Engaging Women Conference 2022

Engaging Women Conference 2022

May 19

Student Center
Rice Commons
Thursday, May. 19 SOLD OUT - Waitlist Available

Julie Wainwright

Engaging Women 2022: Remarkably Resilient
A One-Day Conference Exclusively for Women

Join us for the region's 7th annual premiere women's conference,
which will feature nationally recognized keynote speaker Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal

Thursday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Saint Mary's College | Student Center | Campus Map and Parking

This one-day conference includes dynamic women leaders sharing positive, inspiring, and unifying messages through personal insights and experience. There are focused tracks for career development, entrepreneurship, technology, and health/wellness. The Engaging Women Conference supports the SPARK Program of the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative of Saint Mary's College, a business accelerator for under-resourced women.

Early-bird Registration: $150
Registration after May 3: $200 

Use promo code WHISTORY to receive the special $99 rate for Women's History Month! Good until March 31.

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. - Student Center Atrium

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. - Rice Commons 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. - Rice Commons
Fireside Chat with Julie Wainwright

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session One:

+“Wired for Resilience” - Earley Rooms E and F

Norma Williams, CEO and Founder of Excellence by Design, LLC

This Workshop will be geared to understanding that our journey is viewed through the lens of our internal wiring. If you don't know how you are wired, you can/will miss opportunities to grow, recover, discover and live the best you available. The Resilient You.

+“Building Mental Fortitude” - Vander Vennet Theatre

Bethany Hartley, Chief Strategy Officer of the South Bend | Elkhart Regional Partnership

In a time when it feels like most things are out of our control, we’re going to focus on dialing in what is within our control: our mental resilience. In this workshop, we will explore how to build personal systems to actively live our lives, instead of life happening to us. We will walk through real-world examples and complete activities that will equip you with processes, books, and other resources to make you more mentally resilient! This workshop is perfect for individuals who already know they want to shift their mindset or dramatically change their lives.

+“SOAR in All Aspects of Your Life” - Rice Commons

Duane Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County

This workshop will help you reset, refocus, and become a resilient force for achieving both the amazing and the unexpected. Participants will be introduced to a process that invites self-discovery and goal setting. Participants will be able to define what success means to them and strategize a path to success to have satisfaction in both their personal and professional life.

+“Leaning into Strategic Resilience” - West Wing Dining Hall

Ramal Taylor, CEO of Millenia Strategies and Founder of Bright Beginnings Childcare

There are two very important skills necessary to be successful in business and life. Strategy and Resilience! In this workshop, I will share how I applied strategic resilience in my life to turn $4,000 into a 7 figure business and give you my framework to explore how it can work for you.

11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Lunch - Dining Hall

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Panel: - Dining Hall
"Be Bold, Be Courageous: Leading with Resilience"

  • Facilitator:
    • Tricia Sloma, News Anchor and Reporter for WNDU-TV
  • Panelists:
    • Andrea Short, President of 1st Source Bank
    • Maureen Mitchell, Regional Vice President of Meijer
    • Cristal Brisco, Judge for St. Joseph County Superior Court
    • Karrah Herring, Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity Officer for the State of Indiana

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session Two:

+“BRAVE: Building Resilience And Vocational Expertise” - Vander Vennet Theatre

Dr. Angela Logan, Associate Teaching Professor and the St. Andre Bessette Academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame

The past few years have been hard for all of us, but especially for those who are just beginning their professional careers. How can you plan for your future when it feels like the world is on fire? Learn tips and strategies to help you navigate your professional and personal worlds with grace and resilience in the midst of global uncertainty.

+“Prioritized Upward Spiral” - Rice Commons

Michelle Kuehn, Director of Enrollment and Community Relations for The Stanley Clark School

Empower yourself to make small changes to the daily routine. Glean best practices from professional development and leverage a growth mindset to take calculated risks. Hear how one servant leader prioritizes the cumulative upward spiral within a stand-alone, not-for-profit organization, while striving for balance between work and home.

+“Reset, Restore & Resilience: Moving from Surviving to Thriving” - West Wing Dining Hall

Nicole Williams, CEO of Rhythm to You, LLC

Our R3 (Reset, Restore and Resilience) session will provide attendees with a practical framework of social-emotional gains, self-regulation tools and resilience building practices that can help individuals gain more poise and clarity in the face of change, anxiety, frustration and overwhelm in their personal and professional lives. With evidence-based resilience methods, hand drumming/rhythm based and experiential facilitation, our approach is scientific, creative, holistic and transformative.

+“FIRED UP | Amplify Your Inner Girlboss” - Earley Rooms E and F

Jess Koscher, CEO and Founder of Write Connections | strategy + design, LLC

How I turned a bad day into a great life by owning my inner girlboss. This workshop will focus on four essential skills to amplify your girl boss success. First, network like your life depends on it, second monetize your skillset, third know your personal brand, and finally enlist your tribe.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. - Rice Commons
Closing and Giveaways

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. - Rice Commons

Presented by:

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Platinum Sponsor:

1st Source Bank logo

Gold Sponsors:


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Lunch Sponsor:


Barnes & Thornburg Logo

Silver Sponsors:

South Bend | Elkhart Regional Partnership

Write Connections

State of Indiana Office of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity

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Beacon Health System

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