leaders and speakers

Writing is man's feeble attempt to

make sense of tragedy and cling to joy.

Elizabeth Oates
Founder, Author, Speaker

Elizabeth is an author, speaker, (occasional) blogger, and podcaster who is passionate about marriage, foster care, faith, and helping others realize that they are not defined by their past.      


She has spent that past ten years writing books, blogging, writing for print and online platforms, and speaking. Elizabeth founded Collab Conference for writers out of her desire to equip and encourage women seeking what she once wanted out of a writer's conference. 

Elizabeth earned a BA from Baylor University and an MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has written three books including Dealing with Divorce, If You Could See as Jesus Sees, and Mending Broken Branches.

In 2019, she teamed up with Kara-Kae James to bring you a new podcast . . . "Asking for a Friend: Helping Women Rethink the Way They View Themselves, the Church, and the World." 

Elizabeth and her husband, Brandon, live in Waco, Texas. Together they are raising an eclectic crew of kids, including three biological and two they adopted through foster care. 

You can read more from Elizabeth at www.elizabethoates.com

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

- Henry Ford

Kat Lee
Author, Speaker

Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is the author of the Hello Mornings book (published by Thomas Nelson), a speaker, podcaster, and the founder of HelloMornings.org.


She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas,

with their three children.

You can follow Kat at www.hellomornings.org

Collab Conference 2020

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You should spend as much time and effort becoming a better writer as you do building and growing your platform.

Jana Burson
Literary Agent, Speaker

Jana has 16+ years of experience working in the publishing industry and currently works as a literary agent with the Christopher Ferebee Agency.


She started out in 2003 working in publicity at Thomas Nelson Publishers. By 2005 she was the Director of Publicity for the Hachette Book Group, Nashville Division, where she oversaw the orchestration and execution of campaigns for a large number of New York Times bestselling titles. Rounding out her experience prior to becoming a literary agent, Jana transitioned to Acquisitions Editor in 2010 for the Hachette Book Group and had the pleasure of acquiring and editing multiple bestselling authors. In 2014, Jana left Hachette and launched The Burson Agency, which provides both literary agent services and various consulting services.

In 2016, Jana joined The Christopher Ferebee agency and continues to represent inspiring and life-changing books from men and women that want to impact culture one heart at a time.

You can find read more about Jana by clicking here.

Just be you, because you are good enough.

Dr. Stefani Reinold
Speaker, Author, Psychiatrist 

Dr. Stefani Reinold is a board certified psychiatrist, women's mental health expert, podcast host of the show, It's Not About the Food, and author of the book, Let Your Heart Out.


Her mission is to help women escape the details of life, reconnect with their hearts, and live out God's divine purpose for their lives.


When she's not treating patients, empowering women, or sharing truth bombs, she enjoys relaxing at home with her husband and two children. 

You can follow Stefani at www.stefanireinoldmd.com

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. 

Nicki Wilson
Speaker, Online Entrepreneur

Nicki has successfully launched a collection of digital courses that teach women to find freedom to love themselves so they can pursue their calling and purpose in life. She runs a high-level mastermind and business coaching for female entrepreneurs with online businesses or an online presence. 

Nicki has a BA in Social Work from Baylor University. She and her husband own over 50 successful franchises across the nation. They live in Waco, Texas where they are raising their three children and multiple pups.

Find out more about Nicki at www.nicki-wilson.com

Live a good story.

Vanessa LeRow
Emcee, Blogger

Vanessa is a wife, mom, mother-in-law, writer, and grace lover. On good days, she takes a shower, calls her four children by all their right names, cooks a hot meal, and kisses her husband goodnight.


On the other 364 days, she embraces grace and the beauty that God makes out of messes.  She is living proof that God restores the broken, redeems the past, and rescues the lost.


Vanessa blogs at www.theRealV.com

It's not how much we give

but how much love we put into giving.

- Mother Teresa

Camille Wilder
Hospitality Director, Writer

Camille Wilder is originally from Colorado, but figures after living in Texas for 20 years and marrying a native, she can officially be called a Texan. She relocated to Waco from Fort Worth in 2017, and has fallen in love with it's unique amenities and charm.

She's been married to her dream guy, Chris, for 14 years and is blessed with three amazing kids: a bonus son, Addison (28), a bonus daughter, Alexandra (27) and her sweet son, Harrison (6).


After recently resigning from her 20 year position as an assistant editor for a non-profit organization, she now enjoys freelance writing, yoga, hanging out with her family, trying out new recipes, blessing her friends with baked goods, and eating lots of chips & queso . . . which she believes should be considered its own food group.

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