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Aerospace Engineer

Caeley Looney

Caeley Looney is a total space geek, avid Netflix binger, and french fry lover. After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, she started working full-time as a Space Mission Analyst at L3Harris Technologies, where she currently supports their small satellite programs. Recently, she completed her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Once the work day is over, she comes home and works on Reinvented Magazine. As the founder and CEO of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Caeley works to empower young girls to pursue STEM fields through each of Reinvented’s three core programs. Outside of work and running a nonprofit, Caeley loves making and is constantly working on something crazy. Some of her favorite projects include forging a sword, designing a 3D printed light up constellation dress, and building an origami kayak.

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Founder of Spark Building Group

Demi Knight Clark

Demi Knight Clark has over 25 years of nonconforming in the trades - primarily rising through the ranks of publicly-traded production homebuilding. From throwing a hammer to scaling companies to founding a nonprofit for women in trades (She Built This City) to now "going first" as a female founder/WBE in construction, welding & demolition - equity & "solving the deltas" of 2% women in true trades is at Demi's heart.

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Project Manager at TDIndustries

Daryl Anne Estill

Daryl started in the construction industry at just 19 years old. Since that time, she has grown from an administrative assistant to an experienced Project Manager, leading projects and teams in commercial mechanical, process, and plumbing scopes. She has experience that spans semiconductor, pharmaceutical, offices, and multifamily markets in both plan & spec and design-build deliveries. In addition to her direct role, she is integral to strategic planning, training and development, and process improvements for her teams and business units. Daryl is a cross-functional team influencer and a collaborative, interpersonal servant-leader who prioritizes supporting, uplifting, and mentoring others. She values and celebrates individual differences and excels at combining people-focused goals with Project + Business + Client objectives. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the TD Women’s Partner Resource Group, 2023 I-LinCP breakout session speaker, and is a 2022 Empowering Women in Industry nominee for Industry Advocacy as well as Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Empowering Women Podcast Host

Shannon Bumgarner

Shannon Bumgarner is a change maker inspiring transformation within organizations and with women in technical careers. As a degreed engineer with 20+ years of experience, her bold leadership has strengthened supply chain, engineering, and customer experience processes for leading industrial companies. Shannon is passionate about mentoring women in largely male-dominated industries with a broader impact on gender equity in STEM and gender wealth equality. 

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Bridge Builder | Supplier Impact Thought Leader | Entrepreneur| Multi-Tasker of Miracles

Jill Miller

Jill possesses over 20 years of expertise in Enterprise Business Development, with a focus on supporting major CPGs. Transitioning her efforts, she is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion across ecosystems. Her dedication lies in expanding entrepreneurial opportunities for diverse-owned businesses and promoting sustainable prosperity for workers and communities.

Operating at the intersection of purpose and profit, Jill has demonstrated success in collaborating with closely held companies and private equity firms, facilitating transitions to employee ownership and empowering workers to build generational wealth. In her role as Curriculum Director for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Breedlove Entrepreneurship Center, she crafted a groundbreaking curriculum designed to accelerate later-stage Black female entrepreneurs in the CPG and Food sectors. This curriculum provides crucial education, access to networks, and capital.

Among her current endeavors, Jill collaborates as a member of the Steering Committee for Empowering Women in Industry and the 17 Rooms Initiative. Her collaborative efforts aim to advance the economic, social, and environmental priorities inherent in the world's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her proactive engagement extends to the working group for Room 8, focusing on UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Jill's fervor for effecting positive change is deeply rooted, driven by her desire to inspire connections that lead to meaningful transformations. Presently, she serves with distinction on the Board of Directors for the Spondylitis Association of America, striving to enhance outcomes for individuals impacted by Spondyloarthritis while also hosting Spondycast.

A seasoned speaker, Jill is well-versed in delivering engaging talks on topics including technical content, overcoming limiting beliefs, and the transformative power of connection. Her recent speaking engagements include notable events such as Empowering Women in Industry Chicago and Deeper Women Lead Atlanta, where she provided audiences with invaluable insights and inspiration. Additionally, Jill has served as a spokesperson for Novartis in Sat Media Tours and online commercials for their MPITAS, further amplifying her influence.

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Director of Technical Services at WEM Automation

Amy Crosby

Amy Crosby is a degreed electrical engineer leading technical services at a small automation company, WEM Automation. She has been in the Industrial Automation field for over 20 years, starting her career as a Field Service Engineer. Amy is positive, determined and always on the lookout for actions and suggestions to move her work forward. On a personal note, she has been married to Keith for 23 years and they have 3 children: a 22 year old daughter, a 20 year old son and a 16 year old daughter. Being a working and involved mom has always been important to Amy as well as guiding other females as they navigate life changes and learn how to advocate for themselves.

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Creator of "The Decision Smith" App

Dana Peever

Dana Peever is the creator of "The Decision Smith" app and 5-Step Decision Making System,, 2x #1 bestselling author of The Decision to...Series, and Decision Expert at Dana has spent over 30 years invested in helping people make tough decisions confidently. She acknowledges that making those decisions takes courage, and her goal is to empower women to success, one brave decision at a time. She has worked with hundreds of clients who all have their own story to tell. Ultimately, she'd like to see them Brave the Chaos with a smile on their face.

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Coralee Beatty

Coralee has been in the construction industry for over 25 years and started her career as a building envelope consultant for a multinational engineering firm. Upon retiring from the engineering firm, she started working full time with her husband on the mechanical contracting business they started together. After 15 years of ownership and successfully selling her trades business, Coralee now shares her knowledge, experience, and expertise with business owners in construction and trades to build their business for greater profitability, flexibility and freedom. All social platforms: @coraleebeatty

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Principal and Founder of Change Catalysts

Barbara Trautlein

Barbara Trautlein, PhD is author of Change Intelligence, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ® System. For over 30 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical transformational initiatives - achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients. Her blend of research, real-world expertise, and actionable strategies makes her an in-demand consultant and speaker spanning a wide range of industries across the globe. Clients served include Abbott, BP, Cisco, Goodwill, Northwestern University, and University Hospitals. Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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Journeyman Tile Setter at Grazzini Brothers & Company

Rebecca Lynn Heustess

I've worked for Grazzini Brothers for 11 years. Started as a helper, worked my way up to finisher and years later journeyman Tile Setter, 1 of only 3 in our company. In 2020 I was awarded Tile Setter of the year. I've had the pleasure of working on many award winning jobs over my career. My husband and I work together to accomplish our goal of Tiling the world one piece at a time 🥰

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Water and Wastewater Business Development Manager at Emerson

Dianne McMaster

Dianne McMaster works for Emerson as a Water and Wastewater Business Development Manager providing support and strategic direction for water and wastewater business. Dianne works with existing and potential customers within our industry to bring market knowledge, technical support, competitive differentiators, and sharing innovations in the industry. Dianne is a regional leader in Emerson’s Women’s Impact Network employee resource group which provides support and networking opportunities for female employees in 85+ chapters globally, strives to increase the number of women in leadership positions, and works to attract a new generation of women in STEM fields.  Dianne volunteers on the American Lung Association Fight for Air Stair Climb Committee, as a corral captain at the P3R Pittsburgh Marathon, with Penn State COMETS (Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science) middle school program, and has leadership positions in her local SWE chapter as well as on several professional organizations.

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Vice President of US Sales - Domestic Building Services Division at GRUNDFOS

David McMillan

A globally successful and experienced sales and business development executive with highly developed sales, strategic, communication, people development and leadership skills. Able to understand company, customer, employee and market expectations and drivers and transform them into outstanding business success by utilizing charismatic leadership, superb communication and technical competence. A logical and pragmatic expert in understanding and implementing real and meaningful value creation, strategic planning, inclusive team leadership and techno-commercial management with the ability to leverage on international experience. Currently living and working in the US as VP of Sales for the Domestic Building Division within Grundfos, which is responsible for the development of our business in the single and multifamily residential space. Passionate about energy & water conservation and all things relating to sustainability, which includes building sustainable business and not just the part relating to environmental sustainability.

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Executive Vice President of Business Operations at Taco Comfort Solutions

Leslie Taito

Leslie Taito is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations at Taco Comfort Solutions. Taco is a 100-year-old, third generation family-owned global company based in Cranston, Rhode Island that engineers and manufacturers high-efficiency indoor heating, cooling, and plumbing comfort systems. Using her 30+ years of management and manufacturing experience, she is responsible for Taco’s global strategy and implementation for business operations, supply chain, import/export compliance, quality, vendor contract management and marketing. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, CEO of Hope Global, a manufacturer of textile products and engineering solutions, Director of Regulatory Reform for the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget, CEO for the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services, Inc., and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association. 

Leslie is actively involved in her community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Centreville Bank, is a Rhode Island Commodore, and is a member of the Rhode Island Manufactures Association Advisory board. She has held past board positions with the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Polaris MEP Advisory Board, and the Northern Rhode Island and North Kingstown Chambers of Commerce

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Executive Vice President - Water Utility (Municipal) at Grundfos

Robert (Rob) Montenegro

Robert (Rob) Montenegro is the son of a single mother, brother to two older sisters, husband to an amazing wife, father to two super-amazing grown daughters, teammate to remarkable women (some of whom are Empowering Women in Industry award winners)! Rob is the Vice President of Sales at Grundfos, the leading global pump manufacturer and solution provider. Rob is responsible for the sustainable and responsible pumping and treatment solutions for municipal water and wastewater authorities and has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience and expertise in the water and wastewater field. Prior to joining Grundfos, Rob was responsible for managing a pump, mixer, and blower manufacturing and distribution business as President of Pumpex and Vice President of Sales for ABS (Sulzer), as well as a leadership position with Synagro. Rob has a B.S.M.E. degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.


Managing Director, Global Supply Chain

John Hartline

John is Managing Director, Global Supply Chain at tms, a HAVI Company, managing the supplier network for their Category Management practice. John has been with the HAVI companies the last 14 years in a variety of management roles. He started as the lead for the HAVI Global Solutions North American promotions group, transferred to Singapore to their APMEA operations and then did a stint as COO of HAVI Logistics Asia. Upon returning to the US, John transferred to tms as head of Operations before moving into his current role. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan, graduating in 1990 with a BBA. He started as an Auditor with Grant Thornton before moving into industry in a variety of Financial and Operational roles.

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Vice President - HVACR Channel Sales

Holly Montrose

Holly Montrose is the Vice President - HVACR Channel Sales, Drive Products Division at ABB,
Inc.; a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and
industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

Holly joined ABB in April 2021 as the West Regional Sales Manager for HVAC Drives and after seven quick months, she was promoted to a newly created role of Director of Sales where she was responsible for cultivating a proactive sales approach, communicating the voice of
customer back to the factory, and continuing the sales growth strategy. She brings years of
significant expertise in technical sales across multiple industries such as HVAC, healthcare,
manufacturing, environmental, and chemical.  


Prior to joining ABB, Holly Montrose was a known talent in the industry.  She succeeded
working for a small competitor, where she didn’t have the tools or advantages of a large
organization. She approached the role with the mind of a student and taught herself about the
HVAC industry and the technology used to support it.

Holly has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a focus in polymers, and a minor in
Business Administration. She believes that her studies in the sciences has been a tremendous
assets to her career. It has given her the tools to approach technical sales with a systematic
approach while constantly driving for the best solution.

While newer to the Leadership role, Holly is no stranger to being a leader. She has spent
majority of her life practicing and participating in the dance world. She has multiple national
titles, Choreography awards, and countless dancers who have become a part of her family.
She believes that every person deserves to learn in a manner that supports their growth, and she applies this belief to her leadership role at ABB.

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Organizational Development Manager at Hunt Refining Company

Ashley Wheeler

Ashley Wheeler is responsible for organizational development at Hunt Refining Company in Tuscaloosa, AL. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations transform their thinking and performance from commonplace to extraordinary. Her focus is maximizing potential through training, coaching and consulting around leadership, women’s leadership, process improvement and strategic planning. She is a frequently requested keynote speaker on topics related to women’s leadership and organizational development and was an international facilitator, executive coach and speaker in her past role working for Caterpillar. She is certified in several assessments and is a Marshall Goldsmith Executive and Team Stakeholder Centered Coaching graduate. She is currently working to obtain certification in coaching, training and speaking through John Maxwell’s Leadership Team. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Auburn University, a Master’s in Education and finished her PhD coursework from Auburn. She is “ABD.” Ashley has been a single mom to two college-age boys for 19 years now and just recently engaged. She gives back to her community through serving in volunteer work over many years. She is a current member of Leadership Tuscaloosa for 2022 – 2023

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Speaker, writer, and trainer through Living Life with Lauren. Client Services Specialist with Skillpath Professional Development

Lauren Dreher

Lauren is a mindset and leadership speaker. She is the author of Go With Your Gut: Then Keep Going, the host of the podcast Go With Your Gut and a Tedx speaker. Her passion and mission is to use her own life lessons, struggles and developed practices to help others get themselves "unstuck" in life and gain forward momentum.

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Leadership Coach

Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C., owner of Jennifer Watson Leadership, is a dynamic speaker and coach with a gift for intuitive and visionary coaching. She is an expert in wellness + leadership development, identity & mental edge enhancement, high-performance, post-trauma growth, movement & change adaptation, and soul-aligned living mastery. Incorporating her expertise along with her athletic gifts as a former collegiate athlete and All- American, she has had the honor to share here message on the TEDx stage, NBC, Fox Radio and top Summit/Podcasts. With 20+ years experience in business-leadership management + wellness advocacy, she inspires those to unleash their potential and performance in all areas of their life. Her company, Jennifer Watson Leadership (JWL), supports ambitious leaders & entrepreneurs to step out of chaos into creation to live their legacy now. JWL does this through Mind-Body-Soul Wellness Activation, Next-Level Speaking + Leadership Traits Amplification, and Sustainable High-Performance Creation Acceleration. Her gift is truly to tap into the leaders “Jedi Flow State” in Wellness + Leadership and create their EXTRAORDINARY Business + LIFE ease + joy.

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Executive/Leadership Coach

Camille McKinney

Camille McKinney is an Executive/Leadership Coach, consultant, and speaker who is passionate about elevating the impact leaders have on people and organizations. She believes that leadership is an ‘inside job;’ great leadership starts within each of us. Before becoming a professional Coach, Camille worked for over 25 years as a learning and performance consulting professional in the banking and healthcare industries, where she also led a team of sales training professionals. She brings her experience in leadership, Emotional Intelligence, performance consulting and training to support leaders in revealing their personal leadership advantage, both in business and in life. Website URL: 

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Host of Mavens of Manufacturing

Meaghan Ziemba

Meaghan Ziemba is a Technical writer, brand storyteller, and marketer for industrial manufacturers. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has been writing for manufacturing since 2008 and hosts a live video broadcast series called Mavens of Manufacturing. The series focuses on women in the sector. Its mission is to attract younger generations to join manufacturing or engineering career pathways to help close the skills and gender gaps. Meaghan is a proud mother of three. She enjoys cooking, CrossFit, and a great cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey.

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Environmental Engineer at Xylem

Denise Pouleurs

Environmental Engineer, Global MBA and MSc Business Administration. Passionate about water challenge, with strong background in drinking water and wastewater treatment; in the field of consulting, engineering & construction, project management as well as in business development. Her purpose is not only to help solve water but also to inspire young generations taking care of water challenges across Latin America.


Founder of Soluna Strategies

Gina Simpson

Gina Simpson is a successful serial entrepreneur, certified professional coach, educator, author, and creator of confidence. Combining her professional experience with her passion to help others, Gina founded Soluna Strategies, a firm that specializes in developing energetic, innovative, and successful individuals and organizations. She is a highly sought-after, charismatic keynote speaker, facilitator, and author that works with students, individual clients, and organizations moving them towards actualization of their goals.

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Director Global Transformations at Genpact

Blanka Gyorgy

Blanka Gyorgy is based in Chicago, IL, has accumulated 17 years of global experience working with Genpact. Her expertise lies in people functions such as change management, HR, training, talent acquisition, and knowledge management. She has played a crucial role in driving the people aspect of large-scale business and technology transformation projects across diverse industries. As a strategy advisor, Blanka has collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 clients, leading global teams in implementing enterprise-wide digital transformation initiatives. Her unwavering dedication to progress and results has earned her a distinguished reputation as a change advocate and a difference maker in the field of global transformation leadership.

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CEO Frontline Floor Coatings and Founder at Girder Skirts

Ally Jencson

Allison “Ally” Jencson, sometimes called the Tradeswoman Tigress, is fiercely passionate about helping women be successful in the construction and trades industries. As the leader of her own trades business, Ally discovered that there aren’t many resources for the 2% of female construction workers who are tradeswomen. And so, being the resourceful rebel that she is, Ally created Girder Skirts™. A community for tradeswomen to support and connect with each other, just like a girder does for a physical structure. She has over 15 years of trades business experience to back up what she teaches. Ally knows it takes more than hard work and dedication to run a family and a business at the same time. It takes being a rebel and doing things differently!

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Founder and CEO of Marketing Metal

Emily Wilkins

Emily Wilkins is the founder and CEO of Marketing Metal, the “anti-agency” that helps small manufacturers become magnetic to the humans they need to thrive and create Real positive impact in their communities and the world. She and her team mine for the “metal” in these shops, turning that raw material into an exciting, authentic brand and marketing machine that they feel proud to show off and empowered to operate.

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Channel Strategy Manager, HVAC Drives at ABB

HJ Dewes

H.J. (Howard) Dewes, Channel Strategy Manager, HVAC Drives, has been with ABB more than thirty years with roles in operations, logistics, marketing, sales management, business development and acquisition integration. He is a strategic leader with a distinct ability to view challenges and opportunity from many perspectives who leverages diverse cross-functional teams to achieve exceptional results. H.J. is a champion for Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability, the Circular Economy, and the Energy Efficiency Movement. He served in the United States Navy and earned degrees from Marquette University in Organization Leadership and Communication Studies.


President and CEO of Taco Comfort Solutions

Cheryl Merchant

Cheryl has 40 years of leadership and management experience in manufacturing. She has held leadership positions with industry giants like GM, Mazda, Ford, and Lear Corporation and led teams in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and throughout Europe and Asia. Cheryl spent 19 years as the President and CEO of Hope Global, a manufacturing company with over 2,000 employees and operations in the U.S., Mexico, Czech Republic, China, and Brazil. During that period, Hope Global grew five times in revenue and became a Tier II leader in the Automotive Industry. In 2019, Cheryl joined Taco as President of Taco Family of Companies, North America. In March of 2020, Cheryl was promoted to CEO of Taco Family of Companies Global operations. Since taking the helm, Taco has doubled in revenue, expanded the workforce by 350 team members, acquired a new business unit in England and have planned global operational facility expansions of over 243,000 sq, ft. in the next 3 years. 


 Cheryl has received awards over her career that include Scouts of America, Distinguished Citizen Award (2023), Providence Business News Rhode Island Business Women’s Career Achievement Award (2022) and Leadership Award (2001, 2014), Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, Al Lubrano Leadership Award (2022) New England Business Woman of the Year (2014), Mentor of the Year PBN RI (2016), Crain’s Women in Manufacturing of the Year (2018), Trailblazer in Business / Cheryl Watkins Snead Award (2018). She holds two Honorary Doctorates from New England Institute of Technology for Humane Letters and Bryant University for Business. 


Her community work includes being a member of the Board of Governors for the Rhode Island Commodores, Advisory Board Member for the University of Rhode Island, member of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Advisory Board, and a Board member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl has also served in the past as a Trustee (Secretary and Chair of Student Affairs) for Bryant University, Board of Governors, and a Trustee of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. She has also served on the boards of Rhode Island Economic Development, Governor’s Workforce Board, the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.

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Health, Wellness and Personal Brand Specialist

Tiffany Vandemark

Tiffany is a renowned figure known for her motivational and inspiring message, particularly in the realm of personal growth and development. She wears multiple hats as a Personal Brand Coach, Speaker, and Author, with one of her notable works being "Inside The Ring." Her journey into personal branding was fueled by her own experiences, particularly a highly publicized celebrity divorce, which left her feeling out of control of her own brand. It took her several years to reconstruct her personal and professional brand from scratch.

Her mission revolves around empowering women to regain their sense of self and identity, which often gets overshadowed by the demands of life, motherhood, marriage, and professional responsibilities. Tiffany firmly believes that it's time for women to reclaim their magic.

In Tiffany's perspective, the magic of a personal brand lies in the ability it offers to take control of how one is perceived in the world. It's a tool that can boost confidence and self-belief, allowing individuals to harness opportunities and make well-informed decisions about their careers and futures. With a personal brand, one can avoid career meltdowns and the confusion of being at crossroads, as it provides focus, clarity, and a strategic roadmap for future success.

Drawing on her extensive background, Tiffany brings a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in marketing, branding, and life coaching to the table. She offers practical skills and tools to help individuals develop and manage their personal brands, both online and in person. Her expertise serves as a guiding light for those seeking to create a strong and authentic personal brand that aligns with their goals and aspirations.

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Vice President of Kurk Inc.

Amanda Kurt

Amanda grew up in SE Wisconsin and has been involved in the construction industry since childhood. She bought into the family business in 2013, shortly after receiving her BS in Structural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. She currently serves as the vice president and managing partner. Amanda’s role within the small family business includes a variety of tasks such as daily operations, project design, bidding, employee development and education, and marketing. She is eager to teach the next generation about rewarding careers in the trades. She has organized three local trade-focused events- Touch a Truck Wisconsin, Kurk Kids, and Build X Next Generation. She is involved with trade associations including ABC Wisconsin, Lakeland Builders Association, Wisconsin Builders Association, Concrete Foundations Association, American Concrete Institute, and our local Chamber of Commerce. She is mom to two boys – James (4) and Joseph (2).

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CEO at NimiwariMusic LLC

Nimiwari Ighofose

When it comes to singing and performing, Nimiwari is no stranger to the stage.
From her humble beginnings leading worship in church as a 3-year-old to
travelling to perform internationally as an adult, she has inspired many audiences
with her captivating vocals. Her music has a soulful feel infused with the energy of
her African origins and the passion of her gospel roots.
Nimiwari has won several singing competitions locally (Kip Tyner’s Tuscaloosa
Talent Search and Tuscaloosa’s Got Talent) and won the ITM International
Singing Competition in 2020, which gave her the opportunity to perform her own
concert in London, England. In 2022, she also completed a successful tour of select
cities across Europe.
Nimiwari is currently working on a major project called "Dreamblazer" scheduled
for December this year at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It will feature
music from her debut album to highlight her emergence as an artist and promises
to be an unforgettable experience.

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Owner and lead educational coach for Higher Minds of Education (HME)

Dr. Felicia Young

Dr. Felicia D. Young serves as the Owner and lead educational coach for Higher Minds of Education (HME). In this role, she was responsible for ensuring students are well versed in college and career readiness activities. HME provides services that aid in the professional development of students to make them strong candidates for local, state, and national workforce. They also serve as a resource for institutions of secondary education by providing support services. Prior to starting her business, Dr. Young served in an administrative role in the Louisiana Community College and Technical System, Assistant Director of Single Stop, a program that help community college students with food insecurity and other student support services. Throughout her career, Dr. Young has understood the power and impact of partnerships resulting in academic partnerships, new courses, and programs, as well as training programs. These partnerships have yielded critical donations, as well as student scholarships. She has remained committed to student success and providing opportunities for development, growth, and innovation for her community and students. Dr. Young holds an Ed.D. from Gwynedd Mercy University, a M.Ed. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Dillard University.

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Marketing & Founder/CEO of Be Kind Crew

Cindy Rowe

Chief Marketing Rockstar of Cindy Rowe Marketing & Founder/CEO of Be Kind Crew, Cindy Rowe, is a professional speaker, trainer, and passionate entrepreneur. Cindy has a degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and holds various certifications. She spent 20+ years in the corporate environment, holding various leadership positions before branching out on her own to start a marketing company. She serves on several boards where she volunteers her time and talents to further the organization's mission. Her vast experience leverages her to offer a perspective many audiences understand and appreciate. She resides in Northern Illinois with new found love and husband, her children and blended family as well as two crazy, but sweet pups. She continues to build her marketing company that serves entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

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Project Manager at TDIndustries

Kimberly Benoit

Kimberly Benoit, bestselling author, believes we all bring our own “BS” to the workplace buffet so kicking toxic cultures has to start from the inside out. Kimberly is a leadership & workplace toxicity expert who coaches, consults, and speaks for organizations needing fresh strategies to keep great leaders & unite teams. Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and companies from nonprofits to Fortune 50s. Her credentials include PMP, ACC, and two master’s degrees. Through her education and experience, Kimberly delivers value as a highly trained expert and a proven-real world guide.

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Mental Fitness Coach

Wendy Salajka

My name is Wendy Salajka (suh/ /like/ /uh/), I am a speaker, writer, facilitator, and mental fitness coach who focuses on helping attendees take back control of their thoughts and their life from the saboteurs that live inside all of us. It’s time to break through limiting beliefs. Get out of your head and out of your own way. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Leadership Development. I have certifications in Brain Health, Neuroscience of Change, DBT, Positive Intelligence (PQ), and Human Design. Stop letting you be the one holding you back!

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Founder and CEO of ARDY Consulting

Dr. Anne Marie Youlio, PharmD

I am the Founder and CEO of ARDY Consulting with 30+ years of leadership experience in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries. I currently serve on the Advisory Boards of the University of South Florida, College of Business and Nvolve (an organization preparing women for science, technology, engineering, and health careers). I am also a mom of 4, so I absolutely understand the struggle of balancing our professional and personal lives. I have learned that growth isn’t just about getting to the next level, it is also about enjoyment, fulfillment and embracing the journey. But FIRST you need to say YES!

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Professor and Life Coach

Talia Bombola

Talia Bombola is a university professor, LMFT, and Jungian Life Coach. Known as the Confidence and Assertiveness Specialist™, she is passionate about empowering women to overcome the “not-enoughness” that often stands in the way of success and abundance in their lives, through in-depth coaching, mentorship, and therapeutic interventions. Talia is an expert in confidence building, human behavior, self-worth, couples relationships, and female entrepreneurship among others. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is the founder of Therapy with Talia which is located in Newport Beach, CA.

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Engineer & Hydrogeologist

Dr Cat Shrier

Dr Cat Shrier began her career in Water and Environmental Planning and Policy with experience in agencies, consulting firms, nonprofits and research institutes, along with degrees in Government, Geology, Environmental Management, and Civil Engineering/Water Planning - none of which were enough to overcome gender discrimination in her fields. Since starting WaterCitizen in 2012, she has empowered "people passionate about water" through online media, education, and events - and has especially provided safe spaces online for support, leadership development, and recognition of women and other underrepresented professionals.

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Journeyman Commercial Carpenter

Crystal Moore

Crystal Moore, Journeyman Commercial Carpenter, (Superintendent). Started my journey in a carpentry 2-year pre-apprenticeship, then completed the Carpenter's Union 4-year apprenticeship. I have almost 9 years total hands-on experience in construction. Advocate and mentor for women in construction.

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Managing Director, Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd and Co-Chair, LRVS

Sanya Mathura

Sanya is the Founder of Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd based in Trinidad and operates in the capacity of Managing Director and Senior Consultant. She works with global affiliates in the areas of Reliability and Asset Management to bring these speciality niches to her clients. She holds her BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSc in Engineering Asset Management and is an ICML certified MLE (Machinery Lubrication Engineer) – the first female in the Caribbean. Sanya was also the first female in the world to achieve the ICML Varnish badges (VIM & VPR). Author of several books (technical and non technical). When not writing or managing the business, you can find her supporting projects to advocate for women in STEM.

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Stress Management Consultant

Jenya Katsnelson

Two months ago I left my corporate job to pursue my passion for Health and Wellness. I have had many health ailments and very low self esteem through my younger years. After making a few changes and seeing a positive results, I kept learning. Now I'm ready to help others.

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Speaker, writer, and trainer through Living Life with Lauren. Client Services Specialist with Skillpath Professional Development

Kalia Garrido

Kalia Garrido is the founder of Healthy Women Leaders. Healthy Women Leaders provides inspiration and education for women in leadership to practice radical, whole-life self-care as a critical measure to thriving in a chaotic world. Kalia is a long time fitness fan and regular meditator who strives to bring mindfulness into her everyday life. As a married mother of two and owner of multiple businesses, this is how she keeps it all together. In addition to running Healthy Women Leaders, Kalia is also the Chief Marketing Officer at Great Data Minds, a data and analytics content and services collaborative. 

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Board-Certified Professional Organizer

Sandra Lane

Sandra Lane is a TEDx speaker, a Board-Certified Professional Organizer CPO®, Productivity Specialist, and owner of her own company, Organization Lane. She has served as a 3 term President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and is an active member of the National Speakers Association. Sandra is the author of the best-selling book; Ask the Organizer and working on a second book. She has contributed to numerous publications as a subject matter expert. Using her 20 + years of expertise in productivity, time management and organization she is privileged to write, speak and consult with teams across the globe. Want to know more? Visit 

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Founder and CEO of Grace Communications

Emily Zimmermann Green

The founder and CEO of Grace Communications, Emily Green, has over 15 years of experience leading marketing, public relations, event planning, and business development efforts for companies all over the United States. She has demonstrated a history of success with helping develop new companies and departments as well as extensive event planning and social media experience. She also has been responsible for public relations efforts in top markets all over the country such as Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Charlotte. Her passion for marketing and helping businesses grow is what led her to form Grace Communications.

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Dental Professional and Career Transition Coach

Dr. Tsitsi Hungwe

Renowned Speaker, Dental Professional and Career Transition Coach Dr. Tsitsi Hungwe is one of most compelling, dynamic and leading voices of her generation in Motivational Speaking today. She sits at the helm as CEO of Higher Mountaintops, LLC an advocating coaching firm for early career professionals. She has delivered moving speeches for audiences including Shawn Fair’s Leadership Experience Tour, the District of Columbia College Access Program in Washington DC and Michigan Technological University to name a few. Her impactful speeches continue to inspire Leaders to take hold of their own destinies and manifest the success that has always been within them.

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Podcast Host, Coach, and Speaker

Margaret Weniger

Margaret Weniger has invested over a decade to understand what drives people to live to their fullest potential in their personal and professional life. In her role as a sales executive for companies like SalesLoft and MindBody, she prioritized her team's personal development knowing this is what actually propelled the success of an organization. Nearly 3 years ago, she left her career as a sales executive and turned to focusing her time toward doing what she loves: empowering professionals to live to their fullest potential and being a champion for change within the corporate landscape to bring inclusivity and diversity of thought. She does this through her research, speaking, and consulting services.

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Healthcare Marketing Leader

Ikram Guerd

With extensive international experience across the healthcare industry, she is a proven award-winning marketing leader with a full set of experience in leading successful teams, managing products lifecycle, building impactful marketing strategies, getting things done, and driving growth and culture.


Currently, Ikram Guerd is VP of Global Marketing Managing Director US for the innovative FemTech, Aspivix, which mission is to make gynecology now modern with gentle in mind. She leads the global strategic marketing and communications strategy to raise awareness around innovative solutions to reduce pain and bleeding for women in gynecological procedures.


Ikram has judged several national and international marketing and healthcare awards and is also a keynote speaker on various topics related to marketing and women's empowerment.

Passionate about women's empowerment, she advocates for them and provides mentoring and coaching for young girls and women at early stages in their careers, as well as mid-level managers. She’s also part of the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization, Inspiring Girls USA, which mission is to inspire young girls and break down gender stereotypes by introducing girls to role models and meaningful conversations about their future and to a broad scope of jobs they could do.


She holds a Master’s in Strategical Marketing & Communication from ISG Business School in Paris (France).


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, giving back to the community, and traveling.

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Journeyman Commercial Carpenter

Lindsay Ellis

Lindsay Ellis is a transformation specialist and the founder of Live Empowered. With her certifications, degrees, and expertise in Leadership Development, Health & Fitness, Positive Psychology, and Personal Development, Lindsay has developed a system that helps working parents take control of their lives. In the first year of following her own advice, she went from feeling drained, overworked, and guilty to taking two vacations with her son, forming a healthy co-parenting relationship with her ex, meeting her now husband, rediscovering hobbies and reconnecting with friends outside of work, having her most successful business year in her corporate career, saving six figures, and did it all with a six-pack. She is passionate about helping parents be the best versions of themselves so they can be an example for their children for generations to come.

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