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About

The Schlenskers

Last year, my mother, Kathleen Knight, retired after twenty years of organizing an annual education conference at Southern Virginia University. Her education conference brought educators, artists, theologists, musicians, and general authorities from around the world to Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley where they uplifted and edified the hundreds who attended the event each year.

Inspired by my mother’s vision, I have picked up her torch to bring the first ever Mothers’ Retreat to Southern Virginia University. As a stay-at-home-mom of four kids, I understand, first-hand, the ups and downs that come with motherhood. My desire is to provide a place where mothers of all ages and circumstances can come together and know they are not alone as they face the many challenges and triumphs unique to motherhood.

If you are seeking peace, answers to prayers, friendship, advice or simply an excuse to get away and recharge, this event is for you! Please join us for a weekend of inspirational speakers, delicious food, amazing music, and unparalleled sisterhood, as we celebrate our role as mothers and daughters of God.

Megan Knight Schlensker

Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Check In
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jenny Oaks Baker & Kids
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social
Saturday, June 3, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Session

Paula Rogers

Kate Jones & Sara Wells

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Amanda Wilkinson

Whitney Johnson

Presenters

Jenny Oaks Baker & Kids

Music Artists

Jenny Oaks Baker is a Grammy Nominated, Billboard No. 1 performer and recording artist. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jenny has released fourteen studio albums since 1998. They have sold nearly half a million copies and consistently chart on Billboard. Jenny’s emotionally stirring music has also been featured on the soundtracks of many films, and her popular music videos can be viewed on her Youtube Channel. Jenny, her husband Matthew, and their four children reside in SLC, UT.

Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four have performed throughout the United States including performances in Abravanel Hall in SLC, Stevens Performing Arts Center in Idaho, on the Hour of Power TV Show broadcast worldwide from California, for Ambassador’s Wives at the Congressional Club in Washington DC, for the Music Educator’s Rally at the Utah State Capital, for the Washington DC Temple Festival of Lights, for the World Congress of Families IX and at First Night On Temple Square. They have also performed the National Anthem for the Days of Forty-Seven Rodeo at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, for First Night at Temple Square and soloed with The Millennial Choirs and Orchestra and The Lyceum Philharmonic. Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four are also featured on the CD “My Home Can Be A Holy Place”, and on a Mormon Channel music video, performing “Love Is Spoken Here”. In June 2017, Jenny and Family Four will perform with Kurt Bestor throughout Austria and Germany on Murdock Travel’s “Sound of Music” Escorted Group Tour.

Laura is 15 and plays the violin and percussion. She studies violin with Leonard Braus and percussion with Heath Wolf. Hannah is 13, plays the piano and studies with Dr Irene Peery-Fox. Sarah is 11, plays the cello and studies with Dr Alison Wells. Matthew is 9 and plays the classical & electric guitar. He studies classical guitar with Douglas Rogers and electric guitar with Larry Green. Jenny and her children have been performing together as a family since each child started playing their instruments when they were three or four years old. Their father, Matt Baker is very musical, and enjoys being a DJ when he is not working as a Sales Executive. He also helps with all the necessary sound equipment for the Baker Family, pays for lessons and is incredibly supportive of his artistic wife.

Whitney Johnson

Speaker & Author

Whitney Johnson was recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers in 2015, is the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, and formerly an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years at Merrill Lynch. She is the host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast, a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, a LinkedInfluencer, and a co-founder of Forty Women over 40 to Watch, and has been a speaker at Time Out for Women. She and her husband Roger live in Lexington, VA and have two children.

Kate Jones & Sara Wells

Lifestyle Bloggers

Kate Jones and Sara Wells started Our Best Bites in 2008 as a way of sharing recipes and stories with friends and family. What started as a little side hobby soon transformed into millions of visitors a month, 3 best-selling cookbooks, and thousands of family-friendly recipes.

Kate was born and raised in Logan, Utah before attending Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 2004 with her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She lives in an old house in central Louisiana with her husband, three children, and way too many animals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, obsessively discussing last night’s television with anyone who shows even a little bit of interest, and supporting the local arts.

Sara Wells comes from the Seattle, Washington area and also attended Brigham Young University, where she holds a degree in horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design. In addition to her academic pursuits, she also served a mission in Brazil. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and their 4 sons. She loves gardening, design and hand-lettering, photography, and travel.

Paula J. Rogers

Inspirational Speaker

Paula J. Sabin was born and raised on a farm in Ellensburg, Washington, attending a small high school with only 35 in her senior class. She studied at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education and Journalism. She has served as a Ward Young Women’s President, Stake Relief Society President and Relief Society instructor. She currently teaches the CTR 5 Primary Class.

While home for Christmas during her freshman year of college, Paula briefly met Elder Dale C. Rogers who was serving in her hometown. They exchanged letters each week for 20 months before they saw each other again, and were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on December 22, 1979. Dale and Paula have five children and two grandchildren. Some of her passions include: good books, piano, old movies, I Love Lucy, VCU basketball, and dark chocolate.

Amanda Wilkinson

Speaker & Lifestyle Coach

From humanitarian work on the Masai Mara of Kenya to global policy advocacy at the United Nations, Amanda Kjar Wilkinson has lived a big and beautiful life. But perhaps her greatest lessons were learned when her son Bennett unexpectedly passed away in 2011. As a mother of 5 and a national speaker, coach, writer, and advocate, Amanda is passionate about helping individuals ignite the fire within and create a life of peace, passion, and purpose so they can start paying it forward – not IN SPITE of what they have been through – but BECAUSE of it. She truly believes that we are each on our perfect journey and that every experience we have is for our highest good.