• Carol A. Gerner

‘The Mom Con’…. Steel City Mom was there!

To those who braved the cold… to the women who knew there was something more to meeting face to face than meeting virtually… we have seen each other online for years… and now, its time to meet the mom-entrepreneurs and special guests invited to ‘the Mom Con‘. 

Carri’s Take –

Picture it – – November 15, 2014… Pittsburgh, PA… Saturday morning… a time that most parents with school aged kids look forward to every week for a sleep in. I was sooooo looking forward to my sleep in all snuggly and cozy with my hubs and puppers!!

But then Carol texted me and told me to get my dress clothes ready for ‘the mom con’ tomorrow… Oh boy. First I have to wear dress clothes… and now I have to get up at 6am… its 23 degrees out there today! (not a typo… not 32… it was 23)…. This better be worth it!!

Carol had mentioned to me a few times about wanting to go to ‘the mom con’, and it looked interesting to me. But I just didn’t have the ticket money available. I had it in my head that I wasn’t going. I had the event completely dismissed from my thinking …until…. Carol and I both ended up winning a ticket right before the date from 2 separate raffles, so it was the luck of the draws that wanted us there that day. In fact, my car started right up despite the cold weather and the fact that my daughter left the car door cracked open and I was sure the lights on overnight in the car would have drained my battery…. karma, baby…KARMA! We were meant to be there.


Within 2 minutes of arriving, Carol and I befriended others at ‘the mom con’, whom we chose to sit with throughout the seminar. All of those who joined our table were captivating, intelligent women whom had great stories to share about their careers and family lives. Shout out to @torlowski for being brave and making friends with a couple of crazy chicks from North Side. What else to expect from a “Mom Con”ference, correct?

So why go to ‘the mom con’? To meet other moms? Why do that? I can go sit in the free clinic at Magee and do that… Who goes to ‘the mom con’? New moms, veteran moms, moms to be, foster moms, grandmoms… but we all had one thing in common, and that was that we all wanted to be successful at something “other than” being a mom. We want careers that are callings, we want to create good things and generate change. What does it take to create change? This was the overall theme of every speaker’s presentation, as unique as each topic was. Each speaker left me with a powerful message to take home for food for thought, and intrigued me to follow-up to learn more beyond the conference. It was an excellent spectrum of information and communication. Our hats off to those who presented. Very well done!

6 hours of speeches? How did we get through that on this cold Saturday morning? FREE STARBUCKS ON TAP! OMG! Yes, as we sat and enjoyed some great speeches from motivational speakers and fellow mom-entrepreneurs and small business women, and we had hot coffee and Tazo tea available throughout the whole event. Amazing touch. Lunch… moms know what moms like… they served us a buffet of 2 types of salads, 4 types of sandwiches (vegan choices too), fresh fruit, munchies both salty and sweet (because we know our cycles need that boost of love in our diet). (Now I’m starting to feel like a heel for doubting the ticket price).


So, I hope that the tidbits I learned at ‘the Mom Con’ will carry throughout the year and keep me as motivated as I was when we had left the Marriot (Cranberry, PA) on Saturday. But I do know one thing is for sure, I will be buying my ticket for ‘the mom con’ in advance next year (early bird price! yeah!). I know Carol will too… and we encourage ALL moms with an entrepreneurial mind to join us!

Carol’s Take – 

So….. While searching online I found this event called Mom Con. I snickered and wondered what it would be like. Well months would pass and money got tighter and tighter. I gave up. I found every excuse why it wouldn’t be worth it.

Too expensive. A waste of time. It sounds stupid. They just want to sell me stuff. I am not good enough.

You name it I probably thought of it. I didn’t think I was on the same level as other Mom’s.

Early registration came and went. I tried to get a group of moms together to get the group discount. Everyone was busy or couldn’t afford it. One of my very good friends found out that they weren’t expecting more than 150 people. It made me think maybe it wasn’t worth the effort. Oh well move on.

Something was telling me that I needed to go to this event. Call it whatever you want but I felt like I had to go. So, I entered into a few giveaways for a free ticket.  One day I got an email from Nicole Wright who runs www.bloggernicole.com. Saying …. Congratulations! You are the winner of the Mom Con giveaway! OMG! I literally Laughed Out Loud. I couldn’t believe it. Well, I guess I am going. It’s a sign!

So I began to get nervous and mentally prepare for this. What am I going to wear? What am I going to say? Who is going to be there?

I told my partner in crime Carri and she was ecstatic! She began to work on a flyer that I could take with me. I told her don’t worry about it. I should take some business cards with me but I am out of printer ink. She said no problem and ran off some for me.

I felt bad. Carri needs to go with me. She is much better at the networking thing. So on Monday before the event I tried to win another ticket for her. It can’t hurt right? On Friday, I got this email… from More Than Mommies who run http://morethanmommies.net

“Congrats on winning the ticket for The Mom Con!

Sorry it is such short notice – the Mom Con starts at 8:30 tomorrow morning!”

I can not believe it! This is scary. I actually got chills. I sent Carri the email and this was her response.



She picked me up and off we went.

From the minute I got there I was in awe! The amount of passionate, kind and helpful woman blew me away. The coffee, lunch, snacks and even the swag bag were top-notch. The speakers had me on the edge of my seat all day. Everyone was so pleasant and after I told them about the blog they offered to help. Who does that? I thought I would be viewed as “competition”. Nope not these ladies. They were very welcoming and open. They shared their experiences and struggles. They made me feel like I wasn’t a failure and doing my best is “Good Enough”. We shouldn’t tear each other down. We should be lifting up or fellow woman. To use the words of my brother-in-law….. I drank the Kool Aid and I liked it! 🙂

Here was the schedule: Click on each name to learn more about the speakers.

08:30 AM

Check In + Meet Up

Come early to meet other moms, pick up the schedule, have a few cups of coffee and some snacks to start the day. We’ll have some opening remarks from our friends at Covey App about this exciting new tool for moms to find each other!

09:00 AM

No Excuses: Why Your Voice Matters

by Rachel Martin

Sometimes, the biggest stumbling blocks to success are the road blocks in front of us. What if the road blocks were there to make us become stronger – and aren’t really stopping us at all? In this keynote, Rachel will discuss how we can work from the posture of knowing our voice matters, with strategies on how we can build businesses and platforms that balance our work with who we are.

09:30 AM

Motherhood: the Second Oldest Profession

by Monique DeMonaco

Always with a dose of humor, Coach Monique DeMonaco will discuss the importance of and how to be more resilient – and how to pass the important skill of resiliency on to our children.

10:00 AM

Understanding Behavior to Improve Relationships

by Wendy Lydon

In this workshop, business development expert Wendy Lydon will show us how to understand our own personalities and behaviors – and those of the people around us – to achieve success at home and work.

10:30 AM

What Happy Moms Know That Stressed Out Moms Don’t

by Britt Reints

Have you ever felt like you’re white knuckling your way through motherhood with your hair on fire and a heart full of doubt about what you’re doing wrong? Would you rather feel confident, calm, and happy? Happiness expert Britt Reints will show you how to trust your mothering instincts while doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t.

11:00 AM

Organizing Tactics for the Busy Mom

by Sandra Lane

Sandra Lane, CPO, will discuss organizing solutions for the challenges facing today’s busy families. Learn practical strategies for dealing with the non-stop paper stream generated by work and school. Sandra will also share constructive techniques for kids artwork, toys, photos and managing a family calendar.

11:30 AM

Healthy Motherhood

by Dr. Amanda Jordan

In this talk, Dr. Amanda Jordan discusses holistic health practices that can help moms make their health a priority – even when we’re busy with kids and work!

12:00 PM


Lots of good stuff planned for our lunch + networking hour! Refuel with a good meal, get a headshot from Clicks for a Cause, peruse what our vendors have to offer, meet our speakers and more.

01:30 PM

The Shoes You Choose

by Helen Hanna Casey

In this inspiring talk, Helen Hanna Casey discusses how we, as women, control our own destinies. The shoes that we choose each morning shape who we are going to be that day and society’s perception of us. You’ll be inspired by Helen to become a leader, find your niche and create your own path.

02:00 PM

Special Presentation by Verizon Wireless with William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers’ cornerback William Gay was there to dedicate the grant acceptance on behalf of his mother, who was killed due to domestic violence, and also to promote the RUSafe app, designed by the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (click here to read more about William Gay and his personal battle against domestic violence) Verizon Wireless issued a grant to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh for $60,000. That alone deserved a standing O.

Building a Side Business That’s A Blessing

by Julia Kramer

In this talk, financial expert Julia Kramer will discuss ways you can build a business that’s a blessing to your family – and not a curse!

02:30 PM

Networking Your Way to Success

by Chaton Turner

In this informative talk, careerist and blogger Chaton Turner will discuss how mothers can tap into their own networks to be more effective and get what they want out of their life + work.

03:00 PM

The Motherhood Effect

by Cooper Munroe

In this TEDx talk, The Motherhood’s co-founder Cooper Munroe will share compelling stories and insights on the power of mothers online, their impact on the social web, and how moms are changing the way business is done.

03:30 PM

Social Media Resources for Moms + Mompreneurs

by Nicole Mildren  , Stephanie Barnhart

Following up Cooper’s talk, Nicole and Stephanie will offer a unique workshop on social media resources for moms, and those who are looking to build their businesses online.

04:00 PM

Closing Remarks: Making Friends in a Mommy War World

by Kelly Hughes

In this talk, Kelly Hughes, founder and leader of the Pgh Momtourage, will close the conference with advice on how to integrate into a mommy group, find common interests, and build your community of moms.

04:30 PM


SHOUT OUTS: On behalf of Steel City Mom, we are grateful and thankful to the organizers and presenters at this year’s ‘The Mom Con’… WANT TO READ MORE….. FOLLOW STEEL CITY MOM FOR MORE BLOGS FEATURING… things we have learned from  ‘The Mom Con’ 

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Tags: @finding_joy  @chatonsworld @champ2crayons @coopermunroe @themotherhood @citymomsecrets @momtourage @HelenHannaCasey #themomcon #fosterloveproject #verizonwireless #hopeline #domesticviolenceawareness

Websites to check out:

  1. http://www.coveymom.com/

  2. http://www.kidsburgh.org/

  3. http://chatonsworld.blogspot.com/

  4. http://www.wcspittsburgh.org/RUSafe/

  5. http://findingjoy.net/

  6. http://themotherhood.com/

  7. http://coachmonique.com/

  8. http://brittreints.com/

  9. http://www.organizationlane.com/

  10. http://jordanfamilychiro.com/

  11. http://champagnetocrayons.com/

  12. https://twitter.com/citymomsecrets/

  13. https://www.facebook.com/pghmomtourage/

  14. http://www.clicks4acause.com/

  15. http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/

Authored by: Carri Finkbeiner, Carol A. Gerner

Photo credits to: Carol A. Gerner

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