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“Chicks” Enjoy Another Hot Time in Scottsdale

Over 100 registrants joined sponsors, vendors, and presenters in Scottsdale, Arizona, in June for the second “Chicks Who Click” Conference sponsored by PPA Charities. Once again the conference received rave reviews for the venue, activities, and education. PPACH President Mary Fisk-Taylor expressed her gratitude for the great team effort displayed by the volunteers, trustees, speakers and vendors who made the conference such a great success.

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Because Chicks Who Click is held to benefit Operation Smile, the charitable partner of PPA Charities, one of the event’s most important presentations was made by Laurie Weaver, who recounted the wonderfully meaningful experience she had while documenting an Operation Smile mission to Ethiopia this year. Watch this blog for more information on Laurie’s trip.

To get a really good look at the fun, food, fellowship, and education that took place in Scottsdale, view the video below. Thanks to Jamie Hayes for his great photography!

PPACH-Sponsored “Chicks Who Click” Conference Rocks in Scottsdale!


Over 150 registrants and 13 sponsors/vendors benefitted from outstanding presentations on topics designed to increase their business success at the first “Chicks Who Click” conference to be sponsored by PPA Charities. The conference not only received rave reviews from attendees, it also succeeded in raising more than $30,000 for PPACH.

36This financial outcome was especially rewarding, as the primary organizers, Bert Behnke, Mary Fisk-Taylor, and Kay Eskridge, had less than four months to organize and publicize the event. “Part of this success was our good fortune in having such an amazing group of presenters volunteer their services on behalf of PPA Charities,” said PPACH President Mary Fisk-Taylor. “The Chicks Conference was a real team effort, with volunteers, trustees, speakers, vendors and attendees all helping to make it a huge success.”


The funds raised will allow PPACH to cover part of its yearly operating expenses, which will help the organization to meet its 2010 goal of raising $120,000 for its charitable partner, Operation Smile, an increase of $20,000 over the 2009 donation of $100,000.


08An internal survey sent to attendees gave the conference a rating of 9.2 on a 10-point scale. The FireSky Resort and Spa received a 9.5 rating. Over 50% of the respondents stated that it was their first PPA conference, all said they would consider attending again, and the majority stated they preferred the same resort/area. According to the organizers, the hotel was extremely easy to work with and a great value for attendees. The hot weather, they said, was offset by the spa and pool facilities available on the property.




The setting and mood was perfect for networking and fun:




And who could forget the vendor goodies . . .

. . . the gastronomic goodies . . .

 …and time to shop at the Boutique!

According to a pile of testimonials, everyone appreciated the high level of educational sharing . . .


. . . made possible by an exceptionally talented group of speakers.

06.croppedA real CWC highlight was the drawing and awarding of a grand prize of over $4,000 donated by speakers and vendors, which was won by lucky Colorado photographer Heather Leider.

18Attendees also received first-hand knowledge about the exceptional work of PPACH’s charitable partner, Operation Smile, through a presentation by Angie Weedon, a PPACH Trustee, who, through her studio’s outstanding fund-raising efforts, was the first PPA-member photographer to earn the right to document an Operation Smile mission trip.

You can watch a video of Angie’s Operation Smile mission images by clicking here.



Thanks also to PPACH Trustee Graham Wilson, who was on hand to spread the word about Operation Smile Studios. We greatly appreciate those attendees who signed up to become PPA Operation Smile Studios at the conference. If you have not already decided to join, take a look at our new PPA Operation Smile Studio video by clicking here. Becoming an Operation Smile Studio is a great way to support PPA Charities and a wonderful means of communicating to your clients that you run a business that reaches out to help others.

Special thanks go out to “Chicks” organizers Bert Behnke, PPACH executive director . . .

PPACH President Mary Fisk-Taylor . . .

. . . our oh-so-supportive vendors . . .

. . . and Honorary PPACH Trustee (Arizona) Kay Eskridge, our eyes and ears in Scottsdale. . . and the best welcoming-committee-of-one ever!

Thanks for Supporting PPA Charities!


In the coming months PPACH Trustees will be reviewing conference possibilities for next year. So check our website often!

Photography provided by Jamie Hayes, M.Photog.Cr.

“Chicks Who Click” Set for June 24-27 Sign Up Now!

Yes, It’s Back! Brought to you this year by PPA Charities, the Chicks Who Click Conference is still being talked about by the hundreds of women (and a few male stalwarts) who have attended this unique education opportunity.

On June 24-27 you’ll have a chance to learn from some of the industry’s top mentors, connect with other photographers and enjoy some girlfriend time in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, at the fabulous Firesky Resort & Spa. This boutique hotel features an incredible spa, and all attendees will receive specials and discounts!






Space is limited to 300, so don’t be disappointed . . .
Sign up Now for Chick Who Click!

Whether you are a seasoned pro or brand new to the industry, this conference offers something for everyone. We will feature many topics including Boudoir, Marketing, Sales, Seniors, Children, Posing & Lighting, Weddings, Photoshop, and much, much more. The fabulous speaker lineup features Kay Eskridge, Mary Fisk-Taylor, Beth Forester, Jen Hillenga, Julie Klaasmeyer, Julieanne Kost, Cindy Behnke, Britney Fullgraf, Lori Nordstrom, and Cheryl Ridgeway.


Early registration is only $249 for PPA members and $279 for non-members; after April 30 pay $299 for PPA members and $329 for non-members. Registration includes top-notch programs, social events, mentoring opportunities, some meals, boutique shopping and plenty of great girlfriend gifts.

Being a part of the 2010 Chicks Who Click Conference will give you the chance to learn, grow and connect with friends–old and new. Plus, you’ll be helping PPA Charities and Operation Smile to change children’s lives . . . one smile at a time.

For more information, contact Bert Behnke at To register for the conference,click here. For hotel reservations, click here or call 480-945-7666, ask for reservations, and tell them you are with PPA Charities to receive the discounted rate.