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Fund Development – Women’s Conference

Fund Development – Women’s Conference

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As women, we do it all. We have careers, families, hobbies, commitments and responsibilities. We are professionals, students, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, parents, colleagues, caregivers, friends, neighbors, partners, volunteers and more. Some days, we have no idea how we do it. Somehow, it gets done—every day. But you can’t pour from an empty cup.

To top it off, more evidence mounts every day chronicling the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women. In September, 865,000 women over 20 dropped out of the American workforce compared with 216,000 men, and one in four women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely because of the impact of COVID-19.

Loss of employment, loss of childcare, loss of loved ones. Working from home, parenting while educating, isolation and depression. It’s going to be a long road to recovery for the women in our community. So let’s fill our cups.

The Junior League has been empowering women since 1901. Now, 120 years later, we hope to empower each other and ourselves while raising funds to support our community programming with our inaugural Junior League of Fort Collins Women’s Conference presented by Nutrien.

The virtual Women’s Conference event is an important fundraiser for the Junior League of Fort Collins and our Career Closet.  Thanks to a generous donor, all proceeds made from the event will be matched, up to $5,000.  Help us reach our goal by making a donation or purchasing some great leadership swag through our fundraiser with Bonfire.


Saturday, March 27:

  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.:  Breakout Sessions
  • 10:00 – 10:10 a.m.:  Break
  • 10:10 – 10:40 a.m.:  Let’s Get Moving!
  • 10:45 – Noon:  Networking Sessions

Sunday, March 28:

  • 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.:  Welcome Back and Opening Remarks
  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.:  Let’s Get Moving!
  • 1:45 – 2:00 p.m.:  Break
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.:  Breakout Sessions
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.:  Closing Remarks


Saturday, March 27:

  • Becky Lauridsen – “Guilt Free Self Care”
  • Teri Karjala – “Be the Magic of You”
  • Judge Rosemarie Aquilina – “Finding Balance”

Sunday, March 28:

  • Ann Neal – “Creating Financial Health for Good”
  • Ashley Cornelius – “Creativity as Self Care”
  • Elizabeth Martin – “Finding Your North Star”

During the conference, participants will be invited to choose their own workshop path during two rounds of focused breakout sessions with highly-qualified professionals.  Breakout sessions will be recorded and distributed after the event, providing six resources for one ticket price!

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.

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.

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.

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.

In “Unlock 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.

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. “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.

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.

Ann Neal is a financial advisor who helps women become financially independent. S he 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.

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.

Sarah’s love for yoga began in 2011.  Her past job required hours of driving and stressful deadlines.  Her body was in need of restoration and mind was in need of peace.  She I gradually started to include more and more mat time into my life and, soon enough, yoga became a necessity for me.

Sarah received my teacher training from Om Ananda Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance with a 500-hour Hatha Yoga Certification. I am forever a student and continue to attend not only to enhance my own practice but also to teach my students the newest methods to help accomplish their physical and mental goals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Junior League?  The Junior League of Fort Collins is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

We are roll up our sleeves and make a difference women, with programs like our Career Closet that provides work- and school-appropriate clothing for hundreds of women annually at no cost to them, and our Hunger Initiative  partnership with the Food Bank of Larimer County that delivers more than 100,000 snacks to disadvantaged kids.

While each of our members comes from a background, we share a common motivation to give back to the community.  We identify local issues, create projects to impact those who need help and use our collective skills, partnerships and collaborations to implement those projects.

How does this event benefit the community?  Our inaugural Women’s Conference is a double whammy!  First, you’ll receive the benefit as an attendee, hopefully walking away feeling uplifted, inspired and with tools to help you be your best.

Additionally, all proceeds raised through the event – including sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and t-shirt revenue – support the Junior League of Fort Collins and our programs to help women and children in our community.  Plus, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, all revenue from the event will be matched!

What if I can’t attend both days?  We get it.  You’re busy.  We’ve got you covered.  All speaker sessions will be recorded so that you get the most of what our professionals have to offer.  We’ll share the recordings with participants after the event.  So for one ticket price, you get access to six breakout sessions and support a great cause!

What if I want to buy tickets for friends or family?  How kind and generous of you to spread the love!  It is best to purchase each ticket separately with the contact information of the recipient.  This way, we can ensure that we send the webinar information to everyone, not just the ticket purchaser.

What platform will you be using?  The Women’s Conference will be held via Zoom.  Ticket holders will receive login information closer to the event.  You can easily access the event through your computer or smartphone.

What’s this t-shirt thing?  Look good, feel good, right?  As an added element of the event, we’ve created a fundraiser with Bonfire to offer some great leadership swag.  No purchase is necessary to participate in the event.

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