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Women in Leadership Expo


2018 Women in Leadership Expo Agenda: Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:30am – Registration

9am-10am – Session I (Light Breakfast will be served.)
  • Stephanie Goetz
    • Unleashing Your Inner Grit & Resilience
      • “I can’t.” “I’m afraid to – what if I fail?” “I don’t think I’m good enough to do that…” Do any of these messages sound familiar? In her years as an executive coach and business owner, Stephanie Goetz has heard top CEO’s and executives utter words just like this, but how do they overcome these fears and anxieties to be so successful?  Stephanie will walk you through how to be resilient in your professional and personal life, how to understand your personal barriers to taking good risks, how to thrive through the tough times, and how to create greatness out of despair to be a more resilient leader.
10:15am – 11am – Session II
  • Karissa Kjos
    • Customer Service: On and Off the Clock
      • Whether you are at work or at home, if someone was to score your customer service they should be able to select “excellent” every time. During this session we are going to touch deeper on why it’s important to have customer service throughout every aspect of your life and how you can help others better their customer service.“Make every interaction count, even the small ones. They are all relevant.” -Shep Hyken
 11:15am – 12pm – Session III
  • Kristin Oxendahl
    • 7 Financial Strategies for Women
      • Many women will face life-changing financial decisions. Understand your options related to setting goals, Social Security, protection, estate and retirement strategies, and how to stay informed.
12pm – 1pm – Lunch
1pm – 1:45pm – Session IV
  • Stephanie Goetz
    • How Your Executive Presence Affects Your Influence 
      • First impressions last. So do the second, third, and hundredth. They also have a larger impact than you think on how people perceive, trust or choose to follow you. So what does your presence and “how you show up” say about you? Is it what you authentically are, or is it far from who you see yourself as? Executive speaker coach and business owner Stephanie Goetz will teach participants the nuances of individual presence, how it impacts our communication and influence, how to find your authentic “executive presence”, and how to effectively use body language to impact how people view you – making you a more revered, respected and trusted leader
2pm – 2:45pm – Session V
  • Tanya Vachal
    • Preparing for Important Discussions
      • This session teaches leaders how to plan for successful interactions with team members. Attendees will be introduced to value of meeting the personal and practical needs in daily interactions. They will receive applied skills practice by completing a Discussion Planner to help them prepare for a vital discussion that they need to hold soon with one or more team members. The Discussion Planner is a practical tool taken from DDI Interaction Management® Leadership Program courses. This session gives attendees an opportunity to experience a piece of the DDI IM® Communicating for Leadership Success foundation course.
3pm – 3:45pm – Session VI
  • Kim Weismann
    • Friend or Foe? Building Positive Working Relationships with Other Women
      • Women have a need to work together to build each other up rather than tear each other down, especially in the workforce. Women can be competitive with one another and it can create animosity in the workplace and personal lives. Growing one’s confidence helps women be able to build up others. Fostering relationships with other women allows for a more positive work environment. This session will help you build, maintain, and foster relationships with other women.
4pm – Closing Remarks & Networking!

Stephanie Goetz is an award-winning news anchor, executive speaker coach, philanthropist, mental health advocate, accomplished speaker, and professional trainer. This Emmy-nominated broadcaster anchored and reported at NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates for nearly 10 years. She’s covered everything from historic floods, shootings and breaking news, to professional sports and sideline reporting. This former broadcaster understands what it takes to have focused leadership and resilience in fast-paced, challenging environments. She’s taken that knowledge and expertise and coaches executives at Fortune 500 companies, women’s groups, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, top architecture firms, actors and all walks of life to sharpen their messages, handle the unexpected, and thrive in good and bad days. With her stories and experience, Stephanie will inspire, educate, and give you the practical resources for you to thrive and teach you how to identify those around you who may be struggling and how to support them in their journey.

Karissa Kjos is passionate about events, Hallmarck, and the Williston community. After graduating Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Leadership, she jumped into the event world working in the Twin Cities for Amy Zaroff Events + Design. After a year she received the opportunity to return home working as Executive Director for the Williston Downtowners Association and is currently the Conference Services and Student Life Coordinator at Williston State College.
Calling Williston home she can be seen throughout the community at events, working with her Gather LLC clients and throwing punches in Pink Gloves Boxing. Karissa is also apart of Williston Korner Lions, 1 Million Cups, P.E.O., and First Lutheran Church Council.

Kim Weismann has been teaching Communication courses at Williston State College since 2010. She has been teaching in higher education since 2006. She teaches a variety of courses such as Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, and Oral Interpretation. She is the current Arts and Human Science Department Chair at WSC. Weismann has held numerous leadership roles at WSC such as Faculty Senate President, Diversity Club Advisor, Diversity Committee Chair, WSC NDUS Diversity Council Representative, and others. She is also held leadership roles in the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota, Central States Communication Association, and the National Communication Association.
She grew up on a farm south east of Dickinson, ND. She earned an Associate of Arts and a Bachelors degree in Communication from Dickinson State University. She received her Masters Degree in Speech Communication from North Dakota State University. She is currently finishing her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota.

Tanya Vachal is the Business Relations and Sales Manager for TrainND-Northwest, a division of Williston State College that focuses short-term workforce training needs.  She is a DDI-Certified Facilitator in Interaction Management® Leadership Development courses.  In 2010, Tanya was selected by Prairie Business magazine to receive the "40 Under 40" award.  Tanya's professional work experience encompasses building customer relations, connecting talent with career opportunities, and guiding individuals in finding financial freedom.  Tanya is native to Williston, attended Williston State College for her general studies, and graduated from University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is currently attending University of Mary for a MS in Business, HR Concentration.