8:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017

The 2017 Professional Development Day is sponsored by University of Wyoming Casper.

Opening Remarks – University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols
8:45 a.m.

 

President Nichols was born and raised in South Dakota. A first-generation college graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Dakota State University in 1978. She then earned a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University in 1988.

President Nichols began her career in higher education as a member of the faculty of the University of Idaho from 1988 to 1994. She then became the Dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. From August 2008 through June 2009, she served as interim president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then returned to SDSU to become Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2016. While in that role, she guided the university through two years of budget reductions and provided leadership in developing new five-year strategic plans, among other accomplishments.

Laurie Nichols began her duties as the University of Wyoming’s 26th president May 16, 2016. She and her husband, Dr. Tim Nichols, have two adult daughters.

Content Speaker: Sandy Widmer
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Grabbing the Positive Side

I became a Farmers agent in May of 2004 after 26 years of teaching physical education at the high school level. I also coached volleyball at the high school and Junior college level. I started with 1 CSR and 200 policies and now have a staff of 8 with 6000+ policies.  I have qualified for Toppers Club 13 years, Championship 10 years and been named to President’s Council 6 times.  In 2013 I was named Personal Lines Agent of the Year, in 2014 I was a Tyler and Leavey Award Winner, and in 2015 named Agent of the Year.  I am also a member of MDRT.

I am married, my husband is Burt.  I also have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Betsy and Goldie are 8 year old twins, Zoey is going to be 2 in April and we are going to be greeting our first grandson on March 7th.  I really enjoy working out, playing golf and reading.  I am a real homebody, love spending time with family and friends.

Content Speaker: Lorie Eichert
10:15 am – 11:00 am
The Nylon Shuffle: Are you judged by how you look?

 

How are you perceived? Is it a negative or a positive? What about your body language-is it welcoming/inviting? Who gets to decide that…society…you…your mom?

Are you a different person at work? Do you have to try harder because you’re a woman? Oh and what about pay equality?

Here’s what I know for sure, the most attractive quality you can have is confidence and a positive attitude…nylons or not!!!

Join Lorie Eichert, Empowerment Coach, for an engaging presentation where all of the above will be discussed, laughed at and acknowledged as part of “your” professional development day.

About Lorie
Lorie Eichert is an empowerment coach whose soothing voice and entertaining, storytelling style enhances the powerful messages she conveys not only as a motivational speaker but also as a trainer and energy healer. This combination allows almost any audience to hear a message of hope. One will walk away from her presentation with a clear, grounded plan of action allowing freedom from self-limiting beliefs and a component of play to everyday life.

Lorie and her little sister, Kristie, grew up in the great state of Wyoming. Spending free time on the back of a horse gave them a fiercely, independent spirit. Even though she married at a young age, this determinedness helped Lorie as she independently raised her family, gave her the courage to go outside of her comfort zone and explore new areas…..like the magical, mystical Black Hills of South Dakota.

With challenges on many levels, Lorie continued to embrace her life experiences, by improving her skill set and knowledge with various degrees in business management. Lorie also has a passion for non-profits. She fulfilled this by working for the Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a number of years. This work further enhanced her understanding of family dynamics, increased her compassion for teen mothers and created empathy for the issues women struggle with today.

Currently, Lorie manages a successful trucking company with her husband, Phil, in Rapid City, SD. She also has a thriving coaching practice of her own. When she’s not working, Lorie thoroughly enjoys the company of her nine grandchildren by taking them camping and off-roading. She feels blessed to empower people through her divinely-inspired speeches and by sharing her experiences, successes and yes, failures-all leading to a unique skillset for empowerment. Her passion for helping others is very contagious!

For more on Lorie, visit www.lorieeichert.com.

Keynote Speaker: Oya Thomas
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Shine Like the Star You Are

 

Every woman matters.

Every woman has a voice, and yet sometimes our voice gets lost in the roles we play.

During this keynote Oya will walk you through her S.T.A.R system required to sparkle and shine as a woman of power, a woman of purpose and a woman who loves herself.

About Oya
Oya Thomas is an international recording artist and inspirational speaker who lights up audiences with vitalizing talks that encourage others to express their authentic selves.

Infused with compassionate, loving, powerful, divine energy and her bubbly sense of humor, her thought-provoking presentations incorporate lyrics and spoken word to raise consciousness and increase any room’s vibrations.

Oya is a long-time leader and entrepreneur and uses her education and rich life experiences to guide each speaking engagement. As a speaker, an artist, and a student of psychology and spirituality, she has always taken the initiative to go after her own life’s passions with graceful gusto.

Oya became a creative entrepreneur in high school and was the first teenager to launch, own and operate her own model and talent management company. Wise beyond her years, her great eye and ability to bring the client’s vision to life landed her additional opportunities to cast, art direct and produce events for some of the biggest artists and companies in the world before she had even graduated.

Her lifelong quest to learn about the mysteries of the mind led her to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. Her highly-specialized degrees, her deep knowledge of business and the artistic field, plus the fact she has seen both the glorious and the challenging parts of all sides of the entertainment industry has taught her, first-hand, the keys to being successful. The wisdom she has gathered through years of hard work, study and life lessons gives her unparalleled expertise to help the women, artists and young adults she coaches discover ways to become leaders and find happiness.

By combining her extensive spiritual and therapeutic training and her extremely multi-faceted artistic background, she has found an apt vehicle for her talents and is able to spread her light and love through one-on-one coaching, empowering speaking engagements, written works, as well as through her music and her commanding stage presence.

Spirit of Oya is her debut solo album. She has also released her first book, The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose, a guide designed to help creatives tap into their own harmony in order to dive headfirst into their own divine power. Both are available now.

For booking and more information on Oya please visit: www.spiritofoya.com

Content Speaker: Micah Larsen
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Persuasion For the People

As professionals, we sometimes find ourselves in tough situations. Three of the hardest challenges arise when people: don’t know us, don’t like us, or don’t think they need us. During this presentation, Micah will teach the audience how to use persuasion tactics to overcome those three obstacles to succeeding in business.

Content Speaker: Donna Hartley
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Fire Up Your Speaking! Dynamic Presentation Skills for Leadership

Do you want to be an exceptional presenter, influence lives, and advance your career? There is no greater skill than knowing what to say and how to say it. Make a difference when you speak with presentation, projection and persuasion techniques. Learn how to develop a results- oriented presentation with tools such as body language, voice and impact words. Heighten your techniques with a powerful opening statement, prevalent key points and a persuasive-call-to- action close. If you want to motivate your listeners and staff to action, become a unique storyteller.

• Develop top notch presentation skills
• Heighten your listening skills
• Use effective body language to your advantage
• Master your voice inflection
• Discover words that make a difference
• Begin your speech with impact
• Project your key points clearly
• Make your statistics understandable
• Inspire your staff to follow through
• Call to action close for your speech
• Master a question and answer session

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

Laurie Nichols

Opening Remarks – University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols
8:45 a.m.

President Nichols was born and raised in South Dakota. A first-generation college graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Dakota State University in 1978. She then earned a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University in 1988.

President Nichols began her career in higher education as a member of the faculty of the University of Idaho from 1988 to 1994. She then became the Dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. From August 2008 through June 2009, she served as interim president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then returned to SDSU to become Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2016. While in that role, she guided the university through two years of budget reductions and provided leadership in developing new five-year strategic plans, among other accomplishments.

Laurie Nichols began her duties as the University of Wyoming’s 26th president May 16, 2016. She and her husband, Dr. Tim Nichols, have two adult daughters.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Sandy Widmer

Content Speaker: Sandy Widmer
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Grabbing the Positive Side

I became a Farmers agent in May of 2004 after 26 years of teaching physical education at the high school level. I also coached volleyball at the high school and Junior college level. I started with 1 CSR and 200 policies and now have a staff of 8 with 6000+ policies.  I have qualified for Toppers Club 13 years, Championship 10 years and been named to President’s Council 6 times.  In 2013 I was named Personal Lines Agent of the Year, in 2014 I was a Tyler and Leavey Award Winner, and in 2015 named Agent of the Year.  I am also a member of MDRT.

I am married, my husband is Burt.  I also have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Betsy and Goldie are 8 year old twins, Zoey is going to be 2 in April and we are going to be greeting our first grandson on March 7th.  I really enjoy working out, playing golf and reading.  I am a real homebody, love spending time with family and friends.

 

 

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Lorie Eichert

Content Speaker: Lorie Eichert
10:15 am – 11:00 am
The Nylon Shuffle: Are you judged by how you look?

How are you perceived? Is it a negative or a positive? What about your body language-is it welcoming/inviting? Who gets to decide that…society…you…your mom?

Are you a different person at work? Do you have to try harder because you’re a woman? Oh and what about pay equality?

Here’s what I know for sure, the most attractive quality you can have is confidence and a positive attitude…nylons or not!!!

Join Lorie Eichert, Empowerment Coach, for an engaging presentation where all of the above will be discussed, laughed at and acknowledged as part of “your” professional development day.

About Lorie
Lorie Eichert is an empowerment coach whose soothing voice and entertaining, storytelling style enhances the powerful messages she conveys not only as a motivational speaker but also as a trainer and energy healer. This combination allows almost any audience to hear a message of hope. One will walk away from her presentation with a clear, grounded plan of action allowing freedom from self-limiting beliefs and a component of play to everyday life.

Lorie and her little sister, Kristie, grew up in the great state of Wyoming. Spending free time on the back of a horse gave them a fiercely, independent spirit. Even though she married at a young age, this determinedness helped Lorie as she independently raised her family, gave her the courage to go outside of her comfort zone and explore new areas…..like the magical, mystical Black Hills of South Dakota.

With challenges on many levels, Lorie continued to embrace her life experiences, by improving her skill set and knowledge with various degrees in business management. Lorie also has a passion for non-profits. She fulfilled this by working for the Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a number of years. This work further enhanced her understanding of family dynamics, increased her compassion for teen mothers and created empathy for the issues women struggle with today.

Currently, Lorie manages a successful trucking company with her husband, Phil, in Rapid City, SD. She also has a thriving coaching practice of her own. When she’s not working, Lorie thoroughly enjoys the company of her nine grandchildren by taking them camping and off-roading. She feels blessed to empower people through her divinely-inspired speeches and by sharing her experiences, successes and yes, failures-all leading to a unique skillset for empowerment. Her passion for helping others is very contagious!

For more on Lorie, visit www.lorieeichert.com.

KEYNOTE

KEYNOTE

Oya Thomas

Keynote Speaker: Oya Thomas
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Shine Like the Star You Are

Every woman matters.

Every woman has a voice, and yet sometimes our voice gets lost in the roles we play.

During this keynote Oya will walk you through her S.T.A.R system required to sparkle and shine as a woman of power, a woman of purpose and a woman who loves herself.

About Oya
Oya Thomas is an international recording artist and inspirational speaker who lights up audiences with vitalizing talks that encourage others to express their authentic selves.

Infused with compassionate, loving, powerful, divine energy and her bubbly sense of humor, her thought-provoking presentations incorporate lyrics and spoken word to raise consciousness and increase any room’s vibrations.

Oya is a long-time leader and entrepreneur and uses her education and rich life experiences to guide each speaking engagement. As a speaker, an artist, and a student of psychology and spirituality, she has always taken the initiative to go after her own life’s passions with graceful gusto.

Oya became a creative entrepreneur in high school and was the first teenager to launch, own and operate her own model and talent management company. Wise beyond her years, her great eye and ability to bring the client’s vision to life landed her additional opportunities to cast, art direct and produce events for some of the biggest artists and companies in the world before she had even graduated.

Her lifelong quest to learn about the mysteries of the mind led her to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. Her highly-specialized degrees, her deep knowledge of business and the artistic field, plus the fact she has seen both the glorious and the challenging parts of all sides of the entertainment industry has taught her, first-hand, the keys to being successful. The wisdom she has gathered through years of hard work, study and life lessons gives her unparalleled expertise to help the women, artists and young adults she coaches discover ways to become leaders and find happiness.

By combining her extensive spiritual and therapeutic training and her extremely multi-faceted artistic background, she has found an apt vehicle for her talents and is able to spread her light and love through one-on-one coaching, empowering speaking engagements, written works, as well as through her music and her commanding stage presence.

Spirit of Oya is her debut solo album. She has also released her first book, The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose, a guide designed to help creatives tap into their own harmony in order to dive headfirst into their own divine power. Both are available now.

For booking and more information on Oya please visit: www.spiritofoya.com

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Micah Larsen

Content Speaker: Micah Larsen
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Persuasion For the People

As professionals, we sometimes find ourselves in tough situations. Three of the hardest challenges arise when people: don’t know us, don’t like us, or don’t think they need us. During this presentation, Micah will teach the audience how to use persuasion tactics to overcome those three obstacles to succeeding in business.

 

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Donna Hartley

Content Speaker: Donna Hartley
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fire Up Your Speaking! Dynamic Presentation Skills for Leadership

Do you want to be an exceptional presenter, influence lives, and advance your career? There is no greater skill than knowing what to say and how to say it. Make a difference when you speak with presentation, projection and persuasion techniques. Learn how to develop a results- oriented presentation with tools such as body language, voice and impact words. Heighten your techniques with a powerful opening statement, prevalent key points and a persuasive-call-to- action close. If you want to motivate your listeners and staff to action, become a unique storyteller.

• Develop top notch presentation skills
• Heighten your listening skills
• Use effective body language to your advantage
• Master your voice inflection
• Discover words that make a difference
• Begin your speech with impact
• Project your key points clearly
• Make your statistics understandable
• Inspire your staff to follow through
• Call to action close for your speech
• Master a question and answer session

Lunch Will Include

Choice of Chicken Parmesan with Pasta or Vegetarian Ravioli with Mixed Vegetables, plus dinner salad, roll and butter, iced tea and/or water and Gourmet Coffee Bar plus alternating dessert of New York Cheesecake or Rich Chocolate Cake.

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.

  Full Day Ticket includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Bar, One Martini, All Speakers, and Girls Night Out Ticket for $90
Half Day Ticket includes Lunch, Coffee Bar, Keynote Speaker, Two Content Speakers, One Martini and Girls Night Out Ticket for $55
Full Day Table of 8 includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Bar, One Martini, All Speakers, and Girls Night Out Tickets for $630
  Half Day Table of 8 includes Lunch, Coffee Bar, Keynote Speaker, Two Content Speakers, One Martini and Girls Night Out Ticket for $385