March 17-18, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

Reclaim Health. Redefine Beauty. Restore THE Relationship with Our Bodies.

The Circles of Change Conference is an invitation to come together and change the conversation and culture around health, beauty, and body image. 
Become Part of the Movement. Reclaim Health. Redefine Beauty. Restore The Relationship with Our Bodies.

The two-day event will include a film screening, art gallery, performances, interviews, story-telling, and presentations from internationally recognized athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and activists who are changing the conversation and culture through their work and their lives. 

The full line-up will be announced in 2017. 


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The Circles of Change Conference is about celebrating and inspiring Warriors. So we feature the voices and stories of numerous women and girls who are transforming the culture and conversation in their own lives, their schools, their workplaces, and throughout the world. We are honored to share their wisdom, their art, and their stories with you. 

The full list of presenters will be announced in 2017. 

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Jill Catherine

Founder of 44Hearts, Ophelia's Place Spokesperson

Jill Catherine, a performance speaker, body image expert, cultural dancer/drummer, and communications professional, helps others integrate as a whole person of body-mind-spirit to follow their heart, as founder of 44Hearts and spokesperson for Ophelia’s Place.


Holli Zehring

Director of Circles of Change AZ

Holli has a passion for sharing her story in the hopes that others will not feel alone. She believes change happens in a community where struggles are shared, openly discussed, and brought to light. Holli speaks to the tangible elements that have aided her journey, and how suffering and faith exist.


MaryEllen Clausen

Founder of Ophelia's Place

MaryEllen Clausen is widely recognized as an innovative leader in eating disorder prevention, education and advocacy. She founded Ophelia’s Place, a non-profit, in 2002. In the past 15 years Ophelia’s Place has created a comprehensive model offering support, education, treatment and community. In 2009, she opened Café at 407, a café with a cause, offering community and a source of sustainability.  


Melody Moore, Ph.D., RYT

Embody Love Movement Foundation Founder

Melody Moore, Ph.D., RYT is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, yoga teacher, author, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Embody Love Movement Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. Dr. Moore’s work has been featured in the books Yoga and Body Image and Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness, as well as in the Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Sweat Equity, and Origin Magazine. She created the collegiate BodyImage3D program for Delta Delta Delta, and is their subject matter expert on self-love and body acceptance. She is the National Eating Disorder Association’s advice columnist. Dr. Moore serves as a faculty member for Off the Mat, Into the World, and is a founding member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. In her private practice, she has spent 15,000 clinical hours specializing in recovery of Eating Disorders through integrated treatment of psychotherapy, yoga, and holistic nutrition. In 2015, she was featured as one of ten “Game Changers” by the Yoga Journal and chosen as one of 100 “Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide” by EBW2020.


Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MSRDN, CEDRD

Founder and Director of the Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service

Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MSRDN, CEDRD, opened the Nutrition Clinic, one of the first eating disorder clinics in upstate New York, over two decades ago. Recognizing the need for more intensive treatment and regional step-down programs, she also opened the Sol Stone Center, a partial hospitalization program, and intensive outpatient programs in Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton. The Upstate New York Eating Disorder Service now serves more than 400 patients a year. She has also been part of Cornell's Healthy Eating Program since its inception. She continues to provide consultation, supervision, and case management for the program. She received her undergraduate degree from SUC Oneonta and her Master's degree from Marywood College. She has been a speaker at regional and national conferences.



AKA "The Militant Baker" 

Jes Baker is a blogger, speaker, author, mental health professional, cat lover, and unabashed fat chick. She is on a mission to turn our society’s concept of beauty on its oppressive head because she believes that ever person in this world is worth of respect and feeling valued regardless of the size, shape, shade, sex, ability, gender or age. Jes runs the blog, The Militant Baker, where she preaches the importance of body autonomy, self-love, mental health, strong coffee, and even stronger language. When not blogging, Jes spends time speaking at universities and has presented about the importance of body love at TedxTucson. Jes is also known for her visual campaigns that support body positivity and works intimately with several companies to promote the positive body image and plus size fashion. Additionally, she has published the book “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls"  on October 27, 2015.


Connie soBCZAK

Author of Embody, Executive Director of The Body Positive

Connie Sobczak is an author, educator, mentor, and award-winning video producer. Her experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies. In 1996, she co-founded The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization that teaches people how to overcome self-hatred and value their beauty and identity so they can use their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world. Connie is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!). She is a leader of the movement to prevent eating problems and improve the self-image of youth and adults by training leaders to bring the Be Body Positive program to their schools and communities. Her passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.


Natalie Patterson

Poet, Artist, Artrepreneur

Natalie Patterson is a Los Angeles based poet, teaching artist and artrepreneur dedicated to changing the world one poem at a time. Natalie starred in the web series “That’s What She Said” produced by SoulPancake and Darling Magazine with nearly 1 million views on youtube. Natalie collaborated with Sephora, resulting in the video “Wake Up Call” produced by Sephora University.


JON jorgenson 

Author, Speaker, and Spoken Word Poet

Jon Jorgenson is an author, speaker, and spoken word poet whose YouTube videos have been viewed by more than 15 million people. Jon partners with numerous organizations including Awana International, Moody Bible Institute, the Willow Creek Association, and hundreds of other churches, colleges, and conferences all over the globe. His spoken word poetry provides a dynamic and creative experience that captures the imagination of audiences everywhere. As a former Broadway actor, Chicago native, and very lucky husband, Jon hopes to provide a fresh, unique voice to some of life’s most difficult and challenging questions.


Renee airya 

Survivor, Speaker, Founder of RARE MEDIA

Renee Airya is a brain tumor survivor, international award winning speaker, female entrepreneurship leader and a provocateur of spirit. Her sweet, no nonsense, & sassy style attracts the 21st century woman, entrepreneurs, healers & artists who want to amplify their intuition, unshakable confidence and soul-based business. 

After almost a decade of fashion modeling, Renee was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor. After having emergency brain surgery, she awoke to what could be someone's worst night-mare- a 100% paralyzed face on the right hand side. With an impassioned and persistent spirit, she combined her education of NLP, energy healing, visualization and alternative medicine to heal herself physically, mentally and emotionally against medical odds. She now speaks around the world delivering her signature talk called Flip Your Flaws, where she helps others live a life of greater meaning and abundance through embracing their unique gifts, quirks and flaws. Flip Your Flaws is featured in the "Embrace" documentary film, which is currently in US release as of September, 2016. 

Renee is also a co-founder and producer at RARE Media, showcasing and sharing evolutionary creative artists messages through on-line media, music videos and documentaries. 




Once a stay-at-home dad (who also worked full time), Joe's kids are now adults and he currently helps care for his grandson. 

Joe is now a national certified life coach, sharing his passion for working and sharing strategies with men in families

Joe is co-founder of New Moon Girls magazine and the national nonprofit Dads & Daughters, Joe also co-authored and edited several other books, including Pursuing Perfection: Eating Disorders, Body Myths, and Women at Midlife and Beyond with Dr. Margo Maine and Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness with Carolyn Costin. He's a journalist by training and was an award-winning reporter for Minnesota Public Radio.

Joe serves on advisory boards for the Campaign for Commercial-Free ChildhoodOphelia’s PlaceTake Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, and Voice Male magazine. He's also served as a director on the boards of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Policy, Research, and Action in Washington, DC and the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network.

Joe had keynoted at state fathering conferences in New York, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota—as well as at conferences of the National Eating Disorders Association, Canada’s National Eating Disorders Information Centre, and numerous universities.


Julie anné & Ashley southard

Co-Founder and Program Directors of TheHealthyWayOut 

Julie T. Anné, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Program Director of TheHealthyWeighOut
Licensed Psychologist, Founder, and Clinical Director of A New Beginning. 


Ashley Southard, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Therapist, Site Director of A New Beginning and Co-Founder and Program Director of TheHealthyWeighOut.


Brad Zehring 

Psychiatry Resident and Associate Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine

Brad Zehring, D.O. is a psychiatry resident, in his last year of training, who specializes in treating patients with eating disorders and co-occurring mental illness with psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Dr. Zehring is also interested in the emerging research of the gut-brain which focuses his treatment plan on a patient’s physical and mental health by focusing on their entire body and how it interacts with their environment.  Dr. Zehring will be opening his private practice in Gilbert, Arizona in July 2017. Dr. Zehring enjoys spending time with his wife, Holli, and their two children, Anna and Andrew.


Anna Zehring 

Anna Zehring is a third grade student at Mesquite Elementary School in Gilbert, Arizona.  She has a insatiable thirst for learning and creating.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Character Counts award presented to her by former Mayor John Lewis for being someone who exemplifies trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Anna has embodied the Circles of Change movement and implements these truths into her school and daily life. She is also the co-creator of the Jovie/Anna product line which helps support the work of Ophelia’s Place. 


Registered Dietitian | Founder of immEATthat

Kylie Mitchell is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health. She is the founder of the food/lifestyle blog, which she started 6 years ago in an effort to stop disordered eating and help people fall back in love with a healthful relationship with food and their body.  Kylie works to promote positive body image, intuitive eating, intuitive movement and Health at Every Size.  When not behind the computer or camera, Kylie works as an eating disorder dietitian. Kylie lives in Houston, TX with her husband and puppy, where she likes to over-share on Instagram. 


+ What is Ophelia's Place

Ophelia's Place is a non-profit headquartered in Syracuse, NY that provides support for individuals, families, and communities impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating, and body dissatisfaction. Circles of Change is a movement created by Ophelia's Place.

+ How do I pick up my conference pass?

We will provide an early check-in opporutunity on Friday night at the Embrace screening.

+ What hotel do you recommend if I am traveling long-distance?

Many conference guests are staying at the Mission Palms Hotel.

+ Is there parking?

Yes, there is ample onsight parking.

+ What time should I arrive on Saturday?

The doors open at 8am, programming starts promptly at 9am.

+ Can I leave early or come late?

You can leave as necessary but you may miss something awesome. We will seat late arrivals inbetween speakers.

+ Are there assigned seats?

There is no assigned seating.

+ Who attends a women's conference?

  • Individuals interested in creating change in their personal and public lives.
  • Those willing to celebrate and empower women and girls.
  • Community leaders, activists, and educators.
  • Women and Men who desire to reclaim health, redefine beauty, and restore their relationship with their body.

+ Do I need to bring anything?

We recommend bringing a journal and a pen to capture some of the inspiration.

+ Are computers/tablets allowed?

Yes, and please consider using the hashtag #circlesofchange on your social media.

+ What about food?

There will be foodtrucks on site for the lunch break but food will not be provided by the hosts.

+ Where do I sign up?

Registration will be available here after January 1, 2017.

+ Are there volunteer passes available?

We are seeking a limited number volunteers for a 6 hour commitment during the conference.

+ Is the space handicap accessible?

Yes, it is fully handicap/ADA compliant.

+ Is there special student pricing?

No, but we love our students!

Event Sponsors: 

Our conference is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor for the Circles of Change Conference, please contact us. 

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Sustaining Warrior: 


  • Partnering Warrior Benefits +
  • 3 Conference Day Passes + 3 Screening Passes

Partnering Warrior:


  • Community Warrior Benefits +
  • Logo | Name on all Event Promotional Materials
  • Prominent Recognition during Circles of Change Conference
  • Two Conference Day Passes + Two Screening Passes

Community Warrior:


  • Warrior Benefits +
  • Recognition during Circles of Change Conference
  • Two Conference Day passes



  • Projection of logo at event & in program
  • Recognition on website and social media
  • One conference day pass