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.

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 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

It hasn’t been all that long ago that Lorie Eichert was able to reconnect with her dream; to be a performer. Now she knows that she can’t sing, dance or play any sort of musical instrument, but she can speak. She absolutely loves to be in front of an audience telling stories in a way that motivates people to make changes in their lives. She want to travel all over the world telling her stories and teaching tired, burned-out adults how to play.

 

Keynote Speaker: Oya Thomas
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Oya Thomas is a nationally-known 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.

At age 10, she began to work as a paid event singer and actress, eventually launching her own modeling and talent agency in high school, which evolved into a production company. And her lifelong quest to learn about the mysteries of the mind led her to earn a B.A. in Psychology from LMU 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 children she coaches discover ways to become leaders and find happiness.

Combining an up-front, real attitude with a contagious, pure conviction that life should be lived with joy and courage, Oya delivers practical strategies to help people truly embrace the gift of manifesting their dreams.

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

Part of being a successful business woman is representing your craft with a compelling story. Stories about ordinary or extraordinary experiences can truly be the start of something big. Learn the art and the science of persuasive storytelling from communication specialist Micah Larsen and become more memorable and inspirational in your personal and professional lives.

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.

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 Eickhert

Content Speaker: Lorie Eichert
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

It hasn’t been all that long ago that Lorie Eichert was able to reconnect with her dream; to be a performer. Now she knows that she can’t sing, dance or play any sort of musical instrument, but she can speak. She absolutely loves to be in front of an audience telling stories in a way that motivates people to make changes in their lives. She want to travel all over the world telling her stories and teaching tired, burned-out adults how to play.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Oya Thomas

Keynote Speaker: Oya Thomas
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oya Thomas is a nationally-known 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.

At age 10, she began to work as a paid event singer and actress, eventually launching her own modeling and talent agency in high school, which evolved into a production company. And her lifelong quest to learn about the mysteries of the mind led her to earn a B.A. in Psychology from LMU 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 children she coaches discover ways to become leaders and find happiness.

Combining an up-front, real attitude with a contagious, pure conviction that life should be lived with joy and courage, Oya delivers practical strategies to help people truly embrace the gift of manifesting their dreams.

SPEAKER

SPEAKER

Micah Larsen

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

Part of being a successful business woman is representing your craft with a compelling story. Stories about ordinary or extraordinary experiences can truly be the start of something big. Learn the art and the science of persuasive storytelling from communication specialist Micah Larsen and become more memorable and inspirational in your personal and professional lives.

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