2022 ICR Iowa Conference Guest Line-Up Announced

For Immediate Release
Feb. 28, 2022

Contact: Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Women Lead Change announced today the final line-up for the 2022 ICR Iowa Conference that will close with a conversation with Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, and Chely Wright, compilers for the upcoming book, MY MOMENT: 106 Women Fighting for Themselves. 

The Conference, scheduled for April 26-27, 2022, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will close with Chenoweth and Wright’s moderated conversation with Najimy appearing virtually live. Two-day conference tickets are on sale now for in-person and virtual access at $550/person. Tables of eight for in-person attendance are also available for $4,200 ($525/person). Register at https://www.wlcglobal.org/events/2022-icr-iowa-conference.

My Moment is a collection of essays accompanied by beautiful black-and-white photography from a diverse group of women on the moment they realized they were ready to fight for themselves—including Gloria Steinem, Lena Waithe, Joanna Gaines, Brandi Carlile, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, and Billie Jean King, among others.

The two-day conference also includes keynote speakers Sarah Thomas, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Emily Steines, Varlorie Burton, and Vanessa Hauc. Breakout tracks will focus on tactical leadership development and we will celebrate 15 years of advancing women leaders with a Founder’s Luncheon. Collins Aerospace is the ICR Iowa Conference Presenting Sponsor.

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.

Kathy Najimy is an actor, director, writer, producer, and activist known for her memorable performances in over 25 films and over 100 television projects. Najimy is very proud to have been named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and The NY Lily Award for Actress/Activist of the Year 2016. She is internationally known for her award-winning portrayal of “Sister Mary Patrick” in the Sister Act films, Hocus Pocus, Rat Race, Pixar’s Oscar and Golden Globe winning WALL-E, Madea Christmas, Say Uncle, Hope Floats, Zack and Reba, Soapdish, The Hard Way, The Wedding Planner, Jeffrey, The Big K, Blowtorch, Clutter, Jungle Book, Brother Bear, The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand and more.

As a proud feminist and social justice advocate, Najimy has been recognized with numerous honors for her enthusiastic work supporting women’s, girls and LGBT rights, AIDS, animal rights, and reproductive rights.

Chely Wright rose to fame as a commercial country singer in the '90s, and has since released eight studio albums and charted more than 15 singles on the Billboard charts. The Academy of Country Music named Wright "Top New Female Vocalist of 1995." Her first hit came in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive,” followed two years later by her first number one single, “Single White Female,” and in 2005 "The Bumper of My S.U.V.” In 2010, Chely Wright released her eighth album, Lifted Off the Ground. Chely made history by being the first country music star to publicly come out as gay, which she revealed in her 2010 memoir entitled “Like Me.”

IWLC d/b/a Women Lead Change is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, development and promotion of women, their organizations, and to impacting the economy and future workforce. For more information visit WLCglobal.org.


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