Rise Up. Rise Above.

The power of peace to transform our politics and preserve our democracy

Women have the power to truly transform their communities and our nation to be more peaceful, ethical, and just.  

Each of us has a part to play in building peace and community — come discover yours.

Join us for this year's annual MWEG Conference on March 23, 2024, at Utah Valley University*. 

*Virtual tickets are also available to watch the livestream of the conference. All ticket holders will have access to watch the recordings of the conference following the event.


8:30 AM — Check-in begins for in-person attendees

9 AM — Welcome

9:15 AM — Keynote speaker // Danielle Coke Balfour

10:15 AM — Block 1 workshops

11:15 AM — Block 2 workshops

12:15 PM — Lunch break

1 PM — Plenary speaker // Melissa Inouye

2:10 PM — Block 3 workshops

3:15 PM — Closing remarks // Emma Petty Addams and Jennifer Walker Thomas

3:30 PM — Post-conference mingle and networking 

Additional speaker and workshop information coming soon!

*Schedule and speakers subject to change*


Featured Speakers

Danielle Coke Balfour
Danielle Coke Balfour is a graphic designer turned artist, advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Oh Happy Dani, an illustration-based educational platform that uses artwork and resources to make complex ideas more accessible and help others seek justice while staying hopeful. Driven by her desire to encourage everyday advocates to do good daily in their spheres of influence using their passions and skills, she’s fostered a community of over half a million people across social media. She’s also the author of her debut book: “A Heart on Fire: 100 Meditations on Loving Your Neighbors Well.”

Danielle has creatively partnered with brands like Target, Adobe, Dell, and Meta, and has opened a successful online shop where she sells her art and resources. Whether creating art, speaking in front of audiences, or running her business, Danielle hopes to inspire others to embody their values and live a life of sustainable activism by using what they have to impact the world around them.
Melissa Inouye
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye is a Historian at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland. Her first book, a history of Christianity in China, is titled China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church. 

Dr. Inouye has written or edited multiple books at the intersection of faith and scholarship. Two books co-published by Deseret Book and the BYU Maxwell Institute include a memoir called Crossings: a bald Asian American Latter-day Saint woman scholar’s ventures through life, death, cancer, and motherhood (not necessarily in that order), and a collection of essays titled Every Needful Thing: Essays on the Life of the Mind and Heart. Her most recent book, published by Deseret Book, is titled Sacred Struggle: Seeking Christ on the Path of Most Resistance. 

She is a senior fellow with the Foundation of Religious Diplomacy and has worked for years to facilitate sincere conversations about the things that divide people most deeply. She lives in Draper, Utah, with her husband, four kids, and hairy dog.


We don't want the registration price to be a barrier that keeps anyone from attending, so we are offering conference scholarships. Click below and fill out the short form to apply.


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