IWLC Dubuque Women's Leadership Conference

in United States at Grand River Center

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  • Full Day Women's Conference

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  • Full Day Women's Conference - Table of 10
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  • Student Track

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  • Student Track - Table of 10

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  • Exhibit Opportunities (more info below)
    10’ x 10’ Booth - Includes signage, pipe & drape, 8-foot table, two chairs, & wastebasket

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  • CEO Forum - Invitation Only

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  • VIP Reception

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Selena Rezvani teaches women at all levels to negotiate like a boss. She also consults to employers on how to make work truly “work” for women, by architecting workplace culture assessments and research studies that illuminate working women’s experience.

She’s the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012 & winner of an Axiom book award) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009). Selena addresses thousands of professional women each year and has been featured in the LA Times, Oprah.com, Todayshow.com, NPR.

She’s written an award-winning column for The Washington Post and today, serves as a popular columnist on women and the workplace for Forbes. Selena is a VP at Be Leaderly, a leadership development solutions firm, and is based in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband Geoff and 5 year old boy-girl twins.


Shannon Hampsher heads up Partner and Resellers Marketing at GoDaddy and is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shannon leads global initiatives designed to empower small-business owners and entrepreneurs. She is also the Iowa Site lead of [em]GoDaddy Women in Technology[/em] (GDWIT), an employee resource group and networking organization with a mission focused on STEM education, Male Allies and Women Empowerment in the technology industry.

Before joining GoDaddy, Shannon served in numerous tech marketing leadership roles, most recently running a consulting firm helping small business startups structure marketing initiatives. Shannon has two very active young children and enjoys traveling, dining out and being an advocate for all things women in tech.


As a businessman, educator and speaker, he presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, educational entities, the military and veterans, nonprofits and the government.

His Identity message is grounded in the fact that the key to success is self-leadership capability. The Identity Leadership programs, driven by his proprietary Nine-Step Success Process™, are based on the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their educational, career and personal success or failure.

Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success, Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success and, Identity: Your Passport to Success.

Clients have included Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, the Indiana Pacers and the Sonima Foundation. He has also lectured or conducted workshops around the world.

He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, and Pepperdine. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He is a native of Whitesboro, New Jersey.

Graham is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC and a co-founder of The Community Alliance for Youth Success. He is an ongoing contributor to the Cleveland Foundation Tru2U Project, and to the organization MaDi through provides Identity Leadership education to thousands of refugees who are integrating into new communities and cultures.

Graham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.

Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez

As women leaders, we desire to accomplish goals that matter, inspire others to join us in working toward those goals, and leave a lasting impact. In order to do this, we not only need the right skills, but also sustainable energy and vitality. Unfortunately, getting to the top of what is already an unequal playing field has resulted in women being told they have to push harder and work more. Drawing from her experience of hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a women-only led expedition summiting on International Women’s Day, Stanford University- trained psychologist and motivation expert, Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez will deliver a more grounded and empowering message. Join Dr. Jiménez as she uncovers how to translate cutting-edge leadership science into sustainable action. Her talk will reveal a new, evidence-backed model for sustainable success--so that when you do make it to the top, you’ll have the energy, oxygen, and bandwidth to do the important work you came here to do.

Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez is a Stanford University trained and licensed Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Board Certified Coach. Spanning more than a decade, Dr. Jiménez’s professional work is dedicated to synthesizing scientific research and directly applying it to the positive development of leaders, innovative programs, and technology. A contributor to national news outlets, including CNN, Women’s Health, ABC News, Oxygen and Headline News, Dr. Jiménez provides her expert opinion and thought leadership on a wide variety of psychology topics. Her deep knowledge of human behavior and psychological theory makes her an authority in catalyzing positive behavior change within individuals.

Dr. Jiménez currently serves as Head of Coaching for BetterUp, overseeing the strategic design, development and implementation of learning for their global network of over 500 leadership coaches within BetterUp’s mobile platform. Additionally, she serves on the science board of a technology startup aimed at promoting health behavior change and social support for women.

Agenda Information

7:30 - 9:30 AM - CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (professional track only)

  • Location: Atrium outside Salon A & B, 2nd Floor


  • Location: Ballroom Pre-Function Space, 2nd Floor


  • Location: Ballroom Pre-Function Space, 2nd Floor

7:30 - 8:00 AM - CEO FORUM REGISTRATION (CEO Forum invitees only)

  • Location: Outside River Room, 3rd Floor

8:00 - 8:30 AM - STUDENT TRACK REGISTRATION (students/advisors only)

  • Location: Outside Meeting Room 1, 2nd Floor

8:00 - 9:00 AM - CEO FORUM (CEO Forum invitees only)

  • Location: River Room, 3rd Floor
  • Speaker: Selena Rezvani
  • Topic: Panel Discussion, “Men, Women and the Readiness to Stretch”

8:30 - 9:00 AM - STUDENT TRACK WELCOME & ORIENTATION (students/advisors only)

  • Location: Meeting Room 1, 2nd Floor

9:15 - 9:30 AM - WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS (all attendees)

  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor

9:30 - 10:30 AM - KEYNOTE: Selena Rezvani

  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  • Title: “The Art of Pushing Back: Negotiate Like a Boss”

10:30 - 11:00 AM - BREAK - Exhibitors/Vendors OPEN | Networking | Etc.

  • Location: Ballroom Pre-Function Space, 2nd Floor

11:00 - 12:00 PM - KEYNOTE: Dr. Jacinta Jimenez

  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  • Title: “Rising to the Top: The Science behind Lasting Leadership”

12:10 - 1:10 PM - LUNCH

  • Location: Exhibit Hall A, 1st Floor
  • Speaker: Shannon Hampsher
  • Title: “If GoDaddy Can Do It, Anyone Can”

12:10 - 1:10 PM - Exhibitors/Vendors OPEN

  • Location: Ballroom Pre-Function Space, 2nd Floor

1:15 - 1:30 PM - WELCOME BACK

  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor

1:30 - 2:30 PM - KEYNOTE: Stedman Graham

  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  • Title: “TBD”


  • Location: Main Ballroom, 2nd Floor


  • Location: Ballroom Pre-Function Space, 2nd Floor

2:45 - 3:15 PM - STUDENT TRACK WRAP-UP (students/advisors only)

  • Location: Meeting Room 1, 2nd Floor

Exhibitor Information

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to market exclusively to women.

    Exhibiting at IWLC is:
  • a great way to showcase women-centric companies and organizations in Eastern Iowa and beyond to more than 900+ women
  • a great way for attendees to learn about companies and nonprofit organizations that market to and provide services to women

IWLC reserves the right to select exhibitors based on interest and content for our conference participants. An exhibitor is not guaranteed a spot at the conference until it receives confirmation from the IWLC Exhibit Committee. Automated registration confirmation does not indicate that the Exhibitor has been guaranteed a spot. Iowa-based companies/organizations, as well as previous Exhibitors will receive preference when exhibit location is determined.

Scholarship Information

IWLC Dubuque Conference attendees have two scholarship opportunities for the October 16, 2018 conference: 1) conference professional track scholarship; and, 2) conference student track scholarship.

IWLC is committed to making our events accessible to as many individuals as possible -- and the IWLC Scholarship Program exists to make that happen. Applicants are eligible to receive a ONE-TIME Professional Track Scholarship to attend an IWLC event. Once a scholarship has been awarded, individuals are not eligible for future scholarships.

Professional Track Scholarship Package


Below you will find scholarship information and the application form for the PROFESSIONAL TRACK SCHOLARSHIP:

· Professional Track Scholarship Information Flyer (overview and directions). Click here.
· Professional Track Scholarship Application. Click here.

Our conference in Dubuque on October 16, 2018 includes a specialized programming track for college students, and we are offering student scholarships for that portion of the day. Undergraduate college students should use student application materials below. Full time graduate college students are eligible to apply for either the Professional Track or Student Track.

PLEASE NOTE: Students may apply more than once for a Student Track Scholarship and are encouraged to attend multiple Student Track regional event programs. Student Track Scholarship Recipients are eligible to transition to the Professional Track and apply to receive a ONE-TIME Scholarship to attend.

Student Track Scholarship Package


Below you will find scholarship information and the application form for the STUDENT TRACK SCHOLARSHIP:

· Student Track Scholarship Information Flyer (overview and directions). Click here.
· Student Track Scholarship Application Click here.

· Email ALL application materials to: scholarships@IWLCLeads.org
· Application materials received after the above posted scholarship deadlines will not be considered.
· Application forms must be individually submitted for each event.

For more information:
Phone: 319-423-7175 or email scholarships@IWLCLeads.org

Are you interested in making a tax-deductible donation to support the IWLC Scholarship Program? Please send your personal or business check (payable to IWLC) to:
IWLC, ATTN: Scholarship Program
200 First Street SE, Suite 2100,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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