Yuma's Motherhood Conference 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us

at the 2019 Motherhood Conference!

Mothers, too, need professional development in order to become the best version of themselves.  Access to fresh ideas, experiences and insights brings with it a sense of fulfillment in work and a desire to serve family and society joyfully.

This half-day conference brings mothers of all ages together to hear inspiring lectures and share insights on the adventures and challenges of motherhood!  

This year’s keynote speaker is Meghan Cox Gurdon!

Meghan Cox Gurdon is an essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been the Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer since  2005. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as the Washington Examiner, the Daily Telegraph, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and National Review. A graduate of Bowdoin College, she lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Hugo Gurdon, and their five children.

Learn more about Meghan Gurdon and preorder her book The Enchanted Hour on Amazon (be sure to add Yuma Center on Amazon Smile!), Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, or HarperCollins.

Praise for The Enchanted Hour:

“Heed this delightful book’s wise advice..”




“Much needed wisdom…”


Conference Schedule:

9:30 a.m. - Check-in, Coffee and Breakfast Fare

10:00 a.m.  -  Keynote Address: Meghan Gurdon

11:00 a.m. - Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - Small Group Breakouts:

Breakout 1: Picture Books (Mothers with children ages 0-7) | Lori McGovern

Breakout 2: Chapter Books (Mothers with children ages 8-18+) |Theresa Fagen

Breakout 3: Reading for Mom: | Ann Royals Vitz

12:15 -1:00 p.m. - Breakout Panel Overview and Q & A

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Presenting sponsor:

and Contributing Sponsor:

Breakout bios:


Lori McGovern

Lori McGovern (Picture Books) is a mother, homemaker, homeschooler and certified catechist of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband, eight children and several thousand books. She loves wine, running and reading, although not necessarily in that order.


Theresa Fagan

Theresa Fagan (Chapter Books) is an experienced educator who has eight children and thirteen grandchildren. With her husband Patrick, she has worked with parents regarding character education, which deepened her insights into children’s literature. She is the author of A Mother’s List of Books, a guide to wholesome family reading.


Ann Royals Vitz

Ann Royals Vitz (Reading for Mom) is an educator who is clever at finding date night opportunities every month with her handsome husband. They make a great team parenting their six children. She looks forward to the shared laughs and insights with her girlfriends in their monthly book club that has been going strong for ten years.

Photography: Tinker Light Photography

See details from last year’s conference!

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Questions?  Call the Yuma Events Office at (202) 386-6904.