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A two-day parenting event designed to inspire greater self-awareness, connection and community.
A two-day parenting event designed to inspire greater self-awareness, connection and community.
90 backers pledged $26,596 to help bring this project to life.

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Zen Parenting Radio has been an internationally popular podcast for five years due to its message of self-awareness, kindness, and conscious living. Their motto is taken from researcher and author Dr. Daniel Siegel: The best predictor of a child's well-being is a parent's self understanding. They tackle this viewpoint from every angle using humor, pop culture, and their own experiences. Twice a month they interview thought leaders in the field of self-awareness and they call these podcasts "Conversations With People We Love". This is why the event is called "Conference With People We Love" - love for the speakers, and for the listeners/attendees!

Listeners everywhere are recognizing the benefits of self-understanding and empathy and how this leads to personal wellness and healthy family relationships. This new movement of people is searching for more information, deeper interaction, and a like-minded community.

Zen Parenting Radio's Conference With People We Love aims to support and propel this movement by bringing together the most inspiring speakers, vendors, participants, and opportunities for community and connection within a two-day event.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

1. Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Author of The Conscious Parent (and Oprah's guest on Super Soul Sunday)

2. John O'Sullivan,Youth Sports Expert and Founder of the Changing the Game Project (click here to see his TED talk).

3. John Duffy, Author of The Available Parent (and reoccurring guest on The Steve Harvey Show).

4. Cathy and Todd Adams, Hosts of Zen Parenting Radio

Location:

The conference will be held at the Westin in Lombard, IL (right outside of Chicago) on March 11/12, 2016.

How this campaign will help:

We are in the process of inviting more amazing speakers and a musical guest that would greatly enhance the learning and enjoyment of participants. We want the best of the best for this conference, while simultaneously making it affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

In addition, we are raising funds to support the event website design and build, and all of the marketing efforts needed to reach as wide an audience as possible. These costs will cover promotional videos, podcasts, marketing images, design, and advertising.

We would like to develop relationships with like-minded sponsors and vendors who share a similar vision for their business and the world. We believe this will lead to a purposeful and meaningful experience at the conference and beyond.

Finally, contributions to this campaign will help us fund venue costs for break-out rooms, general overhead, and receptions.

Founders and Hosts:

Cathy and Todd Adams, Hosts of Zen Parenting Radio
Cathy and Todd Adams, Hosts of Zen Parenting Radio

Together, Cathy and Todd host Zen Parenting Radio, offer classes, workshops, and retreats to parents and kids, bring inspirational and thought-provoking documentaries to their community, and are parents to three daughters, ages 12, 10, and 7.

Cathy Cassani Adams, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a PCI Certified Parent Coach, a Certified Elementary School Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She’s the author of three books, most recently the award-winning Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting (2014). Cathy teaches in the Sociology/Criminology Department at Dominican University, and she worked as a Child and Family Therapist and Clinical Educator at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Cathy’s a blogger for The Huffington Post, she’s a frequent guest expert on WGN Radio, and she’s been the focus of a CBS News Report as well as a Fox News Special Report. She’s been featured in Parents Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Parent, Today’s Chicago Woman, and West Suburban Magazine. Cathy offers keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats sharing her message of transformational wisdom, self-awareness, and empathy.

Todd Adams is a certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath where he was trained in stress reduction and relaxation. He is co-facilitator of a local men’s group called The Tribe where he leads monthly meetings and offers annual adventure retreats. Todd recently completed his New Warrior Training through The ManKind Project, and he’s a blogger for The Good Men Project. Todd is a soccer coach and a Junior Achievement Educator at the elementary school level, and he teaches parenting and self-awareness classes with his wife Cathy. He’s also a sales rep for JVI Inc. and a real estate investor in Chicagoland.

REWARDS:

$25

Keep Truckin' Level: Zen Parenting Radio is downloaded over 31,000 times a month, so many many people will hear us thank you! You will also be notified of all conference updates and have early-bird registration access!

$50

Self-Awareness Level: Zen Parenting Radio offers virtual retreats two times a year (December and May) that are priced anywhere between $50-$95. They are educational and inspirational, and they are done from the comfort of your own home. This includes one registration for a retreat!

$100

Transformational Wisdom Level: You get a virtual retreat plus a copy of Cathy's award-winning book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting.

$200

You Are Present AND Mindful Level: You get a VIP ticket (best seating) for the conference! PLUS one virtual retreat and a copy of Cathy's book. We are SO glad you will be joining us!

$350

Conscious Parent Level: You get a VIP ticket (best seating) for the conference! PLUS a seat at Dr. Shefali's breakout session. She is offering a keynote in the morning, and then this smaller breakout later on - there are only a certain number of seats, and you are guaranteed a spot! You also get tickets to the pre-conference workshop facilitated by Cathy and Todd (also a limited number of seats). PLUS a copy of Cathy's book.

$500

Changing the Game Level: TWO VIP tickets (best seating) to the conference, TWO seats at Dr. Shefali's exclusive breakout session, and TWO tickets to Cathy and Todd's pre-conference workshop. If you are planning on bringing your partner or a friend, this is the way to go! PLUS you get all three of Cathy's books!

$1000

We Love Our Sponsors Level: If you have a like-minded business and you want to reach your audience, this conference is for you! You get your logo on all promotional events, your business name and information will be shared several times on Zen Parenting Radio podcasts, you get two "all-access" tickets to the conference, and you will be personally recognized at the conference.

$1500

We Have the Coolest Vendors Level: Do you have a product or business that attendees would absolutely love? Then get a table at this conference! We will have a limited number of vendors because booths will be inside the main conference room (easier access!) so jump on this opportunity. We will talk about you on several Zen Parenting Radio podcasts and you get two "all-access" tickets to the conference.

$2,000

Here's to a Great Partnership Level: Get the best bang for your buck and get a vendor table AND get your logo shared on all of our promotional material. We will talk about you on several Zen Parenting Radio podcasts, you get two "all access" tickets to the conference, and you will be personally recognized at the conference.

Risks and challenges

Our primary marketing strategy is to reach potential participants through online promotions, emails, community outreach, and partnerships. If we are trending behind our goal, we will ask our presenters to market the event more heavily through their social media channels and their websites. We will also consider other possibilities such as direct mailing and niche market-focused discounting.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Keep Truckin' Level:
    To thank you for this contribution, Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the Zen Parenting Radio podcast! You will be notified of all conference updates and have early-bird registration access!

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    Self-Awareness Level:
    1. ONE registration for any Zen Parenting Radio Virtual Retreat
    2. Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the podcast. You will be notified of all conference updates and have early-bird registration access!

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    Transformational Wisdom Level:
    1. ONE registration for any Zen Parenting Radio Virtual Retreat
    2. A copy of Cathy's award-winning book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting
    3. Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the podcast. You will be notified of all conference updates and have early-bird registration access!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    You Are Present AND Mindful Level:
    1. ONE ticket to the Zen Parenting Radio Conference With People We Love with VIP seating
    2. ONE registration for any Zen Parenting Radio Virtual Retreat
    3. A copy of Cathy's award-winning book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting
    4. Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the podcast, and you will be notified of all conference updates!

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Conscious Parent Level:
    1. ONE ticket to the Zen Parenting Radio Conference With People We Love with exclusive VIP seating
    2. ONE ticket to Dr. Shefali's exclusive breakout session (limited seats are available)
    3. ONE ticket to pre-conference workshop with Cathy and Todd (limited seats available)
    4. A copy of Cathy's award-winning book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting
    5. Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the podcast, and you will be notified of all conference updates!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Changing the Game Level:
    1. TWO tickets to the Zen Parenting Radio Conference With People We Love with exclusive VIP seating
    2. TWO tickets to Dr. Shefali's exclusive breakout session (limited seats are available)
    3. TWO tickets to pre-conference workshop with Cathy and Todd (limited seats are available)
    4. A copy of all three of Cathy's books
    5. Todd and Cathy will personally thank you on the podcast, and you will be notified of all conference updates!

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    WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS Level:
    This includes:
    1. Your logo on all promotional events
    2. Your business name and information will be shared on several Zen Parenting Radio podcasts
    3. Personal recognition at the conference
    4. TWO "all access" tickets to the conference

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    WE HAVE THE COOLEST VENDORS Level:
    This includes:
    1. A vendor booth at the conference (vendors will be inside the main conference room)
    2. Your business name and information will be shared on several Zen Parenting Radio podcasts
    3. TWO "all access" tickets to the conference

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    HERE'S TO A GREAT PARTNERSHIP Level:
    1. A vendor booth at the conference (vendors will be inside the main conference room) AND sponsorship
    2. Your logo on all promotional events
    3. Your business name and information will be shared on several Zen Parenting Radio podcasts
    4. Personal recognition at the conference
    5. TWO "all access" tickets to the conference

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