ASCEND 2020 – Rise Up

We at ASCEND Women are delighted to bring you some of today’s most dynamic speakers, and amazing musical guest! Prepare to be inspired and rise up, with a spirit of restoration, inspiration, and praise!

Our 2020 speakers will be announced soon! Be prepared to hear real stories by real women!

We know it is going to be a fun-filled day with laughter, joy, and God’s love!

Fulfilled Keynote Speakers

Hedieh Mirahmadi Esq.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Ms. Mirahmadi was a subject matter expert consultant to the US government on issues of national security and preventing terrorism. She has held in a variety of positions including as a political officer in the US Embassy in Afghanistan, and as Senior Advisor to FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.

After having her own life changing, online encounter with Christ, Ms. Mirahmadi has a new passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the Founder of Resurrect Ministry, which harnesses the power of the Internet to make salvation through Christ available to people of all nations, in every corner of the Earth. She is also working on a documentary entitled “Meeting Jesus in LA” that chronicles the revival underway in Los Angeles where thousands of people, from all ages and backgrounds, are embracing the redemptive power of Christ.

Ms. Mirahmadi earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center and is a licensed attorney in both California and Washington D.C.

Brenda Epperson-Moore

Brenda is no stranger to television. As an actress, she is known by audiences internationally for her portrayal of Ashley Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Young and The Restless for eight years. Brenda signed with Sony Tri/Star music and was the opening act for Lionel Richie in Europe. She’s working on releasing her fifth solo album, and is currently on the show, The Rich and the Ruthless.

Brenda is a Deacon at her church, works regularly as a TV on air host, a woman’s speaker, and is a contributing author to the book Blessedness in Brokeness. Brenda is releasing her first book 2019.

After answering a call from God to start a women’s conference six years ago, Brenda spearheaded the birth of the ASCEND Women conferences. Expanding the mission of educating, inspiring, and igniting, ASCEND WOMEN works to follow God’s heart as he whispered in her ear, “The people would be saved, set free, and His name glorified.”

Enako Major

Enako Jefferson-Major was born in Southern California, and grew up with a close relationship with her mother, and five sisters. Her childhood was difficult, but with the unconditional love of a praying mother, in the late 70’s the family was able to relocated to Riverside California as they distanced themselves from a lifestyle of domestic violence, substance abuse, gang violence, all forms of abuse, and poverty. Although distance helped God’s continuous grace, and transforming power made the permanent difference in their lives.

Real Stories by Real Women

Susan Wehba

Gina Zimmitti

Victoria Fisher-Briggs