October 28 - 29, 2020 | Des Moines, IA | Iowa Events Center

2020 Central Iowa Conference

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Creative sessions from today's top experts

Ather Williams III

Ather Williams III

Ather Williams III, managing director, is head of Business Banking and Global Banking and Markets Anti-Money Laundering at Bank of America and a member of the company’s Management Committee. 

With more than 20 years financial services experience, Williams has also served in a variety of senior strategic and financial management roles, including as management consultant with First Manhattan Consulting Group and the Financial Institutions practice of A.T. Kearney. 

He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders, and former member of the Transaction Banking Global Leaders Council-Bankers Association for Finance and Trade. 

Williams was recently recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as the inventor of Multicomputer Processing of Client Device Request Data with Centralized Event Orchestration as well as System and Platform for the Execution of Consolidated Resource-Based Action and awarded two proprietary patents for his leading work in the field of payments technology. 

In 2019, he was named to EMpower’s global list of Top Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models and Diversity MBA’s “Top 100 Executive Leaders under 50”. He was also featured in Global Finance’s “Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management” from 2014 through 2016. 

Williams holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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.

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.

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2-Day Conference Early-Bird Individual Registration: Register Here

Conference registration: $550 per person thru 8.28.20

We ask that for every ticket allocated to a woman that you also allocate one for a man - the gender balance fosters more productive conversations and better results for your organization.

Student Track Conference Registration: (Day Two of Conference): 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

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

Student Track Conference Registration: (Day Two of Conference): 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

Check back for Student and Professional Track Scholarship information.

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