American Mothers 81st Annual Conference

American Mothers, Inc. to Celebrate 81st Annual Conference Three Day Event to Feature Keynote by Elizabeth Smart and Presentations by Health and Nutrition Experts

Washington, DC: American Mothers, Inc.®, a national non-profit dedicated to honoring and supporting mothers at home, at work and in the world, announce details for its 81st Annual National Conference. The event will take place at The Willard Hotel in Washington DC April 24-26, 2016.

The theme of the 2016 conference is “#MomStrong” reflective of American Mothers’ focus on issues facing women worldwide, including health, nutrition, human trafficking and predatory crimes against children. It culminates on the night of April 26th with the American Mothers Gala, during which the 2016 National Mother of the Year® will be announced from state honorees from around the country. Attendees will also be recognized on Capitol Hill, where they will visit their Congressional delegations and host the American Mothers Congressional Reception honoring the 85 million American Mothers making a difference on the evening of Monday, April 25th in room SVC 212-10 from 5:30-7:30pm.

The American Mothers Conference keynote will be delivered by Elizabeth Smart on April 25 at 12:00pm at a special luncheon. She will be joined by her mother, Lois Smart, and will talk about her personal experience with kidnapping at age 14 and subsequent release almost a year later. Smart, who is also a bestselling author and new mother, works tirelessly to stop victimization of children and raise awareness for parents through The Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

“There’s never been a more important time for mothers to connect and celebrate motherhood,” says Dianne Callister, American Mothers national president. “For 81 years, American Mothers have changed lives and we are honored to welcome, Elizabeth Smart to Washington, DC and hear about her work as a mother and activist keeping families safe from predatory crimes. She exemplifies our #MomStrong convention theme.”

Other speakers at the conference include Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, MS, RD, and President of Food Directions who will discuss healthy eating for families. Johnson’s unique experience as a registered dietician, mother of two and past employment at the executive level with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Capitol Hill allow her to bring comprehensive answers on eating well.  She will be joined by Brad Lloyd, a personal trainer from New York City, who’s “Rag Workout” has been recognized nationally for getting fit without hitting the gym. Lloyd, prior to his nine years of personal training experience was a linebacker for Eastern Michigan University.

The American Mothers National Convention has been held annually since 1935, when Sarah Delano Roosevelt presented the first American Mother of the Year award. To view the agenda, visit http://www.americanmothers.org/convention-2016.
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About American Mothers, Inc.®
American Mothers, Inc.® is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach. American Mothers, Inc is the official sponsor of Mother’s Day. It is also the organization responsible for annually selecting the National Mother of the Year and National Mother of Achievement from candidates across the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit www.AmericanMothers.org. Media passes, interview requests, photos and video can be requested via email at info@americanmothers.org.

Media Contact:
Andrea Ball, American Mothers Executive Director andrea@americanmothers.org
301/335-2715 mobile/text