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Strive to Thrive in 2020!

Join us for a weekend conference and retreat where you'll get practical “Laugh & Learn” secrets for how to thrive in a blended family!


This event will challenge, inspire, and encourage you!


The 2020 Smart Stepfamily Conference is the only two-day live event in Utah just for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families.


We’re thrilled to join celebrated authors and stepfamily experts, Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge, who’ll lead our keynote training sessions on how to build a Smart Stepfamily, and Utah's own Kim Giles, as our event emcee.


Come learn how to succeed and love your stepfamily life from some of today’s most trusted and respected experts.


If you are part of a stepfamily, or know someone who is, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to gain insights into the unique challenges of stepfamilies, and the tools needed to survive and thrive in 2020 and beyond!

What's Included

  • 2 Days of Expert Instruction and Q&A

  • Catered Dinner (1/24) and Brunch (1/25)

  • Smart Stepfamily Participant Guide (Book)

  • Star Compass Pendant (for her) and Wrist Band (for him)

  • Star Compass Family Swag Bag

Event Details


Date and Time

January 24, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

January 25, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Event Location

Young Living Auditorium

1538 Sandalwood Dr

Lehi, UT  84043


Host Hotel Location

Hilton Garden Inn - Lehi

3150 N Hotel Loop

Lehi, UT 84043
Group Hotel Rate: $89*
Hotel Promo Code: 'SF20'


Online Registration


Please email, text or call to be added to the wait list.


Email: info@starcompassfamily.com

Text or Call: (801) 901-6640

Make It a Weekend Retreat

“Getting away together” is a lot more fun if you actually do it. Come enjoy a brief break from cooking, laundry, and your beautiful children.  Make this weekend a marriage retreat to plan your best year ever as a stepfamily!

We recommend staying overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn - Lehi, a special discounted rate is available for all Conference guests.  Your hotel reservation includes breakfast and a special gift to enjoy in your room ❤ 


* The special rate is subject to availability, so don't delay too long.

Smart Stepfamily Conference Topics
Learn, Connect, and Thrive
  • Stepfamily Dynamics: Why and How They Differ

  • The Ex-Spouse-In-Law: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

  • Setting Stepfamily Boundaries

  • Stepfamily Finances: Why It's Unique

  • Things I Wish My Stepparent Knew: Kids and Adults Share

  • Building a Successful Stepfamily

  • Becoming Stepfamily Smart

  • How to "Cook" a Stepfamily

  • Attachment, Loss & Loyalty

  • Pillars of Stepparent Success

  • Open Questions and Answers with Laura and Ron

Smart Stepfamily Conference Topics
Strive to Thrive in 2020

Friday, January 24

1:00 PM  Welcome by Coach Kim Giles

1:15 PM  Stepfamily Dynamics: Why and How They Differ

2:00 PM  The Ex-Spouse-In-Law: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

3:15 PM  Stepfamily Finances: Why It's Unique

4:00 PM  Things I wish My Parents and Stepparents Knew 

5:00 PM  Catered Dinner (Included with Your Registration)

6:30 PM  Becoming Stepfamily Smart

7:00 PM  How to "Cook" a Stepfamily

8:00 PM  Dismiss

Saturday, January 25

8:00 AM  Kickoff Day 2 with Coach Kim Giles

8:30 AM  Your Marriage - Priority One

10:00 AM  Attachment, Loss and Loyalty

10:45 AM  Catered Brunch (Included with Your Registration)

11:15 AM  Pillars of Stepparent Success

12:00 PM  Panel Discussion

1:00 PM Close and Dismiss

This event is sold out, please email, text or call to be added to the waitlist.

Stepfamily Expert Speakers
Ron Deal

Ron is the author of the popular Smart Stepfamily book seriesi a licensed marriage and family therapist and a renowned speaker on the modern stepfamily.

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Laura Petherbridge

Laura  is the author of the Smart Stepmom series.  She serves couples and single adults with topics on relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery.


Steve Petherbridge

Steve Petherbridge is an MBA and retired ordained pastor. He has served as  the Director of Church Finance and Administration for Crown Financial Ministries.  Before going into full time ministry he obtained his MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology,  and worked as a bank Vice-President .

Kim Giles

Kim is a  human behavior expert and writer for KSL.com.   Her unique way of making psychology, mental, emotional, and social health simple and easy through articles, books, podcasts, and programs which have  reached over 4 million people worldwide. 

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Wow, if you're in a stepfamily, or getting ready to create one, this book is invaluable! I HIGHLY recommend reading this BEFORE marrying into a stepfamily because it will shape how you interact with the family from the outset and position you for success.

Blending (Your Stepfamily) the Smart Way