My name is Jes!
I am a blogger, baker, and bona fide trouble maker! You might know me as the voice behind The Militant Baker or as the advocate behind the "Attractive and Fat" campaign... but I also want you to know me through my new project. It's a passion project that I've been working on for nearly a year and it's called: THE BODY LOVE CONFERENCE.
The Body Love Conference (BLC) will be a high energy, positive and progressive event where women can come together to build a community in a supportive environment while participating in revolutionary presentations and workshops. Subjects covered in the conference will include: the history of the beauty myth, the concept of aging, post-birth bodies, how to alter clothing, body positive movement (yoga, burlesque, belly dancing etc.), self expression through writing, how to counteract self hate, and why it’s crucial to challenge social norms. The conference is to be held at the University of Arizona (Tucson, Az) in April of 2014, contingent on funding.
As women we see over 200 negative body image advertisements on television per day. This is a direct extension of a historical marketing scheme that was created to encourage women to purchase perfection. While this earns the weight loss industry billions of dollars every year, it comes at an extremely high cost to the rest of us. This marketing scheme is a large contributor towards major social ills we have today, including: depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, poor relationship skills, suicide attempts and more.
Talking about this issue is a critical step towards a healthier and happier society, and I propose the perfect conversation starter is the Body Love Conference.
We need your support through donations!
We have started our goal at $10,000 which covers just the necessities of an event that will adequately host 150 women. Funds raised will be distributed into core areas of need: facility fees, catering costs, technology rental, travel necessities for keynote speaker, workshop materials, instructor compensation, resource sharing, potential scholarship funds, and miscellaneous taxes + fees.
IF WE WERE TO RAISE FUNDS BEYOND OUR INITIAL GOAL, we would be able to expand our dream conference and open up even more opportunities for participants! This conference will be as big as our funding allows, and you get to help us grow our movement into something truly monumental! Anything raised beyond the $10,000 will be used for additional seats, instructors, scholarships, materials, and resources as well as creating an online archive so that the entire world can view the presentations from the event.
We have 30 days to make this dream a reality; I know we will be successful!
There are two levels of contribution available on our Indiegogo site: “Individuals” and “Businesses”.
“Individuals” covers donations that are specifically created for our individual cheerleaders! We appreciate you and your unwavering support in this collaboration for change! Every dollar donated creates a part of a movement that has far reaching effects. Thank you for your faith in us!
“Businesses” is geared towards companies and agencies who also believe in us and want to contribute on a professional level. We look forward to having you as part of our team and sharing your valued support with those in attendance!
As an individual supporter you will recieve a thank you "note" on our Body Love Conference page, as well as a virtual badge for your blog/Facebook that says that you "supported the Body Love Conference!"
There is also the option to receive a BLC bumper sticker (choice of pink or green!), and a gorgeously designed PDF book of body positive images and quotes.
The "Map To Self Love" graphic print will be a high resolution image that can be easily printed as an inspirational poster. We are happy to mail a tangible print of the "Map To Self Love" graphic print straight to you if you choose that level of donation!
VIP Workshop access allows you to register for your class/presentation of choice before the enrollment begins for the general public. Be sure to get into that workshop you'd love the most.
Preferential seating offers you the chance to hand select your seating before the day of the event.
Conference tickets are transferable at your discretion. You are welcome to attend the event yourself, gift them to someone you love, or add them to our scholarship fund so that anyone unable to purchase a ticket will have an opportunity to attend because of you!
An Information Care Package is available to be mailed out a month before the event. Let us give you insider information on what to expect on the day of the conference, travel ideas for Tucson, bios of conference presenters, lists of body love resources and more.
The VIP Cocktail Party will be a "meet and greet" soiree the night before the conference; this will be an "invite only" event. Come mingle with the creators of the conference as well as the accomplished women (including our key note) who will be speaking and presenting the following day!
Each "Business" package includes many of the individual perks but is geared towards your company.
Program advertising: Each guest at the conference will receive a program to reference throughout the duration of the day. Let your name be seen in myriad ways including a logo on the sponsor page, an optional advertisement of your own within the pamphlets (1/8 or 1/4 page in b/w), or maybe even a ¼, ½, or full page color ad that shows your amazing support for our cause! There is also an option of promoting your name at the front of your chosen workshop throughout the day. (All ads need prior approval before being printed.)
“Resource Table” opportunities are available for those interested in having a presence near the entrance of the conference. Set up a table to share your message, brand, information and more with those in attendance. There will be an application and set up fee, but some fees are waived in the perks! (Please note that table theme/information must be approved through an application process prior to the event.)
A VIP luncheon will be held in your honor the day following the conference. We will toast to your support and enjoy the company of likeminded world changers!
Our “swag” for your team will accessorize them with body positivity from head to toe! Choose from shirts, pens, hats, totes, lanyards, and many more options for a gift box you all deserve!
There are also other ways you can help us spread our message of body revolution: share this campaign with every person you know. Share, share, share us on your Facebook and Tumblr. Talk about us on your blog. Email our link to your friends, and ask them to email links to their friends. Tell companies you know about our cause. Start the conversation about self love with those you care about, and then come share in the event with us!
It is my belief that every woman deserves the opportunity to learn to love herself just the way she is; to internalize that beauty is all inclusive. I have a sneaking suspicion that this conference will be a world changer and I hope you’ll support me in my mission!
Lets make this conference campaign viral so that every person who wants to participate… can.
Ready? And GO!