Behind the Scenes—The People Who Make It Happen

Women of Faith is a conference designed specifically for women. It is owned by Thomas Nelson. We do about 30 of these events a year in cities all across America.

When I tell people about these conferences for the first time, they usually envision small church meetings with maybe a couple of thousand women. The reality is that these conferences are held in large sports arenas in major metropolitan areas. The average attendance is 13,000-plus. They are as polished and professional as any large performance event you have ever attended.The conferences feature world-class speakers, singers, and dramatists. They get a lot of praise—and rightly so. They are outstanding. But none of this could happen without the enormously dedicated operations and production staff who set up the event and take it down week after week. They are the real heroes. They make everything else possible. I, for one, am very grateful for their dedication, diligence, and professionalism.

Recently, Dave Koss, the video director for our Live Events division, put together a brilliant, time-lapse video showing the entire setup and takedown of a Women of Faith event. If you have never been, this “shoehorns” the whole experience into three minutes and forty-three seconds. I can’t believe they do this 30 times a year! (That doesn’t even count 16 additional Revolve events for teen girls.)

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  • http://www.cosproductions.com/ Sheila

    That was incredible!!! Now I want to go see one live!!

  • http://www.cosproductions.com Sheila

    That was incredible!!! Now I want to go see one live!!

  • http://www.starliteministries.org/ Amy Beth

    I have so been hoping you would write about the "behind the scenes" of WOF! The video is a fantastic peek into what it takes to make it happen. Thanks for posting it!

  • http://www.starliteministries.org Amy Beth

    I have so been hoping you would write about the “behind the scenes” of WOF! The video is a fantastic peek into what it takes to make it happen. Thanks for posting it!

  • http://www.ramonarichards.com/ Ramona Richards

    That's awesome! And I love the music – perfect energy fit to the video. I've been involved "behind the scenes" with theatrical and live events since I was a teen, and the work involved in turning an empty hall into a place of wonder and inspiration still fascinates me. Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://www.ramonarichards.com Ramona Richards

    That’s awesome! And I love the music – perfect energy fit to the video. I’ve been involved “behind the scenes” with theatrical and live events since I was a teen, and the work involved in turning an empty hall into a place of wonder and inspiration still fascinates me. Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://www.maryrsnyder.com/ Mary Snyder

    I'm exhausted! This is amazing to watch — and I can't imagine doing this one time, much less 30 times.

  • http://www.maryrsnyder.com Mary Snyder

    I’m exhausted! This is amazing to watch — and I can’t imagine doing this one time, much less 30 times.

  • http://www.jillmwilliamson.com/ Jill Williamson

    That was very cool. I love Women of Faith. I've been to the regular conference seven times, once to the national conference, and twice to Revolve. I highly recommend it. They are amazing events. Thanks for sharing that video!

  • http://www.jillmwilliamson.com Jill Williamson

    That was very cool. I love Women of Faith. I’ve been to the regular conference seven times, once to the national conference, and twice to Revolve. I highly recommend it. They are amazing events. Thanks for sharing that video!

  • http://www.goldenkeyesparsons.com/ Golden Keyes Parsons

    Thanks for posting about the "behind-the-scenes" people at Women of Faith. Our daughter has been with the team for about ten years now I believe. She is currently the Operations Manager for Thomas Nelson Live Events. I worked on the traveling staff for two seasons, and know first-hand the dedication, labor and prayer that go into the events. God's spirit and power invade those arenas each time the house lights go down and the music comes up. Thank you for giving credit to the team that makes it happen week after week.

  • http://www.goldenkeyesparsons.com Golden Keyes Parsons

    Thanks for posting about the “behind-the-scenes” people at Women of Faith. Our daughter has been with the team for about ten years now I believe. She is currently the Operations Manager for Thomas Nelson Live Events. I worked on the traveling staff for two seasons, and know first-hand the dedication, labor and prayer that go into the events. God’s spirit and power invade those arenas each time the house lights go down and the music comes up. Thank you for giving credit to the team that makes it happen week after week.

  • http://waym.wayfm.com/ Jeff Brown

    You've brought fond memories back to my mind. 10 or so years ago, I used to travel to WOF dates and help with merch (a guy we affectionately called "Jone-sie" helped manage it all back then).

    Several long-lasting friendships were launched as a result of my time there. Thanks.

  • http://waym.wayfm.com Jeff Brown

    You’ve brought fond memories back to my mind. 10 or so years ago, I used to travel to WOF dates and help with merch (a guy we affectionately called “Jone-sie” helped manage it all back then).

    Several long-lasting friendships were launched as a result of my time there. Thanks.

  • http://www.colleencoble.com/ Colleen Coble

    You are so right, Mike! They are AMAZING! I was blessed to attend several with my first Women of Faith novel, and the ladies are truly remarkable. I was so impressed with the organization of everything behind the scenes. Smiling people running the elevators, directing folks, bringing in food to the green room, organizing the A/V equipment. This video is amazing!

  • http://www.colleencoble.com Colleen Coble

    You are so right, Mike! They are AMAZING! I was blessed to attend several with my first Women of Faith novel, and the ladies are truly remarkable. I was so impressed with the organization of everything behind the scenes. Smiling people running the elevators, directing folks, bringing in food to the green room, organizing the A/V equipment. This video is amazing!

  • http://www.heartchoices.com/ Debbie Petras

    I've been to Women of Faith once and loved it. I'm excited about attending later this year when they come to Peoria, Arizona.

    I'm amazed at what is involved in putting this conference together. So many behind the scenes people who deserve a special thanks.

  • http://www.heartchoices.com Debbie Petras

    I’ve been to Women of Faith once and loved it. I’m excited about attending later this year when they come to Peoria, Arizona.

    I’m amazed at what is involved in putting this conference together. So many behind the scenes people who deserve a special thanks.

  • http://www.MarriageStudies.com/ Dr. David & Lisa

    These are vital, lively, highly spiritual events that are well-planned and well-run. After speaking at events of this type for more than two decades, we highly recommend "Women of Faith" as one of the best conferences out there — anywhere. Thank you for your commitment to this ministry!!

  • http://www.MarriageStudies.com Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie

    These are vital, lively, highly spiritual events that are well-planned and well-run. After speaking at events of this type for more than two decades, we highly recommend “Women of Faith” as one of the best conferences out there — anywhere. Thank you for your commitment to this ministry!!

  • http://www.catherinewest.ca/ Cathy West

    I had no idea Thomas Nelson was behind these events! See how educational your blog is?
    I've never been but I do hope to be able to attend one in the future.

  • http://www.catherinewest.ca Cathy West

    I had no idea Thomas Nelson was behind these events! See how educational your blog is?
    I’ve never been but I do hope to be able to attend one in the future.

  • Jay

    So cool…anyone know the name of the song?

  • Jay

    So cool…anyone know the name of the song?

  • http://www.brainbasedbusiness.com/ Ellen Weber

    And interesting video, Mike, and this looks like a great group to check out. I do have one question: How does the group encourage and help to make room for leadership skills in women of faith. It would be wonderful to see failth communities support women's leadership development, for the benefit of wider community roles of our times. Does it happen here?

  • http://www.brainbasedbusiness.com Ellen Weber

    And interesting video, Mike, and this looks like a great group to check out. I do have one question: How does the group encourage and help to make room for leadership skills in women of faith. It would be wonderful to see failth communities support women’s leadership development, for the benefit of wider community roles of our times. Does it happen here?

  • http://www.christopherhopper.com/ Christopher Hopper

    Dear Mr. Hyatt,

    I was just wondering if you had more current statistics as referenced by your Dec. 20th '06 post entitled "The Top Ten Publishers in America."

    Blessings!

    CH

  • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

    Dear Mr. Hyatt,

    I was just wondering if you had more current statistics as referenced by your Dec. 20th ’06 post entitled “The Top Ten Publishers in America.”

    Blessings!

    CH

  • http://www.authorchristinaberry.blogspot.com/ Christina Berry

    My favorite part is the little orange forklift at the end. That is incredible.

    I've attended two WoF conferences and will be volunteering for World Vision at the one in Portland, OR, next month.

    On a completely different note, it was a pleasure to meet Allen Arnold at the ACFW conference. His workshop was amazing. I had the opportunity to share something our local book store owner had told my coauthor/mother and me: Thomas Nelson is the EASIEST publisher to work with regarding returns.

  • http://www.authorchristinaberry.blogspot.com Christina Berry

    My favorite part is the little orange forklift at the end. That is incredible.

    I’ve attended two WoF conferences and will be volunteering for World Vision at the one in Portland, OR, next month.

    On a completely different note, it was a pleasure to meet Allen Arnold at the ACFW conference. His workshop was amazing. I had the opportunity to share something our local book store owner had told my coauthor/mother and me: Thomas Nelson is the EASIEST publisher to work with regarding returns.