Ascend Women’s Conference 2015 Announces Lineup
Speakers, Panelists, and Hosts Will Lead Women to STAND
by: Madeline Taylor
As the saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” This year, the Ascend conference is challenging women to take a STAND— to strategically take a new direction. The conference exists to inspire, encourage, and educate women to be all that God has purposed them to be. They have assembled a gifted team of speakers, panelists, and hosts, who will lead Ascend Conference attendees into discovery of God’s deliverance.
Lisa Osteen Comes is an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the largest church in the US.
Known for her practical, easy-to-understand messages, she is no stranger to the ordinary. She’s survived both a birth defect and a mail bomb explosion that made headlines around the world, and she has overcome many other challenges with hope and optimism. She speaks globally to thousands viewing Lakewood’s services regularly.
One of the most recognizable voices in gospel music, CeCe Winans has sold millions of albums during her 25-year music career. The charismatic singer has won numerous awards including Grammy Awards, Dove Awards, gold and platinum albums, several #1 Gospel and Top Ten R&B hits and a reputation as one of the friendliest people in the music industry. Her community and ministry accomplishments are numerous but mostly, she just loves telling the world about JESUS!
Kathleen Cooke (ASCEND Speaker & Host):
Kathleen’s an actress, businesswoman, writer, speaker, and a founding partner (with husband, Phil Cooke) at Cooke Pictures (cookepictures.com). and The Influence Lab (influencelab.com) in Burbank CA. She edits the monthly Influence Women Newsletter, influencelab.com/women, and weekly blog: kathleencooke.com and is a column regular for WHOA Magazine, whoawomen.com. On the boards for Hollywood Connect, Hollywood Prayer Network, and the National Salvation Army, she travels internationally speaking on faith, media, leadership, and culture.
Brenda Epperson-Moore is no stranger to television. As an actress, she is known by audiences internationally for her portrayal of Ashley Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Young and The Restless for eight years. You may have seen her recent Spring 2015 appearance on the CBN 700 club where she shared her testimony and upcoming book series. As an accomplished singer song writer and a signed Sony Tri/Star musical artist she toured with Lionel Richie as his opening act.
She recently released her new single I Cry Freedom and works regularly as a TV on air host, a women’s speaker, and blogger for MICI (Made in Christ Image). She has led worship, served on the board of W.C.I G., ICAN, ILP, and has led a flourishing women’s Bible study group.
Author of Just Jesus, Lindsey is a writer, speaker, Bible leader, and the former radio talk-show host of Washington DC’s “The Hopeline.” Her books include: Make A Difference Mentoring Woman to Woman, the Just Jesus Bible Study Series, and Your Story Your Life on the Book of John. Lindsey’s a founding board member of ministry.com and the Dream Center Foundation and holds an honorary doctorate for outstanding philanthropic contribution from Victory University. Her passion is making the Bible lovable and livable.
Star Parker is the founder/president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, providing market-based solutions to fight poverty. Having spent seven years in the grip of welfare dependency, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business, and has received numerous awards and commendations. She founded UrbanCure with board members, Generals’ John Ashcroft, Ed Meese; and Dr. Ben Carson which focuses on new ideas and policy for transitioning America’s dependency on welfare. Authoring several books, she consults regularly with legislators, speaking (at last count) to 190 colleges and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.
A former prosecuting attorney, corporate manager, and cash flow consultant, Maryann “escaped” to her best career ever: homeschooling her children. When the “What’s Next?” question surfaced Maryann hit insecurity originating from childhood abuse, advancing age, an outdated resume, and technological ignorance. But she returned to the business world triumphantly and has an active and professional career as a life coach. She returned to the business world and is passionate about teaching women to overcome their fears and insecurities which she shares in her recent book, Have I Ever Told You, You’re My Favorite? about how to live a magnificent life. She believes that it’s never too late, everything’s redeemable, and teaches women to be courageous professionals.
Founder of Right On Mission, Sarah tailor-makes mission statements for individuals, couples, families, and organizations and her consulting specialty is teaching boards how to lead by policy, not politics. The only woman in the US to have served as dean and full professor of a conservative seminary, Dr. Sumner speaks and travels internationally for conferences, businesses, the Pentagon, the White House, and on radio and TV shows. Author of four books, her latest, Angry Like Jesus: Using His Example to Spark Your Moral Courage releases November 1, 2015.
ASCEND CO-DIRECTOR & HOSTS:
Susan’s background is an interior designer, but she works as a philanthropist, event planner, fundraiser, and bible study host dedicated to furthering the cause of Christ. She and her husband, C. Frederick Wehba, have planted churches including In Christ Church and Westside Shepherd of the Hills. They are also supporters of many ministries and charities including InTouch Ministries, the Southern Baptist Mission Board, Childhelp, and St. Jude and are currently serving as deacons at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Susan also serves on several charity and church boards including In Christ Church, Associates for Breast Cancer Studies, Sonance, and Young Musicians Foundation.
The Ascend Conference will be held on October 3, 2015, at the Angelus Temple in LA. For more information and registration details, visit their website: http://ascendconference.org.