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

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The Speakers

Creative sessions from today's top experts

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.

Jo Miller

Jo Miller

Jo Miller is CEO of Be Leaderly. Jo is dedicated to helping women around the world advance into positions of leadership and influence—especially in male-dominated industries, such as technology, finance, aerospace, and energy. Through her keynotes, workshops, and webinars, Jo shares the steps women can take to succeed. She has spoken at women’s leadership conferences, professional associations, and to women’s networks for hundreds of organizations that include AEGON, Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, BP, Collins Aerospace, CenterPoint Energy, eBay, KPMG, Google, John Deere, Medtronic, Microsoft, Stryker, Department of Homeland Security, and Princeton University. She has spoken in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. 

To reach emerging women leaders anywhere in the world, Jo founded a popular webinar series that blends leadership skills training with access to live conversations with senior executive women leaders. Now subscribed to by 28 corporate member organizations, the webinars are viewed by participants in 900 locations in eighteen countries.

Jo is a Forbes contributor and co-author of the original research report, Out of the Comfort Zone: How women and men size up stretch assignments — and why leaders should care. Her first book, Are You The Best Kept Secret in Your Organization? will be published in the fall of 2019.

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

7:30-8:00 a.m.

CEO Forum Registration

7:30-8:45 a.m.

Conference Registration

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Student Track Registration 

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Student Track Orientation

8:00-8:45 a.m.

CEO Forum - featuring Jo Miller, Be Leaderly

Building a Culture of Sponsorship 

Harvard Business Review has reported that high-potential women are over-mentored and under-sponsored relative to their male peers. In this session, Jo Miller, CEO of Be Leaderly, will share what research tells us about the career-accelerating power of sponsorship. Understand the differences between mentorship and sponsorship, how to be an effective sponsor and ways to build a culture of sponsorship in your organization. 

Note: this session is invitation-only for sponsor organizations

9:00 a.m.

Opening remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m.

Keynote: Vernice "Flygirl" Armour

Zero to Breakthrough

Filled with passion and invaluable advice, Vernice guides listeners to experience their own Breakthrough Moments on their path to success. She shares original strategies such as passion identification and backward planning, learning when and how to reroute one’s journey to avoid obstacles, and master momentum to reach future victories. She will also share her 7 steps to success including how to develop consciousness and awareness, execute situations with self-discipline, acknowledge past obstacles and challenges, feel fear and focus anyway and keep the momentum going! 


10:15-10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Keynote: Samantha Ettus

The Pie Life: A Groundbreaking Approach to Work/Life Fulfillment 

You deserve to lead your life to its full potential. In this life-changing presentation, Samantha Ettus brings her fresh approach to achieving work/life fulfillment to your company or conference. After years of working with thousands of professionals who aim to perform at the highest levels, Sam created a framework to help men and women manage their lives for ultimate success and satisfaction. Countless audiences have been inspired and driven to make changes big and small using Sam’s new framework for personal and professional fulfillment. It’s your time!

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon and exhibits

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote: Molly Bloom  

In business, a story is one of the most powerful tools you can use to sell your product, your brand, and yourself. Poker entrepreneur Molly Bloom, talks about how her product, brand, and person were one and the same.  You may have seen it in the blockbuster film Molly's Game. The stories she used to sell and market her poker business helped turn an underground poker game into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. In this funny and enlightening talk, Molly shares the insider secrets that helped her create the most popular poker game in L.A. and New York.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

 Keynote: 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.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 Networking Reception

 Join your friends and colleagues for a post-event celebration to share key takeaways and next steps!

Individual Registration

Ticket Price: $200 per person 

Tables of Eight

$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.

Congratulations to all of our Professional and Student Track Scholarship recipients!  See you on March 7th!


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.

Thanks to the following individuals who make this year's event such a success for Quad Cities Women Leaders!

Leah Allen

Beth Darnell

Lisa Elleson

Stephanie Farrell

Rena Gainey

Sharon Holmes

Felicia Knary

Tiffany O'Donnell

Cheryl Riley-Hayles

Kimberly Smith Klosak

Kristia Voyna

Penny Wilhelm

Teri VanDyke

“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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