Every November Womentum hosts a public leadership event to increase knowledge and awareness of women's issues.. What began many years ago as a luncheon and keynote address is now a full day summit with workshops and training in professional and personal development. Past keynote presenters include: author Marie C. Wilson, former Wyoming First Lady Nancy Freudenthal, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kite, artist and author Jennifer Lowe-Anker, Chairman and CEO of Style for Hire Cinday McLaughlin, First Western Trust's Director of Philanthropy Alexis Owen, Founder and CEO of Climb Wyoming Dr. Ray Dineen Fleming, President of University of Wyoming Dr. Laurie Nichols, and in 2018 Corporate Restructuring Executive Bettina Whyte. This summit is Womentum's primary fundraising event.
2019 The 2019 Women in Leadership Summit explored the theme of “The Power of Connection.” Keynote speaker Jensine Larsen addressed the global connectivity she has seen since founding World Pulse - a digital media network connecting women worldwide. Today, World Pulse is powered by tens of thousands of women from more than 190 countries, many who are using internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones, collectively improving the lives of 7.6 million people. Following the keynote address and coffee reception, attendees attended workshops that focused on four realms of connectivity: technology, gender, inner self, creativity, and community. The full day summit concluded with a group panel discussion led by local and regional facilitators to explore the power of connection more deeply.
2018 The 2018 Women in Leadership Summit explored the theme of “Courage to Lead.” Keynote speaker Bettina Whyte addressed the courage to be true to yourself, being a female leader in a predominantly male field and the importance of having mentors. Ms. Whyte has enjoyed a 30+ year career as a restructuring professional who has aided the turnaround of a number of multi-billion dollar companies. She has served as Interim CEO or Chief Restructuring Officer for domestic and international corporations in a variety of industries and remains one of the very few women who has succeeded in this male-dominated role. Following the keynote address and coffee reception, attendees will circulate between three, 90-minute breakout sessions led by local and regional facilitators. The breakout sessions will focus on three aspects of leadership: Personal Leadership, Public Leadership, and Communications for Leadership.
2017 President Nichols was born and raised in South Dakota. A first-generation college graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Dakota State University in 1978. She then earned a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University in 1988. President Nichols began her career in higher education as a member of the faculty of the University of Idaho from 1988 to 1994. She then became the Dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. From August 2008 through June 2009, she served as interim president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then returned to SDSU to become Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2016. Laurie Nichols began her duties as the University of Wyoming’s 26th president May 16, 2016. She is the first woman to serve as President of the University of Wyoming.
2015 Women in Leadership Luncheon Alexis Owen. As Director of Philanthropic Services and Marketing for First Western Trust, Alexis Owen guides communications and philanthropic strategy for the company, including the development of corporate social responsibility programming. She advises clients on personal giving strategies, educating them on effective philanthropy and helping guide their philanthropic investments. Additionally, Alexis is the founder of the Young Philanthropists Foundation and is co-owner of dovetail solutions, a Colorado PR firm. Whether teaching the next generation to give back or advising clients about the ins and outs of effective philanthropy, she is dedicated to empowering individuals to make the world a better place.
2014 Women in Leadership Luncheon Dr. Ray Fleming Dineen