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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” —Holly Hoffman from Your Winner Within Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence with business leaders, teachers, and students across the nation. A professional motivational speaker and the author of Your Winner Within, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges, and we are oftentimes faced with situations that seem insurmountable. But within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed—if only we have the knowledge, tools, and discipline to do so. Holly’s writing and speaking not only offer encouragement and optimism but a roadmap for self discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Her methods—the ones she uses everyday in her own life—are intuitive, honest, and adaptable to nearly any situation. Readers and audience members alike walk away inspired to light the fire of successful living within themselves. Today, Holly is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and travels across the country, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders and business professionals. In her seven years of speaking, she has traveled to 36 states and been to 180 high schools. Holly inspires her audiences to take opportunities and focus on attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith, and perseverance.

Saturday Sessions

8:30 - 9:30 am

Todd Brockshus, Owner and Horticulturist Del's Garden Center
What's New?
The last ten years have produced an explosion of new plants. New shrubs, perennials and annual flowers that we could only dream about are now hot items at independent garden stores. Get a peek at some truly remarkable plants that you need to add to your planting schemes.

Janelle Guericke, Ag Technology Instructor, Mitchel Technical Institute
Record Keeping So Easy
Record keeping doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact when using EasyFarm Record Keeping any one can use it….even Grandma. Participants will see EasyFarm software in action and realize it really is that EASY!

Gretchen Miller, Fresh Cream Market
Painting Refresh
Don’t get rid of the old- revive and renew that out dated furniture and other home décor items with paint. Get the basics on how to tackle a project from preparation to finish. Paint options, tools and techniques will be explored.

Madeline Schultz, Iowa State University, Carol Ehlers, Human Science and Extension Outreach
Top Ten Ways to Better Family Farm Communication
Family farm conversations range from machinery repair to the 13 year old’s birthday to disease outbreak…to Medicare health decisions. Talking about the farm operation is key for farm business success. Experience ten ways women take leadership roles bringing people and information together for good decision making. Hear from Iowa Annie’s Project: Empowering Women in Agriculture and ISU Family Finance education.

Mike McLaughlin, Industrial Trainer, ICCC
Be Your Own Handy Woman
A specific ‘how to’ guide on performing common household tasks and repairs and what tools are needed to perform efficiently.

9:45 - 10:45 am

Todd Brockshus, Owner and Horticulturist Del’s Garden Center
Decorating for All Seasons with Containers
Celebrating the seasons is one of the fun things about decorating your home and flower pots can be a key element. See how to decorate for all seasons with containers. Learn the elements of design and color and pick up some great outdoor decorating ideas.

Farm Credit Services of America
Agricultural Women Work Here
Being involved in Agriculture can be challenging but also provide many opportunities. Come learn from and interact with our panel of women at various levels of involvement in the farming industry. Bonus: Get your Farm Credit Services of America Pop Socket when you attend!

Jill Williams, Registered Dietitian, Diabetes Educator and Certified Lifestyle Coach
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We think
What does your favorite comfort food say about you? Can the size of your plate really influence your appetite? Why do you eat more when you dine with friends? Explore the research of food psychologist, Brian Wansink and expose the hidden dynamics behind your dietary habits. Learn to make more mindful, enjoyable, and healthy choices every day to mindlessly lose – instead of gain – up to twenty pounds in the coming year!

Joyce Hoppes, Iowa Pork Producers
All Things Pork
Participants will learn what’s new with pork…products, cookery, nutrition, and more. And yes there will be sampling. Everyone will go home with coupons for their next pork purchase!

Dana Miller, Tonic Lush
Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
Learn how to make your own all natural, safe and healthy household cleaning products. Get tips and recipes to start saving money and clean toxic free.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anne Ahmann, Professional Organizer and owner happy.healthy.home
Downsizing: Freed of Excess
Downsizing can be difficult in many ways. This session will focus on how to pare down belongings and deal with the emotions in that process. We will also discuss ways to dispose of excess.

> Download the presentation notes.

Steve Spurlock, BVRMC Director of IS/Security+ Information Security Officer
Cyber Security Awareness and How to Protect Yourself
In today’s every growing digital world how can you protect yourself from hackers and identity thieves? Learn simple steps you can take to protect yourself from the damage of identity and information theft.

Carol Hedberg, EdD
The Girls in the Attic
Have you ever felt that you make decisions based on some quirky perspective in your head? If so, this workshop is for you. Explore insights about what drives women to make healthy and unhealthy decisions and how women can alter the course of their own decision-making. Learn tips to “trust the voice within” in this fun, interactive workshop.

Holly A. Jensen, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Healthy Women
Women face distinctive health challenges today. This session will explore those issues by looking at risk factors, healthy lifestyle behaviors, treatment and health promotion. Learn things you can do to be your best.

Janelle Guericke, Ag Technology Instructor, Mitchel Technical Institute
Grain Marketing for Dummies
Much like the for Dummies series this session will focus on the basics, talk the lingo, and leave with a surprisingly vast amount of grain marketing knowledge. Bring your questions!

LUNCH: 12:00 - 1:15

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Anne Ahmann, Professional Organizer and owner happy.healthy.home
How to Create and Maintain an Organized Home
This session will focus on the steps to organize and declutter your home and how to implement systems to maintain the order.

Liesl Voges, Community Development Director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Travel Iowa
This presentation will highlight the hidden gems in Iowa, from public art in Malvern to Ice House Caves in Decorah. Through the lens of the Iowa Great Places state designation program, learn how urban and rural communities throughout the state are taking action to capitalize upon their unique assets and create great places to live, work, and, most importantly, visit!

Sewing Enthusiast
Super Simple Sew
A variety of projects will be shown. Get ideas for projects as well as sources for instruction. Fun projects for all levels of sewing skills.

Janelle Guericke, Ag Technology Instructor, Mitchel Technical Institute
Which Pair of Shoes Should I wear?
Should we sell the grain and just be happy? Store it and buy a put option? Sell it and buy a call option? Store it and pray? We will project high and low prices and calculate and determine which pair of shoes gets you the best price for your corn/commodity.

Cooking Enthusiasts
Battle of the Pots
The Instant Pot is the new cooking sensation! This session will explore how it works and compare to the trusty Crock Pot.

> Download the presentation notes

Instant Pot Golden Chicken and Rice Recipe
Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup
Instant Pot Spaghetti
Instant Pot Vanilla Cheesecake
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Instant Pot Potato Salad
Instant Pot Tex-Mex Beef Stew

> Download the crockpot recipies.

Saturday Large Group Session Speaker

2:20 pm

Rebecca Zoet
This New Old House
Rebecca Zoet is owner and creative spirit behind This New Old House. She admits being just a normal gal, with a normal family, with a normal budget that wants her home, parties, and holidays to look like the pages of a magazine (and be livable, of course!)
She LOVES design and has an extraordinary gift for seeing the vision of a project and pulling it together, and she shares this talent with others through This New Old House. Rebecca mixes the old with the new to tell your home’s story – an eclectic style that is uniquely YOU! Rebecca will share ideas and inspirations to add unique character and charm to tell your home's story. She will share her story of turning a passion into a business and the three missions that have guided her journey.

PLEASE NOTE: All sessions, speakers, and descriptions are subject to change without notice.