UR Awakening Director’s Conference


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A Conference Focused on Childcare Directors 

Each ticket purchase includes lunch and a copy of Nefertiti B. Poyner workbook “She Knows What She’s Doing”.  A Workbook for Creating a Life Lived with Greater Intention.

September 10, 2022 | 9:00 – 1:00pm

LOCATION: UR Coliseum, 4421 Poindexter Street,  Walkertown, North Carolina 27051

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After this difficult and uncertain year, with many challenges ahead, we believe Childcare Directors have been the frontline workers. Even through the pandemic is transitioning to a way of life, childcare directors continue to face many challenges in the early childhood field. Childcare directors have been trained to juggle the many daily tasks that a quality childcare center requires. Directors must be versatile in many areas from budgeting, recruiting, training, enrolling, conflict resolution, advocating for policy and reform, family, and community engagement, and the list goes on and on. Coupled with the demand for childcare, Childcare directors are facing higher staff turnover than ever before and increasing food and supply costs.

There’s got to be a better way! 


Theressa Stephens

Early Childhood Director and Owner of Church Childcare Center, Inc. & Church Childcare Plus

I see you, I’m with you, I am you.

I am a director and have been for 30+ years. Let’s discover this better way together, as we work to create a culture of love towards our children, staff, communities but most importantly, ourselves.

Director since 1998, Theressa L. Stephens is the director and owner of Church Childcare Center, Inc. and Church Childcare Plus — both 5-Star facilities. Theressa began her journey in the early childhood education field twenty plus years ago as a teacher throughout her high school and college years. After college, she operated a family childcare home for 7 years. Theressa had a dream and envisioned something much bigger in her early childhood career, when she expanded her family childcare home in 2005 and built a childcare facility in Walkertown, N.C. She currently overseas 30+ employees and an enrollment of 185+ students. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Winston-Salem State University in Business Administration in 1994 and her Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Birth-Kindergarten from Salem College in 2010. She serves on several local committees within the Forsyth County area. She is on the Provider Advisory Committee for Child Care Resource Center, Smart Start of Forsyth County Board of Directors, NC Pre- K Committee, NC Cooperative Extension Board, Kate B. Reynolds Advisory Board, serves as the Area Courtesies Chair for Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., member of the National Association of University Women and also National Women of Achievement. Theressa is a compassionate and strong leader who spends much of her time advocating for equality and meeting the needs of families and children. She is the mother of four beautiful children, and she has been married 20 plus years.

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Nefertiti B. Poyner

Live the Life waiting for you to love.”

3 questions you should ask yourself everyday to live life with greater intention.

Living life with intention means knowing yourself well enough to act daily in ways that are aligned with your passions,morals, values, and beliefs.  When you live life with intention, you know that you matter;  you know that you are worthy and that you are enough.  In a world where “busy” ness has been equated with success and mental health issues are at an all-time high, let’s make another choice.  Now is the time to start redefining how to live intentionally and love the life waiting for us.

About Nefertiti

Designing her stories on a foundation of passion, Dr. Nefertiti B. Poyner is a renowned teacher, author, and orator who aims to help women heal from the past, align with the present, and cultivate an empowering, intention-rich future. As a professional driven by strengthening the village, Nefertiti holds an extensive 20+ year background involving early care/education, strength-based leadership practices, and adult resilience, and enjoys every moment of leveraging that to guide her readers/listeners towards unlocking the fulfilled
lives they deserve.

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Syrena Williams

“New Beginnings”

A scripture based session that will allow attendees to continue the premise of transitioning from the past to the present and awakening to the new beginnings ahead of them. My time with them will be a time of reflection and self-inspection. There will be breathing techniques shared, a guided meditation as well as time for quiet journaling ending with a final thoughts/sharing. The objectives are for the individuals to create a current awareness, display intentionality about their current thoughts and set their expectations about the future, while journaling the experience for future reference when feeling off course.

About Syrena

A child of God. A mother, sister, daughter, cousin and best girlfriend you could ever have. A woman here to serve others by inspiring intentionality in how we see ourselves and how we see others. A shifter of perspective and mindsets. A realist hoping to gain a full optimistic lens by seeing God’s creation in every person. An encourager to many. A shoulder to lean on. A vessel, author, speaker and guide to help you meditate on God’s word day and night as he has so graciously asked us to do.

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Latisha Alford

“Your Health is your Wealth”

The session will include an overview of the components of wellness and explain how busy entrepreneurs can apply simple principles to their lifestyles to meet their wellness goals.

About Latisha

Latisha J. Alford is the owner of Back to the Basics Nutrition and Fitness and part-owner of Trifecta Fitness Studio. She helps women transform their mind and body to meet their wellness goals through simple changes that do not take the fun out of food, while creating substantial lifestyle habits. Latisha discovered my passion for fitness and healthy living years ago and has not stopped. She believe that with God, anything is possible and often tell her clients, “We are aiming for progress, not perfection!”


Many local 5-star early childhood education programs are committed to providing high-quality care and education to children 6 weeks to school-age. We strive to partner with families and community resources to support each individual child’s growth and development to foster leaders, servants, and stewards.

As a part of the mission, we would like to partner with community partners and leaders to give Early Childhood Directors resources they need to navigate any current and future challenges in the field. This conference will be focused on self-awareness, self-care, and the ability to take care of others from where they are.

Interested in participating as an event sponsor? We invite you to help make this event happen by sponsoring a portion of our conference. To participate as a sponsor, click here.

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