Women's Leadership Summit

Do you want to make a difference

Join Briar Cliff's 1930 organization and plan to attend the first-ever Women's Leadership Summit! The Women's Leadership Summit is an empowerment conference for all women who desire to make a difference. The summit will be an engaging event for both female professionals and female students in our community to come together. It will feature empowered speakers and several collaborative break-out sessions on Friday, October 25th at the St. Francis Center. Take the step today to join us in building a community of women who stand united to support our female students. 

Registration Pricing:

Influencer: $19.30

A 1930 Influencer is a female (or male) who is dedicated to supporting female students at Briar Cliff University. An annual membership fee of $100 helps support scholarship and leadership opportunities for female students. As an Influencer, you also have the opportunity to provide opportunities for our female students through mentorship, networking, internship and additional scholarships. In addition to positively impacting the lives of Briar Cliff female students you will be invited to attend, along with our female students, professional development and leadership opportunities like The 1930 Women’s Leadership Conference.

Non-Influencer: $50 + recommended $100 Donation to join The 1930 Organization for 2019.

Non-Influencers are females or males who are interested in learning more about The 1930 and women’s empowerment initiatives.

Non-Profit Discount: $19.30 

Open to all employees of Siouxland non-profits.

Students: Free



More About Our Event

This year's conference speakers were selected in recognition of the 30th anniversary of United Airlines Flight 232 crash landing and Briar Cliff’s contributions to the survivors of that event. The focus of the 1930 Women’s Leadership Conference will be on collaboration, community response during a crisis and lessons of leadership. Our keynote speaker, Sara Nelson, International President Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, is a trailblazer and female change agent in labor movements and served as a leading voice on issues facing women in the workplace. 


Discover more about the mission of the 1930 organization and its goals. 

Schedule of Events

8:30 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome and Opening 


9:15 am - Keynote: Community, Courage & Leadership Lessons Learned In Crisis

Presenter: Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO

10:30 am - Break

10:40 am - Breakout Session 1:

Community: Success Strategies for Collaborative Decision Making

Presenter: Leah Glasgo, CEO, Unity Point Health System– Fort Dodge

Courage: Being a Voice for Others

Presenter: Treyla Lee, Recruiter, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


Leadership: Navigating Your Path to the Boardroom

Presenter: Annette Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President, Ho-Chunk, Inc.


11:30 am - Breakout Session 2:

Community: The 411 on Advancing in Your Career

Presenter: Captain Lisa Claeys, Sioux City Police Department

Courage: From Welfare to Wealth Management: How Resilience Can Lead to Abundance

Presenter: Mary Sterk, CEO and Founder, Sterk Financial Services


Leadership: Honoring Culture While Creating Change

Presenter: Chiara Cournoyer, Director of Social Services, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

12:30 pm - Chitchat, Change & Chocolate; Lunch and Table Discussion

Presenter: Denise Bowyer, Vice President, American Income Life Insurance Company & Secretary, Labor Advisory Board

1:45 pm - Break


2:00 pm - Breakout Session 3:

Community: Give Back and Grow Your Network

Presenter: Lillyan Rodriguez, Catering Sales Manager, Delta Hotels

Courage: Beyond the Yellow Tape

Presenter: Julie Tebbe, and Mary Brandt, The Brandt Agency of Interpreting

Leadership: Challenging the Status Quo

Presenter: Jane Shey, CEO & President, Shey & Associates

2:45 pm - Break


3:00 pm - Success Path Panel: Their Secrets & Surprises

Facilitated by Mary Guinane, Senior Writer at RKD Group and Owner of The Write Answer

Panel members: Christie Finnegan, Abigail Chihak, Angela Johnson, Trisha Winquist, Verna Welte and Mary Lincoln 

4:30 pm - Closing


If you require hotel accommodations to attend this event. Please feel free to use the "Briar Cliff University" room block at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, located at 385 E 4th Street, South Sioux City, NE 68776. Call 402-494-4000 to receive a group rate for either Thursday or Friday evening.

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