CHECK THESE CHICKS OUUUTT: 2019 Retreat Speakers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KAYLEEN MCCABE
Kayleen McCabe’s passion for the trades takes her from garages to global summits. A licensed contractor and industry ambassador, she’s a sought-after speaker on trade education, America’s labor shortage, and encouraging women to become craft professionals – all marked by her trademark playfulness, candor, and informed wit. The winner of DIY Network’s Stud Finder competition and longtime host of TV’s Rescue Renovation, Kayleen is committed to soliciting respect and visibility for trade vocations and workmanship.
Her non-profit, The McCabe Foundation, tightens America’s skills gap by encouraging students, veterans -young men and women alike to consider careers in this undervalued, unfilled sector.
Kayleen is a familiar face at industry events and in schools across the nation, and works with respected partners including SkillsUSA, WorldSkills, NCCER, ACTE, and NAWIC.
Karen Lum is the owner of K. Lum Consulting. As a“Business Co-Pilot”, Karen supports leaders who are growing or elevating their businesses and teams. Her services include one-on-one business coaching, facilitated planning sessions, employee training and program development & implementation.
With 20 years of facilitation experience, her training clients include non-profit organizations, small and large businesses and several luxury service and high-end brands. As a business coach, Karen supports clients to prioritize working ON their business, rather than just working IN it; they gain perspective, heightened awareness and actionable steps to improve, scale and succeed.
Passionate about empowering others, Karen brings a fresh style and perspective to all her programs and collaborations. She is a supporter of the arts, an advocate for life-skills training for youth, a tad addicted to fly-fishing and doesn’t miss a chance to jump on the trampoline with her daughter at sunset.
Kim is passionate about business, financial empowerment, and ending global poverty. Her personal heroes include her parents, Abigail Adams (she vaccinated her own children against smallpox while John was abroad), John Wesley Powell (first run of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with one arm in the 1800s), Margaret Thatcher, Muhammed Yunus (Banker to the Poor), Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir.
Kim is First Vice President and a Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. Prior to entering wealth management and the financial planning industry, Kim was the Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President at Bank of Montana, a private business bank that she helped found based in Missoula, Montana.
Kim's passion for advancing women in leadership positions and empowering women financially led to her founding The Athena Pack, a women's leadership summit in the Rocky Mountain West focused on actionable change.
Kim is President of the University of Washington’s 2012 Class of the Pacific Coast Banking School and a Babson College Entrepreneurship Graduate. She is an alumnus of Babson College's Women's Leadership Program and has taught advanced Leadership coursework at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Banking.
Kim has taught entrepreneurship in South Africa, researched informal economies in Latin America, and worked in investment banking and economic development. Kim is passionate about access to excellent education, closing the pay gap, financial education, her family, and living a life of passion and contribution.
When Jordan Lacenski enters a room, you’ll know it. Her personality is magnetic, her energy palpable. Quick wit and a ready flash of smile will draw you into conversation, and before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re already “in the fold.”
Jordan is the “Boss” behind BrandBoss® Creative and the cofounder behind SheWolf® Collaborative, a brilliant strategist and motivator, and consummate entrepreneur. Her passion for building businesses through innovative branding and marketing is rooted in the desire to support her fellow female entrepreneurs and find ways to change the world.
HISTORY + ACCOLADES
Jordan holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing, and obtained her BA in Communication Studies from UNCG.
Jordan’s community-minded approach to branding and marketing was recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association of Northwest Florida in 2016, when they named her Communicator of the Year Not-For-Profit. She gives back. In 2017, Jordan organized a #GivingTuesday event in which she led a startup marketing collaborative in donating 24 hours of marketing strategy work to a Montana nonprofit.
As the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation from 2014-’16, she positioned the Foundation and its charity partners as regional influencers, maximizing PR reach within the community they serve. Jordan previously worked as Brand Manager for Beam Global in North Carolina, and Craft Brand Specialist with Caffey Distributing, Co. She helped launch new craft beer brands in the Triad of North Carolina, and forged relationships with regionally established brands like New Belgium Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Co, and Great Lakes Brewing Co.
She is now a member of the Forbes Agency Council and the Ellevate Network.
WHY SHE DOES IT
Jordan’s motivations come from her desire to dive headfirst into challenging projects. She loves the constant process of discovery and rediscovery – the common thread in every evolving brand. Fueled by morning coffee and a kickass playlist, Jordan’s energy and vision is contagious. She describes her relationship to digital marketing in terms of feeling and connection. “I love branding because of the potential it has to reach people. If done right, your brand can connect with the human heart, tell a story, humanize your business.”
SheWolf® was founded on the belief that "THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK, AND THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK IS THE WOLF.” (Rudyard Kipling)
Jordan and the founding member team have created an online network for women with existing businesses, female founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs. This has offered a safe place for women at the top of their game to find support and resources.
Tessa Burnett Witmer
Tessa Burnett Witmer is the founder and owner of Hattie Rex, a handmade-jewelry-and-local-art-boutique in downtown Bozeman, Montana. Based on her experience with Hattie Rex, she established Lightbox in 2016.
Lightbox is a small business consultancy that helps creative entrepreneurs illuminate the dark corners of business through community, coaching, and consulting. Tessa’s background in pedagogy and technical communication allows Lightbox to specialize in creating efficient systems and customized technologies that empower the businesses and lives of creative entrepreneurs. Tessa is passionate about helping businesswomen confidently overcome the overwhelm and create a business that can run without them.
WITH DOWNTOWN BOZEMAN ASSOCIATION + THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER