Join me at the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Conference, February 8th

Ladies, mark your calendars for February 8, 2017. That’s when you can connect with motivated women from all over the country and hear speakers brought together for the sole purpose of inspiring, motivating, and telling you how find your spark and jump into action. It’s all happening at the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Conference at the Myrtle Beach Sheraton Convention Center.

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Photo: Women in Philanthropy and Leadership at CCU on Facebook

The conference caught my attention last year when I saw my Facebook feed fill up with pictures of just about every amazing woman I know – both entrepreneurs and executives – gathered together for this event. When I asked what it was all about, I got responses with phrases like “women who are working on important things.” “women who are leaders in business and communities,” and “intelligent ladies ruling the world.” Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

I feel like every time I get to attend a conference like this I leave behind the day-to-day things that take up every second of my time and enter this world were ideas start flowing and I fill up a legal pad with ideas. I form relationships with people who are interested in my success as I am in theirs. Long after the conference, we find ourselves chatting online, cheering each other on, celebrating our accomplishments, and collaborating on how to go even bigger. Conferences like the WIPL give me life.

This year’s conference is jam packed with a combination of national and local speakers. Just to name a few, you’ll hear from Samantha Ettus on work/life balance (Ha! Does that exist? We’ll see!) and Lynn Richmann, Vice President of Global Audit Services of Walmart about the power of affirmation. Throughout the day here are panel discussions and breakout sessions on a wide-array of topics so there’s something for everybody.

I talked to Tracy Brown, a local Myrtle Beach mom and successful entrepreneur, about the conference. “I went last year and it was great to be around like-minded, driven women.” This year Tracy is speaking about going beyond surviving cancer and thriving while undergoing treatment.

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Photo: Tracy Brown, Be Awesome Today on Facebook

Another local friend doing a breakout session is Dorien Morin-Van Dam, owner of More In Media. She had this message about the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Conference.

I’m looking forward to spending two days in a highly positive and productive environment where I can focus on what I can do to make this world a better place. We all have gifts, right? I get to share mine in places like this blog and my volunteer work at church. But what if a much bigger platform exists? I intend to talk to as many women as I can to explore that possibility, as well as help others find their big platforms. Want to join me? I’d love to connect with you there!

You can learn more about the conference events and prices for the conference here. Register TODAY! I can’t wait to see you!


This post is sponsored by the Woman in Philanthropy and Leadership Conference. In exchange for it I am receiving free registration, however, all opinions I’ve expressed are my own. I’m genuinely excited to attend and look forward to networking with women that will help take my professional and philanthropic efforts to the next level. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, WIPL!

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About Melissa Byers

My name is Melissa Byers and I've been a Grand Strand resident for 13 years. I love living and raising my family here! We're all about the events, activities, discounts, RVing, travel, and crab cakes.


  1. Sounds amazing! Wish I lived in the area!

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