The #1 personal growth summit for women in the Pacific Northwest.

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SPARK Experiences are Events, Programs, Retreats, and Masterminds designed to support women through periods of growth and transition.

“I highly recommend attending this event if you are in need of inner calm, self appreciation, or inspiration in your life. It was a life changing experience and I’m so thankful I was able to attend.”
Danielle Vogel
SPARK Attendee

What you can expect at the 2019 SPARK Summit

Out-of-this-world Speakers and Activity Facilitators

SPARK is known for having high-impact speakers, and this year we are bringing all new women to the stage to share their stories - including two junior speakers and one audience selection on each day! Keep scrolling down for more info on all of our speakers.

A High-Vibration Weekend to Remember

It doesn't matter where you on your life journey - if you are looking to up level your life and have fun doing it - you're going to love SPARK. From deep meditations to high-energy dancing (and everything in between).

A Group Manifestation Hynotherapy Session

Want to unlock the blocks to manifestation in your subconscious mind? (The Answer is YES!). Mary Lou from Life Guidance Hypnosis will be taking us through a group session to do just that!

Find your SPARK

We will spark the fire under you, but it's up to YOU to keep it going. Leave with your own set of motivational matches to keep the momentum of awesome moving after the event is over - and connect with other bad-ass women who are doing the same!

The Agenda

Join us for a Mood Swing Wines sponsored social hour the night before we kick off the event!  Located at The Alberta Space (5010 NE 9th Ave, Portland) from 6pm to 8pm.  Non-alcoholic drinks, Wine, and Snacks provided!  Plus a special performance!

8:15:  Registration Opens (Drink coffee/tea, get raffle tickets, mingle!)

9am:  Event Kick-off with MC Lizzie Keith

Opening meditation by Starr Sheppard-Decker

Welcome to SPARK!  – Janelle McMiller, SPARK Director of Operations

Opening Keynote – Rachel O’Rourke. founder of SPARK

10:50 Break

Activity:  Lizzy Russinko – Your Words

Speaker:  Clarice Connoly – Healing Shame

Speaker:  Kathy Haan – Turning your Trauma into Triumph

Special Screening:  She is the Universe with Laura Pena

1pm Lunch (70 minutes – Offsite)

My SPARK Story:  Cosette “Coco” Leary

Speaker:  Amanda Faith – Standing my Ground

Jr. Speaker:  Arianna DelToro-McMiller – Following your Intuition

Tribute to Annabel Fisher – Making your one life count

3:15pm Break – Happy Hour (Bar open) plus poetry reading by Niema Wilson

Sponsor(s) Highlight

Speaker:  Pop-up (selected from audience)

Manifesting Group Hypnosis Session with Mary Lou Rodriguez (it’s just like meditating – don’t be nervous!)

5:15 Break

Special Performance by Michael Namkung

6:30 – End of day one! (go get some rest!)


8:30: Morning Mingle (Drink coffee/tea, get raffle tickets, mingle!)

9am:  Day 2 kicks off!

Activity:  Jade Rehder – KLEAR channel experience

Activity:  Rachel O’Rourke – Reprogramming your thoughts to Redesign your life

10:50 Break

Sponsor Highlights

My #SPARKmoment:  Michele Laine

Speaker:  Dr. Anita Jackson – Becoming Unlimited

Speaker:  Emerald Norman – Life, loss, and Liberty

12:30 Lunch (70 minutes – Offsite)

Speaker:  Ellen Yin – From cubicle to CEO

Speaker:  Marli Williams – The Confidence Cure

Activity:  Rachel O’Rourke – The lamp

Jr. Speaker:  Mylie Stokes – Write your own permission slip

3pm Break – Happy Hour (Bar open) plus SPARK song performance by Megan Swann

Sponsor(s) Highlight 

RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING (must be present to win)

Speaker:  Pop-up (selected from audience)

Activity:  Amber Jane Arquette – Tibetan Singing Bowl + Crystal Activation

Closing Keynote:  Rachel O’Rourke – Where do we go from here?

5:30 – End of SPARK 2019 

The energy, vibe, authenticity, realness and awesomeness of this event is something you have to experience as its hard to describe! I enjoyed it to the fullest and got SO MUCH both as a speaker and attendee! What Rachel and the team created with SPARK is not to be missed! You’ll leave uplifted, inspired, motivated, hopeful, energized! All the good feels you need to get your life and business infused with prosperity and happy vibes! Do it … come next time!
Maru Iabichela
SPARK 2017. 2018
Words don’t quite capture the magic of the SPARK event, but I’ll say this: your life will not be the same afterward. Your soul will feel fired up. You’ll meet and connect with both beautiful people AND reconnect with your self & your spark in new ways. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and motivated. AND you’ll have a sisterhood of support cheering you on. And that, my friends, is priceless.
Rachel Rosen
SPARK 2017-2018

Ticket Types and Prices

There are three types of SPARK tickets:  General Admission, Student, and Live Stream.  While we HIGHLY recommend attending live, we understand scheduling could prevent you from doing so.  Live Stream tickets are the next best thing!  You can watch from anywhere in the world, in whatever you want to wear, and you can view it live or as a recording.  General Admission and Student Tickets include access to the recorded conference.

Teen ticket*  While we feel it is appropriate to have a teen ages 13-18, we must emphasize that this is for emotionally mature young women.  There will be sensitive topics and maybe a cuss word or two.  Use your parental spidey senses and make the best decision for you.  Adult supervision required for ages 15 and under.

Live Stream ticket*  You will receive login instructions 24 hours prior to the event starting on September 21st.

Spark special viewing: She is The Universe

With Laura Pena

Laura will be sharing about her journey from the moment she felt the call to create “She is the Universe” to today. In interviewing over 150 girls worldwide, she shares the answer to the main question that set this project in motion: “What do girls need to get to where want to be in life?”.  This year at SPARK Laura will share some of the girls stories and a sneak peak of Season 2 of the video series!

Bio: Laura Peña is a Dominican-American filmmaker, storyteller, entrepreneur, creative producer, motion designer, animator, traveler, speaker, and mentor to young girls.

She is the Founder of She is the Universe, a global platform that looks to inspire, empower and support teenage girls from around the globe, to stand in their own stories and to pursue their dreams, through storytelling, mentorship, and community.

As part of She Is The Universe, Laura is producing a video docu-series with Stories of Girls told by girls. She has been traveling around the world, producing, directing, filming, editing, and interviewing teenage girls to bring to life 111 stories. Laura is giving girls aged between 13 and 19, from 15+ countries of all shapes, sizes, colors, languages, cultural, and socio-economic background, a platform designed to amplify their voices.

Through this platform, Laura is encouraging girls to share their passions, dreams, their fears, and struggles. She is exploring what it means to be a girl in todays world, and she is inviting them to answer the question that started this project “What can we all do to help girls get to where they want to be in life?”.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE by Michael Namkung: Seeing the Invisible

Michael Namkung is an artist, poet, speaker, and multiple world champion athlete. He has received awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Tanne Foundation for his pioneering work Drawing Gym, a hybrid art form that combines drawing with rigorous physical exercise.

He has exhibited and performed his work in galleries, museums, universities and public spaces worldwide, including SFMOMA, Museu de Arte Contemporaneo Niteroi, The Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Stanford University, Locust Projects, The Drawing Center New York, and Grace Cathedral San Francisco.

He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. He has served as Assistant Professor of Art at Florida International University, and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis and Clark College.   |   YouTube channel 

The 2019 Speaker Line-Up

Bio – Dr. Anita M. Jackson is fast becoming a sought after feminine transformational speaker, leader and coach within the feminine empowerment movement.

Talk Title: “When a woman understands the power of her choice and decision in who she is and in every area of life and business, she become unlimited.” READ MORE

Bio – Ellen Yin is the founder & CEO of Ellen Yin Media, a boutique social media marketing agency with a proven record for generating visibility & leads on repeat to grow your business. 

Talk Title: From Cubicle to CEO: The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Your Dream Career READ MORE

Bio – Kathy Haan is an international success and business mentor, podcaster, blogger, and agency owner. 

Talk Title: Turning Your Trauma into Triumph READ MORE

Bio – Amanda Faith calls beautiful Northern California home along with her two sons. She is a behavioral therapist with a background in youth counseling. She is also a cancer survivor and vulvar cancer awareness advocate.

Talk Title: Standing my ground. READ MORE

I often spent countless hours, days, weeks, months even years daydreaming about that magical moment when both me and my dream would become ALIVE and REAL!!! Well my faithful real life magical moment embraced me head on at SPARK!
Cosette Leary
SPARK 2017-2018
I have been to many events (transformational ones too). But what Rachel brings is a special ability to allow the magic to happen, be an example, teach how to trust again and build a sisterhood of love. I believe Rachel can bring the best out in you. If you get a chance to work with Rachel O’Rourke, or just be influenced by her journey, you will find her energy (aka magic) with subtly change you forever
Amber Jane Arquette
SPARK 2017-2018

Bio – Marli Williams is an interactive keynote speaker, leadership activator, courage cultivator, joy instigator, confidence catalyst, and possibility creator who first fell in love with transformational leadership as a camp counselor. 

Talk Title: The Confidence Cure – How to Overcome Self-Doubt so You Can Play Full Out READ MORE

Bio – Clarice Connolly is Exuberance, Empathy, Authenticity, Charisma, and Wisdom personified. By profession, she is an Accountability Coach who supports individuals in moving their business aspirations, personal goals, and even to-do lists forward through emotional intelligence and accountability.

Talk Title: Healing Shame. READ MORE

It was hands down one of the most incredible, empowering and life changing experiences. Spark truly causes you to get vulnerable, let go, and to figure out (and speak) your own truths…. With a bunch of strangers. It was a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be told, but must be felt. If you’re looking for something to awaken your soul, whether it’s professionally, personally or somewhere in between, take a leap and feel the spark!
Danie Schwartz
SPARK Attendee
I left there a different person, realizing that anything is possible and there is a sisterhood of people, full of encouragement, positivity, Inspiration, and support, all with a common goal….To Live your best life, do and believe in things you never even thought possible! It all started with a spark, and that started with Rachel. She is like no one you’ve ever met and her energy is contagious!
Kari Owens
SPARK Attendee

Bio – Janelle McMiller is the Director of Operations for O’Rourke Media and SPARK events for women. She is also the Co Founder and Co CEO of The Lotus Web. She is known for being the “Queen of Manifesting”. Her motto: Envision- Hustle- Receive.  

Talk Title: Be who YOU are. READ MORE

Bio – Rachel O’Rourke is the founder & CEO of SPARK Events for Women.

Talk Title: Unlocking Your Potential READ MORE

Bio – Emerald Norman has strived to embody positivity, strength and courage in the face of adversity and loss. 

Talk Title: Love Loss and Liberty. READ MORE

Bio – This could be YOU!!

On both Saturday and Sunday, one person from the audience will be selected each day to get up on stage and share their story for ten minutes.

How this works: We will share the steps to submit the week prior to SPARK Portland 2019.

This is an opportunity and experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Junior Speakers

Bio – Arianna is a 16 year old inspiring {early} college student. She is also a daughter, sister, and friend. 

Talk Title: Following your Intuition. READ MORE

Bio – Mylie Stokes is a junior high 12 year old girl who lives with her family (including her mom, Rachel O’Rourke) in Portland, OR. 

Talk Title: Write your own permission slip READ MORE

Our MC for SPARK is…

Lizzie Keith. She is the co-host of The Flawed Females Podcast. 

Activity Facilitators

Jade Rehder – L.C.T., M.A.
Jade will share a KLEAR Channel® Experience to support you to Unlock Your Potential. More on KLEAR

Amber Jane – The SPARK Spiritual Adviser and Energy Healer, Amber Jane will be treating the audience with her tibetan bowl healing sound, as well as providing essential oil support. Find her at

Mary Lou – Hypnotherapist
Mary Lou will be leading a Manifestation Group Hypnosis Session. For more information, visit her at

Lizzy Russinko –
Lizzy will facilitate “(Y)OUR WORDS”, a powerful journey for all in attendance to explore their intention, choose (and share!) a guiding word, and contribute to a *live* handlettered SPARK art piece! Learn more at

If you would like to apply to become a sponsor of SPARK 2019, please click the button below to fill out the form. Thank you!

SPARK Portland 2019 PRESENTING sponsor

Our Sponsors

SPARK is not just a conference or one time event, it is a movement and a new way of connecting to other women in an authentic and life-changing way! The variety of speakers and topics offered touched a diverse group of women with different backgrounds and needs. This is an event for all women! There was a perfect balance of fun, music, dancing, inspiring speakers encouraging us to live our best lives, time to reflect through journaling & worksheets, meditation, amazing food, and plenty of time for networking and making new friends!
Tami McCalip
SPARK 2018
Spark Chico 2017 was a fabulous catalyst for me. I up-leveled both personally and professionally. I gained insight, transformation,opportunities, connections, friendships and multiple Sparks of creativity and inspiration! It was the most welcoming event I have ever attended. I had not met anyone attending and was welcomed with such an open heartedness I felt like I was with family. Spark will be on my calendar every year!!
Jade Rehder
SPARK 2017
Rachel’s event Spark was one of my favourite events of the year (and I attended many!). Why? Because Rachel set the stage in the first minutes that this was a safe environment for us to skip the small talk and get real, honest and experience genuine connection by being ourselves. As a speaker I felt the receptivity of the crowd increase and the fun everyone experienced increase. It was just an absolute joy to witness her in her zone of genius and watch the result of that influence the whole room.
Allison Braun
SPARK 2017
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