Captain Sandy Yawn to Close WLC Conference: Des Moines

For Immediate Release
July 13, 2023

Contact: Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development


DES MOINES, Iowa - Women Lead Change is proud to host Captain Sandy Yawn, superyacht Captain and series lead on Below Deck Mediterranean, as closing keynote speaker for the conference in Des Moines on Oct. 18-19, at the Iowa Events Center. Two-day conference tickets are $550/person and include access to the conference featuring 6 keynote speakers, 3 breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, and peer-to-peer networking. Team tables of 10 are $5,250/table. Tickets are open at

Captain Sandra Yawn (“Captain Sandy”) is a leader, hero and businesswoman whose exceptional leadership style has helped her to break through every obstacle in her path – from the glass ceilings and near-fatal accidents on land to pirates and fires at sea!

As a renowned superyacht captain with over 30 years of international maritime experience, Yawn’s integrity and courage have earned her an outstanding reputation as an elite class of captain. Her unflappable leadership in the face of danger earned her recognition from the International Superyacht Society, who honored her with the prestigious Distinguished Crew Award for the bravery she exhibited in the midst of a catastrophic fire and pirate threat that occurred in 2006 off the coast of Yemen.

Tapping into her signature affinity for adventure, Yawn charted a brand new course in 2015 when she became a series lead on Bravo’s hit series Below Deck Mediterranean. Now in her fifth season with the show, Yawn is a powerful female role model and leader and one of the network’s most universally beloved personalities.

With a story of overcoming her own personal struggles, including being a cancer survivor, Yawn shares with audiences how to be resilient and persevere in the face adversity, along with her exceptional leadership principles of believing in your people, not giving up and it being ok to fail—that help build a world class crew you can trust and believe in.

Remaining keynote speakers announced to date include Tiffany Atkinson, Dr. Wendy Borlabi, Tiffany Dufu, Dr. Steve Robbins, and Sara Ross. F&G is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2023 WLC Conference: Des Moines.

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


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