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Kick Off & Keynote 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM 

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
Business Showcase OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Connect…SHOP…network with other AWESOME WOMEN… fuel up and get ready for a great day!

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome Address: Michelle Madl-Soehren, Founder and Coordinator of the N.E.W. Women’s Business Summit & Joan Johnson, Executive Director of Reset.Life, Inc.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Keynote: The Value of Being Heard

Communication is difficult. Words are often misunderstood or misconstrued. People are formulating their responses before you are done talking. Communication doesn’t have to be hard. Liysa will teach you to use improv principles to help you be heard and lead those wanting help being heard. Key points are:

  • How to listen with yes, and
  • Avoiding self judgement to engage better
  • Reminders to live in the moment
Liysa Callsen

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM


Session One: 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM


Track One

Growing Beyond Small: The 9 Tenets of Small Business Growth & Sustainability:

Karen has been there and done it. And, she spent 3 years researching others who also successfully grew their businesses beyond small. During this engaging session, Karen will share with you the 9 tenets she identified and tools she uses with her clients. You will leave this session with the knowledge you need to grow and sustain your business

Karen Altekruse, MBA, PhD

Track Two

The Power of Your Body Language

Did you know you have a superpower? You have the power to influence people without even saying a word! Grab your cape and join Kristin in her dynamic presentation on the “Power of Body Language.” In this talk, Kristin will give you actionable tips and strategies to feel more confident and capable, to treat people with dignity and respect, to master employee relations, and to have more effective and meaningful relationships with clients, colleagues, friends, and family. In a world so focused on the words we say, most people are missing out on how we say those words, the nonverbal behind the verbal You have the ability to harness the power of nonverbal communication, to revolutionize the way you present yourself, to change the way you approach people and events, and to utilize a unique skill-set to become the best version of yourself…Are you ready to level-up your success?

Kristin Bock

Track Three

Become CEO of YOUR Life

Keeping steady in a disorderly world is a constant change. Every day can feel like an avalanche of surprises; good and bad! Join Anna as she delivers her no-nonsense business approach to life and achievement. With her diverse professional background delivering human services and taking political action, Anna has learned the benefits of Inc-corporating executive power into one’s personal life. Follow along as she guides you through the steps of moving forward with your dreams like a boss. Your future starts today.

Anna Gouker

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM


Session Two: 11:15 AM – 12:15 AM

Track One




Track Two

Take the Fear Out of Posting on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is still one of the most effective places to find a job, network and share information about you and your business. Research shows that you need to post at least 20 times a month to reach your intended audience. But what to post? This interactive session is one for anyone looking to increase their presence on LinkedIn. You will learn what items get the most traction on LinkedIn and you will unleash your creative mind and practice coming up with topics on the spot. We will even post to LinkedIn! With a little practice, posting on LinkedIn will be effortless and fun!


Tori England

Track Three

Uncovering Your Personal Brand

 Whether you know it or not, you have a personal brand. It’s what people say about you when you are not in the room. It also helps act as a decision-making filter when you’re pulled in a million directions. Whether you’re looking for a new job, seeking more sales for your company, or vetting new volunteer opportunities, uncovering your personal brand will help in all areas of your life!

Melinda Morella-Olson

Lunch, Networking & Exhibitor Showcase: 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Grow your professional inner circle—and your tribe! This will not be your average networking event. Bring your business cards, because you are going to meet some amazing and like-minded women that want you to succeed! 


12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: EmpowHER Hour Panel

Jenn Endries, Academic Dean, Rasmussen College

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM


Please note the exhibitors and vendors will be tearing down their booths following this break so if there was something you wanted to purchase or perhaps a resources you wanted to talk to…this is your last chance!

Session Three: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track One

Entrepreneur Resource Panel


Track Two

Vinegar, Honey & Change:
Communication Imperatives for Leaders

 Explore the effect that our communications have on our productivity, innovation, commitment, accountability, collaboration, and problem-solving.  During Tina’s session you will learn about:

  • Preferred senders for audiences
  • Situational communication
  • Communication planning and strategy
  • Framework to assess and re-assess change and communications
Tina Schuelke

Track Three

Generative Strategic Life Planning

 We spend at least two-thirds of our day working and sleepiong.  It turns out, how we spend the rest of our time has the greatest impact on our career and our ability to physically repair through sleep.  This presentation will show how to create a strategic plan unique to you for this portion of your life that raises all of your life beyond Sustainability to Generativity.

Laura Lenhart

Session Four: 3PM – 4PM

Track One



Track Two

Creating a “She’cosystem” in 
Northeast Wisconsin: A Panel Discussion

+ Joan Johnson, Executive Director, Reset.Life, Inc.
+ Leslie Asare, Publisher, Women Magazine
+ Michelle Madl-Soehren, Founder, N.E.W. Women’s Business Summit


Joan Johnson, Executive Dir., RESET.LIFE, Inc.
Leslie Asare, Publisher, WOMEN Magazine
Michelle Madl-Soehren, Founder, N.E.W. Women's Business Summit

Track Three


Donate & Win!

Help change women's lives by donating to our accessory drive at the summit and you’ll be entered to win  fabulous gift from one of our generous sponsors! 

Thinking about what to wear can be stressful, especially if money is tight. If you have professional attire that you no longer wear, donating it now could help change someone’s life! Gently worn or new fashionable and upscale clothing and accessories:

  • Scarves
  • Shoes and Boots
  • Jewelry
  • Handbags and Wallets

Your donation of women's accessories will benefit Reset.Life, Inc., a non-profit helping women reset their lives.



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