Speakers to address overcoming hurdles at work, in life at Iowa Women Lead Change conference

Journalist, pilot, CEO to speak at 10-year conference next week

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A former TV news anchor, a human-rights reporter who was held captive in North Korea and the first woman F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot will be among the speakers set for next week’s Iowa Women Lead Change conference.

Gretchen Carlson, the anchor who brought the lawsuit that led to the departure of Fox News Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes, will address the IWLC’s 10-year anniversary dinner starting at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

On Thursday, Laura Ling, the award-winning journalist who in 2009 was apprehended by North Korean soldiers and held for 140 days, will be the luncheon keynote.

Among the other speakers scheduled throughout the conference will be Maureen Chiquet, author and former Global CEO of Chanel; Carey Lohrenz, the U.S. Navy pilot, who will discuss overcoming hurdles and reducing errors; and Lauren Leader-Chivee, founder and CEO of All in Together, a not-for-profit designed to help women find their voices in politics.

“It’s a tribute to IWLC co-founder Diane Ramsey and a team of visionaries who had this idea of ‘a conference’ 10 years ago that it has not only survived, but thrived to become the thought leader on women’s leadership in Iowa,” Chief Operating Office Tiffany O’Donnell said.

“This year’s conference and anniversary dinner will be representative of what we believe is so critical to the development of women leaders. We have a wide range of speakers covering topics from leading authentically to leading fearlessly.

“In addition, we offer smaller breakout sessions that will tackle issues like navigating difficult conversations and leading in times of overwhelming (challenges).”

Last year, IWLC reported some 1,600 attendees for that two-day event.

If you go

l What: Iowa Women Lead Change Eastern Iowa Conference

l When: Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27

l Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, 350 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids

l More information: A complete list of speakers — and an option to buy tickets — can be found at IWLC’s website, iwlcleads.org. Note that some sessions already are full.

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