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.)
11:15am – 12pm – Session III
1pm – 1:45pm – Session IV
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.
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.
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.
After spending the first 12 years of her career in non-profit development and fundraising, Kristin was presented with an opportunity last year to experience a career change that would take her to a new form of serving people. Her “second career” as a Financial Representative has deepened her love and passion for helping others, while taking on a new form—helping people navigate through their personal financial journeys. Kristin has joined a team of Thrivent Financial representatives with the organization’s Northland Regional Financial Office in Williston, ND. She offers comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.
Heidi Grondahl, a Williston native, is a nurse practitioner at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston specializing in Women’s Health. As a women’s health provider, she treats patients for a wide range of needs during all stages of life. Heidi enjoys working with people and helping them obtain and maintain their good health.
Lynn Welker Fevold is originally from Kilgore, NE, and now resides in Denver, CO. She has a deep appreciation for agricultural roots, having grown up on her family’s ranch and now running her own cattle as well. In 2000 she graduated from Cody-Kilgore High School as valedictorian of her class. Then in 2003 Lynn had the opportunity to serve as Miss Rodeo Nebraska promoting the sport of rodeo and agricultural way of life wrapping up the year by competing for the title of Miss Rodeo America. This particular experience, prior years of pageant preparation and competition, and public speaking events from childhood through early adulthood (4-H, FFA, and college) helped construct and shape a strong communications foundation from which Lynn would build her public relations business down the road.
In 2006, she graduated from the University of Wyoming with Honors earning a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Physical Anthropology. After graduation Lynn was able to gain valuable experience in both the public and private sector providing her with insight, background, and understanding in community outreach, stakeholder management, regulatory policy, governmental processes, and and business operations. To gain additional education from a development perspective, Lynn completed a certificate program at MIT on Complex Business Strategy. By good fortune, Lynn was accepted to and graduated from the Leadership Wyoming Program in 2014. Thank you to amazing mentors and encouragement from, now, lifetime friends, WelkerPR, Inc. was borne. Lynn had always aspired to be an entrepreneur and now with her husband, Bryan, they operate WelkerPR, Inc., dba Welker & Fevold PR, providing public relations, marketing, fundraising, government affairs, business strategy and graphic design services.
Lynn serves on the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s (NDPC) Communications Committee; the NDPC’s Community Outreach Committee; the Williston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee; the Growing Home Sustainable Funding Committee; formerly served as a board member for the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce; and is a member of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association. In her free time, Lynn’s favorite gig is being “Auntie Lynn”. She loves to spend time with family, hunt, trap, fish, hike, workout, travel, snowboard, judge pageants, and work on her fiction novel that she hopes to complete in the next two years.