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

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2019 Conference Speakers

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. 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. 

Sheri Salata

Sheri Salata

Sheri Salata is Chief Visionary of The Pillar Life, an inspirational lifestyle brand and co-host of the popular podcast, The Sheri + Nancy Show. Sheri’s current venture is the evolution of her twenty- year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She’s been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners.

Sheri’s memoir, The Beautiful No (and other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation), published by Harper Wave, will be released in June.

Sheri is a proud University of Iowa grad and mama to her English bulldogs, Bella and Kissy. She lives happily ever after in a magical northern California town.


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 Hall 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.

Jessica O. Matthews

Jessica O. Matthews

Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning energy and data technology company that develops infrastructure solutions for communities, facilities, and Internet of Things. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old.

Uncharted Power first began as Uncharted Play, a new kind of social enterprise grounded in play and the happiness of life, that would show the world how play could be a tangible tool for inspiring social innovation.

Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012, and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. In 2016, she raised what is presently the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder in history, and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes30 Under 30 alumna.

Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.

Her list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes30 Under 30 list, Inc30 Under 30, and Scientist of the Year by Harvard University. She was also recently nominated by TechCrunchfor Founder of the Year. Jessica has appeared on the cover of Forbes and Forbes Africa, as well as featured in Marie ClaireWired,IncTechCrunchThe New York Times, and Fast Company, among others.

Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner is a multiple Emmy award-winning newscaster and trailblazer in her field. Faulkner joined Fox News Channel in 2005, where she anchors a daily daytime show Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner in addition to co-hosting Outnumbered.

Faulkner recently wrote a book, 9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat's Guide to Life and Success. In her book, Faulkner shares the lessons she learned growing up in a military family paying homage to the military ideals that shaped her and showing how everyone can benefit from bringing the wisdom of military service into their lives.

Most recently, Faulkner presented an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump in which he discussed his search for the next White House chief of staff and the latest news regarding his push for border security. In addition, Harris participated in FNC's live coverage of the 2018 midterm election. In September 2018, she presented Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner, live in front of an audience to focus on hot-button issues surrounding the nationwide debate on immigration.

Throughout her career, Faulkner has interviewed many notable figures, including Sen. John McCain, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, Sen. Rand Paul, White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, renowned musician Gene Simmons, NFL legend Joe Theismann, among others. Faulkner has covered numerous global news events, including the Sandy Hook shooting, the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 9/11 attacks, Whitney Houston's passing, the 2013 government shutdown, the AIDS crisis in South Africa, and the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

Prior to joining Fox News, Faulkner served as a correspondent for WNYW-TV's (FOX 5) A Current Affair, and as a substitute host on The Nancy Grace Show on CNN Headlines News. She began her career as a reporter and anchor for WNCT-TV (CBS 9) in Greenville, NC, before going on to work for Kansas City's WDAF-TV (FOX 4) in 1992. In 2000, Faulkner joined KSTP-TV (ABC 5) in Minneapolis, MN, where she served as an evening anchor; she also hosted The Harris Faulkner Show on FM107 Radio.

Faulkner has received six Emmy Awards for her successful work in broadcast, including the 2004 Emmys for Best Newscaster and Best News Special. Outnumbered was ranked among the top ten Cable News Programs of 2016 by Nielsen. Faulkner also received the National Headliner Award for Best Newscast for her coverage of Sen. Paul Wellstone's fatal plane crash in 2003.

Faulkner is a motivational speaker, writer, and philanthropist. Faulkner, who grew up as a "military brat," is involved with the Green Beret Foundation, which provides medical, transition, and family support for those who have served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and with the Navy Seal Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Faulkner is also active in raising awareness and funds surrounding breast cancer research, working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. In 1998, Faulkner received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian efforts.

Faulkner graduated from The University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She resides in New Jersey with husband Tony Berlin and their two daughters.

Dr. Beth Livingston

Dr. Beth Livingston

Dr. Beth A. Livingston is an Assistant Professor in Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Florida, and an MBA and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky before that. She spent 8 years as a professor at Cornell University prior to moving to the Midwest. Professor Livingston currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in human resource management. Her research interests lie primarily in gender, discrimination, and work-family, with additional interests in diversity and stereotypes. She has published in numerous distinguished journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and the Handbook of Organizational Behavior. Her research has also been featured in news outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times, and she has been interviewed on NPR, the NBC Nightly News, and the Fox News Channel.

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.

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.

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Wednesday, April 10



7:30-8:30 a.m.

CEO Forum with Maggie Nichols, CEO, Eureka! Ranch  
Sponsored by ITC
(This session is invitation-only for sponsor organizations)

What it Takes to Create and Keep a Culture of Innovation 

A culture of innovation is all the buzz, but what exactly is it and how do you walk the talk of an innovative culture.
In this presentation, Maggie Nichols, CEO of Eureka! Ranch will share with you the Top 10 do’s and don’t of creating a culture of innovation. (Spoiler Alert: At least half of them won’t be what you think.)
You’ll learn what it takes to lead a team to innovate more and faster, how systems thinking can liberate your calendar and your people and how to set strategy that motivates employees to deliver more.

7:45-9:00 a.m.

Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, Marketplace Exhibitors

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks 

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Kindra Hall 

The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling

  • Understand the psychology behind strategic storytelling—to fully take advantage of it
  • Gain clarity on what a story actually is—a nuance lost in the sensationalism of the word
  • Learn how to access the unlimited supply of stories within each brand and/or individual
  • Discover the biggest storytelling mistake and how to avoid it
  • Breakdown the 3 Step Storytelling Process
  • Study the anatomy of a fail-proof story for maximum impact
  • Determine the many opportunities for telling the stories for results

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Break/Book signing 

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

  1. Breakout Session 1 – Take a Chance on Your Future: Embracing risk in transition
    • In today’s workforce, women are embracing opportunities to grow into many roles over the span of a career.  Whether it’s rising to a level once thought unattainable, or transitioning into a career you never before knew existed, we’ll hear from a panel of women who’ve “been there, done that.”  
    • Panelists: Diane Ramsey, Nancy Kasparek, Lindsay Leahy  
    • Moderator: Patti Seda
  2. Breakout Session 2 - Incivility in the Workplace: Queen Bee Syndrome
    • We have all heard the terms before: Queen Bee. Catty Women. Bitch in the Boardroom. Though the proportion of women managers continues to grow, stories of incivility between and among women at work persist. This session will summarize and introduce research on women’s lack of regard for one another in organizations, discussing what is “real” and what is “stereotype.” A panel of managers will discuss their own experiences with incivility and gender, and an expert on gender and stereotyping, Professor Beth Livingston, University of Iowa, will place it all into context, with the goal of understanding how we prevent incivility from disproportionately affecting women managers and subordinates in our organizations.
    • Panelists: Angie Charipar, Lauren Shaw, Pat Hobson, Lew Montgomery
    • Moderator: Dr. Beth Livingston, University of Iowa
  3. Breakout Session - Simon T. Bailey – Brand the Moment: Establish a Culture Where Everyone Matters
    • How to establish a culture where everyone believes he/she matters, their voice is heard and they provide a vital role in the success of the team and company.  Simon shares his formula for leaders and organizations to be purposeful about team bonding and delivers honest, candid feedback in an authentic manner that motivates and encourages individuals to be breakthrough contributors to the organization.

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

Lunch – Founders Award Presentation and Leaders Who Lunch 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank

1:15 p.m.

Kenwood Young Leaders

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Keynote from Simon T. Bailey 

Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Change and Uncertainty  

  • Stay relevant and ensure company stays competitive in the marketplace
  • Guide even the most tenured employees to reposition themselves and revitalize their role
  • Perform a mindset reset to break through the existing paradigm
  • Maintain clarity and confidence during transition and uncertainty
  • Give actionable tools to take ownership and develop the vision to be a leader for the future

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Keynote from Maggie Nichols

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

Maggie Nichols, CEO of Eureka! Ranch, will ignite you to think faster, smarter and more innovatively. She will back up her energy with hard data and practical tips from her 20 years of experience inventing and testing over 25,000 innovations, helping inspire over $16 billion in current innovations and touching 35,000 people across the globe. 
And while this talk will be delivered with zeal and remain data-based, the entire message and practical tips are focused on what you can do RIGHT NOW in your life to invent and reinvent your future.
The talk is based on DRIVING EUREKA! - the latest innovation book out by Eureka! Ranch founder, Doug Hall.  The talk and the book reveal the results of 40 years of research and experimentation so substantial that it’s become a new field of study – Innovation Engineering.
The key takeaways are:
  1. How you can CREATE & FIND 8X more BIG IDEAS - for anything
  2. How to FILTER out the great ideas from the bad ones.
  3. How to FAST TRACK your big ideas, so you can make the changes you dream about NOW

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Keynote from Harris Faulkner

9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat's Guide to Life and Success

The Emmy award-winning news anchor of Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner and co-host of the talk show Outnumbered shares the lessons she learned growing up in a family paying homage to the military ideals that shaped her and showing how everyone can benefit from bringing the wisdom of military service into their lives.

Born into a military family, Harris Faulkner revered her father, a decorated career officer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and raised his children with the values and ideals of the U.S. military. Accompanying him from posting to posting, young Harris experienced firsthand how success in life was rooted in the knowledge, integrity, and leadership that came from her military surroundings. Indeed, these formative lessons in leadership and work ethic became the guiding principles for her career as a journalist, lessons she credits with her rise to become one of the top hosts on Fox News.

Now, she shares the advice, wisdom, and tools that she absorbed through her military upbringing, examining how these ideals have shaped her professional and personal outlook and how everyone can incorporate them into their own lives.

5:30 p.m.

VIP Reception (invitation only)

Sponsored by GoDaddy and Bank of America

Thursday, April 11



7:30 a.m.

Student Track Registration

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Student Track Orientation

Sponsored by ACT

7:30-8:30 a.m.

*CWC with Cy Wakeman – this session is open to Corridor Women Connect members only

Ditch the Drama:  How to Live Happy in a Messy World

How often, when we encounter a problem, have we caught our ‘ego’ coming in hard and fast driving our reactions and actions? It becomes exhausting, because we continually place ourselves as the center of the action creating 'drama' as victims of micromanaging boss, demanding colleagues, and more. In this thought-provoking and pragmatic talk, Cy Wakeman, challenges us all to ‘ditch the drama’, take our ‘ego’ out of the picture and reframe what is ‘actually’ happening. When we do that, we refocus our energy and talent. Not only do we find more creative solutions to our world and the challenges we face, but in doing so live happier and more productive lives.  

Participants in this session will:

  • 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.
  • Recognize the principles of Reality-Based Leadership™ and how to apply them in their work places and coaching opportunities.
  • Evaluate and identify ways to improve current leadership strategies that are not working 

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, Marketplace Exhibitors

8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Keynote from Jessica O. Matthews 

Women in Tech sponsored by GoDaddy

Equitable Innovation: The Uncharted Power Effect

Jessica O. Matthews is no stranger to inequality—both gender and race—when competing in the behemoth industry sectors of renewable energy and technology. But her struggle is not unique. With technology giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter all with less than a 20% female employee composition, the lack of diversity that is so unreflective of the global population drastically affects the quality, relevance and diversity of innovative ideas that companies can produce. Uncharted Power tackles the intersection between innovation and empowerment through their impact program, UPlift 1 million, where they use their curriculum "Think Out of Bounds" to teach STEM, design thinking, and innovation to underrepresented communities. In this talk, Jessica shares her own struggles to succeed in a traditional industry and empowers audiences to discover ways to combat the intrinsic biases against people who do not adhere to the norm, regardless of industry, as a means to cultivate innovation and creativity from within. A firm believer that innovation is shaped by struggle, Jessica uses her story to show people that look like her what's possible—inspiring audiences to seek out ways to contribute to both positive and sustainable economic development and personal growth.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Keynote from Sheri Salata

Conversation with Sheri Salata: From the Career of Your Dreams to the Life of Your Dreams

Sheri Salata was co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and president of Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. She was born in Georgia and raised in Chicago's northern suburbs. She graduated from the University of Iowa in the early 1980s. In 2009 she was named president of Harpo Studios. Salata served as executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 2006 until the show ended in 2011. She was co-president of OWN with Erik Logan from July 2011 until May 2016. 

In May 2016, Sheri stepped down as co-president to form her own brand innovation agency STORY alongside Nancy Hala. OWN and the Oprah Media Group are clients.

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.


Sponsored by McGrath Automotive

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Keynote from Cy Wakeman

No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results

Most leadership philosophies are grounded in two completely faulty assumptions — “change is hard” and “engagement drives results.” Those beliefs have inspired expensive attempts to keep change from being disruptive to employees. What these engagement programs actually do is create and reinforce feelings of victim-hood and leave employees unprepared to adapt to real changes that are necessary for the health and profitability of their enterprises. Rather than driving performance and creating efficiencies these programs fuel the Emotional Waste, Entitlement, and Drama that drags down organizations. This is backwards. And expensive.

In this high-energy session, participants will:

  • Discover strategies for eradicating entitlement with great tools such as the Engaged Action Planning Tool, and the Negative Brainstorming Tool which changes the energy of entire group meetings from “Why we can’t” to “How we could.”
  • Develop highly effective mental processes in their teams that hold all team members accountable to quality and excellence
  • Comprehend a list of questions that can be implemented immediately and used for self-reflection and awareness
  • Understand engagement from an entirely different perspective, one that is based upon listening to the highly accountable employees
  • Compelling research showing that current leadership strategic direction and foundational philosophies regarding change management, engagement, accountability and leadership development are flawed and causing significant waste in the workplace.  
  • Uncover modern approaches to engagement and change management strategies.

It is time to redefine leadership with science and research, to teach leaders strategies and tools that will actually work in their modern workplace. Leaders and organizations deserve to have a new understanding of what greatness looks like and how it can be fueled. No Ego delivers that call to greatness for all.  It provides the roadmap to thinking differently about leadership and employee roles and actually delivering results, not in perfect circumstances but in today’s world.

2:00–2:45 p.m.


3:00-4:30 p.m.

Keynote from Rachel Hollis 

Things You Didn't Know You're Actually, Totally In Charge Of

Join the ever-energetic and super entrepreneur, Rachel Hollis, for an Hour of Power! Hollis will share her philosophy on energy, perspective, attitude, effort, and perseverance. Hear the lessons learned, some very personal, on her journey to becoming one of this year's most influential speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs.

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

4:30 p.m.

Student Track de-brief

4:30–5:30 p.m.

"Wine" Down

Women Lead Change Student Track sponsored by ACT

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 is Now Closed

Individual Student Registration: $99/student (must present student ID at the conference)

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.

Scholarships for the Corridor Conference are now closed.

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


Sponsored by: Transamerica

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.  

Scholarships for the Corridor Conference are now closed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please 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 2019 Corridor Conference Exhibitors 

50-50 in 2020
Color Street
Dollup Beauty
Essential Bodywear
Flonomics LLC
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Hands in Harmony
India Hicks
Junior League of Cedar Rapids
Kirkwood Community College
LimeLife by Alcone
Mary&Martha Independent Consultant
Mercy Medical Center - Especially For You
MercyCare Business Health Solutions
Michelle Havener State Farm Insurance
Mount Mercy University
Noonday Collection, Independent Ambassador
ONEHope Wine
Orangetheory Fitness Cedar Rapids
Perfectly Posh
Purdue University Global
Revital U
Riverview Center
Roxy & Lola, LLC
The Lodge at Windy Ridge
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
UFG Insurance
Univeristy of Iowa Center for Advancement
Wells Fargo
Youth For Understanding USA

2-Day Conference Registration: CLOSED

2-Day Conference Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Rachel Hollis Keynote Only ($85 + applicable tax & fees): Register Here

Use promo code WLCICR to receive $10 off to see Rachel Hollis!

Individual Registration CLOSED

Regular Rate: $550 per person 

Tables of Ten CLOSED

Regular Rate: $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 CLOSED

Individual Student Registration: $99/student must present student ID at the conference registration

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

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

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table 

2019 Eastern Iowa Steering Committee

Cristiane AbouAssaly, Bankers Trust

Jodie Carlson, Transamerica

Margaret Horsfield, Collins Aerospace

Brenda Koppes, Farm Credit Services of America 

Vanessa McDonald, World Class Industries

Anna Milbach, U.S. Bank

Tiffany O'Donnell, Women Lead Change

Nichole Rinholen, Lil' Drug Store Products, Inc.

Leah Rodenberg, Alliant Energy

Jenn Smith, ACT

Sharon Teahen

Heather Wild, U.S. Bank 


Women Lead Change Corridor Endorsement Council 

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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