1st Annual Lean In Conference Coming in March


The first annual Lean In Conference is coming to the Bridge View Center next month.

Greater Ottumwa Partners In Progress (GOPIP) says it’s a regional event coming that will take place on March 8th.

GOPIP describes Lean In as a diversity, equity, and inclusion event centered upon women, and passing the strength and wisdom of current women in leadership to those who will succeed them. GOPIP chose March 8th as the date of the conference for its significance as International Women’s Day. This is a day of celebration, as women have fought to be treated equally at work, at home, and in their communities. With this event, their voices will uplift, inspire, and engage future generations.

The event will feature several breakout sessions with messages from Holly Bolton of 3chord Marketing, Sandra Trejo-Wirfs of IowaWORKS, Liz Nead, Dawn Oliver-Wind, President and CEO of Iowa Women’s Foundation, Pastor Diane Kroger of Second Baptist Church (Ottumwa and Des Moines), Sonia Reyes of Iowa Department of Human Rights, Sister Irene Munoz, Lindsey Newland of The Newland Company, and Jessie McQuerry, Leadership Iowa and Programs Director of Iowa ABI.

Additionally, a lunch panel to discuss “Overcoming the Past to Be the Future” will feature a conversation with Michelle Cook, CEO of Food Bank of Iowa, Carrie Dodds, Vice President of Broker Services with Iowa Corn, Billie Rhamy, Talent Brand Manager of Vermeer Corporation, and Carol Webb, City Administrator for the City of Muscatine.

Finally, Lean In will feature a morning keynote address from self-proclaimed word nerd Holly Bolton, who has served in a variety of marketing, business development, and corporate communications roles for architecture and engineering firms. She has also written for Urban Land Online and is co-author of the book A/E/C Marketing Fundamentals. The Spotlight Keynote will be from award-winning humor author Jenny Lawson, listed as one of the top 50 most powerful mom-bloggers, top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes, and a multiple-time finalist for weblog, and web blog of the year. Her memoir debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, and her book “Furiously Happy…” became an instant New York Times Best Seller in 2015.

“This is an amazing opportunity for women in leadership in Iowa. It will be a fun, educational, and network opportunity to find your circle and lean in.” GOPIP wants Lean In to be all-inclusive and encourages men to come and support the women of our region.” GOPIP Director of Investor Relations and Chair of the Lean In event Shea Greiner

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and at the Bridge View Center box office at 102 Church St. in Ottumwa, IA. Corporate discounts for bulk ticket buys can be purchased by calling the Greater Ottumwa Partners In Progress office at 641-682-3465.

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