Welcome to Beyond Rubies 2018!
April 5-6, 2018, The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Whether you’re a first-time participant or you’ve been coming for the past 35+ years – we invite you to join us to experience an unforgettable event guaranteed to inform, inspire and empower.
Beyond Rubies is a conference for women of all generations and backgrounds to learn practical ideas on how to succeed, while juggling increasingly complex and diverse life demands. You will be engaged in an exciting, fun and inspirational atmosphere, where women come together to network. This upbeat, two-day conference will have professional development and personal growth topics. Each day will feature a keynote presentation and attendees will have the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions of their choice.
The conference will set the tone for building better lives while enjoying the journey. The focus will be to provide information on a full range of issues – in the workplace, at home, and in the community.
We encourage you to attend this year’s conference and participate in the wonderful opportunities Beyond Rubies 2018 has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in April!
Thursday, April 5
Transforming Ordinary into Extraordinary
At some point, personally or professionally, we've all wanted to hit the brakes and start over. However, the key is to make the most of right where you are today. Women have an amazing ability to see things for what they could be instead of what they are at the moment. We know that relationships, careers, and matters of the heart could all be improved but often lack the secret to connecting the dots. This program shares the secret to moving from only seeing that potential to fully living it. We'll laugh our way to uncovering how to connect better, work smarter, and yes, even deal with difficult people. Let's have a blast as we discover how to transform ordinary into extraordinary!
Friday, April 6
Be electric! This exclamation does not mean to put your finger in a power outlet to feel the current surge through your body to feel alive. It might get you killed!
However, electricity is in everyone. It is energy observed in either positive or negative forms. It can also be expressed in terms of movement and interactions with others or the world overall. Positive energy is our goal for the workplace, home or at play. It makes your day. When you are seen as friendly and have a good attitude it’s inspiring…positive begets positive! So, what if there is a negative charge around you (like electricity)? Take the path of least resistance. Every day presents hurdles and obstacles; it’s how you get around them and over them. A sense of humor always has a place. Problem-solving, multi-tasking and organizing are all part of a woman’s job description in life. So be electric. Learn by your example as to who you are and how you are on any given day. Let your light shine.
This message is for anyone who wants to recharge their sense of self. Turn up your power. It’s about shocking the system in order to make a change. Be filled with good vibes. “Vibes” are the emotional signals a person gives out to those around them with their body language and social interactions. Are you sending good vibes? Everyday life brings out struggles and challenges. We will learn how to be a generator of excitement, new ideas, strength, survival and talent.
The success of Beyond Rubies is directly related to the participation and support of our community. We are proud to recognize the following sponsors:
Business & Financial Strategies
Collins Community Credit Union
Illuminations Center of Enlightenment
LimeLight by Alcone - Cindy Lee Brand Ambassador & Independent Beauty Guide
Kirkwood Continuing Education
LuLaroe - Danielle Schlotterbeck
Mount Mercy University
Perfectly Posh with Shaleen Ague
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids Center
Usborne Books & More - Ruth Schroeder
Wickwire Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Alzheimer's Association, East Central Iowa Chapter
Michelle Havener State Farm Insurance
Prairiewood Franciscan Spirituality Center
St. Luke's Auxiliary
Craig Adamson, Owner, True Wealth Stewardship
William Albright, Aesthetic Consultants of Iowa
Janet R Beal, CFP, Financial Advisor, WinnerLink Advisory Group
Sean Beard, Financial Advisor, Business & Financial Strategies
Laura Behrens, Principal, Red Pen Communications
Jennifer Bishop, Wild Indigo Coyote
Dr Terri Cooper, Wholistic Wellness Clinic PC
Alison Dix, Digital Marketing Strategist
Deb Dodson, Sylvan Learning Center
LeeAnn Eddins, Principal, Visual Design Strategist, LA Eddins Design
Dr. Tanya English, CEO, Quantum Healing International
Pat Giorgio, President and CEO, Evergreen Estates
Mel Gonnerman Jr, Director of I-O Services, Peerman Group
Norma Jean Havlik-Smith, Workforce Career Consultant
Rina Jensen, Catalyst for Change
Jeff Kaiden, CFP, Senior Financial Representative, Principal Financial Group
Jen Kovach, Owner, Trainer, JLK Training and Consulting
Deb Kuehne, Wild Indigo Coyote
Jessica Levy, Jessy's Gems
Jessie Lowe, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, House of Hope
Kathleen Mavity, MBA, Consultant, Stepping Into Big, LLC
Jennifer Murphy, Life Strategist, No Limits Life Empowerment Institute
Maria Peth, PhD, Maria's Angelic Enlightenment
Quinn Pettifer, Community Outreach Manager, The Gazette
Kate Pine, Business Services Representative
Todd Saville, Business Faculty and Program Coordinator, Kirkwood Community College
Patti Seda, Owner/Coach and SCORE Mentor, Seda Consulting, LLC & SCORE
Melissa White, Founder/CEO, Balanced Fitness & Health
Emily Smith, Sylvan Learning Center
Marlin Smith, Madrake HR Consulting
Lori Trumblee, Wild Indigo Coyote
Jean Vaux, CEO, The Life Equilibrium Health Coach
Jenn Wolfe, Senior Financial Representative, Principal Financial Group