November 21, 2019 | Dubuque, IA | Grand River Center

2019 Dubuque Conference

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MidWestOne Bank

2019 Presenting Sponsor

The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Bobbi Earles - Emcee

Bobbi Earles - Emcee

Bobbi Earles attended Loras College, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and American Politics. She was hired right out of college by NBC affiliate KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa working her way up through the ranks of reporter, photographer and producer, eventually anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts. Throughout her career she was recognized by local, regional and national news agencies for her work health reporting and breaking news, receiving the National Headliner Award, Parent’s Choice Award, National Association of Broadcasters Award, Women in Communication Award, Associated Press Award and Iowa Broadcast News Association Award.

After 14 years in the broadcast news industry, Ms. Earles returned to the Loras College campus in 2003. She joined the Advancement Division working as a Senior Development Officer raising funds to advance the mission of the college. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Director of Alumni and Communications helping to build engagement with alumni, friends and community members.

Civic engagement is important to Ms. Earles and since returning to Dubuque she has served as a board of director on a number of non-profits including Opening Doors, American Red Cross of the Tri-States and Two by Two Character Education.

Ms. Earles lives in Asbury with her husband Rich and together they have two daughters.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is a business woman, podcast host, public speaker and philanthropist. Fiorina’s personal success story, starting out as a secretary for a small real-estate business and eventually becoming the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company, uniquely positions her to speak about what it takes to achieve more, make a difference, and build a rewarding life.

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.  

Jessica Langenberg

Jessica Langenberg

With a passion for organizational and talent development, Jessica Langenberg brings a contagious enthusiasm and authenticity to her role as Director of Leadership Development. As a former Leadership Resources client, she understands first- hand how to maximize the development process and add valuable perspective as a coach and facilitator. Jessica genuinely cares about clients and their results. She thrives on connecting people and ideas.

Jessica is a native Nebraskan and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She and her husband, Mike, are active members at Southwood Lutheran Church, where Jessica writes devotions and volunteers with Meals on Wheels. They and their two children – Ellery and Reid – savor time at home, outdoors, and with family and friends.

Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and healthy lifestyle expert for NBC’s TODAY show and the host of NBC’s Health + Happiness. Joy is also a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the creator of Joy is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with 14 best-sellers to her credit. Her newest book, Joy Bauer’s Superfood! 150 Recipes For Eternal Youth, features mouthwatering dishes to enhance health, boost energy and increase longevity.

In the earlier part of her career, Joy was the Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as the clinical dietitian for their neurosurgical team. One of Joy’s most rewarding experiences was creating and implementing “Heart Smart Kids,” a health program for underprivileged children living in Harlem. Prior to making the jump to media, she taught Anatomy & Physiology and Sports Nutrition at NYU’s School of Continuing Education, as she worked to build what would soon become the largest private nutrition center in the country.

Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions of Americans, Joy has received countless awards including the National Media Excellence Award from two of the most esteemed organizations, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society of Nutrition Science. She is also continuously featured in prominent publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, People, US Weekly, Life&Style, Parade, and more. 

When she’s not dishing out health info or sharing delicious recipes on TV, you’ll find Joy making a mess in her kitchen or spending quality time with her husband, three kids, and fur-baby, Gatsby. 

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.
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.

Nicole Salazar

Nicole Salazar

Nicole Salazar is 27 years old and from Chicago, IL. She moved to Dubuque, IA to attend Loras College. At Loras, she was a member of the Loras Intercultural Student Association and had the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for a full semester. She graduated from Loras in May 2014 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Spanish.  

In December 2014, Nicole accepted a full-time position as a Police Officer for the City of Dubuque. She attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and completed a 22-week long Field Training Program. Through the last 4 1/2 years, she has pushed herself to become a highly trained officer. Nicole was very determined and put herself through training and conferences to better her negotiating skills and eventually became part of the Crisis Negotiator Team for the Department. Nicole is also part of the Peer Support Team, Crisis Intervention Team, and a member of the Domestic Violence Unit. Outside of work, she is a member of the Women's Giving Circle. 

In her spare time, she enjoys working out, dancing, going to church, playing with cats and dogs, and traveling to Chicago to visit family.  

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.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

CEO Forum with Jessica Langenberg (by invite only)

Take Heart: The Critical Link Between Emotion & Results

Studies have shown that Emotional Intelligence is responsible for up to 58% of an individual’s job performance. So why do leaders so often fail to cultivate this important quality in themselves and those they lead? Join Jessica Langenberg, Director of Leadership Development at Leadership Resources, as she discusses the critical link between emotion and results.

Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome - Bobbi Earles, Emcee

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote from Tiffany O'Donnell

No...until Yes 

What's holding you back? Statistics show that women, in particular, can get in our own way. In this personal conversation, Tiffany talks about the Power of Yes and why it has eluded her and so many of us in our personal and professional journeys. She's betting she's not alone. As the CEO of Women Lead Change, Tiffany knows firsthand, that we're all on this leadership journey together.

10:30- 10:55 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote from Carly Fiorina

Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential

An insightful discussion exploring how unlocking your highest potential is about discovering a path and the characteristics it takes to solve the problems you encounter. Fiorina’s personal success as the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company uniquely positions her to speak about what it takes to achieve more, make a difference, and build a rewarding life. She will offer applicable and accessible advice and encouragement for anyone who is trying to make a difference—whether in the home, community, or workplace.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Conference attendee lunch

VIP Luncheon, invite-only event

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Joy Bauer book signing for general conference

1:00 p.m.

Founders Award presentation 

1:05 – 1:45 p.m.

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

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Keynote from Joy Bauer

Leaders often put themselves last. Doing so, we often put our health in jeopardy. Joy Bauer is one of the nation’s leading health authorities and shares practical tips on ways to stay healthy in today's busy work/life balancing act.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Conference Individual Registration: Closed

$185 per person 

Student Track Registration: Closed

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

We'd be thrilled to visit with you about sponsorship opportunities at the Dubuque Conference. Market your business to hundreds of conference attendees and support advancing women leaders.
Contact Shelley Till at or call (563) 542-3801 to learn about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

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 and meet at the end of the day to share takeaways.

Student Track Conference Registration $99/Student: Register Here

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 closed for this year's conference.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Shelley Till at

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

  • Continuing Education
  • Resume feedback
  • Linked In profile feedback
  • Social Media account advice for job seekers and/or marketing purposes
  • Professional headshots
  • Professional image/etiquette
  • Wellness services: mental, emotional, physical, spiritual
  • Financial Wellness
  • Nutrition for peak performance 
  • Meal services
  • Family-related services

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: $200 

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

Becky Conlon, Conlon Construction

Poppy Conlon, Conlon Construction

Erin Dragotto, River Museum

Lynne Hager, MidWestOne Bank

Deanna Hinderman, Smart Retract, Inc.

Peg Hudson, MidWestOne Bank

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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