February 20, 2020 | Sioux City, IA | Sioux City Convention Center

2020 Siouxland Conference

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The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Amanda Beller

Amanda Beller

Amanda Beller began her career in banking while working her way through college. She transitioned from sales to trainer and into marketing/PR and communications while in the financial industry and later with American Pop Corn Company. 
As co-owner she was hands-on with numerous family businesses over the years which include Windows America, Lightning Car Wash, Express Laundry, DogWatch Hidden Fences and most recently Your Blind Source. 
With her passion for leadership development, she acted as Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland. In addition, she is a certified coach for Positive Leadership and Talent2Strength. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Morningside College and the University of South Dakota. 
Her volunteer work is far-reaching through the Siouxland Community and currently includes the Sioux City Public Library Foundation Board and VP of MRHD, which provides community grants.
She and her husband have three boys, one playing junior hockey and two in college. Her new pastime is her hobby of backyard chickens where she offers colorful, organic eggs and enjoys the joys of feathered friends.

Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes

Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes

Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes is the Executive Vice President of Community Impact and Engagement at Ho-Chunk, Inc. and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU College of Law).  

She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she also served as Interim Director of the Bureau of Indian Education. Ms. Bledsoe Downes was the Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at ASU College of Law and prior to that role, served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the ILP. 

She worked as Policy Advisor for Tribal Affairs for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003-2004. Ms. Bledsoe Downes served as President of Little Priest Tribal College from 2000-2003, and as Interim President in 2013. She received a B.A. from Wayne State College and a J.D. from ASU College of Law. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Barbara Sloniker

Barbara Sloniker

Barbara Sloniker serves as the Executive Vice President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (TSI). She has been employed by the Chamber for the past 22 years. Raised in Sioux City, Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Iowa State University. Sloniker joined TSI in October 1997 and was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Siouxland Chamber and TSI in 2011.

Barbara’s responsibilities include developing/lobbying legislative agendas in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and on the federal level; monitoring/advocating for transportation improvements: highway, rail, river, airport; overseeing Chamber’s fundraising events; economic development; and serving as Air Service Development Director for the Sioux Gateway Airport.

Beth Shelton

Beth Shelton

Beth Shelton is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, overseeing all operations for 13,500 members in portions of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Beth led her organization to record revenue and membership growth while simultaneously spearheading a cultural transformation that led to her organization being named on the selective Best Workplaces in Iowa in 2018 for the first time in history- and again in 2019.  In 2019 she has received regional and national accolades for her work and innovation; highlighted recently on platforms ranging from Good Morning America, Yahoo Finance, ABC World News Tonight and SiriusXM to Working Mother Magazine, USA Today and the Today Show. She has shared her passionate message of recognizing the human side of workplace culture and benefits from coast to coast, from the Seattle Interactive Conference to the Walmart Women’s Empowerment Summit to the National Academy of Sciences.  She has been highlighted on platforms such as 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes, Women Lead Change, Women of Vision, the Groundbreakers Speaker Series, and the Shining Bright podcast. Beth received the 2018 Alumni Achievement award from Simpson College. She serves as a guest lecturer in the Drake University MBA program (where she also earned her MBA) and received the 2019 Young Alumni of Achievement Award by Drake University. She recently completed the Artificial Intelligence program at MIT.

Beth, a life-long amputee, also serves on the board for the Iowa Amputee Golf Association, raising scholarships for families affected by the trauma and impact of limb loss. She has a lifelong love of sports, having been a 3-time collegiate MVP, and coaches youth teams in basketball and softball, as well as leading her local Girl Scout troop. She also serves on the Women Lead Change steering council as well as serving on her local school board. Beth resides in Des Moines. 

Catherine Bloom

Catherine Bloom

Catherine Bloom is the Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at Interstates. She has 20 years of experience in the accounting and marketing fields. Prior to working at Interstates, she worked at DuPont Pioneer and Ernst & Young.

Catherine serves on boards at her church in Sioux Center and at Northwestern College, her alma mater. She has been married for 18 years to her husband Matthew, and they have two kids.

Catherine enjoys asking questions to learn, grow and pursue a better way. She believes each employee is equipped with unique skills and experiences and enjoys helping individuals tap into their talents to reach their full potential.

Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Keurig Dr. Pepper, AMC Theatres, White Castle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and countless others learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, SHRM.com and many more. Voted in the top 100 leadership professionals to follow on twitter for 7 years in a row and named to The 2019 Most Inclusive HR Influencer List, Wakeman also came in at #2 on the Global Gurus 2020 List of top 30 Leadership Professionals around the world.

Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results. Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.

Emcee Stella Daskalakis

Emcee Stella Daskalakis

Stella Daskalakis is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked as a Reporter and Anchor in Seattle, Washington, Salt Lake City, Utah, Eugene, Oregon, Topeka, Kansas and most recently at KULR-8 Television in Billings, Montana, where she worked as the Main Female Anchor/Reporter for five years.

She has covered a multitude of stories and interviewed a wide variety of people, including a former president, politicians, celebrities and human trafficking survivors.

Stella has worked in almost every area of television and radio news, from the assignment desk to the anchor desk. She also has spent some of her career as a print journalist/columnist and Host for Public Television.

Highlights of her journalism career include coverage of the journey of human trafficking survivors, the devastating floods in St. George, Utah, the investigation surrounding Susan Powell’s disappearance in Salt Lake City, demonstrations in Seattle during the Iraq War, the Kansas Legislature and Iowa Caucus.

Stella’s experience does not begin and end with broadcast news. She is an Instructor of Public Speaking. She has been a certified Facilitator/Trainer for the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute since May 2006. She also serves as an Emcee for a variety of events and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Stella has assisted in opening and operating two major hotels in Denver, Colorado. She also helped her family open and operate two businesses in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stella has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah. She is fluent in Greek and has studied French, Spanish and German languages. She has two grown children, Dante and Kristina.

Kristie VerMulm McManamy

Kristie VerMulm McManamy

Most people know Kristie VerMulm from her more than two decades in television news. However, this award-winning journalist and busy mom has had a big career change in recent years. Kristie left the TV anchor desk at KTIV in December 2013 to join the United Real Estate Solutions team where she serves as Director of Communications & Recruitment. The Harrisburg, SD, native and South Dakota State University graduate earned numerous state and regional journalism awards for excellence during her time at KELO and KTIV, including several Emmys.

Kristie volunteers her time with several school and community organizations. She's a two-time past president of the Greater Sioux City Press Club, 2017-2018 United Way of Siouxland Campaign Chair, and currently serves on boards for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, the Catholic Globe newspaper and Morningside College’s Agriculture Studies program. Kristie and her husband Kevin McManamy have two children.

Rosalynd Koob

Rosalynd Koob

Rosalynd Koob (Roz) is Partner Attorney, Heidman Law Firm (Sioux City) and Whorley Heidman (Sheldon).

The oldest of five kids she developed a strong work ethic and a competitive drive from an early age. This led her to achieve her dreams of playing collegiate volleyball and basketball at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City. After a career-ending injury, rather than quit on her dreams, Roz created a new dream—law school. After graduating from Creighton School of Law in 2001, she returned to Sioux City to give back to the community that gave her so much.

That hard work ethic she learned on the farm still forms her foundation today. And this is felt in everything that Roz commits to, whether it is in the courtroom, or on the volleyball/basketball court where she volunteers her time coaching, or at Briar Cliff University where she has created an endowed scholarship. Roz has always believed that with a strong team and faith, anything is obtainable.


Additional Information

Explore all the conference has to offer

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote from Beth Shelton

How a lot of Disruption...And a Few Babies...Transformed our Culture

The process of embracing disruption and innovation in the workplace, and how fundamentally when we support people, good things happen.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.


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

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

Six Siouxland leaders share 10 ideas - both big and small - that can be applied to any business.

Featuring: Amanda Beller, Windows America; Catherine Bloom, Interstates; Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, Ho-Chunk; Roz Koob, Heidman Law Firm; Kristie VerMulm McManamy, United Real Estate Solutions; Barbara Sloniker, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Cy Wakeman Ditch the Drama workshop 

How to Live Happy in a Messy World

  • Learn three questions for self-reflection that can help you to toggle up into your higher self and approach your world from a more effective mindset.
  • Learn three tools that will “change everything without changing anything.”
  • Experience the empowerment gained when you begin to question everything you think. 

This program is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

4:30 p.m.



This program is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Registration is now closed.

We'd be thrilled to visit with you about sponsorship opportunities at the Siouxland Conference. Market your business to hundreds of conference attendees and support advancing women leaders.
Contact Bobbi Segura at bobbi.segura@wlclglobal.org or call (515) 240-7883 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 Registration is now closed.

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: CLOSED

Student Track Application: CLOSED

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Bobbi Segura at bobbi.segura@wlcglobal.org.

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

  • Non-Profit Exhibitor
    • $150
  • Business Exhibitor
    • $185

Registration closed.

Sarah Morgan, Camp High Hopes

Connie Schmidt, Northwest Bank

Karen Harrison, Hard Rock

Toi Sullivan, FEH

Karmen TenNapel, Morningside College

Teresa McElroy, WITCC

I really loved how each portion of the conference was different. For example: more of a workshop, then networking, then one-on-one interview format, then panel. I appreciated the diversity of the format.

-2019 Conference Attendee

I think more than anything, I left ready to tackle some big goals. It gave me the push I needed to get started on some goals and helped me connect with local female business women.

-2019 Conference Attendee

It was a great confidence builder. I left with additional knowledge on how to address conversations and get results.

-2019 Conference Attendee

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