Survive 'N’ Thrive

Single Mothers' Conference

Thank you to everyone who made Survive 'N' Thrive a success this year.  
Check back in August for photo highlights of the event.

Yee-haw! Put your boots on girls.
It's time for Survive 'N' Thrive 2015!

What mom isn't ready to break away from the dirty clothes hamper and join the boot scootin' fun at the Survive 'N' Thrive conference? It's time to let your hair down and step into a weekend extravaganza of foot stompin' fun. So round up those girlfriends and join the BBQ express.  Watch what happens at Survive 'N' Thrive!

At Survive ‘N’ Thrive you’ll discover:
  • an escape route to keeping your sanity
  • other single moms who understand your plight
  • a God who cares
Conference includes:
  • 20 breakout sessions
  • worship music led by recording artist Jami Smith
  • keynote presentations by national speakers
  • dessert reception and catered lunch

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Janine Turner, Keynote Speaker
Janine Turner, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress, is a highly acclaimed speaker and host of her own radio show.  Her passion for history led to the formation of her own foundation called Constituting America.  She is the author of the Washington Post bestseller book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Mothers Who Championed Their Children and Changed History, and released her new book, A Little Bit Vulnerable: On Hollywood, God, Sobriety, & Politics, last September.  As an actress, she starred in the television shows Northern Exposure, Strong Medicine, and Friday Night Lights.  Her movie career included Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Steel Magnolias, and the remake of Leave it to Beaver.  Janine has been awarded People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful and Best Dressed.  But her greatest claim to fame is as a single mom to her teenage daughter, Juliette.

Pam Kanaly, Keynote Speaker
Pam Kanaly, author, Oklahoma Mother of Achievement 2015 - and National Mother of Achievement -
 remains one of America's leading advocates for single mothers. As a national speaker and former radio and television talk show co-host, Pam brings a touch of humor and loads of insightful tips in how to empower one's journey as a single mom. Having co-founded Arise Ministries in 2002, Pam energizes single moms in taking the lead in their homes: strong, confident, dependent on Christ. Her latest book - The Single Mom and Her Rollercoaster Emotions – is bringing revived hope to thousands of mothers through the loop-de-loops of motherhood. Pam loves life and it loves her right back. 


Shelley Pulliam
Shelley Pulliam’s expertise as an educator and her innovative teaching methods have been recognized with numerous awards including teacher of the year and national outstanding teacher in Holocaust education. A speaker and an author, she has partnered with LifeWay and The Navigators for regional conferences. As a single, never married, Shelley devotes her time to Arise Ministries, a nonprofit ministry she co-founded to educate and encourage women. She was honored as one of four finalists for Edmond Woman of the Year 2012.


Jami Smith, Worship Leader
Jami Smith, singer and songwriter, is recognized as one of the premier worship leaders of our time, using a contemporary style with a timeless Christian message. She received her degree in music education from Oklahoma Baptist University, and has since traveled the world using her music to connect people to a loving and merciful God. With the upcoming release of her 14th album, Jami’s chart-topping songs are played on Christian radio and her song “Faith in You” is used in the St. Anthony yearly holiday ad.





Breakout Sessions

Hold On to More of Your Little Doggies-Budgeting 101 - Keith Carter
The Do's and Don't's of Dating Again - Sara Shields Chapple
Wishin' and Hopin' ain't a Plan: Can I go to College as a Single Mom? - Angela Cotner
Creating Your Own Kickin' Style - Leslie Eoff
Wrangler Moms - Nurturing Your Child's Spiritual Development - Kim Heinecke
True Grit - Cynthia Huffmyer
Discover The Beauty Within You - Esther Hunter
Picking Up the Pieces: Rebuilding Your Life After the Dusty Winds of Adultery - Dena Johnson
The Empty Corral - What Now? - Machael Loghry
Success Over Stress – Jeremy Morgan
The Balancing Act – Chiquita Nolan
Legal Documents You Need, All in One Hour: Power of Attorney, Will, Trust for Your Kids – Jonathan Reiff
God Unlimited – Rene’ Reilly
Wanted: Single Moms Ready for A Change – Alice Richardson
How to Persevere Past the Pot-holes, Pests, & Perils of Single Parenting – Gail Showalter
Beyond the Bus Stop: How to Balance Motherhood and your own Personal Goals while Raising Healthy Kids – Suzy Stauffer
How to Rewrite the Western Romance Novel by Enjoying Solitude with Jesus, Your Devoted Cowboy - Kenya S. Ulmer
Herding, Roping, and Hoping: Moving from Survival to Solid Foundations for Your Little Ranch Hands – Selynda Vass

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