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Women’s Conference Virtual Content

The Junior League of Fort Collins and our Gold Level sponsor, Nutrien, are proud to release the recorded content from the Second Annual  Junior League of Fort Collins Women’s Conference! This years theme “Realize your Potential” brings together women from all over the Northern Colorado community. This content is not just just for entrepreneurs or those who own small businesses though! Whether you are a student, mom, career woman, entrepreneur, retired, or a combination of all, we invite you to delve into this resource about leadership, education, wellness, and networking!

On April 2nd we featured six in-person Speakers as well as four Panelists who will discussed a variety of topics that empowered women through education and experience. These talks are included in the Digital Access Pass along with an inspiring array of six additional, pre-recorded speakers available for digital viewing at your leisure.

Join us in this journey together and Realize YOUR Potential!

Thank You to Gold Sponsor

Photos by Blue Sage Photography


Opening Remarks

To all of you strong, smart, gorgeous women —

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to the Junior League of Fort Collins’ second annual Women’s Conference! I am so grateful for this opportunity to gather with you to learn, connect, and celebrate together again.

It’s no secret: the past two years have been some of the most difficult that many of us have or will ever experience. The collective trauma we’ve experienced during this global pandemic has shaped us and our world in ways we never could have expected, but every challenge brings change – and although it’s been painful, we’ve also grown through this process.

That’s why I’m so glad to be a member of the Junior League of Fort Collins. Time and again, this incredible group of women has taught me that we all rise when we lift others. Together, we are working to support women and children in our community while developing our knowledge, skills, and ability to make the world a better place. As members of the Junior League, we’re not just working to realize our own potential — we are working to realize our collective potential as women, as volunteers, and as a community.  

Thank you for your support of our League and for joining us as we continue this important work — today and every day!  

With gratitude,
Morgan Vanek (she/her)
President, 2021-2022
Junior League of Fort Collins

Changing the Way We See Ourselves

by Julie Ulstrup, CEO and Founder, Julie Ulstrup Photography

About Julie Ulstrup

International award winning photographer, TEDx Speaker and CEO and Founder of Julie Ulstrup Photography, Julie is known by those closest to her as an elevator of women.

She brings an unique perspective to creating a mindset shift in the way we see ourselves, to show up more fully so you can attract your ideal clients and power partners.

Julie’s proven Brilliant Banding, Beauty and Boudoir experiences help women just like you change the way you see yourself, accelerate your path to success as you live a life of abundance filled with joy and possibilities.

Building Trust Through Vulnerability

by Anne Folk, Vice President of Human Resources, Nutrien Ag Solutions

About Anne Folk

Anne Folk is the Vice President of Human Resources for Nutrien Ag Solutions, the largest agricultural retailer in North America based in Loveland, CO.  In this role, Anne oversees the HR function for her business and is a member of the HR leadership team for the corporation.  A member of the Ag Solutions Leadership Team, Anne defines and deploys the HR strategy across North America, Australia and Latin America ensuring alignment with the business strategy. She leads the talent management process and outcomes for the retail business.  As a global leader, Anne is responsible for compensation, recognition, hiring, retention, organization development, labor relations and cost management throughout the business.  

Anne started her career in HR with Honeywell as an intern in the HR early career program in 2000. During her 18-year tenure with the company she worked in multiple industries and lived across the world leading change and growth.  Her last role with them was as a global leader for a $10B building controls business.  

Fort Collins, CO is the current home for Anne, and her family.  Anne was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, earned her bachelor’s degree in English from University of Illinois and Masters in HR from University of Minnesota. She has been married for 13 years to Ben, an educator and entrepreneur, and together they have two sons Ulysses and Malcolm.


by Julia Tompkins, E-RYT, Founder, Light and Liv, LLC

Get ready to unravel. To remove the disguises, social hats, labels, and stories that hold us back from our true essence. What would happen if we stripped everything away and grounded in ourselves, knowing everything we need is already inside. Through the power of Yoga, meditation and Julia’s constant human journey in finding wholeness she welcomes us all to have a conversation to tap in to our true essence.

About Julia Tompkins, E-RYT

Julia Tompkins, founder and owner of Light and Liv, a local Yoga studio coming 2022. She is a Colorado native and Colorado State University graduate, mother of two and has been working in the health and fitness industry for nearly two decades. She is not only a certified Yoga teacher, but also holds national licenses for personal training and group exercise instructor. With her plethora of certifications and studies it allows Julia to have great diversity and knowledge in many facets of movement, accompanied with a strong passion to help others find their wholeness. Yoga is embedded within her own being; it has deepened her perspective of life and has allowed her to find peace amongst the noise. Julia believes Yoga is unique to everyone, that there isn’t one way or one particular right way. Yoga is acknowledging all parts of self and finding the path that serves you. Julia’s mission is to create a space for people to find their Yoga. A place where people can rest in themselves and find peace in their hearts. She believes we all have everything inside of us and is grateful to be a conduit in witnessing others see their truest potential.

Trauma Informed Boundaries: How to set, maintain and speak boundaries at work and at home.

by Colleen Nelson, MA, LPC, EDMR, Trauma Informed Therapist and Coach, and Owner, NxtLevel Therapy

About Colleen Nelson, MA, LPC, EDMR

Colleen Nelson is a licensed therapist, coach and trauma expert on a mission to help women access the next level of healing, growth and expansion in their lives by embracing a holistic, integrative approach to mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

After working with hundreds of clients in private practice over the past decade Colleen found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional therapy, and recognized the need to go deeper with women in order to help them access and embody the kind of true growth and transformation they were looking for.

Now she coaches women all around the world in learning how to step into their full power and potential, recognize and rewire their conditioned thought patterns, reconnect to their innate body wisdom, and awaken their feminine magnetism in order to call in the next level life they desire.

Seeing the JEDI potential in business: Learning how centering Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion can help our community thrive.

by Katy Iengo, HBCE, CD, CLC, Owner of Peaceful Birth Company and Co-Founder of Inclusive Birth Collective

About Katy Iengo, HBCE, CD, CLC

Katy Iengo (she/her) is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, HypnoBirthing Educator, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Advocate,
Co-Founder of Inclusive Birth Collective,
and owner of Peaceful Birth Company.

She has a wide array of experience that has influenced her business mission of creating an inclusive space where every birthing person will be seen, honored, and respected.

She and her team at Peaceful Birth Company believe that changing the world begins by changing how people birth. We can achieve that change with quality education, birth justice, and advocacy.

Katy is honored to support people through one of the most pivotal experiences of their lives, ensuring that they maintain their power and walk away from the experience feeling joyful and proud.

Realize Your Financial Potential

by Ann Neal, Financial Advisor, Ann Neal, Inc.

Are you a smart and capable woman who can tackle anything, but when it comes to money you just can’t seem to deal? Does the busyness of life keep getting in the way? And the more you put it off, the more stress you feel? 

It doesn’t have to be so hard.

If you are ready for freedom from the worry about what you should and shouldn’t be doing, you are in the right place.

In this talk, Ann will help you:

  • Identify and remove limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging that might be holding you back
  • Adopt new beliefs around money so you feel empowered and excited
  • Develop a relationship with your money so you gain clarity on where you truly stand
  • Give you practical tools and tips so you can get control of your financial well-being immediately.
Ann Neal

Ann Neal is a holistic financial advisor who combines financial planning with mindset coaching to help women become financially independent. She believes it is critical to incorporate mindfulness when it comes to money so we can intentionally align our thoughts with our vision to efficiently achieve our goals.


Louise Cutler

Who Am I?

by Louise Cutler, Multi-cultural Mixed Media Artist and Owner, Louise Cutler Studios

About Louise Cutler

Louise Cutler is a Fort Collins based Creationist, artist, vocalist, writer and sculptor. Her work is motivated by her desire to create beauty that cultivates truth, peace and tranquility. She considers one’s art an extension of one’s life.

She was selected as one of Art Business News’ Top Emerging Artists. Her work has been featured in ABN, Art World, Edge Of Faith Magazine and Beyond Words Magazine. Ms. Cutler’s work recently has shown at the Royal Academy of Arts In London England Summer exhibition, The Museum of Science and industry “Black Creativity”, The DuSable Museum Of African American History, Museum Of Arts in Fort Collins, Sculpture In The Park and countless places around the country. Ms. Cutler’s latest projects include, being the featured Artist for CSU, Social Injustice For The Arts Program, curating the first Exhibition of Artist of Black/African American descent, “A Culture Preserved In The Black Experience.” for the Museum Of Arts, happening this July 2022. She is also the founder and creator of the Beauty Of Blackness fine Art Show/Festival held in Fort Collins during Labor Day weekend in Sept 2022.

Emily Ambrose, MS, CPC

Understanding Intersectionality and Identity Impacts on Our Organizations

by Emily Ambrose, MS, CPC, Consultant, Coach, and Facilitator at Engage Coaching & Consulting, LLC and Assistant Director of Training and Development, Engagement, and Talent Development at Colorado State University

We move through the world with a variety of identities – known and unbeknownst to us. Through understanding how our identities overlay with each other, we begin to understand how society responds to us – and how that may differ based on how people perceive us. The session seeks to understand the foundational work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, JD on intersectionality (what it is and what it isn’t) and how it can inform how we move through the world, and the organizations of which we are a part.

About Emily Ambrose, MS, CPC

Emily Ambrose (she/hers), of Engage Coaching & Consulting, LLC and Colorado State University, has dedicated over 15 years of her professional career and personal life to leadership development, training, facilitation, diversity, inclusion, and equity work. With a passion for making the sometimes taboo topics accessible and relatable to all, Emily has worked closely with non-profits, outdoor industry companies, and presented at conferences on how to shift work culture and infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion into the workplace, including as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon and as a member of the A-DASH Collaborative. Specifically focused on issues around the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), Emily has extensive experience with co-creating Safe Zone workshops and presenting on sexuality and gender identity. Other passion areas include sexism and sexual harassment, deconstructing racial bias, understanding white supremacy culture, and recognizing the interwoven nature of oppression. She likes to hang out with her four fur babies, her partner, and salsa dance!

Lauren Galbate

How to Successfully Navigate the Real Estate Market and What Women Need to Know

by Lauren Galbate, REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Realty on The Galbate Team

About Lauren Galbate

Lauren Galbate is a licensed Realtor® in Fort Collins, CO & serves home Buyers & Sellers all over the state of Colorado. She has been nominated for Rookie of the Year by the Fort Collins Board of Realtors & is ranked #22 in the state of Colorado for being a top Real Estate Agent on social media. Lauren is passionate about educating home buyers on the benefits of owning real estate, & how to build wealth through real estate investments. After purchasing her own home, she realized how much of a gap in education there was for first time home buyers. This experience led to her mission of making sure all her friends & clients are educated in the home buying process. She is also a Certified Home Staging Expert® and loves working with home Sellers to help get their home ready to sell by using proven techniques that make their home look it’s best & get them top dollar for their home. Lauren started her career in real estate in 2019, to assist her dad, Todd Galbate, with his growing business. With a digital marketing background & experience in property management, Lauren decided that working as Todd’s partner was the best way for her to use all her learned skills & pursue her passion in helping people achieve their real estate goals. She joined her dad as his real estate partner & became “The Galbate Team”, a father/daughter real estate team in Fort Collins. Lauren is driven to build her business differently through modern methods of marketing & connecting with her sphere on a deeper level to build more meaningful connections. She considers her clients to be “great friends”. Lauren has lived in Colorado for 21 years & has always loved the social & active lifestyle you can have in Colorado. 

Dr. Meghan Gray, DACM, MSHNF M, L.Ac

Holistic Wellness and Infertility

by Dr. Meghan Gray, DACM, MSHNF M, L.Ac, Acupunturist and Owner, Balanced Thistle Acupuncture

About Dr. Meghan Gray, DACM, MSHNF M, L.Ac

Dr. Meghan is a Colorado native who loves wildflowers, blueberries, snow angels, and campfire cook-outs with her hubs and baby boy. She graduated cum laude from Southern California University of Health Sciences as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and has her Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Dr. Meghan has worked with patients of all ages, from only a few days old to those who’ve lived over a century! She utilizes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy for mental wellness, women’s health, autoimmunity, cosmetic concerns, and more. Dr. Meghan’s graduate research centered around the use of acupuncture for PTSD and nutrition for autoimmune disease. She has advanced training in traditional Chinese Medicine pulse diagnosis and loves helping her patients find sustainable solutions for their health concerns. Dr. Meghan found acupuncture while in undergrad at CSU in Fort Collins when she was struggling with autoimmune disease herself. In an act of desperation, she tried acupuncture, and as you can guess, it changed her health, her career, and her life.

Dr. Meghan is currently a sitting board member with the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. 

Saja Butler

The Power of Music

by Saja Butler, Musician and Founder, Urban Monk Studios

About Saja Butler

Saja Butler is a Soul Folk musician living in Fort Collins, CO. She is the proud owner of Urban Monk Studios, a music instruction studio in Fort Collins, where she teaches clawhammer pickin’ Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, and Adult Performance and Jam classes since 2007. Her studio was recently recognized as one of the top studios for lessons in Northern Colorado. Classically trained on clarinet, she originally hails from the South where she picked up the banjo 22 years ago. She has honed her own soulful picking and rolls quite unlike you have ever seen. Saja is also a member of the up and coming all girl string band, Lois and the Lantern. She is excited to bring The gift of Music to Northern Colorado and around the world through lessons, classes and workshops. Music is a healing gift she is happy to teach and play.

Erika Lehman

Curate the Career You Want

by Erika Lehman, Chief Marketing Officer, USA Cycling

From copywriter to Chief Marketing Officer, learn how a former Junior League of Fort Collins member navigated several career transitions and said goodbye to her dream job in order to secure a leadership role in a male-dominated field.

About Erika Lehman

Erika joined USA Cycling as the Chief Marketing Officer in December of 2021, after a successful growth-focused leadership role at U.S. Figure Skating and an early career in museum marketing and administration. During her tenure at U.S. Figure Skating, Erika was responsible for growing the sport of figure skating in the United States, leading the national governing body for the Olympic sport to a record-breaking 200,000 members in 2019, contributing to a 21% increase in membership dues and admissions revenue over a 2-year period. Erika received her undergraduate degree in English & Art History from the University of New Hampshire, and her MBA from the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Erika is a Northern Colorado native but has lived in Hawaii, New Hampshire, and England.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Day One

Welcome to the 2021 Women’s Conference presented by Nutrien! Listen to opening remarks from Alison Weston, President of the Junior League of Fort Collins, and hear from Dee Baker, a former Career Closet client, who will tell you about her experience.

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Becky Lauridsen

Guilt Free Self Care

by Becky Lauridsen, Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder of IOME

“You deserve the best because your loved ones deserve the best of you, not what’s left of you.” – Becky

In her presentation, “Guilt Free Self Care,” Becky will lead you in a discussion on the importance of quality self care. She walks you through recognizing the difference between self care and self indulgence by better understanding the detrimental impact lack of self care can have on us and our loved ones. Becky will then provide you with a tangible worksheet to implement to help hold you accountable.

About Becky Lauridsen

Becky Lauridsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder of IOME. It’s an I Owe Me instead of an I Owe You, offering Guilt Free Self Care by partnering with the best to provide a step by step self care action plan for each of our Community members. Becky is a wife to a handsome cowboy, Tyler, and momma to two beautiful girls, Bryer age six, and Brystol age two. Becky truly believes that self care is preventative care.

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Teri Karjala

Be the Magic of You

by Teri Karjala, Transformational Life Strategist and founder of Creative Counseling Center and Talking With Teri

In “Be the Magic of You,” Teri shares her NOW formula designed to help you unlock your brilliance, live your life with intention, and anchor in your extraordinary! Teri provides powerful tools to eliminate the stories that no longer serve you including understanding the power of the conscious / unconscious mind, shifting your unconscious limiting beliefs that hold you back and harnessing the power of intention.

About Terri Karjala

Teri Karjala is a Transformational Life Strategist and founder of Creative Counseling Center and Talking With Teri. Teri is the best-selling author of Be The Magic of You: Tools to Transform Your Life with a foreword written by Jack Canfield. She is a Premier Success Coach with eWomen Network as well as a coach with Forbes. Her Talking With Teri Podcast show is a Top 100 podcast in the United States and she is the creator of several motivational products to be a further contribution to her clients and the community. With Teri’s combined counseling background and energy psychology, she applies the law of attraction principles to shift individual’s mindset and transform their lives.

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Finding Balance

by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Judge at 30th Circuit Court, Ingham County

In her presentation, “Finding Balance” she will discuss finding balance and the themes she has observed – especially for women – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was the first female JAG Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard, where she served honorably for 20 years. She also served as a civilian judge for seventeen years, during which she founded the Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation to assist those in recovery. Judge Aquilina was then elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County, where she has served for thirteen years. Judge Aquilina also serves as an Adjunct Law Professor and has received exceptional teaching awards at both Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School and at Michigan State University College of Law.

She is a published fiction author of Feel No Evil, Triple Cross Killer and All Rise. Her nonfiction memoir Just Watch Me was released December 2020 by Audible as part of the First Originals from Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine.

Judge Aquilina, represented by Creative Artists Agency, is a motivational speaker and speaks worldwide about changing the narrative to ensure safety, equity, equality and awareness in regard to sexual assault, athlete safety, giving voice to those who don’t have one letting every person know they matter and are heard, and, related issues. She has five children and three grandchildren and resides in East Lansing, Michigan. In her presentation, she will discuss finding balance and the themes she has observed – especially for women – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Welcome and Virtual Yoga

Day Two

Join us as we kick off day two of our 2021 virtual Women’s Conference presented by Nutrien! Learn more about the Junior League of Fort Collins, and then reset with some virtual yoga featuring local teacher Sarah Broussard.

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Ashley Cornelius

Creativity as Self Care

by Ashley Cornelius, a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, the RISE program manager, a peer support program for Denver Health, and co-creator of Poetry 719

In her presentation “Creativity as Self Care,” you will explore and reimagine self-care through the lens of creativity and decolonization. Learn and deepen your connection with self-love. Experience first hand how to be creative with self-care with an interactive writing activity.

About Ashley Cornelius

Ashley Cornelius is a nationally recognized spoken word poet and the co-creator of Poetry 719. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and is the RISE program manager, a peer support program for Denver Health. She is committed to creative self-expression and healing through art and the ancestral connection. Ashley loves empowering others to lean into self-care through creative practices and decolonization.

Learn more about Ashley’s organization, Poetry719:

Ann Neal

Creating Financial Health for Good

by Ann Neal, Financial Advisor | Ann Neal, Inc.

Are you tired of worrying about money? Are you frustrated of not being where you thought you’d be by now? Overwhelmed by all the options? It doesn’t have to be so hard.

In her session, Ann will teach you how to observe and change your thoughts and beliefs around money, leaving you feeling empowered to not just be financially independent but to leave an impact on this world. She will walk you through a guided meditation so you can clearly visualize what you really want and show you the facts about women and finance so you can make intentional changes during your income-earning years. You’ll gain practical tools and tips so you can get control of your financial wellbeing immediately.

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About Ann Neal

Ann Neal is a financial advisor who helps women become financially independent. She believes that the whole world benefits when women are confident and empowered. Ann creates customized financial plans to help her clients build and maintain financial health for good. Are you tired of worrying about money? Are you frustrated of not being where you thought you’d be by now? Overwhelmed by all the options? It doesn’t have to be so hard.

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Elizabeth Martin

Finding Your North Star

by Elizabeth Martin, Director Of Strategy and Development at FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF ART INC

About Elizabeth Martin

Driven by inspiration, Elizabeth Martin has spent most of her career creating and executing on visions that impact and change communities for the better. Her mission is to inspire, ignite and impact through her work. To teach, using strategy tools, how to create lasting change. To breathe spirit into organizations and people. She attributes her successful career in nonprofit leadership to the principles of strategic planning and helping organizations see new paths to solve old problems.

Bringing the best practices of her award-winning career forward to now inspiring individuals to “Go Their Own Way.” Elizabeth guides women and girls in transition to co-create a personalized plan for change based on their visions and values.

A mother of five and “Gigi” to five grandchildren, she leads from her “scars and not her wounds.” She is a writer, motivational speaker and refers to herself as a guide who helps women create a path to their purpose and their dreams.

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Conference Reflections

Listen in as Women’s Conference attendees share key takeaways from the weekend.

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