ENDYIA KINNEY-STERNS, Main Stage Speaker

Endyia Kinney-Sterns200Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive with over 15 years of entertainment television experience. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming for various networks.

Most recently as Vice President of Development and Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Kinney-Sterns was responsible for overseeing day-to-day development of new original programming including popular docu-series “Raising Whitley” and “Deion’s Family Playbook.” She was an integral part in developing the new hit series “Flex and Shanice” in addition to many presentations and pilots.

As an accomplished television producer and executive, Kinney-Sterns has over 15 years of entertainment television experience producing shows for high-profile networks including VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV and production companies such as Buena Vista Television, Arnold Shapiro Productions and LMNO. Kinney-Sterns held the title of senior director of programming and development for TV ONE, where she was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of production and programming for popular series including “Baisden After Dark,” “Who’s Got Jokes” and “Black Men Revealed.” Her most notable accomplishment was co-developing and creating the brand-defining, multiple NAACP Award-winning hit show “Unsung.”

 

Why Me? How to Stay in the Fight WIth Adversity

Monday, October 11, 1 pm ET

This presentation will give key tools on how to have a healthy relationship with Adversity to overcome any challenges or obstacles that come with having a more productive, fruitful and purpose filled life. Endiya will share just how llfe-changing the Power of Embracing Adversity can be.

 

RACHELLE CACO, Main Stage Speaker

Rachelle CacoRachelle Caco is an inspiring first-generation Filipina American feminine leader who coaches women and power oouples to not only transform, but also to thrive in their businesses, while experiencing exceptional joy and happiness in their relationships. She is known for her warm, joyful presence, inspiring spirit, and phenomenal communication skills. As a transformational leader, she uses all of these to empower others to up-level their professional and personal lives.

With nearly two decades of experience as a Trained Facilitator, an Award-Winning Certified Life and Relationship Success Coach, and as a Leadership Mentor, Rachelle has facilitated and led workshops, seminars, and coaching programs for well-established companies in the personal development industry which includes Alison Armstrong’s PAX Programs, Understandmen.com, and PSI Seminars. Her leadership in these and other programs has dramatically altered thousands of lives across the US and Canada.

As an advocate for women’s lives and women leaders, Rachelle created The First Empress Program Series, Powerfully CHIC, and co-founded WOW-Women of Wealth. In each of these programs, she empowered clients to make gentle yet powerful pivots towards a more fulfilling life while implementing life changing tools.

Additionally, she served as the first female on the Board of Directors for The Keynote Speakers Coalition, and supported the rapid, organic growth of the Moms Helping Moms Business Network. Rachelle continues to be highly sought after as a dynamic speaker and coach for businesses, corporations and influential leaders who delight in her fun and easy-to-apply expertise for powerful leadership, effective communication and creating power partnerships.

She is a proud mother of two boys, a first grader and a 1-year-old. Rachelle enjoys attending theme parks with her family, dancing to '90s R&B, relishing in quality time and laughter with her girlfriends, and sneaking in a yoga nidra class or a nap to recharge before taking on life. You can count on her to bring lumpia (yummy Filipino egg rolls) to your pot-luck party!

 

Communication Up Level: How to Make the Masculine and Feminine Dynamics Shine for You!

Monday, October 11, 2 pm ET

Mastering complementary styles of communication is key to having successful partnerships, gaining advocates, building trust with your clients, team and family members, and ultimately thriving in your life.

By understanding what drives these communication styles, as well as what causes us to either feel safe or to withdraw, you'll gain access to extraordinary tools of how to be powerful in your partnerships while feeling honored and respected.

In this fun and interactive session with Rachelle Caco, you will be able to shine as you make these different dynamics work for you, eliminating the need for manipulation and games, and her easy-to- apply communication skills will be new tools in your toolbox!

 

JENNIFER JOST, Main Stage Speaker

Jennifer JostJennifer Jost is an award-winning wealth advisor and money coach for professional women. She has been awarded Associate Advisor of The Year, Presidents Club & Inner Circle, which qualified her for the Million Dollar Round Table.

She is a Certified Money Coach, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Certified Grief Counselor.

WIth more than 15 years experience in the financial industry as an Investment Advisor Representative, she has one of the highest levels of commitments in her field, a Fiduciary Responsibility to her clients. Honesty, integrity and ethics are the foundation of Jennifer's practice. Above all, her clients always come first and she makes money FUN!

But it's through her own personal story of trials to triumph where Jennifer's real magic and power lie. Twenty-five years ago, the unthinkable happened. She lost her two beautiful children in a family tragedy.

On her journey from grief to reclaiming life, she found meaning in serving others and guiding women on their paths to empowerment. Her daily drive comes from honoring her kids, Nicholas and Cheri. As a volunteer grief counselor, she's developed several women's groups devoted to helping survivors of domestic violence heal and find their resilience.

She's a philanthropist and activist for women and has been the featured Keynote Speaker for STAND, a nonprofit organization to support women against domestic violence. Her big mission in the world is to help more women be worthy of their wealth!


 

My Story of Life, Finances and Survival

Wednesday, October 13, 9 am ET

Jennifer describes her passion for assisting others in managing finances and the passage she made through a terrible ordeal, finding her way back to the sunshine after a terrible storm.

 

JONI WICKHAM, Main Stage Speaker

Joni WickhamJoni Wickham is the co-founder, with former Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, of Wickham James Strategies & Solutions, which provides its clients with strategic communications, crisis communications, government relations, public policy, political strategy and mediations.

She is also the author of the book "The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch: Taking Action, Driving Change and Getting Results.”

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Joni and her indisputable southern accent arrived in Kansas City almost 10 years ago after leading initiatives within state and federal government as well as advocacy organizations.

In her eight years with the mayor’s office — the majority of them spent as Chief of Staff— Joni proved herself as an accomplished political strategist, communications expert, and organizational leader. She directed public policy initiatives, communications tactics and administrative decision-making during her tenure, all while promoting women’s leadership and empowerment issues.

An artful negotiator, Joni helped steer Sly’s major development projects in Kansas City while raising the city’s profile at the national and international levels. Her front-row seat at city hall shed light on how local government is still very much a man’s world, and this motivated her to create a first-of-its-kind women’s empowerment initiative, which has been implemented in several major cities.

Prior to her time at city hall, Joni worked with the American Federation of Teachers, the Missouri Department of Transportation, and in the office of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

While a student at Meredith College, where she received her bachelor of arts in political studies, Joni studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. An accomplished alumna of the University of Missouri, where she earned her master of arts in political science, Joni was the recipient of the 2019 University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs Mel Carnahan Public Service Award.

 

The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch

Wednesday, October 13, 11:15 am ET

Joni Wickham helped lead Kansas City through its renaissance during the administration of Mayor Sly James, however, her humble beginnings in rural North Carolina really make her story all the more interesting.

She'll take the audience through her personal journey as well as her professional journey while discussing ways in which gender bias and inequity showed up along the way.

Building off of her bestselling book, "The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch: Taking Action, Driving Change and Getting Results," she will give a blueprint for using the POWER within men and women to widen the line between cupcake and bitch.

Impostor syndrome, emotional intelligence and authenticity are all topics that are part of this engaging, funny and -- at times -- unsettling discussion. She also has a special focus on how to navigate being underestimated, a dynamic she knows a lot about!

 

JESSICA BUSH, Main Stage Speaker

Jessica BushJessica Bush, CFA is a Portfolio Manager for Principal Portfolio Strategies, a specialized boutique that engages in the creation of asset allocation solutions. She is responsible for the manager selection and asset allocation modeling for the Dynamic Outcome strategies.Jessica is a member of the Investment Risk and Oversight Committee.

Prior to her dedicated role on these strategies, she served as a Senior Research Analyst on the Manager Research team responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of the sub-advisors under the due diligence program used by Principal Funds.

Jessica has more than 13 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Principal® in 2006, she was a Senior Portfolio Analyst on the fixed-income team at Putnam Investments.

Jessica earned a B.A. in business administration from the University of Michigan. She has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

 

With the Wind-Down of Emergency Fiscal Stimulus Measures, is the U,S. Consumer on the Ropes? We Think Not …

 Monday, October 11, 4 pm ET

Since January 2020, the U.S. consumer has accumulated $2.5 trillion in excess reserves. Over the last decade, annual real consumer spending averaged 2.0 percent. If the whole $2.5 trillion were spent over the next three years, it would boost consumer spending by 5 percent each year — a potential boon for GDP growth.

The impending stoppage of emergency fiscal stimulus may concern investors. However, as much of the stimulus that’s accumulated in bank deposits is spent down, the positive impact of fiscal support will extend well beyond the conclusion of the programs that delivered it.

 

CAROLINE JOHNSON, Special Guest Speaker

Caroline JohnsonCaroline Johnson is the founder of Twisted Pink, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide hope and connection for metastatic breast cancer patients through bold breakthroughs in research and awareness of the disease.

Caroline founded Twisted Pink in 2014, shortly after undergoing treatment for stage III breast cancer and learning:

  • An estimated 20-30 percent of breast cancer patients will experience metastatic breast cancer. This is when the cancer spreads from the breast to other organs.
  • Once this happens, treatment is lifelong and the median survival rate is three years.
  • Within the breast cancer giving community only 10 percent of available funding is directed to research specific to metastatic disease.

Since its founding, Twisted Pink has donated more than $1.8 million to funding research into metastatic breast cancer and its treatment.

When Caroline was diagnosed, she used the experience she had gained advocating for her special-needs son, Michael, to fight for her own health. She now puts those skills to work in her quest to increase funding for metastatic breast cancer research.

 

Caroline will speak at the Pink Out Reception on Sunday, October 10 and at the 85th Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, October 12.

 

SANDRA GEBHARDT, Breakout Speaker

Sandra GebhardtSandra’s goal is to see a world in which people are able to confidently use their unique voice, follow their dreams, embrace and monetize their passions, and find a way to understand exactly what a toddler is trying to tell them.

As a digital marketer with years of experience, Sandra has worked with hundreds of small-business owners, trained in high-ticket consulting groups, spoken at multiple events and been featured in two documentaries, and runs a top-rated podcast, “Binding Authority,” all while being a wife and keeping the worlds cutest 2-year-old entertained, happy and from falling off of tall things he climbs.

Sandra is extremely passionate about helping people solve problems they are having in business. She has been described as being “a bit too much” or “a busybody” and was voted “most eager to please” by her high school senior class. Sandra took these labels and turned into being somewhat famous for “knowing a person for that,” helping small-business owners plug holes in their current business. She also runs a group consulting course where she focuses on coaching and helping women build their small businesses.

 

How to Be Everywhere ... Without Going Anywhere: Writing Business With Organic Social Media

Tuesday, October 12, 11:30 am ET and Wednesday, October 13, 10 am ET

In this breakout we will discuss the proven 5x5x5 method Sandra Gebhardt coaches on.

Using this method you will gain referral partners, wrote new business and learn how to position yourself at the foremost expert in your field. Basically becoming the Beyoncé of Insurance!

Each attendee will leave this breakout session with all the tools they need to get started right away!

 

CAREY YUKICH and HAWLEY WOODS GRAY, Breakout Speakers

Carey Yukich and Hawley Woods Gray are the co-authors of "Push Through: Your Ultimate Success Playbook."

Carey YukichCarey Yukich, along with her husband, John, founded TrueWealth Advising Group, through which she provides valued clients with a Financial Foundation (plan) and guidance through implementation of the plan. Carey is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. Her registrations include FINRA Series 65, and 7. She is licensed in Life, Health and Long-Term Care Insurance.

Carey acts as the client’s CFO and collaborates with their trusted professionals (CPA’s and attorneys) in formulating optimal financial strategies. The establishment of distinct, holistic planning goals along with financial discipline helps to lead her clients toward financial freedom. Her clients receive customized strategies unique to their goals, needs, time frames, and risk tolerance. Carey is committed to guiding her clients in making informed decisions which translate to meaningful financial solutions.

Carey graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in education and social policy. She completed her degree while on full athletic scholarship for volleyball. Carey serves as the Legacy Foundation's vice chairman and on the Investment Committee and volunteers for Northwest Indiana Meals on Wheels, the American Heart Association and PATH (Positive Approach to Teen Health,) all while participating in many community activities throughout northwest Indiana. She frequently presents Asset Management Strategies to companies, municipalities and charitable organizations.

Carey was recently published in Best in Review, was a finalist for Building Indiana Magazine’s “Indiana’s Most Influential Women" and achieved Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) status in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Carey held the position of treasurer for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for Northwest Indiana (NAIFA-NW).

Carey’s experience providing valued clients with “Guidance Throughout their Financial Journey” spans 18+ years.

 

Hawley Woods Gray

Hawley Woods Gray is a Managing Vice President at Appreciation Financial. Hawley and her husband, Bobby, provide leadership to more than 100 agents on their team.

Hawley is the Co-Founder of Women of Wealth and is a board member of Women of Insurance and Financial Services. As a result of being an athlete for more than 35 years, Hawley knows firsthand that all good things come from hard work, coaching and being held accountable.

She is passionate about helping others succeed and is most proud of the young women and men she has helped get to the next level in sports as well as the in their lives.

 

Push Through Until You Shine!

Tuesday, October 12, 11:30 am ET and Wednesday, October 13, 10 am ET

This presentation will cover the seven different principles covered in Carey and Hawley's book,

  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Just Keep Going
  • Rise Up
  • Keeping Score
  • The Huddle
  • Fierce!
  • Triumph!

 

CAROLYN ARENTSON, Breakout Speaker

Carolyn ArentsonCarolyn Arentson is founder and editor of the fashion blog My Chic Obsession.

She is a full-time fashion fanatic who is currently turning her passion into purpose. Her aim is to bring simple, tailored fashion advice to women worldwide and create informative content with the reader in mind to help them elevate their look.

On her blog, Carolyn strives to step away from the traditional methods of simply selling the latest look and instead write from the heart with her readers in mind.

Carolyn is the author of the ebook "How to Build a Wardrobe From Scratch That Will Stand the Test of TIme."

 

 How to Rebuild Your Wardrobe

Tuesday, October 12, 11:30 am ET and Wednesday, October 13, 10 am ET

What a year and a half it's been, right? For a lot of us, fashion has taken a back seat, but now, we get a fresh start! In this session, we're going to go over how you can rebuild your wardrobe. We'll talk about what to toss from your closet, how to discover your personal style, how to decide what colors your wardrobe should have, how to wear your clothes, what you should shop for and more. Now is the time to feel good about your wardrobe again ... or for the first time!

 

XAN ROUSSELLE, Fast 'N Furious Co-Host

Xan RousselleXan Rousselle is a Director with National Life Group, where he has been for the past decade.

Xan is a Certified Financial Planner® and also holds his CLU®, ChFC®, and RICP®. He focuses on creating unique ways to engage learning when it comes to his training and presentations.

Xan is also an All World Ironman Triathlete and is just returning from a race in Nice, France. He attended the University of Vermont, where he played soccer.

He is currently based in Detroit, Michigan, where his wife is completing her residency in ophthalmology.

 

BRITTANY RUSSO, Fast 'N Furious Co-Host and Mentorship Panelist

Brittany RussoBrittany Russo is Director of Independent Distribution for National Life, based out of the Los Angeles metro area.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Norwich University, Brittany started working for The National Life Group as an Internal Sales Associate and has since transitioned into a Director of Sales.

Her goal is to help the agents representing National Life Group reinforce their client’s financial security with her unlimited resources, professional capability and personal care.

Brittany is a member of WIFS’ New England Aspiring Chapter, as well as a member of the President’s Council.

 

Fast 'N Furious

Tuesday, October 12, 2 pm ET

At this session, a perennial Conference favorite, everyone has one minute to share their best business idea. A panel of judges will choose the top three, who will win prizes. But everyone walks away a winner with lots of ideas to take home and try out!

 

LISA SAPPENFIELD BOYER, Mentorship Panelist

Lisa BoyerLisa Boyer has been the owner of Boyer & Sappenfield Investment Advisors since 1983. Her areas of practice include retirement income planning for accumulation and distribution and other overall financial planning needs including college funding, life insurance and portfolio analysis.

Lisa holds the Series 6, 7, 66 and 24 registrations and has been a Certified Financial Planner since 1984. In addition to her membership in WIFS, she is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the East Central Illinois Estate Planning Association and a partner in the RDM Advisor Network.

Lisa graduated cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in finance. She lives in Tuscola, Illinois.

 

Coach or Be Coached: The Road to Success Starts WIth Mentorship

Tuesday, October 12, 3 pm ET

WIFS members share their experience on how mentorship has benefited them, both by being a mentor and mentee. The speakers will share their best practices in being in a mentorship program, as well as highlighting what sets the WIFS Mentorship Program apart.

 

 Check back often for more 2021 National Conference speakers!

 

WIFS is carefully monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 virus and following the recommendations of the CDC and the state of Indiana, city of Indianapolis. Please visit our website for the latest information about requirements for this year's Conference.