When you illuminate women you ignite change in generations, brightening the whole world.
In its inaugural year, the Women of Light Convention is New Mexico’s only conference of its kind, bringing more than 1,500 women together of all walks of life to be inspired through illuminating messages, to ignite connection with other women, and to brightly serve our community.
Women of Light Team
LIGHT: the powe...
LIGHT: the power that makes vision possible.
Andrea believes that women have been keeping their song inside for way too long. Now, more than ever, is the time for women to raise their torch up high and illuminate the world. With Andrea’s vision, leadership and fearlessness, thousands of women have come together to spark the Women of Light movement. Through nationally released singles, music videos, and conventions, Women of Light is giving women a voice, the fire to make the world a little brighter, one person at a time. Can you feel it?
Maria believes ...
Maria believes that now, more than ever, is the time for women to share their light. Maria does this by creating international award-winning events and marketing promotions; acting in commercials and movies that change the world; building PRODUCTPEEL, a social network for real product experiences; serving in her local church women's group and in her children's schools; and raising three beautiful and talented children. She earned her MBA from BYU and lives in Utah, but will always claim California as home.
Maria is honored to be "illuminating the way" as co-founder of the Women of Light Conventions.
Annie is a nati...
Annie is a native of Salt Lake City, UT and has a love of the beauty of New Mexico, where she now calls home. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in music education, and has since been actively participating in the community by teaching music lessons. Her loves of life include her sweet, darling husband, her charming family and friends, Utah football, and, most importantly, her faith.
Annie is excited to be a part of the Women of Light team to help radiate the beauty of womanhood! The opportunities to work with and meet some of the most incredible women has been a life-changing experience for her and hopes to continue to bless and serve others as she has been blessed.
Lorilynn Bergsten is a native New Mexican. Born and raised in Albuquerque, she graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education. She was the successful owner/operator of a document storage solutions company. Lorilynn’s passion for DIY home projects has transitioned into a successful kitchen cabinet restoration business called The Classy Kitchen. She values her marriage of 16 years and her 4 amazing children. She is an active participant in her church and community.
Sarah Emms look...
Sarah Emms looks on her childhood in Utah Valley as amazing! She now resides in
Albuquerque, NM where she has spent most of her adulthood. A wonderful husband of 15
years and two awesome children accompany her. Meeting people and caring about the
individual bring her joy. When she was a young adult her dominant arm was crushed in a car
accident. Through the miracles of doctors, rehabilitation and healing she is able to have full
mobility to continue creating works of art that bring peace and comfort. She studied fine art at
BYU and UVU during the rehabilitation process. Overall this experience has taught her much.
Her personal motto is Be Still, Be Inspired, and Create Good! These words have been a
motivating force behind her artwork, family, church and community responsibilities. She also
enjoys being an art teacher/mentor, event planner, illustrator, and fine artist. Life is good when
we seek the good! Sarah has been searching for something like The Women of Light that will
connect and celebrate all the good around us into one place. She is excited to be an active
representative of The Women of Light Convention.
Danielle Ebaugh is originally from New York, but has spent the last 16 years in New Mexico and considers this her home. She started her marketing ventures in the insurance industry, studied Business Administration at UNM, and is currently the Director of Marketing at General Mailing and Shipping Systems. Danielle is extremely involved in the New Mexico business community and is an advocate for many great programs. She loves to spend her free time exercising, working on DIY projects, cooking, and traveling.
Cindy Madsen Fr...
Cindy Madsen Frame and her husband, Dr. Brent Frame, have lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past 25 years, having met while students at Brigham Young University. Cindy is the proud mother to 5 children and grandmother to two of the cutest kids on the planet! Cindy has been actively involved in her children’s schools and sports, in her church and in the community. In addition, she ran a successful home-based marketing business that took her on speaking opportunities around the world.
With all of her children grown and living out of state, Cindy accepted the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities here in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and has Co-Chaired Catholic Charities’ annual fundraiser, Saint Nicholas Ball, for the past two years. The opportunity to raise money for the operations of this great non-profit has been an honor and joy! Both years the event set records for fundraising! Cindy is also currently serving as the Community Service Specialist over New Mexico members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the Northern half of the State of New Mexico and has loved the chance to be involved in dozens and dozens of great service activities serving a broad range of individuals in need throughout the state.
Cindy has a firm belief that turning to service in your own time of need and suffering is a great source of healing and peace. She believes that women serving together in a community can bring about unity, friendship and strength! Sharing our vulnerabilities and stories while serving those truly on the margins of society has been soul-healing and very fulfilling! She is very excited to expand this service to some of the most vulnerable women in our community hand-in- hand with hundreds of other Women of Light!
Laura Pickard w...
Laura Pickard was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and received her
bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah. After
college, she enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to work for the
2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. She is now married to Matthew Pickard
and has four lovely daughters who make her laugh, cry, and learn a lot
about God. Laura has also received a health coaching certificate and
helps others become healthy in body and spirit. Her favorite pastimes
are reading biographies and watching all things British.
Anyone who know...
Anyone who knows me knows my strong belief that everything happens for a reason. I know this to be true as many times in life I’ve experienced the blessing of actually being able to see where this has occurred. For example, had I not met my dear friend, Cindy Frame, when she was drawn to my daughter’s pink, frilly stroller while picking up our sons at kindergarten, I wouldn’t have had many great life experiences in which we’ve supported each other. Currently, we serve on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities ASFNM, as well as Co-Chairing their signature fundraiser, the Saint Nicholas Ball, for the last two years. And now, the blessings continue as we focus on the inaugural Women of Light Convention!
My three priorities in life are my faith, my family and friends, and my contribution to my community through my job and activities. As most women I know, I’ve had many ups and downs in all of my life’s roles, but I’ve found my commitment to my priorities are what keep me going. That, and the knowledge that the best way to find my joy is when I focus on reaching out, helping others through my experiences, the ones that happened for a reason.
My passion is to be a true Woman of Light, illuminating the way each day, one day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Where there is darkness, Be the Light!
Julia is an ene...
Julia is an energetic wife and mother of three amazing children. Originally from North Carolina, she enjoys her southern roots but has fallen in love with life in Northern California. Julia is co-author of the book Fearless Dating and has been featured in the Ensign Magazine. She served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic and served in orphanages in Ecuador. As a Master Esthetician and former Jazzercise Instructor, Julia believes in the power of a woman's true beauty and is an advocate for health, wellness and serving others. Julia has worked in event planning for the last seven years. Holding fundraising events with Crowdrise, she has raised over $20,000 for those in need and partnering with UNICEF for Haiti. In her fundraising efforts, she’s appeared on ABC News, FOX, and other media outlets. Her goal in fundraising this year is to run seven Disney half marathons, and raise $7000 for Operation Underground Railroad (www.ourrescue.org), a non-profit dedicated to freeing enslaved children. Julia is excited to be part of the Women of Light team. She understands the inspirational power of love, light and service. Her passion in life is to inspire others to follow their path of achievement, no matter the obstacles.
Although new to...
Although new to event planning on this scale, Megan has been coordinating events and parties for more than 5 years. When not juggling details, she loves to stretch her creative skills by learning new crafts and making beautiful quilts for friends and family. Megan also loves to volunteer her time mentoring young women ages 12-18. She intends to start her own event planning business and looks forward to this fantastic opportunity to work with the Women of Light. Contact her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeZippe or via email at megan (@) womenoflight (dot) com.
Sarah's life purpose is to give of her compassion, joy and creativity to inspire and empower those who are striving to develop their own divine purpose. She is currently finishing her Business Management degree (Web Design minor) through BYU-Idaho. Among her many hobbies and responsibilities, the role that brings her the most joy is being Auntie Bear to 10 beautiful nieces and nephews. Above all, Sarah knows that God is her ultimate source of love and light.
Guyla Thurgood ...
Guyla Thurgood grew up in the beautiful ozarks of SW Missouri but New Mexico is where she and her family of 7 call home. Guyla is a devoted wife and proud mother of 5 amazing children. Guyla spent 18 months in South Africa and Namibia dedicating her time and energy to the people of those countries. After returning home Guyla has fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a foster parent. She has spent much of her time advocating for the children of NM, and this ultimately led to the adoption of her 5th child. As a previous business owner, she has had the opportunity to meet and mentor numerous women in her community and help them build confidence and leadership skills in their personal lives as well as their own businesses. Guyla is very involved in her church and her community. She loves attending various events for her children and spending time with family and friends. Guyla seeks out opportunities to love and serve those in need which truly fills her heart with joy! She firmly believes that each of us have been blessed with a divine birthright. She encourages all to bravely dig down deep and cultivate the light within so that it can shine through and radiate the world in which we live, giving hope and life to all of our Heavenly Father’s children. For it is when we share our light with others that we find the most happiness in our own lives.
Melissa Sanchez grew up in Colorado but, has called Albuquerque, NM her home for the past 15 years. She studied Web Technologies and has several years of experience in Online Marketing. She currently runs and operates Simply Social Marketing, LLC. Melissa is an advocate for small business. She recently took on the position of the Executive Director for the ABQWest Chamber of Commerce. She is the first female to take on this role. In her spare time she loves to hang out with her nieces and nephews, shopping, and drinking coffee.
Kasey is a fier...
Kasey is a fiercely devoted wife, mother, and photographer who deeply believes in the power of light in our lives. In her art work, it brings color, focus, and proper exposure. In her life, it brings happiness, understanding, and growth. She attempts to fill her life with light through healthy life habits, a thirst for continued learning, and most of all - faith and family.
She feels that every woman possesses a light inside which when allowed to show, not only warms and brightens her, but also those around her; and that it is time we, as women, find our light and stand together to let them shine!