Parenting. Gender. Leadership. We all follow the script we have been given. The story we have been told and tell ourselves. We carry these perceptions with us, into our partnerships, parenting and places of work. There’s more to life than that. Let’s empower women, explore healthy masculinity, and embrace authenticity, because the story is ours to rewrite—join our 2020 annual parenting conference.

Event OverThanks to everyone who joined us!

2020 Speakers


Rachel Simmons

Women's Empowerment & Leadership

Author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of ...


Tony Porter

Healthy Masculinity
Author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues and Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN, Tony Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against ...

John Duffy

Teen/Parent Anxiety
Highly sought-after as a clinical psychologist, John Duffy is a best-selling author, certified life coach, parenting and relationship expert, and proud husband and father. He has been working with ...

Debbie Reber

Differently Wired Children

Deborah Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded ...


Maureen Muldoon

Power of Storytelling

Maureen Muldoon is an author, actor and spiritual teacher. She is the founder of Speakeasy Spiritual Community and an internationally recognized teacher of A Course In Miracles. Maureen facilitates ...


Gemma Hartley

Emotional Labor

Gemma Hartley is a freelance journalist and author of Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women and the Way Forward (HarperOne, 2018). She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and three...


Cathy Cassani Adams

Zen Parenting Co-Host
ZPR conference founder and co-host, Cathy Cassani Adams, has a passion for exploring self-awareness, parenting and the personal empowerment of women and girls. Cathy’s unique perspective ...

Todd Adams

Zen Parenting Co-Host
When it comes to healthy masculinity, Todd believes the self-awareness journey begins with expanding our capacity to love ourselves and others. He has made it his mission to be an advocate for men ...

Conference Countdown

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Friday, February 28th

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Rewrite the Story: Unlearning What Hurts and Living Your Desires

In this workshop for women, we’ll explore and uncover the stories we carry into our relationships and parenting. Discover how to reclaim your self-worth. Learn ways to connect with and speak your truth, express your desires and pursue a life of meaning and purpose.

Facilitated by Cathy Adams

Building Connections and Redefining Masculinity

In this workshop for men we’ll discuss the skills needed to be the best version of yourself for your family and community. We welcome men of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in showing up in the world as their authentic selves and ready for deeper connection.

Facilitated by Todd Adams and Frank Naugo

Early-Bird Registration: $250

(Before November 1st)

Registration: $300

Pre-Conference Workshop: $50

Become a Zen Friend!

Want to lend additional support to the Zen Parenting Conference and our attendee scholarship program? See the Zen Friend option on the registration page. You’ll get special recognition in the conference program, on your badge and on our podcast. Zen Friends rule.

Event OverThanks to everyone who joined us!

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 28

3:00 - 5:00 pm - Pre-conference Workshops –
Rewrite the Story: Unlearning What Hurts and Living Your Desires
Building Connections and Redefining Masculinity

5:30 pm - Registration Opens

5:30 pm - Bookstore + Zen Showcase Opens

7:00 - 8:30 pm Sex Education for Grown-ups and Teens: Why Knowledge is Power - Cathy + Todd - Junior Ballroom A+B

8:30 - 8:45 pm - Break

8:45 - 9:45 pm - Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety - Dr. John Duffy - Junior Ballroom A+B

9:45 pm - John Duffy Book Signing

Saturday, February 29

7:00 am - Morning Yoga - Ballroom C

8:00 am - Registration Opens

8:00 am - Bookstore + Zen Showcase Opens

9:00 am - Welcome: Cathy + Todd

9:15 am - Rachel SimmonsEnough as She Is: Moving Beyond Impossible Standards

10:15 – Break

10:30Gemma Hartley: Fed Up: The Invisible & Unpaid Work of Emotional Labor

11:00Debbie Reber: Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch Break+ Rachel Simmons Book Signing

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Breakouts:
• Rachel Simmons - Five Skills Every Confident Girl Needs
• Tony Porter - A Call to Men: Promoting and Raising Healthy and Respectful Men

1:30 - 2:45 pm - Panel of Parents, Teens and Experts on Transgender and Non-binary Identity

  • Maureen Muldoon – Writer and performer, Trans-Parent Love
  • Jameson (Jamie) Pagano, LCPC, founder of Transmogrify Counseling Services LLC
  • Anna Graham
  • Juniper Fenner
  • Matthew Wargin
  • Deb O'Connor and her child, El

2:45 - 3:00 pm - Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm - Tony Porter: Healthy Men, Healthy World

4:30 - 5:00 pm - Closing Thoughts: Cathy + Todd

5:00 - 5:30 pm - Book Signing with Tony Porter

5:00 - 6:00 pm  - Conversation and Drinks

A Peek at Past Conferences

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Event OverThanks to everyone who joined us!

Another terrific conference in the books! See you next year!!

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