We have a wonderful line-up of speakers!

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OPENING KEYNOTE – STEPHANIE JACKSON

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie’s passion for inspiring woman to take charge of their health and happiness led her to start her health coaching business The Healthy Soul, write her book “Igniting your Healthy Soul” (find her book on Amazon here) and hold quarterly retreats at her home.

She understands the challenges of balancing work, being a single Mom of a teenage girl (oh boy) trying to eat healthy, keep moving her body and have positive relationships with her loved ones.

Stephanie loves working with women to “ignite” that spark she believes they all have and support them on making choices that bring them joy.

When she’s not out “changing the world” Stephanie lives on Bainbridge Island with her 15-yr daughter Bella and her partner Terry.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE – ALANNA IMBACH

Alanna Imbach

Alanna Imbach is the CEO and Cofounder of the Vibe Coworks, a shared workspace and coworking community that’s set to revolutionize the way people live and work in Kitsap. 

Her goal is to create a space for local creatives and professionals to work happier, healthier and more connected than ever before, right here on the Kitsap Peninsula. She has designed Vibe Coworks as a launchpad—an enabling platform that gives members the freedom, flexibility, resources and connections they need to accomplish amazing things.

A proud North Kitsap grad and Poulsbo native, Alanna has spent the last 15 years spearheading media relations, communications and advocacy work internationally for organizations including the UN Refugee Agency, UN World Food Programme, International Catholic Migration Commission and WaterAid. Her work as a storyteller can be seen through media placements in outlets including Al-Jazeera, BBC News, CBS, CNN, Cosmo, The Guardian, Glamour, Medium, New York Times, NPR, Teen Vogue and more.

In addition to her role as Visionary-In-Chief at Vibe, Alanna heads up Regional Community Engagement for WaterAid, the world’s largest international nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls gain access to clean water, safe toilets and menstrual health education.

When not wrangling her twin toddlers at home or doing her damnedest to change the world for the better, Alanna enjoys running marathons, eating gummy bears and spending as much time as possible on the water and in the mountains with her husband, Marcel.

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PAULA BEADLE

Paula BeadlePaula Beadle is the Founder and President of Caravel Marketing – a national marketing consulting firm specializing in connecting brands and entertainment properties.

Paula has vast and varied experience over 25 years working with iconic companies to connect with consumers in meaningful ways. Her insight and expertise has guided many organizations through uncharted territory. Paula is a creative and critical thinking catalyst, thoughtful architect of strategic plans, and facilitator of valued partnerships.

Paula’s true passion is to encourage and guide women to follow their entrepreneurial spirit. She is a performance-driven trailblazer, with an established record of increasing revenue and improving performance. She spearheads, develops, and manages progressive marketing initiatives, generates incremental revenue, and skillfully coaches thriving teams, executives and boards alike. Paula has helped countless organizations and individuals discover, establish, and exceed their goals. She proudly serves on the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Board of Directors.

In her leisure time, she can often be found navigating the waters of the Pacific Northwest, hiking long trails, or perfecting her swing on the golf course.

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LINDSEY CARNETT

Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett is CEO & President of Marketing Maven, a full-service marketing agency with offices in LA and NY. Named a Folio: Magazine 2015 Top Women in Media and featured in the Forbes Most Powerful Women Business Leader issue, Lindsey has taken her business expertise globally to enlighten marketing peers, clients and students about best practices in using PR to drive sales, improve organic SEO and grow a positive online reputation. Having spoken at high profile national marketing and consumer products conferences and guest lectured at universities, Lindsey has gained the reputation as an expert in the field of marketing and public relations.

In addition to her speaking success, Lindsey’s copy has appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, and she has appeared on TheStreet.com, National Public Radio (NPR), The Doctors, The Jeff Probst Show, Telemundo, and local ABC, NBC and CBS morning news programs, as well as USA Today, PR Week, Forbes Woman among others. Most recently Lindsey received a Top Women in Business Award from Pacific Coast Business Times, a Silver Stevie Award as Female Entrepreneur of the Year, was named a Top 25 Largest Women Owned Business in San Fernando Valley Business Journal and received multiple 40 Under 40 Awards.

A graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and current VISTAGE and Women Presidents’ Organization member, Lindsey also sits as the Content Committee Chair for the Electronic Retailing Association, the Vice Chairman of the California Lutheran University Victory Club, Advisor for the PRSSA and former 4-year PR and Marketing Chair of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Los Angeles. A NCAA collegiate women’s soccer captain and officer in the American Marketing Association, Lindsey received her B.A. degree in Spanish and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. Her business certifications include WBE, WOSB, 8(a), DBE, CPUC, Metro and WBENC.

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MEGAN DAHLMAN

Megan Dahlman

Megan Dahlman is the founder and creator of Strong Mommas, a fitness and nutrition blog and membership program that caters to women of all levels. Always with a passion for fitness (although often tinged with unhealthy obsessions), Megan earned her degree in Exercise Science from Seattle Pacific University. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Precision Nutrition Coach. Having begun her career focusing on sports performance training and post-rehabilitation, she shifted her focus over time to specialize in training women, specifically moms. She understood that there was a need for women to see that they could be remarkably strong, be able to break free from body image burdens and relax into the rhythms of a healthy lifestyle.

Megan is a mom herself to Calvin (6) and Peter (4), and understands the many challenges of living in the trenches with children while prioritizing self-care. Her motto is “simplicity and practicality in everything”, knowing that when fitness and nutrition is too complicated, it simply won’t happen. She is full of unique tips and strategies to help make living a fit and healthy lifestyle completely doable, even for a busy mom. With Strong Mommas, Megan has made it her mission to cut through the gimmicky and guilt-inducing information in the fitness and nutrition world, and make healthy living real, lasting, and not all about looks.

Megan grew up in North Idaho, lived in Seattle and Olympia, Washington for nearly ten years, and now resides in Newberg, Oregon. She is a Northwest native, through and through! You can usually find her behind her computer writing, lifting weights, practicing yoga, or better yet, wine tasting and digging in the garden dirt with her husband and two boys.

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JESSIE NINO

Jessie Nino

In 2010, with a 10 month old baby at home, I left my six figure job as an Engineer to start over and build my business as Financial Advisor.  I was tired of making the same amount of money working my tail off as the guy next to me who was taking smoke breaks every 10 min.  I was tired of telling my boss what to do and letting him take all the credit for my hard work. I wanted a job where I could blend my analytical skills with my love for people and relationships, and my friends needed a Financial Advisor. Edward Jones gave me 12 months at 50% of the salary I was used to and then I was on my own, I hit the ground running and never looked back. It was a terrifying transition but now six years later I joke that my life is ‘pinch-myself-good’, I love my job so much and the families I work with.

We all know as women we live longer than men, usually end up caring for elderly parents and their affairs, and inherit more wealth than men in our culture, yet the men overwhelmingly manage our family finances.  Add in that 50% of women today find themselves single after being married to those men that manage our family finances. I love working with women to educate them on the critical aspects of their financial picture, designing their financial goals, and helping them draft a plan to get there. No matter your stage in life, there are a few key steps you can take to get organized and get on track for your goals. On Oct 15th we’ll talk about making big life changes and we’ll talk about being money smart women.

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AMY SCHMIDT

Amy Schmidt | Inspired You Speaker

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Living a life with purpose.  My focus for many years was centered around survival and a desperate attempt to achieve the next level.  I had lost sight of the bigger picture as a single mother of 2.  Having a purpose beyond living day-to-day can be difficult when life has dealt lemons or you have chosen lemons.  I have an alcoholic father, grew up with a blended family, had a failed marriage, survived domestic violence, loss of a child, achieving a college degree after my divorce with small children, and struggled to find economic stability.

Over the last several years, through finding my soulmate, thriving in my career, watching my family grow into amazing young adults, and starting/building a business, I have been able to find comfort and peace.  I reflect on previous years and appreciate those “guardian angels” who have been in my life through the adversity.  I hope to share how it is possible to move on but not forget those things that have shaped us.  I truly believe in leaving something better than I found it…something I learned from my years working in Corporate Finance at Nordstrom.  It’s empowering and inspiring to live with purpose.

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KERRY SLONE

Kerry SloanDriven to accomplish what others have said was impossible; Kerry Slone has sought out unique opportunities to excel in business and capitalized on them.  With over twenty years in the beauty industry, Kerry has gone from living in a closet at work while she began her career to the owner of Poulsbo’s award winning Beautifully Polished Day Spa.  As a self-proclaimed “opportunista”, she follows the mantra of “if someone offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say YES; then learn how to do it later”.

Kerry, who grew up in California and Oregon, relocated to Kitsap County in 1998. Professionally, she is a Washington state licensed master nail technician, master aesthetician and professional make-up artist—with a passion for the advancement and empowerment of women in business. Through sacrifice and tenacity, Kerry has balanced her life as a military wife and mother with her roles as an entrepreneur and founder of multiple corporations. 

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ELAINE TURSO

Elaine Turso

Elaine is a self taught photographer, who operates a body positive studio in the heart of downtown Bremerton. Born and raised in Bremerton, Elaine has committed herself to community involvement and every year puts together a project, which benefits an organization in need.

Elaine has recently become a body image coach, to help women with their journey to self love.

A wife to Mike and a mother to Alexis, 20 and Anthony, 15, Elaine is a busy football mom, and my children’s biggest fans. Elaine loves to share ideas with fellow business owners, women in transition and teenage girls trying to find their happy.

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KELLY WELK

Kelly Welk | CiderPress lane

Kelly Welk & her husband Aaron are the founders of CiderPress Lane, a community focused business that grew out of community dinners in their backyard orchard. When they moved into their house and saw the orchard they decided the house needed a name, and CiderPress Lane was created. 4 years ago they hosted their first community dinner as a way to raise funds to fight human trafficking. That dinner started a journey to a bigger dream, and in turn their community event business was born. You can read their story and be inspired to fill your own table in their new book Dinner Changes Everything. CiderPress Lane is much more than just a business though, it really is their life; full of ciderpressing, gardening, hiking, adventuring, remodeling, dinners, friends, family, loads of cooking and all of it is focused on community. Quite simply they love people and gathering them together. Kelly’s mission is to inspire and create community, all while giving freedom. A portion of all of their proceeds are donated to Rescue:Freedom Int, a Seattle based non-profit on the front lines in the fight against Human Trafficking.

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We can’t wait for you to meet our wonderful speakers in October! You can read about our speakers from last year here!