2020 Keynote Speaker
Liysa Callsen grew up with Deaf parents and her husband is Deaf too. Liysa can hear, however,American Sign Language is her first language. As a bicultural and bilingual individual she developedtransformational ways of communicating for those who want to be heard. Communication is key inany language. Drawing on life experiences,
Liysa uses stories, improvisation, audience participation, and tips to help give you a freshperspective on your obstacles. She will teach you to use humor in life and in business, help youembrace diversity to form stronger teams, and teach you the art of communicating beyond words.
Certified Body Language Speaker, Trainer and Coach
Creating personal connections and developing a thoughtful, people-first approach to improving the internal culture is what Kristin Bock deems paramount to building a world-class team. As the Staff Development Coordinator at Evergreen, my role is to identify the obstacles staff members face to help them best use their talents and invest themselves in Evergreen. Enhancing the employee experience to positively impact retention and recruitment is my top priority.
As a certified body language trainer and coach, Kristin has learned the secrets and science of body language. She has developed the tools of a communications architect, designing nonverbal blueprints for success.
Owner | Principal Consultant, T.L.England Consulting, LLC
Tori has her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Public Relations and her master’s degree from De Paul University in Chicago in Corporate Communication.
Tori brings over 20 years of project management and learning & development experience in the insurance, hospitality and utility industries. She has led many Fortune 500 companies through major transformational change. Tori is certified in the PROSCI change management model and is a PMP certified project manager.
Tori has created, developed and led teams that have won industry credentials in instructional design and training operations.
In her early years, Tori worked for Walt Disney World Resorts and is trained in their customer service philosophy. Tori is currently a Faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College where she passes on her project management expertise to eager students.
Director of Strategic Engagement, Imaginasium
Serving as the Director of Strategic Engagement for Green Bay-based marketing firm, Imaginasium, Melinda Morella-Olson believes, just as a company must uncover and communicate their unique value proposition, uncovering your own unique value proposition and brand is an important part of your personal and professional success.
Melinda is the ultimate people-person and a self-proclaimed networking junkie. She is deeply committed to making the Greater Green Bay community, her hometown, the best it can be and, as such, she uses her love of meeting and learning about new people to connect them to each other and the resources to help them accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams. She applies this skillset in her role at Imaginasium, on the boards and committees in which she serves (YPAC, Literacy Green Bay, SHRM, NEW Manufacturing Alliance, NEW IT Alliance, NEW North Marketing and Branding Committee, and a variety of Greater Green Bay Chamber committees), and as an entrepreneur with her own makeup artistry, cosmetic, and skincare business.
She believes hard work, a positive attitude, and authenticity are her keys to success. A true lover of adventure and the outdoors, Melinda spends her spare time traveling and fishing with her husband, Tony, and lots of time outdoors with their furbaby, Sherlock.
Owner, HeiPro Digital, LLC | Co-Founder, The Nest Cowork + Club
Alex is a website expert & educator – Squarespace guru, and passionate about helping women build businesses of their dreams and lives they love. Alex is from Green Bay, WI and is a mom to two kiddos, a dog, and has been happily married for 4 years. She is the founder and owner of HeiPro Digital, a boutique digital marketing agency that specializes in web design, SEO, visual branding, and social content marketing.
She is a Certified Digital Marketing Professional, becoming certified in 2017 through the University of St. Thomas’ Executive Education program and recently completed an MBA and Digital Experience Certificate, also through UST.
Karen Altekruse, MBA, PhD
Executive Leadership Coach & Business Consultant
Dr. Karen Altekruse (All –Ta-Cruise) is a serial entrepreneur and founder of a marketing communications firm she successful grew into a second-stage enterprise. Her current work and research focuses on business owners who want to grow from a micro enterprise into a sustainable business that generates wealth and provides personal flexibility for the owner(s). Using a combination of practical experience and research, Dr. Altekruse has developed a proprietary system for working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to grow beyond small.
She earned an MBA with an executive coaching certification from Bellevue University in 2011; then, in May of 2015, earned a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Cardinal Stritch University. She has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their enterprises. By sharing the strategies and tactics successfully used by others, Karen helps her clients navigate their way through the various stages of business growth and development.
Anna Gouker, MS
Principal | A.G. Ventures, LLC
Founder, Owner & Executive Director | Change Management Communications Center, PCMP
Founder and Executive Director of Change Management Communications Center LLC (CMCC), in Oshkosh, WI. Tina has led innovation, process, and behavior change in organizations for more than 30 years, advancing how leaders address change. Tina is known for her ability to resolve redundancies, strengthen assets, and elevate organizations from “us and them” to “we and how.” Tina’s clients transform from teams at odds with one another to a place where each individual is maximized, not minimized. We’re talking about a way to innovate that unleashes resources that were hiding in plain sight. Tina has a passion for connection, so connect with Tina at the conference and on social media.
Vice President of Finance & Administration, Marcus Performing Arts
Laura Lenhart has been an active leader in the performing arts industry for over 17 years, and currently serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration with the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and one of 60 women worldwide to achieve the Certified Venue Executive designation from the International Association of Venue Managers.
While Laura has spent her career leading teams to align with organizational strategic objectives, her passion lies with helping women develop a personal strategic plan aligned with each woman’s uniqueness. Identifying and growing in this uniqueness is the only way to achieve fulfillment through mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balance, known as Generativity.
With depression, anxiety and suicide on the rise, now is the time to strengthen our happiness muscle. Our ability to contribute to a generative community where everyone wins, whether a marriage, a family unit, a work team, or the neighborhood we live in, requires us to be flowing as the person we were created to be while also engaging others in their uniqueness. And where everyone wins, there is joy.
Manager, Leadership Development, DealerSocket
Molly Urban is the head of Leadership Development for DealerSocket, a global software company, where she designs, develops, and implements tailored leadership and professional development programs for the organization’s leadership team. She specializes in helping leaders discover how to dissolve personal and corporate challenges. Molly is known for her lively and powerful presentations, bringing revelatory ideas with practical life-changing application.
As a corporate leader, entrepreneur, consultant, executive coach, internationally certified trainer, and mother of two young boys, Molly understands the pressure and stress women face every day. Molly is passionate about helping women embrace the tension in their lives, rather than avoid or run from it, and turn it into a work-life harmony story. Tension is energy that can break us, or propel us with purpose to create a dynamic and exciting future.
Owner, KLO, LLC
Kristin is the owner of KLO, LLC, a training, leadership and employee optimization consulting business. She has extensive experience working in human resource leadership roles focused on employee development, long term organizational planning and legal compliance.
Kristin’s knowledge ranges across both publicly traded Fortune 500 organizations as well as small-cap family owned businesses. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a Franklin Covey certified facilitator of the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Managers and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a focus in Human Resources and Legal Studies. Kristin is a 2018 recipient of the Manitowoc County Young Professionals Future 15 award and a nominee for Young Professional of the Year. Outside of work, Kristin is a head coach and league commissioner with the Manitowoc Youth Softball League and volunteers with many non-profits in her community. Kristin resides in Manitowoc with her husband Doug and her three girls Grace, Josie and Nora.
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