Women's Leadership Conference



Presenting Sponsor:


Dynamic Sponsors:



Empowering Sponsors:



Progressive Sponsors:

MinnStar Bank, NA


Engaging Sponsors:

Chesley, Harvey & Carpenter

Ecumen Pathstone Living

Mayo Clinic

Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union

Pioneer Bank

Thrivent Financial

TurningPoint Management



5th Annual Women's Leadership Conference

Wednesday & Thursday, November 2-3, 2016

Verizon Wireless Center



During the annual YWCA Women’s Leadership conference attendees are provided the opportunity to explore together with open minds how women lead, build meaningful connections, discuss trends in leadership and learn strategies and tools to take back to our family, organizations and community.

The Conference provides a unique experience in that we learn through sharing of stories and experience from our speakers and fellow attendees.


2016 Speakers

Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth is a #1 best-selling author who has spoken at events all over the world.

Elizabeth shattered the glass ceiling in the military as an Army Black Hawk Pilot, then in her corporate career as a global contract negotiator. And now she continues to rain glass as an in-demand International Motivational Speaker and CEO of Soar 2 Success International.

As a decorated U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, she flew missions such as Air Assault/Rappelling, Command & Control, VIP and Military Intelligence. She supported United Nations peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service, and in 2011 was awarded the Congressional Veteran Commendation.

Elizabeth is a dynamic, energizing entertainer that inspires audiences with her experiences from her years as a pilot and turns those stories into actionable lessons. Her #1 best-selling personal development book, The P.I.L.O.T. Method is a “must read’!


Katie Goodman

Katie is an award-winning musical comic, actress, author, creative coach and social activist.

She is the author of Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Courageous and Spontaneous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy. She has been on Showtime’s The Green Room, on Current TV as a pundit and TruTV. She is a featured blogger for Huffington Post and has contributed to O, The Oprah Magazine.

Katie is the creator and headliner of “Broad Comedy”, an internationally touring satirical music show that she and her husband, Soren Kisiel, write and direct. Her solo show is presently playing in New York City. Katie and Soren were nominated for the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant for their extensive work in theatre, and were also nominated for the EPIC Award for emerging artists from The White House Project.

Her album is available on iTunes, her book on Amazon and her comedy music videos can be seen on YouTube, having amassed over 1.5 million hits!

More about Katie >


Leading Edge Coaches:

Carol Grannis & Cindy Maher

Leading Edge Coaching & Development was launched in 2003 with a vision of offering leadership coaching, training and consulting that would be completely unique in the marketplace. The difference lies within their expertise: a blend of business and management experience, knowledge of leadership, adult learning and educational practices. This difference is brought to life through theatre and improvisational comedy to provide you an experience that will make a profound impact on your success.

Carol Grannis, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized keynote speaker with over 20 years of HR Leadership experience. She is a heartfelt and compelling storyteller who empowers her clients through engaging sessions.

Cindy Maher is a charismatic keynote speaker that brings passion, energy, insight and humor to her workshops and keynotes. Cindy develops programs that incorporate a unique blend of leadership best practices, improvisational comedy, dynamic discussion and skill practice. 

More about Leading Edge Coaches >



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For more information contact:

Kim Ruby
(507) 386-2190


Do you know someone who would benefit from attending this conference but can't because of financial reasons?


Are you a returning Emerging Leader looking to attend a second time?


Our Emerging Leader program helps ensure that women from diverse backgrounds, particularly women of color, and those in financial need, are able to attend. Emerging Leaders must be nominated and go through a selection process. If awarded, they will be granted a full scholarship for attendance and paired with a host to help them make connections and navigate the event flow. 


New this year is the Returning Leader Scholarship for women who have previously attended as Emerging Leaders. This program would provide partial scholarships allowing these women to register at a reduced rate.


Want to help an Emerging Leader attend the conference?

You have the option of purchasing a scholarship during your conference registration or contact Erin Meyer for more information: erin@ywcamankato.org





2015 Conference Recap & Speaker Materials

Theresa Rose PowerPoint SlidesConference Closing PoemReflection Questions
Nikki Sorum PowerPoint SlidesNikki Sorum Sweet Spot HandoutNikki Sorum Values Handout
Liz Power Hawkinson PowerPoint SlidesMelinda Wedzina PowerPoint SlidesAbout the Artist / About the Art
Gloria Feldt PowerPoint SlidesGloria Feldt Power To HandoutGloria Feldt Shirt Handout

Click here to view the 2015 conference brochure

2014 Conference Recap & Speaker Materials

Conference Video RecapConference Closing PoemUnConference Notes
Lex Schroeder PowerPoint SlidesDr. Mia Malrennan PowerPoint SlidesDr. Mia Malrennan Handout
Dr. Annette Parker PowerPoint SlidesDr. Verna Price PowerPoint SlidesAnn Rosenquist Fee PowerPoint Slides
Kristin Maschka PowerPoint Slides  

Click here to view the 2014 conference brochure