Thursday | October 24, 2019

4 PM - 6 PM: Barnes & Noble Book Signing

The public is welcome to attend this event.
Author Academy Elite authors may sign their books.

Polaris Fashion Mall is within walking distance from the Hilton Polaris Hotel

1560 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240

8 PM - 9:30 PM: Opening Night Party with Conference Speakers

VIP Tickets Only

Friday | October 25, 2019

8 AM - 1:00 PM: Spark Day Business Building Experience


We call it Spark Day—a time intentionally dedicated to growing your business. Facilitated by business coach David Branderhorst, this session will provide you with clear action steps for increasing your influence, impact, and income. Spark Day is only available for VIP Ticketholders and includes an exclusive Spark Day lunch prepared by the on-site chef.

Igniting Souls Conference Begins

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Red Carpet Sessions


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: VIP Dinner


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Red Carpet Meet & Greet




Over 80% of the population dreams of one day writing a book, but fewer than 1% ever do. Veteran publishing executive turned national bestselling author Skip Prichard will share what happens when you turn your dream into a reality. Learn how to overcome the challenges along the way and why it’s now possible to avoid amateur mistakes. Discover how your words have the power to change someone's world. 

Saturday | October 26, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM: Conference Main Sessions


We are creatures of comparison. From a young age we judge our ranking on the playground of life. Who’s prettier, stronger, faster, richer, or more popular? Social media may not be the enemy when it comes to comparison, but it’s certainly not your friend. Like it or not, other people’s lives are thrust into our faces every day thanks to mainstream marketing and smartphones. While you didn’t choose to be born into this world of comparison, you can choose to implement a strategy that will help you measure up and win the comparison struggle.

Although we spend our days searching for tactics, strategies, and “how-to” tips, we often overlook the superpower we already possess. What if you knew what it was and how you could leverage it on daily basis? Three simple tweaks can make all the difference. Award-winning author, international speaker, and sought-after television and radio guest Carrie Wilkerson will show you how.

All the knowledge, tricks, and tips in the world mean nothing if you lack an engaged email list. Nathan Barry, founder and CEO of ConvertKit, helps content creators earn a profit from their passion. In this session, you’ll discover why an email list is crucial to growing your business, how to use email marketing to create loyal fans and followers, and what to write in your emails to increase impact. Both beginners and pros will walk away with a clear action plan for optimizing online engagement.

You don’t need to have the writing skills of Ernest Hemingway, the following of Sarah Blakely, or the bankroll of Elon Musk in order to get your work in front of millions. Through an easy-to-follow process, entrepreneurs can now hone their understanding of their target audience and craft content that truly reaches the vast market. In this session, Dave Chesson will combine his SEO knowledge and website development experience to help you stand out in the marketplace and create buzz for your business. 

In this one-of-a-kind presentation, you will be visited by Harriet Tubman (played by award-winning actress Betty Jewell Slater) and experience the power of the spoken word. Identify what’s keeping you captive. Clarify what’s holding you hostage. Discover how to break free from the chains of slavery in life and business.

Since the beginning of time, we’ve been gazing at our neighbor’s lawn, trying to see whose grass is greener. Thanks to the internet, we now have access to billions of backyards—at all hours of the day and night. But grass is no longer the focus. We’ve migrated to followers, dollars, and views. Our competition isn’t found in the marketplace. It’s found in the mirror. We don’t need to change the world—we need to change ourselves. And somewhere in the process, we’ll end up changing both. Chief Igniter, Kary Oberbrunner shows you how to discover your true value and then charge that rate for your products and services.

Age is a mindset—nothing more, nothing less. Throughout history, those who made their mark didn’t ask for permission. They didn’t make apologies either. Author, pastor, and community leader Dean Fulks shows you how to maximize your minutes by investing in eternity.

Sunday | October 27, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Conference Main Sessions


Do good things come to those who wait or those who act? Too often we’re told to sit still and stay patient. But is this always the best path? What if there were a proven process to speed up promotion? In this session, award-winning international speaker Dexter Godfrey unpacks four principles that will help you get where you want to go in business and life without wasting time.

Too many times, we stare at the mountain ahead of us and experience overwhelm. Our confidence crumbles. Our faith falters. We don’t know what to do. Should we write a post, schedule a webinar, create a livestream, draft an email, build a course, or write the next book? Remove fear, doubt, and worry by using the micro-launch method. In this session, business coaches David Branderhorst and Niccie Kliegl will help you overcome paralysis by analysis with a simple strategy we use in our online business every single day.   

Learn how to create a brand that is exciting, curated, and true to you. Nick Francis—CEO of SkySprout, a leading digital marketing agency—will reveal his trusted formula to magnify your presence both on and offline. You’ll realize a powerful framework that blends social media with social events to create social impact. Discover which online platforms to use and how to leverage them for maximum results. Reach more customers, readers, and followers through simple and effective digital marketing.

You need to create content, but you’re staring at a blinking cursor. The deadline looms over your head, but the words just won’t come. Books don’t write themselves…or do they? Learn how to write your book, website content, and marketing promotions simply and easily using cutting-edge software to guide you every step of the way. Get ready for the new push-button solution to all your writing needs. Expert marketer Jim Edwards demonstrates the brand-new tool that takes the guesswork out of creating content for your business.   

You’ve been created to create, and it’s time to admit that you’re in a battle of one. Marathons and mountaintops share one thing in common—both are reached by taking your next best step. Discover a proven path to ignite your faith and then your soul It’s time to win the war and transform your world.