VIP guests at the annual Women’s Success Conference were treated to words from one of the world’s most sought-after motivational speakers Thursday night.
Lisa Nichols, founder and CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc., received a standing ovation from SUCCESS attendees, who eagerly absorbed her message of encouragement and self-empowerment. She urged her audience not to let their present get in the way of “who you are becoming” and to take the steps necessary to make their dreams reality.
“Blow your own mind,” the best-selling author urged her audience, also telling listeners that harmony requires more intention, greater strategies and healthy boundaries.
“Own your yes, and utilize your no,” she added. To become their best selves, she said the women present must eschew mediocrity, comfort and complacency in favor of growth, focus and determination.
Nichols will return to the conference Friday, which is being held at the IP Casino Resort, to serve as the Kick-starter keynote speaker.
Audience members respond to an address from motivational speaker Lisa Nichols Thursday night during the SUCCESS Women’s Conference.
Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols addresses an audience at the IP Casino Resort Thursday.

Motivational speaker Lisa Nichols speaks to attendees at the fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference Thursday night.


An attendee visits a vendor booth at the annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference Thursday at the IP Casino Resort.

They came, they saw and they conquered — fear, doubt, insecurity and any other obstacle holding them back at work or home.

Attendees at the Women’s SUCCESS Conference came seeking inspiration, information and other fuel to propel them forward — which they found in abundance at the fourth-annual event that kicked off Thursday at the IP Casino Resort.

An attendee takes notes Thursday at the annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference at the IP Casino Resort.

Several workshop “tracks” on the conference’s opening day accommodated participants with different goals and needs. Entrepreneurs learned how to develop their business plans, become more profitable and market on a budget. Speakers in corporate sessions talked about leadership, negotiation, mentoring and more. Non-profit workshops focused on subjects like funding and development. Attendees needing to re-energize heard expert advice about self-care, empowerment and decision-making, among other subjects.

The conference’s schedule of world-class presenters, informative sessions and other attributes resumes Friday with acknowledgement of the region’s greatest female influencers and speakers that include the Roberts sisters and motivational guru Lisa Nichols.


Presenter Cheryl Wood snaps a selfie with an attendee at the fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference.


Tables loaded with arts and crafts, beauty products, novelty items, informational resources and much more awaited attendees Thursday at the SUCCESS Women’s Conference.

Attendance at the fourth-annual conference was estimated at over 400 Thursday, and it was expected to top 1,000 Friday. The purpose of the event is to empower women to be their best selves, as well as to establish connections and help them recharge to meet future challenges.

Dozens of vendors are standing by at the conference to further those goals. Boutiques and photography studios, makeup brands and media outlets, are among the businesses represented. Along with products and services, attendees can find information on healthcare, caregiving, consulting, finance and numerous other topics.

The conference continues Friday with keynote speakers and influencer recognition, among other activities. For details, visit

A vendor awaits customers Thursday at the fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference.
A shopper browses a booth Thursday at the fourth-annual Women’s Success Conference at the IP Casino Resort and Spa.


Hundreds of top professionals from an array of fields convened Thursday to kick off a one-of-a-kind event on the Gulf Coast: The fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference at the IP Resort and Spa.

The conference, which continues Friday, features a lineup of renown keynote speakers and panelists, honors the area’s top female influencers, creates unparalleled networking opportunities and offers amenities such as workshops, breakout sessions and beauty and artisan pavilions.

Speakers led a variety of workshops Thursday, covering topics such as developing a one-page business plan, grant-seeking strategies, beating burnout and “becoming the CEO of your life.” Participants are invited to recharge and connect as they take advantage of the valuable resources SUCCESS has made available under one roof — intended to inspire and empower each woman to reach her full potential. In keeping with the theme “Going Vertical,” attendees will find tools to elevate them not only in their careers, but in every facet of life.

Candace Morgan (left) and Renee Ricciotti (right) address participants in a “How to Play with the Big Boys” workshop.

To learn more about the conference, including a full list of speakers and activities, visit

Attendees enjoy a GROW workshop Thursday morning at the fourth-annual success conference.
Attendees listen to a speaker during a GROW workshop Thursday at the fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference.

Speaker LaShaundra McCarty leads a GROW workshop Thursday — opening day of the fourth-annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport was among the vendors represented Thursday at the SUCCESS Women’s Conference.

4th Annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference is expanding to two-day conference

Inspiring, empowering, connecting, recharging

4th Annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference is Sept. 20 and 21 in Biloxi

Popular women’s event expanding to two-day conference

Internationally recognized motivational speaker Lisa Nichols will be the kickstarter keynote speaker for the 4th annual SUCCESS Women’s Conference on Sept. 20 and 21 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi.

Nichols, founder and CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc., is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as a media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, her courage and determination have inspired fans worldwide and helped audiences break through to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. She is a best-selling author of six books, and her seventh, “Abundance Now,” has been published by HarperCollins.

Keynote speakers for the Friday Luncheon are the Roberts Sisters: Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America”; Sally-Ann Roberts, former anchor at WWL-TV New Orleans; and Dorothy Roberts, owner of Robin’s Nest in the Pass.

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The theme for the SUCCESS Women’s Conference is “Going Vertical.” Now in its fourth year, the event has grown to two days and expects to attract 900 attendees this year. More than 50 presenters are slated.

Thursday’s GROW sessions will be hands-on workshops with tracks for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, non-profit leaders and those who need to re-energize.

The conference is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day. One-day tickets are $99, two-day tickets are $179, VIP Experience tickets are $295 and ELITE VIP Experience tickets are $599 and can be purchased at Special room rates are available at the IP Casino, Resort & Spa and registered attendees can take advantage of 2-for-1 tickets to the Renaissance the Runway fashion experience, held Sept. 20 at the IP Casino.

Tables, expo booths and sponsorships also are available.

SUCCESS is a unique experience designed to inspire, empower, connect and recharge women. It has become the largest conference for professional women in the state. The participants will:

  • Hear nationally recognized, forward-leaning speakers and panelists.
  • Participate in roundtable discussions, mentoring sessions and breakout sessions.
  • Join in recognizing top women influencers in the region during the awards.
  • Shop and experience demos in the Beauty Pavilion and Gifted Hands Artisan Pavilion.
  • Network and connect with key businesswomen in the market.

One of the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the Top Influencers Awards during the Friday luncheon, where 18 women will be honored and one of them will receive a Lifetime Achievement honor of The Coast’s Most Influential Woman. An up-and-coming power leader will be named a One-To-Watch Influencer.


The conference also will feature morning and afternoon breakout sessions and panel discussions led by other speakers offering expertise on a number of topics:

  • “Overcoming Fear and Starting Now”
  •  “How to Play with the Big Boys”
  • “Don’t Let Stress Sabotage Your Career”
  • “How to Build a Seven-figure Sales Team”
  • “Making it profitable”
  • “Developing Win-Win Relationships”
  • “Grant Seeking Strategies”
  • “Where The Heck is the Exit?”

The conference was founded by Kearn Cherry of PRN Homecare Services and Dorothy Wilson of Gulf Coast Woman magazine, with the help of several others. Founding sponsors are Gulf Coast Woman Magazine and PRN Homecare Services; partnering sponsors, Women’s Resource Center; venue sponsor, IP Casino Resort Spa; other key sponsors: Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort; Lowe’s; Infusionsoft; 3M; Ingalls Shipbuilding; Garden Park Medical Center; Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; Medical Analysis; Sun Herald Multimedia; Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport; SouthGroup Insurance Services Gulf Coast; Mississippi Power; Hope Hematology Oncology Partners; Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union; Intersections Inc.; Robin’s Nest in the Pass; Law Office of Becky Farrell, PLLC; Dale Partners; Coast Electric Power Association; Christy Pickering, CPA, and BEPS.

For more information about the SUCCESS Women’s Conference, visit; call (228) 539-2422 or email

Marked for Success

SUCCESS is a unique experience designed to inspire, empower and mentor businesswomen in the three-county region of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It will attract more than 800 leading professionals who are managers, executives and entrepreneurs.