November 21, 2019 | Grand River Center

2019 Dubuque Conference

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MidWestOne Bank

2019 Presenting Sponsor

The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is a business woman, podcast host, public speaker and philanthropist. Her mission is to inspire, equip and connect individuals and teams to seize opportunities, face challenges, and accelerate impact in their communities and organizations. Through Carly Fiorina Enterprises and Unlocking Potential Foundation, Fiorina and her team strengthen the problem-solving and leadership capacity across America. She is a sought-after speaker and advisor who wants to see people and organizations achieve their highest potential.

Carly was appointed by President Bush and CIA Director Michael Hayden to serve as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the CIA after 9/11. In this capacity, she held the highest clearances available to a civilian, and focused her efforts on CIA recruitment policies, information technology capabilities and organizational integration.

In 2015, Carly launched a campaign for President, running as a political outsider. Fiorina is also a best-selling author of three books, including Tough Choices, Rising to the Challenge and her latest release, Find Your Way.

Jade Romagna

Jade Romagna

After graduating high school with twenty-four college credits Jade Romagna headed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha on a cross country and track scholarship to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. After one semester the attraction of being closer to home and the reputable Pre-Law program at the University of Dubuque made the hometown institution the perfect fit to continue her education.

While at the University of Dubuque Romagna was a member of the cross country and track teams, achieving two school records on distance relay teams. Forgoing her final year of eligibility in athletics, Romagna focused her energy on the Pre-Law Moot Court and Mediation teams, twice achieving All-American honors in mediation.  Her success in the program was further awarded when she was tabbed a recipient of the Chlapaty Summer Fellowship in which her scholarly research produced The Socioeconomic vs. Racial Impact of Driving Under Suspension.”  

Complimenting her academic work, Romagna served for two years as the Student Government Association class representative, interned at the law firm of Reynolds and Kenline and was also involved with County Attorney C.J. May’s election campaign.  

Additionally, Romagna was awarded Criminal Justice Student of the Year by the Criminal Justice Faculty and graduated in three years at the age of twenty with a Criminal Justice major and a minor in business (Cum laude 3.5 cumulative GPA).  During her last year of school Jade worked full time as an Assistant Personnel Manager at Platinum Supplemental Insurance, where she recently was awarded a promotion to Personnel Manager, a position that aids independent insurance agents across seventeen states prepare for their licensure.

Looking ahead, Romagna plans to become certified through the Iowa Association of Mediators, explore the application process to law school and continue growing her career with Platinum.  

Joyce Connors

Joyce Connors

Joyce received her BA in Psychology in 1989. She then started a Domestic Violence Prevention Program in Galena, IL and began working for Catholic Charities as an Unplanned Pregnancy Counselor. Several years later, she switched over to being an Adoption Coordinator. Joyce also started the Office for the Protection of Children as a new program for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. She was later elected to Dubuque City Council, where she served for 16 years.
Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

A native of Dubuque, IA, Kate Mulgrew moved to New York City at 17 to pursue a career in acting. As an acclaimed fan-favorite actress, her performances span across television, film and stage. Shortly after she moved to New York, she landed her first role in the ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope.

Mulgrew is internationally recognized for her famous portrayal of Captain Janeway, in which she made Star Trek franchise history as the first female captain in a leading role. She starred on Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons and earned three Saturn Awards and one Satellite Award for her role. She is also well-known for her roles in Mrs. Columbo and currently as Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov in the hit series Orange Is The New Black.  

She is also an author of two memoirs, Born With Teeth and How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir. Mulgrew is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System.

Nicole Gantz

Nicole Gantz

Nicole L. Gantz is the marketing partner and chief marketing officer at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK).  

With over 22 years of experience in the marketing field, Nicole is responsible for the marketing strategy for Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK). She leads her team in brand development and management, customer experience and retention strategies, direct mail and email campaigns, marketing automation, search engine optimization, social media marketing, media relations, content marketing, publication development, and more. She also provides marketing consulting services to assist businesses with their own marketing strategies and initiatives. 

Nicole joined the firm in 2007. In 2012, she took on the additional responsibility of being the director of the HK Alliance, which consists of CPA firms across the U.S. sharing best practices and optimizing resources.  

Nicole earned her B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Marquette University and an M.S. in management from Cardinal Stritch University, both in Milwaukee, Wis. In 2018, she was named INSIDE Public Accounting’s Association of Accounting Marketing Marketer of the Year and Person of the Year for Camp Albrecht Acres in Dubuque.

For civic involvement, Nicole is an executive board member and marketing committee chair for Steeple Square, board member for the Dubuque Mercy Health Foundation, board member for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, secretary and board member for the Camp Albrecht Acres Foundation, a committee member for the Dubuque Oktoberfest fundraiser, and a former chair of the March of Dimes Northeast Iowa Signature Chef’s Auction. She is a member of the Association for Accounting Marketing, a former board member of the Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque and the past president of the Wisconsin Direct Marketing Association.

Tiffany O'Donnell

Tiffany O'Donnell

Tiffany O’Donnell is the Chief Executive Officer of Women Lead Change. Prior to joining Women Lead Change, Tiffany spent 25 years as a reporter and anchor at stations across the state including WQAD in the Quad Cities, WHO-TV in Des Moines and, most recently from 2001-2014 was the face and voice of CBS2/Fox 28 in Cedar Rapids, serving as an Emmy award-winning television lead anchor. She is credited with launching two successful news programs there, Fox News at 9 and Live at Five. 

A lifelong volunteer, Tiffany is a Board Member of the school-choice advocacy group Reaching Higher Iowa.  She was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the state’s only year-round market, NewBo City Market, and fulfilled a 6-year term on the Board in December 2016. She is also an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of the Revival Theatre Company, now into heading into its fourth season in the Corridor. Other organizations where she’s held board leadership positions include the Iowa Children’s Museum, Kids First Law Center and the Alzheimer’s Association of East Central Iowa.

In 2016, the Corridor Business Journal named Ms. O’Donnell a Woman of Influence.

Raised in Bettendorf, Tiffany holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and French from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and represented her home state in the 1989 Miss America Pageant after being crowned Miss Iowa 1988.

Additional Information

Explore all the conference has to offer

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Tiffany O'Donnell

10:15- 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Letter To My Younger Self panel with Joyce Connors, Nicole Gantz and Jade Romagna.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

VIP Luncheon, sponsor-only event

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote from Carly Fiorina

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.


Carly Fiorina Book Signing

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Keynote from Kate Mulgrew

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception & Book Signing

Conference Individual Registration: Register Here

Early-Bird Rate (thru 9/21/19): $165 per person 

Student Track Conference Registration Fees: Register Here

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

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

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for group of 10

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, education, and mentoring opportunities to give aspiring young women a chance to own their success.

Students will meet as a cohort for orientation before the program, attend general conference programming, participate in a one-on-one mentoring luncheon, then meet at the end of the day to share takeaways.

IMPORTANT: Student Track registration is limited to the FIRST 30 college students to registration. ACT NOW!

Student Track Conference Registration $99/Student: Register Here

One-on-one mentoring luncheon is included as part of attendee registration. Please designate a field of study on the registration form. Students will be matched to a mentor in that profession.

Group of 10 - Students Registration: $990

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

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for group of 10

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 Oct. 10, 2019. 

Professional Track Application: Click Here

Student Track Application: Click Here

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Shelley Till at

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
  • 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.

Exhibitors: $175 Early-bird rate thru 8.21.19

  • Includes 8-foot table, two chairs, wastebasket, boxed lunch
  • Register here

Becky Conlon, Conlon Construction

Poppy Conlon, Conlon Construction

Rachel Dilling, Plaid Swan

Erin Dragotto, River Museum

Lynn Hager, MidWestOne Bank

Deanna Hinderman, Smart Retract, Inc.

Peg Hudson, American Trust & Savings

Liza Johnson, University of Dubuque

Sue Moran, Grand River Center

Tiffany O'Donnell, Women Lead Change

Kara Popp, NICC

Arielle Swift, City of Dubuque

Best conference I have been to yet. The speakers did a great job of finding ways to make it relatable to everyone and giving us actionable items we can take home with us. I loved that the themes were on professional development, rather than just statistics about women being underrepresented in leadership roles. These are the skills we need to develop to get ahead.

-2018 Dubuque Conference Attendee

I learned how to be a negotiator which is very difficult and uncomfortable for me. This conference taught me that I deserve everything that the world has to offer me and how to go for it and take what's mine.

-2018 Dubuque Conference Attendee

I learned a lot about negotiating, workplace environments, including how to be more inclusive for women, how splitting my energy can be detrimental to my health and productivity, as well as how my identity can impact my goals and passions.

-2018 Dubuque Conference Male Ally Attendee

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