Keynotes for the 2017 WCCW Conference will be Michele Cushatt and Tosca Lee.

WCCW Conference 2017 Keynotes

Meet Michele Cushatt

A storyteller at heart, Michele inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.

My people. #family

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As an experienced keynote speaker and emcee, Michele’s speaking experience covers the United States and includes Compassion InternationalWomen of Faith, Focus on the Family, Proverbs 31 She SpeaksHearts-at-Home, women’s and writer’s conferences, business and church events as well as various radio, video and audio recording projects.

Undone by Michele CushattIn 2014, she joined Michael Hyatt as the cohost on his popular This is Your Life podcast. In addition, she and Michael produced Get Published, a 21-session audio program for aspiring writers, as well as the Platform Video Jumpstart series for the release of his bestseller, Platform.

In 2013, Michele joined the Compassion International team as one of their spotlighted speakers and advocates for child sponsorship.

Since 2007, Michele has been on staff with Dynamic Communicators International, led by Ken Davis. She fills multiple roles at these events including emcee, presenter and coach. With a solid understanding of what makes for excellent communication, Michele has coached multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.

I Am | Michele CushattPulling from her unique life experiences, Michele’s first book, a memoir titled Undone: A Story of Making Peace With An Unexpected Life, was released with Zondervan Publishers March 10, 2015.

Her second book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, released January 24, 2017.

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When she isn’t working on her books, Michele writes feature articles, blog posts, stories and devotional meditations for numerous publications including MOPS International, Today’s Christian Woman, InCourageFullfill Magazine, Hearts-at-Home, Upper Room, David C. Cook’s Quiet Hour, Standard Publishing’s Devotions, and multiple compilation books including five titles in the Chicken Soup series.

In this short video, meet Michele and learn about the workshop she’ll be teaching, “Speaking: Crafting a Powerful Presentation in a Fraction of the Time.”

Michele and the love of her life, Troy, live in Colorado with their six children, ages 8 to 23. She enjoys a good novel, a long run, sleeping in the sun, and a kitchen table filled with people.

Meet Tosca Lee

Tosca is the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker.

Iscariot (trailer below) was named the 2014 ECPA Book of the Year.

Tosca’s highly-anticipated new thriller, The Progeny, released in May 2016, from Simon & Schuster. You can read Chapters 1-4 here.

The Progeny, by Tosca LeeShe is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research.

On her blog, Tosca says that The Progeny is about one simple question:

Who are you really?

Who are you when your roles–daughter, son, sister, brother, friend, neighbor, wife, husband, student, job and titles–and your relationships are stripped away?

Who are you at your core? When we step out of the history and experiences that we think define us, that make up an identity we believe to be our true selves… who are you? Are we just the sum of those things… or something beyond them all?

The sequel, Firstborn, comes out Feb. 28, right after the WCCW Conference!

Tosca Trivia

Here are a few fun facts Tosca shared about herself:

Tosca Lee, keynote for the 2017 West Coast Christian Writers ConferenceI…

…hate watermelon.
…almost flunked pre-calculus. Twice.
…once had a dog that was allergic to my cat.
…keep the SyFy channel on non-stop on my bathroom TV.
…have a TV in my bathroom.
…used to believe Luke Skywalker was coming for me in his land cruiser.
…used to have a crush on Whorf.
…and then Spike.
…am diagnosed OCD. But am only OCD about certain things. Washing my hair is not one of them.
…name my vacuum cleaners.
…own a hunting bow.
…am famous for my split pea soup. I’ve also been known to burn water.
…live in sweatpants and wish they made Geranimals for adults.
…did I mention I don’t like to wash my hair?
…have fished all over the world—including for piraña on the Amazon.
…once caught a 60 lb. halibut in Alaska.
…get lost everywhere I go, no matter how many times I’ve been there.
…am a compulsive cleaner
…love to bowl—and suck at it.
…think of food the entire time I’m working out.

Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University.

And, she’s running for president of the United States on the “Bacon Party” ticket!

A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and children.