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Women's Leadership Summit Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Nicole was a standout swimmer, qualifying for the 1988 Olympic Trials and later graduating from Yale University. She decided to pursue the sport of triathlon and started racing professionally in 1999, racking up countless podium finishes. Her triathlon career culminated in a win at the 2004 Ironman Wisconsin, wearing a prototype of the first-ever running skirt – a skirt that would launch a revolution in women’s fitness clothing just a few months later. Nicole founded Skirt Sports in September 2004 with the mission of helping women find inspiration, confidence and courage through the transformative power of running and fitness. Today, Skirt Sports is a national women’s apparel brand offering a full line of products that fit real women’s bodies and support their busy running lives. As of August 2020, Nicole sold the business and moved to Steamboat to play out her next life chapter! Learn More


Molly has more than two decades of strategic communications and branding expertise, as well as a long-standing history of utilizing storytelling and brand marketing to build passionate communities. 

Currently with VF Corporation, Molly leads the Corporate Responsibility(CR) external affairs efforts for the global enterprise, including strategic communications, external stakeholders and ESG reporting. She also leads the communications strategy for CR-related issues and crisis management for the organization.  

Throughout her career, Molly’s work has been recognized for its creativity and ability to connect with target audiences, culminating in three award-winning media campaigns that were also topics of two Facebook case studies, multiple award-winning videos, and an award-winning website.


Thrive Together In-Person Speakers

Jenn Doe is the Facilitation and Planning Manager for Joining Vision and Action (JVA), a Colorado-based consulting firm that works to increase changemakers’ ability to succeed, sustain and scale. Jenn has more than a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector, where she has held roles in community outreach, training and education, fundraising and development, volunteer management, and organizational leadership. Much of Jenn’s experience has been in the field of domestic violence prevention and advocacy, and she has become increasingly interested in how we can reduce the negative impacts of doing social change work and create more healthy and sustainable workplaces for those who find themselves drawn to these fields. Jenn also teaches practical life skills as an affiliate faculty member at MSU Denver, is a yoga practitioner and certified instructor, and works as an independent contractor providing graphic and instructional design services. She is passionate about issues of social justice and serving her community by sharing tools for holistic wellness. Learn More


Tina is an employment law attorney and the Director of Employers Council’s Northern Regional Office in Loveland, Colorado. She represents employers in a wide variety of employment law matters. Tina is a frequent speaker and facilitator of training on topics including legal issues in managing employees, harassment prevention, civil rights, managing employee medical issues, diversity, and other subjects. Learn More


Lizzie Larock is a coach, podcaster, and creator of the popular online and “in the wild” program, the Life Feast. Through her lively mashup of positive-psychology and creativity, she helps people find their spark, achieve goals, get out of their own way, and find more joy, all while making it feel like a playful adventure. When Lizzie is not leading workshops or coaching clients, you can find her taking photos, sipping tea, hanging with her twins or performing her parodied mom life to 80’s rock songs for Steamboat’s Cabaret. Learn More & Listen to the Podcast


Lesley was named the Executive Director of Advocates for Victims of Assault (AVA) in June 2018. She was drawn to advocacy after experiencing its powerful impact and how it changed her life. Lesley’s personal experience has given her an unwavering commitment to advocacy. Prior to serving as the Executive Director at AVA, Lesley was a public safety professional for 18 years. Lesley most recently served as the Operations Division Commander at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, leading a division of 33 officers. She worked in the Investigations Section for nearly a decade. In that position, Lesley worked closely with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. During her career, Lesley served on several multidisciplinary teams and helped create cooperative agreements improving survivor services. Learn More


Jessie is the Founder of a company designed to ignite workforces and cultivate internal drive for high performance. She has helped companies across the country achieve cultures of driven, entrepreneurial spirits resulting in companies that have changed industry standards. She is a Business Owner, Director of Development, High Performance Coach and Consultant, as well as wife and mother of two. With tailored consulting and actionable tools, Jessie has successfully partnered with leading organizations to transform leadership and struggling cultures. She is a recognized expert in helping leaders navigate; diverse behavioral communication, reverse engineering vision, shifting limiting mindset practices and production challenges. A champion of dreaming big, Jessie believes success is derived from the well-being and vision of each contributing player, and works with both organizations and individuals to achieve high performance personally and professionally. Learn More


Keely Pemberton is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor. She believes in using a holistic approach to find the root cause of health issues and bring the body's nutritional foundations back into balance. As the founder of Wink Wellness, a practice focused on helping others experience their best night's sleep, her goal is to guide others in sleeping soundly and waking up feeling refreshed by optimizing nutrition, movement and mindfulness routines. Learn More


Robin Schepper is a passionate and experienced leader dedicated to serving her community and empowering the next generation of female leaders. She is recognized for her ability to provide high-level strategy as well as understand the tasks necessary to reach common goals. 

Her expertise in organizational development, strategic planning and communications provides the foundation for her consulting business called Wayfinder Strategies.  Her career has included working on numerous Democratic presidential campaigns and in the Clinton and Obama Administrations; co-founding a public affairs firm in Seattle; serving as staff director for the U.S. Senate Communications Committee; working as a communications consultant to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games; serving as the first Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s health initiative, Let’s Move! and contributing to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s reports on combatting obesity in the United States. Most recently, Robin worked for Routt County on COVID-19 response and serving as the County’s public information officer. Learn More


Via Health Collective is a collaboration of health experts that will guide you in making small daily habit changes that will result in a huge impact on your health down the road. Connect individually with a certified coach that best fits your needs including nutrition, fitness, functional medicine, substance use disorder recovery, and more. Learn More


Thrive Together Virtual Speakers

You can't say Sarah Coleman without thinking burpees! Sarah is a wellness and recovery coach at Foundry Steamboat (a 90-day drug and alcohol rehabilitation center), a personal trainer, a CrossFitter, a food connoisseur at Bitchin Kitchin (food and meal prep service), and an outdoor enthusiast everywhere. Certifications: CrossFit: L3, Olympic Lifting, Kids, and Endurance, Certified Recovery Coach, ICF, Certified Life Coach, CPC, Ambassador @The Phoenix, Peer support @Clean and Sober Steamboat. Learn More


Laura Cusenbary is a professional Private Wealth Financial Advisor for the Northwest Colorado resort region with Wells Fargo Advisors. She is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses develop financial and investment strategies that align with their needs, goals, and risk tolerance through thorough and consistent communication, in-depth market analysis, and evolving recommendations. Her mission is to provide every client with targeted, comprehensive financial advice and portfolio strategies — delivered with the highest level of personal service and professional integrity.   

Wells Fargo Advisors has named Laura a Premier Advisor from 2016-2020, a distinction which is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by completion of educational components, business production based the past two years, and professionalism. Laura was also recognized in 2018-2021 as one of the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors and in 2020 and 2021 as one of Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors. Additionally, Working Mother magazine has ranked Laura as one of the Top Wealth Advisor Moms for 2019 and 2020. Learn More


Mary Hendra has worked in government, education, and non-profit industries with the consistent goal of strengthening our civic fabric. Currently, she finds herself inspired by movements at the intersection of business and social impact. Mary serves on the LA Leadership Team for the Ellevate Network for Professional Women and on the Board of Conscious Capitalism LA. She leads program work in Southern California for the international educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves. During the pandemic, Mary launched Move with Grace to help individuals and teams facing painful transitions find clarity and take action by rediscovering visual and kinesthetic means of processing. Learn More


Dr. Anna Lundeen is a board-certified family medicine physician and owner of Wellev8, a virtual functional medicine practice.  She has been practicing medicine since 2009, and understands the limitations of the traditional medical world.  As a certified Crossfit coach and nutrition enthusiast, functional medicine was an obvious next step.  If you are struggling to get the answers you are looking for, functional medicine may be the answer. Dr. Lundeen is here to help, and together we can achieve your health goals. Learn More


Meet Marci Mattox, the owner of Alpenglow Health & Wellness Coaching. She loves eating and talking about eating and believes that making healthy choices can be fun and delicious at the same time. 

She is a Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach, has a degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Her favorite coaching moment is when a client realizes that they are completely capable of accomplishing their goals and making it part of their everyday life. 

Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping are some of her favorite activities and she is working on refining her snowboarding skills, no matter how painful, so that she can call that one of her sports as well. Learn More


Soon after earning her Master’s in Communications from the University of Kentucky, Randi and her husband relocated to Steamboat Springs. Unsure of how she might be able to capitalize on her education, she joined the workforce and quickly realized how valuable the study of dysfunctional communication would be to her. She started out in an administrative role, but her love for interactions and sorting through conflict got the best of her as she joined the ranks of human resources. She has been the Human Resources Manager at Yampa Valley Electric Association since 2014.  Randi loves working through employee dynamics, solving problems, and strategizing how to help employees and the Association reach their goals. When she isn’t at work, you can usually find her enjoying the outdoors with her family. Learn More


At Fidelity Mortgage, it is Kathryn Pedersen’s goal to exceed her clients’ expectations. She has ranked #1 as Best of the Boat’s Mortgage Banker for the last 7 years and is in the top 1% of Mortgage Originators nationwide because of her commitment to excellence. She helps hundreds of families a year turn their mountain dream into a reality with mortgage services in Colorado. Based in Steamboat Springs, she understands the level of service needed to accomplish our clients’ goals of financing homes in the mountains. Learn More


Joanne is a multi-certified nutrition coach trained in the Psychology Of Change. She received an MPA from George Washington University with a concentration in behavior and dynamics. Joanne is master level certified from Precision Nutrition, the largest, and most respected private nutrition coaching and education company in the world. She's also a certified Girls Gone Strong Coach, and has been trained in motivational interviewing and various forms of meditation. Joanne and her husband, Chris, split their time between Philadelphia and Steamboat Springs. They have identical twin boys who are seniors in college. Learn More


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