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Birthday Conference

UntitledI planned a conference to ring in the big 3-0 in May 2013.  You read that right, a CONFERENCE!  The conference was open to the public and was full of typical conference things (binders, name tags, schedules-at-a-glance).  Here are the details.

If you have any questions, or want to chat about creating your own Birthday Conference, just send me a note!


Download the conference schedule here.  And here’s the program book! The session presenters have provided some excellent follow-up resources.  They’re listed here:

Sailing 101

The PowerPoint for this session can be downloaded here. If you’re considering a sailing outing in the DC area, try the Mariner Sailing School at Belle Haven Marina.

How to Give a Great Massage

Frances R. challenged the Birthday Conference participants to refer 9 new clients to her — and in exchange I’ll get a free massage every quarter for a year. Use the code “Emily30″ to get 10% off your own massage, too.

Winning the Internet

Perez and Kate B. did such a fantastic job on their session about social media.  Download the PowerPoint presentation they used here.

Minnesota State Fair

Remember the Sweet Martha’s Cookies and ice cold milk you drank at the Birthday Conference? Learn more about their significance, and so much more, through Meredith H. and Adam G.’s presentation. Meredith wanted to make sure everyone knew they were invited to the fair, too.  The dates of the 2013 hurrah are August 22 to September 2.

Flowers in a Hour

Kate F. is leveraging her flower skillz to launch a new business, Rally & Root.  Download the slides from her flower power hour here.

No Boogers in my Burgers

Have you signed the petition for paid sick days in DC?  Here’s all the info you need.  Share it with friends!

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW)

I’m finishing up my sixth and final year on the PPMW board and was so glad they could add a reproductive justice aspect to the festivities.

Gift of Life

The good people from Gift of Life joined us at the conference — and several got swabbed and joined this life saving registry. If you’d like to learn more about Gift of Life, click over here.


I’ve gotten some FANTASTIC preview photos from both Tosha F. and Pam R.! We were so lucky these two very talented photographers documented the Birthday Conference.


Thanks to my friend Brianne N., we had a shiny press release about the conference.  Download it here.

The hashtag for the conference is #EPGis30.  Use it!  Consider telling your social media world that you attended the conference, too.

There were a few great stories about the conference…

My friend Corey P. even created this fancy page to document all the social media coverage using #EPGis30. Check it out.


This was a legit conference, so clearly I had a good selection of corporate sponsors on board.  Huge thanks to the folks from these businesses and organizations for supporting the festivities:



The conference was held on May 4. 2013 at The George Washington University Hillel located at 2300 H Street, NW.


I asked for a $30 suggested donation to cover lunch and space rental costs.  All I wanted for my 30th was to celebrate with people I love doing activities I love, and that is exactly what I got!

Virtual Participation

We had a sign up opportunity for people to participate in the opening session of the conference over WebEx!  We had four countries represented.


I’m thrilled that we worked with DC Empanadas to cater the conference. (I’ve loved these savory pastry pockets since I first discovered their truck in 2011.) The folks from DC Empanadas joined us in their fancy food truck and showered conference participants with a selection of vegetarian empanadas and beverages.  This was surely a conference highlight.


My very lovely friend Pam donated her photography skills to the Birthday Conference.  We had an OVERWHELMING number of folks request headshots–I can’t wait to see how they turned out.  (Here are some tips on how to dress for a headshot photo session.)

Small Humans

We had 11 little ones at the conference.  Everyone who registered in advance was welcome!

What to Bring? Wear?

Polka dots and signature scarves were encouraged and the crowd looked lovely.  We asked everyone to bring a festive attitude, their smart phones for live Tweeting, and cameras to document the scene.