Thursday, July 21



Friday — Saturday, July 22-23


When Lysa TerKeurst started on the path of book writing, speaking and marketing, she often wished she had someone with experience to share the dos and don’ts on that elusive path of ministry. After having to figure things out the hard way, Lysa promised God she would lend a hand to the aspiring writers, speakers and women in ministry walking this same journey.

That’s exactly what happened in the summer of 2001, when Lysa and a small band of women at Proverbs 31 Ministries started She Speaks to fulfill that promise.

Fourteen books later, including three on the New York Times best-seller list, this promise has stayed fresh, as Lysa continues to encounter everyday women seeking to say “yes” to God with every part of their lives.

She Speaks has grown in the years since then, but our commitment to help women live out the truth of Proverbs 31:26 stands firm.


God continues to call Proverbs 31 Ministries to encourage and equip women as they communicate God’s Word through writing, sharing their testimony, leading Bible studies, connecting online, and speaking to small groups or at a podium. We are a community of leaders, speakers and writers working on imperfect progress, and we’d love for you to join us as we walk forward in our calling.

How it Works

She Speaks is a unique combination of spiritual inspiration and practical application. Our goal is to keep your momentum thriving months after the last session is wrapped up and the lights go dim.

At She Speaks, every attendee chooses either the speaking or writing track. Once you’ve chosen a track, you have special group sessions and certain options available to you, which are explained in detail below.

Regardless of which track you choose, all attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the top editors, publishers and literary agents in the Christian market (based on a first-come, first-served basis).

Speaker Track

When you sign up for the Speaker Track, you’ll have a special track meeting on Friday, with a message just for you from Karen Ehman. Then, if you are a beginner or intermediate speaker, you’ll also have the option to sign up for a speaker coaching group (space is limited). If you aren’t in a speaker group, you’ll be able to sign up for our Saturday bonus session where we’ll focus on specialized topics for speakers.


When you choose the Speaker Track, you have the opportunity to be part of an optional Speaker Coaching Group on a first-come, first-served basis. These small groups meet twice during the conference, are divided by experience level, and are led by an experienced speaker associated with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

You will be asked to come prepared with a five-minute teaching message and deliver it to the small group during one of the sessions. The leader of the group will offer constructive and encouraging verbal feedback and will lead the peer group through giving their input as well. The group will also spend time brainstorming ideas with you for expanding that short message into a full-length talk. Groups will be formed according to speaking experience: beginner or intermediate.

There are a limited number of groups, so if this interests you, please register soon.

To learn more about these groups, the qualifications for each, and the requirements for your presentation, please visit our Speaker Track page by clicking here.

“My Speaker’s Coaching Group was awesome. I was awed, inspired, amazed, encouraged by the transparency of each speaker. Our leader truly has a servant heart. My calling was again confirmed, but with the affirmation that it is okay to refine what God has done in me.”
— 2013 Attendee


On Saturday afternoon, we’ll have a specialized speaker training seminar led by Karen Ehman. There will be teaching, guest presenters and small group discussion time. There will also be a time for Q & A. Please note, speaker coaching group participants not eligible due to schedule conflict.

Writer Track

Those who select the Writer Track will also meet on Friday afternoon with a special presentation designed for you. Speakers this year include Glynnis Whitwer and Suzie Eller, presenting how to develop a brand as a writer, and Jill Savage with a message on keeping First Things First.

Then, on Saturday, you have the option of attending one of our bonus sessions.

All She Speaks Attendees


At She Speaks, we bring in agents and acquisition editors from major publishing companies to teach breakout sessions and to meet with attendees one-on-one. These individual appointments are limited and require some additional preparation.

• Which publishers are attending She Speaks?
The list of confirmed publishers is below. We will add more as the conference approaches.

• If I’m on the speaking track, can I still meet with a publisher?
Yes, every conference attendee is able to set up an appointment until all the slots are filled on a first-come basis.

• When do I get to pick my publisher meeting choices?

When all the available slots are filled, we will close the appointments. Shortly thereafter (usually in late May), we’ll send out an email with a complete list of publishing guests and the types of books they are accepting. That email will include instructions on how to make your choices.

• How many appointments can I have?

If you get one of the available spots, we guarantee one appointment, but most people will have two. Some might even get three depending on the availability of each guest. We do our best to honor your choices.

• Do I need a book proposal?

Yes, you should be prepared with a printed book proposal. Some publishers might asked you to e-mail a copy, but it’s good to be prepared in case they ask.

• How do I create a book proposal?

If this is your first time preparing a book proposal, we suggest you research what is included in a fiction and non-fiction proposal. We’ll also offer a conference call series (additional charge) before the conference to help you prepare.

• Do I need to create an individualized book proposal for each publisher appointment?

No. We recommend creating one standard proposal to hand out at your appointments, and bring extra copies in case you have an opportunity to meet with other publishing guests.

• Will I miss a meal or main session for my appointment?

No. We schedule all our publisher appointments during workshop times. So this means you will miss a portion of a workshop. We try and record all workshops, and make the recordings affordable. We hope the benefit of the publisher appointment is worth the small cost of the recording.

Pre-Conference Calls

If you are a first-time attendee, we recommend signing up for our pre-conference training series led by Glynnis Whitwer and Karen Ehman. We offer thorough training on how to prepare for the conference, get ready for a publisher appointment and write a book proposal. You can read more and purchase access to the calls through our bookstore by clicking here.


Alice Crider – David C Cook

Jessica Wong – Thomas Nelson

Andrea Doering – Revell

Kathleen Kerr – Harvest House

Dawn Anderson – Kregel Publishers

Gary Myers – Leafwood Publishers

Robin Phillips – Harper Collins

Kim Bangs – Bethany House Publishers

Blythe Daniel, Agent – The Blythe Daniel Agency

Bill Jensen, Agent – The William K Jensen Literary Agency

Sandra VanderZicht – Zondervan Publishers

Amy Lowe – LifeWay Publishers

Heather Nunn – B&H Publishers

Tawny Johnson, Agent – D.C. Jacobson & Associates

Judy Dunagan – Moody Publishers

Sally Sharpe – Abingdon Press


“I have never met anyone who understands book marketing like Lysa TerKeurst. Not only does she intuitively understand what it takes to generate buzz about a book, but she has deconstructed the process for the rest of us. She helps authors write their books in such a way that the buzz is baked in. I recently spent a day with her as I was preparing to write my next book. I learned more in those few hours than I learned in decades as a book marketer. Just wow!”

– Michael Hyatt
New York Times Bestselling Author
Former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers
2013 She Speaks Keynote Speaker

“There’s something practical with the way Lysa has helped me to see the process of writing that has really unlocked my ability to write better books and impact more people.”

– Pastor Steven Furtick
New York Times Bestselling Author
Lead Pastor of Elevation Church

“Proverbs 31 Ministries enabled me to make my dreams of becoming a writer for God a reality. While I believe He is guiding my steps, Proverbs 31 was the flashlight I needed to help me find the right path! The Proverbs 31 staff is authentic and ‘walks the talk’ of the Christian journey with humility and grace. They are comprised of women I admire and respect greatly and I so appreciate their willingness to help those of us just beginning to answer the call to speak and write.”

– Natalie Snapp
Writer, Blogger, Speaker


Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen has a passion for and connection to women and uses this passion as Executive Director of Ministry Training at Proverbs 31 Ministries where her leadership portfolio includes oversight of the She Speaks Conference, Speaker Team, Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, Ministry Training and Co-Director of COMPEL Membership Site for Writers.  Lisa’s experience as a Board Certified Life Coach, Ministry Consultant and Certified Speaker has uniquely prepared her to facilitate training and workshops for church staffs and leadership teams.  She also has extensive team coaching experience with organizations locally and internationally facilitating DISC and Gallup Strengthsfinders.  She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and has two college-age children.