Line-Up Announced For Advocates & Allies Virtual Speaker Series

For Immediate Release
Feb. 7, 2022

Contact: Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development 


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The line-up for the Advocates & Allies Virtual Speaker Series from Women Lead Change focuses on experts on workplace culture and well-being in this new world of work. The series brings six authors who are releasing four new books to a virtual audience through sessions in March 2022. The line-up includes:

  • Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams from Isolated to All In by Ryan Jenkins & Steven Van Cohen (March 3, Noon-1 p.m. CST)

  • The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America by Deepa Purushothaman (March 10, Noon-1 p.m. CST)

  • BRIDGE THE GAP: Breakthrough Communication Tools to Transform Work Relationships from Challenging to Collaborative by Jennifer Edwards & Katie McCleary (March 24, Noon-1 p.m. CST)

  • Life’s Messy, Live Happy: Things Don’t Have to Perfect for You to be Content by Cy Wakeman (March 31, Noon-1 p.m. CST)

Kirkwood Community College is the presenting sponsor of the series. Registration is $199/ticket, and each registered attendee receives a copy of each of the books above and access to virtual presentations with all of the authors. Registration is open at

Grounded in findings from the authors’ survey of over 2,000 workers worldwide across 50 global organizations, Connectable identifies the latest causes of loneliness, its detrimental impact on business, and the evidence-based solutions proven to work.

The First, The Few, The Only is a deeply personal call to action for women of color to find power from within and join together in community, advocating for a new corporate environment where we all belong—and are accepted—on our own terms.

In BRIDGE THE GAP, Fortune 500 leadership coaches Edwards and McCleary show how to use the social psychology of human connection and curiosity to drive meaningful communication and collaboration at work.

Life’s Messy, Live Happy is about dramatically changing the level of happiness you feel in your daily life, by learning to disconnect happiness from external forces, stop worrying about the future, and realize that most of your negative feelings are about things that never even happened.

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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