- 4 Speaker Sessions
- 1 Workshop Session
- 1 Panel Discussion
- Breakfast, Lunch & All the Snacks!
- Private Breastfeeding & Pumping Room
- Rest & Recharge Lounge
- Gift Bag worth over $250
7:00 AM -8:00 AM | Breakfast + Coffee
Start your Saturday right with a coffee provided by Coffee Cart Nashville and breakfast. We’ll enjoy a delicious meal together and caffeinate up for an incredible day of learning, growing, and memory making!
8:00 AM -9:00 AM | Session 1 Speaker: Reclaiming Wellness with Ander Wilson
True health is supposed to be about more than just eating and exercising. It’s supposed to be about trusting your body, self-care, and if you’re on Instagram--cute girls in bubble baths with too-perfectly-messy-to-be-real top knots, smoothie bowls (why can’t I use a straw!?), expensive cycle classes, and all the activewear. While each of these things can have their place in a healthy and fulfilling life, we’re over here wondering, This can’t be the point though, right? In this session, Ander Wilson takes a look at how we define wellness and how we might expand the concept to include the latest evidence-based information on what actually makes health.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Break
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Session 2: Normalizing Our Discontent: Lessons from the History of “Wellness” with Emily Contois
In 1984, psychologist Judith Rodin coined the term “normative discontent” to describe the widespread and all-to-common nature of women’s dissatisfaction with our bodies. Diet culture is an undeniable source of messages that promote normative discontent, but wellness culture can communicate them too. In this talk, we’ll explore the historical origins of ideas and concepts about health, food, and our bodies that we often accept as “normal” and that have come to be normative in American culture. We’ll examine sources like dietary advice, medical literature, media, and popular culture to unpack the messages that they impart—as well as how to historicize, interpret, critique, and resist them.
10:30 AM -11:00 AM | Break
11:00 AM -12:00 PM | Session 3: Body Image Panel
Listen in as four dynamic women have a frank conversation about their own body image journeys, when and why body image became a proxy for health, and whether mainstream media body image campaigns are groundbreaking, benign, or faux-activism that comes at a cost to larger movements. Moderated by Ander Wilson.
Panelists: Melissa Fabello, Krystal Clark, DiDi DuBose, and Mary Hyatt
Moderator: Ander Wilson
12:00 PM -1:00 PM | Lunch with Golden Roots Nashville
Enjoy a delicious meal with your community group, provided by Golden Roots Nashville. Use this time to debrief the sessions, ask questions of your community group leader and fellow members, and just relax and have a good time!
1:00 PM -2:00 PM | Session 4: Establishing Healthy Boundaries & Honoring Your Authentic Self with Dr. Teri Pugh
In this interactive workshop, Dr. Teri Pugh will help you learn to check in and clarify the narrative you're allowing to run on a loop in your head. You’ll explore the foundation of healthy boundaries, learn why they are important, and embrace the truth that while setting boundaries may feel prickly in the moment, leaning into the uncomfortableness in that brief moment is far better than the alternative of cultivating personal resentment and regret that can last days, weeks, months, even years. When we honor our authentic selves by setting boundaries and speaking truth with integrity, we can support our dreams and goals and allow us to feel safe within ourselves again.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Break
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Session 5: Is Wellness Culture Just Diet Culture In Disguise? with Melissa A. Fabello
Wellness, at its core, is a harmonious experience and a beautiful pursuit. Taking care of yourself – in mind, body, and spirit – is necessary in a hectic world that constantly tells us that we're undeserving of self-love. But take a closer look into the ubiquitous marketing around health and wellness, and what you find may surprise you: It's the same old "Lose weight, feel great" that we're trying to get away from, just blended into a kale smoothie. Brilliant advertising moguls and Instagrammable wellness gurus alike are purposely creating new language around beauty standards to get you to buy in – and we need to wise up. Through the lens of deconstructing our society's harmful value of healthism, this presentation will guide you through peeling back the layers of how wellness is sold to us. Wellness should be a nourishing, empowering experience – so let's talk about how to take back our autonomy and take care of ourselves.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | KEYNOTE Session 6: Sit in The Front Row of Your Life with Krystal Clark
It’s time to take everything you’ve learned this weekend and transform it from theory to practice. Here’s the final and imperative question, “Are you sitting in the front row of your life?” During this talk, let’s explore and develop a personalized understanding of how you can realistically and effectively show up, show out, and leave while the audience is still applauding. You’ve got a big life to live! Join me in the front row and let’s get started.