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Elevate your career path.

A women’s development program designed to support participants in gaining leadership insight, skills and experiences that they can apply personally and professionally.

June 2021-Dec. 2021

Elevate is designed for emerging leaders.

These are women in the Corridor and Quad Cities regions that you expect to see in leadership roles in the near future. Women very new (1-3 months) to leadership roles may also be considered. To be eligible, candidates must be endorsed by their organizations and approved for participation by their direct leaders/supervisors. All applicants should be able to meet the commitment expectations of the program. Review the full program description, expectations and calendar here.

For six months, attend 5 half-day learning sessions. During the last month of the program, the class will be split into teams and assigned a project topic to research and present to a panel of local leaders. This is a tangible outcome you can bring back to your company, based around one of five metrics from the EPIC Corporate Challenge.


2021 Elevate Class

  • Stephanie Azzi, Collins Aerospace
  • Jenna Bates, Alliant Energy
  • Lora Baughman, Collins Aerospace
  • Lisa Brunie-McDermott, HNI Corporation
  • Andjela Calasan, TrueNorth
  • Kelly Clougher, University of Iowa
  • Jenny Conkel, ImOn Communications
  • Christina Djerf, Mercy Medical Center
  • Anna Fisher, Women Lead Change
  • Natalie Fuller, Ingredion
  • Lori Garin, Ingredion
  • Alison Gates, MediRevv
  • Meredith Hershner, United Way
  • Angela Ibrahim-Olin, University of Iowa
  • Jessica Lansing, Pearson
  • Laura Marxen, Transamerica
  • Megan McVancel, University of Iowa
  • Amanda Paprocki, Alliant Energy
  • Debarati Ray, Collins Aerospace
  • Beth Rissman, Pearson
  • Jade Rogers, University of Iowa
  • Lydia Sax, de Novo Marketing
  • Karla Scriven, Kirkwood Community College
  • Heather Stauffacher, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
  • Alyssa Stockman, Frontier Co-op
  • Kristen Temple, Green State Credit Union
  • Jennifer Woods, Mercy Medical Center

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