Barbara Churchill, Executive Coaching and Consulting
Ditch the Doubt

Barbara Churchill is the elite master coach, speaker and creator of the Lead It Real™ Leadership Coaching Program. She specializes in coaching high-performing women producing breakthrough results creating the business and life they crave. Having witnessed the power of her own intuition after going through a life-altering experience, Barbara is passionate about helping people find and trust their inner voice and embrace their leadership skills.

Barbara leads corporate retreats that help leaders unplug from the frenzy of daily life and reconnect with their vision and passion. She is a frequent media guest in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market and will do just about anything for chocolate.


Yvonne Boyles, Sweetly Simplified Organizing
Systems for Success and Organization

Yvonne is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Sweetly Simplified Organizing in Woodbury. She started her company after recognizing that two of her natural strengths, helping people and organizing, would pair well to provide a valuable service.  She is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals.  She has a degree in Communication Studies; is a former homeschool mom and has prior career experience in marketing and quality assurance roles. Yvonne is eager to share with you some organizing strategies and systems.


Roxy Sullivan, Speaker | Teacher | Coach, Living My Dream Life, LLC
The Vision Workshop

As a Certified Life Mastery Consultant, Dream Builder Coach, and the founder of Living My Dream Life LLC, Roxy Sullivan helps her clients to design and manifest lives they absolutely LOVE living.

For over 20 years Roxy has studied and implemented transformational success principles, and as a sought-after speaker and certified coach her coaching programs help people break through limitations and achieve greater results than they have ever known.

Roxy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching Licensure in Art from the University of Minnesota. She worked and studied in Corporate America for over 12 years with top ranked leadership teams in the financial industry before breaking out to realize her true calling as a Speaker and Life Coach.

Combining this background with the proven Dream Builder technology Roxy inspires and empowers all those who are drawn to her. Her passion is teaching clients to unlock their true potential, achieve outrageous success, and live a life they LOVE living.

In addition to transformational in-depth coaching programs Roxy offers content rich interactive workshops that take participants on a journey in which they define, design, test, and experience a crystal-clear vision of the life they would love – a life that is in alignment with their highest purpose.

Roxy lives in Roseville, Minnesota with her husband and their 3-year-old son. All three of them love records and dancing.


Katherine Knoploh, Owner of Inspired Vitality LLC
Facing Fear: In Life & In Business

Katherine Knoploh, owner of Inspired Vitality LLC, is a Holistic Health Coach in the Minneapolis area. She persevered through stage 3 breast cancer in 2015, studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2017, and was featured in the spring 2019 edition of Cancer Today Magazine. Katherine has said, “Cancer does not define me, but I have allowed it to shape me.”

She considers her most important role to be that of mom to her boy/girl twins. Katherine has a passion to help those with the drive to prevent cancer, and those affected by cancer, through group education, individual coaching and inspirational public speaking.

Katherine can be reached at, or via her website, and followed on Facebook at Inspired Vitality of Minnesota.


Kelly Radi - Speaker/Author
Activate your inner Wonder Woman

My vision is driven by my desire to empower and improve the lives of others, starting with the basics of healthy communication, positivity and making intentional choices. I help people grow in their personal and professional lives by breaking strategies down into bite-sized pieces that are real, doable and effective.

Authenticity—honor our work and our true selves
Building Tribes—strong relationships drive success
Giving Grace—forget perfection and find perspective
Abundance—giving back and paying it forward
Professional Growth—adding value to your organization
Personal Growth—nurturing emotional intelligence, self-awareness and confidence


Laura DeVine - Holistic Practitioner
Improve Your Health With One Simple Change!

Laura struggled with her own health issues that no medical doctor, amount of exercise, or drugs could cure. By changing her diet and using whole food supplements, she unleashed the healing power of food within her own body! She resolved her headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Lyme disease symptoms naturally, and now her passion is to do the same for her patients. Going from being sick and tired all the time to an energetic and happy mom, she knows firsthand how to guide her patients through the healing process with compassion and understanding.

Laura is a Holistic Practitioner specializing in Nutrition Response Testing at Oasis Wellness Center in Cottage Grove, MN. She has a BA in Human Physiology and minor in Business Management from the University of Minnesota, and received her training in Nutrition Response Testing from Ulan Nutritional Systems. She received her Personal Training Certification through the American Council on Exercise, and is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. When Laura is not treating patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is an avid runner, enjoys yoga, and loves to travel.
Contact Info:, 651-797-3262.


Barb Forthun - Music Educator, Professional Musician, Mary Kay Consultant
Shut Down Your Inner Critic and Empower Yourself with YOU! Replace self-doubt with self-belief


What is your inner voice saying to you? Is it cheering you on, offering encouragement? Or, is it questioning everything you do, criticizing and holding you back? When you can’t turn that negative voice off, it can limit your potential, both professionally and personally. You can tame and silence that voice. At our October meeting, learn strategies to retake control of your self-talk and be your best self, confidently. Empower yourself with you!

As a career music educator, professional musician, and Mary Kay Consultant, Barbara Forthun developed a desire to encourage, challenge and inspire women to be confident in themselves and believe in their self-worth. Barb has encouraged and inspired women as a speaker and facilitator at women’s retreats, workshops and women’s sailing programs.


Michelle Heisler- Master Feng Shui Consultant and Certified Life Coach
A Little Feng Shui Goes a Long Way

Michele Heisler, Master Feng Shui Consultant and Certified Life Coach brings a deeper awareness to your space. Michele incorporates the ancient art of Feng Shui to understand and uniquely modify the flow of energy within a space to best support and inspire all who reside or work there. A space's energy impacts emotions, relationships, and success. She offers feng shui workshops, webinars, and customized personal consultations. Her work has guided many clients to identify and progress toward aspirations. At Michele's core, she is a teacher, a trainer and a leader. She thrives on others' success and happiness. As a former Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, and Mary Kay Sales Director, her unique insights and abilities have been honed by the experiences she carries forward.


Susie Evans - Teacher
Creating Community

Teacher by trade – taught in the South Washington County School District for over 11 years and now in my 17th year in the district I manage Adult Programs through Community Education and also manage Credit Recovery for all district high schools. I also teach high school electives through Northern Star online. The position I hold now opened a magical doorway that allows me to learn and be challenged every single day. We work with Adults Learning English – some highly educated in their home countries – some with no education coming out of refugee camps. We work with 17 + year olds earning their high school diplomas and GED certificates. We work with inmates at the Dakota County Jail teaching a number of classes. We work with anyone who is seeking additional education to enrich their lives. Every day I learn from those we teach about hard work, overcoming some of the hardest days, the beauty of diversity, the power of positive thinking…I am truly the fortunate one.


Sarah Bateman, Speaker
Speak Up! Be Heard! You Matter!

Sarah Bateman believes that every voice should be heard. As a young adult she was uncomfortable expressing her opinions and ideas. As she lived her life she concentrated on taking small steps to reach out to others. Each step was a triumph of courage. She joined Toastmasters in her late 20’s and began to explore. Her first speech was a moment of silence. She kept trying and learning.

She earned her Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest designation in Toastmasters. She realized that the stronger her voice became the more visible she became. She developed various trainings for club officers. As her confidence grew she found her passion of mentoring others.

She became certified as a World Class Speech Coach through Craig Valentine and graduated from the Minnesota Chapter National Speakers Association Apprentice Program. One of Sarah’s greatest pleasures is to watch someone bloom as they find their voice.

Jennifer Bierma - Psychic, Light Worker, Author, Speaker

Jennifer N. Bierma is an Author, Certified Massage Therapist, Advance Reiki Practitioner, Certified Emergency Response Massage Therapist, Certified Angel Card Reader and the owner of No Knots Professional Massage & Bodywork, Inc.  Jennifer started her business in 2001 at the age of nineteen.

Jennifer graduated from the Minnesota School of Health Sciences (MSHS) in 2001 with a Massage Therapy Certification. In 2008, she continued her training in Reiki Energetic healing and earned her advanced certification. She is a graduate of the Echo Bodine Psychic Development course and strives to find ways to develop her Psychic and mediumship abilities.

Jennifer’s passion for educating individuals on health and wellness and the enhancement of our innate healing gifts has given her motivation to continue expanding her business in ways that will offer opportunities to others that she did not have as she started her career.

Jennifer is committed to being a beacon of light and it shows through her dedication to the community. Jennifer has served in leadership roles with Lions Clubs International District 5M6, the New-Park Lions Club, the Park-Port Lioness Club, Stone Soup Thrift Shop, the Lions Multiple District 5M Hearing Foundation as well as her current leadership role as a group leader for the Women of Words writer’s group and the secretary of the board for the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Aside from her healthy work and volunteer life, Jennifer loves to write and create. Jennifer published a deck of Past Life Regression Healing Oracle Cards, a memoir recounting her life, up to this point, as an intuitive healer and has created a companion journal to go with it.  She believes that by passionately stepping out of her comfort zone she can motivate and empower people to act on their goals in a way that honors who they are and creates a greater impact in relationships, communities and the world. She has a goal of speaking Internationally by the time she is 45 and has her sights set on winning a Nobel Prize by the time she is 100 years old. Lofty goals but her passion and drive have yet to fail her and her dedication to living a life outside of the box will keep her moving forward!

Courtney Meyers, Thrivent Financial

Courtney Myers is a Financial Associate with the Myers at Thrivent Financial here in Cottage Grove. She has been in the Financial Services industry for 5 years. Before joining her husband(Dan)and Mother-in-law (Arlene) in the business, she was a hair stylistfor 15 years. In speaking with her colleagues and clients at the salon, she realized just how little women care, or were involved in the financial aspect of their lives. That is where her passion really grew to help create financially wise women. The good news-more than a third of American Women are now the family breadwinner, the bad news-women still tend to pass the buck on important money matters such as investing and retirement. Courtney is here to help educate you on why she believes it’s important for you to be in the “know”for all money matters.

Ursula Mentjes, Founder of Sales Coach Now

It is easy for business owners and sales professionals to get stuck and feel frustrated with their sales results. They can often toil for hours wondering what they are doing wrong—all alone – when what they really need is a breakthrough! 

With over twenty years’ experience as a sales executive, sales management, executive vice president and president, Ursula is an expert at helping business owners and sales professionals double or triple their sales in as little as 30 days. 

In this engaging presentation, attendees will discover:
-Why mindset matters in the sales process and how to overcome fear and limiting beliefs around sales and the sales process
-How financial set points keep individuals stuck exactly where they are
-The importance of creating a powerful sales script to get more appointments and close more sales
-and much much more!  

This seminar is for experienced business professional and sales professionals who are ready for a sales breakthrough! 

Chris Heeter, Wilderness Guide and Professional Speaker

Wild (adj.): Having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do. With hilarious stories from Chris' sled dog team, we’ll explore how to create a Wild work culture, where everyone is inspired to bring their best selves to work. Goofy quirks and diverse personalities among the dogs are alarmingly familiar, offering humor, perspective and compassion as we deepen our understanding of how to work together and lead, whether your team has four legs or two!

Chris Heeter was selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, and was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!

Featured on The Discovery Channel's “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn't have to be so complicated. Combining business expertise with hilarious stories from her sled dog team and from guiding whitewater trips, Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity.

Mary Schmid

Mary Schmid, Your Brilliant You

What stops many professionals and entrepreneurs from growing themselves and their business is not talent, skills, or ability. You’ve got that covered. It is their relationship with money. Money is at the heart of every decision they make in business, life, or career. You can make different and smarter decisions by moving beyond the financial blind spots that may be sabotaging and preventing you from reaching your goals.

In this presentation you will discover:
• What your Money Personality may be (there are 8) and how it may be undercutting your ability to realize your potential
• Specific mindset shifts and practical actions to create your Bold Goals
• Decisive Actions you can take to stay focused and gain momentum

Mary Schmid, MBA, is an Award Winning Master Coach, Professional Speaker and CEO of Your Brilliant You, a consulting and mentoring company that teaches professionals and business owners simple and practical ways to get beyond your personal and financial blind spots so that they can have easier conversations and make decisions with greater self value and confidence.

Prior to Your Brilliant You, Mary spent 30 years as a health care executive building practices, programs, and services both in the private and academic sector. She is now dedicated to working with women business owners and professionals, many of whom have increased their profitability after exposure to the groundbreaking Money Archetype work which is part of the Business and Money Breakthrough System that Mary teaches.

Contact Information:
Mary Schmid
5530 Malibu Drive
Edina, MN 55436
Phone: 612-964-6002

Jasmine Brett Stringer, 113 Stringer, LLC

Jasmine Brett Stringer is principal of 113 Stringer LLC. and founder of the internationally recognized lifestyle brand Carpe Diem with Jasmine. As a nationally recognized and sought-after lifestyle expert, Jasmine has been featured on a variety of media outlets. She is the lifestyle contributor for CBS owned and operated television station, WCCO-TV, however, her southern belle charm is not limited to the screen; Jasmine empowers others to seize their life as a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and within her own weekly podcast and lifestyle blog entitled, Carpe Diem with Jasmine.

Jasmine's award-winning book Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day "sparkles with enthusiasm and inspiration for life. Its a treasure chest of positive suggestions for seizing the power of each day of your life," according to New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss. As a professional speaker Jasmine leverages her experiences from working with Fortune 500 Companies and some of the world's biggest brands such as, Kraft Foods, General Mills, Toyota, Box Tops for Education, Fox Searchlight, Publicis Group and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN TV) to inspire and empower audiences to achieve their personal definition of success and seize their lives.

Jasmine graduated from American University's Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. She was named a Women of Promise by the Girl Scouts in 2012. Additionally, she was awarded Distinguished Alumna of American University and Ebony Magazine featured her as one of their "30 Future Leaders Under the Age of 30 in America." Her book Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day is considered to be life changing and it won a Living Now Book Award in the Motivation/Practical Self-Improvement category. She and her husband live Minnesota.

The Seize Your Life (SYL) Roadmap is based on a proven formula for success. The SYL Roadmap helps participants develop a personal strategic plan and identify tactics to help them achieve their professional and personal goals. The roadmap is a tool designed to help users live an empowered, authentic and fulfilled life designed to meet their personal definition of success.

Linda Fliss, Twin Cities Life Coaching

Linda Fliss is the owner of Twin Cities Life Coaching. Linda has over 8 years of experience in guiding and helping others. She is a former relationship and trauma therapist, so she knows the difference between therapy and coaching. She is a Self-Care advocate because she knows how vital it is to a life of peace, happiness and love. And she is an expert in building healthy relationship skills.

Linda is passionate about life coaching, the positive impact she has seen it have in the lives of so many of her clients, and the way being a life coach affords her the opportunity to help people become more congruent in their lives in ways that she could not do as a therapist.

Linda holds a B.S in Psychology, a Masters in General Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a specialized certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. Linda also holds certification from the Health Coaching Institute.

Mary Albright, Inventive Problem Solver

Mary Albright is an affiliate with Cheri Tree’s BANKCODE. A multi-passionate entrepreneur, she has two other successful businesses. In certain circles, she’s known as MacGyver Mary™. Inventive problem solving is her superpower.

Mary serves on the Board of Directors and is the Membership Director with NAWBO Minnesota, and is active with TeamWomenMN. She is an alumna of the Disney Institute Business Excellence Program. She is an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. Mary currently serves as the Depu- ty Commander for Cadets and Professional Development Officer for the Anoka Composite Squadron.

Please Join us for April’s meeting to hear “Why They Buy.”

Allisa Daire Nelson, Success Coach

Alissa Daire Nelson is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She is on a mission to help women uncover and live out their Superpowers, helping them discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive, not just survive, in harmony. Your Superpowers are the key to that! And she's going to prove it to you!

She’s an accomplished Success Coach, speaker, host of the Maximize Your Strength podcast, as well as the published author of the hot new book: From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. But more than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two amazing daughters.

Melissa Sonalla, Business Success Coach

Melissa comes from a direct sales background. She built a large team and worked with her company until they closed in December of 2014. She realized that the part of the direct sales industry she missed most was coaching her team and helping them be successful. Shortly after realizing that she launched her own company as a business success coach. She believes that our fears NEVER go away completely and that if you don’t have fear you aren’t growing. The difference is how long it affects you. As she has continued her training she has found the Entrepreneurial Operating System which allows her clients to gain clarity and bring all the components in their business into alignment by using their core values. She is so excited to share these two models with as many entrepreneurs as she can because the way you do one thing is the way you do everything. These energetic levels are like an “auto response” and until you are aware and conquer them……they will stop you from achieving your ULTIMATE SUCCESS! Pairing these two models will allow you to step into the reason you were created and fully owning that power in your business!

Ursula Mentjes, Founder of Sales Coach Now

Twice Bestselling Author, Award winning Entrepreneur and Sales Expert-- Ursula Mentjes (mench-es)--will transform the way you think about selling so you can reach your goals with less anxiety and less effort! The Founder of Sales Coach Now as well as an inspirational speaker, author of Selling with Intention, Selling with Synchronicity and One Great Goal– Ursula specializes in Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help clients double and triple their business and sales FAST. Honing her skills at an international technical training company, where she began her career in sales in 1996, Ursula increased sales by 90% in just one year! In 2001, when the company’s annual run was in the tens of millions, Ursula advanced to the position of President at just 27 years old. Sales guru Brian Tracy endorsed her Best Seller Selling with Intention saying, “This powerful, practical book shows you how to connect with customers by fully understanding the sales process from the inside out. It really works!” Best Seller Selling with Synchronicity and One Great Goal were also the 2013 winners of the Beverly Hills Book Awards in the categories of sales and business motivation—and Selling with Intention was a finalist. Selling with Intention also received the International Book Award sponsored by USA Book News and Selling with Synchronicity was a finalist. Ursula is recipient of 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President of the United States, is nominated for a 3rd, both political parties, for her work helping her community and helping build a stronger nation. Awards include National PDP’s “Business Woman of the Year 2016”, “Extraordinary Speaker of the Year 2015, SBA’s “Women in Business Champion”, Willow Tree’s “Extraordinary Example” and “Extraordinary Entrepreneur”, and she has worked with the State Capitol on Legislation to enhance businesses. She is Past President of NAWBO, Business Resource Connections, and has shared stages with bestselling authors Les Brown, Loral Langemeier, Tom Antion, Lisa Nichols, Giuliana Rancic, Brian Smith etc. Clients include Aflac, Ebenezer Fairview Hospitals, New York Life, Professional Women’s Business Organizations, Paychex, Conferences International and more!

Katie Herum, Renewal by Anderson
Social Media Specialist

Sharon Hoffman Avent, Smead Manufacturing Company

Sharon Hoffman Avent is CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management solutions. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is recognized as one of the largest privately-held and one of the largest women-owned companies in Minnesota. Smead has been woman-owned since 1955 and is certified nationally as a Women Business Enterprise.

Avent joined the family-owned firm in 1965 and held a wide variety of roles throughout the years. In 1998 she was named President and CEO, succeeding her mother as the third generation of the Hoffman family to lead the company. Eighteen years later, Sharon announced the promotion of Casey Avent to President effective July 1, 2016. She continues in her role as CEO, working with Casey on a daily basis to lead Smead into the next generation.

Avent has received significant recognition for her business acumen. She was named one of the “Top Women Business Owners” by Pink Magazine and has been honored by The Business Journal as one of “Minnesota’s Top Businesswomen” and as a “Woman Changemaker.” She is the recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) “Business Owner of the Year”. She was presented with the “Applause Award” by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as well as the “25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award” from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) for her efforts to expand opportunities for women business enterprises on a national level. In 2013 Avent was named an “Exceptional Businesswoman” by the Dakota County Tribune and Sun Thisweek newspaper as well as being inducted into the newly established Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame by the National Association of Women Business Owners – Minnesota Chapter. The George Foundation honored Avent as one of the outstanding Twin Cities Women Leaders in 2014. She was awarded the WBDC-Minnesota 2016 Advocacy Award and the Minnesota Business Magazine honored Sharon Avent as one of the Twin Cities Women Who Lead for 2017.

Avent has been dedicated not only to the continuing success of her company, but also her community. She has served on the boards of Minnesota Historical Society, Regina Healthcare, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School where she was named Trustee Emeritus, and was President of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation. She has been honored with many awards for her public service including the “Building Bridges, Building Futures Award” from the Hastings Public Schools and the “Spirit of Hastings Award” from the Hastings Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Smead was the lead donor in the Capital Campaign Drive that succeeded in building a YMCA in Hastings.

Mrs. Avent and her husband Terry have two sons and four grandchildren.

Donna Mathiowetz, Unfinished by Design

Donna is an inspirational speaker and author. She has been working in the arena of loss and grief since 1997. Her passion to help others rise to the challenges of change in their lives comes from her own life experiences.

She is the author of “A Journal for Your Journey…the trip without regard to the length of time it will take to navigate your loss and grief”. With this journal you will learn valuable and practical insights that will help you cope with loss in your life and be better equipped to help others as well.

Donna speaks to women’s groups, grief support groups, churches, schools, senior living communities and beyond. She resides in Hastings MN with her husband.





Soma Jurgenson, International Growth Strategies
"Fearless Follow-up: How to Turn Conversations into Clients"

Without effective follow-up, your networking efforts are wasted. What I found lacking in the marketplace are the tools that show you how to follow-up successfully. Without clear guidance, your networking efforts fizzle out before you can turn conversations into clients. In this 30-minute, interactive session you will:

Explore the Fearless Follow-Up process
Discover the only three people you need to meet for successful networking
Commit to one - two actions you'll take to transform your follow-up skills

About the presenter: Soma Datta Jurgensen
Soma launched Intentional Growth Strategies to consult with learning leaders to design training programs that transfer into action and meet specific objectives. She knows that carefully designed and interactive learning is a critical component for organizational success.

For eight years, Soma taught in and served as an academic leader for the School of Business as State Program Coordinator for Rasmussen College in MN and ND. Her experience in learning design and professional training underscores her passion for turning business school theory into practical tools that engage, inspire, and produce results.


Nancy Clairmont-Carr, Transformation Expert
"The Joy Effect"

Transformation expert Nancy Clairmont Carr’s career includes business leadership, lifestyle coaching and energy healing. After a successful marketing career and coaching business, with an MBA and multiple healing certifications, she founded “The Joy-E?ect”- a holistic health and transformational coaching business.

Nancy helps individuals access their personal power to create desired changes. She removes fears, success blocks and limiting beliefs that get in the way of achieving goals for health, relationships and career. She values living in alignment and life long learning to create personal freedom. Nancy is known for intuitively guiding change-seekers to joy, abundance and freedom.

To learn more about Nancy visit



Stefanie Peters, National Speaker, Author, and Serial Entrepreneur
"Learn the 5 Lady Boss Bold Moves to make 2017 your Best Year Yet 

Stefanie Peters is a national speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur. She started her first business at the age of eighteen while attending high school. She shattered the glass ceiling and became the youngest female executive in one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Stefanie was determined to help women, like herself, find financial freedom and independence. As her movement grew, she cofounded Lady Boss Empire, an empowerment platform and resource center for female entrepreneurs. Besides building multiple businesses, she is a savvy real estate investor, certified John Maxwell coach, avid runner, fitness competitor, and a top performer in the Miss Minnesota International Pageant.

To learn more about Stefanie visit






Jennifer Kern Collins, BBA, MS, CPCC, CNTC
“What The Secret Didn’t Tell You…”
3 Things You Need to Know About the Law of Attraction to Get What You Really Want

Jennifer Kern Collins has a BBA, a Masters in Psychology, and is a Professional Certified Coach. As the author of The Drama-Free Way: A Thought Management Guide to Navigating Chaos and Thriving, Jennifer is committed to helping people learn to manage their thoughts in order to truly thrive, despite the sporadic chaos of the human mind. Jennifer offers audience members a fun, interactive experience that transforms their thinking and leads them to align with their Best Self, empowering them to attract the success they desire. | 612-787-7685
Click here to download her bio

The Law of Attraction is a Universal Law, like gravity, that operates on the premise that “like attracts like.” When it comes to your life experiences, it’s the energy you put out there—beginning with your thoughts—that attracts your outcomes. If this doesn’t totally make sense, or if you’ve tried it and it “didn’t work,” then you might be missing some essential components for effectively utilizing the Law of Attraction. There are little-known key concepts to understand and skills to apply into order to harness this driving force and get the results you truly desire.

In this interactive presentation you will:

    • Learn how the Law of Attraction is influenced by your thoughts
    • Discover other less known Universal Laws that you need to understand for the Law of Attraction to work and make sense
    • Receive 3 keys for using the Law of Attraction to get what you really want

“Jennifer is great! Knowledgable, informative and entertaining.” —Deb Billiet, Program Participant “As an Event Manager, I can honestly say that Jennifer Kern Collins was one of my favorite presenters to work with. She was professional, punctual, personable, and passionate. The four P's that we all look for in a speaker! I would enjoy working with her again.” —Maureen Aasgaard, GTS Educational Events

“A great program to expand your horizons—everyone will get something from it! Jennifer is energetic, fun and motivating!” —Megan Klein, Program Participant

“Great presentation style! Jennifer used several examples that made the teachings applicable in daily living. She was open and receptive to questions and comments. Very good introduction to new thought/thinking paradigms! I’d love to see a ‘part two’ and go deeper.” —Hennepin County Participant

LisaLynnLisa Lynn - Lisa Lynn Consulting
“Emotional IQ"

Mrs. Lisa Lynn is a licensed psychologist and the President of Lisa Lynn Consulting. For the past 26 years, Lisa has worked with both public and private organizations focusing efforts in the areas of professional coaching, assessment, training, development and mediation. Her professional goal is to make a practical difference for those she serves. Lisa teaches classes at several colleges in the Twin Cities.

Lisa is an instructor for Century College's Leadership Program, a co-facilitator in the Business School at Normandale Community College and is currently designing professional courses for Hamline University.

Lisa also teaches leadership courses for the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Leadership Program. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN, and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN.





DebBrownDeb Brown - Touch Your Client’s Heart
“Discover the Hidden Cash in Your Contact List”

Business owners initiate relationships every day. Often, they spend their time chasing new clients, ignoring what they already have. Every contact in your database is a warm lead that has the potential for retention, reactivation, referrals and revenues. Nurturing the relationships you already have is not only more efficient, it also has a higher ROI. In this inter-active presentation, your audience will discover:

-The untapped potential to make more money in your business.
-The simplest ways to reach out that get results.
-How to overcome the #1 reason clients stop doing business with you.

About the Presenter: Deb Brown is the founder of Touch Your Client’s Heart. She believes the key to client retention and word of mouth referrals is as simple as nurturing business relationships. Deb speaks, teaches and consults on how to build business relationships for more revenues. She helps small service-based businesses build their business by building relationships.

What Audiences are Saying: Deb's presentation was awesome in many ways! She talked about organizing your client base for better follow-up, which is the part that really resonated with me. If you have an opportunity to hear Deb Brown, do so! Deb is polished. Her delivery is as lovely as she is! Thanks! -Suzanne Shaff, Suzanne Shaff Photography Worldwide

Thanks Deb for revealing ways to secure new clients and referrals, as well as retain current clients. I'm so glad that I made it a priority to attend your presentation. I plan to follow through with your suggestion to reconnect with five to ten people. My new mantra is "if I don't remember them, they won't remember me". I think everyone who has clients or customers, and a desire to increase their bottom line should attend one of your presentations. -Janice McKinnie

Fields BrigetheadshotBriget Fields - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
“Managing Your Money: Budgeting & Saving Strategies"

Briget Fields is the Program Manager for the Wells Fargo at Work program promoting financial wellness throughout Minnesota. Briget has been a coach and trainer for the last 25 years within many industries. She has held store and district leadership roles within specialty and big box retail companies like Maurice's, Bath and Body Works and Walmart Stores and spent last 9 years with Wells Fargo Bank. Her clients range from small locally owned businesses to national Corporate clients with over 100,000 employees. Her works allows her to travel and share financial education workshops, 1:1 banker consultations, and webinars to her clients. She helps build and customize programs to the needs of the each individual businesses. A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Briget is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts with Marketing and Spanish concentration. She believes in giving back in all she does and is passionate about it. Briget is an active member of several networking organizations including the Women in Business of Cottage Grove. She sits on the board of Directors for Gogebic Lodge ltd. She is active with her church, community schools, Girl Scout troop and of course, active soccer mom of 2 teenagers. In her spare time, if any, she enjoys camping, boating and scrapbooking. Her passion is making a difference in people's lives with their financial journey, one conversation at a time.




BrendaCarlsonBrenda Carlson - Sales Process Expert - Speaker, Author and Coach
Goals - Set them AND Get them!

Entrepreneurs and business leaders know how to set goals. They've attended goal setting seminars, learned about SMART goals and even have written goals. Every year they develop new goals hoping the new year will be more successful than the last. And each year they are disappointed. Research indicates that 20% of individuals set goals and believe that goals are important to their success. However, of that 20%, fully 70% consistently fail to achieve their own objectives. We were in that same position when we started our own businesses. In the last several years, we cracked the code of Goal-Setting AND Goal-Getting, more than doubling our written income goals in 2012 and 2013. Since business owners are aware of how to set goals, this 30 minute seminar will share three proven strategies to achieve their goals. Format is informal, including whole-group discussion, question and answer and a graphic organizer for attendees to capture what they learn.

About the Presenter: Some people are educators, some are coaches, and some are story tellers. Brenda Carlson is a combination of all of these - and much more! An achiever since her teen years, Brenda's love/hate relationship with goals took her a long way. But when she found herself in career transition and ultimately started her own business, goals took on a whole new significance. Now, setting the right goals AND achieving them meant she could put food on the table - not achieving them meant going hungry. Brenda's story gives her audiences tips, tools and confidence that they, too, can achieve their own aspirations. If she's not telling stories or running her businesses Brenda can be found hiking in the mountains, playing with six grandchildren or enjoying a great cup of coffee. Always looking for ways to contribute, Brenda also served on the boards of her local church and the Woodbury Community Foundation, where she co-chaired the Leadership Forum.



Therese_SamudioTherese Samudio - Sales Process Expert
Make Yourself Memorable

10 Tips to Stop Wasting Time Networking

Answer the Question - "Who are you and what do you do?"
Network with Purpose
Find and Use Your WOW!
Set Yourself Apart from the Herd
Say What Your Prospect Needs to Hear
Engage Your Sales Energy!
Skyrocket Your Lead Development

About the Presenter: Therese Samudio, the author of Don't KILL the Sale Before You Show Up! has had one-on-one journalist-style sales interviews with more than 10,000 business owners all across America while she sold and trained others to sell management consulting projects. She began her career as a Public & Educational TV producer/director and on-air personality, then started her own promotion firm providing advertising, PR and special events for 500 retail businesses in 15 malls in three states, before taking up full-time selling. A professional member of the National Speakers Association, she is a sales trainer and coach teaching individuals and teams how to produce quality sales consistently without fear or angst. No more slumps! What she will teach you is not theoretical, it is wisdom acquired in the real world.

debra_lindhDebra Lindh - Mindful Effect, LLC
Practical Mindfulness: Transforming Stress into Success!
In times of stress, a single factor exists which can make the difference between damaging a relationship or deepening it; that factor is awareness. Through practical mindfulness, individuals learn new ways of thinking and doing that defuses stress and increases collaboration, engagement, team building, and personal success - all in real-time! Attendees will leave this session energized, confident, and equipped with tools and techniques to use anyplace, anywhere, and anytime!
About the Presenter: Debra Lindh, Ed.D. is founder and President of Mindful Effect, LLC - a consultancy company committed to helping adults and children reduce stress and boost happiness. A sought-after and passionate keynote speaker, scholar-practitioner, and advisor on stress, practical mindfulness, happiness, ethics, and healthy organizations, Dr. Lindh addresses audiences, associations, and corporations including Fortune 500 companies and non-profits such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Working Mother Magazine, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Association for Talent Development. Dr. Lindh earned her doctorate in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota and received the 2014 OD Network Best Student Research Award for her dissertation research in workplace stress, mindfulness, and employee wellness.

LisaDunniganLisa Dunnigan - Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. & SCORE Volunteer
How Social Networking is Changing the Way We Market

It's a fact! Social networking is here, and its steady growth rate tells us that it can't be ignored. In this presentation we will take a look at the benefits of social networking and how it is changing the marketing landscape. We will discuss some of the tools that are available to businesses and how they can be used to drive traffic to your website and connect you to your potential clients? You will learn how others are creatively harnessing the power of social networking to create online communities and brand loyalty. Is social networking for you? Come and find out.

About the presenter: Lisa is a Principal and CIO of Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. She has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry and is also a member of the Marketing group. She also serves as the secretary of the MN Chapter of the Association of Accounting Marketers (AAM), and is a volunteer member of the SCORE Marketing Committee.

About St. Paul SCORE: St. Paul SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in the St. Paul area and western Wisconsin. They also offer business seminars for start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners. St. Paul SCORE is part of the national SCORE Association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of the nation's small businesses. Their mission is to provide business counseling to help entrepreneurs and small businesses evaluate and prepare plans, stabilize, grow, innovate and succeed.



Evon Spangler_webEvon Spangler - Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP
Women and Money: Protecting Yourself Financially Through Strategic Planning

Evon M. Spangler is an Attorney and Managing Partner at the law firm of Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP where she represents business owners with issues affecting both their business and their family in transactional, litigation, and appellate matters, including business disputes, divorce, spousal maintenance, custody, estate planning, business succession planning, breach-of-contract, and buy-sell agreements.

She educates her business clients to understand the need to protect themselves in the event that something happens. She represents business owners with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and buy-sell agreements where she helps business owners prepare for a change in his or her relationship with a spouse (marital dissolution) or a partner (business dissolution).

In addition, she helps business owners with drafting contracts, such as independent contractor agreements, non-compete agreements, and employment contracts so that the contract protects the business owner in the event that something happens. She also helps business clients develop strategies and minimize the risk of exposure for their business and themselves personally through proper incorporation of a business, updating corporate minutes, revising and implementing employment policies, and conducting due diligence for a purchase of a business. Evon also litigates and defends lawsuits and brings and defends appeals, primarily breach-of-contract and marital and business dissolution cases.


ElaineElaine Wyatt - Women Venture
Women Venture - Helping women create and grow sustainable and profitable businesses for more than three decades.

Elaine Wyatt is personally dedicated to the advancement of women and girls. Prior to her leadership role at WomenVenture, her passion was fulfilled through her work as chief financial officer at the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys which she led through the merger of five councils while building strong finance, operations and IT systems. She later moved into the chief advancement officer position where she substantially increased earned and contributed income and elevated the Girl Scouts' visibility through high-impact events, partnerships and electronic media strategies. Elaine has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, primarily in financial services and nonprofit finance and administration.