Homeschooling Toward the Future

Getting ready for college, career, & life

You want the best future for your child. Navigating the path there is not easy, and it’s getting harder. How do you prepare your child for college, career, and life? This 1-day event designed for parents will give you confidence and the proven steps you need to guide your student to success.

1 Day Event | Thursday, June 28th

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Join us on the beautiful Lipscomb University campus in Nashville for Homeschooling Toward the Future 2018 where we will come together from more than 20 states and 5 countries.

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Homeschooling Toward the Future is part of ICC's annual International Convention (iCON). Learn more!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

8:30am - 5:30pm

Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN


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Includes Special Coach (Parent) Luncheon
Honoring the first coach in each student's life - their parent
Guest speaker - Mary Gunther

This event is designed for parents only.
We ask that you make separate childcare arrangements.

Event Speakers

Featured Speaker

Using the Principles of ICC to to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships! - with Jeannie Burlowski

Learn the 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free. Students as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of possible career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that. Students as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as expert in a career field. And discover why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term.

Jeannie is a full time academic strategist and speaker, and she is the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

“Jeannie presents radical ideas on how to get through college debt-free, such as “exhausted, over-committed students are ordinary.” Even though my son is a senior, I still learned valuable steps we can take to help us plan well for college and beyond."

- Anna Carrion | graduating her last homeschool student, ICC parent

Luncheon Speaker

Changing Perceptions: When Out There Becomes in Here - with Mary Gunther

Transformation doesn’t come from doing something to someone. We come into contact with lots of concepts externally, but transformation doesn’t come until we come into contact with those concepts internally. Our perceptions change when what’s out there becomes internalized. Personal experience transforms our faith and our focus.

Mary Gunther understands what it means to operate in a rapidly changing environment. And she likes it that way! A graduate in the 2nd class of women from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and mother of nine, she has been involved in leadership education for the past 30+ years. After attending her first ICC conference in 2005, she brought ICC conferences to Maryland and started the first ICC Chapter there. Mary holds a certificate in Art Integration across Curriculum from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as a certificate in Christian Nonprofit Leadership from Christian Leadership Alliance. She assumed her current role Chief Influence Officer in May 2017. Mary lives in Annapolis MD with her husband and a rapidly changing at any time number of children.

Teach from the Future: Preparing Our Kids to Be Future-Ready Grown-Ups - with Teresa Moon

In a world that is changing so rapidly, how do we prepare for a future we can’t see? We can learn a lot from the trends in education, business, and ministry. Universities and employers are more clear than ever about just what they’re looking for. Discover reliable resources for educating future-ready influencers.

ICC founder, Dr. Teresa Moon continues to serve as the organization’s President and CEO. Her mentees have spoken at the White House, Congress, the G8 Summit, the United Nations and in a dozen other countries. After 30 years of training organizational leaders, teachers, parents, students, and youth workers in every state in America, and in Canada, China, and Singapore, Dr. Moon is more committed than ever to equipping authentic leaders who engage and transform culture.

Real Practice for the Real World - with Yvonne Hagood

What are the soft skills employers are looking for? Interviews, round table, speaking with little preparation - we get those skills through practice environemnts.

Yvonne Hagood has a passion to see people experience a growing relationship with the Lord. After attending an ICC conference in 2009, they became involved in a local chapter and was excited to learn ICC was not just about training competent speakers but also equipping Christians to impact their culture. Since then she has watched her children grow through various leadership positions and even travel as touring interns to train students across the country and Singapore. Yvonne has also developed her own skills as she’s served in several roles in the organization. Currently she is serving as the Global Director of Planning and Programming. Her husband, Dana, is a great encouragement and supports her work with the organization.

Learning for Life: Bringing Digital & Physical Together - with Eunice Au

In a tech world, we need touch. But we need tech in our touch world. Digital + physical is the future of learning. The future is online, and it’s absolutely essential for growing our kids for the future that we use digital and physical learning. They need to learn how to handle it now, to use social media well and with character, and to be able to pull what they learn online into real life.

Eunice is an avid reader and loves learning. Ever since she received her Online Teaching Certificate from the University of Wisconsin, she’s been energized to create online learning experiences within the ICC Academy. She is the chapter founder of SayWhat, founded in 2008, and serves on the Northeast Area Leadership team. When she is not mentoring Christians to be ready for influence, she enjoys gardening, cooking curry, and running 5K races with her adult daughters.

What Colleges Are Really Looking for and & How to Get Your Kids Ready to Be Successful When They Get There - with Michele Wilcher

What is higher education looking for? They want a connection between competence and character. Being ready for higher ed is being ready for the real world.

Michele was first introduced to ICC while employed as the Associate Director of Admissions at Regent University and was tasked with hosting the ICC’s summer international convention, iCON, on the Regent campus. Michele’s background in event, marketing and data management coupled with the thirty plus years of youth ministry that she and husband Scott have completed, combine to give Michele a unique set of gifts that she excitedly shares with ICC. Michele has three grown children and two amazing grandchildren.

“I feel like I can trust Michele's advice because of her experience in college admissions. It was much more broad than a Mom telling us what worked for her family. She gave me several tips that I will be implementing.”

- Gina Norr | Educator, homeschool parent of 4

The Value of Community: Going Farther Together - with Dede Ruff

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This African proverb sums up the value of community. Something powerful happens when we share experiences and build connections with others. We’ll explore ways to apply the principles learned at the Homeschooling Toward the Future event into real mentoring and learning communities that propel our students to go farther as we prepare them for what’s next.

Dede Ruff is passionate about helping families find connection in communities that foster growth and character development. She learned the value of community 6 years ago when she first sought to teach her own children communication skills that developed servant leadership. As ICC’s Southeast Area Coordinator, she mentors families in the Southeast and connects them to opportunities to go farther together. She also enjoys reading and helping her husband run their sixth-generation family business in the smalltown community of Ridgeway, SC.