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First Annual Dubuque IWLC Women’s Leadership Conference


The IWLC Dubuque Conference takes place Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Grand River Center, beginning at 7:00 a.m. for the CEO Forum and 12:00 p.m. for the Student Track Agenda. Featured speakers include four nationally recognized keynote speakers, Lisa Bloom, American Civil Rights advocate and legal analyst; Alison Levine, history-making polar explorer and mountaineer; Cy Wakeman, award-winning author, business consultant, and trainer; and Erica Williams Simon, who will speak on the topic of personal and social transformation.

Sponsor support for the conference comes from DuTrac Community Credit Union, the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation, American Trust and Savings Bank, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Loras College.

This dynamic, one-day conference includes two features of special interest to sponsoring organizations:

• An invitation-only CEO Forum for sponsor executives. This exclusive C-suite session will provide opportunities to meet with peers and discuss talent development and leadership issues and best practices in a session facilitated by a nationally recognized leadership expert.

• A half-day mini-conference for up to 300 college students, who will be given access to the same keynote speakers as other conference attendees, but with content specially tailored to young women about to begin their careers.

Take Charge for Happiness
Writing in her February 2015 Reality Based Network Newsletter, national keynote speaker, business consultant, and New York Times bestselling author Cy Wakeman shared the following keen insights and excerpts into creating personal happiness at work. She is a keynote and student track speaker for the Iowa Women Lead Change Conference in Dubuque.

It’s tempting to blame everyone around you for your troubles.
Pointing your finger at co-workers and claiming you have nothing to do with poor outcomes? Yup, that’s the easy part. But I’m here to let you in on a little secret – the more rewarding path in life comes from a place of personal accountability, not blame.

Personal accountability is the belief that you are fully responsible for your own actions and their consequences. It’s a choice, a mindset, and an expression of integrity. Some individuals exhibit it more than others, but it can and should be learned as it is not only the foundation for a successful personal/professional life, but also a prerequisite for happiness.

Your challenges in life are real and will always exist. Once we stop focusing on what’s happening "to" us, and focus instead on what we can do within our current circumstances to succeed, we will get the results we’re looking for. These results will lead to a happier, more engaged attitude – particularly at work. It reaffirms that you are the architect of your life and that you can handle whatever life tosses your way.

So, how accountable are you?
Here are four factors to consider that contribute directly to your personal accountability and can make for a happier outlook at work in 2015:

1. Commitment: Being committed means you are willing to do what it takes to get results, no matter what the challenge or task at hand. It means buying in readily to what is asked of you, even if it isn’t in your immediate job description. Those who are accountable are willing to fulfill a larger role for the good of the organization.

2. Resilience: Are you quick to give up at the first sign of trouble? Channel your inner tenacity and make an effort to bounce back quickly from setbacks. Push on no matter what and you may realize you are stronger and more capable than you realize.

3. Ownership: Having full ownership over your actions and results involves the ability to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Recognize the positive aspects of what you contribute at work and be open to receiving feedback on areas of improvement. View them as stepping-stones to getting better at your job and, ultimately, happier at work. If you can own up to improvements that need to be made and honor them, your pain and blame goes away all while making a bigger impact.

4. Continuous Learning: Making mistakes is never fun, but accountable people don’t view them as failures. Rather, they view them as teachable moments that will help make them better and more successful in the future. They resist the urge to pin the blame on outside forces and, instead, use what they’ve learned to open up new options for the future.

The takeaway? Victim mindsets don’t lead to success and happiness. Increase your personal accountability and engagement at work and happiness is sure to follow.

Learn from Cy Wakeman in Dubuque
“I am so excited to rock the stage in Dubuque on October 8th!” said Cy. “I love that I get to join IWLC again for its first Women’s Leadership Conference. You do not want to miss this event – it is guaranteed to be a game changer in your life. Join us for a great day of inspiration, education, networking, and fun.”

On October 8, Dubuque and tri-state women leaders will experience the energy, inspiration, and lessons of Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. Each IWLC Conference is created by a local steering committee with IWLC staff. The committee ensures that the conference program supports the needs of local emerging and current women leaders and the organizations they represent.

Pricing for the full day conference is $225. Pricing for the half-day Student Track is $55. For additional conference and registration information, visit www.IWLeads.org/Dubuque. For more information about corporate sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact Executive Director Diane Ramsey at diane.ramsey@iwlcleads.org or (319) 423-7176.

Since 2007, IWLC – originally known as the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference – has staged events throughout Iowa attracting more than 10,000 women and men from cross the Midwest. IWLC offers comprehensive leadership resources including events featuring prominent speakers, frequent networking opportunities, and research to advance women’s leadership in all aspects of their lives.

Editor’s note: This article was provided by IWLC.






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