May 4, 2021 | All Access Virtual

2021 ICR Iowa Conference

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The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Ariane de Bonvoisin

Ariane de Bonvoisin

Ariane de Bonvoisin has spoken and coached at companies such as Google, Twitter, Morgan Stanley, The IDB, KPMG, Essilor, Amazon, Nestle and Redbull. She has also been a keynote at events including Oprah’s Conference, Maria Shriver's Women's Conference, the Multimillion Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) and other international conferences. Her 9 Principles of Change Workshop has become a cornerstone of her teachings and has received rave reviews.

Ariane grew up in 6 countries across 3 continents. With a degree in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics at the age of 19, Ariane began her professional career at The Boston Consulting Group working in over a dozen countries. After an MBA from Stanford University, she moved to New York, working with media companies Bertelsmann and Sony. In 2000, she joined Time Warner as the Managing Director of a new $500 million digital-media venture fund.

She founded and was CEO and Chief Change Optimist of, a New York City-based media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes. Her most recent work involves leading the Executive Women’s Leadership Program for Union Square Ventures (USV) in NYC, a six-month program for startup executives looking at personal transformation and life skills.

She is an accomplished athlete, having been a competitive swimmer, a ski instructor, and a runner in a series of marathons and triathlons. She also reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and accompanied a group of students to Antarctica. She was most recently part of a movie called The Highest Pass, a motorcycle journey through the highest roads in the Himalayas.

She currently lives in New York City, with her husband Alfie and her son, Everest.

Brit Barron

Brit Barron

Brit Barron is a sought-after speaker about the intersections of spirituality, race, gender, and sexuality. Along with her wife, Sami, she co-founded Other Dreamers, a creative agency designed to help others tell their stories authentically. She co-pastors New Abbey, a church in Pasadena, California, that seeks to challenge and redefine what "church" looks like today.

Brit grew up in an Evangelical megachurch in the '90s, trying to fit neatly inside the boundaries her church and its narrow view of God had placed around her. She was boxed in by her fears, unable to realize her full potential. All that changed when she met a girl named Sami, fell in love, and chose to leave behind those narrow boundaries in favor of a fuller and more vibrant life.

In Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For, Brit tells her story to inspire all of us to overcome our own fears—the kinds of fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been handed to us by others. We can't avoid or outrun these fears, but if we face them, we'll find out that it was so worth it!

Gabby Bernstein

Gabby Bernstein

For over fifteen years, Gabrielle Bernstein has been transforming lives—including her own. The #1 New York Times bestselling author has penned eight books including The Universe Has Your Back, Super Attractor and the latest, her first Audible Original, You Are the Guru. What started as hosting intimate conversations with twenty people in her New York City apartment, Gabby has grown into speaking to tens-of-thousands in sold-out venues throughout the world. 

Gabby was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader.” The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified Gabby as “a new role model.”  She co-hosted the Guinness World Records’ largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra, and appears regularly as an expert on Today and Good Morning America among other publications. Gabby connects with her community through her books, her Miracle Membership, the Spirit Junkie app, social media, podcasts, masterclasses, digital workshops and e-courses, and live events. To learn more and experience it yourself, visit

“Don’t dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be. Dive deeply and fully into it.”—Gabby Bernstein

Risha Grant

Risha Grant

Motivated by her passion to correct societal isms like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism, it is Risha's personal mission to expose the value of Diversity & Inclusion while shining a light on the economic impact it creates. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to growing a small business and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity.

Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics as NBC KJRH’s community correspondent and host of the Risha Talks series. Through her Tulsa World column, Risha Talks and as a contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, she has motivated and educated numerous corporations, associations, and universities. In her book, That's BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets and her corresponding “BS” Video Series, Risha has led audiences to new places of respect and understanding.

Through her interactive keynotes and deep-dive training sessions, Risha teaches and empowers attendees with D&I tools to increase their bottom line and permission to get rid of their BS.

Shellye Archambeau

Shellye Archambeau

Shellye Archambeau is one of high tech's first female African American CEOs and has been featured frequently in Forbes, the New York Times, Business Insider, and more. Formerly an executive at IBM and CEO of, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta.

In her book, Unapologetically AmbitiousArchambeau shares her story of growing up an ambitious Black girl in the racially charged 1960s and 70s. She recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young woman, wife, and mother, managing her responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM, and brings readers on a wild ride through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, detailing the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company, MetricStream, toward success. 

Additional Information

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Registration is now closed.

Individual Virtual Registration: $299/person

  • Registration includes:
  • Access to all keynote speakers and breakout sessions on the day of conference and for 7 days following
  • Follow-up discussion guide with notes and insights from all sessions
  • inQUEST Go-To Network Virtual Tool & breakout session
  • Q&A with speakers in real-time
  • Virtual networking through Whova

VIP Virtual Registration: $399/person

  • Registration includes:
  • Books from Brit Barron and Shellye Archambeau, WLC t-shirt, WLC notebook
  • Access to all keynote speakers and breakout sessions on the day of conference and for 7 days following
  • Follow-up discussion guide with notes and insights from all sessions
  • inQUEST Go-To Network Virtual Tool & breakout session
  • Q&A with speakers in real-time
  • Virtual networking through Whova

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.

Agenda Subject to Change


Tuesday, May 4


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

CEO Forum

8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:40 a.m.

Keynote from Brit Barron

Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made For

9:40 - 10:15 a.m.

Moderated Discussion with Shellye Archambeau

Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote from Ariane de Bonvoisin

The 9 Principles of Change: Helping People Navigate Change Successfully

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 12:50 p.m.

inQUEST Go-To Network Diversity Tool & Exercise with Cindy Nodorft, Transamerica

12:50 - 1:30 p.m.

Go-To Network Interactive Discussions

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.


1:40 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

A - What's Next for the Future Of Women at Work with Dr. Amy Kristof-Brown, Dean, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

B - Start a Movement to Make it Okay with Jami Haberl, Anne Harris Carter and Dr. Jennifer Donavan

  • Ways to engage in a movement to reduce the stigma of mental illness. 
  • Tools to support your own mental health and support those living with a mental illness.

C - Invisible Culture: How to move past our anxiety and fragility into inclusive and responsible culture with Liz Nead

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote from Risha Grant

Get Rid of the BS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Keynote from Gabby Bernstein

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

4:45 p.m.

VIP Reception (By Invite Only)

We'd be thrilled to visit with you about sponsorship opportunities at the ICR Iowa Conference. Benefits include brand exposure to 1,000+ conference attendees, complimentary registrations, virtual booth, and much more.
Contact Tiffany O'Donnell at or call (319) 200-2100 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Registration is now closed.

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.

Student Track registration is for students currently enrolled in a college or university.

Student Track registration includes:
  • Access to virtual conference keynote presentations and breakout sessions
  • Virtual networking via Whova app
  • Community boards for connecting students and leaders
  • inQUEST Go-To Network Virtual Tool & breakout session
  • Q&A with speakers in real-time

Individual Student Registration: $99/student: Must currently be enrolled in a college or university.

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 10 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

10 students + 1 advisor = $990 for group of 11

Registration is now closed.

We are excited to offer the opportunity to be a virtual exhibitor at our ICR conference. Using Whova we will have a virtual exhibitor hall that attendees can visit during the conference. Here exhibitors can use a variety of methods including live-stream showcases, pre-recorded videos, pictures, handouts, promos, and online chatting to interact with attendees. Exhibitors also will have complete access to all the conference sessions this year! To learn more check out this video Whova Virtual Exhibitor Hall or email Anna Fisher at 

Price: $399

Cristiane AbouAssaly, Bankers Trust

Stephanie Azzi, Collins Aerospace

Jodie Carlson, Transamerica

Brenda Koppes, Ulteig

Vanessa McDonald, Perficient

Anna Milbach, U.S. Bank

Tiffany O'Donnell, Women Lead Change

Nichole Rinholen, CRST International

Leah Rodenberg, Alliant Energy

Jennifer Smith, Law School Admission Council

Sharon Teahen, Community Volunteer

Heather Wild, U.S. Bank

Scholarships are now clsoed.

Women Lead Change is committed to making our events accessible to as many individuals as possible -- and our Scholarship Program exists to make that happen. Applicants are eligible to receive a one-time scholarship to attend a WLC event. Once a scholarship has been awarded, individuals are not eligible for future scholarships.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Morgan Schmall at

To be granted to individuals, companies or non-profits seeking registration assistance.

To be granted to full-time undergraduate and graduate college/university students. 

To be granted to individuals from non-profit organizations whose mission is to serve and provide advocacy for minority communities.

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Yes, I would totally attend virtually again!!! In fact, I preferred it. No travel, easy to connect with others I wouldn't have otherwise connected with. And no hotel expense."

-2020 Conference Attendee

It felt more intimate - like the speakers were talking to me and not just on the stage. Easier to interact with the speaker with the Whova app. Meet-ups were easy & great.

-2020 Conference Attendee

Loved the virtual event! Could possibly be offered as an alternative to actually attending. Very well done.

-2020 Conference Attendee

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