October 16, 2018 | Grand River Center

Dubuque Conference

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American Trust & Savings Bank

2018 Presenting Sponsor

2018 Speakers

Inspiring, challenging and informative speakers focused on talent development at all levels.

Bobbi Earles - Emcee

Bobbi Earles - Emcee

Bobbi Earles attended Loras College, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and American Politics. She was hired right out of college by NBC affiliate KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa working her way up through the ranks of reporter, photographer and producer, eventually anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts. Throughout her career she was recognized by local, regional and national news agencies for her work health reporting and breaking news, receiving the National Headliner Award, Parent’s Choice Award, National Association of Broadcasters Award, Women in Communication Award, Associated Press Award and Iowa Broadcast News Association Award.

After 14 years in the broadcast news industry, Ms. Earles returned to the Loras College campus in 2003. She joined the Advancement Division working as a Senior Development Officer raising funds to advance the mission of the college. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Director of Alumni and Communications helping to build engagement with alumni, friends and community members.

Civic engagement is important to Ms. Earles and since returning to Dubuque she has served as a board of director on a number of non-profits including Opening Doors, American Red Cross of the Tri-States and Two by Two Character Education.

Ms. Earles lives in Asbury with her husband Rich and together they have two daughters.

Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez

Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez

Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez is a Stanford University trained and licensed Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Board Certified Coach. Spanning more than a decade, Dr. Jiménez’s professional work is dedicated to synthesizing scientific research and directly applying it to the positive development of leaders, innovative programs, and technology. A contributor to national news outlets, including CNN, Women’s Health, ABC News, Oxygen and Headline News, Dr. Jiménez provides her expert opinion and thought leadership on a wide variety of psychology topics. Her deep knowledge of human behavior and psychological theory makes her an authority in catalyzing positive behavior change within individuals.

Dr. Jiménez currently serves as Head of Coaching for BetterUp, overseeing the strategic design, development and implementation of learning for their global network of over 500 leadership coaches within BetterUp’s mobile platform. Additionally, she serves on the science board of a technology startup aimed at promoting health behavior change and social support for women.

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly “work” for women, by architecting workplace culture assessments and research studies that illuminate working women’s experience. She’s the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012 & winner of an Axiom book award) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009).

Selena addresses thousands of professional women each year and has been featured in the LA Times, Oprah.com, Todayshow.com, NPR. She’s written an award-winning column for The Washington Post and today, serves as a popular columnist on women and the workplace for Forbes. Selena is a VP at Be Leaderly, a leadership development solutions firm, and is based in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband Geoff and 5 year old boy-girl twins.

Shannon Hampsher

Shannon Hampsher

Shannon Hampsher heads up Partner and Resellers Marketing at GoDaddy and is based in Cedar Rapids, IA. Shannon leads global initiatives designed to empower small-business owners and entrepreneurs. She is also the Iowa Site lead of GoDaddy Women in Technology (GDWIT), an employee resource group and networking organization with a mission focused on STEM education, Male Allies and Women Empowerment in the technology industry.

Before joining GoDaddy, Shannon served in numerous tech marketing leadership roles, most recently running a consulting firm helping small business startups structure marketing initiatives. Shannon has two very active young children and enjoys traveling, dining out and being an advocate for all things women in tech.

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

As a businessman, educator and speaker, Stedman Graham presents, consults and conducts training with a variety of clients, including Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy.

Graham is the author of eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers,
 You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success, Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success, and Identity: Your Passport to Success.

Identity Leadership programs, driven by his
 Nine-Step Success Process™, are based on the philosophy that individuals hold 
the power to their educational, career and personal success or failure. His message is grounded in the fact that the key to success is self-leadership capability.

Graham is also an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, and Pepperdine.

He holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Hardin-Simmons University, a master's degree in education from Ball State University, and an honorary doctorate in humanities from Coker College.

Additional Information

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Registration (Professional Track Only) / Exhibitors Marketplace

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Student Track Registration

8 - 9 a.m.

CEO Forum (invitation only) Men, Women and The Readiness to Stretch
Speaker: Selena Rezvani

Stretch assignments are all the rage. Companies like them because they act as a trial run of an employee’s competence.  Employees like them because they’re a temporary opportunity to lean into an area of interest.  But what factors go into men’s vs. women’s decisions to accept a stretch role or assignment?  What makes them shrink away? In this dialogue, we’ll look at insights from a new report by Be Leaderly that assesses how men and women determine their ‘readiness to stretch’ differently and what factors they consider in taking on these career-transforming opportunities.

8:30 - 9 a.m.

Student Track Welcome & OrientationStudent Track attendees only

9:15 a.m.

Conference Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote - Selena Rezvani, The Art of Pushing Back: Negotiate Like a Boss

We all know it’s important to speak up when we’re being challenged to our face. But what about all the informal opportunities to self-advocate that crop up on a daily basis? In this interactive presentation, Selena Rezvani, author of the award-winning Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want, will teach you how to amplify your voice at work by preparing ideas that are promotable, recognizing opportunities to back yourself, navigating negotiation conversations with ease and employing a resilience mindset.

10:30 - 11 a.m.

Break / Marketplace 

11 a.m. - Noon

Keynote - Dr. Jacinta Jimenez, Rising to the Top: The Science Behind Lasting Leadership

As women leaders, we desire to accomplish goals that matter, inspire others to join us in working toward those goals, and leave a lasting impact. In order to do this, we not only need the right skills, but also sustainable energy and vitality. Unfortunately, getting to the top of what is already an unequal playing field has resulted in women being told they have to push harder and work more. Drawing from her experience of hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a women-only led expedition summiting on International Women’s Day, Dr. Jimenez will deliver a more grounded and empowering message. Dr. Jimenez uncovers how to translate cutting-edge leadership science into sustainable action. Her talk will reveal a new, evidence-backed model for sustainable success—so that when you do make it to the top, you will have the energy, oxygen, and bandwidth to do the important work you came here to do.  

12:10 - 1:10 p.m.

Lunch with Speaker Shannon Hampsher, Senior Manager, Marketing Partnerships at GoDaddy / Marketplace

If GoDaddy Can Do It, Anyone Can!

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Welcome Back

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote - Stedman Graham, Identity Leadership

For more than 15 years, S. Graham and Associates has provided the ultimate in success training through the 9-Step Success Process developed by Stedman Graham. Now Graham introduces a process built on the 9-steps to realize your leadership potential through Identify Development. The Identity Leadership Seminar challenges fundamental assumptions about leadership in the 21st century.  

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

2:45 - 4 p.m.

Post-Event Networking

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Student Track Session Wrap-UpStudent Track attendees only 

Register online for the Student Track

Individual Student Registration: $99/student

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

If you don't want to register online you may access the form here and follow the directions to submit. 

Mail the Registration Form to:

ATTN: Deanna Woodall
One River Place
1225 East River Dr., Ste. 350
Davenport, IA 52803

Refund Policy

If registration for this event is cancelled on or before Monday, September 24 the registration fee will be refunded less a $30 handling fee for individual registrations. No refunds can be made for later notification. Substitutions are allowed if received on or before Monday, October 8. There will be no refunds for Table of Ten cancellations. 

General Continuing Education Units
The University of Iowa is an approved provider for General CEUs for this program. 0.35 General CEUs (or 3.5 contact hours) will be awarded for full-time attendance at the IWLC Dubuque Conference. An additional fee of $10.00 is required.

IWLC's Student Track programs are designed to assist aspiring young women 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.  

IWLC is committed to providing the right development opportunities, leadership programs and education to give aspiring young women a chance to own their success. 

8 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Student Track Welcome

9:15 a.m.

General Conference Welcome

9:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

General Conference Programming (see above agenda)

2:45 p.m.

Student Track Wrap-Up

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

Scholarship applications are now closed. IWLC will notify applicants by Sept. 17, 2018 ​if they have received a conference scholarship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call 563.275.8749 or email deanna.woodall@IWLCLeads.org

Exhibit Space Available

Registration information and form may be found here

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to market exclusively to women.

Exhibiting at IWLC is:

  • a great way to showcase women-centric companies and organizations in Eastern Iowa and beyond to more than 900+ women
  • a great way for attendees to learn about companies and nonprofit organizations that market to and provide services to women

IWLC reserves the right to select exhibitors based on interest and content for our conference participants. An exhibitor is not guaranteed a spot at the conference until it receives confirmation from the IWLC Exhibit Committee. Iowa-based companies and organizations, as well as previous exhibitors, will receive preference when exhibit location is determined.

Exhibitor Options 

Booth Exhibitors, Business Table and Nonprofit Tables: $100

  • 10’ x 10’ Booth
  • Includes signage, pipe & drape, 8-foot table, two chairs, & wastebasket 

If you don't want to register online you may print the registration form here and follow the directions to submit. 

Mail the Exhibiitor Registration Form to:
ATTN: Deanna Woodall
One River Place
1225 East River Dr., Ste. 350
Davenport, IA 52803

Phone: (563) 275.8749

Professional Track Conference Registration - OPEN NOW


Individual Registration 

Regular Rate (Aug. 1 - Oct. 16): $185 per person 

Tables of Ten 

Regular Rate (Aug. 1 - Oct. 16): $1,850 per Table of Ten 

*Reserved seating will only be available for Complimentary Sponsor Seats and Groups of 10. Groups of 10 will have a reserved table with their company name. Seating is not reserved for the Networking Luncheon. 

For information on purchasing gift certificates, send request to: info@iwlcleads.org

Student Track Registration - OPEN NOW


Individual Student Registration: $99/student 
Tables of Ten Students Registration: $990/Table of Ten

Don't miss this special offer for Student Track registrations!

STUDENT ADVISORS: Bring 10 students and receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the conference. 

Download the Professional Track registration form here

Download the Student Track registration form here

Refund Policy
If registration for this event is cancelled on or before Monday, Sept. 24 the registration fee will be refunded less a $30 handling fee for individual registrations. No refunds can be made for later notification. Substitutions are allowed if received on or before Monday, Oct. 8. There will be no refunds for Table of Ten cancellations. 

2018 Steering Committee

Deanna Woodall, IWLC

Becky Conlon, Conlon Construction

Poppy Conlon, Conlon Construction

Jill Connors, City of Dubuque

Erin Dragotto, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium 

Lynne Hager, American Trust & Savings Bank

Deanna Hinderman, Smart Retract Inc. 

Peg Hudson, American Trust & Savings Bank, Steering Committee Chair

Liza Johnson, University of Dubuque

Sue Moran, Grant River Center

Tiffany O'Donnell, IWLC

Kara Popp, Northeast Iowa Community College

2018 Endorsement Council

Governor Kim Reynolds, State of Iowa

Senator Pam Jochum, State of Iowa

State Representative Nancy Dunkel, State of Iowa

Joyce Connors, City of Dubuque

Sharon Covey, Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA

Karel Czanderna, Flexteel Industries, Inc.

Terri Goodmann, City of Dubuque

Sarah Hasken, UnityPoint Health

Diane Repass, Retired

Lori Theilen, East Dubuque Savings Bank

Nancy Van Milligan, Greater Dubuque Community Foundation

Tirzah Wedewer, F & M Bank

I learned a lot about negotiating, workplace environments, including how to be more inclusive for women, how splitting my energy can be detrimental to my health and productivity, as well as how my identity can impact my goals and passions.

-2018 Male Ally Conference Attendee

"I love how the tracks were integrated this year. I got so much more out of it!"

-2017 Student Track Attendee

"I have attended this conference 3 years in a row on the student track and I'm continued to be blown away. I've attended many conferences but this one has always been my favorite. I'm sad to be graduating and leaving the state but I hope someday when I return to my home state that I will be able to attend."

-2017 Student Track Attendee

"I left the IWLC event armed with better access to effective leadership techniques, and a different outlook on what leadership looks like for women. At best, we know there needs to be more inclusion where women's ideas are met with acceptance in the boardroom, at worksites, and in the elevator. What women of all colors and ethnicities bring to the table cannot be overlooked anymore. Tamron Hall's IWLC quote was fitting, and I carry it with me now as a challenge: "The minute you see a sliver of an opening - kick the door in. No one will ever fully open the door for you."

-Ms. Rikeshia Davidson, HQ Joint Munitions Command Security Assistance Directorate - Pacific Command Team, Singapore, Indonesia & Korea

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