Dr. Jen Welter, First female coach of the NFL Keynote: Authentic Leadership Being a pioneer in professional football by becoming the first woman to coach in the NFL was only Dr. Jen Welter’s most recent first. Prior to becoming a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she became the first woman to play running back in a men's professional football league with the Texas Revolution in 2014. Then the following season, the Revolution hired her as a coach, making her as the first female coach in men’s professional football.
All of that is on top of what Jen has done during her highly-decorated, 14-year career in women’s professional football, which included four National Championships and two gold medals in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship.
She is committed to increasing access, opportunities and empowerment of women in football. Her programs include: the Grrridiron Girls National Tour of Flag Football Camps for Girls;“A Day in the Life” training camp which brings women into football by getting them on the field and in the game; and Camp on the Corner, showing youth in underserved areas how sports can help them turn corners in their lives.
Jen has appeared as a guest analyst on NBC, the NFL Network and ESPN, and in print media. As an empowerment and motivational speaker, she has shared the stage at events with political and sports giants, such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and tennis great Serena Williams, who, as guest editor ofWired Magazine, highlighted Jen as one of her “Trailblazers: 10 heroes who are showing the way forward to a better, fairer world for all.” Additionally, she was recognized by the United Nations as Sports Pioneer of the Year on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, awarded the WISE women of Inspiration, and the Arizona Women’s Foundation Voice of Women Award.
Jen is also an Advisory Board Member for the Game For Life Academy with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a She Is Ambassador.
Connie Miller, CEO/ President of Icon Credit Union Talk Title: Change Management: Making a Change that Sticks Connie Miller will speak on why we get stuck, even when we have great intentions for a positive change. She’ll also share her experiences with how to manage through emotional changes and those that may create fear and uncertainty in one’s life.
Bio: Connie is currently the President/CEO of Icon Credit Union, founded in Boise, ID, in 1952 as Idahy FCU. Connie was recently selected to serve the Community Depository Financial Institution Advisory Council for the Twelfth District of the Federal Reserve Bank. Connie has led Icon Credit Union to a Top 200 of the Healthiest Credit Unions in the nation for the past several years. Connie was honored as one of Idaho’s six CEO’s of Influence in 2014 by the Idaho Business Review and was named a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Finance by the IBR. In 2017, Connie was named Idaho’s Credit Union Advocate of the Year. She has a BBA in Accountancy from Boise State University and a graduate level certification from Western CUNA Management School. She serves on many boards and committees, including the Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Idaho Women in Leadership, The Global Women’s Leadership Network, Celebrate Recovery, and many more. She has received numerous prestigious awards from local nonprofits for her ability to make an impact and her extensive service, including the most recent highest award from Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council this year, the Diana Lawson Award.
Maureen O’Toole, Business Choreographer Talk Title: “Time for Me” – Taking Care of Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Business
Bio: Maureen O’Toole is a leadership coach and mentor, business culture advisor and speaker. Passionate about helping people create positive, powerful lives, Maureen combines leadership skills with degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Education and Organizational Leadership to maximize personal and group leadership. A retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, Maureen was an Army parachutist, linguist and counter-terrorism analyst. She describes her military role simply, “I figured out bad guys so they could be stopped.” As the CEO Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, she transformed an organization struggling financially and losing members into one of the highest performing Girl Scout Councils in the US. As Founder of the Idaho Science Technology Engineering and Math Action Center Foundation, she built a Foundation to support STEM education to promote workforce readiness in Idaho. A martial arts aficionado, mother of three amazing adult children, and ship’s First Mate for the family sailboat, Maureen’s motto is “Take charge of your own life or someone else will.”
Sheli Gartman, CEO of Women Ignite International Talk Title: #ItsOurTime
Bio: Sheli Gartman is the founder and CEO of WI International. She enjoyed success in corporate America in finance, before launching a series of businesses. She enjoys speaking and training people worldwide on their superpowers, intergenerational mentoring, Leadership, Change Management and more. She has three kids, two poodles, and loves Batman.
Joanie Quinn, Menopause Mom/Comedian/Comedy Writer Talk Title: Watch for the Miracles
Bio: Joanie Quinn is an extremely late forties (mid 50’s are the new late 40’s, right?) rainbow haired, Menopause Mom of four kids. She is a MOPS International speaker, and has entertained, encouraged, and enlightened mothers of preschoolers for almost ten years all over the west coast. Her story, “Watch for the Miracles”, is a humorous look at early motherhood from her perspective of disappointing her own four children for many years. Her story is riddled with many miracles and includes her journey through loss in early motherhood. In “Watch For The Miracles”, Joanie passionately shares her truth, laced generously with wit and humor. Joanie is a 2018 TEDxPCC speaker, and her TED talk, “The Value of Disappointment”, expanded on her experiences as a Mother of four. With a kid in every category, (elementary, middle school, high school and college!) Joanie learned that disappointment was a valuable life tool, because now her kids can handle anything - especially her many mothering mistakes. Being a mediocre mom had effective side effects!
JennyQ, Livestreaming Expert Talk Title: Embrace the New The new things are coming whether we are ready for them or not! New gadgets, new tech, and new info! JennyQ invites you to embrace the new without the fear that often accompanies change!
Bio: From small business owner to internationally recognized livestreaming expert, JennyQ jumped into technology with no previous knowledge. As a livestreaming pioneer, she learned what it takes to overcome the barrier of entry and teaches professionals how to do the same. JennyQ has conducted over 450 live interviews and over the years she has worked all angles of live video from on-air talent to professional production for big brands. JennyQ has helped professionals experience how livestreaming increases their authority, credibility, and top-of-mind awareness. JennyQ was recently ranked by an independent company as the #2 Livestreaming Expert Worldwide. Her book, "Leverage Livestreaming to Build Your Brand," debuted as a #1 Amazon Best Seller in Podcasts & Webcasts.
Lisa Johnson, Boise Director of WILift Talk Title:The Climb Bio: Lisa is an International speaker, author, and health expert. She is committed to excellence in all areas of her life, so that she can teach others how to be the CEO of their life. Her passion is to inspire people to do more of what lights them up. She helped spearhead the launch of WILift, our dynamic international networking program, and is the ongoing Idaho director.
Nick Schlekeway, CEO of Amherst Madison Talk Title: "Once" - You Can Do Anything Lao Tzu was quoted as describing that, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". The purpose of "Once" is to empower and inspire the audience with the understanding that they can do anything, "One More Time", through stories of overcoming my own barriers to success and fulfillment using this powerful mindset. Bio: Being immersed in a self-propelled, start-up oriented family his entire life, Idaho native Nick Schlekeway is a true visionary entrepreneur. Rigorous physical training combined with high academic accomplishment from a young age instilled the kind of self-mastery and work ethic only true leaders possess. After leading Boise State Football as a team captain to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl Championship victory over the University of Oklahoma, Nick entered the real estate industry during his tenure as a Boise firefighter. Four years later, he now is founder and CEO of Amherst Madison, the third-largest independent—and fastest-growing brokerage—in Idaho. His passion for excellence and drive for victory pushes him to conquer new frontiers while providing fulfilling careers and a dynamic culture for his agents.
Having overcome significant personal struggles and loss, Nick holds a high respect and fascination for leaders who maintain bravery in the face of opposition and see the opportunity in times of challenge. Building upon the foundation of a life without limits, Nick continues to lead as an inspirational example, driven to create a positive impact on other’s potential through public speaking, mentoring, and personal development. From winning state championships in high school, to defeating Oklahoma in the famous 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, to safely extinguishing a dangerous structure fire with his crew, to professional wins in the boardroom; Nick has found that nothing compares to the satisfaction of accomplishing big things with great people.
Alecia Hoobing, Founder and President of Women Innovators Senior Product Manager Talk Title: Innovation Bio: Alecia Hoobing, is a strategic business leader with extensive Research & Development (R&D), business, strategy and product management experience. She worked for Hewlett-Packard for 15 years in engineering and leadership roles before moving to local Boise start-up, Cradlepoint, where she has served in both product management and R&D leadership roles. Alecia is currently a senior product manager at Visit Pay.In her twenty years in high-tech, Alecia has successfully defined and delivered many complex, high-tech products and solutions for both Hewlett-Packard and Cradlepoint. Her expertise is cloud solutions and she excels at the intersection of strategy creation and building and operationalizing the teams to deliver upon that strategy all the while championing the best customer experience.Alecia holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Idaho as well as a High-Tech MBA from Walden University.Alecia is passionate about building both innovative products and a thriving, diverse Boise tech environment. She started Women Innovators with Rebecca Campbell to connect, elevate and advocate for women interested in technology and innovation. She’s also motivated to create a tech environment that will be welcoming to the next generation of girls that include her two daughters.
Winnie Christensen, Director of Miss Africa Idaho Talk Title: Confidence Has No Color Bio: Winnie Christensen was born in Kenya, East Africa, but currently resides in Twin Falls, ID. She is currently the Director of Miss Africa Idaho, a cultural scholarship program that promotes the diverse African culture, education and scholarship opportunities for refugee women. Winnie is also the Community Advisor at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Diversity Council. She is a community mentor and community service advocate. She volunteers all of her time to organizations like the Twin Falls Refugee Center and educates the community of diversity and African culture by participating and hosting panels and community events. Winnie was honored as one of the 2016 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year. She is a proud wife to Antone Christensen and the mother of two sons, Val and Kitavi (key-ta-vi). Some of her hobbies include reading and meeting new friends. Her goal in life is to see more females empowered to voice their opinion and make major changes in the world. Her life’s philosophy is, “Always give back to the community, and be careful how you make people feel because life is a chain reaction.”
Shelby Bills Talk Title: #Significance Bio: Shelby has a passion for personal growth and self development, she has been in the beauty and wellness industry for more than 15 years. She is the co-owner and Managing Partner at Graeber & Company Salon and Day Spa, GRAE Salon and the the Barber Shop at GRAE. In 2016, Shelby launched the Graeber Academy Advanced Training Program for Licensed Cosmetologists. Her degrees in Communication, Marketing and Management have supported her in her entrepreneurial endeavors. Shelby is also a former Accomplished Under 40 and Woman of the Year Honoree. She is an Idaho native living her best life in Boise with her two amazing kids, Kie & Kira.