September Speaking Engagements


THRIVE Workshop - Friday, September 13
The entire HINGE team will be in Denver, CO for our annual, one-day THRIVE Workshop event on Friday, September 13th!

This year, Kathy Ligon will continue dropping her insightful financial knowledge—giving advice on occupancy, tuition rates, discounts, salaries and much more—to help attendees get 95% of the way to financial health. Also, THRIVE Consultants Kathe Petchel and Molly Petchel will host sessions on staffing and marketing, respectively. There is loads of content to get through and loads of fun to be had in the Mile High City!

(If you would still like the chance to attend our THRIVE Workshop in Denver, please contact the Event Director Jaclyn Lintern at to be added to our waiting list and notified as soon as a spot opens up. We always have last minute cancellations, so make sure you're the first in line!)


Kids ‘R’ Kids Owners Conference - Monday, September 16
HINGE Founder & CEO Kathy Ligon is delighted to have been asked to speak at the upcoming Kids ‘R’ Kids Owners Conference in Boulder, CO this month.

Kathy will speak on Monday, September 16th from 2:15-3:45pm and discuss the state of the early education industry and what’s trending in child care today.

This conference is run by the United National Owners Group and is an excellent opportunity for Kids ‘R’ Kids franchisee owners to grow their businesses and learn from other, like-minded owners within the group. Learn more at


CQEL Director’s Institute - Wednesday, September 18
Kathe Petchel is returning to another CQEL Director’s Institute on Wednesday, September 18th in Oakland, CA.

She will be presenting three hours of content discussing how to engage families and maintain full enrollment at your early learning school as well as how to recruit, motivate and retain staff.

The CQEL’s Director’s Institute is a two-day seminar designed to offer practical tools and resources to support high-quality childcare business management and help directors manage their programs, enhance employee satisfaction and achieve optimal results!

Learn more about this event at

Meredith Martin