After a year’s pause, BYU Women’s Conference will be back next week, May 3-5. One of the largest gatherings of Latter-day Saint women in the world, the 2023 conference will be held in person, on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
There will be eight hours of concurrent sessions, with translation of the Marriott Center sessions into Spanish. The sessions will not be streamed online this year, but select sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing.
The entire Relief Society general presidency will be among the keynote presenters. Below is more information about the conference and things attendees need to know.
About 2023 BYU Women’s Conference
Registration: The last day to register online or by phone is Monday, May 1. Phone registration is available until 5 p.m. MDT at 801-422-8925 and online registration is available until 11:59 p.m. at https://womensconference.byu.edu/registration. Prices go up once online/phone registration ends. Walk-on registration is available May 3-5 at the conference.
Wednesday evening add-on: Women who want to have a taste of BYU Women’s Conference or who want more of the conference can go to the Marriott Center on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sister J. Anette Dennis and Sister Kristin M. Yee of the Relief Society general presidency will be the keynote presenters.
Keynote addresses: On Thursday morning, May 4, Irene Caso, media relations manager for the Church Communication Department, will address the theme scripture, Doctrine and Covenants 68:6. The keynote on Friday morning, May 5, will be given by Sister Sheri L. Dew, executive vice president and chief content officer for Deseret Management Corp. The speaker for the concluding session on Friday afternoon is Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson.
Other speaker highlights: Elder Ahmad S. Corbitt, General Authority Seventy, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and her counselors, Sister Michelle D. Craig, and Sister Rebecca L. Craven, Primary General President Susan H. Porter, Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund, and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, are also speaking at different times Thursday and Friday, May 4-5.
Sessions and presenters: Presenters include members of the Relief Society and Young Women advisory councils, former general officers and authorities and other Church employees and BYU professors. Attendees can choose from 76 class sessions where the presenters will share their perspectives and gospel insights on a variety of topics. The full schedule, including presenter bios and session descriptions, is available online at https://womensconference.byu.edu/schedule.
Going for a service record: On Thursday, May 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse and Richards Building on BYU campus, volunteers will partner with Hunger Fight to hopefully set a record of completing 500,000 meal kits in three hours. At least 1,000 volunteers per hour are needed for this effort. The meal kits will then be donated to the Utah Food Bank to be distributed to people in need.
No broadcast/session recordings: None of the sessions of BYU Women’s Conference will be streamed online. However, select sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing on a new BYU Continuing Education streaming service, InspirEd. More information is available at https://inspired.byu.edu/.
Other notes of interest about the 2023 BYU Women’s Conference
Free parking and courtesy shuttles are available to all attendees. A variety of dining options are available across campus.
Live Spanish translation will be provided for sessions in the Marriott Center.
A concert Thursday evening sponsored by Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain Records will feature music and messages from Nathan Pacheco, Calee Reed, The Bonner Family, The Truman Brothers, and Simply Three. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
An Instant Choir will perform during the general session on Thursday morning. More than 500 women have already signed up to participate. Anyone wanting to join the choir should download and practice the music on their own and then attend a choir rehearsal on Thursday morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Besides the Hunger Fight service project, other service opportunities include assembling school kits and hygiene kits, making courage capes, autism caterpillars, Christmas stockings and teddy bears. All materials will be provided. These items will be donated to local agencies who will distribute them to members of the community in need.
Six “Sister to Sister” sessions will be held across campus on Thursday, May 4 from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. These sessions feature panels of women having gospel-focused, Christ-centered conversations on topics relevant to Latter-day Saint women today.
Seven immersive learning sessions will feature learner-focused, scripture-based classes. These sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday in the new Music Building on BYU campus.
How to connect with BYU Women’s Conference online
Conference updates and information are available online at the following locations:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ByuWomensConference
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/byuwc/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXrckBrMXlUjlADQ84Mac-Q
The Church News will also provide select coverage of BYU Women’s Conference next week.