April 10 - 11, 2019 | Cedar Rapids | DoubleTree Convention Center

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Collins Aerospace

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2019 Conference Speakers

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Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey

Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their future. 

He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer service experiences. He challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance and become Chief Breakthrough Officers – personally and professionally. 

With more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, Simon knows how to engage and inspire leaders and team members through his keynotes, workshops, books and online courses. He has personally worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries since launching Simon T. Bailey International more than fifteen years ago.

Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brené Brown, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. He is the author of ten books including his most recent release, Be the SPARK: Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life. His Building Business Relationships on Lynda.com on LinkedIn has been viewed by more than 864,000 people. His Goalcast video, released Father’s Day 2018, has over 63 million views worldwide. 

Simon holds a Master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society.

When he is not working, Simon spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills and serves as a board member for the U.S. Dream Academy, Orlando Health Foundation Board and Florida Virtual Learning School Foundation. 

Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a tv personality, public speaker, podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30 and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.

As a speaker, Rachel brings her infectious and inspiring energy to every person she meets. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.  

Her company, The Hollis Company is the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. With an online reach in the millions, Rachel has built a true and dedicated community all over the world. Where others strive to cast a wider net that rarely produces tangible results, The Hollis Company has succeeded by digging deeper. Rachel has worked with top brands like Walmart, Disney, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig just to name a few.

Maggie Nichols

Maggie Nichols

Maggie Nichols joined the Eureka! Ranch in 1999 after graduating from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. After reading an article about the Ranch during an Entrepreneurship class, she decided that the Eureka! Ranch was the place where she was going to work. Months and dozens of pestering visits later, Founder, Doug Hall, finally acquiesced and Maggie’s been part of the ranch ever since.

She started as an Apprentice Inventor working on innovation projects along side Doug Hall and the team. After a short stint working on internet strategy at a large corporate bank, she moved to Oxford, England where she supported Eureka!‘s European efforts. In 2005, she returned to the US as Vice President of R&D while also, continuing to oversee innovation projects. In those years she helped to pioneer the development of Innovation Engineering.

In 2009 Maggie was named President & Chief Operating Officer - not only leading the team at Eureka! Ranch and the Innovation Engineering Institute, but helping C-Level Executives around the world guide their employees and teams through innovation. She has served as innovation coach and educator to some of the world's largest companies and non-profits including American Express, Humana, March of Dimes, and P&G. In Summer, 2018 Maggie was named CEO & President of Eureka! Ranch.

Maggie is a self reported introvert, but when it comes to Innovation Education and Leadership you’ll find her passion makes her talk fast, furiously and incessantly providing an incredible energy to any event.

Maggie is a Miami University (that is Ohio) graduate who is married to her college sweetheart, Brian. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their two kids.

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall

Kindra  is an award-­‐winning  columnist, author, and national  champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method  for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great  storytelling. Kindra’s work can be seen in a weekly  column at Inc.com, and has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine,  Entrepreneur.com and behind the scenes in New York Times best selling  books. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with  a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Communications & Management, Kindra now teaches  innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow  up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.

Katherine Schwarzenegger

Katherine Schwarzenegger

From a young age, Katherine Schwarzenegger wasted no time embracing her identity and embarking on her own journey toward a passionate and fulfilling career—in her case as a best-selling author, lifestyle blogger, animal advocate and ASPCA ambassador.

When she was only a sophomore in college, Schwarzenegger entered the fraught national conversation surrounding women’s struggles with body image, self esteem, and confidence with the release of her book Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back. In it, Schwarzenegger documents her own challenges with body image and helpful tools she used to overcome challenging times. Her personal experience spurred her to write the book in the hopes of inspiring young women everywhere to be confident in who they are and know they are not alone no matter how much they may doubt themselves. As a result of the book’s popularity, Katherine toured the country spreading awareness about body image issues among young women and has since partnered with both the Girl Scouts of America and TJMaxx.

Since then, Schwarzenegger has gone on to author two more books. I Just Graduated…Now What? Honest Answers From Those Who Have Been There, offering advice to recent college graduates through a series of interviews with well-known and successful people about their own personal experience after college and what advice they would give to those starting their next chapter. Her most recent book, Maverick and Me, teaches children about the importance of animal rescue.

All Schwarzenegger’s books are centered around providing advice and hope to people of all ages—a message she brings to the stage.

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. Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Facebook, Pfizer, Caterpillar, New York Presbyterian, Catholic Health Initiatives, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Nationwide 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.

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. In 2018, she was voted both Top 100 Leadership Experts to follow on Twitter and #10 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

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 (2017). 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.

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Wednesday, April 10



7:30-8:30 a.m.

CEO Forum with Maggie Nichols, CEO, Eureka! Ranch 

What it Takes to Create and Keep a Culture of Innovation 

7:45-9:00 a.m.

Conference Registration 

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks 

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Kindra Hall 

The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Break/Book signing 

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Keynote from Simon T. Bailey 

11:45-1:00 p.m.

Lunch – Founders Award Presentation 

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Keynote from Maggie Nichols

Driving YOUR Eureka! How to Find, Filter & Fast Track BIG IDEAS for your career, company or community

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Keynote from Katherine Schwarzenegger

Facing Insecurities

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Book Signing/Networking Event/Level Up/Entertainment 

5:30 p.m.

VIP Reception sponsored by GoDaddy 

Thursday, April 11



8:00-9:30 a.m.

Student Track with Katherine Schwarzenegger 

7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Keynote from Cy Wakeman

Ditch the Drama

9:45-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:30-12:45 p.m.


Including Leaders who Lunch Student Presentation 

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions 

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Keynote from Rachel Hollis 

Embracing your True Self

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

4:00 p.m.

Student Track Wrap-up 

Women Lead Change Student Track 

Women Lead Change'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.  

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

They will meet as a cohort for orientation before the program, attend general conference programming, then meet at the end of the day to share takeaways.


Student Track Conference Registration Fees

Individual Student Registration: $99/student 

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

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

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table 

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 an Women Lead Change event. Once a scholarship has been awarded, individuals are not eligible for future scholarships.

Professional Track Scholarship Application

Student Track Scholarship Application

Please note that the deadline for BOTH Professional and Student Track is Feb. 25, 2019. Women Lead Change will notify applicants by March 11, 2019, ​if they have received a conference scholarship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call 319.423.7175 or email info@wlcglobal.org.


Sponsored by: Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust 

Women Lead Change is intentional about ensuring our programming is relevant to diverse communities. We are working to ensure our speakers and topics address the challenges and opportunities in a diverse workforce. In order to do that, we are reaching out to those who offer a diversity of thought regardless of financial ability to attend the conference.  

Diversity & Inclusion Student Application

Please note that the deadline for application is Feb. 25, 2019. Women Lead Change will notify applicants by March 11, 2019, ​if they have received a conference scholarship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call 563.275.8749 or email info@wlcglobal.org

Exhibit Space Available

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

Exhibiting at Women Lead Change 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

Women Lead Change 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 Women Lead Change Exhibit Committee. Iowa-based companies and organizations, as well as previous exhibitors, will receive preference when exhibit location is determined.

Thank you to our 2018 Corridor Conference Exhibitors!

  • 5050 in 2020
  • ACT
  • Basket Bowtique Inc.
  • Cindy's Boutique
  • Dollup Beauty
  • Employee and Family Resources
  • Especially for You
  • Evergreen Estates
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa
  • GoDaddy
  • Hands in Harmony
  • Iowa City Downtown District
  • Iowa Quality Center
  • Iowa Women's Foundation
  • Journey to Paradise Travel
  • Junior League of CR
  • Kaplan University
  • League of Women Voters
  • LimeLight By Alcone - Cindy Lee LLC
  • Lionne Designs
  • LipSense by SeneGence
  • Michelle Havener State Farm Insurance
  • MODE
  • Mount Mercy University
  • NAMI
  • Noonday Collections
  • Northtowne Cycling and Fitness
  • Olive's Oil
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Purdue University Global 
  • Riverview Center
  • Roxy & Lola
  • The Dostal House
  • The University of Iowa
  • Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
  • Transamerica
  • UFG Insurance 
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Waldorf University
  • Wellness Within You
  • WineShopAtHome
  • WRITTEN Apparell
  • Youth for Understanding

Exhibitor Options 

Booth Exhibitors: $525

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

Non-Profit Booth Exhibitors: $425

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

Register Here

Individual Registration

Early Bird Rate (thru Feb. 11, 2019): $525 per person 

Regular Rate (after Feb. 11, 2019): $550 per person 

Tables of Ten 

Early Bird Rate (thru Feb. 11, 2019): $5,250 per Table of Ten 

Regular Rate (after Feb. 11, 2019): $5,500 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. 

Student Track Conference Registration Fees

Individual Student Registration: $99/student 

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

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

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table 

2018 Eastern Iowa Steering Committee

Cristiane AbouAssaly, Bankers Trust

Amy Clefisch, Rockwell Collins

Darci Dorfler, Rockwell Collins, Conference Steering Committee Chair

Brenda Koppes, Farm Credit Services of America 

Andrea McVay, Bankers Trust

Anna Milbach, US Bank

Cindy Nodorft, Transamerica

Tiffany O'Donnell, IWLC

Nichole Rinholen, Lil' Drug 

Leah Rodenberg, Alliant Energy

Jenn Smith, ACT

Heather Wild, US Bank 

2018 Endorsement Council

Lydia Brown, Ryan Companies

Lee Clancey, Former Mayor City of Cedar Rapids

Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority 

Laurie Hamen, President, Mount Mercy University

Larry Helling, President, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust 

Lura McBride, CEO, Van Meter Inc.

Lindsay McGrath, General Manager, McGrath Automotive 

Linda Mattes, Vice President Energy Delivery, Alliant Energy

Sen. Liz Mathis, State Senator

Kate Minette, Retired, Senior Vice President of Scoring, Pearson

Ambassador Sally Novetske, Former U.S. Ambassador to Malta 

Mary Ann Osborne, Vice President, UnityPoint Health   

Anne Parmley, Managing Director, National Assessment Services, Pearson

Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids

Nancy Quellhorst, University of Iowa Foundation 

Randy Ramlo, Chairman and CEO, UFG 

“The range of businesses represented at the conference is huge. There are sole proprietorships; there are Fortune 500 companies. You can go to the conference and learn from people in all different walks of life. Gaining contacts, gaining insights, gaining new ideas, and learning new ways to think about things – new perspectives – was just groundbreaking for me.”


“Women Lead Change has an annual Eastern Iowa conference. The speakers, the information, the motivation and inspiration of other successful women have made a difference for me professionally.”


"The Women Lead Change conferences reinforce and reenergize my confidence and desire to face any challenge, succeed, and aim for my goals. Each speaker has their own inspiring, wonderful story. I have opportunities to network with women with diverse career and industry backgrounds."


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