Live Closing Panel: Why It All Matters
Description: Join summit host Alexa Bigwarfe as she celebrates the end of a great summit week with Kari Dobbs, Patty Staco and Jody Smith as they talk why our stories matter and why it matters to share our stories.
Format: Live, on the Women in Publishing Facebook Page
Level: This presentation is for all levels.
Author, Publisher and Summit Producer
Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, author, publisher, speaker, and author coach. She has published numerous books of her own and for many other writers and entrepreneurs through her author coaching and hybrid-publishing company Kat Biggie Press (katbiggiepress.com). Kat Biggie Press is dedicated to sharing women’s works of inspiration, self-help, and books that make the world a better place. Her children’s book imprint, Purple Butterfly Press, publishes books of encouragement, inspiration, self-love, and healing for children and parents. She is also the founder and producer of the Women in Publishing Summit. Follow her everywhere on instagram @katbiggiepress and on youtube for publishing tips at https://www.youtube.com/writepublishsell.
Founder, Unleash your Bold
Patty is a Women’s Empowerment and Spiritual Life Coach. As a first generation American, Patty carried the debilitating weight of people pleasing and chasing perfect at the ultimate expense of trading in her dreams for a life of stability, security and obligation. It was through the struggles of early motherhood that she broke down and broke through to the forgotten woman staring back. It was in that moment, choosing to honor the woman in the mirror that her path that became her purpose. Patty founded her coaching practice in 2012 after feeling compelled to share these life-transforming skills and tools with other women. She had to “take it to the streets” as her own personal journey had now imbued her with a sense of purpose that extended well beyond just herself. Patty leads by going first and so her purpose is rooted in her own continued growth and evolution. It’s what makes her so relatable, approachable and impactful in the lives of the women who work with her.
Patty is a skilled transformational coach and empowerment expert passionate about creating confident and self-aware leaders in business and in life. She leverages both positive and spiritual psychology principles to inspire and empower her clients to own their unique strengths fully. Patty stretches clients to confront and eradicate limiting beliefs, dance with fear and create new awarenesses that support a creative versus a reactive approach to their personal and professional lives.
Patty helps strong, accomplished, and evolving women reclaim all parts of themselves and step unapologetically into the world because a woman remembered is UNSTOPPABLE! Patty works with clients through 1:1 coaching programs, day intensives and group programs under her signature program, Unleash Your BoldTM! You can connect with Patty at www.pattystaco.com
Patty holds a B.A. in Psychology and French from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, is Certified in Positive Psychology (CIPP) – Certified by Professor Tal Ben-Shahar of Harvard University and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health) and trained in expressive arts.
Kari lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband Jared and their four boys. When she miscarried Addie Faye in 2015, she was heartbroken because she had always wanted a daughter. But a wise counselor encouraged Kari to express her grief instead of suppressing it. Shortly after the loss, she decided to write a book series about how she envisioned life with her little girl. Addie Faye and the Lost Boys is Kari’s attempt to breathe life into her hopes and dreams for Addie and to inspire others who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infertility, to find a creative outlet for their pain and sadness. The first book in the Addie Faye series was released in November 2017 and the second book is in the process of being illustrated and will be coming out soon! Kari and her illustrator Matt Wiede enjoy speaking at schools and sharing with the students about writing, editing, illustrating and publishing.
Jody Smith is a first-time author and longtime believer in fairytales. A former interior designer and store owner, this now present mama, dreamer and explorer is telling stories just outside of Mpls, MN. She loves watching her two charismatic girls use their imagination, grit, smarts and whimsy to navigate this world. It inspired her to write a book for all the princesses who are capable of saving themselves and for all the mindful mothers who revel in raising strong daughters.
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