8:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The 2016 Professional Development Day is sponsored by the University of Wyoming at Casper.

Keynote Presentation: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fire Up Your Life! A Journey to Transformation

Donna Hartley has an amazing story…she is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. This is an empowering survival story. Drawing on her three life-threatening events (which all occurred on dates of March 1st) she ignites you with Firepower for your leadership and gives you proven strategies to master transformation in your life. Cry, laugh, and be inspired! She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and former Miss Hawaii. Donna has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC and in The New York Times. She is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition! and Fire Up Your Healing!

More information and videos at http://donnahartley.com.

Opening Remarks: 8:45 a.m.

Arielle Zibrak is assistant professor of English at the University of Wyoming Casper where she teaches courses in English and American Literatures, Literary Theory, and culture and directs the Honors Program. Her writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as online at the LA Review of Books, The Toast, and McSweeney’s. She has presented at national conferences such as the Modern Language Association, the American Language Association, The American Comparative Literature Association, and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She serves on the executive board of the International Edith Wharton Society and the Advisory Board of the Rebecca Harding Davis Archive at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Boston University; prior to that she worked as a book editor at Random House.

Content Speaker: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Epic Leadership Lessons Learned in the Field
Shelli Johnson is an entrepreneur, life and leadership coach, leadership development facilitator, keynote presenter, writer, personal trainer and adventure guide, who lives in Lander, Wyoming. Shelli has coached 115 individual leaders in the last five years (most of them women), and she has learned a lot from these leaders, her work with them, and her own experiences. “Epic Leadership Lessons Learned in the Field” is a high energy, visual presentation that shares what she has learned.

The presentation features beautiful images and unique stories about leadership lessons learned in the wilderness. These stories are metaphors for the skills we need in order to effectively lead, inspire, and live our best life – our Epic Life. The presentation “lights a fire” and inspires leaders to take stock of their life, their individual leadership style, and their impact. 

Shelli Johnson’s current business, which she views more as a movement than a business, is YourEpicLife.com. (Her first business was the Webby Award-winning YellowstonePark.com/ NationalParkTrips.) Shelli lives on the frontier of Wyoming with her husband, Jerry, and their three sons, Wolf, 16, Hayden, 14 and Fin, 9.

Content Speaker: 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Innovation
Leaders tap into the power of human potential. They accept that they alone don’t have all the answers, customer knowledge, and new ideas needed to move an organization forward. The Innovation Process provides business leaders with the necessary steps to turn vision into reality. Are you looking for better methods of doing things? Innovation in the workplace? After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify and encourage Idea Fluency and facilitate the Innovation Process to move possibilities to solutions.

Elissa is the Managing Director and Certified Trainer for Dale Carnegie Training of Central Wyoming.  She works with local businesses across a variety of industries and organizational levels.  Her areas of specialty include developing high-potential employees, energizing cross-functional teams and coordinating the goals and ideas of senior leadership teams.  For the past 18 years, Elissa has designed and delivered professional development workshops, seminars and training programs.  Topics have included improving communication and people skills, developing leadership, establishing management systems/processes, organizational strategic/succession planning, sales training, employee engagement, innovation and presentation effectiveness. In 2009, she created and facilitated a B.O.C.E.S funded Generation Next: Skills for Success Course for NCSD High School students. The program, the first of its kind globally, involved over 400 students over a 4 year period.   Elissa is a Wyoming native, born in Laramie. She married her high school sweetheart, Eric, and they are raising their son and daughter here in Casper – Jordan is a Senior at Kelly Walsh and Haley is a 7th grader at Woods Learning Center.  As a family, they enjoy world travel and spending time together hiking, camping and backpacking the great spaces of Wyoming.

Content Speaker: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Power of the Positive

We cannot control the events that happen to us, but we can control our attitudes, thoughts, and choices. Melissa shares her personal story of overcoming as well as inspiring stories from others she has encountered along her journey.

If you need proven strategies for staying positive in challenging times, the Power of the Positive is an uplifting talk that will leave your team energized and ready to face whatever’s ahead.

About: Melissa Johnson is a grateful Mama, an entrepreneur and business owner, an author and a Professional Encourager. She grew up and has always lived in the heart of the Midwest, but travel calls to her soul. Melissa bakes for a living a cooks to stay sane. She considers kindness, perseverance, and a great sense of humor as some of her greatest gifts.

Content Speaker: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Think Good Thoughts to “Live a Better Life”
As the saying goes, “What you think about comes about.” Charlotte’s presentation promises to enlighten and generate an abundance of ideas on how to “Live a Better Life” by generating more positive emotions like joy, serenity, gratitude, hope and amusement. This engaging presentation will highlight groundbreaking research and stories on the benefits of positive approaches to the way we live and work.

It is no easy task to adjust negative ways of being, but Charlotte shares her personal story that will help attendees see the path to a more positive approach to life and work. With practical tips you can shed those negative emotions and build thriving relationships that can positively impact your work, family and daily life.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DONNA HARTLEY

Keynote Presentation: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fire Up Your Life! A Journey to Transformation

Donna Hartley has an amazing story…she is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. This is an empowering survival story. Drawing on her three life-threatening events (which all occurred on dates of March 1st) she ignites you with Firepower for your leadership and gives you proven strategies to master transformation in your life. Cry, laugh, and be inspired! She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and former Miss Hawaii. Donna has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC and in The New York Times. She is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition! and Fire Up Your Healing!

More information and videos at http://donnahartley.com.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Arielle Zibrak

Arielle Zibrak is assistant professor of English at the University of Wyoming Casper where she teaches courses in English and American Literatures, Literary Theory, and culture and directs the Honors Program. Her writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as online at the LA Review of Books, The Toast, and McSweeney’s. She has presented at national conferences such as the Modern Language Association, the American Language Association, The American Comparative Literature Association, and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She serves on the executive board of the International Edith Wharton Society and the Advisory Board of the Rebecca Harding Davis Archive at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Boston University; prior to that she worked as a book editor at Random House.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

SHELLI JOHNSON

Content Speaker: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Epic Leadership Lessons Learned in the Field
Shelli Johnson is an entrepreneur, life and leadership coach, leadership development facilitator, keynote presenter, writer, personal trainer and adventure guide, who lives in Lander, Wyoming. Shelli has coached 115 individual leaders in the last five years (most of them women), and she has learned a lot from these leaders, her work with them, and her own experiences. “Epic Leadership Lessons Learned in the Field” is a high energy, visual presentation that shares what she has learned. 

The presentation features beautiful images and unique stories about leadership lessons learned in the wilderness. These stories are metaphors for the skills we need in order to effectively lead, inspire, and live our best life – our Epic Life. The presentation “lights a fire” and inspires leaders to take stock of their life, their individual leadership style, and their impact. 

Shelli Johnson’s current business, which she views more as a movement than a business, is YourEpicLife.com. (Her first business was the Webby Award-winning YellowstonePark.com/ NationalParkTrips.) Shelli lives on the frontier of Wyoming with her husband, Jerry, and their three sons, Wolf, 16, Hayden, 14 and Fin, 9.

 

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

ELISSA RUCKLE

Content Speaker: 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Innovation
Leaders tap into the power of human potential. They accept that they alone don’t have all the answers, customer knowledge, and new ideas needed to move an organization forward. The Innovation Process provides business leaders with the necessary steps to turn vision into reality. Are you looking for better methods of doing things? Innovation in the workplace? After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify and encourage Idea Fluency and facilitate the Innovation Process to move possibilities to solutions.

Elissa is the Managing Director and Certified Trainer for Dale Carnegie Training of Central Wyoming.  She works with local businesses across a variety of industries and organizational levels.  Her areas of specialty include developing high-potential employees, energizing cross-functional teams and coordinating the goals and ideas of senior leadership teams.  For the past 18 years, Elissa has designed and delivered professional development workshops, seminars and training programs.  Topics have included improving communication and people skills, developing leadership, establishing management systems/processes, organizational strategic/succession planning, sales training, employee engagement, innovation and presentation effectiveness. In 2009, she created and facilitated a B.O.C.E.S funded Generation Next: Skills for Success Course for NCSD High School students. The program, the first of its kind globally, involved over 400 students over a 4 year period.   Elissa is a Wyoming native, born in Laramie. She married her high school sweetheart, Eric, and they are raising their son and daughter here in Casper – Jordan is a Senior at Kelly Walsh and Haley is a 7th grader at Woods Learning Center.  As a family, they enjoy world travel and spending time together hiking, camping and backpacking the great spaces of Wyoming.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

MELISSA JOHNSON

Content Speaker: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Power of the Positive

We cannot control the events that happen to us, but we can control our attitudes, thoughts, and choices. Melissa shares her personal story of overcoming as well as inspiring stories from others she has encountered along her journey.

If you need proven strategies for staying positive in challenging times, the Power of the Positive is an uplifting talk that will leave your team energized and ready to face whatever’s ahead.

About: Melissa Johnson is a grateful Mama, an entrepreneur and business owner, an author and a Professional Encourager. She grew up and has always lived in the heart of the Midwest, but travel calls to her soul. Melissa bakes for a living a cooks to stay sane. She considers kindness, perseverance, and a great sense of humor as some of her greatest gifts.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

CHARLOTTE HENLEY

Content Speaker: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Think Good Thoughts to “Live a Better Life”
As the saying goes, “What you think about comes about.” Charlotte’s presentation promises to enlighten and generate an abundance of ideas on how to “Live a Better Life” by generating more positive emotions like joy, serenity, gratitude, hope and amusement. This engaging presentation will highlight groundbreaking research and stories on the benefits of positive approaches to the way we live and work.

It is no easy task to adjust negative ways of being, but Charlotte shares her personal story that will help attendees see the path to a more positive approach to life and work. With practical tips you can shed those negative emotions and build thriving relationships that can positively impact your work, family and daily life.

Lunch Will Include

Choice of grilled chicken kabobs with pineapple and peppers over rice or vegetarian ravioli with mixed vegetables, dinner salad, roll and butter, New York cheesecake or rich chocolate cake, iced tea and/or water and gourmet coffee bar.

PICK THE OPTION THAT BEST FITS YOUR SCHEDULE

Full Day 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Half Day 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ReserveNowGreenB Full Day Ticket includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Bar, One Martini, All Speakers and Girls Night Out Ticket for $90
ReserveNowPinkB Half Day Ticket includes Lunch, Coffee Bar, Keynote Speaker, Two Content Speakers, One Martini and Girls Night Out Ticket for $55
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