April 10 - 11, 2019 | Cedar Rapids | DoubleTree Convention Center

Corridor Conference

2018 Conference Video Recap

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Rockwell Collins

2019 Presenting Sponsor

The Speakers

2018 Speakers

Christopher Carfi, Director of Content Marketing, GoDaddy

Christopher Carfi, Director of Content Marketing, GoDaddy

Christopher Carfi heads up global content marketing for GoDaddy. Over his career, he spent nearly ten years as part of the advanced technology group at Andersen Consulting/Accenture; has headed up product, marketing, and product marketing groups at a number of early stage companies, has been a startup founder; and was part of the early team at Ant’s Eye View, which was acquired by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He joined GoDaddy in 2014. He holds a degree in computer science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon, is originally from Chicago, and currently lives in Silicon Valley with his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @ccarfi.


Courtney Smock, Senior Organizational Development Specialist, Rockwell Collins

Courtney Smock, Senior Organizational Development Specialist, Rockwell Collins

Courtney Smock works full-time as an Senior Organizational Development Specialist at Rockwell Collins.

In her career, Courtney has gained value business experience leading organizational change.  Change management has allowed her to hone her ability to quickly assess business needs, confidently and appropriately challenge business leaders, and drive the right actions for teams working complex programs. Courtney began her career in training and process facilitation. Her facilitation skills are characterized by a unique combination of high energy and deep subject matter expertise.  She is a confident, direct, and funny. As such, she excels at creating a safe space for the exchange of ideas, helping teams plan and manage their work and create accountability for real change.

Courtney has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.  She received her coaching certification through the IPEC organization. She also has been certified to train content from DDI, Linkage, TMBC, and the Matrix Management Institute.

She lives in Coggon with her husband and three teenagers. 

Daniel Clark, Director of CNS Engineering, Rockwell Collins

Daniel Clark, Director of CNS Engineering, Rockwell Collins

As director of CNS Engineering at Rockwell Collins in Melbourne, Florida, Daniel Clark has seen firsthand how a workplace profits from diverse perspectives. If you want to hire the best people, it makes no sense to overlook half the population.

While striving to nurture talent in a gender-inclusive environment, Dan has mentored women, hired the first female department manager in the history of the Rockwell Collins Melbourne location and served as executive sponsor for the Women’s Forum. In 2016, he was honored to receive the Rockwell Collins Women’s Forum Male Advocate Award.

In his personal life, Dan also strives to empower girls to consider careers in STEM by volunteering with community organizations including Girl Scouts, First Lego League and coding clubs. He hopes his efforts are part of a larger societal change that will allow his two daughters never to feel their gender is an issue in the workforce.

Dr. Linda E. Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Dr. Linda E. Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Linda E. Ginzel has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial
psychology and executive development. Recent interest is focused on what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage,
wisdom and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead. In 2000 President Clinton awarded her a President's
Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. She is also the
two-time recipient of the James S. Kemper Jr. Grant in Business Ethics.

In addition to her responsibilities at Chicago Booth, Ginzel is the president of Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety. She also served as director of the Consumer's
Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. She is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science,
as well as a member of the Academy of Management.

Ginzel received her bachelor's degree with distinction and Summa Cum Laude in psychology from the University of Colorado
in 1984. She studied experimental social psychology at Princeton University where she earned a Master's degree in 1986
and a PhD in 1989. While working on her PhD, she also worked as senior consultant in training and development for Mutual
of New York's Group Pensions and Operations Center. Ginzel has taught at the Kellogg School of Management at
Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She received the 2011 Faculty
Excellence Award, the Inaugural Global Hillel Einhorn Teaching Award in 2013 and was named an Impact Professor by the
class of 2014.

Ginger Zee, Chief Meteorologist, ABC News

Ginger Zee, Chief Meteorologist, ABC News

Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist at ABC News. You see her covering the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning America and across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms.  Ginger has also been very candid about her very personal, crippling battle with depression, writing the book,  Natural Disaster:  I Cover Them.  I Am One.”

Zee also hosts an ABC News original digital series, Food Forecast, focused on climate and its impact on agriculture. Ginger has covered almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms for the past fifteen years—from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy; from the Colorado floods and wildfires to the aftermath of tornadoes all over the nation, but most memorably those in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma; and from blizzards in Boston to record-breaking heat in Death Valley. She not only shares her passion for meteorology but, more important, presents the human side of these storms. Having storm-chased since college, Ginger has a genuine passion for the atmosphere and a dedication to getting young people interested in science. She lends her voice to Dr. Zephyr Skye, the storm-chasing alien of Disney Junior’s hit show Miles from Tomorrowland. Additionally, Ginger and her husband, Ben Aaron, star in Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger on DIY Network.  

The Emmy Award-winning meteorologist attended Valparaiso University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. She served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater from 2008 to 2011. Ginger also holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. She resides in New York City with her husband and son.


Jackie Pelland, Principal Organizational Development Consultant, Rockwell Collins

Jackie Pelland, Principal Organizational Development Consultant, Rockwell Collins

Jackie Pelland is the strategic mastermind of leadership development at Rockwell Collins. She designs leadership and performance programs that set corporate culture on its ear. Jackie draws on 25 years of experience in the leadership and organizational development field to create new ways of helping managers and employees cut through their bad habits and limiting beliefs to discover their best performance. 

At Rockwell Collins, she is a frequent speaker at leadership conferences and stars in her own video series of tiny leadership lessons called "Jack Chat." Most recently, she co-led a successful effort to transform the employee-manager relationship by replacing traditional performance ratings and reviews with an approach of frequent, quality conversations. 
Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is the former Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship publication plus 109 local news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Arizona Republic, and Des Moines Register

Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. While at the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the paper’s Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Lipman is a frequent public speaker and has appeared as a commentator on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, PBS and other networks.  Her work has been published by outlets including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review. She is co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the acclaimed music memoir Strings Attached.

A winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications, Lipman is also a member of the Yale University Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an International Media Leader for the World Economic Forum as well as a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Truth, Media and Democracy. She sits on boards including Spirited Media, the World Editors Forum, Yale Daily News and the advisory boards of Breastcancer.org and the Yale School of Music. She and her husband live in New York City and are the parents of two children.

Mark Polking, Senior Director, Employee Services & Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Impact Network, Transamerica

Mark Polking, Senior Director, Employee Services & Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Impact Network, Transamerica

Mark Polking joined Transamerica in 2001 and has held various leadership positions
with the company. Mark recently joined the Human Resources team where he is responsible for all HR operations.
Mark’s passion is development and coaching of others so he desired to join Human Resources where he could have a broader impact on Transamerica employees. Mark previously was a Senior Director with Transamerica's  tax team from 2001-2013, Internal Audit
Director from 2013-2016 and Head of In Control from 2016-2017.

Prior to joining Transamerica, Mark worked in public and private accounting in both Chicago and Minneapolis focused on taxation for insurance companies. Mark received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Taxation from DePaul University. Mark is a licensed CPA.

Oather Taylor, III; Director of Recruitment & Diversity at Alliant Energy

Oather Taylor, III; Director of Recruitment & Diversity at Alliant Energy

Oather Taylor is Director of Recruitment & Diversity for Alliant Energy, transitioning into this role in March 2016. He has been with Alliant Energy for 17 years and his prior roles include Director of Security, Facilities & Continuity of Operations, and Director of Gas Engineering and Operations Support. Before joining Alliant Energy, Oather spent 14 years in the Oil, Petrochemical & Chemical industries in various engineering and management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. 

Oather is a board member of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, serving on their Executive Committee. He co-chairs the Iowa Energy Workforce Consortium, and the Madison (WI) Regional Economic Partnership’s Labor & Diversity Committee. Oather serves on the Sector Partnership Leadership Council in Iowa and is a board member of Corridor Women Connect. Oather has served as President of the Board of Directors for the African American Museum of Iowa, and also served on The Board of Trustees for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art as a member of their Executive Committee and chair of the Buildings Committee. Oather was a Loaned Executive to United Way in 2005.

Oather is the co-founder and former Chair of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Employee Resource Group Consortium (ERGC) and is the Executive Sponsor of the Alliant Energy (IPL) Multicultural Network ERG.

Scott Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACT

Scott Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACT

Scott Montgomery is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACT. He leads ACT’s team that works with state and federal lawmakers, national organizations, and industry leaders seeking opportunities to build partnerships and alliances, develop policy recommendations, and address national reform efforts that support college and career readiness for all individuals. Prior to joining ACT, Montgomery served as deputy executive director at the Council of Chief State School Officers, in Washington, DC where he directed the offices of member services, policy, advocacy, and communications. Among his most high profile projects, he provided overall leadership for CCSSO’s Common Core State Standards Initiative. He
is a native Arizonan and proud alumnus of Arizona State University. Scott lives in Coralville with his wife Shari and their three sons.

Additional Information

Explore all the conference has to offer

7 - 8:30 a.m.

CEO Forum (invitation only) 

7 - 8:30 a.m.


8 - 8:30 a.m.

Student Track Welcome & Orientation - Student Track attendees only 

8:45 a.m.

Conference Opening Remarks 

9 - 10 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Joanne Lipman, Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Break / Marketplace 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Courtney Smock, Senior Organizational Development Specialist at Rockwell Collins
  • Daniel Clark, Director of CNS Engineering at Rockwell Collins
  • Jackie Pelland, Principal Organizational Development Consultant  at Rockwell Collins
  • Dr. Linda E. Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Oather Taylor, III; Director of Recruitment & Diversity at Alliant Energy
  • Scott Montgomery; Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACT


11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Networking Lunch / Marketplace

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Carfi, Director of Global Content Marketing at GoDaddy

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Break / Marketplace

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Ginger Zee, Chief Meteorologist for ABC News and Good Morning America 

3:45 - 4 p.m.

Closing & Conference Adjournment

4 - 4:30 p.m.

Student Track Session Wrap-Up - Student Track attendees only

Last chance to visit the Marketplace 

IWLC Student Track 

IWLC's Student Track programs are designed to assist aspiring young women to take a meaningful step on their leadership journey and learn more about women’s leadership and career preparation. As a conference attendee, undergraduate students have access to locally and nationally known women leaders with invaluable expertise and an opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals within their own community.  

IWLC is committed to providing the right development opportunities, leadership programs and education to give aspiring young women a chance to own their success. 

They will meet as a cohort for orientation before the program, attend general conference programming, then meet at the end of the day to share takeaways.


Student Track Conference Registration Fees

Individual Student Registration: $99/student 

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 9 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table 

IWLC is committed to making our events accessible to as many individuals as possible -- and the IWLC Scholarship Program exists to make that happen. Applicants are eligible to receive a one-time scholarship to attend an IWLC event. Once a scholarship has been awarded, individuals are not eligible for future scholarships.

IWLC Eastern Iowa Conference attendees have two scholarship opportunities for the April 2018 conference:

Application for Conference Professional Track scholarship


Application for Student Track scholarship 


General Application Notes: Application materials received after the above posted scholarship deadlines will not be considered. Application forms must be individually submitted for each event.

Email all application materials to: scholarships@iwlcleads.org


Sponsored by: Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust 


Iowa Women Lead Change is intentional about ensuring our programming is relevant to diverse communities.  We are working to ensure our speakers and topics address the challenges and opportunities in a diverse workforce.  In order to do that, we are reaching out to those who offer a diversity of thought regardless of financial ability to attend the conference.  

Diversity & Inclusion Student Application

For more information:

 Phone: 319-573-0667.

Email: scholarships@iwlcleads.org

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to support the IWLC Scholarship Program, please send your personal or business check, payable to IWLC, to:


Alliant Tower

200 First Street SE Suite 2100

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Exhibit Space Available

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to market exclusively to women.

Exhibiting at IWLC is:

  • a great way to showcase women-centric companies and organizations in Eastern Iowa and beyond to more than 900+ women
  • a great way for attendees to learn about companies and nonprofit organizations that market to and provide services to women

IWLC reserves the right to select exhibitors based on interest and content for our conference participants. An exhibitor is not guaranteed a spot at the conference until it receives confirmation from the IWLC Exhibit Committee. Automated registration confirmation from the UI Center for Conferences is does not indicate that the exhibitor has been guaranteed a spot. Iowa-based companies and organizations, as well as previous exhibitors, will receive preference when exhibit location is determined.

Thank you to our 2018 Corridor Conference Exhibitors!

  • 5050 in 2020
  • ACT
  • Basket Bowtique Inc.
  • Cindy's Boutique
  • Dollup Beauty
  • Employee and Family Resources
  • Especially for You
  • Evergreen Estates
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa
  • GoDaddy
  • Hands in Harmony
  • Iowa City Downtown District
  • Iowa Quality Center
  • Iowa Women's Foundation
  • Journey to Paradise Travel
  • Junior League of CR
  • Kaplan University
  • League of Women Voters
  • LimeLight By Alcone - Cindy Lee LLC
  • Lionne Designs
  • LipSense by SeneGence
  • Michelle Havener State Farm Insurance
  • MODE
  • Mount Mercy University
  • NAMI
  • Noonday Collections
  • Northtowne Cycling and Fitness
  • Olive's Oil
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Purdue University Global 
  • Riverview Center
  • Roxy & Lola
  • The Dostal House
  • The University of Iowa
  • Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
  • Transamerica
  • UFG Insurance 
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Waldorf University
  • Wellness Within You
  • WineShopAtHome
  • WRITTEN Apparell
  • Youth for Understanding

Exhibitor Options 

Booth Exhibitors: $225

  • 10’ x 10’ Booth
  • Includes signage, pipe & drape, 8-foot table, two chairs, & wastebasket

Premium Table Exhibitors: $225

  • Located in the first three rows by the hallway where all conference attendees pass to make their way from registration into the main conference hall
  • 8’ Table
  • Includes two chairs, pipe and drape behind, table top sign, wastebasket

 Business Table Exhibitor: $175

  • 8’ Table
  • Includes two chairs, pipe and drape behind, table top sign, wastebasket

 Nonprofit Table Exhibitors: $150

  • 8’ Table
  • Includes two chairs, pipe and drape behind, table top sign, wastebasket

Individual Registration

Early Bird Rate (Dec. 17 - March 1): $525 per person 

Regular Rate (after March 1): $550 per person 

Tables of Ten 

Early Bird Rate (Dec. 17 - March 1): $5,250 per Table of Ten 

Regular Rate (after March 1): $5,500 per Table of Ten 

*Reserved seating will only be available for Complimentary Sponsor Seats and Groups of 10. Groups of 10 will have a reserved table with their company name. Seating is not reserved for the Networking Luncheon. 

Student Track Conference Registration Fees

Individual Student Registration: $99/student 

Table of Ten Students Registration: $990 

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 9 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

9 students + 1 advisor = $891 for the table 

2018 Eastern Iowa Steering Committee

Cristiane AbouAssaly, Bankers Trust

Amy Clefisch, Rockwell Collins

Darci Dorfler, Rockwell Collins, Conference Steering Committee Chair

Brenda Koppes, Farm Credit Services of America 

Andrea McVay, Bankers Trust

Anna Milbach, US Bank

Cindy Nodorft, Transamerica

Tiffany O'Donnell, IWLC

Nichole Rinholen, Lil' Drug 

Leah Rodenberg, Alliant Energy

Jenn Smith, ACT

Heather Wild, US Bank 

2018 Endorsement Council

Lydia Brown, Ryan Companies

Lee Clancey, Former Mayor City of Cedar Rapids

Pat Deignan, President, Bankers Trust

Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority 

Laurie Hamen, President, Mount Mercy University

Larry Helling, President, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust 

Lura McBride, CEO, Van Meter Inc.

Lindsay McGrath, General Manager, McGrath Automotive 

Linda Mattes, Vice President Energy Delivery, Alliant Energy

Sen. Liz Mathis, State Senator

Kate Minette, Retired, Senior Vice President of Scoring, Pearson

Ambassador Sally Novetske, Former U.S. Ambassador to Malta 

Lon Olejniczak, 1st & 10 Consulting

Mary Ann Osborne, Vice President, UnityPoint Health   

Anne Parmley, Managing Director, National Assessment Services, Pearson

Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids

Nancy Quellhorst, University of Iowa Foundation 

Randy Ramlo, Chairman and CEO, UFG 

“The range of businesses represented at the conference is huge. There are sole proprietorships; there are Fortune 500 companies. You can go to the conference and learn from people in all different walks of life. Gaining contacts, gaining insights, gaining new ideas, and learning new ways to think about things – new perspectives – was just groundbreaking for me.”


“IWLC has an annual Eastern Iowa conference. The speakers, the information, the motivation and inspiration of other successful women have made a difference for me professionally.”


"The IWLC conferences reinforce and reenergize my confidence and desire to face any challenge, succeed, and aim for my goals. Each speaker has their own inspiring, wonderful story. I have opportunities to network with women with diverse career and industry backgrounds."


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