First Annual Moms Rock! Expo Kicks Off May 2-3, 2015 At Minneapolis Convention Center

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Moms Rock! two-day expo celebrates and empowers Minnesota moms to live life easier with Real-Talk panels, live demos and access to the best of local resources. Confirmed celebrity guest speakers include Tamera Mowry-Housley, Lee Woodruff and Jaime Primak-Sullivan.

Moms Rock! Expo

Moms Rock! Expo

Moms Rock! Expo is about more than just giving moms a break with some great speakers and opportunities to develop new friendships! It’s also about giving experts and our business community a chance to build stronger relationships with moms.

The “mother” of all expos is coming to Minnesota! The first annual Moms Rock! Expo, dedicated to celebrating and empowering moms, kicks off May 2-3, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Featuring a vibrant mix of expert panels and celebrity speakers, the two-day expo will help moms live life easier with expert parenting tips, everyday secrets for success and access to the best resources available for balancing home, work and family.

Today’s moms face challenges like no other generation prior. These are strong moms doing it all: raising a healthy family; having a fulfilling career; taking care of aging parents; fostering relationships; our military moms integrating smoothly into the civilian workforce; and, above all, teaching their sons and daughters the importance of cultivating a better, stronger community.

“It’s mission critical that moms feel like they have the flexibility and quality time needed to raise their children to be productive citizens,” said Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, founder of Moms Rock! Expo. “This event brings attention to the need for all of us to support work-life balance.”

Guest speakers and panelists -- featuring, but not limited to, "The Real" co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley (who just announced her second pregnancy), New York Times best-selling author and "CBS This Morning" contributor Lee Woodruff and creative producer and star of Bravo’s "Jersey Belle" Jaime Primak-Sullivan -- will touch on a variety of topics. Discussions will include blended families, running home businesses, best discipline practices, divorce and death, creating time for nutritious meals and financial security.

Event highlights include:
• Local and celebrity mom keynotes
• Interactive “Real Talk” panels on hot-button parenting topics
• “We Get Moms” Career Fair
• Mom and parenting resources

  • Shopping and sampling from over 100 local and national vendors

• Beauty and makeup demos
• Insider fashion tips, including getting designer looks for less
• and much more!

“Moms Rock! Expo is about more than just giving moms a break with some great speakers and opportunities to develop new friendships -- although there will be plenty of that, and shopping, too!,” Smith-Akinsanya explained. “It’s also about giving experts and our business community a chance to build stronger relationships with moms, who often make most of the day-to-day purchasing, education and recreation decisions in their households.”

Moms Rock! Expo takes place Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, located at 1301 2nd Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. Expo sponsors include 3M, Microsoft and U.S. Bank. Media partners include HERLIFE Magazine and KARE 11.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth, 5-17, and free for children under 5. For tickets or more information, please visit

Limited exhibitor space is available via
Corporations can reserve space in the “We Get Moms” Career Fair by visiting


WHAT: Moms Rock! Expo Two-Day Expo
WHO: Celebrity guest speakers Tamera Mowry-Housley, Lee Woodruff and Jaime Primak-Sullivan, area experts, and, of course, moms!
WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10am - 5pm and Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10am - 4pm
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D. 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403
TICKETS: Single day tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Youth (5-17); children under 5 are free.

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About Moms Rock!
Moms Rock! Expo mission is to provide moms with a platform they can count on yearly to access the best up-to-date information and advice on How to Live Life Easier and Healthier—everything from raising healthy and well educated children, developing and maintaining loving relationships with friends and family, their health and well-being to making money, saving for retirement, continue looking fabulous!—all while enjoying and experiencing an amazing weekend of fun with other moms to learn, grow, share, connect, and of course shop!

About Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, Founder and Executive Producer
Sharon Smith-Akinsanya has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and fundraiser. Sharon is a strong advocate for women and is dedicated to the wealth, and overall success of moms, women, and girls everywhere. Sharon is a mom of 1 and lives in Hopkins, MN with her mother, Amanda, and her daughter, Rae.

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