Variety Family Conference



Variety Family Conference, part of the Emerson Resource Center, is Variety St. Louis’ annual day of education and connection. The event features a notable speaker covering topics of interest to caregivers of children with disabilities as well as other members in the St. Louis community.

The 2021 Variety Family Conference is free for all to attend. It will take place virtually and in person on Saturday, December 4 and will feature The Imperfection Sisters. The “Sisters,” Gina and Patty, will lead sessions and exercises that will “celebrate the humor, joy and triumphs of raising ‘imperfect kids’ in a perfection-obsessed world.” Each attendee will also receive a copy of Gina and Patty’s book, “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children”.

Event details are as follows. Registration is required in the form below by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Questions? Please contact Senior Program Manager Robin Diehl via email.

Variety Family Conference 2021

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In-Person Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 1973 Craigshire Rd, St. Louis, MO, 63166

Virtual Location: Zoom (log-in details provided to attendees)


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Social time and complimentary hot breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Signature Presentation, titled “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Exercise #1

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Exercise #2

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Book Signing and Open Discussion with Gina and Patty

Please note that, per Variety’s COVID-19 vaccination policy effective Nov. 15, 2021, all Variety Family Conference participants present at the in-person event on Saturday, Dec. 4 will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to those eligible for accommodation. Click here for more information.

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Thank you for your interest. Someone from the Variety staff will be in touch with you soon about becoming a Variety family.