If you’re a woman who has stepped away from the workforce to raise kids but is now looking to change careers, start your own business, take on a new volunteer opportunity, find a hobby and just take your next step, you’re a Morphmom!

For years, Morphmom has held conferences to bring women together to listen, learn and encourage one another to take the next step. MorphMom was founded by Kathleen Butler-Smith, a former assistant prosecutor in Hudson County. She stopped working following the birth of her second child (of three) and later decided to help other women chart their own course.

Now the NJ-based group is taking its conferences on the road.  MorphMom On the Move will present a conference  February 8 – 10 in Charleston, South Carolina, where you can meet other Morphmoms doing amazing things and learn from, connect and inspire one another.


The conference kicks off on Wednesday evening with cocktails and conversation. You’ll hear from Terry Haas, co-founder of 32 South Properties and former host 0f HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and “House Hunters;” Emily Mingledorff, the baking blogger of “Pie Crusts & Pixie Dust” and co-founder of Will To Good Foundation; and Robin Berlinsky, founder and CEO of The Learning Ring and podcast host of “Energy Matters: In the Classroom with Robin Berlinsky.”

On Thursday morning, you’ll hear from  Laurie Gelman, NYT Best-Selling Author of “The Class Mom” Series; Kristen Tirney, contemporary American artist and founder of Kristen Tirney Art; Nina Sossamon-Pogue, best-selling author, speaker, podcast host and award-winning TV anchor; Julianne Taylor, product designer, content creator, mindset speaker and business coach; Shaniequa L. Washington, CEO of Zuriel Kingdom Collections, LLC, a fashion designer and influencer; Andrea Serrano, fashion stylist, producer and creative director; Carolyn Murray, award-winning journalist, co-anchor and podcast host; Elizabeth Ackerman, co-founder of Olivia James The Label; Lindsay Cunningham, co-founder of Olivia James The Label and owner of Monkee’s of MP; Jennifer Simpson, chief experience officer of Bespoke Experiences; Amy Schmidt, founder of Fearlessly Facing Fifty and co-founder at Better Than Gossip; and baking blogger Emily Mingledorff.

During an afternoon lunch, you’ll hear from Kristen Coffield, founder of The Culinary Cure and co-founder at Better Than Gossip; and Elizabeth Schulte Roth, former national magazine editor and the founder of The Asheville Ambassador.


Thursday evening is themed Brews & Books & Blockbusters. Laurie Gelman will lead an exclusive audience participation table read of an anticipated soon-to-be television series based on her “Class Mom” book series.

Friday morning kicks off with an interactive VIP experience, Cultivating Confidence. Amy Schmidt will teach strategies of how to be confident in front of the camera, build your story and clarify your “why.” Kristen Coffield will show you specific steps to build success in your wellness journey. Karen Morneau, founder of Karen Morneau and Hayman & Co. Photography, will provide professional headshots.

VIP tickets for Friday are $197. A day-two pass is $285. The three-day VIP experience is $465. Service fees apply. For a New Jersey Family discount, email Kathleen at and put “NJFAM Discount” in the subject line. The address will be provided upon registration.

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