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Campus Tour for the Curious
Gerti Arnold, Boise State University

Boise State University has a reputation for tenacious leadership, distinctive programs, and strong community relationships. Put on your walking shoes for a campus tour that will include the green roof, the Bee Team, and the Blue! We will be indoors and out, so dress for the weather of the day.

A lifetime advocate of public higher education, Gerti generates resources to expand opportunity and advance campus initiatives at Boise State University. Her first career was in student recruitment and she left Idaho to pursue a doctorate in higher education at the University of Michigan. She returned to her alma mater three years ago after ten years in San Francisco. Gerti looks forward to introducing you to the Boise State University campus.


Clarify Purpose & Strengthen Support Networks (A Follow up for Shift Into Thrive)
Dr. Lynn Schmidt, Micron

This session will take a more in-depth look at two of the six resiliency strategies introduced in the session, Shift Into Thrive. Clarifying your purpose and strengthening your networks are powerful resiliency strategies that will enable you to create career satisfaction. Attend this session to clarify the passions and interests that motivate you and explore the gaps between your current and desired state. You’ll identify the networks you need to build to better incorporate those passions and interests into your life.  You will leave with at least two actions you can take, one to clarify your purpose and one to strengthen your networks. This session will be useful to both those who have, and have not, attended the Shift Into Thrive session.

Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience as a global talent management and organization development leader in large organizations across multiple industries including telecommunications, technology, finance, aerospace and defense, and healthcare.  She has more than 15 years of experience as an executive coach and has coached executive, mid-level, and frontline leaders. Lynn is currently the Director of Global Executive and Leadership Development for Micron. She is a sought-after key-note speaker and the author of four books.  Her most recent book is the award-winning Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.

Company Culture Camp!  5 ways to build a solid culture that creates a fun company personality
Rhea Allen, President, Peppershock Media

Teams that play together stay together right? Why is game play so key to creativity and innovation?  Why is good “churn-over” okay and bad turnover not okay?  What do you do when not everyone wants to play along?  How does technology play a role in our company cultures?  How do you balance being flexible and allowing staff to work from home?  Why did longevity and loyalty traits become less important?  Is it a generational thing? .   Everyone wants to love their job and the people they work with, now you can find inspiration to help make it so for everyone you influence in your workplace.  In this interactive “Culture Camp” we will “game-storm,” learn and share what your ideal company culture looks like!

Since Peppershock’s inception in 2003, Rhea Allen, President/CEO and co-founder, has managed and expanded Peppershock and has gained local notoriety in her persistent passion for causes. She is involved with the communities of Idaho and surrounding areas and has a vast working knowledge of how to generate awareness for a number of brands and causes. She is extremely diligent in obtaining effective media campaign results by planning and crafting relevant and compelling messaging for the target audience. Rhea oversees development of Peppershock projects, from project conception through distribution and follow-up.  She is an integrative marketing consultant, a producer and a Chief Marketing Officer for hire to organizations looking to enhance their brand and build their bottom line

Confidence, Work, and Life: A Discussion about Choice and Creating Opportunity
Janice Schneider, Latham & Watkins LLP, Jenna Whitlock, Retired US Department of Interior, & Carrie Spradlin, USDA Forest Service

PANEL DISCUSSION: Join us for a conversation about how our internal choices, and our attitudes around those choices, can create the opportunities we want in our lives. Connection to personal vision and confidence in and outside of the workplace influence our options at work, and in the other facets of our lives. How do women at various life phases, career paths, and levels of leadership successfully approach internal and external pressures and expectations, work-life, confidence gaps, and choices about career moves? Come join the discussion to explore the answers!

Design Your Life of Impact
Colin Dow, Fathom

A how-to course that empowers you to use Design Thinking concepts to help create a meaningful and inspired life. You will be guided through a booklet that will first help you envision a life of impact, second help you to create a practical plan, and finally will provide you with small steps for you to feel confident in taking action.

It’s hard to put a label on Colin Dow but some of the more common would include being a former pro-footballer, life-writer, novice mountain biker, lumberjack, aspiring renaissance man, and husband to a woman who is way out of his league.  After finishing up his football career, Colin’s journey took him on a wild ride to becoming a wilderness EMT, living in Puerto Rico, volunteering in Ethiopia, and working in healthcare with a focus on employee wellness. After getting his masters in Organizational Development and working for a fast-paced, socially conscious, international start-up, Colin has gone into consulting, working with organizations as they grow their managers into leaders.

Engaging Millennials in the Workplace
Rachael Fullinwider, Boise Young Professionals

Did you know that more Millennials have a college degree than any other generation of young adults? Or that they make up the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. population? We’re talking about a motivated, aspirational, and tenacious generation that is working their way up the career ladder to follow their dreams. Are you ready for them? This session will explore the best ways to attract, engage, lead and motivate this bright young generation to succeed in the workplace.

Rachael has always believed that strong communication is a catalyst for both personal and business success. She leads the communication efforts for Micron Technology’s Global Supply Chain and Sales organizations as a part of the Global Communication & Marketing team, and has been building her career there since 2008. Rachael has a passion for empowering and engaging people to identify their strengths and to use those strengths to find and seize career opportunities. She is the founding chairwoman of Micron Young Professionals, is on the steering committee for the Micron Women’s Leadership Network and is the marketing chair for Boise Young Professionals. Rachael holds a BA in communication from Boise State University and an MBA from Florida International University.

How to Have Your Best Day at Work –And, in Your Career
Human Resources Team, City of Boise

Most of us spend more time at work than we spend doing anything else in our lives. In fact, some days you probably have longer conversations with co-workers than you do with loved ones. In the midst of that large commitment of time, and physical and emotional energy, have you ever asked yourself if you enjoy what you are doing, does it have meaning to you, do you feel like you are making a difference, is it all worth it? If you don’t like some of those answers, please come join our team so we can share our collective experience as we have all asked those questions. Because we didn’t like all of our responses, we have been on a three-year mission to shape our internal culture with the gratifying residual effect on each of us personally. In our session we will share what has worked, where we have had challenges, what strategies you can use personally and organizationally, and (bonus for us) hear what is working for you!

The HR Team at the City of the Boise – Over the past few years the City of Boise has been assembling a strike team of organizational culture gurus. We are as different as can be, but laser focused on engaging our employees, making a difference, and having fun in the process.

Introduction to Human Centered Design

Carrie Spradlin, U.S. Forest Service, Jamie Strelnik & Tiffany Fralie, Bureau of Land Management

Does your organization face dilemmas and challenges that are complex?  Are you struggling to find new ways to solve problems in human resources, customer service, collaboration or leadership?  Have top down solutions been tried and failed in the past?  Human Centered Design (HCD) may be an approach for you.  Our team will introduce you to HCD concepts and resources, and show how this mindset and methods of qualitative research and insight generation can help make sense of inherently complex dilemmas.  HCD can be adapted and applied to efforts ranging from product development to addressing workplace sexual harassment.

Carrie Spradlin is a Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Umatilla National Forest, in Walla Walla, Washington.   She currently develops and facilitates workshops and dialogue related to work-life fit, gender balance, and leadership and organizational approaches to both.

Tiffany Fralie is an Assistant Center Manager at an Interagency Dispatch Center located in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Working in emergency dispatch, Tiffany has learned the value of communication and trust.  Tiffany also works to provide quality training for wildland firefighters and is a member of multiple cadres and is a long time committee member of the Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy.

Jamie Strelnik is a career wildland firefighter working in Initial Attack Modules, Helitack, Rappel Models, Engine Crews, Hotshots, and Interagency Coordination.  She leans on hard earned wisdom and pushes on cultural walls creating positive changes in her organization.

Language of Leadership
Amber Nelson, Take the Lead

Being an effective leader doesn’t require an executive title, a plush office, or a staff of direct reports but it does require learning and leveraging the language of leadership. This session guides attendees through a personal communications audit and landscape assessment to identify communication goals and areas for optimization.  Participants will learn strategies on effective communication techniques for women, and go back to their work and personal lives with an individual plan for identifying and implementing their own, authentic language of leadership.

Amber Nelson is the president of Lingo Consulting, Inc., a research, marketing and communications firm based in Southern California. For more than 20 years her company has helped organizations and individuals across the country learn and leverage their lingo. Her clients have included General Mills, Target, Kaiser Permanante, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Transamerica and more. In addition to her role at Lingo Consulting, Inc., she serves as the Program Director for Take The Lead – a women’s leadership organization dedicated to gender parity, publishes a weekly communications blog called The Lingo-ist and frequently speaks on leadership and language.

Leading An Effective Meeting
John McClellan, Boise State University

Make your next meeting purposeful, productive, and more collaborative. Learn to structure, staff, and facilitate conversations so that meetings better meet needs, stay on track, and encourage useful participation among participants.

John McClellan is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boise State University where he teaches courses in organizational communication, group interaction, communication theory, and gender in the workplace. As a former organizational change strategy consultant, his research promotes collaborative practices (such as meetings) to inspire healthy relationships and create collaborative workplaces.

Leading with Yes: An Interactive Improvised Experience
Megan Bryant, Zip Zap Zop

Effective leaders recognize that success comes through steady, persistent forward movement towards a task or goal. Learn how to harness the power of a “yes, and” mindset to grow your company and unlock the potential of your teams (and YOURSELF!) Activating your inner improv skills can be a catalyst for moving forward with ambitions, and maintaining a positive and productive outlook when trials rear their ugly heads. This workshop will showcase and celebrate different leadership styles, while reminding us all that having a little humor in the workplace is crucial for building trust and camaraderie while reducing turnover.

Megan is the co-founder of Zip Zap Zop – a team training company based on a curriculum of improvisation, the creator of Idaho Laugh Fest, Idaho’s premier comedy experience and an award-winning author of an autobiography, Not My Plan. She spent 15 years working in corporate environments as a retail bank manager and a grant manager for FEMA while doing comedy as a “hobby.” Now she works full time as an improv instructor, variety comedian, speaker, and mother to 4 young kids. She has received such honors as the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 and the Women of the Year Recognition.

Life By Design: How to Get More of What You Really Want Out of Life!
Natasha Hazlett, Fast Forward Marketing LLC

 In this talk, Natasha will share the exact steps you can take to live a life by design…a life you love, a life filled with abundance, and a life filled with purpose! It’s time to stop living life by default, and start living your life by DESIGN!

Natasha Nassar Hazlett is known as a Life Designer & Personal Brand Strategist. She empowers solopreneurs around the world with the clarity, confidence and strategy they need to boost their income and influence in the marketplace, while working less, by monetizing their message online. In addition to being a mentor, coach and life designer, she’s an award winning internet marketer, practicing attorney, mom to an adorable 2 year-old and the co-founder of Fast Forward Marketing, LLC with her husband Rich Hazlett. She is also the creator of the Savvy Business Blueprint and the author of the soon-to-be released book:  Unstoppable Influence. The Idaho Business Review honored Natasha with their 2013 Idaho Women of the Year award and she has been honored multiple times with the Rising Star Award by Super Lawyer Magazine.  Natasha is a former board member and active member of the Junior League of Boise.

Navigation of the Caregiver Experience
Sarah Toevs, Boise State University

As expressed by Roalynn Carter, “There are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.”   A care giving  role may last a few months or a lifetime, and although these responsibilities are taken on willingly and with love, they come at a cost to individuals, families, employers, and society.   Attend this session to discover strategies to assist you or those you know in caregiving roles to thrive (and survive).  You will be guided through a mapping activity that helps clarify decision points and serves as a communication tool throughout the caregiver journey.

Sarah Toevs, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University.  She works closely with members of the Idaho Lifespan Caregiver Alliance and was instrumental in the development and passage of the Idaho Action Plan for Family Caregivers in the 2017 legislative session. Sarah has over 30 years of experience in education and has served as associate dean and department chair in the College of Health Sciences.  She enjoys an extensive network of community partners and strives to engage students in community-based projects as a means of maximizing outcomes and extending limited resources.

Practicing Mindfulness and Finding Balance in Your Life
Katie Dow, Fathom

Breathe in, out, and find meaning in the moment.  Did you know people who practice mindfulness are often happier people?  A two-step process, learn skills to practice mindfulness in the morning, at night, or even in your car.  Then, work through a diagram built to visually show you the opportunities to create more balance in your life.

Katie Dow currently works for Fathom, Carnival Corporations 10th and newest cruise brand.  She is the lead for Global Onboard Programming and Community Engagement, responsible for implementing new, unique and meaningful experiences onboard 9 of Carnival Corporations cruise lines.  Over the last year and a half, Katie, with her husband Colin, spent a total of 9 months onboard the good ship, Adonia.  There, she helped to take Americans to Cuba for the first time in over 50 years and helped launch a new type of travel, social impact travel, to cruise travelers in the Dominican Republic.  Now that she’s back on land full time, she enjoys golfing at Crane Creek, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and all the great places to eat in downtown Boise

Running for Office 101
Lori Otter & Debbie Field, Idaho Women In Leadership (I-WIL)

Are you thinking about getting involved politically? This session introduces you to the process of developing a campaign and running for office. You’ll learn basic strategies and how to harness your talents and build on your strengths to become a successful candidate.

Lori earned an A.A. from the College of Southern Idaho, and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boise State University.  She won the Miss Idaho title in 1991 and represented Idaho in the Miss USA pageant that same year.  After earning a Master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership, Lori spent two years as a school administrator. Lori was instrumental in creating the Idaho Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, education, and community outreach. Lori recently started Idaho Women In Leadership (I-WIL), a non-profit bi-partisan initiative offering leadership training series that will inspire women to Step Up, Step Out and Lead. She has been appointed to the Idaho Military Advocacy Commission and the Idaho Rural Partnership. Combining her love of Idaho and passion for education and literacy, the First Lady has written a series of 5 children’s books. The Ida Jones series features a young, barnstorming pilot, who seeks adventure and teaches Idaho history to readers as she flies her airplane through the great State of Idaho.

Debbie currently serves as Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership and as Chairwoman of the Idaho State Board of Correction. Debbie served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 12 years and was Chair of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee where she worked to ensure improvements in Idaho’s drug and mental health courts. Debbie was a board member for the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for 10 years and Chair of the Interagency Committee on Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment. She served in Governor Otter’s cabinet as director of the Office of Drug Policy where she worked with other state agencies to coordinate substance abuse treatment strategies. She is a veteran political strategist and successfully ran three statewide campaigns for Governor Otter

Selecting the Best: The Myths and Magic of Interviewing
David Knipping, Boise State University

This workshop will teach participants about the key differences between recruiting, interviewing, and selection. The objective is to teach managers and leaders how to interview in a way that will hone in on what they really need from a new employee. This is an interactive session and you will walk away with tools that you can use immediately. We will also talk about how these same skills are useful when the roles are reversed and you are the interviewee.

David Knipping is the Director of Executive Education in the College of Business and Economics.  Prior to joining Boise State University, he held leadership roles in both consulting and large corporations where he provided expertise in leadership development, organizational change, employee selection and international human resource development. In his corporate career, David initially worked as an organizational and human resource consultant for Crowe Horvath.  He then held successive HR leadership roles at Amoco/BP, Kaiser Aluminum, Capital One, and ConAgra Foods. As a senior HR leader, David built and led large human resource teams across multiple, global locations.  He also partnered with senior leaders to design and lead initiatives in strategic planning, leadership development, team building, and international expansion.  His international experience includes projects in Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore.  David teaches leadership and management in the Executive and Professional Boise State MBA programs and serves as an executive coach in the Executive MBA Program.  He also consults with companies throughout southern Idaho on leadership and team development.David holds a BA in Communications and Education from Western Colorado University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  He completed the Leading Change Program at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, the HR Development Program at the University of Michigan, and the Coaching Program at New Ventures West.

Shift Into Thrive
Dr. Lynn Schmidt, Micron

Women around the world are using resilience-building strategies to thrive in the face of career challenges. These six powerful strategies combined with practical action steps will enable you to create a career accompanied by growth, success, and satisfaction. Attend this session to find out which resiliency strategies you need to strengthen to increase your career satisfaction. You will take a brief assessment to determine your resiliency needs and leave with at least one action that you can take immediately to increase your resiliency.

Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience as a global talent management and organization development leader in large organizations across multiple industries including telecommunications, technology, finance, aerospace and defense, and healthcare.  She has more than 15 years of experience as an executive coach and has coached executive, mid-level, and frontline leaders. Lynn is currently the Director of Global Executive and Leadership Development for Micron. She is a sought-after key-note speaker and the author of four books.  Her most recent book is the award-winning Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.

Speaking with Strength
Jess Flynn, Red Sky

Your vision, your voice and your ability to communicate both at a moment’s notice are key to success in business and leadership. While technology has enabled you to connect with anyone, anywhere and at any time – your message and your delivery matter more than ever.  Jess Flynn will share tips and techniques to sharpen your public speaking skills whether one-on-one or with a group of 100-plus.

Jess Flynn prides herself on being a seed sower, narrator and connector.  As CEO of the strategic communication agency Red Sky, she leads a team in creating and sharing stories that matter. Jess founded Red Sky in 2008 after a career in journalism and a stint leading global communications for Tamarack Resort. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a news producer in Boise, Austin, and Pittsburgh, where she was honored with an Emmy. At Red Sky, Jess provides strategy and ideation across the client portfolio and leads the agency’s executive training programs. She’s passionate about supporting women in leadership, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and telling the stories of Idaho.

What are you famous for? How to reinvent your personal brand.
Melinda O’Malley Keckler, Boise State University

The biggest brands in the world all have one thing in common – they adhere to a unique brand promise and aim to deliver on it everyday. As individuals, are we taking the same care with our own brand and personal connections? This session unveils the tangible tools to some of the best branding techniques available for individuals or for organizations. Go ahead, reinvent yourself. This session can help make it happen.

Melinda manages the strategy, planning, development and implementation of top-level marketing initiatives to support and promote the Boise State University brand. She also serves on the university’s brand committee which oversees brand alignment for all campus partners and academic units. Prior to arriving at Boise State in 2008, Melinda held multiple positions in the communications and marketing realms including as strategic communications manager in a Boise public relations agency, and as a spokesperson and public information officer for the Idaho Department of Correction. Prior to that, for 15 years she was an anchor, reporter and executive producer at televisions stations in Boise and Spokane, WA and she has worked extensively as a media training consultant. She has a BA in communications from Washington State University. Melinda also is a mom to two kids and celebrating 25 years of marriage this year.

Women Supporting Women through Life Stages
Jerri MizrahiBoise State University

“Other women are not my competition. I stand with them, not against them.” (unknown)

There has been increased awareness around biases.  In many of the sessions that I lead, we find that women also carry bias against other females by questioning their ability, legitimacy and worth. The concept of inclusive excellence is the recognition that a community or organization’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the richness of its’ members in the community.  This interactive session is designed to provide a forum and opportunity for women to identify the different needs at various ages and stages within their lives and careers and ways women can help other women to:  Get past insecurity • Find their voice • Serve as a one-minute mentor  • Balance work and life needs  • Support one another in meetings  • Navigate career and life challenges and opportunities: early career, work/life, finding voice, growing into your own style, taking ownership, mid-life, leadership, creating and leaving legacy, co-mentoring, co-creating and co-learning

Jerri is the Learning & Organizational Development Manager at Boise State University, since 2004. She provides coaching, counseling, and organizational development, consultation, and design services. She also serves as a transformational coach and organizational consultant, mediator and facilitator in a private practice with over 25 years’ experience. She has developed and facilitated multiple programs, specializing in communication, strategic planning, organizational development, change management, team effectiveness, work group consultation and team-intervention.