NEW Womens Business Summit Speakers

KEYNOTE: ALLISON LIDDLE

Allison Liddle

Allison Liddle provides massive results, strategic vision, and creative solutions to their challenges. Liddle is an award-winning entrepreneur and a bestselling author that teaches from experience on how to build sustainable businesses and organizations. She is a certified leadership speaker and trainer on change and communication that knows how to engage teams to move forward quickly and get massive results.

AMBER MILLER
Project Director, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp
What Can WWBIC Do For You?

Amber Miller

Amber  Miller, Regional Project Director, leads WWBIC’s Business Education and Financial Capability programming.  She manages multiple poverty alleviation programs, including a pilot program with UW Stout and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services to increase asset-building for individuals with disabilities. In 2013, Amber played a key role in a $3.4 million grant to WWBIC to assist families with children with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency through financial awareness. Amber holds a B.A. in Business and Management from Alverno, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Higher Education Administration.  The SBA named Amber Wisconsin’s 2015 Women in Business Champion for her efforts in helping female small business owners start or expand their businesses state-wide.  She was the 2016 recipient of the UEDA “Extraordinary Community Partner” for her work on the UEDA Summit, FEDN and Money Smart Week.

ANNA STEINFEST
President, AFF Research
Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Since immigrating to the US in 1998, Anna has spent over 15 years developing programs to empower women, minorities and veterans. Anna is best known for developing the Green Bay Packers MentorProtégé Program (mentorship partnership). Anna played a founding role in Wisconsin’s Entrepreneur Network, representing the United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in Israel and Jordan, serving in an advisory capacity for WOKI (Women of Kenya Initiative), and numerous other state, federal, and international programs. With a Master’s degree in economics, Anna’s focus is on developing sustainable programs that encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic development. By providing women, minority and veteran communities with access to mentorship, training, and partnerships with established business leaders in their communities, Anna consistently generates a long and successful track record of job creation and long term, positive growth. All this without the potentially unsustainable overreliance on government grants and taxpayer funding for dramatic, far reaching impact. Anna is the president of AFF Research, LLC and is actively involved in community charities and the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Anna is recognized by the Chamber as one of the ‘40 Under 40 You Should Know,’ the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award of Brown County, the Woman for Diversity Award from the Girls Scouts of Lac-Baie Council, and the ECC Founder’s Award.

MIRANDA BONDE
Investing from a Woman’s Perspective
Laura Mossakowski, LLC – Financial Planning For Women And Their Families

Miranda Bonde has been providing financial services to her clients and community since 2013 and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is Series 7, 6, 63, and 65 registered (held through LPL Financial) as well as licensed for Life, Accident & Health Insurance. Miranda holds her Certification in Long Term Care (CLTC). In 2017 Miranda received the “Four Under 40” honor from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Wisconsin for her service to the industry and her community. Miranda is the President for the Rotary Club for year ‘17-‘18, Volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a member of the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group “Current.” In her free time, Miranda and her wife, Megan enjoy golfing, softball, working in their yard, and being with friends and family. They have two rescue dogs, Bailey and Xena.

KATE GUTH
Marketing Coordinator, Kerber Rose, S.C.
An Introverts Survival Guide to Networking
Katie Guth

Kate Guth is a creative entrepreneur by heart. Born into an entrepreneurial family, she watched her dad run his own construction business. Kate often suggested innovative advertising which created her passions for marketing and design. Kate studied at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, earning degrees in Marketing as well as Design & Graphic Technology. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree with Southern New Hampshire University for Business Studies in Marketing. Kate is currently employed by Kerber Rose S.C. as the Marketing Coordinator. Kate enjoys applying her knowledge of marketing, branding, social media, graphic design, advertising and public relations to her job. In her free time, Kate also offers freelance graphic design and marketing expertise to local small business owners.

Terra Fletcher
Terra Fletcher Consulting, LLC
Linksters, iGen, Generation Z: What Super-Connected Kids Mean for the Rest of Us

Terra Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher, professional speaker and writer, has a decade of experience in business development and marketing. She has presented 120+ workshops, panels, and classes on communication. Terra is an instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, teaches at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year (2012). Terra has trained the Wisconsin Library Association, National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Counseling Association, Prevea Health, the National Association of Broadcasters, and Georgia Pacific. She reads the back of every package, doesn’t fast-forward previews, and goes to the beach as much as possible. Much to the chagrin of those around her, she spots typos and grammatical errors from a mile away.

HEIDI L. JACKSON
Corporate Trainer, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Deliver the Message or Let It Go-A Toolkit for Tough Conversations

Heidi Jackson

Heidi Jackson is a Corporate Trainer with the Corporate Training & Economic Development team at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC).  Heidi has over 17 years of experience in program design/facilitation and actively engaging large, medium or small-size participant groups.

Prior to joining NWTC, Heidi invested seven years of her career as a Senior Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist at Plexus Corp (global headquarters in Neenah, WI).  At Plexus, Heidi was responsible for designing, developing, managing and delivering learning and development initiatives on a global scale.  Before Plexus, Heidi delivered career planning and leadership programs on a national level as an Educational Facilitator with Monster.

Heidi began her education with a Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and holds professional certifications from The Ken Blanchard Companies, AchieveGlobal, Linkage, Langevin Learning Services, Personnel Decisions International, True Colors, NWTC and The Association for Talent Development.

Today, with NWTC, Heidi’s specialties include talent development, curriculum design, and the creation and delivery of interactive programs around leadership and improved performance results.  In the classroom, Heidi facilitates all programs and workshops in her signature style:  professional, engaging and approachable.  Past clients include Schneider, Prevea Health, The Green Bay Packers, Cooperative Resources International, Wisconsin Builders Association, Quad State Instructors Inc., as well as many other businesses and industries.

In her personal time, Heidi loves cross-country skiing, paddling, hiking, camping, traveling and running.  She is the Race Director for the N.E.W. Road Race Championships (5K & Half Marathon) in Oconto, WI.  Above all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.

MICHELLE MADL-SOEHREN
Program Coordinator, NWTC-Small Business Initiative
Building a “Boss Babe” Business Model

Cultivating relationships to deliver exceptional results is what fuel’s Michelle Madl-Soehren’s passion, dedicating the last 25 years of her life to “people development.” As the “brain-child” behind the coordination of the N.E.W. Women’s Business Summit, Michelle thrives on helping with the development of people through her exceptional interpersonal communication skills and passion for servant leadership. With a proven track record for inspiring a positive attitude by tapping into her sense of humor and natural, God-given gifts of connecting, motivating, and teaching others, she is dedicated to coaching and mentoring others to reach their full potential.

Key accomplishments include designing and implementing professional/organizational development initiatives for business and industry throughout northern and northeastern Wisconsin.  In 2010 she founded and served as Visionary Leader for the Northwoods Women in Business networking organization and led the coordination and launch of the Northwoods Women’s Business Conference in 2014 and 2015.  Relocating to the Green Bay area in 2015 Michelle, an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI, was recognized as a Native American Woman in Community Leadership by the Wisconsin Women of Color and was the recipient of the 2016 Woman in Leadership by the Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center.

Michelle holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science from Mount Mary College and is a professionally trained coach in the areas of entrepreneurship, life and women’s empowerment through the World Coach Institute.  As the Program Coordinator, Michelle serves as the department’s lead, overseeing all entrepreneurial programming for NWTC’s Small Business Initiative and is currently part of the 2018 class of Leadership Green Bay.

HEIDI GOSSEN
InPowered Life Coaching
Living in Your Strengths

Heidi Gossen

Heidi is a life and leadership coach with a heart to see people live fully alive in who they have been created to be in work, play and worship. She helps people discover, maximize and mobilize their strengths & values in their personal and professional God-given callings. From “big, hairy, audacious goals, to fine tuning daily life issues that are causing angst, Heidi coaches with powerful questions to help her clients build confidence, create new thought patterns and take meaningful action. Heidi is certified through Professional Christian Coaching Institute and is a member of the ICF. She is a certified SYMBIS Facilitator as well as a Strengths Champion Certified Coach. She enjoys workshops, team building and one-on-one coaching. Bill is Heidi’s “better half”, they have been a team now for 27 years, have three adult children, with an addition coming soon via marriage! Having a heart for youth and adults in crisis or searching for a place to find themselves, Heidi also has formed Crossfire Ranch, a nonprofit outreach connecting people with a mentor and a horse in a quiet rural setting. Having grown up on a farm she gratefully remembers the “retreat” that life offered her and shares that with others.

Specialities: Certified Professional Life & Leadership Coach, Strengths Champion, Relationship Coach, Life Path Discovery. Session attendees will receive a complimentary 30-minute coaching session as well as half off of a three month coaching package.

SHERRY FREEMAN
Senior Wellness Engagement Consultant, myInertia
Small Steps to Reach a Big Goal Payoff

Sherry has a degree in Human Nutrition/Dietetics and Business. She has continued her education by becoming a certified Personal Trainer, a Faculty Member of WELCOA and attending ongoing training.

Sherry has been working in the Health, Wellness and Fitness fields for approximately 20 years working in everything from clinical health to community and corporate wellness and now a retail online health and wellness product.

In her current role at myInertia, Sherry has helped develop, market and launch the online corporate wellness solution to employers nationally. Her knowledge and experience heave helped to shape the program into one that focuses on engagement strategies and has proven to help employers reach their wellness goals.

Wisconsin Procurement Institute
 

Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) is a non-profit Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) that was established in 1987 to assist Wisconsin businesses in creating, developing and growing their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs.  WPI provides professional technical assistance throughout the State of Wisconsin — in rural and urban areas — with large, small, well-established and newly created businesses in areas of manufacturing, technology, construction, research, IT and services. WPI works closely with Federal, State and Local small business programs to maximize the opportunities and market success for disadvantaged, minority, native/tribal, woman, disabled and veteran owned firms as well as those located in designated HUBZone and distressed areas. WPI services include market research and strategy development, locating opportunities, compliance, solicitation and proposal review and a myriad of other assistance.  Last year WPI worked with over 1,000 businesses, hosted over 100 events and was credited with assisting Wisconsin businesses with over $455 million in contract awards.

LUCY ARENDT, PHD.
Professor, Management
Director, AACSB Accreditation
Clarence P. Bleser Endowed Chair in Business
Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics, St. Norbert College

Make em’ Laugh: Women’s Use of Humor at Work

Dr. Lucy Arendt, Professor of Business Administration at St. Norbert College, has professional interests that are as interesting as they are diverse. An expert on organizational and community decision making in the aftermath of natural disasters, Årendt also conducts research on humor and its impacts on health, happiness, creativity, and job satisfaction. Arendt has led students on a travel course to Mexico for many years and is planning to lead students on a travel course to Belgium, France, and Germany in 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Management Science from UW-Milwaukee, focusing on strategic management and organizational behavior. While a Professor at UW-Green Bay, she received the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement, and the Student Nominated Teaching Award. At St. Norbert College, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management, organizational behavior, and leadership. She is widely published, belongs to several national and local professional associations, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, an international organization focused on seismic risk reduction.

Renee Butrym
Corporate Trainer, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
The Emotionally Intelligent Woman

Renee Butrym

Renee is a Corporate Trainer for the Corporate Training and Economic Development Department of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She has taught leadership, professional communication, and Lean classes for this educational institution since October 2013.   She has business experience in Customer Service, Training, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Finance Budgeting, and Public Relations. She has been instrumental in developing strategies for process improvements for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies such as Shaw Industries, Carpet Call Australia, Teletech International, and ServPro.  These positions were held in Green Bay, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, and Melbourne, Australia.

Her educational experience includes a B.S. in Textiles from Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified through Adaptive Business Solutions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Renee plays competitive tennis and serves as both Middle School and Girls High School tennis coach for De Pere High School.

“EmpowHER Hour” Luncheon

During the second half of our lunch together where we will have had time for networking and engaging conversation, we will be joined by a powerhouse panel of four engaging and empowering women leaders who will share how they have thrived as leaders in male-dominated industries.