"I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. You are
certainly a dynamic speaker. It was GREAT!"

              Saundra Quick, Mechanics & Farmers Bank
                        Executive Assistant to the President

FREE eNewsletter
*bonus w/subscription

subscribe here

- view archives -
homemeeting plannerscontact usBlog
Regina Barr
Founder of Women at the Top®

Conference Overview

Register Now

Virtual Conference Featured Sponsors

The Women at the Top® Network is proud to present our second annual 2011 Virtual Leadership Conference – Re-Energize Your Career! This year’s program is sponsored in part by:


Virtual Conference Featured Experts

Learn more about your host and our featured experts below.

Your Host

The Women at the Top® Network is a program of Red Ladder, Inc., proud sponsor of the 2011 Virtual Leadership Development Conference – Re-Energize Your Career.     

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive, founder and CEO of Red Ladder, Inc., and founder of the Women at the Top® Network. As CEO she helps organizations manage transitions, complete major projects, build strong teams and develop leadership talent. She is a leadership development consultant, executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. Learn more about Regina or her speaking availability at www.redladder.com.

Regina organized the 2011 Women at the Top® Virtual Leadership Development Conference – Re-Energize Your Career. She will be your host for the program.

Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST.

Interpersonal Skills: The days of the authoritarian leader are over. Good interpersonal skills are vital to generate the personal trust and respect needed for leadership effectiveness.

Colette Releford is President of Strive Business Solutions. Her career spans more than 20 years in process documentation management, business writing and professional consulting. Colette holds an MBA, MS in E-Commerce and BA in Communications with a minor in journalism. In 2009 her company was named Small Business of the year by the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce. Colette serves on the Board of Directors or is an active volunteer in several professional organizations. She can be reached at .

Colette will share ideas on how to Utilize Your Relational Skills and Processes to Network More Effectively. Strong interpersonal skills – both online and off – matter in business. You’ll learn how to combine processes along with your interpersonal skills in developing more effective networking practices.

Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national training and consulting firm focused on bringing common sense to business and life. A nationally recognized speaker, Teresa has presented her Common Sense programs on customer service, sales, communication and life balance to businesses and organizations across the U.S. and abroad for over 17 years. Teresa is author of Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines and is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty. You can learn more about Teresa at www.AllenSpeaks.com.

Teresa will be speaking about Common Sense Communication: Who am I? Who are you? To maximize the impact business interactions, we must be able to adapt to varied communication styles. Teresa will help you learn simple yet powerful ways to better connect with co-workers and customers.

Laura A. Barclay is President and Founder of the Minneapolis Civility & Etiquette Centre, LLC, the leading civility, etiquette, and protocol training company in the Midwest. She is also the founder of the Minnesota Civility Consortium. Laura provides guidance in navigating the nuances of communication, building relationships, and creating positive interactions in organizations, schools, and families. Laura is a sought after consultant, speaker, and expert. She has been featured on television, radio, and quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines. She is co-author of The Power of Civility, available May, 2011. With a Masters degree in Management and Organizational Sociology, and experience in a variety of industries, Laura is uniquely qualified to address civility and etiquette in our communities. Learn more about Laura at www.civilitycentre.com.

Laura will be discussing The Power of Leadership Civility. You will learn to define workplace civility and its importance; the top five ways that leaders demonstrate civility; and what leaders can do to build civility in their workplace.

Dee Knapp, president of Accord & Collaboration Dispute Resolution Services has been providing mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training that addresses workplace conflict for over twenty years. She helps people find fair resolution to conflicts both within and outside the legal system with less acrimony and more satisfaction on all sides. Dee speaks nationwide at meetings and conferences, and teaches the mediation skills class and directs the Mediation Clinic at Seattle University School of Law. She is an attorney and former litigator with a law degree from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology. As a mediator, Ms. Knapp serves on panels for several organizations. Learn more about Dee at www.acdrs.net.

Dee will discuss Managing Workplace Conflict. She will focus on the interpersonal sources of conflict and the interventions and change necessary to creating a high functioning workplace. You will learn a four step process for managing workplace conflict.

Self Management: A person who expects to effectively manage others must first be capable of managing herself. Your ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames along with your ability to stay calm under fire is critical to your leadership success.

Brenda Booth is a former advertising executive turned fitness guru and entrepreneur. She has been in the fitness industry since high school where she started her career teaching group fitness classes at a Women’s Workout World. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where her areas of expertise center around weight and lifestyle management; with a total health perspective. She is also an Intrinsic Coach® and Group Fitness Instructor. Brenda spends her free time weight training or hitting a spinning or cardio class. She’s been featured on Fitness Celebrity, Fox 9, ShopNBC and was highlighted in Oxygen Magazine’s “Future of Fitness”. Learn more about Brenda at www.bodyonewellness.com.

Brenda will talk about how Success in Business and in Life Starts with Self-care. You are the glue that holds your team, family and own life together. But if you do not care for yourself, how good can you really be to others? You will learn how to bring energy, personal wellness, confidence and balance to your life!

Kellie Haehnel is a Registered Master Teacher in Reiki; an ancient Japanese healing technique. Kellie feels that touch is the most powerful of our senses. She chooses to touch other people's lives through empowerment by providing assistance to an individual's journey towards wellness which is about stepping out of our ordinary existence to listen and attune to our truest, most authentic self. Her mission is to be a source of guidance, support and self-empowerment for all who seek it by offering heart-centered alternative modalities intended to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about Kellie at www.thespiritwellnesscenter.com.

 Kellie will discuss How to Stay Centered in Any Stressful Situation. You will learn useful techniques that will help you bring balance and harmony back into your life.

Halina Stefans formed Positive Order, LLC in 2002. With over 20 years of experience working in office environments, Halina recognizes the challenges and obstacles that business professionals face. Halina is co-author of Exploring Productivity, Ideas from Industry Professionals on Getting More Done in the Workplace. She is a Certified GO System Trainer; “GO” stands for Getting Organized. Halina is also a Certified Professional Organizer® and Past President of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Minnesota Chapter. Learn more about Halina at www.PositiveOrder.com

Halina will share ideas on how to Organize Yourself for Success. In order to remain competitive and highly successful you need to constantly look for ways to get more done in less time. You will learn to become more focused, organized and productive with tips from the “GO System”.

Shaunice Hawkins - strategist, playmaker, consultant and thought-leader - is principal at Evolutions Consulting LLC, a strategic management consulting boutique. Nationally recognized as a "dynamic achiever" throughout her 20+ year, multi-industry career, her expertise encompasses business management, marketing and promotions, branding and social currency management, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, and human capital management. Shaunice is also the author of Passion...Who Needs It? - a practical exploration of passion, purpose and burnout. You can learn more about Shaunice at www.shaunicehawkins.com.

Shaunice will discuss Getting Out of Your Own Way. Find out how you may be your own worst enemy. You will learn how to get out of your our own way so you don’t miss out on any personal or professional opportunities.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST.

Personal Accountability: A leader who has mastered personal accountability and answers for her personal actions will inspire her staff and colleagues to exhibit the same behaviors. Personal accountability is leadership by example.

Lynn Schleeter is Director of the Center for Sales Innovation at St. Catherine University, the nation’s largest women’s college. Her collaboration with Fortune 500 and other large companies in developing, executing and growing a four-year business sales degree is elevating sales as an academic discipline and raising the bar for the profession. Lynn’s latest research project focused on developing a competency model for better preparing sales students and graduates for inside sales roles. Lynn speaks on the topics of onboarding, inside sales and building social capital. Lynn’s background includes experience in healthcare sales and business ownership. Learn more about St. Catherine's at www.stkate.edu.

Lynn will discuss how Managing Perceptions, Actions Speak Louder than Words. You will learn how your work efforts are perceived at work and in the community, and how that delivers a message about your level of accountability and your value.

Jean Nitchals is a proven leader in driving increased performance using strengths-based training. Jean has over eight years’ experience using this method within a Fortune 50 company to foster a culture built on the importance of individual strengths. She works with individuals and teams, as well as partnering with companies to develop and implement strengths-based strategies. Jean is a Certified Strong Manager Trainer through The Marcus Buckingham Company, holds an Advanced Leadership Certification through St. Catherine University, and was a finalist for the Ventana Performance Management Award in 2007. Learn more about Jean at www.DiscoverYourNiche.com.

Jean will share how Maximizing Your Strengths Enhances Your Personal Accountability. You will learn how identifying and maximizing your strengths, enables you to have greater personal accountability in your personal and professional life. Jean will also discuss the impacts of strengths on you and those around you.

Karen Kodzik is a Career Management Consultant. She holds a Masters degree with an emphasis in Career Development and has worked with professionals for over 15 years. Karen has worked inside of Fortune 500 companies, a global consulting firm, Higher Education, and a non-profit organization. She couples seasoned counseling skills with solid business acumen. Karen has coached and consulted with various levels of professionals across industries throughout the country. She is formally trained as a counselor and practically trained in business as a Human Resources and Management Consultant. Karen specializes in helping professionals realize rewarding careers through proactive planning and management throughout the various transitions in their life. Learn more about Karen at

Karen will talk about Managing Your Career When Your Company No Longer Will. The change in the employer / employee relationship along with highly dynamic world of work has forced leaders to create and manage their own career paths in a way that is portable and transferrable. You will learn some key strategies to proactively manage your own career.

Melissa Curzon worked side by side with entrepreneurs, executives and other high achievers as a relationship manager at a large regional financial services company for over 25 years. As president of Triumph Solutions, Melissa uses her extensive experience to hone in on the details of her clients’ lives that require greater attention, efficiency and impartiality. She works behind-the-scenes as a liaison, point of contact and task manager. To complement Triumph Solutions core mission, Melissa launched TFW Magazine, a life style publication that celebrates successful women. TFW brings insights, inspiration and ingenuity from women at the top on their way up. Learn more about Melissa at www.triumphsolutionsinc.com.

Melissa will share ideas on how to Lead and They Will Follow. If you start with personal accountability, employee responsibility will follow. You will learn how taking ownership and reducing negativity will inspire your employees to improve morale and productivity

Influencing Others: Today’s leader is in a position of influence, rather than power. Your ability to affect others’ actions, decisions, opinions or thinking will be your most critical key to leadership success.

Monica Molstad Baresh
is the founder and President of ImageThat! Image Consulting. Her mission is to provide
individuals and businesses with the tools they need to transform their image and be successful using her unique process called The IMAGE System. Monica is a certified fashion stylist through the Fashion Image Institute. She offers individuals clients body fit and style analysis, color analysis, business and personal etiquette, leadership development and closet editing with personal shopping. In order to reach and help more people, Monica also works with corporations and organizations presenting workshops on image, social networking, dressing for success, and answers the surprisingly difficult question, “What is Business Casual?” Learn more about Monica at

Monica will help you understand Your Image. Your Influence. There is no question that your image plays a part of influencing others. Monica will discuss how you can build your influence with your image through her process called The IMAGE System.

Deidrea Booher Pavlin is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist with Robert Half – Human Resource Services Division in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her work with the Human Resource Services Division, she is responsible for placing Sr. HR Consulting Talent for Fortune 100-550 companies in the Southeast. Deidra has an extensive background in change management, learning and leadership development. Prior to joining Robert Half, Deidrea was the program manager for the Change Adoption Program at Bank of America. She also spent 5 years at Wachovia. Deidrea is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds certifications in Instructional Design, Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership , LaMarsh Change Management and is a Six Sigma Greenbelt. Learn more about Robert Half at www.roberthalf.com.

Deidrea will talk about The Art and Science of Influencing Others. In challenging times for professionals and organizations, it is critical to understand how to effectively influence and strengthen your network. You will learn some quick and easy tips to develop a strategic influencing plan for professional or organizational goals.

Barbara K. Mednick is an experienced communications consultant and trainer with over 25 years of diverse experience gained in journalism, business, higher education and nonprofit organizations. As president of BKM Consulting, Inc., she helps individuals, organizations and businesses market themselves more effectively through marketing communications, PR services and writing/ communications training workshops. Barbara is a Consulting Partner with Peridot Group and an adjunct instructor at several local colleges. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Mini-MBA Certificate from the University of St. Thomas, a Master Trainer Certificate from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and a Group Facilitation Methods Certificate from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Learn more about Barbara at
www.bkmconsulting.com. Barbara will discuss, What’s Your Bottom Line? Every day there are hundreds of messages competing for attention. How can you grab attention and deliver your “key messages” effectively and succinctly? You need to take a “bottom-up” approach and begin with your conclusion first.

Colleen Davis is a small business strategist, branding expert and start-up specialist. She helps her clients start and grow a thriving business they love. Colleen’s services include branding- and marketing-focused coaching and consulting, provided both privately and through a variety of results-focused programs. She shares information, resources and motivation in a practical and comprehensive way, and holds her clients accountable to their goals and ultimately, their success. Learn mroe about Colleen at www.crescio.com.

Colleen will discuss the Three P’s of Personal Branding. Whether you realize it or not, your personal brand has a BIG impact on how others relate to you, AND on where you are on the corporate ladder! Colleen will share three small things that you can do this week that could make a BIG impact on your career.

Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST.

Goal Achievement: Your overall ability to set, pursue, and attain achievable goals – regardless of obstacles and circumstances – will be critical to your leadership success. 

Brenda Carlson has had a lifelong love-hate relationship with goals. A huge breakthrough came about seven years ago, when she and husband/business partner, Scott, charted a new course for their lives and new business. As their franchise business coaching practice developed, Brenda gained a deeper understanding of goal achievement, both for herself and her clients. Her greatest joy is helping her clients achieve their own goals. Brenda truly lives her dream life – spending time with her four children and three grandchildren and traveling around the world with Scott – all while offering hope and confidence to women and men exploring business ownership as their next career. Learn more about Brenda at www.EntrepreneursSource.com/BCarlson.

Brenda will talk about Goal Achievement – From the Inside-Out. Conventional wisdom says, “Set goals and then work really hard to accomplish them.” But achieving goals is more about what happens inside of us – who we become – than what we do on the outside.

Anna Shields is a graduate student at Saint Mary’s University finishing up her Master of Arts in Human Development with an emphasis in Women’s Self-Esteem and Leadership. Anna strives to empower women to seek and attain their greatest potential and to embrace who they are as leaders. Anna’s most recent endeavor is planning a personal and professional development conference entitled Women Who Step Forward: Breaking Through Barriers to Women’s Leadership in Minneapolis this year. Learn more about Anna here www.smumn.edu/wwsf.

Anna will discuss Goals Versus Dreams and What Lies Between. We all have dreams, but it takes focus, determination, and confidence to turn these dreams into goals that can be achieved. This discussion will help you to create a step by step plan for transforming your dreams into attainable realities.

Jane Hight McMurry is an author, former university professor, corporate trainer, and Beatles aficionado. Her interest in interpersonal skills began while a student at Oxford University in England where she also learned volumes about the most successful money making musical group of all time. Jane’s Socially Smart® tips were broadcast throughout The People’s Republic of China as the Chinese prepared to host the 2008 Olympic Games and continue to achieve leadership in the global market. She is the author of the several books including forthcoming Navigating the Lipstick Jungle—Go from Plain Jane to Cutting Edge Corporate Skirt! and The Beatles Guide to Success. Learn more about Jane at www.janemcmurry.com.

Jane will talk about the Ticket to Ride! How to Set Goals Like the Beatles to Reach Your Dreams! You’ll learn the key steps the Beatles used to set goals and achieve extraordinary success, and how to put those steps to work for you.

Juliet Kosarzycki is first and foremost an adventurer and explorer of new places, people and experiences. She purposely takes actions to step outside of her comfort zone and face head-on whatever makes her feel uncertain or uncomfortable. Juliet’s diverse experiences include leading teams in a Fortune 500 company, organizing community projects in a developing country, and providing counseling to jail inmates. She completed a marathon and a triathlon, ice climbed in the Swiss Alps, went skydiving, slept in a snow hut while winter camping, and walked barefoot on hot coals. She has her BA in Psychology and her MBA. Learn more about Juliet at www.YellowZoneInternational.com. Juliet will share ideas on how to Make it Happen! Dream Big, Start Small. You'll learn how to transform your fear, doubt and uncertainty into possibilities, confidence and success. Learn a simple strategy to boldly achieve what you want one step at a time.


Register Now

©2003-2016 Regina Barr • • 651-453-1007
Women at the Top and WATT are registered trademarks of Red Ladder, Inc.
All rights reserved.

Site designed by D CREATIVE INC • Site powered by Evolve Systems