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$100 (WIACE Annual Membership + Conference)

$50 (Student Rate – Membership + Conference)

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Agenda Outline:

Fall 2021 Tenative Agenda

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Speaker Profiles:

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Sarah Young
Zing Collaborative
“Staying Grounded When the Ground Feels Shaky”

 During this session, we’ll explore:

  • How to name, acknowledge, and create from our current reality
  • Specific daily practices that connect us to our grounded and steady center – even when our external environment feels anything but grounded and steady
  • Identifying and implementing daily anchors
  • Energy boosters and energy depleters – and possible easy but impactful swaps we can make throughout our days and our weeks
  • Focusing on the things that are within our sphere of influence and impact, in service of positive change

You will leave with specific, actionable, and practical tools to apply following the session.

Sarah Young is the founder of Zing Collaborative. Sarah is grateful to work with leaders spanning industries and roles: from executive leadership teams, to construction and manufacturing companies, to high growth start-ups. Sarah is a former corporate leader, a two-time Ironman finisher, and a certified professional coach through n for nature, travel, sunshine, warm weather, paddle boarding, leisurely bike rides with ample opportunity to enjoy the view, rescue dogs, cooking, coffee, and the precious hours of the early morning. Zing Collaborative is a proud member of 1% for the Planet.

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Samantha Kennelly
WYLD Leadership
“Moving to the Rhythm of Nature: Managing and Balancing our Energy to Improve Performance”

As leaders, friends, family members, mentors – our energy affects those arounds us. This fast-paced movement is unsustainable and oftentimes leads to a breaking point. Especially  now, many of our patterns of work do not fit. In this session, we will explore the science of stress, wellbeing, and nature to improve the quality of our work and life. Participants will walk away with strategies they can bring into their daily life to support their personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

Samantha Kennelly is a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach, WYLD guide, mentor, speaker/presenter, and life cheerleader. With background and experience in Positive (Strengths) Psychology and a passion for people, she is fascinated by human behavior. She works with individuals and teams to increase performance, engagement, and well-being through maximizing their CliftonStrenghts. Samantha has worked with over 3,000 individuals across industries, helping them to maximize their potential and create a life well-lived. As an original team member and former associate director of the CliftonStrengths Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was involved with creating a first of its kind Strengths-based first-year experience course, which has allowed over 4,500 students to discover their greatest potential for success to build a great life and a great job. She trained and developed more then 330 Student Strengths Coaches to coach others around maximizing their colleges experiences and future careers. Samantha also helps to create the Clifton Builders cohort program, which identifies 30 to 35 students with entrepreneurial and leadership protentional each year.

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Hannah Sedlacek, MS, LPC-IT
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“Trends in Mental Health on College Campuses”

Hannah Sedlacek, NCC, LPC-IT, received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently works as a counselor within the Counseling and Testing Center at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and enjoys working with students on academic skills, adjustment to college, and developing coping skills.

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Richard McCreary, District Manager – Digital Sales, North America, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Christina Marshall, Chief of Staff, PMO to the CMO, SC Johnson
Elaine Ruh, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Heartland Business Systems
“Employee Support in the Workplace: Resources and Employee Resource Groups”

Richard McCreary is a District Manager for Digital Sales at Kimberly-Clark Professional. He’s an active member and leads recruitment for Kimberly-Clark’s African Ancestry Employee Network (AAEN). Richard was recently awarded the Advancement Award from AAEN during their 16thAnnual Compass Awards.

Christina Marshall is a member of the Association of Black Professionals (ABP) – development lead, Network of Executive Women (NEW) – cross ERG Liaison, Abilities First – member, and the Women’s Business Council (WBC).

Elaine has been in the Human Resources field for 13 years in a variety of industries (manufacturing, construction, service and technology) and functions. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the College of Business at UW Oshkosh in May 2008. She also earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University in 2016. She earned her PHR in 2013 and SHRM-CP in 2015. In addition, she has been on the Fox Valley SHRM Board of Directors for the past 6 years. Just recently, she became a Congressional District Caption for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.


Courtney Pearson, Career Counselor
“Gen Z Spotlight”

Generation Z occupies college campuses and is already entering the workforce to leave a lasting impression. These digital natives born between the late 1990’s and early 2000’s only know 9/11 through History books, but definitely remember the Great Recession and its effect on their families. Gen Zers are realistic, financially focused, and the most diverse generation ever. A changing job market coupled with memories of the Great Recession as well as the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced this generation’s approach to their education and their career development. This session will help demystify Generation Z and provide tips on how best to engage them in their own career development.

Courtney Pearson is a seasoned student affairs professional with over five years of work experience in college student career development. She received her M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and since then has worked in career services units at multiple Big Ten universities. As a career counselor, Courtney works with college students and employers alike to build bridges between parties that lead to fruitful partnerships and opportunities.