April 7 - 8, 2020 | Cedar Rapids | DoubleTree Convention Center

2020 ICR Iowa Conference

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The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Antoinette Clarke & Tricia Clarke-Stone

Antoinette Clarke & Tricia Clarke-Stone

"Double Down Twins"
Antoinette Clarke is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and the vice president of branded entertainment and media innovation at CBS. She has worked as a producer for The Tyra Banks ShowRachael Ray, and The Nate Berkus Show. She was honored with a Black Women in Media award in 2017 and was named 1-of-39 featured in Adweek’s annual Disruptors list in 2018.
Tricia Clarke-Stone is the co-founder and current CEO of WP Narrative, a content-innovation studio she sold to Hollywood hitmaker Will Packer. Tricia has been named one of Crain’s New York 40 Under 40 and  Ad Age’s 40 Under 40, and her work has been honored at SXSW, Cannes Lions, Clios, and the Webby’s.
Dr. Peggy Whitson

Dr. Peggy Whitson

Dr. Peggy Whitson is a NASA astronaut and biochemist. She flew on Expedition 50/51 and participated in four spacewalks, bringing her career total to ten. With a total of 665 days in space, Whitson holds the U.S. record, placing eighth on the all-time space endurance list. The Iowa native also completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the station for Expedition 5 in 2002, and as the station commander for Expedition 16 in 2008 where she accumulated 377 days in space between the two missions, the most for any U.S. woman at the time of her return to Earth.

Dr. Whitson began her career at NASA/Johnson Space Center as a Research Biochemist in the Biomed- ical Operations and Research Branch; she developed negotiation and leadership skills as a member of the U.S.-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Medicine and Biology. She continued developing these skills in 1992, when she was named the Project Scientist of the Shuttle-Mir Program and served in this capacity until the conclusion of the Phase 1A Program in 1995. Dr. Whitson held the additional respon- sibilities of the Deputy Division Chief of the Medical Sciences Division at Johnson Space Center from 1995 to 1996, and served as Co-Chair of the U.S.-Russian Mission Science Working Group.

Selected from thousands of applicants, Dr. Whitson began her Astronaut training in 1996. Upon completing two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Operations Planning Branch and served as the lead for the Crew Test Support Team in Russia from 1998 to 1999. From November 2003 to March 2005, she served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut. Also in 2003, she served as commander of the fifth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission.

She continued serving in a number of leadership roles. From March 2005 to November 2005, she served as Chief of the Station Operations Branch. Then trained as the backup ISS commander for Expedition 14 from November 2005 to September 2006.

Whitson completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the International Space Station, the second as the station commander for Expedition 16 in April 2007-8. She accumulated 377 days in space and performed a total of six career spacewalks, adding up to 39 hours and 46 minutes between these first two missions, the most for any woman. After returning from space, Whitson was tapped to chair the Astronaut Selection Board in 2008-9.

From October 2009 to July 2012, Whitson served as Chief of the Astronaut Corps and was responsible for the mission preparation activities and on-orbit support of all International Space Station crews and their support personnel. She was also responsible for organizing the crew interface support for future heavy launch and commercially provided transport vehicles. Whitson was the first female, nonmilitary Chief of the Astronaut Office.

Whitson’s third and final mission launched in November 2016. Originally planned as a 6-month mission, she was extended to a nine-and-a-half-month mission, returning in September 2017, accumu- lating the records noted above while accomplishing an enormous wealth of scientific research.

Whitson graduated from Mt. Ayr Community High School, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, in 1978; received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1981 and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Rice University in 1985.

Emcee Nicole Agee

Emcee Nicole Agee

Nicole Agee anchors the morning news at KCRG-TV9. She's a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and received her Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri.

During her career, Nicole has covered several major news events, including five Iowa Caucuses, the 35W bridge collapse, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and Hurricane Katrina. She has received two regional Emmys for her work. 

Nicole currently serves on the JDRF Board of Directors after six years on the Theatre Cedar Rapids Board of Directors. She also hosts events for JDRF, the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and Mercy Medical Center’s Especially for You Race.

She enjoys supporting the local fine arts scene either as a performer or in the audience. She also loves to travel, cook, attend sporting events and explore eastern Iowa with her husband, two kids and their rescue dog, Jovi.

Jay Pryor

Jay Pryor

Nothing is more powerful than leading by example. Jay Pryor is a living example of the power of possibility in transforming your life. Born female, Jay transitioned to male after 35 years of living life as a woman. Living as a gender non-conforming person grants them truly unique insight into how differently women experience the world versus men, the challenges that the LGBT+ community faces daily, and how those challenges translate to the workforce.

Jay is a speaker, author, executive coach, and CEO of Jay Pryor Consulting, LLC. They are an advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and an educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness.

In Jay’s signature process and book, Lean Inside, they utilize mindfulness and neuroscience to create powerful understanding of human response systems and the emotional intelligence required to be successful. Jay has used this process to support and create Lean Inside Leaders around the world through one-on-one executive coaching, culture initiatives, and their weekly podcast, Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, which is devoted to awakening people to their power to transform their own lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is host of NBC’s new show, Health + Happiness, and the nutrition and health expert for the TODAY Show. She’s also the founder of Nourish Snacks®, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, and the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet. Joy is the creator of JoyBauer.com and the author of 12 best-selling books. Her latest book,  Joy’s Simple Food Remedies, explores the healing power of food and features natural, holistic remedies for the most common every day ailments—including bloating, headaches, anxiety and stress, low energy, brain fog and high cholesterol.

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 andthe American Society of Nutrition Science.

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 at home with her husband, three kids, and fur-baby, Gatsby.


McKenna "Sassy" Haase

McKenna "Sassy" Haase is a 22-year-old racecar driver from Des Moines, Iowa. She primarily races at Knoxville Raceway in the 360 division and is Knoxville's first and only female feature winner in 100+ years. Off the track, she owns and operates her own sprint car team, Team Haase Racing (THR) LLC. She also operates her own youth driver development program, Compass Racing Development LLC. Outside of racing, she appeared on Season 11 of NBC's American Ninja Warrior.

Haase attended Drake University where she was the president of the Drake Investment Club and was also involved in the College of Business & Public Administration Leadership Council/Service Committee, Drake American Marketing Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love. 

She is the most booked female speaker in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 36 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international bestseller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science-backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes. 

She is the creator and host of three #1 audiobooks on Audible and the co-founder and CEO of 143 Studios, a digital media company that produces content in partnership with Fortune 500 brands. In January of 2019, a quarter of a million people took part in her free 30-day Mindset Reset program online. 

Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.

Samantha Power

Samantha Power

Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.

From 2013 to 2017, Power served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2009 to 2013, Power worked on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power’s book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World.

Power began her career as a journalist reporting from countries including Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sudan, and she has been named by TIME as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a child and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Cass Sunstein, and their two children.

Additional Information

Explore all the conference has to offer

Monday, April 6


5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Peggy Whitson Homecoming Reception - open to the public

Doubletree Hotel Parlor Room - 15th Floor

$35/person (Children under 12, free)

Tuesday, April 7


7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

CEO Forum - Invite Only

Tiffany O'Donnell, CEO Women Lead Change

Gender Intelligence: Science and Solutions

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Antoinette Clarke and Tricia Clarke Stone

Double Down Twins

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Break/Book signing 

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Keynote from Samantha Power

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch sponsored by U.S. Bank

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

1A - Lead Naked: Strip the Armor. Step Into Your Personal Power with Sarah Stevens 

1B - Resilience & Reinvention - Tactical Tools with Heather Woody

1C - Build Your Money Muscle with Joey Beech 

1D - How To Be An Effective Ally For Women In Leadership with Mark Polking, Doug Neumann, John Lohman, Rue Patel, and moderator Catherine Huggins

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2A - Lead Naked: Strip the Armor. Step Into Your Personal Power with Sarah Stevens 

2B - Resilience & Reinvention - Tactical Tools with Heather Woody

2C - Build Your Money Muscle with Joey Beech 

2D - How To Be An Effective Ally For Women In Leadership with Mark Polking, Doug Neumann, John Lohman, Rue Patel, and  moderator Catherine Huggins

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Keynote from Dr. Peggy Whitson

Record-Breaking: My Life and Career with NASA

4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Book Signing/General Networking Event

5:30 p.m.

VIP Reception sponsored by GoDaddy & Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Wednesday, April 8


7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Student Track Registration & Orientation with McKenna Haase

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Jay Pryor

Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

3A - Health & Wellness: Brain Food with Joy Bauer

3B - Embracing Change and Transformation (Making Difficult Decisions) with Dr. Angela Franklin

3C - Gender Intelligence with Tiffany O'Donnell

3D - Leave a Legacy and Leave Less to the IRS with Adam Steen

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

Lunch sponsored by McGrath

Leaders who Lunch Student Presentation 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions 

4A - Health & Wellness: Brain Food with Joy Bauer

4B - Embracing Change and Transformation (Making Difficult Decisions) with Dr. Angela Franklin

4C - Gender Intelligence with Tiffany O'Donnell

4D - Leave a Legacy and Leave Less to the IRS with Adam Steen

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote from Mel Robbins

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

2-Day Conference Individual Registration $575/person: Register Here 

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.

Mel Robbins Keynote Registration: Register Here

$125/ticket for Mel Robbins keynote address only on April 8, 2:30-4 p.m.

Student Track Registration $99/person (Day 2 only): Register Here

Must be full-time student and present student ID at registration

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

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

WLC All Access


NEW Women Lead Change All Access $199/person: Register Here

All Access brings a virtual conference to you! Virtual access to all keynote speakers for the 2-day conference.


Conference Seating

Seating for the general session and all breakout sessions of the Conference is theater-style, open seating. Attendance in the breakout sessions is first come, first served.

WLC All Access

NEW Women Lead Change All Access $199/person: Register Here

All Access to the ICR Iowa Conference lets you experience portions of the live event from the comfort of your own computer. Watch all keynote speakers from both days.

How it works:

  • Purchase an All Access ticket.
  • The All Access URL will be emailed to you in advance of the Conference dates. That email will also contain any technical details you need to have a smooth viewing experience. 
  • All Access video is only available live—it will not be available for playback and recording of any type is strictly prohibited.
We'd be thrilled to visit with you about sponsorship opportunities at the ICR Iowa Conference. Market your business to hundreds of conference attendees and support advancing women leaders.
Contact Shelley Till at shelley.till@wlcglobal.org 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, full-time undergraduate/graduate 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 with an address from McKenna Haase and attend general conference programming.

Student Track Registration (Day 2 only): Register Here

Individual Student Registration: $99/student  (Must be full-time student and present student ID at registration)

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 Track Application: OPEN NOW

Student Track Application: OPEN NOW

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Shelley Till at shelley.till@wlcglobal.org.

Includes 8-foot table, two chairs, wastebasket, electricity and a boxed lunch

  • Non-Profit Exhibitor
    • $450
  • Business Exhibitor
    • $550

Register here

Fred Brown, Collins Aerospace

Anna Milbach, US Bank

Brenda Koppes

Cristiane AbouAssaly, Bankers Trust

Heather Wild, US Bank

Jennifer Smith, ACT

Jodie Carlson, Transamerica

Leah Rodenberg, Alliant Energy

Courtney Gilroy, Collins Aerospace

Nichole Rinholen, Lil' Drug Store

Sharon Teahen

Tiffany O'Donnell, Women Lead Change

Shelley Till, Women Lead Change

Vanessa McDonald

It was a great opportunity to engage with a wide variety of women, and some men, in an environment that is comfortable for everyone. Really good discussions and dialogue around the speaker sessions.

-2019 Conference Attendee

I went home and took stock of both my personal and professional life and felt very empowered to make some critical changes. I wish every motivated woman would have had the opportunity to hear the messages each one of these presenters spoke to. Great opportunity and great experience.

-2019 Conference Attendee

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