October 9 - 10, 2019 | Des Moines, IA | The Meadows Events & Conference Center

2019 Central Iowa Conference

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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following in print and online; her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty-five languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also hosts a highly ranked, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, eaten dinner with Daniel Kahneman, been written up in TheNew Yorker, walked arm in arm with the Dalai Lama, and appeared on the cover of two (small) magazines. Her book The Happiness Project was even an answer on the game show Jeopardy! She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Her newest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm, will be published on March 5, 2019 (Harmony Books).

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist in the battle against online harassment -- advocating for a safer social media environment. As a public speaker, writer, and contributor to Vanity Fair she addresses such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality. 

Monica’s lens for these societal issues is focused by her myriad unique and profound experiences: working in government -- both in the White House and the Pentagon; the investigation that resulted from her time in Washington, D.C.; involvement in media projects as both producer and subject; as an entrepreneur and designer; and lastly, education. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) and, living abroad for graduate school, earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In 2014, after a decade long self-imposed retreat from public life, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled “Shame and Survival”, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped personal experiences and cultural observations regarding the shift towards, what Professor Nicholaus Mills calls, a “Culture of Humiliation” (June, 2014). The acclaimed piece, which received over two million unique views online and was nominated for a National Magazine Award, was an entry point for her to begin a process she describes as “taking back my narrative and giving a purpose to my past.”
Lewinsky became known to the public in 1998, when it was revealed as part of a federal investigation that she had had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton.  Overnight, at just 24 years old, she went unwillingly, from being an entirely private individual to a public figure on the global stage. Being at the center of a legal, political and media maelstrom nearly destroyed her; her survival—despite the odds—is a compelling and inspiring story.

The investigation unfolded against a backdrop of a changing media landscape with the advent of both competing 24-hour News Networks and the Internet. With the birth of social media in recent years, Lewinsky saw the increasing proliferation of the perpetuation of shame and humiliation online. As someone who had experienced both, on the widest scale and at a young age, she saw that she could participate in the public discourse about online harassment and work to effect change.  

In October, 2014, Lewinsky gave a speech about the Internet’s reputation shredder at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit where she spoke from the perspective of being Patient Zero—having been the first person to have her reputation completely destroyed online. This well received and widely watched speech launched her present day speaking career. 

In March, 2015, she was a speaker at the annual TED Conference, the theme of which was “Truth and Dare”. Her speech, “The Price of Shame” was viewed over 7.5 million times in the first year since release. She also gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at the Cannes Lions 2015.

Lewinsky is an Anti-Bullying Ambassador to both Bystander Revolution in the US and The Diana Award in the UK.

On a personal note, Monica is passionate about art—particularly that of contemporary artist Ed Ruscha, game for traveling to new places, loves to sing show tunes, frequents flea markets and doesn’t cook.

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2-Day Conference Individual Registration: Register Here

Early-Bird Rate (thru 8.10.19): $550 per person 

Early-Bird Tables of Ten Rate (thru 8.10.19): $5,500 per Table of Ten 

Student Track Conference Registration Fees (Day Two of Conference): Register Here

Individual Student Registration: $99/student must present student ID at the conference registration

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 9 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table

Women Lead Change's Student Track programs are designed to assist aspiring leaders to take a meaningful step on their leadership journey and learn more about women’s leadership and career preparation. As a conference attendee, undergraduate students have access to locally and nationally known women leaders with invaluable expertise and an opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals within their own community.  

Women Lead Change is committed to providing the right development opportunities, leadership programs and education to give aspiring young women a chance to own their success. 

They will meet as a cohort for orientation before the program, attend general conference programming, then meet at the end of the day to share takeaways.

Student Track Conference Registration Fees: Register Here

Individual Student Registration: $99/student (must present student ID at the conference)

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 9 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table

Women Lead Change is committed to making our events accessible to as many individuals as possible -- and the Women Lead Change Scholarship Program exists to make that happen. Applicants are eligible to receive a one-time scholarship to attend a Women Lead Change event. Once a scholarship has been awarded, individuals are not eligible for future scholarships.

Professional and Student Track applications are due Sept. 1, 2019. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call 319.423.7175 or email info@wlcglobal.org.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to market exclusively to women.

Exhibiting at Women Lead Change is:

  • a great way to showcase women-centric companies and organizations in Eastern Iowa and beyond
  • a great way for attendees to learn about companies and nonprofit organizations that market to and provide services to women

Women Lead Change reserves the right to select exhibitors based on interest and content for our conference participants. An exhibitor is not guaranteed a spot at the conference until it receives confirmation from the Women Lead Change Exhibit Committee.

Booth Exhibitors: $425 Early-bird rate thru 8.10.19

  • 10’ x 10’ Booth
  • Includes signage, pipe & drape, 8-foot table, two chairs, & wastebasket
  • Register here

Non-Profit Booth Exhibitors: $325 Early-bird rate thru 8.10.19

  • 10’ x 10’ Booth
  • Includes signage, pipe & drape, 8-foot table, two chairs, & wastebasket
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Steering Committee co-chairs: Bridget Cravens-Neely, Nationwide & Tabitha Garner, Nationwide
Student Track co-chairs: Kafila Adelani, Nationwide & Angela Carnahan, EMC
Volunteer co-chairs: Anna Sweeney, Nationwide & Risha Weber, Nationwide
Exhibits co-chairs: Andrea Hansen, Iowa Public Radio  & Tabitha Garner, Nationwide
Scholarship co-chairs: Ida Wood, Aureon & Jessi Goodsell, Nationwide
Program co-chairs: Jana R Rieker, Trilix  & Carrie Gosnell, Kum & Go
Men's Track co-chairs: Dale Hoppe, Nationwide  & Meyer Lehman, EMC
Marketing co-chairs: Sarah Onnen, Nationwide & Roxanne Huggins, American Equity

I'm part of a new advocacy and engagement team project moving into 2019. This was just what I needed to help kick off that experience.

-- 2018 Central Iowa Conference Attendee

I just wanted to thank you for the scholarship that gave me the ability to attend this AMAZING conference. I learned so much and it was the best conference I have gone to, ever. I cannot express the excitement I had walking into the conference as well as walking out of it. Again, thank you so much. I couldn't have gotten that amazing experience without the help of the scholarship.

-- Madison, 2018 Central Iowa Conference Scholarship Recipient

I was really surprised by some of the statistics that Geena Davis cited during her speech regarding gender bias in media geared toward young children. It will definitely shape my conversations with my two young sons.

-- 2018 Central Iowa Conference Attendee

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