The Wyoming Women of Influence and the Wyoming Women’s Expo present:

the 2019 Professional Development Day

Friday, September 20, 2019


Please call the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center at 307-577-3030 or 800-442-2256 to check availability for the 2019 Professional Development Day.

Half Day Admission will not be available in 2019.

Full Day Ticket includes Light Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Bar, All Speakers, and Girls Night Out Ticket for $90
Full Day Table of 8 includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Bar, All Speakers, and Girls Night Out Tickets for $675

For more information on the Professional Development Day schedule, click the “+” sign to the right of each row below.

Doors Open & Breakfast at 8:15 am

Doors Open & Light Breakfast are at 8:15 am.

Attendees may park in Lot #1 or #3 at the front of the Casper Events Center and enter through the green doors by the SinclairTix Box Office. Breakfast provided by Taco John’s.

Welcome at 8:43 am

The “Welcome” Message will begin at 8:43 am.

Attendees will be asked to find their seats. A quick welcome and introduction of committee members will be made.

Opening Remarks at 8:45 am

Opening remarks will begin at 8:45 am. Opening remarks in 2019 will be made by Michele Chulick, CEO of Wyoming Medical Center. Ms. Chulick’s appearance is sponsored in part by Wyoming Medical Center.

Michele Chulick started as Wyoming Medical Center’s president and CEO in July 2017. She brought with her a wealth of healthcare knowledge from hospitals in Michigan, Florida and Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Duke University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Women's Expo Scholarship Award Presentation at 9:10 am

The 2019 Wyoming Women’s Expo Scholarship Award will be Presented at 9:10 am.

Sponsored in part by the University of Wyoming Casper.


Women's Suffrage Discussion - 9:15 am to 10:00 am

Discussion #1: Woman’s Suffrage

Attendees will get to view a 5-minute trailer of the PBS documentary, The State of Equality. There will then be a question and answer session with Wyoming-based documentary producer Geoffrey O’Gara.


LOGLINE: With the national campaign for women’s suffrage stalled, the thinly populated Wyoming Territory in 1869 became the first democracy in the modern world to recognize a woman’s unqualified right to vote.  Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past.

SUMMARY: The struggle to gain women a vote in government equal to men is on the minds of Americans as the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution approaches its centennial in 2020. Events like the Seneca Falls convention, organizations like the National Women’s Suffrage Association, and movement leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured in the history of women’s suffrage. No one thinks to mention Wyoming. Yet it was the Wyoming Territorial Legislature, in 1869, that became the first government in the modern world to grant women within its borders the right to vote, without gender-linked restrictions such as property ownership requirements (Native Americans, it should be noted, who had not been granted citizenship in the United States, were not included.) How Wyoming women’s suffrage happened – and almost didn’t – is a story of boom-and-bust mining towns, fledgling government on the frontier, and the unlikely avatars of civilization’s advance. Wyoming then affirmed its nickname, “The Equality State”, with a series of “firsts” underlining its commitment to the equal status of women, from the first female justice of the peace to the first woman elected governor in the United States.


Geoffrey O’Gara is a writer and documentary producer based in Lander, WY. He was formerly senior producer for public affairs at Wyoming PBS, and now is part of The Content Lab, LLC. His books include What You See in Clear Water (Knopf), and A Long Road Home (W.W. Norton) and The National Geographic Outdoor Guide to the Far West. He was formerly editor and publisher of High Country News and a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler. He has written and/or produced documentaries on Will Rogers, Wyoming wildlife migrations, Dick Cheney, and Yellowstone tourism, among other subjects.


Networking Break at 10:00 am

The first Networking Break of the day will be at 10:00 am until 10:30 am. 

Attendees are encouraged to use this time to wrap-up discussion notes, talk among themselves about the women’s suffrage discussion, stretch their legs and prepare for the civil leadership discussion.

Civil Leadership Discussion - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Discussion: “How to” on Civil Leadership.

Take away:
Can I be successful at affecting change and will there be anything left of me when I am done?

Panel Moderator:
Susan Anderson, former House and Senate member, policy analyst for former Gov. Dave Freudenthal and long-time television and print journalist.




Tentative Topics to be Covered:

  • How do you define success?
    • Are you accomplishing what you hoped when you ran/applied for your job?
  • What do you get out of this? Is it different than you imagined?
  • Do you have to be elected to be effective?
  • Elected office:
    • How do you build a resume?
    • How do you build confidence?
    • How do you determine the logistics and build a campaign?
  • Who are your heroes and why?
  • What has surprised you along the way?
  • Q&A from the audience

Meet Your Panel:

Kenyne Humphrey, long-time Casper City Council member and mayor.




State Senator Affie Ellis (R), Leap into Leadership





Former State Representative Mary Throne (D), and current member of the Public Service Commission





Michelle Sullivan, UW Board and other leadership roles

Networking Break at 11:30 am

A short Networking Break will be held from 11:30 am to 11:50 am.

Attendees are encouraged to use this time to wrap-up discussion notes, talk among themselves about the civil leadership discussion, stretch their legs and prepare for lunch.

Lunch is Served at 11:50 am

Lunch will be served at 11:50 am. 

Attendees were asked for their entree choice when tickets were purchased. Entree options include:

    Lightly Breaded and Seared Breast of Chicken Finished with Lemon-Caper Sauce
    Red Wine Demi-Glace, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Basil, Olive Oil, Asparagus, Spinach, Mushrooms and Julienne Red Peppers
    *Vegetarian and can be Gluten Free

All Entrées include Casper Mountain Salad (Mixed field greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, honey goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette), Chef Appointed Potato or Rice and Vegetable, Dessert, Bakery Rolls and Butter, Coffee, Decaf, Iced Tea and Ice Water.

2019 Keynote Speaker - 12:20 pm to 1:20 pm

Keynote Speaker: Marilyn Kite

In 2000, Marilyn Kite became the first woman to be appointed to Wyoming’s highest court as a Supreme Court Justice, and later as Wyoming’s first female Chief Justice. During her time on the bench, she was tasked with re-writing the state’s school finance case and helped to establish an access to justice fund for Wyoming. Marilyn is thoroughly a Wyoming woman – she was born in Laramie, attended the University of Wyoming, stayed in Wyoming after graduation where she’d be an influential force in developing the Wyoming branch of Holland & Hart (now a nationwide law firm). Marilyn is an accomplished horsewoman and was one of the “founding mothers” of the first women’s antelope hunt in the country to benefit the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. Read more about Ms. Kite online at

Networking & Coffee Break with a View - 1:20 pm to 1:50 pm

A short Networking and Coffee Break with a view will be held from 1:20 pm to 1:50 pm.

Attendees will be asked to gather on the Concourse Level for a short post-lunch Networking and Coffee Break with a View. Staff will be clearing all luncheon tables and replacing linen, etc. Enjoy gourmet coffee and hot chocolate while overlooking the city, Casper Mountain, and the scenic Platte River Valley. Coffee provided by The Perfect Cup of downtown Casper, WY.

Health, Wellness, Emotional & Spiritual Wellness Panel - 1:50 pm to 2:50 pm

The Game is yours to WIN
Panel Discussion: Health, Wellness, Emotional & Spiritual Wellness

Take Away: You were made for impact not burnout. As you go through your days and weeks trying to balance it all, your body sends you signals to let you know when the stress is becoming too much to bear. Learn how to read these cues before you break, and leave with the tools you need to keep your physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness on track both personally and professionally.

Panel Moderator: Cathy Holman, Prairie Wife in Heels


  • Cathy Holman – Spiritual Wellness
  • Brenna Gatimu – Emotional Wellness
  • Alisha Bynum – Sweet Grass Acupuncture & Wellness
  • Kristen Mockler – Nutrition & Exercise
  • Rob Johnston – Advocating for minorities
  • Bob Price – Women in Business/ Women’s Intuition
Meet your panel:

Cathy Holman is a 30 something mother of 5. Originally born in Milwaukee, this city girl went country all for the love of a Cowboy. Her blog, is the place to go for heartfelt humorous posts about life on the Wyoming prairie, parenting, health and wellness (including herpreventive mastectomy), style, and reviews of every kind. Read more about her adventures in Wyoming and learn how you can live a life of grit and grace at Recently, blogging has led to speaking engagements around the state of Wyoming about a wide variety of topics as well as an annual appearance at Poise, Purpose Passion. You can hear her every weekday morning from 6-10am on My Country 95.5FM as part of Doc and Prairie Wife in the Morning.


Brenna Gatimu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the beautiful city of Casper, Wyoming. She moved to Casper as a child and it has been home ever since. She left for her graduate program and work experience for two years and returned to continue her career. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University. Brenna specializes in Trauma work and is trained in EMDR. She is a mother to three beautiful boys and step-daughter.

Brenna is fiercely passionate about her work. She loves working with others, promoting healing, and being a safe place for others to share. Women empowerment is so important to her and she work tirelessly on self care, goals, and breaking barriers for herself and others. She has recently opened her own practice which was a huge goal; to be her own boss. She lives to help others crush their goals and set more. It lights a fire in her every time.

Emotional wellness means digging deep and learning to be mindful about you. We all have emotions, and we want to enjoy the expression of emotions, not run from it.

Alisha Bynum, MSOM, L.Ac. is a seasoned acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in pain relief, women’s health and emotional wellness. After graduating at the top of her class in Graphic Design at Montana State University, she advanced from designer to creative director within a few short years. After 10 years in marketing and design she was inspired to pursue acupuncture.

Alisha graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2013 with a Master’s of Oriental Medicine. This program was comprised of over 3,000 hours of classroom study along with over 1,100 hours of clinical training. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Formally the secretary, she is now Vice President of the Wyoming Acupuncture Society which has been key to passing state regulatory law and perpetuating the practice of acupuncture throughout Wyoming.

A Wyoming native, Alisha has lived in Montana, Colorado, Texas and traveled the globe including Central America, Canada and Europe. But she always returned home, finding she couldn’t shake her unbridled love of the Wyoming life, landscape and the hard-working, down-to-earth folks that live here.

Kristen Mockler: Real Balance Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Completing Certified Nutrition Therapist Master and Traditional Naturopathy. Focusing on what wellness means along with what health and wellness coaches can do for you.  Digressing on how can coaches can help support you on your wellness journey and how to use real foods as a simple stepping stone toward nourishment.

Find out more at: Nerd Health and Wellness Center Other resources:


Rob Johnston is the Executive Director of Wyominh Health Council, which oversees the provision of reproductive health services in Title X Clinics throughout Wyoming. He lives in Casper with his partner, Carl, and together they are raising two teenagers.

Rob will be providing some insights related to how men and women can more effectively communicate with one another.

Bob Price: Regional Vice President – Townsquare Wyoming
·        I am a Fairy-y-god boss (Noun):  A person who elevates women at work.
·        Bio:  It has been 50 years of believing in the magic of sound and images and finally coming to the understanding that the spoken word is the most motivating tool we have – it has been my good fortune to share that belief with my associates over the years. Today the platforms are ever changing but the goal is the same, a simple communication of ideas. My most successful associates have been the most creative.  From the high plains of Wyoming – we have won coveted Clio awards to the DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism and the business end continues to flourish.
“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”

Suggested Topics/Questions:

  1. What are simple tools for emotional wellness, Spiritual, nutritional, exercise etc….
  2. What are signs of burn out personally / professionally?
  3. As a women what do you struggle with in business professionally?
  4. Women being minorities what is your perspective?
  5. Who has helped you along the way?
  6. Q&A
Networking & Dessert Break - 2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

A Networking and Dessert Break will be held from 2:50 pm to 3:10 pm.

This is a great opportunity to connect with your new Professional Development Day friends about the health, wellness, and emotional health panel. Taking care of yourself is important – go ahead and have that dessert!

Inda Eaton: Under the Influence of Wyoming, Sisterhood & Songwriting - 3:10 pm to 3:55 pm

Inda Eaton: Under the Influence of Wyoming, Sisterhood & Songwriting


Inda Eaton is a singer-songwriter-storyteller in the tradition of Americana roots rock. Often compared to a fusion of Melissa Etheridge meets John Mellencamp, Inda’s original music & curiosity explore wanderlust, resiliency and community. Currently Inda resides on the east end of Long Island, NY. However, she is never far from her Wyoming roots which began by spending summers & holidays with her grandmother, Ardi, in Casper. The wide open space, the family, and the community of 1970’s Casper are often a recurring muse and characters in Inda’s storytelling. Sometimes the tales sound like a page out of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Inda’s latest release, Shelter in Place is currently played in a heavy rotation on Wyoming Public Radio. Her music, storytelling and education programming have been affiliated with Casper ArtCore, Natrona County School District #1, The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper College, BOCES, The University of Wyoming, The NIC, The Bear Trap Music Festival, The Casper Events Center, The Casper Juvenile Detention Center, The Casper Re Entry Center, Mercer Family Resource Center and numerous private venues.

Career highlights include 8 independent albums, extensive touring to include shows with the late Spencer Bohren, opening for Hootie & the Blowfish, Leanne Rimes, John Hiatt & Blues Traveler; co writing and producing a song with Julie Andrews that was performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and founding the the music education program, Ideas to Inspire™.

Closing and Thank You - 3:55 pm

The “Closing” Message will be delivered at approximately 3:55 pm.

The closing message is our opportunity to thank YOU for spending an amazing day with us. Don’t forget that all Professional Development Day attendees are welcome to and encouraged to attend Friday afternoon and evening of the Wyoming Women’s Expo. Doors open at 4:00 pm which means that you’ll get to head straight to the shopping and fun!

The 2019 Professional Development Day is sponsored by:

University of Wyoming Casper

UW-Casper welcomes those who enjoy small-class environments, intensive class discussions, and opportunities for self-direction, self-reflection, and scholarly activity. Our faculty members encourage and support both the self-examination and growth of our students and the development of state-of-the-art, research-based counseling competencies. Our programs promote creativity, divergent thinking, and experiential learning amid a community atmosphere, in which informal faculty and student interactions are the norm.  With the University of Wyoming comes a sense of tradition and pride. You’ll feel the connection when you earn your degree through UW’s branch campus in Casper.
More information at

Taco John’s

Starting as a small taco stand in Cheyenne, WY back in 1968, our one-of-a-kind tacos and other bold flavors were an instant hit in the community. Two local businessmen wanted to share these unique flavors with the world. So, they purchased the franchise rights in 1969 and named the restaurant after the man who started it all – John.

Ever since that very first taco stand, Taco John’s has been all about bringing the flavor. From handmade salsas and classic Crispy Tacos with freshly-made shells to our signature Potato Olés®, we know how to Olé The Day.

From there, Taco John’s restaurants began popping up across the Midwest, evolving to include drive-thrus and interior seating to bring you the unique flavors that made Taco John’s famous. Our menu evolved to include bold originals like Potato Olés, Meat and Potato Burritos, and our holiday specialty: Nachos Navidad®.

Ever hear of Taco Tuesday®? We started it! We even trademarked it. That’s how seriously we take tacos.

Today, Taco John’s operates and franchises nearly 400 restaurants in 23 states – making it one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant brands in America.

We continue to grow across the country – but some things never change. Like our uncompromising standards of food quality, dedication to using real ingredients, signature bold flavors, and our commitment to Olé The Day!

The Perfect Cup

We are a downtown Casper drive-thru coffee shop in the Old Yellowstone District. We offer specialty coffees, chai teas, iced rages, fruit smoothies and pastries. We are located one block from David Street Station. 




Summit Medical Center

Summit Medical Center was established to deliver quality care to the Casper community with advanced technology in a hospital with compassionate care and small-town hospitality. The delivery of care was designed with you in mind – to provide an unparalleled healthcare experience, offering multiple specialties with the finest doctors in the region. At the core, our values and fundamentals are based on exemplary patient care – including a nurturing and comfortable home-like environment and around-the-clock patient-focused services and staff.

We value the role of our patients, and that’s why our care teams make decisions based on the best interests of you. Our goal is to exceed your expectations for low cost, quality and experience. Our surgeons and specialists are involved in every aspect of your care, which is what sets us apart from other hospitals. The hospital was created by Natrona County physicians who have been treating and caring for you and your families for decades. Summit Medical Center will continue that tradition. Welcome!

Wyoming Medical Center

Acute care hospital on two campuses in Casper, Wyoming
You don’t need to leave the state to get the highest quality medical care. Wyoming Medical Center is Casper’s only nonprofit, full-service acute care hospital, located both in the heart of the city and the heart of Wyoming. In 2018, we acquired another hospital on Casper’s east side and formed our new East Campus. Our McMurry West Tower, completed in the fall of 2014, was designed around the unique needs our community, adding 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art medical space to better serve you. More information at

Pathfinder FCU

If you would like to work with a credit union that understands your unique needs as an individual, not one that treats you like a number, turn to Pathfinder today. Pathfinder offers decades of experience in providing friendly, efficient and effective financial services in Wyoming. We have three physical locations in Wyoming in addition to an online virtual teller and bill payment for your convenience.

Whether you want that new boat, truck, car or RV you can rely on our experts to walk you through every step.

To learn more, contact us today at 307-234-4271 or

Gastroenterology & Associates

Our mission is to provide the highest quality GI care available. We have the best trained specialists who travel across Wyoming to bring that care to a facility near you.

Learn more at

Visiting Angels

Welcome to Visiting Angels® Casper! We proudly provide non-medical in home care to seniors and disabled adults. Families value our services because they help seniors remain at home, where they most want to be. If your loved one requires assistance, institutionalized care is not your only option. In home care services from Visiting Angels Casper can provide your loved one with the help they need while allowing them to maintain a sense of independence. More info at

WyoCentral FCU

Since its inception in 1958 Wyo Central Federal Credit Union has been serving its members in the Casper, Wyoming area with exceptional financial products. Currently led by Kyle Thompson, Wyo Central FCU has grown its membership to over 3,400 with assets of more than $29 million. They have 13 full time employees with 2 branch offices. More information at

Wyo Central Mission Statement: We are committed to maintaining a financially sound and community minded credit union.

The Vision of Wyo Central: To be the community financial institution of choice.

KCWY – Wyoming News Now

KCWY Channel 13 is the home of Wyoming News Now, local Wyoming news focused on telling local stories. As a NBC affiliate KCWY has strong Prime shows like, This is Us, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent, in addition some of the best sports programming available including Sunday Night Football and the 2020 Olympics. KCWY is a strong community partner supporting several Casper non-profits. Learn more at

Shelly Ann’s Balloons

Self taught Balloon artist. Shelly Ann’s Balloons specialize in balloon columns, centerpieces, arches and decorations.

Learn more at

Blue Federal Credit Union

Blue Federal Credit Union serves over 85,000 members in Colorado and Wyoming communities, and around the world. We’re part of a nationwide CO-OP network of credit unions that gives our members access to 5,000 shared branch locations across the U.S.—on par with major banks—as well as 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs.

As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, we return company profits to our members and communities, rather than to outside investors. We genuinely exist to serve, and it’s an honor and a delight to have our actual job be Doing Good: helping people succeed financially and in life, and strengthening the communities where we work and live. Learn more at