DAY ONE         VIP PARTY         DAY TWO     
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The most inspiring conference of the year is back!

The theme is “Deep Roots, Big Dreams,” inspired by the South’s most iconic women — women like Dolly Parton, Oprah, and Reese Witherspoon.

But it’s not just about aesthetics. Get ready for inspiring speakers, life-changing messages, delicious snacks and drinks, and the kind of fun surprises you’ve come to love and expect at Inspiration Lab events.

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 We’ll be pulling out all the stops with the most Instagram-worthy conference you’ve attended in years.


As always, we’ll be filling the conference stage with women from across the region and the country because we want to see more women on more stages.

We’ll be pouring ourselves a big cup of ambition while we explore how we need deep roots in order to dream big. We’ll talk about setting goals that challenge us while making sure we wrap them in grace because we want to crush our goals — we don’t want them to crush us


We’ll be a soft place to land and a strong place to launch, knowing we need more women in more places and in more leadership roles. You know… women leading from the front, from the back, from the middle, from behind the scenes, and from the spotlight. Leadership is influence and influence knows no boundaries.

We’ll discuss mental health, resilience, and hope. We’ll examine how to invest in rest and how to implement self-care practices because self-care isn’t selfish; it’s strategic. We’ll explore what it means to be confident and competent. And we invite you to come as you are… triumphant and ready to rock, exhausted and ready to break into pieces, or maybe a little of both. 

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We’ll take our cues from the songbook of Dolly — you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you very well could end up doing both at the same time. As the lady who is our No. 1 inspiration for this conference says, “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

And when we have deep roots, when we know who we are and we do it on purpose (as Dolly likes to say), we can dream big and follow Oprah’s advice to “create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.”

At this two-day event, we’ll celebrate ambition, taking risks, and betting on yourself! 

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Get ready for Instagram-worthy photo booths, delicious food, and — most importantly — panels and talks and workshops and activities and more that will change your life. Talented speakers and industry experts will lead the way, but the opportunity to connect with not just them but also fellow attendees will leave your cup filled to the brim.

Our Signature Conference Day will be on November 3

And if you want to maximize your conference experience, join us on November 2 for programming exclusively on the topic of real estate.

During our official Real Estate Day, immerse yourself in all things related to residential real estate through traditional sessions, interactive workshops, and mastermind groups. You’ll have plenty of time to network with agents, team leaders, vendors, and sponsors. What’s more is we’re expanding the invite list for this special day. At the request of many Inspi Lab members, friends, and sponsors, you will be able to bring your entire real estate team to the conference. While our speaker list will be entirely made up of women — this is the ladies’ time to shine! — the event itself will be co-ed for the first time in Inspiration Lab history.



Our Real Estate Day and Signature Conference Day will be separated by one thing: a VIP Cocktail Party. The glitz! The glam! The fancy drinks! The intimate networking!

Join us on the evening of November 2 for a sophisticated and elegant gathering complete with an open bar, delicious Southern-inspired food, surprise guests, and the opportunity to network with conference speakers, sponsors, and other attendees. This just might be the most fun you’ll have on a Tuesday night all year.  By getting a ticket to the VIP cocktail party you will also get to enjoy premium reserved seating each day of the Conference. Plus, we’ll have small gifts for you each day too!



If you have a group of 8 or more people who would like to attend The Inspiration Lab Conference, please reach out to for group pricing.



The Inspiration Lab Conference will take place at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Escape to historic downtown Wilmington and witness one of the best sunsets in the state of North Carolina at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront. Enjoy comfortable lodging, an on-site restaurant, and your very own suite… but leave the umbrella at home because the Embassy Suites is adjoined to the Wilmington Convention Center! Rain or shine, we invite you to take advantage of our room block by clicking here.



Want to stay somewhere at the beach? Only a 15-minute drive from the conference venue is The Blockade Runner, a beloved resort on beautiful Wrightsville Beach.


Other local favorites include The Hive, Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center, and Hotel Ballast. And, of course, Airbnb opportunities are plentiful.

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There is a parking garage available at the Embassy Suites and the Wilmington Convention Center.  If you are staying at the Embassy Suites under the room block, they do provide discounted daily parking at $5 per day.  If you are driving to the event and planning on leaving your car in the garage, it costs up to $13 per day.  However, there are other options nearby, including: street parking with parking meters, taking an Uber or a Lyft downtown, and public transportation.



If you'll be joining us by plane, you'll be flying into ILM Airport.


You can also fly into RDU Airport and drive 2.5 hours to our Port City.





This is your chance to get the lowest price for the conference ever. Don’t wait, tickets are likely to sell out!

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Nov 2

Real Estate Day 


  • Self-Care for Real Estate Professionals

  • Interactive Scripts & Presentation Skills

  • Delegation & Leveraging Your Most Limited Resource: Time

  • Why You Need More Than Just a Headshot: How to Use Lifestyle Photos to Build Your Brand 


  • Getting & Leveraging Reviews

  • Recruiting & Hiring 101

  • Creative Client Events, Gifts, Contests & More

And that’s not all. Because we know it’s well-rounded teams that lead to successful real estate businesses, we’ll have sessions and topics that apply beyond real estate agents. If you’re an assistant, operations manager, marketing manager, transaction coordinator, etc, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to dive deep into the administrative side of real estate.


Nov 2

VIP Party

Also on November 2, we’re adding an extra layer of sophistication and elegance with our first-ever VIP cocktail party. After the day’s sessions have concluded, you’ll have the chance to get dolled up before we gather again for an exclusive mixer.  Enjoy an open bar and delicious Southern food as you mingle with fellow attendees, conference sponsors, and surprise guests.


Nov 3

Signature Conference Day


  • Opening Keynote: Deep Roots & Big Dreams

  • Resilience & Mental Health

  • Confidence & Credibility

  • Goal Setting

Frequently asked questions

What is The Inspiration Lab Conference?

The Inspiration Lab Conference is an opportunity for women from all walks of life to gather in person for inspiration, education, and personal and professional development. For this in-person, two-day event, our theme is “Deep Roots, Big Dreams” — so pour yourself a cup of ambition and get ready to change your life.

Where is The Inspiration Lab Conference being held?

All of The Inspiration Lab Conference events will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, on November 2 and 3, 2021.

Who should come to the Signature Conference Day on November 3?

The Inspiration Lab Conference’s Signature Conference Day is perfect for working women who want to grow personally and professionally so they can experience sustained success. Attendees will hear from engaging speakers who have real-world tools and takeaways that you can implement right away. Women from all walks of life — from CEOs to small business owners to young professionals — will be in attendance.

Who should come to the Real Estate Day on November 2?

If you work in residential real estate or any related industries, the first day of The Inspiration Lab Conference is especially for you. Many of our Inspiration Lab members and event attendees work in this field, so the content is specifically curated for real estate professionals. On this day, we’ll dive deep into the world of real estate with strategies, tips, tools, and resources. The programming will be enhanced by peer-led mastermind sessions that will allow you to drill down even more on the topics you’re most interested in. Real estate agents, broker / owners, those who work on the administrative side, and marketing mavens are all invited to take part, and experts in these areas will be on hand to share their wisdom.

What is the VIP Cocktail Party?

After 2020 and the first half of 2021, we’re all in search of connection. The VIP cocktail party on November 2 will be an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and conference speakers — and an excuse to dress up — as we enjoy Southern fare with an open bar. By getting a ticket to the VIP cocktail party you will also get to enjoy premium reserved seating each day of the Conference. Plus, we’ll have small gifts for you each day too!

Is this a women’s conference?

While The Inspiration Lab Conference is geared toward women and will exclusively feature female speakers, all are welcome to attend either day of the conference and the VIP cocktail party. If there are women in your life — and we’re pretty sure there are! — you’ll find applicable takeaways regardless of your own gender.

Is lunch included with a conference ticket?

On both days, lunch is on your own. You will have around two hours to stretch your legs, get fresh air, and find some great local food. We recommend making a reservation at a nearby restaurant within walking distance of the venue or taking an Uber or your car to lunch elsewhere in the great city of Wilmington. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront, which is connected to the convention center and has wonderful river views, restaurant Steam.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Refunds are not available, but tickets can be reassigned up to seven days before the event.

What should I wear?

You should wear whatever you enjoy the most! On both days of The Inspiration Lab Conference, you’ll see lots of dresses (because it’s the South and we love a good dress), jeans, heels, boots, blazers, sneakers... but just wear what you love! For out-of-towners, we advise you to check the weather before packing. The usual daytime temperature in Wilmington in November is a high of 69 degrees and a low of 51 degrees. As always, we are building beautiful, custom photo booths that you will certainly want a photo or two in, so be camera-ready! And if you register for our VIP cocktail party, we encourage you to glam it up as much as you want.

Where is the beach in relation to the conference venue?

The conference venue is in historic Downtown Wilmington (think Charleston, but smaller and with less traffic). But you can have your toes in the sand, literally, at Wrightsville Beach within 15-20 minutes of driving by car from the Wilmington Convention Center or the Embassy Suites. Once you’re there, you’ll see why they predict the population to double by 2040 in our little coastal dream town!
If you plan to come to town early or stay late, we’d be happy to give you a list of some of our favorite Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach fall activities. Email for our suggestions.

What if I am by myself?

No problem — and high-five for being brave. We’re sure you won’t be the only one flying solo. The good news is this is the most kind, sweet, friendly group of women on earth. We can’t wait to meet you and neither can Inspiration Lab Conference veterans. On either day, look for Inspi Lab ambassadors who can show you the ropes. We’ll also have greeters who’ll be oozing southern hospitality.

Is there parking on-site?

See parking info.

Is seating assigned?

On both days, seats are first come, first served, with the exception of reserved seats for premium ticket holders and select sponsors.

Can I buy a ticket on the day of the conference?

If we don’t sell out, yes. We’ll have more details leading up to the conference if this looks like it will be an option, but we recommend you don’t wait. We’ve sold out many, many events, and we are always so sad when you email and call us and we can’t get you a seat because we have legitimately filled every single chair.

What if the event sells out?

We’ll create a waitlist for those who want to attend and connect them with any ticket-holders who want to transfer and sell their tickets.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

Yes! If you need to transfer your ticket (or if you bought a ticket for someone else), shoot us an email and we can transfer it up to seven days before the event.

What if my question is not listed here?

We would love to answer any other questions you might have! Send The Inspiration Lab’s Membership Manager, Lisa Barrett, an email at, and she’ll be happy to help you.

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