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Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference


Thursday, October 29, 2020


Main Campus—Tama Hall

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Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference

This one-day leadership conference is a unique opportunity for women from different industries and background to come together to discuss issues facing women in business and how we can support one another for a successful and brighter tomorrow.

We are strictly limiting the seating for this event so we can safely physically distance, but our location will allow for us to still network in person with one another. 





Register online for the Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference or call 319-296-4290.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

We take the health and safety of our community very seriously. Hawkeye requires the wearing of face masks and physical distancing when on campus. We have also implemented extra cleaning measures and have hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available throughout campus. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 resource page for all of our guidelines and protocols.


8:00–8:30am Check-in and breakfast
8:30–8:45am Welcome/Introductions

Self Empowerment: Strategies for Personal & Professional Success
Lisa Schaefer, John Maxwell Certified Coach

When everyone is pulling at your strings, how do you keep from unraveling? Self-empowering techniques can help you “keep it all together” and navigate daily stressors and life challenges with greater ease and balance. Lisa will show you how to identify what you want from life and quiet the negative self-chatter that keeps you from attaining your goals. You are the expert of yourself; don’t let go of the power! 

10:00–10:15am Break and Power Networking
10:15–11:30am Continuation of Self Empowerment: Strategies for Personal & Professional Success
11:30am–11:45pm Break and Power Networking
11:45am–1:00pm Lunch and Interview with Akisha Hill, Owner of Boujee Berries

Power Up Your Impact
Heather Woody, Master Certified Coach

Would you like to lead a more meaningful, extraordinary life? Heather will show you how to find meaning and purpose in the contributions you make to yourself and others. Walk away with life-changing insights and actions to power up your impact in your professional and personal relationships. Discover the rewards of being an impactful leader!

3:00–3:15pm Break and Power Networking

Table Topic Discussion by Industry – Meet other women in your field!
Facilitated by Heather Woody

4:15–4:30pm Closing remarks/Evaluations

Presenters and Facilitators

Lisa Schaeffer, John Maxwell Certified Coach

Lisa Schaefer is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, trainer, and speaker. Lisa is an expert in behavioral coaching, organizational psychology, and customer service success strategies, and has served as a professor, staff development professional, and counselor. Her experiences include working for Walt Disney World, and hosting on-air radio programs, as well as more than 15 years of education, corporate training, and executive coaching experience. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and marketing from the University of Wisconsin.

Her goal is to help participants have fun while learning why we do the things we do. Her biggest passion is asking questions to learn as much as she can from others. Lisa loves to make people laugh and believes if everyone just smiled more, the world would be a better place.

Akisha Hill, Owner of BouJee Berries

Akisha Hill is the creator and owner of Boujee Berries, a custom dessert business specializing in lavishly decorated strawberries. Akisha began dipping and decorating strawberries as a hobby, it was not something she thought would become a business. But with her passion and dedication to quality products and customer service she was able to open a storefront and quit her day job. Now, Akisha shares her insights on being a business owner and her advice for others.

Heather Woody, Master Certified Coach

Heather L. Woody is a success coach who assists individuals personally and professionally to help them experience their greatness. She has a passion for working with people as they pursue their own road to success, goal achievement and fulfilled lives.

Heather is a master certified coach through the Certified Coach Federation and a graduate of Coach Inc., one of the largest international training organizations for professional coaches.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. She is also a FranklinCovey consultant/facilitator and certified in The 5 Choices, The 7 Habits Signature, and Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results Leadership.


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