2022 Women Lead Change Elevate Class Announced

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2022

Contact: Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Women Lead Change has announced a class of 25 for the 2022 Elevate Leadership Program. This six-month program (July-Dec. 2022) is designed to support current and emerging female leaders in gaining leadership insight, skills and experiences that they can apply personally and professionally. 

Participants include:

Kelly Barr, Alliant Energy
Nicole Barth, UFG Insurance
Jessica Bauman, TrueNorth Companies
Julie Bennis, TrueNorth Companies
Lanette Boots, Collins Aerospace
Heather Butterfield, Iowa Donor Network
Hilary Copeland-Marvin, Transamerica
Courtney Crowdes, Transamerica
Mackenzie DeRoo, University of Iowa, Tippie College
Brandy Feldman, Collins Aerospace
Lori Garin, Ingredion
Claire Lux, Merrill Lynch
Katie Machovsky, University of Iowa, College of Nursing
Hannah McGrath, HNI Corporation
Liz Myres, CRBT
Jess Niemann, Alliant Energy
Jessie Owens, McGrath Auto
Shelby Pickering, Alliant Energy
Jessica Pira, McGrath Ford Hyundai Kia
Lucy Sanchez, Alliant Energy
Lacy Scarborough, CBE Companies
Kylie Tichy, Lucky's on 16th
Emily Upah, Alliant Energy
Vanessa Weisskopf, University of Iowa
Darby Winger, Rinderknecht Associates, Inc.

Orientation and the first learning session takes place in July with half-day learning sessions taking place each month. Learning session topics include Listening and Connecting, Boundaries in the Workplace, Fierce Conversations, and Tools for Success in the Workplace. In addition, the class will be split into teams and complete a capstone project to present to a panel of local leaders. 

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. 


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