October 28, 2020 | VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

2020 Central Iowa Conference

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URGENT Central Iowa Conference Update

Knowing that we can not predict what regulations may be in place and/or the comfort level of attendees this fall, Women Lead Change has made the decision to host all fall conferences as completely virtual experiences including the Central Conference on Oct. 28.

 Full announcement here


EMC Insurance

2020 Presenting Sponsor

The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Caroline Criado Perez

Caroline Criado Perez

Writer, journalist and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez is the author of Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. A leading voice on equality and feminist issues in technology, health and the media, Caroline has also led high-profile campaigns to publicly recognize the contribution of women in British history.

Invisible Women reveals the systematic, and often unconscious bias behind the data and assumptions that construct our everyday life. She reveals a world built for men, from the dangerous presumption that male symptoms of heart attacks also apply to women, to the fact that pianos are built for the male-hand size to crash-test dummies being modeled on the male frame. One of the key areas of examination is the increasing reliance in all areas on algorithms which are usually designed by, and using large amounts of data on, men which affects everything from internet search results to job applications. She uses numerous cases to exemplify how male data has always been treated as the norm, ignoring at least half the population, and reviews the effects of this imbalance on women and society as a whole. Alongside widespread critical acclaim, Invisible Women also won the prestigious Royal Society Science Book prize. 

Alongside regular appearances on the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, Caroline has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Washington Post and the New Statesman. She has also featured in the documentary Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes and won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

In her critically acclaimed novels and immensely popular nonfiction, Elizabeth Gilbert expands our understanding of creativity, spirituality, and love. Whatever her subject, whether in fiction or nonfiction, Gilbert writes with “a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review). Her memoir, Eat Pray Love, exploded onto the scene in 2006. A #1 New York Times bestseller, Eat Pray Love famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, the book has sold over thirteen million copies for guidance in leading a brave, authentic, and creative lives. In her nonfiction treatise, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, another instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Gilbert unpacks her own generative process and shares her wise, witty insights into the mysteries of curiosity and inspiration. Her newest bestseller is the novel, City of Girls, a “fiercely feminist” (Esquire) story of a young woman coming into her own in the theater world of 1940s New York.

Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams

After serving an unprecedented two consecutive terms as USTA Chairman and President, 2015-2018 Katrina M. Adams now serves 2019-2020 as Immediate Past President. Adams was the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person ever to serve as USTA President.

An accomplished professional player, Adams competed for 12 years on the WTA Tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. In 2015, Adams was elected Vice President of the International Tennis Federation and re-elected in 2019. In 2016, she was appointed as Chairman of the Fed Cup Committee and in 2018, Adams was also named Chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee. She was named to Adweek magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2016 and 2017, and Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2017. Also in 2017, Adams was named to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list. Since 2005 Adams also has served as the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, based in New York City.

During her administration, the USTA achieved a number of major milestones, including the opening of the USTA National Campus in Orlando, and the completion of the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. She also spearheaded an unprecedented outreach effort into underserved communities—with an emphasis on Hispanic communities—in an effort to share the sport of tennis with more people.

Ms. Adams has her maiden book, Own The Arena...Getting Ahead, Making A Difference and Succeeding As The Only One, coming soon.

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today’s communication challenges. Kindra is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. She is a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine and was guest faculty at the Harvard Medical School. Her book, Stories that Stick: How Storytelling can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences and Transform Your Business debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and Forbes said it “may be the most valuable business book you read." Kindra’s message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target and Berkshire Hathaway and many others.

What began as a storytelling assignment in 5th grade, grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own.

She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master’s degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture.

Nagoski Sisters

Nagoski Sisters

Emily Nagoski is the author of Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life. She has a PhD in health behavior with a minor in human sexuality from Indiana University, and a MS in counseling, also from IU, including a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute sexual health clinic.

Amelia Nagoski holds a conductor with a DMA in conducting from the University of Connecticut. An assistant professor and coordinator of music at Western New England University, she regularly presents educational sessions discussing the application of communications science and psychological research for audiences of other professional musicians, including “Beyond Burnout Prevention:Embodied Wellness for Conductors.”

Sandra Quince

Sandra Quince

Sandra Quince is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive responsible for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council (GDIC). In this role, she supports the CEO and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in delivering the Bank’s global D&I strategy. Sandra’s work with the GDIC is focused on growing the diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet the needs of customers. Sandra also leads diversity for Global Human Resources, an organization of over 2500 employees.

Sandra’s role includes serving as the Market President Human Resources Leader for Oklahoma, responsible for driving employee engagement, retention and talent management for the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.

Sandra serves the community through her contributions to the Executive Committee and Board for Family & Children’s Services, a leading provider of behavioral health care and family services in Tulsa; Chair of the Black Women Business Owners of America Board, a business association that supports African American women business owners, entrepreneurs, and start-up foundations across the country; the City Year Board, an organization that partners with schools to help bridge the gap by providing diverse, talented and trained young adult tutors, mentors and role models who work alongside teachers to support student success; and as a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Board, a nonprofit organization for strengthening the nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and awards.

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Knowing that we can not predict what regulations may be in place and/or the comfort level of attendees this fall, Women Lead Change has made the decision to host all fall conferences as completely virtual experiences including the Central Iowa Conference on Oct. 28.

Individual registration: $299 per person: Register Here

We ask that for every ticket allocated, you consider registering your male and minority colleagues and employees as well. Diversity of thought fosters more productive conversations.

This program is valid for 6 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® (Activity 20-NH926)

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Agenda Subject to Change


Wednesday, Oct. 28


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

CEO Forum - Gender Intelligence

Sponsored by EMC Insurance

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Student Track Orientation

Sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote from Kindra Hall

Stories That Stick: The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Sandra Quince

Moderated by Claudia Schabel

Data in DEI Initiatives

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

1A - How to be allies/advocates for women of color with Lonnie Dafney, Diversity & Inclusion Director, EMC
1B - Being Bold - A Veterans' Perspective: Sharing Stories of Iowa Hometown Heroes with Sara Robinson, President & Founder of Iowa Veterans Perspective
1C - Financial Confidence with Deidre DeJear

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Keynote from Caroline Criado Perez

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Women of Achievement Awards

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

A Courtside Chat with Katrina Adams 

Moderated by Tiffany O’Donnell

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2A - Being Bold- A Black Woman from LA to Iowa with Rheya Spigner, Anchor KCCI 8 News 
2B - Resilience & Grace with Mary McCarthy
2C -  Straight Talk Answers to #MeToo, Questions Men Have Post #MeToo with Kirsten Anderson and Meyer Lehman

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Keynote from Amelia & Emily Nagoski

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Keynote from Elizabeth Gilbert

4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

4:30 p.m.

Student Track Wrap-up

Sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

4:30 p.m.

VIP Reception (By Invite Only)

Sponsored by Bank of America

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Central Iowa Conference and support our mission of advancing women leaders? Contact Bobbi Segura at bobbi.segura@wlcglobal.org.

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.

Student Track registration is for students currently enrolled in a college or university and high school seniors who are enrolled in AP, IB, Dual Credit or college credit classes. These registrations are available to any college/university/school that buys a block of 10 at $99/student.

Group of 10 - Students Registration: $990

To purchase a Student Track block of tickets, please email info@wlcglobal.org for invoicing and registration procedures.

Sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

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 Track Scholarships due date has passed. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Bobbi Segura at 515.240.7883 or Bobbi.Segura@WLCglobal.org

Sponsored by EquiTrust

Mel Appenzeller, EMC

Sydney Conrad, EMC

Tammi Dickey, EMC

Tabitha Garner, Nationwide

Ashley Hall, Nationwide

Lisa Hamilton, EMC

Jessica Hendricks, EMC

Meyer Lehman, EMC

Claire Muselman, CWG Insurance

Beth Nigut, EMC

Sarah Paoli, EMC

Dawn Rizzo, EMC

Ray Schmidt, EMC

Lisa Simonetta, EMC

Lu Smith, EMC

Anna Sweeney, Nationwide

Maggie White, EMC

Deidre Williams, EMC

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All the speakers were great! I wasn't sure what to expect with the line up, but I was impressed and inspired by my ability to relate to all of them in a personal way and can see how I can better myself just from hearing their words.

-2019 Conference Attendee

Each of the speakers offered something different and I really, really enjoyed all of them. I walked away learning a lot of new information and feeling more confident!

-2019 Conference Attendee

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