Special Guests: Music and Keynotes

Friday Morning

“Sistas in Zion” Tamu Smith & Zandra Vranes

Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes are popular multimedia personalities and the authors of SISTASinZION.com. Known on Sistas in Zion as “Sista Beehive” and “Sista Laurel,” the duo also hosts a weekly online radio program, Sistas in Zion Radio. Their media entity, which focuses on humorous aspects of faith and Mormon culture, seeks to uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue. Their lives are blessed by amazing family and friends. Tamu enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their six wonderful kids. Zandra loves getting together with family and spending time with her husband. Tamu and Zandra are co-authors of Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons.


Friday Afternoon

Henry Ammar

Henry Ammar, founder and CEO of MakeItHappen.Life, is an award-winning empowerment coach, an impact entrepreneur, a creative, and a visionary leader with in-depth experience in the personal development, business leadership, entertainment, real estate, and education industries. Henry is published in Forbes.
As a keynote speaker and empowerment coach, he has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives internationally. He has spoken to audiences as big as 40,000+ people at a time.
Henry is a Certified Life Transformation Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Life Coach, TimeLine Coach & Trauma Release Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki I & II, and a recipient of top leadership and life coaching awards.

Saturday Morning

Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served his mission in Chile and later returned to that country to serve as a mission president. He is a professor at Brigham Young University and has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board.

Saturday Afternoon

Musical Guest: Calee Reed

Calee Reed Adams grew up in San Diego, California and was taught to sing by her mother at a very young age. When Calee’s mother passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, Calee decided to write her first album, The Waiting Place, as a tribute to her. Her second album, What Heaven Feels Like, was released in 2015 and features inspirational songs in Calee’s unique, fresh style. Calee experienced another painful loss when her first marriage ended in divorce. She penned her third album, Believer, during her years as a single, full-time mom. She remarried in 2017 and is now experiencing the joys (and chaos!) of blending a family with five adorable children.

Calee will be performing at Saturday afternoon’s keynote session. Open to registered conference attendees only.

Saturday Afternoon

Tim Timmerman

Tim Timmerman is a Christ-following, maker, humorist, sojourner, curator, writer, blogger, goodness seeker, teacher, storyteller, collector, truth-hound, uncle, brother and notorious friend. Tim is also a professional artist and professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.  He has taught college students how to make stuff for over twenty-five years.

In April of 2011 Tim’s book A Bigger World Yet; Faith, Brotherhood, and Same-Sex Needs was published by Bird Dog Press. He continues to listen, look, create, write and lean into the Spirit to negotiate his way.