March 7, 2019 | Bettendorf, IA | Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center

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The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is an inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. She is best known for her memoir, Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod, and Ben Affleck.

Bloom began her career as a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that the doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, fully recovered, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in LA.

Bloom was finishing her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and was in the process of applying to top tier Law Schools, when her assistant job turned her into an accidental entrepreneur, running one of  the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, pulling in as much as $4 million per year. What happened next is where her story truly begins.

The film Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, stars Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chris O’Dowd. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, for companies like Blackrock Financial, SiriusXM Radio, and will deliver the 2018 commencement speech at Colorado State University.

Samantha Ettus

Samantha Ettus

As a dedicated champion of women, Sam has devoted her career to advancing and supporting women in the pursuit of their dreams. Thousands of women from C-level leaders to administrative assistants to moms returning to the workforce have benefitted from Sam’s unique guidance on how to maximize work/life success. She finds that spark within each of us and turns it into a fire.

Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has become a bestselling author of five books, a writer for Forbes, a renowned speaker and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio show. Sam’s most recent book is The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction. She writes a popular weekly work/life newsletter and penned a Washington Post Op-ed that landed in the top 10 Op-eds of 2017.

Sam makes regular national television appearances on shows including NBC News, The Doctors, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America and the TODAY Show, among others. She has been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Inc, Fast Company and Success Magazine. She was host of leading Internet talk show Obsessed TV, which she created and produced with entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

Sam is active in causes relating to women and girls and is Co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Collective, aimed at supporting women to run for office and win. Sam lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.


Vernice "Flygirl" Armour

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page, and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results.

Commanding corporate, STEM-centric and female executive and entrepreneur audiences across the globe, FlyGirl’s most requested keynotes, Zero to Breakthrough,One Mission, One Goal, One Teamand  Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!deliver messages that resonate: “You have permission to Engage;” “Take off from where you are;” “We win or lose together;” and “In order to succeed you gotta Get Gutsy!

A Tennessee native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, FlyGirl holds two honorary doctorates, was a Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, a Camp Pendleton Female Athlete of the Year and two-time titleholder in their Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the women’s pro football team, the San Diego ‘Sunfire.’

FlyGirl’s first signature book, Zero to Breakthrough was released in 2011. She is married and resides in the Atlanta, GA area. In 2015, she gave birth to “FlyBaby,” her gutsiest move yet!

Additional Information

Explore all the conference has to offer

7:15-8:00 a.m.

CEO Forum Registration

7:00-8:45 a.m.

Conference Registration

7:00-7:30 a.m.

Student Track Registration 

7:30-8:45 a.m.

Student Track Welcome/Orientation

8:00-8:45 a.m.

CEO Forum

9:00 a.m.

Opening remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Keynote from Vernice "Flygirl" Armour

10:15-10:45 a.m.


10:45-11:45 a.m.

Student Track Session

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Keynote To Be Determined

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Keynote from Samantha Ettus

2:15-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:45 p.m.

Keynote from Molly Bloom

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Student Track Wrap-Up

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Post-Event Networking Party

Individual Registration

Early Bird Rate (Thru Jan. 14): $185 per person 

Regular Rate (after Jan. 14): $200 per person 

Tables of Eight

Early Bird Rate (Thru Jan. 14): $1,480 per Table of Eight 

Regular Rate (after Jan. 14): $1,600 per Table of Eight 

*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 Eight Students Registration: $693 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 7 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $792 for the table 

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 Eight Students Registration: $693 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 7 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $792 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 a 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 Jan. 28, 2019. Women Lead Change will notify applicants on Feb. 6, 2019, ​if they have received a conference scholarship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call 319.423.7175 or email

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
  • 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.


“The speakers at the Women Lead Change 2018 conference were excellent, especially Jeannette Walls. Interesting, relevant and relatable. Looking forward to hear who will be on the agenda for 2019!”

-Nora Coyne-Logan, Total Solutions

“I left the Quad Cities Women’s Leadership Conference refreshed and surprisingly made a closer connection to my colleagues that also attended the event.”

-Stacey Hansel, Wells Fargo

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