Women's Leadership Conference

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 5:30pm to Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:30pm
Verizon Wireless Center

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5th Annual Women's Leadership Conference
Wednesday & Thursday, November 2-3, 2016
Verizon Wireless Center

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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.

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2016 Speakers

Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth McCormickElizabeth 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’!

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Katie Goodman

Katie GoodmanKatie 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!

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Leading Edge Coaches: Carol Grannis & Cindy Maher

Leading Edge Coaches: Carol Grannis & Cindy MaherLeading 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.

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For more information contact:

Kim Ruby
(507) 386-2190

2016 Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor:

Wells Fargo Logo

Dynamic Sponsors:

ProGrowth Bank Logo

South Central College Logo


Empowering Sponsors:
Diane Gabriel Logo   Eide Bailly Logo
Jerry's Abra Auto Body & Glass Logo   Us Bank Logo

Gislason & Hunter Logo


Progressive Sponsors:

MinnStar Bank, NA
Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union


Engaging Sponsors:

Ann Bancroft Foundation
Chesley, Harvey & Carpenter
Ecumen Pathstone Living
Mayo Clinic Health System
Pioneer Bank
Thrivent Financial
TurningPoint Management


Media Sponsors:
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River Valley Woman Logo
Scholarship Sponsor:

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