About Our Founder

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW


It all started when…

The idea for this conference is pretty much explained on the Our Story page. But, the deeper meaning behind this conference comes from my desire to use my platform to help showcase diverse voices in the parenting world.

As a licensed clinical social worker and parent coach with no kids, I definitely understood the need to bring a conference together that focused on the many ways we create families. My own upbringing, paired with my work with families, brought me to the conclusion that we needed more representation in this particular area (in all areas, really, but parenting is my thing - so I’m staying in my lane)! And, not just representation, but also a commitment to bring to the stage voices that we don’t normally see. I am definitely a groupie of the leaders and experts in both the mental health and parenting professional arena. But, I also know a huge group of experts who don’t normally get to show up in these spaces. I won’t presume to answer why the same people get asked to speak (but, I think audience size and popularity have a lot to with it). However, I will be part of the movement to change the way we do professional conferences - and the way we value unique, diverse voices in the professional space.

Are you with me?

Then, be sure to sign up to get updates about the conference and learn ways to get involved and be a part of this movement too!


Official Bio

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, bestselling author, and founder of the Diversity in Parenting conference who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Over the course of her career, she has worked with adoptive families, foster families, teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental illness. Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting – using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. Mercedes is a leading parenting expert and has an amazing following on social media that allows her to reach the hearts of thousands of parents who feel heard and seen on their parenting journey. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, US News and Report, Woman’s Day, LA Parent Magazine, CBS LA, and Kids In The House. Mercedes seeks to empower parents to believe that they are already great guides for raising healthy and happy children. You can read more about her parenting expertise at http://shameproofparenting.com.