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Steamboat Women's Leadership Summit

April Speakers and Session Descriptions

The Steamboat Springs Chamber and Alpine Bank are proud to present Steamboat’s premier women’s leadership summit, Thrive Together, a collaboration that promotes, motivates, and empowers women in all phases of life through personal and professional development.


Unconscious Bias, Micro-Inequities, and Using Micro-Affirmations and Ally Behavior
Mary McClatchey | April 1 at 4 PM

Our unconscious biases impact how we engage with others in ways we’re not aware of. In this interactive and inspiring workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Why diverse and inclusive organizations have a higher ROI
  • How inclusive leadership that invites open debate is a critical part of DEI efforts
  • How unconscious bias can hinder creativity, innovation, and performance and lead to harassment claims
  • How we can understand and push back against our unconscious biases
  • What are micro-inequities and why they are so powerful
  • How micro-affirmations and ally behavior enhance inclusion while lifting morale and performance of all
  • What bystander behaviors are appropriate in the workplace

Come prepared for ah-ha moments – you’ll learn how to enhance organizational culture, inclusiveness, employee performance, and innovation.

Getting the Right People on the Bus
Karen Goedert | April 7 at 10 - 10:45 AM

Hiring the right people for your organization takes a special skill-set especially after a year like 2020! During our time together, we will discuss ways to best prepare for the recruiting process, how to evaluate and rate candidates, reference checking, ways to test applicant's capabilities as well as tips on interview awareness and assessing the interview. Extra take-aways will include tips on meaningful appreciation once that stellar hire is in your door.

How Women Rise
Janet Drake | April 15 at 12 PM

Learn how to find the support you need to increase your chances of success. Think about how you spend your time. Are you getting help and are you helping others? What is your strategic plan? We will talk about how authentic, supportive relationships promote success.

KEYNOTE: How to ASK in Turbulent Times and After
Laura Fredricks | April 30 at 11 AM

We have learned so much since March 2020 and the importance of asking for things we truly believe are important to our work, ourselves, and our community. Decisions are being made very quickly so it is important that you have the right techniques at your fingertips to make your best ASK. Whether you need more customers and clients; want a new job or better pay; need more space and more help in your household you will learn it is all 1 Ask formula. Come learn how you will have resounding sustainable success with any and all ASKS you need to make.


Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey, Founder and President of WorkSmart Partners, has over three decades of experience as a judge, civil rights attorney, workplace mediator, trainer, organizational consultant, and public speaker. For six years, Mary and her team have advised, trained, and consulted with employers on how to create great places to work, mitigate risks of employment litigation, and improve bottom-line results. Mary was formerly Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Colorado State Personnel Board, where she decided and mediated federal and state employment and civil rights cases for 15 years. Prior to law school, Mary co-founded the Women’s Leadership Training Institute in Denver, Colorado, and spent several years as a community organizer. Always focused on the strategic business case for any workplace intervention, Mary has studied Human Capital Management Analytics at the CU Denver Graduate School of Business. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Learn More

Karen Goedert currently holds the job of Director of Employee Engagement with Big Agnes/BAP located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She joined Big Agnes, BAP and their sister company Honey Stinger in March of 2019 and is currently responsible for all employee engagement functions, recruiting, training, employee retention, benefit administration and current COVID deputy for Big Agnes and BAP. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Regis University as well as the SHRM HR Generalist Certificate, SHRM- CP certificate and the CIR (Certified Internet Recruiter) certificate. Current active HR affiliations include memberships in the Society for Human Resource Management, the Colorado Human Resource Association and High Country Human Resources Association. 

Janet Stansberry Drake received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1996. After 10 years as a trial attorney in private practice, Ms. Drake became a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Unit at the Colorado Attorney General’s office. As an attorney in the Special Prosecutions Unit, Ms. Drake investigated and prosecuted organized complex, multi-jurisdictional crimes. She prosecuted a diverse caseload that included human trafficking, homicides, drug trafficking, motor vehicle theft, mortgage fraud, trademark infringement and identity theft. In 2019, Ms. Drake was promoted to Deputy of the Criminal Justice Section. In that position, she manages the Special Prosecutions Unit, the Financial Fraud Unit, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Ms. Drake also engages in policy work and collaborates with criminal justice stakeholders around the state. She represents the Colorado Attorney General on the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and makes recommendations on criminal justice improvement measures. Additionally, Ms. Drake is committed to advancing professionalism and leadership development through bar association participation. 

Laura Fredricks, JD, is the Billion Dollar ASK Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE ASK© trains and coaches individuals, businesses, and nonprofits on How to ASK and GET exactly what you want. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, and her structured “5-Step Process for any ASK” has brought resounding sustainable monetary success worldwide. Her latest book: “THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, For Everyday Living” is the “must-have book” for anyone who wants to achieve their ultimate best life!. Learn More