Women’s Empowerment Symposium

Melissa Hager, The Comedy Series

Evening Entertainment (6:45 - 7:30pm)
Melissa Hager grew up on a farm near Frankenmuth, MI which meant she was forced to eat her pets. Slow roasted is her favorite. Currently as a wife and mom of boys, stand up comedy gives her the chance to poke fun at the everyday situations of adulthood. Melissa loves glitter, gluten, and full brief underwear ....just to name a few... She started a traveling comedy club called The Comedy Series and produces live, professional stand up shows all over Mid-Michigan.

Breakout Sessions

Working with Challenging People


Michelle Burkhard, Grow By One

Session 1 (1:30 - 2:30pm)
If you live with, work with, serve with, or play with other people, eventually you’ll run into a challenging person! This fast-paced, humorous presentation will give you tips and tricks to understand yourself and others and experience more peace in all areas of your life.


Beyond the Business Card

Harnessing the Power of Relationships and Networks

Neena Hogle, YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region
Session 1 (1:30 - 2:30pm)
Success today is increasingly determined not just by how many hours you spend in your office, but your ability to connect to others, how you incorporate outside perspectives, and how you navigate networks. Building and maintaining relationships takes time, but progress is not achieved in solitude. Research shows that women harness the power of their relationships differently than men and it’s hindering our success, but just like getting better at math, or becoming a more skilled communicator, it’s a skill all of us are not only capable of learning, but one that women should be prioritizing.


Conquering the Brick Walls

Changing Your Perspective to Achieve Goals

Michele Reynolds, CMU College of Medicine
Session 2 (2:40 - 3:25pm)
In this session we will talk about the importance of “brick walls,” aka life’s obstacles. We all face them, but we don’t have to let them defeat us. Learning to think like a creator empowers us to face the brick walls and anything that comes with them.


Take the Risk!


Savana West, Nexteer Automotive

Session 2 (2:40 - 3:25pm)
A recent study by British Psychological Society stated that, “males were more than twice as likely to be adventurous and almost twice as likely to be carefree.” In the fast-paced environment that we call business, what will make us stand out from our male counterparts? What can we do, to help us take risks and elevate our professional life? Come join us for an interactive discussion to set yourself apart from those around you.


Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Strengthening Your Resiliency Muscle to Face Life's Challenges Head On

Becky Barror, Becky Barror Coaching

Session 3 (3:45 - 4:45pm)
Becky will demonstrate through stories and examples how to identify your current paralyzing beliefs, and styles of avoidance. She will then teach techniques for change that will help you recognize how strong you really are, and ways to practice working your resiliency muscle to enable you to face challenging situations in life with more effectiveness and less stress. Whether it's having a difficult conversation with a co-worker or surviving an unexpected life change, this is a must see presentation for learning how to handle life's ups and come through stronger and happier than ever!


Negotiation: This is How We Do It


Barbara Littles, Purpose By Design Leadership, Coaching and Development

Session 3 (3:45 - 4:45pm)
Everyone negotiates but not effectively. The same principles of negotiation apply whether people are negotiating a salary increase or promotion, a relationship, or pitching ideas. Skillful negotiators know that communication and the ability to quickly build rapport and relationships are key to success. In this workshop the participants will (1) learn to identify varying negotiation styles (2) learn about their own negotiation style and how their style likely affects their negotiation (3) how to effectively engage with other negotiation styles different from their own. Through interactive activities and practice sets each participant will strengthen their negotiating skills.


One Crisis from Crazy

Empowering Women through Mental and Emotional Health

Joy Calloway

Session 4 (5:30 - 6:30pm)
This experience covers the basics of mental health issues in women, with an emphasis on the impact stress, anxiety and depression has on a woman’s ability to live her best and most authentic life. The session offers strategies for achieving optimal emotional health, even in the face of difficult life circumstances. Participants will leave with a framework for developing their personal emotional health maintenance strategy.


Overcoming Obstacles and Turning Your Pain Into Power


Alisa Divine, Entrepreneur

Session 4 (5:30 - 6:30pm)
Often, where our pain resides is where our greatest power lies. Join Alisa as she shares inspirational stories of individuals who overcame obstacles in their lives through turning their pain into power. Alisa will walk you through a five step process you can put into action immediately to overcome an obstacle (health, wealth, career, and relationships) you experience that limits you from the life you want to live. Leave with an armor of personal power to call upon on a daily basis to reach your full potential.

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