March 29, 2018 | Quad Cities | Waterfront Convention Center + Isle of Capri Bettendorf

Quad Cities Conference

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Featuring Emmy-award winning journalist

Tamron Hall 


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The Speakers

who Educate, Challenge AND Inspire!

Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

Award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall has been the host of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on Investigation Discovery since September 2013. The series, now in its fifth season, takes an in-depth look at crimes that shocked the nation.

Tamron was part of the NBC News team as a co-host of the third hour of NBC News’ TODAY and the anchor of MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall. She received the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard News in Network Television for her segment on domestic violence as part of TODAY’s “Shine A Light” series. She has also hosted several special reports for MSNBC and NBC News including “Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011, and she served as a correspondent for the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010.

 Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Tamron spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of the three-hour Fox News in the Morning program.

Tamron was the recipient of Temple University’s prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award in 2010 and in 2015, was appointed to Temple’s Board of Trustees. She is involved with several charitable organizations that strive to end homelessness and illiteracy, as well as others that fight domestic abuse. She has been recognized by Day One, a New York-based advocacy group for victims of domestic violence, for her work and support of their efforts. Most recently, Tamron launched The Tamron Renate Fund with Safe Horizon in honor of her sister to help victims and families affected by domestic violence. In addition, Tamron is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.


Tamron is a native of Luling, Texas, and she holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.

Sarah Cronk

Sarah Cronk

Student Track Speaker

Sarah Cronk is the founder of The Sparkle Effect, a national nonprofit organization that creates cheerleading and dance programs that bring together students with and without disabilities. Since 2009, The Sparkle Effect has generated over 200 teams that directly impact over 10,000 students. Sarah’s work with The Sparkle Effect has appeared in numerous national news and media outlets, including PeopleMagazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and NBC Nightly News. Sarah graduated from Whitman College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. In addition to serving on The Sparkle Effect’s Board of Directors, Sarah works as a marketing strategist for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and serves on the board for the National Inclusion Project.



Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a TEDx speaker, Huff Post blogger and the country’s leading male expert on advancing women and engaging men. Jeffery is President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company. He has extensive knowledge of the consumer package goods, retail, food service and hospitality industries and is sought after speaker at industry forums and corporate programs. Jeffery is the author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men and Selling to Men, Selling to Women.


Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls

Best-Selling Author Of The Glass Castle, one of the most highly anticipated major motion pictures of 2017, in theaters now! 

From the pages of her #1 New York Times best-selling book and the critically-acclaimed recently released film, Jeannette Walls moves you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage in the face of new and longstanding fears, and reveals how our weaknesses can be our greatest strengths.

A celebrated author, Jeannette is best known for her best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle,  which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, in August 2017, her inspiring story was brought to the big screen in one of the most highly-anticipated major motion pictures of the year starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette.

On stage, Jeannette takes audiences inside her resilient journey in pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination in overcoming unimaginable obstacles.

Audiences are captivated as she reveals bittersweet anecdotes from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges. With an unforgettable story of triumph over unrelenting adversity, Jeannette inspires the realization that we're all stronger than we think, leaving listeners emboldened to face the "demons" in their lives.



Additional Information

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Jeffery Tobias Halter Keynote Handouts

In case you missed any of the handouts from Jeffery Tobias Halter's powerful keynote address we've attached them below for your convenience.

Advocating for Women

Women Championing Women

Father of a Daughter Initiative



7:15 - 8 a.m.

CEO Forum Registration (invite only)

Continental breakfast

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Conference Registration


Continental breakfast and networking

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakout Session, "Women Leading for the Future" featuring former Iowa Senator Maggie Tinsman

Open to all attendees. No registration necessary. 

8 - 9 a.m.

CEO Forum | Speaker: Jeffery Tobias Halter

Tiffany O'Donnell | CEO, IWLC

Rob Woodall | Director of Global Plant Operations GRP, Arconic

9:15 a.m.

Conference Opening Remarks


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote | Speaker: Jeanette Walls

10:30 - 11 a.m.


Feel free to use this time to visit the exhibitors and vendors, or network with those around you. 


11 a.m. - Noon

Keynote | Speaker: Jefferey Tobias Halter 

12:10 - 1 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

*Student Track Attendees join general conference lunch

Exhibitors / Vendors open

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Panel: Jefferey Tobias Halter, moderator 

Tiffany O'Donnell |  CEO, IWLC

Rob Woodall | Director of Global Plant Operations GRP, Arconic

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Short break

Exhibitors and visitors open

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote | Speaker: Tamron Hall

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn: Tiffany O'Donnell | CEO, IWLC

Student Track Agenda

Register online here!

10:45 - 11 a.m.

Student Track Registration

11 a.m. - Noon

"Achieving Your Leadership Goals: Planning for the Future" 

Michel Pontarelli, University of Iowa MBA Program and Student Track Committee

12:10 - 1 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

with General Conference attendees, exhibitors and vendors open

1:10 - 2:15 p.m.

College Track Keynote Speaker:  Sarah Cronk, Founder of The Sparkle Effect

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Short Break

Exhibitors and vendors open


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote | Speaker: Tamron Hall

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Tiffany O'Donnell | CEO, IWLC

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 Quad Cities attendees have two scholarship opportunities for the March 29, 2018 conference:


Application for Conference Professional Track scholarship

Application for Conference Student Track scholarship 


2018 IWLC Quad Cities Exhibit Space

Register online here!

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 Northwest Iowa and beyond to more than 400+ 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 not an indication 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.

All exhibits include one 3 x 8 ft. skirted table, two chairs, one wastebasket and one small table sign. Registration includes one complementary boxed lunch. Additional lunches may be purchased if needed for $15/lunch. Once payment is received, exhibitors will receive a complete packet of information with all parking, venue entry and set up information.


Business Exhibitors - $325 Early Bird Rate (Now through Feb. 15, 2018); $375 Late Rate

Nonprofit Exhibitors - $225 Early Bird Rate (Now through Feb. 15, 2018); $275 Late Rate

Box lunches will also be available for purchase for $15 each.

Register online at the UI Center for Conferences. 

Download the Registration Form

 *This should link to the new 2018 Exhibitor registration form, attached to the email.


Conference Registration is available online at the UI Center for Conferences. 

If this is the first time you have registered on-line with the Center for Conferences you will not have a log-in ID or password until you create your account. Clink on the line "create an account" and proceed. If you have questing regarding this process, please contact UICC at: 800-551-9020 or 319-335-4141.

Conference Only

Early Bird Registration (now until Feb. 19, 2018): $185 per person

Early Bird Registration for a group of 8: $1450

Regular Rate (beginning on Feb. 20): $200 per person

Regular Rate for a group of 8: $1600 


Athena Awards Dinner Only

Early Bird Registration (now until Feb. 19, 2018): $85 per person

Early Bird Registration for a group of 8: $680

Regular Rate (beginning on Feb. 20): $100 per person

Regular Rate for a group of 8: $800


Conference + Athena Awards Dinner 

Early Bird Registration (now until Feb. 19, 2018): $250 per person

Early Bird Registration for a group of 8: $2000

Regular Rate (beginning on Feb. 20): $275 per person

Regular Rate for a group of 8: $2200 



If this is the first time you have registered online with Center for Conferences you will not have a log-in ID or password until you create your account. Click on the line "create an account" and proceed. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact UICC at the numbers listed below. 


Register online for the Student Track at the UI Center for Conferences with the IWLC Student Track Option. If you would prefer manual registration, please print this form and mail it to 


200 1st St. SE

Suite 2100

Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52401



Student Track Conference Registration Fees

Individual Student Registration

$99 per student


Tables of Eight Students Registration

$792 per Table of Eight


Don't miss this special offer for Student Track registrations!

STUDENT ADVISORS: Buy 7 student registrations & get YOUR REGISTRATION free!

7 students + 1 advisor = $693 for the table (normally $792 for table).


Please note: If you are a conference attendee who would like to attend the dinner, please add the dinner ticket to your conference registration when you are registering online or by paper. If you are an individual who would like to purchase a dinner ticket without attending the conference, please use the Dinner ONLY registration form or the Dinner ONLY registration website to register. Conference Attendees should not register for the Dinner on the Dinner ONLY registration page.


Register online for the both the Athena Awards Dinner and the Conference here.


Register online for just the Athena Awards Dinner (for non-conference attendees only) here.


If you don't want to register online you may access the forms below and follow the directions to submit. 

Mail the Registration Form or Student Registration Form to:

The University of Iowa

Center for Conferences

250 CEF

Iowa City, IA 52242-0907


Phone: 1.800.551.9029  or 319.335.4141

Fax: 319.335.4039


Download the Professional Track registration form (includes Dinner Registration for Conference attendees), the Student Track registration form, and the Athena Awards Dinner Only registration form here. (these three links need to be changed to link to the new Quad Cities forms that were sent along with this document once they are uploaded to the IWLC site)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the University of Iowa Center for Conferences at 1 800 551 9029.  The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. 

Refund Policy

If registration for this event is cancelled on or before Tuesday, March 20th, the registration fee will be refunded less a $30 handling fee for individual registrations. No refunds can be made for later notification. Substitutions are allowed if received on or before Monday, March 26th. There will be no refunds for Table of Ten cancellations. 

GENERAL Continuing Education Units

The University of Iowa is an approved provider for General CEUs for this program. The number of CEU’s will be determined closer to the conference, once the schedule has been finalized. 10 Content Hours = 1 CEU. An additional fee of $10.00 is required.

2018 Quad Cities Steering Committee

Cathy EdwardsEdwards Creative
Regina Haddock, Dress for Success Quad Cities
Sharon Holmes, Arconic
Todd Hopkins, Lexus of Quad Cities
Tiffany O'Donnell, IWLC
Jan Pomije, Lexus of Quad Cities
Michele Pontarelli, University of Iowa Professional MBA Program in the Quad Cities
Mikhayla Schmaltz, Galaxy 1
Deanna Woodall, IWLC

IWLC is proud to have the following people serve on our Quad Cities Endorsement Council:

American Bank


DMW Design

Dress for Success Quad Cities

Edwards Creative Services

Estes Construction


Frontier Hospitality

Galaxy 1 Marketing

Glynn’s Creek/V’s Golf Shop

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union

Isle of Capri/Waterfront Convention Center

iWireless Center

Langan Design Intervention

Lexus of Quad Cities

Lockhard/The Hawkeye Group

Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Molyneaux Insurance

Northwest Bank & Trust

Palmer College of Chiropractic


Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Quad Cities River Bandits

Quad City Bank & Trust

Rhythm City Casino Resort

River Bend Foodbank

River City Tire

Russell Construction

Smart Toyota of Quad Cities


Total Solutions

Trinity Foundation

UnityPoint Health-Trinity

University of Iowa MBA Program Quad Cities

Walcott Trust

Western Illinois University


Vermillion Development

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