Julann Jatczak

Julann Jatczak

As Vice President of Impact Initiatives, Julann Jatczak develops and manages strategic initiatives for The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), with offices in Madison, Racine, Kenosha, Appleton and Milwaukee. In this role she champions projects designed to increase WWBIC’s program efficiency, development efforts and brand awareness. She is well known for developing business workshops for micro-businesses, especially those targeting women and low-income individuals.

Julann has co-authored three publications for Jossey-Bass Publishing and the NxLeveL Education Foundation on business planning, money management and social entrepreneurship. Additionally, she regularly provides consultation to nonprofits and emerging business centers nationally and internationally.

Julann has been recognized with two major distinctions for her work in small business development. Locally, she was honored as the Dane County Small Business Advocate of the Year. And nationally, Julann was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as their “Women’s Business Champion.”

She previously served as the Secretary of the Social Enterprise Alliance Board of Directors and currently works with several other leadership teams. She was the local Wisconsin Coordinator for the “Make Mine a $Million Business” campaign for Count Me In.

Before joining WWBIC in 1996, Julann was a business development consultant for Runzheimer International where she worked with noted Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, her background was in advertising, marketing and public relations in Milwaukee and New York. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

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WWBIC is a nonprofit economic development corporation providing quality business education, one-on-one coaching, financial capability programs, and access to fair capital to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners. Each year, WWBIC works with more than 3,500 people through their programs. As the state’s largest micro-lender, WWBIC has loaned more than $60 million to businesses (average loan size of $40,000) since 1987.

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Breakout Session:

Be Your Own Boss At Girls World Expo Madison, WI on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Staff Sergeant Rachel Thomas

Staff Sergeant Rachel Thomas

My name is Staff Sergeant Rachel Thomas. I am the daughter of Suzan. I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 1st 1992. I graduated from Triton Central High School in 2011. Two weeks after graduation I attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC. I then attended Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Lee, VA where I obtained the Military Occupational Specialty of Culinary Specialist (92G).

My first duty station was Camp Red Cloud, South Korea where I worked as a Culinary Specialist in the Commanding Generals Mess. During my time in country I was awarded several awards for my hard work and dedication to duty. I also was awarded Distinguish Honor Graduate for the Advanced Culinary Arts Course. I attended and won the Chef of the Quarter board for the 2nd Infantry Division as well.

I then moved units to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Bragg, NC. I deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where I served as the Enlisted Aide to Major General Stein and Major General Williams. While working for the 1st TSC Commanding Generals I traveled to many different countries to include Afghanistan, Dubai, and Egypt. I also engaged on multiple personal security missions. Upon returning to Ft. Bragg, NC I then attended the Warriors Leadership Course. After I graduated I was recommended first hand by the Food Service Sergeant Major of Fort Bragg to serve as a Chef with Delta Force.

I then moved to Ft. Hood, Texas in July of 2015. While on station I fulfilled the Field feeding mission for not only the Ironhorse Challenge (A Prestigious Tradition) but a rotation at the National Training Station in the Mohave Desert as an essential key to the Battalions mission. I was requested to serve with the 1st Cavalry Division as a Garrison Enlisted Aide for Major General Tompson. After serving for Major General Tompson I was placed as a Platoon Sergeant of Headquarters Company.

In November of 2016 I was selected by the Department of the Army to serve as a recruiter. I attended Advanced Leadership Course, where I made Commandant’s List, and Army Recruiting School back to back before moving to Middletown, New York. Since I have been a Recruiter I have been recognized as the Top New Recruiter of the Company and awarded the AUSA Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

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Breakout Session:

Women Warriors At Girls World Expo Tri-State, NY on Sunday, October 21, 2018

Jaclyn M. Tacoronte

Jaclyn M. Tacoronte

Jaclyn M. Tacoronte is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional with over 18 years of experience in both agency and client-side settings, serving Fortune 500 companies, including Canon, Puma, Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble. She is frequently a public relations guest speaker and panelist for New York State Council for the Arts, Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Center for Non Profit Success and Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. She is currently the CEO & President of JMT Media, LLC., a New York certified M/WBE boutique marketing, public relations and design firm that specializes in small business marketing and the non-profit sector.

She is the former Director of External Affairs & Business Development for Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a major New York City cultural destination located on an 83-acre campus on Staten Island where she spearheaded all marketing and public relations efforts leading to over 200 plus online and print editorials and features including the coveted Harper’s Bazaar cover featuring the iconic, New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Prior to that role, she served as the Marketing Director at The Young People's Chorus of New York City, where she helped position the organization to receive the 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

Mrs. Tacoronte received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications focused on International Business and a Master of Business Administration while living in Texas. Among her professional recognitions, in 2011 she was awarded TED Electrical Magazine’s Best-of-the-Best Marketing Excellence Award for Best Print Advertising Campaign. Recently, JMT Media was listed as an official nominee for the “Top 31” Small Businesses and “20 Under 40” presented by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and an official 2018 Honoree for Stars Under 40, sponsored by Schneps Communications.

Mrs. Tacoronte is also Executive Producer of JMT The BEAT; a new online series featuring the best of Staten Island’s Business, Entertainment, Art & Theatre groups.

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Breakout Session:

You.Com At Girls World Expo Staten Island, NY on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Kelly Jo Kalton

Kelly Jo Kalton

When it comes to blazing new trails, Kelly Jo Kalton is surely familiar. Growing up in a construction family on an Iowa farm gave her the opportunity to step outside of typical gender roles and taught her a lot about a hard days work. From a young age she learned that it was ok for women to get their hands dirty, too. She learned how to drive a semi by age 12 while hauling grain in from the fields. At age 14, she learned how to operate heavy equipment and was helping install field tile for the family farm among other projects like welding fence and repairing farm machinery. She was an active member of 4H and FFA and could usually be found on the back of one of her horses exploring the Iowa countryside in her free time. In high school she enrolled in every trades class she could, including small engines, welding, carpentry, and agriculture classes. Kelly Jo competed in High School Rodeo, and received a scholarship to rodeo at the Collegiate level. That led her to Western North Dakota where she attended Dickinson State University, during the recent Bakken oil boom. After graduating with her Bachelors degree, she went to work as a Roustabout in the booming oilfield. She was the first female to be hired by that company as a Roustabout, and the first female to run heavy equipment on location for the company. When it was time to leave the field 2 years later, she took over Management of an oilfield fittings supply store with an all male staff, and was the first female to be hired by that company for that location, as well. The next chapter of first's comes with her current position of Outside Sales at Gannon Roofing Suppy in Des Moines. She is the first female to be hired in that role for the company, and also the only female in that role among the competition. She is passionate about helping young women get involved in the trades and hopes to see many more young women pursuing careers that may not be considered as typical for young women in the future. She has always believed that there are no jobs meant just for men, or just for women. She currently resides near De Soto, Iowa, with her wonderful 6 year old son, two dogs, and three horses and will continue to be an advocate for young women pursuing careers in the trades.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Des Moines, IA on Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hillary Schieve

Hillary Schieve

Professional Biography

Hillary L. Schieve was elected as Reno’s Mayor on November 4, 2014. She was sworn in on November 12, 2014, as the 28th Mayor of the City of Reno. Prior to being elected Mayor, Hillary was elected as At-Large Reno City Council Member on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on November 14, 2012.

Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the economic downturn. Hillary is the owner and operator of three businesses in the City of Reno. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation.

Hillary’s other key issues are economic growth, public safety, regional cooperation and senior services. One of her major issues is the reformation and revitalization of downtown. Hillary has made it a priority since assuming office to put funding toward creating a downtown environment that attracts residents, students, businesses and visitors. She was named in Politico Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors” article. The piece refers to her as “The re-inventor” for her role in the positive transformation of Reno, which is “becoming a hub for tech entrepreneurs and companies, pulling coders and data analysts from far more expensive Silicon Valley four hours to the west.”

In September 2017, Mayor Schieve was selected as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports (TAPES). She is the first woman to Chair the committee in more than 25 years. Another national and local issue the Mayor is passionate about is mental health and addiction; as such, she hosted a community conversation on the topic in October 2017.

Hillary’s business success landed her the Reno Gazette-Journal’s (RGJ) 2011 "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Hillary was also named by the Nevada Young Professional Network and the RGJ as a "Twenty Under 40" award recipient for her business expertise and her community service endeavors. Just to name a few of her many accomplishments and awards, she is also a recipient of the "Humanitarian Award," as she was recognized for being an outspoken public advocate for diversity and equality for all underserved groups. She was also honored with the "Harvey Milk Award" by Build Our Center (now called Our Center) in May 2016. She is also a two-time recipient of the Nevada Women’s Fund, presented by NV Energy, "Women of Achievement" award in 2013 and 2015.

Hillary is one of the four founding members of the Midtown District. Most recently, she has worked diligently to reform and revitalize downtown Reno and has, in partnership with the Reno City Council, formed an Operation Downtown group focused on reimagining and revitalizing the downtown corridor.

Hillary was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended Reno High School. Hillary grew up figure skating, where she competed nationally in pursuit of an Olympic dream, but was stricken with kidney failure. As fate would have it, her sister saved Hillary’s life by donating her kidney for a transplant operation. Hillary continues to be a strong advocate for organ donations and has lobbied nationwide to promote organ donor awareness.

Public Service History:
•2014-Present Mayor of Reno
•2012-2014 At-Large Reno City Council Member

Appointments:
•Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Subcommittee
•Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts - Board of Directors
•Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations
•Reno Housing Authority
•Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
•Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF)
•Joint Coordinating Committee - alternate
•Regional Planning Governing Board - alternate

National Appointments:
•United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) TAPES Committee, Chair
•Women in Government

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Reno, NV on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Julie Dobski

Julie Dobski

Julie Baker Dobski has served Central Illinois as a business person and philanthropist for almost 30 years. In 1988, she and her husband Bob, along with their four children, moved to Bloomington-Normal as the owners of several area McDonald’s restaurants. Julie quickly became vital to the community through her charitable works, her volunteerism, and her roles on many committees, boards, and organizations.

The Dobskis opened their first McDonald’s franchise in 1982 in Farmington, Missouri. They currently own the McDonald’s restaurants in Bloomington, Normal, McLean, and Gibson City. In 2004, Julie opened her first Little Jewels Learning Center and presently owns and operates three centers. She has given much of her time and resources within these two companies to support the community. As a result of her contributions to her community, she was honored with the McDonald’s People Award in 2006 and 2007, and the McDonald’s Ronald Award in 1987 and 2005.

Julie has served as president of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross event chair, Central Catholic High School Saints Alive chair, United Way chair, and Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary president – which received club of the year under her leadership. She currently serves as Baby Fold chair, Illinois State University College of Business Advisory Board member, BN Advantage Leadership Council member, and is a trustee for the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she and Bob have been members since they moved to Bloomington-Normal.
She began a local amateur theatre group called the One Nighters II, she has been involved in the Holiday Spectacular and the Nutcracker performances for many years, and she and her friends started serving meals once a month at the Salvation Army Safe Harbor.

Julie has received numerous honors locally including Large Business of the Year, Boy Scout Award, Athena Award, and Women of Distinction Award. She attributes her successes to her husband Bob; her children – Steven, Jimmy, Laura, and Erin; her grandchildren – Michael, Bryce, and Dean; and her many friends, family, and loyal staff.

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Breakout Session:

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony At Girls World Expo Bloomington, IL on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Violet Maestas

Violet Maestas

Violet Maestas is originally from San Antonio, Texas and moved with her family in 1988 to Eloy, AZ. She graduated from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School in 1996 and graduated from Central Arizona College in 1998 with a Certificate in Medical Administration. She became a Health Information Manager with the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. Wanting a career change Violet graduated from the Arizona Department of Correctional Officers Training Academy in 1999.

In 2002 she was hired by the Eloy Police Department as a Detention and Communications Officer. 2004 She graduated from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy and became a Police Officer for the City of Eloy. Within 14yrs from being certified she has served in many roles for the department; Auto Theft Investigator, Community Officer, Professional Standards (Internal Affairs), Communications Supervisor, General Investigator, Training Coordinator, Terrorism Liaison Officer & Certified Intelligence Analysts. From 2006-20013 she coordinated multiple operations with the US Marshals and surrounding agencies which focused on wanted fugitives. She coordinated and ran the Homeland Security Operational grant, which heavily focused on human and drug smuggling interdiction in and around the City of Eloy.

During this time she received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Central Arizona College and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Criminal Justice (with honors) from Ashford University. In 2013 she transitioned back to patrol and became a Field Training Officer and an Officer in Charge, assisting with supervising patrol when needed. Violet is affiliated with the Arizona Auto Theft Association, Latino Police Officers Association, and Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. She graduated from the Valle Del Sol-Central Arizona College, Hispanic Leadership Institution in 2014.

January of this year Violet was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Violet is still with the Eloy Police Department today and has gained overwhelming experience and knowledge about the City of Eloy, the community, and different ways of bringing support to and for the city. She was successful in creating and coordinating a charity run, “Tip-Over the Shelf 5K”, to the City of Eloy which benefits the Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry and the Eloy Veterans Center Food Pantry. This year marks the 4th annual 5K.

This same effort has created an annual Hunger Awareness Field day, to the local Junior High and Elementary School.

She continues to commit herself to numerous community service projects which efforts help the homeless and the hungry.

Violet volunteers with the Eloy Veterans Center and is a part of the Catholic Daughters of America #2729. CAHRA (Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry) board member, Eloy Police Department Honor Guard.
Violet continues to set goals which include helping and volunteering with many organizations within the community which have the same mission in mind. She credits the support from her friends, mentors, and especially her family.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Tucson, AZ on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kiesha Cousar

Kiesha Cousar

Kiesha L. Cousar speaker, author, coach, counselor, consultant, strategist, and girls advocate is the CEO and founder of COUSAR Empowerment, a Personal Development Company whose priority is empowering individuals to be exceptional people. She is the founder, chief visionary, and trail blazer of WIN Within™ a philosophical framework that fosters a strong sense of self through awareness and identity development.

As a strong advocate for women she founded the Women WINNING Within™ Coaching Program where women learn to make BOLD Moves both personally and professionally to be their best selves. These women not only gain skills and techniques from Coach Cousar but also participate in the WIN Within ™ social network community comprised of influential, diverse women who are committed to doing the lifeWORK. She is also the founder of EmpowerHER! Every girl. Everywhere. ™, a girls movement and signature program designed to cultivate and empower girls to “Be Authentically You!”

Mrs. Cousar is known for her exuberant spirit, transformational messages, transparent nature, and relentless drive to help people maximize their greatest potential. She is an enthusiastic, authentic woman on fire for life, on a mission to educate, equip, and empower women & girls around the world to WIN Within™! She is the proud wife of Lawrence Gemelle Cousar and they are the delightful parents to three young children; Kennedy Kline, Karrington Kane, and Wellington Chase. Her greatest desire is for people to know themselves, fulfill their purpose, and live life intentionally!

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Speaker for:

Girl of Merit Brunch At Girls World Expo Raleigh, NC on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sheriff Mims

Sheriff Mims

Margaret Mims has been a peace officer since l980. She was elected to the office of Sheriff in 2006, becoming the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units. She was the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff, and to be elected to the office of Sheriff in the history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Margaret is a member of the Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary Club, the Caruthers Kiwanis Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, a local women’s shelter. She has served as a past member of the Fresno County Rape Counseling Service Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Peace Officers' Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Mims is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University. She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute and she is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police coordinated through Boston University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Her GWE Breakout Session:

How to be a Fearless Female

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan is currently Chief Executive Officer for Purdy Motor Group – USA (PMG – US). Purdy Motor Group is Costa Rica’s exclusive Distributor for Toyota, Lexus, Hino, Ford and VW with growing operations in the U.S. including three Texas-based franchised dealerships. The Toyota dealerships run under the Atkinson Toyota brand and are in Bryan, Madisonville and Dallas, Texas. In this role, Laura is responsible for strategically expanding, broadening and diversifying Purdy Motors’ operations in the United States. Before this position Laura was with Gulf States Toyota, Inc, a Private Distributor for Toyota Motor North America for 18 years; most recently as Vice President, Market Representation & Dealer Development. In her twenty-five plus years in the automotive industry she has held positions in all aspects of the of the business which have provided valuable knowledge, experience and exposure to the industry.

Laura believes in giving back to the community and has held public service roles representing the citizens of Texas for the past seven years. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) as one of five Commissioners. Prior to this, Governor Abbott appointed her to the TX Department of Motor Vehicle Board (TxDMV) representing the vehicle manufacturing/distribution industry. During her tenure on the TxDMV board she held positions of Chairman - projects & operations committee, Vice-Chairman and Chairman.

Laura attended Penn State University and believes strongly in continuous executive-level education programs that stretch her abilities. She has attended programs and courses such as: Gallup Organization, University of Texas – Organizational Leadership, and Columbia University. She is also an avid learner and a student of her business.

Laura is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader in all aspects of the automotive industry. She has a proven track record of excellence of performance in implementation, execution, business and strategic development, and improving the bottom line. She is respected for both her professional and personal integrity.

She is married, has two children, two dogs and lives in Cypress, TX.

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Speaker for:

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony At Girls World Expo Bryan-College Station, TX on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lisa A. Smittcamp

Lisa A. Smittcamp

Lisa A. Smittcamp was elected District Attorney in June 2014 with the overwhelming support of local law enforcement and the prosecutors and investigators in her office. She was sworn into office in January 2015. In 2017, she celebrated her 20th year as a criminal prosecutor.

Mrs. Smittcamp is the second female to be elected District Attorney in Fresno County. She is known at the Fresno County courthouse for her keen sense of justice and outstanding advocacy skills. She has successfully prosecuted some of the area’s most dangerous offenders – murders, rapists, domestic violence offenders and child molesters. She has also prosecuted many gang members and career criminals under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in life prison terms.

Because of the passion she has for bringing justice to victims, the DA is known throughout the County for being a strong advocate against violence against women and children and has been a leader in educating the community about the importance of awareness to prevent these crimes.

During her tenure as District Attorney, she brought new structure, increased productivity and renewed morale to the office. Under her leadership, the District Attorney’s Office was able to add staffing to assist the Court in beginning a Veteran’s Treatment Court to assist justice involved Veterans in their rehabilitation. She is so dedicated to this court; she assigned herself to be the courtroom prosecutor.

Many additional units have been added since 2015, including Major Fraud, Animal Cruelty, Post – Prop 47 drug court, a Violent Crime Unit, and a newly formed Truancy Unit to ensure children are attending school.

Additionally, DA Smittcamp developed the Public Integrity Unit and assigned a full time prosecutor and three full time DA Investigators to ensure that Fresno County is free from political corruption.

Continuing her mission to eliminate violence to women and children, Lisa joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to form the Fresno County Human Trafficking Task Force that meets monthly to discuss investigations and cases. She has dedicated two prosecutors and one DA Investigator to this unit, who not only prosecute these cases, but do outreach on education and awareness.

She is the Chairwoman of the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), a member of the Fresno-Madera Police Chief’s Association, the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Advisory Board, the Community Corrections Partnership Committee, and the Fresno County Local Justice Coordinating Committee.

Lisa also serves her community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, as a member of the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin College of Law, as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of AMOR- Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief that is planning a health and community center in Mendota, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Fresno.

Mrs. Smittcamp is married with two children and resides in Fresno County.

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Breakout Session:

Fearless Females Panel At Girls World Expo Fresno, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Laura Nodolf

Laura Nodolf

Mrs. Laura A. Nodolf is the District Attorney for Midland County, Texas. Laura grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Schreiner University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech School of Law in 2003. While in law school, she found she had a passion for the pursuit of justice.
From law school, she joined the Midland County District Attorneys Office where she quickly established herself in the legal and law enforcement communities. She has tried over a hundred jury trial with substantial success. In addition to managing a complex and challenging docket, Laura maintained office management responsibilities and served as the First Assistant District Attorney for a period of 6 years. It was during this time that she represented Midland County in a collaborative project with Dallas, Tarrant and Travis Counties to develop a software package specifically for prosecutors. The application allows for District Attorney Offices to become paperless and offer discovery digitally to defense counsel. In addition to her legal work, she instructs for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy, and other agencies.
Upon announcement that the sitting District Attorney would not seek re-election, Laura decided to run for the position. She was subsequently elected and was sworn in as District Attorney on January 1st, 2017. Since taking office, Laura has worked diligently to change the way that criminal justice is viewed in the community. It is her sincere desire that the criminal justice system be used as a tool to help those who are willing to accept responsibility for their crimes and desire rehabilitation and to incarcerate those who pose the greatest risk to our society. She has spent her time working with local agencies, community partners, and the commissioners to educate individuals and work towards her goal. As a result, Midland County has funded a Drug Court. She looks forward to continuing her work with partners in criminal justice to constantly evaluate the criminal justice system in Midland to ensure that we are truly seeking justice in all cases.
Additionally, Laura remains active with the law enforcement community. She recently participated in an online operation where thirty seven individuals were arrested for soliciting a child younger than 17 years of age for sex or agreeing to meet a thirteen year old for sex. This operation was the largest of its kind in West Texas. Outside of the operation, Laura continues to work with law enforcement on a daily basis through training and by offering legal assistance.

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Breakout Session:

Never Let Anyone Tell You That Something is Impossible At Girls World Expo Midland-Odessa, TX on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jenine Cortopassi

Jenine Cortopassi

Jeanine Cortopossi is an educator. She has taught grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. She currently volunteers at the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno, doing community presentations on healthy relationships. Jenine is a wife, mother and a grandmother. Her passion is to empower young girls and women to develop positive self esteem and personal growth.

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Breakout Session:

Stinkin Thinkin At Girls World Expo Fresno, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts is the Vice President of Cultural Development at Crumley Roberts and is the Creator of the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program. As a motivational speaker and performer, Kimberly has spent the past 30 years working with schools and other youth organizations, churches, prison ministries and rehabilitation centers to help guide young people and adults on the path to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

During her work with the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant organization from 1989 to 1992, Kimberly created and implemented a program entitled “Building the Future,” which she presented throughout the State of North Carolina. The Program partnered with the D.A.R.E. organization and was designed to warn young people of the dangers of drugs, alcohol and peer pressure.

As a former Healthcare Consultant, Kimberly directed Certificate of Need Projects for the State of North Carolina and worked with healthcare organizations on their strategic planning and marketing programs. As the Vice President of Cultural Development at Crumley Roberts, Kimberly directs the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program, the Crumley Roberts Kids Zone Program, the Crumley Roberts Facilities Program, the Crumley Roberts in the Community Program and the Crumley Roberts Education Advancement and Leadership Center. Under her leadership, these programs have expanded to include a partnership with the American Heart Association and the Phil Ford Foundation to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Kimberly is a passionate supporter of employee health and wellness programs and created the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program in 2012 to assist Crumley Roberts employees in achieving physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental and occupational balance in their lives to whatever level they choose to participate. To date, the C.R.E.W. Program has a 97% participation rate in one or more of its activities. In 2013, Crumley Roberts was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the Triad's Healthiest Employers largely because of the Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness Program created by Kimberly.

In 2013, Crumley Roberts established the Kimberly S. Roberts Servant’s Heart Spirit Award to recognize and honor its employees who are deeply committed to work in their communities. The award accompanies a $5000 donation to be given to the community organization in which the selected employee is involved. To date, the award has benefited Kenyan Water Relief Projects, the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Greensboro Urban Ministries Pathways Program. Crumley Roberts is a Life is Why sponsor for the American Heart Association and, in 2016, Kimberly will chair the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women organization in Guilford County. Kimberly has been married to Chris Roberts for 21 years. They have two sons, Matthew age 19 and Eli age 13.

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Speaker for:

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony At Girls World Expo Winston-Salem, NC on Sunday, October 1, 2017

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