.
Brittany Lynch, BScN Founder of Stepqueen & Host of Queen Of Your Castle Podcast
"Why Stepmoms Feel Like Outsiders (And How To Be An Insider)"
Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, helps stepmoms around the world navigate & transform the relationships they have with their stepkids, their partner, and their partner’s ex, so that they can live happily ever after.
Brittany is the founder & CEO of Stepqueen, the host of top-ranked relationship podcast: Queen of your Castle, and a regular featured writer for Stepmom Magazine.
Chrysta Horwedel Certified Stepparent Coach, Founder of The Intuitive Stepmom
Chrysta began her blended family journey in 2005 when she met her partner at a spiritual retreat. She uprooted her life in Ohio and moved to California to begin a new life in the Golden State. As a child of a divorced family, she was already acquainted with the dance of dynamics in the ever-changing blended family world.
Chrysta’s approach to coaching is intuitive and holistic, supported by certifications as a health/wellness coach and yoga instructor. She speaks from the experience of her 12-year journey as a childless stepmom to having her own child in 2018. When she is not chasing her spirited toddler at full speed she enjoys yoga, hiking, writing, culinary experiences, and travel.