LIFE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

March 18 - 21, 2021

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What is the Childless Collective Summit?

The Childless Collective Summit is a 4-day virtual event, featuring 28 speakers, all focused on topics related to being childless not by choice. I know how hard it can be to find support and resources when you are designing an unexpectedly childfree life. That’s why I decided to bring all my favorite voices together for this one of a kind event. It’s the event I wish I’d had when I was trying to envision my life without kids.


As Jody Day says, “The room called childlessness has many doors.” Our stories are unique, but no matter where you’re at in your journey or how you got here, this summit will provide you with resources and support to take the next steps. Over these four days, I’ll be bringing you speakers from all over the world to assure you that, while your life may not look the way you’d planned, it can still be filled with joy, love, meaning, and fulfillment.


Each day's presentations will focus on a theme...

Day One: March 18

Sharing Our Stories

Day Two: March 19

Finding Healing

Day Three: March 20

Making Connections

Day Four: March 21

Looking Ahead

and provide support, healing, and connection.

Meet Your Host

Hey there, I'm Katy (she/her) and I'm designing an unexpectedly childfree life after infertility. I know how challenging it can be to find support when your dreams of parenthood don't work out. It can feel isolating, like you're the only one in the world who's going through it.

After my hysterectomy in 2017, I started Chasing Creation to provide support, resources and community for those who are also involuntarily childless. In addition to the Childless Collective Summit, I offer: a monthly, virtual Childless Support Circle; monthly Childless Chat Webinars with special guests; and online workshops.

I hold a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in community empowerment and program development.

The Details

When

The Childless Collective Summit will run from Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21 with a variety of presentations to choose from each day.

Where

The summit is virtual so you can join the full event from the comfort of your own home.

Presentations

Presentations will be 30-45 minutes in length. Each presentation will focus on a topic related to living a full life without children. Each day's presentations will be available for 24-hours so you can watch them at your convenience.

Community

You'll also have access to a Mighty Network community to connect with speakers and other attendees. The group will be open before the summit starts and throughout the event.

Prizes

By joining the summit, you'll have the chance to win prizes based on engagement and giveaways!

Upgrade

After registering, you can access premium upgrades. Depending on the option you choose, you can get a full year of access to all presentations, worksheets, premium speaker bonuses, and an exclusive podcaster's bundle. You won't want to miss it!

Don't miss this one of a kind event!

I spent years searching for the best resources and support for those who are involuntarily childless. It's been a pleasure for me to build relationships with so many who are using their voices and expertise in this area. Now, I'm so excited to be bringing them together for a truly amazing event. I can't wait for you to join us!

The Speakers

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Here are the incredible speakers you’ll hear from at the Childless Collective Summit. You can also learn more about the speakers here.

Jody Day, Keynote
How to Create a Meaningful Life Without Children: Lessons from a Decade of Healing

Michelle Marie McGrath
Using Your Authentic Voice

Kate Kaufmann

Pronouns: she/her

Tapping the Wisdom of Others with Curiosity, Vitality, and Grace

Lisa Ann Kissane
Celebrating Our Stories Through Literature

Justine Froelker

Healing to Receive Our Big Story

Yvonne John
Black Girls Do Cry

Jobi Tyson
The Importance of Controlling Our Narrative

Tanya Hubbard

Pronouns: she/her

Unpacking the Stories We’ve Been Told

April Boyd

Pronouns: she/her
Let Go of Who You Thought You’d Be, and Show Up as All of Who You Already Are

Kezia Ashley Okafor
Mindset to Wholeness

Beth McDonough
Healing the Misunderstood Wound of the Childless Stepmom

Chiemi Rajamahendran
Setting Boundaries While Healing from Trauma and Loss

Dr. Loree Johnson
Healing from Infertility Trauma and Grief: Finding Hope in the Next Chapter

Kat Haagenson
Reconnect with Your Body

Katy Dejong

Pronouns: she/her

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Infertility

Aisha Balesaria
Tackling Taboos and Overcoming Cultural Boundaries in Infertility

Kadi & Laura
Over the Pond: Shared Experiences and What We Wish We Could of Said to Our Younger Selves

Stephanie Phillips
Finding Support, Validation, and Friendship

Helen Gallagher

Pronouns: she/her

Social Hour

Anne Brock
Living in the Midst

Dr. Marisa Franco

Pronouns: she/her

How to Make Friends as an Adult

Melanie Notkin
TBD

Sadie Tichelaar

Pronouns: she/her

Embodying Your Future Self

Lesley Pyne

Pronouns: she/her

The Unexpected Doorway to Rekindling Happiness & Joy

 

Kelly Da Silva

Tools for Living Life without Children

Erik and Melissa Jones

Pronouns: he/him, she/her

Learning to Live Childfree

Katy Seppi

Pronouns: she/her

Reimagining Creation

Tracey Cleantis Dwyer
TBD

As you can see from this incredible lineup, you are not going to want to miss this event!

It's time to...

Share our stories.

Find acceptance and healing.

Connect with community.

Envision your next steps.

Join us for the Childless Collective Summit.

FAQ

The summit content is designed for those who are childless not by choice, regardless of the circumstances. It would also be helpful for those who are still pursuing parenthood but are considering a life without children as an option.

The summit runs from Thursday, March 18 to Sunday, March 21. The Mighty Networks community will be available to join once you get your ticket.

Each recorded presentation will be available for 24 hours. However, you can grab one of the Extended Access Passes to get a full year of access to all of the presentations and, depending on which options you choose, speaker bonuses and the podcast bundle!

By signing up for the Childless Collective Summit, you are opting in to receive periodic emails from Chasing Creation. We respect your privacy. We do not sell or trade email addresses. You can unsubscribe at any time.

If you choose to download any of the worksheets associated with a speaker’s presentation, you will be opting in to receive period emails from them. You can unsubscribe at any time.

To avoid tech glitches, lower my anxiety, and keep things easy for the speakers, most of the sessions are pre-recorded and will be released at the scheduled time. However, each speaker will be available live, in the chatbox during their scheduled presentation. We hope you’ll join us live to chat while you watch!

In addition to the pre-recorded presentations, we’ll also offer a few live, interactive sessions over Zoom! These will be noted on the schedule. We hope you’ll join us!

Yes! All pre-recorded sessions will include captioning. Live sessions will not include captioning, but they will be added in the versions included in both of the Extended Access Passes.

All of our speakers for this summit have been selected and our slots are currently full. However, we’re open to potential speakers or sponsors for next year’s summit. If you are interested in being considered for the Childless Collective Summit in 2022, email katy@chasingcreation.org.

No problem! Email me at katy@chasingcreation.org and I will do my best to get back to you within three business days.

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