KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Leeza Gibbons, South Carolina
Tri Delta Woman of Achievement and Emmy Award-winning Journalist

Less Unicorn, More YOU! My Throwback Guide to Real Success
She calls it the Unicorn Syndrome and Leeza says it is derailing our happiness by hyping our reality. In this speech, you'll hear why our desperate desire to be special and unique may be suppressing our greater need to connect and contribute. Through her "throwback guide to real success" Leeza shares what women know about how to outclass the competition and finish first. 

Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons has taken her decades of dominance in the fields of on-camera hosting and reporting along with her passion for health advocacy to craft a unique position as a leading voice for personal growth and empowerment. Using her experience hosting, producing and reporting for shows such as Entertainment Tonight, The PBS show My Generation and her own talk show, LEEZA, Gibbons became an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur creating a non-profit Leeza's Care Connection. At locations in California and South Carolina, they offer free services and support to help families cope when facing a chronic illness or disease. 

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Giuliana Rancic
E! Entertainment Reporter, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Fashion Designer and Restaurateur

Chasing the American Dream: How to Make Your Dream a Reality
Giuliana Rancic is an award-winning entertainment journalist, style and beauty expert, and reality show star with over 10 million followers across her social media platforms. She provides the latest celebrity scoops and most relevant fashion advice and health tips to millions of Americans each week as she has given so many a front row seat to every major E! red carpet event for over the past decade. On stages today she continues to enchant audiences as she dishes on all things pop culture and sets the real-life scenes the cameras never captured of how she achieved her dream of becoming one of the top female entertainment journalists in the world.
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WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

AmyK Hutchens
Speaker, Author, Trainer and Business Strategist

Women & Business: The Power of Profitable Conversations
Life happens one conversation at a time. Coworkers, bosses, siblings, friends, direct reports, kids, spouses, parents and neighbors all invite us to engage. Some event demand it. And then they challenge us – daily – to respond maturely, wisely, empathetically and resiliently. But sometimes knowing exactly what to say, when to say it, how to say it, how to keep the conversation on track - heck, how to even get it started - or how to confidently hold your own and create a profitable outcome is hard, anxiety inducing, time consuming, frustrating, paralyzing and a total soul-suck. AmyK has taught thousands of people how to overcome their fears and confidently and competently lead their toughest conversations to be brilliant in business and happy in life. AmyK will share the seven most powerful principles of every profitable conversation combined with proven questions, scripts, strategies and frameworks to give you the powerful skills to be brilliant in business and happy in life.  

A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and a Vistage UK International Speaker of the Year, AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges. Thousands of executives in 10+ countries have benefited from her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face. With clients including AT&T, Expedia, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Brighton, Herman Miller and hundreds more, AmyK travels the world helping senior executives lead, innovate and collaborate more effectively. AmyK is a featured contributor for Entrepreneur magazine, and her latest book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, is an Amazon bestseller. AmyK received her M.S. from Johns Hopkins University and has been a featured guest on numerous TV and radio networks for her brain-based commentary on current events. 
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Stacy Nadeau, Creighton

Women & Wellness: Confident Mindset, Improve Your Self-Talk to Improve Your Life
Confidence is something many of us talk about. Confidence is something many of us want more of. Yet, how do we create it? In this workshop, Stacy will help you identify the major blocks that are stopping you from recognizing your own confidence, provide tools on how to remove those blocks, and offer ideas on how to create more confidence in various areas of life. This conversation is a must for any woman who is ready for more confidence and kindness in the relationship she has with herself. 

Women & Wellness: Building Confidence, How to Grow Confidence and Be Your Best Self
Did you know that you talk to yourself? In fact, we all do! The problem? We know that about 80% of those thoughts are negative. The negative thoughts running through your head have a direct impact on your leadership style. The good news? You can improve it. In this workshop, Stacy will help you identify ways to create, implement, and maintain a positive internal dialogue. Together, we'll discuss the importance of quieting your inner critic and how to increase self-compassion. You will walk away knowing how to bravely face your inner critic, boldly shift your internal dialogue, and, ultimately, learn to be kinder to yourself. Get excited for an amazing conversation that will leave you feeling ready for anything while reveling in self-love. 

In the summer of 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. While other nearby billboards featured actresses and supermodels, this one, promoting Dove brand products, promoted real women with real curves and the nation went wild. Dove’s mission was “to make more women feel beautiful every day by widening the stereotypical theme of beauty and by inspiring women to take great care of themselves."

Suddenly, Stacy, an industrial organizational psychology major at DePaul University, was thrust into the national spotlight. As one of the real women featured in the ad campaign, Stacy quickly emerged as a spokeswoman for healthy body image. She appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Tyra and Oprah (twice!).

Since then, Stacy has committed her life and career to helping women feel great about themselves. Stacy lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her family. She works full-time as a speaker, consultant and coach to empower women everywhere. 

Felena Hanson
Founder of Hera Hub

Women & Transition: What’s Your Next Chapter? Crafting Your Reinvention
As women, we give so much of ourselves as we move through the many transitions in our lives - off to college, first job, marriage, children, career path, divorce, layoffs, business launch, business fail, empty nest, illness, etc.  Because women are often the glue that holds everything together, it’s easy for us to push through each phase with a focus on others, forgetting who “WE” really are and what “WE” really want out of life. The path to reinvention can take many forms - from listening to an inner voice, to recognizing an unexpected opportunity, to challenging and overcoming either self-doubt or the status quo.  Reinventing doesn’t mean devaluing or eliminating all that came before you. In fact, all of the decisions, insights, struggles, triumphs, achievements and disappointments have made you the valuable person you are and are the building blocks for the person you are to become. It can sometimes feel daunting to take, what can feel like, a big leap into the next phase of your life, so in this hands-on workshop Felena will help guide you through a simple process to match your experiences, talents and passions with market opportunity so that you may take that step into the next beautiful phase of your life! 

Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses.  She has three company-owned locations in San Diego and licensed locations in Phoenix, D.C., Orange County and Sweden, with more cities launching soon. She’s on a mission to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their businesses by the end of 2020. Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, the BBC News, Forbes and the New York Times.  She is a published author and international speaker.  Her book, Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business is available on Amazon.

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Angela Schmitt, California/Santa Barbara
Development Advisor

Women & Empowerment: "B" is for Boundaries, Knowing Your Worth and Staying True to You
How many times have you said "It's fine," when it wasn't? Boundaries are a topic that women are not often explicitly taught, leaving us without tools or confidence to ask for what we want: personally, professionally, socially, financially and romantically. Relevant to every age and every stage, the ability to set and maintain clear strong boundaries is an essential life skill that saves you time and energy, and from disappointment and stress, Stop settling for less than you deserve!


Angela Schmitt is a Development Advisor, helping both individuals and corporate teams to gain clarity in their purpose, who they are becoming, and to let go of what isn't them, so they can skip the drama and live life as their real selves. 
No matter the context, our human "stuff" is all the same, and Angela's clients have appropriately spanned from CEO's of Fortune 500's and politicians, to non-profits and even children. Instead of problem-solving for surface-level symptoms, Angela partners with her clients to uncover and shift their imbalances from the root cause, so they achieve deeper, lasting results. 
Holding a Master's Degree in Organization Development and a Master's Certification in Reiki, Angela strikes a unique balance between left and right brain. Bringing human connection to the business world, and practicality to the healing arts, she provides the space and frameworks that allow her clients to explore their own unknown territories in a profound, yet palatable way. 
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Sandy Beach Lin, Toledo
Tri Delta Executive Board Director & Paradigm for Parity Coalition Co-Chair

Women & Finance Panel Moderator 

Sandy was initiated and graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. Sandy’s industrial business career has taken her to companies that include Honeywell, Alcoa, Avery Dennison and Celanese. She built her career through the sales and marketing functions, leading to general management roles, the most recent of which was Chief Executive Officer of Calisolar Inc. (now Silicor Materials), as a provider of raw materials for the solar industry. Sandy currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Electric Power, WESCO International, PolyOne Corporation and Interface Biologics. 

Sandy is a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation only membership organization comprised of the world’s most successful female entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She is co-chair of Paradigm for Parity Coalition, which is focused on achieving gender parity in corporate leadership, and currently serves Tri Delta as an Executive Board. Director. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys traveling with her husband Pat and daughters, Emily and Clemonse. 

Emily Musser, Millikin
Vice President, Client Relations & Business Development, AMG National Trust Bank

Women & Finance Panelist
Emily serves as Vice President, Client Relation & Business Development for AMG National Trust Bank in Denver, Colorado. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development for AMG National Trust Bank and the Director of Development for both the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a B.A. in communications/linguistics. 

 


Nan Casper Hillis, Florida State

Women & Finance Panelist
Nan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Prime Meridian Bank in Tallahassee, Florida. Nan brings over 30 years of experience in the banking industry to her volunteer role in Tri Delta's Finance Committee, and also serves as an alumna advisor for the Alpha Eta chapter at Florida State. 

Nan serves her alma mater in various roles including Secretary of the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the FSU Veterans Alliance Advancement Council and the FSU Heritage Museum Advisory Board. Previously she serves on the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the FSU College of Business Board of Directors, co-chaired the $600 million FSU Connect Capital Campaign, and served on the FSU Raise the Torch National Capital Campaign Committee. Nan is the recipient of the FSU Alumni Circle of Gold Award, the FSW Faculty Senate Mores Torch Award, the FSU Real Estate Network Award and is a member of the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame. 

Arlena Jackson
Elevation Ally Founder

Women & Transition: 5 Smart Ways to Rise, Shine and Instantly Breakthrough to Your Next Level 

Are you a young at heart woman with unfulfilled aspirations? Are you an early career woman uncertain of the great potential that lives within you and would like to discover it? Perhaps you are a college woman who feels disconnected from the future you desire? If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to any of these questions, then the high energy/adrenaline pumping “Women & Transition: 5 Smart Ways to Rise, Shine and Instantly Breakthrough to Your Next Level” Workshop is for you!

This session is designed to share creative and non-conventional strategies you can use now for an instant breakthrough despite challenges and adversities you may encounter in your professional and personal life. Arlena Jackson, Founder of Elevation Ally and Career Consultant to women, will share behind-the-scenes strategies and secrets used by hundreds of successful women to thrust them forward no matter what. You will leave with clarity and a 90-Day Breakthrough Activation Plan Design to unlock your limitless potential so you can fulfill your ambitions and aspirations.

Arlena Jackson, MBA is an international career consultant, writer, keynote speaker and leadership trainer dedicated to the advancement of women worldwide. Considered the “career + side hustle whisper” for women in transition and emerging female founders, Arlena launched Elevation Ally after spending nearly 17 years in various executive roles where she led global communications teams with IBM, NASA, Emerson and Salesforce in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Arlena is a sought-after workshop presenter and panelists for academic environments and companies on careers, leadership, women at work and success in the workplace. For more information, email info@elevationally.com. Connect with Arlena on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Cheryl Jensen, Southern Methodist
Managing Partner, C&S Knowledge Company

Women & Leadership: The Inverse Relationship Between Success and Likeability for Women

In order to be successful in business and life, products and services need to be well received and liked. Usually the more this happens, the more successful the brand or product. What’s interesting is this does not always seem to translate for people, especially when it comes to women and men in business. In fact, research suggests the opposite happens. The more successful a man becomes, the more he appears to garner favor, accolades and increased likability. However, for women the inverse seems true – the higher women rise in power the more they become targets for criticism, they are described less favorably and are considered less likable. What is going on here? In this session, we will explore some of the research and generally understood dynamics of this inverse relationship. We will explore possible strategies women can use to become great leaders and how to anticipate and then navigate some of the biased ways of thinking that hinder women from realizing their full potential.

After a 30+ year career at IBM where she worked in Global Learning, HR, sales and marketing, Ms. Jensen founded her company, C&S Knowledge Co. LLC in 2007. She has deep expertise in leadership and organizational development, learning and organizational change, sales and marketing, and human resources within numerous industries including manufacturing, financial services, public sector, telecommunications, travel, hospitality, healthcare/ pharmaceutical and retail industries. She has lived and worked internationally in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East as well as working with organizations of all sizes, public and private. During her career, she has become passionately interested and invested in the challenges women in business face daily.

Cheryl has an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she is a frequent guest lecturer in the Cox School of Business. In 2017, she joined Tri Delta and has worked in numerous capacities since. She is certified by Korn Ferry/Hay Group as a consultant and coach and holds a coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute as well as being a certified coach and member of the International Coach Federation. She is a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and an active volunteer for Legacy Boxer rescue in the DFW area. 

Vicky Carlson

Women in Entertainment Panel Moderator
Vicky Carlson is a Chief Executive Officer with 25+ years of leadership experience building successful businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has a track record of turning around companies, significantly increasing revenue and implementing systems and processes that ensured sustained growth and stability. Broad business acumen, strategic vision and strong relationships have contributed to her success in business, government and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Vicky served as the President and CEO of LEAD San Diego where she advanced a regional nonprofit into an important and impactful community leadership organization. 

In recognition of her business and leadership expertise, she has been actively involved in many committees and boards for both industry and community organizations for over 15 years. Vicky currently serves as the Chair of both the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the San Diego International Film Foundation, and serves on the Finance Committee of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She was featured on the PBS, Small Business School’s episode title “Women are Anywhere and Everywhere” and has been interviewed and presented on many radio broadcasts promoting small business. 

Vicky earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming and more recently completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program and earned a Corporate Governance Certification, both from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Risa Thomas, Cal State/Northridge
Associate Director and Script Supervisor

Women in Entertainment Panelist
Risa began her career on one of HBO's first series, "Not Necessarily the News" and has continued her work on a variety of series, specials, award shows, game shows and talk shows. As an in-demand Associate Director and Script Supervisor, her work has afforded her the opportunity for extensive travel and to collaborate with a notable roster of producers, directors, writers and celebrities. Some of the noteworthy shows include the "crown jewels" of award shows: The Oscars, The Tonys, The Grammys, The Emmys, the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, music specials with Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Whitney Houston and Demi Lovato, and comedy specials with George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld and Carol Burnett.

She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of America, where she is serving as a representative on the Associate Director/Stage Manager/Production Associate Council West. In addition to her busy work schedule, Risa is involved with her local alumnae chapter as President and was named Woman of the Year in 2011 by the Southern California Alumnae Council of Delta Delta Delta. 

Cameron Ramsay, Colorado State
Marvel Studios, Marketing and Franchise Management 

Women in Entertainment Panelist
After graduating from Colorado State University, Cameron started her career with The Walt Disney Company at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. After working up through guest service roles, she leveraged her Parks experience into a job in Production Management at Walt Disney Animation Studios, in Burbank, California. Rising through the ranks on the Parks Legacy team, Cameron was instrumental to the development of various attractions, commercials, and products related to the feature films FrozenBig Hero 6Zootopia and Moana. Beginning in 2017, Cameron moved from the animated world into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of the Marketing and Franchise management team. In her current role, Cameron partners with filmmakers, executives, and various lines of business to ensure the creative and commercial success of all consumer products, games and promotional materials related to Black PantherAnt-Man and The Wasp, and Captain Marvel.  

Karolyn Pearson, Colorado State
CBS This Morning Producer, CBS News

Women in Entertainment Panelist
Karolyn Pearson was initiated and graduated from Colorado State University. She started her career as a local news producer in Palm Springs, California covering feature stories and breaking news in the Coachella Valley.  In 2013, she moved to Los Angeles and accepted a position with the acclaimed network news program, CBS This Morning. In her time with the broadcast, she was promoted to producer and has covered several breaking news stories including Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting and California’s deadly wildfires. She's also traveled the country focusing on consumer, environmental and tech stories.  

Amanda Stewart, Utah
University of Denver Executive Director for Development

Women & Entrepreneurship Moderator
Amanda has spent her entire career in the nonprofit sector. Since 2010, she has brought her passion and expertise to institutions of higher education, a cause that is near and dear to her heart.  In her role as executive director for development at the University of Denver, Amanda partners with University leadership to develop deep and meaningful relationships with families who believe in the transformational power of higher education and seek to improve the lives of others through philanthropy. 

As an undergraduate, Amanda attended the University of Utah, where she joined Tri Delta and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Phi Beta Kappa. Following this, she obtained a Master of Arts in educational foundations, policy and practice from the University of Colorado Boulder. Amanda currently serves as a Trustee for the Tri Delta Foundation and has also served as a chapter advisor and collegiate district officer.  She and her husband live in the Denver area with their two children.

Kimberlee Sullivan, Pepperdine
Fraternity President & Owner, Sullivan Physical Therapy

Women & Entrepreneurship Panelist
Kimberlee earned a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine from Pepperdine University. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University. As an alumna, Kimberlee has served Tri Delta as an Executive Board Director, 2014-present; Board President of the Center for Living, Learning and Leading, 2013-2014; collegiate chapter coordinator, 2008-2013; housing specialist, 2004-2008; recruitment advisor, 2002-2003; collegiate district officer, 2000-2004; recruitment specialist, 1999-2000; and chapter development consultant, 1998-1999.

Professionally, Kimberlee is board certified in Women’s Health Physical Therapy. She owns a physical therapy clinic in Austin, Texas, where she manages and employs 12 women. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Texas Women in Business in 2015 and received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for marketplace ethics in 2014. Personally, Kimberlee enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running and traveling. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Craig. They have a beautiful little girl, Allison Jane, and a Yorkshire Terrier, Samson.

Tori Campbell, Wyoming
Tri Delta Foundation Board Chair & President & Co-Founder of Mizzen Energy, LLC

Women & Entrepreneurship Panelist
Tori graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Tori held various offices in her collegiate chapter including chapter president. In addition to serving as an advisor to the University of Denver, Tori also served as House Corporation President for the chapter. She joined the Foundation Board in 2011 after having served on the undergraduate scholarship selection committee and a subcommittee for Tri Delta’s strategic plan.

After having worked for publicly traded energy companies for over 20 years, Tori co-founded Mizzen Energy, LLC, and currently serves as its president. In addition, Tori serves as a board member for a privately held medical communications company and for the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. Tori lives in Denver, Colorado, and enjoys traveling, hiking and family time with her husband, John.