Tiffany O’Donnell is the Chief Executive Officer of Women Lead Change, succeeding co-founder and CEO Diane Ramsey.
Since joining the organization in 2015, she has led the expansion of the organization’s scope and reach, most recently reflecting that growth through a brand change. The organization, formerly called Iowa Women Lead Change is now Women Lead Change. Under her leadership, the Iowa-based team has increased revenue and staff by more than 100%. with offices in the Quad Cities, Dubuque Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Des Moines and in 2020, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The organization’s leadership development curriculum is now utilized beyond Iowa’s borders, extending across the country and, in at least one case, in the U.K.
You may know Women Lead Change by its hallmark annual conferences that bring in world-class speakers and newsmakers. However, Women Lead Change has grown into so much more than an annual conference funding critical research, facilitating strategic leadership development programs like Women Connect and the EPIC Corporate Challenge, creating the Women of Achievement Bridge Awards and, most recently, launching a 12-month leadership intensive called the Ascent Leadership Program dedicated to filling the critical talent pipeline of high-potential mid-level leaders.
A lifelong volunteer, Tiffany is currently a member of the statewide Board of Directors for Reaching Higher Iowa and is a Director with the national Miss America Foundation Board. She also serves as Program Chair on the Board of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary. She is the mother of two daughters and married to husband Michael for 27 years. AND, though none of her family members say they want to be a passenger, she is currently training for her private pilot’s certificate.
Raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communications and French from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Diane Ramsey, Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Women Lead Change has a track record as a leader, collaborator and innovator. She retired from the organization in 2017 and now serves as an advisor to Women Lead Change.
Ms. Ramsey built Women Lead Change’s organization and reputation. Under her stewardship, IWLC grew from a grassroots-driven once-a-year event to a 501(c)(3) leadership organization that hosts conferences, underwrites research and advances organizational and individual development. Ms. Ramsey introduced Women Lead Change’s CEO Forum, Student Track and Invest in She programming.
In 2010, Ms. Ramsey founded Corridor Women Connect, a non-profit organization dedicated to leading and encouraging employers to share best practices, leadership development, and networking. She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Project, a statewide consortium that produced the She Matters: 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa report and subsequent follow-up initiatives.
Ms. Ramsey’s prior experience includes Rockwell Collins supporting the company’s leadership role in Women Lead Change and as the enterprise chair for Rockwell Collins Women’s Forum employee resource group. Ms. Ramsey served 15+ years with Alliant Energy leading economic and community development, its sales and strategic accounts business and communications and strategic affairs. At Alliant Energy and a predecessor company, Ms. Ramsey was engaged in branding and communications, regional economic and community development, merger integration, change leadership, diversity and Inclusion efforts, large customer management and public affairs. Her experience in marketing and advertising includes retail, consumer and B to B at the client and agency level – including Hy-Vee, Square D, and Budget Rent a Car’s national and regional programs.
She is a trustee for the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, a founding member of Invest to Elect Women New Mexico and a national delegate for Vision 2020 (a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to achieving women’s economic and social equality). Throughout her career, Ms. Ramsey served on statewide and community boards including The Iowa Business Council Deputies (Chair 2010), Professional Developers of Iowa, Forward Wisconsin (chair, 2009), the Four Oaks Board of Directors (2011-2012, chair), Corridor Women Connect Board of Directors (chair 2010-2012) and Theatre Cedar Rapids Boards of Directors (2003- 2005 Chair) and Trustees, St. Luke’s UnityPoint Foundation Board of Directors, Waypoint Services Boards of Directors and Trustees and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
In 2009, the Corridor Business Journal recognized Ms. Ramsey as a Woman of Influence in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor. Waypoint recognized her as a Pillar of the Community in 2011. In 2013, the Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County honored her as Woman of the Year.
Ms. Ramsey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and she attended Business school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Bobbi Segura lives in Des Moines and has been actively involved in the business and nonprofit community in Central Iowa and in the Siouxland area. For the more than 20 years, Bobbi was a business owner and entrepreneur in the field of marketing and business development.
She founded B. Segura Consultants in 2008. She was a partner/member of Plum Communications, LLC, a collaborative group of writers, designers and marketing entrepreneurs who worked together to provide communications solutions. She was co-owner of Designgroup, Inc., an award winning graphic design firm with a long history of creating marketing materials for local, national and international clients.
Jane Chesshire joined Women Lead Change in September 2017 as their part-time Accounting Manager.
Prior to IWLC, she devoted 17 years at Coe College. While at Coe, she held the Assistant Controller position prior to being promoted to Assistant Vice President & Budget Director. After leaving Coe, Jane tried her hand at retirement for a year and found she missed being part of an organization benefiting others as well as an office environment. Women Lead Change is a perfect match; it has ignited her enthusiasm and still allows her some retirement time.
She and her husband live in Marion and have two grown sons.
Amy, a native of Perry, IA, is the Director of Marketing & Strategic Development at Women Lead Change, based out of our Des Moines office. In this role, she is responsible for building a structure to create increased awareness of the Women Lead Change brand, including developing and implementing marketing initiatives, projects and programs to grow the organization.
Amy graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Journalism & Mass Communications. She boasts 15 years of experience in marketing and media relations, along with extensive knowledge of business development and sponsor relations in Des Moines. Amy spent the past nine years as Client Experience Director at Allegra Marketing and previously worked as the Marketing Manager for the Des Moines Arts Festival and Downtown Events Group.
Amy is very active in the Des Moines community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, and is past chair of genYP and Young Variety.
Morgan is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As Director of Operations, she is responsible for the daily functions and operations of Women Lead Change. She brings with her experience as a Paralegal and Office Manager for a law firm in Cedar Rapids.
After her husband attended a Women Lead Change conference, Morgan became passionate about joining the Women Lead Change team, so when a position became open, it was the perfect fit.
When not working Morgan loves to spend time with her husband, family, her two Bengal cats, and reading. On the weekends in the summer Morgan can be found drag racing with her family at race tracks across the Midwest.
Emily was raised in Cedar Rapids and has been inspired by Women Lead Change’s mission from a young age. She currently resides in Coralville and is works out of the Cedar Rapids office. She is incredibly excited to develop her role alongside the Women Lead Change team as the first Event Coordinator.
As a recent University of Iowa graduate, Emily is excited to begin her professional career in the Corridor area. Emily graduated in May 2018 with a degree in psychology and a minor in human relations. During her time at the University of Iowa, Emily served as her sorority’s Service and Philanthropy Director for a semester.
Emilyne joined the Women Lead Change team as the Quad Cities Program Coordinator in 2019. In her role, she will cultivate relationships in the Quad Cities to grow the annual conference and continue to add new leadership development opportunities to women in that region.
Emilyne graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Political Science and Anthropology and a minor in Dance. After graduation, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Blue Grass, IA. She worked for the schools counseling at risk youth and after a couple years began her journey into motherhood. She and husband Zach have two beautiful children, Henry and Amelia.
While taking time off to raise her children, Emilyne stayed involved with part time non-profit work in mental health, fundraising and event planning, all while still volunteering in her community.
Outside of work Emilyne can be found with her family boating and playing on the Mississippi River or curled up with a good book.
As a Division I athlete, coach and an influential voice for leadership & peak performance, Shelley has been delivering powerful messages of vision, tenacity, strength, self-care and performance for decades. As a proven motivator for life change, personal and professional development, Shelley delivers impactful strategies for excellence. Shelley teaches that leadership and coaching can powerfully inspire people to enhance their beliefs, overcome challenges and ultimately develop resiliency to achieve the desired behaviors that promote success!
Shelley applies these valuable personal and professional experiences in her role as Program and Development Coordinator for Women Lead Change. Shelley works directly with the Dubuque & Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Conferences and the Ascent Leadership Program, as well as identifying ongoing professional development opportunities for WLC.
Outside of WLC, Shelley enjoys broadcasting college basketball games with the Big Ten Network, spending time watching her son, Riley play basketball for the University of Iowa, visiting her daughter, Claire (also a former Iowa basketball player), and watching her son-in-law, George play football for the San Francisco 49ers.