For the tenth year in a row we're cultivating a space where women from every walk of life can come together to be inspired, supported and enveloped in a community. We want you to walk away energized, motivated and maybe with a few new friends too! Take the day to really unplug, invest in yourself and make a plan for 2018 to be the year of YOU! This year’s theme is “How to be a bada$*” and while we love a cheeky name, we’re serious about giving you the tools to make all your dreams, passions and desires a reality. Expect to laugh, expect to cry, and expect to reconnect with the things you’re really passionate about. Basically, expect to leave the day a better, more bada$* you.

Event Details:

Time: 7:45 - 5:00 pm

Place: The Sandpoint Center [414 Church Street]


Event Schedule:

7:45 AM Check-in & Registration Open

8:00 AM Exhibitor Booths Open

                 Breakfast & Booth Time

8:30 AM - Welcome!

8:45 AMLissa Markwardt - Falling in Love with Your Life

9:30 AM - Break & Booth time

10:00 AM - Raffle 

10:15 AM - Panel Discussion - Healthy Habits for a Kick-Ass Life
                 Teresa Lunde, Brianna Thoreson, Missi Balison

11:45 AM - Lunch provided by Tango Cafe

1:00 PM - Raffle 

1:10 PM - TED Talk: Why Being Strong Isn't Bitchy

1:50 PM - Break

2:00 PM - Unleash Your Super Powers: Jean Briese

3:15 PM - Wrap-Up & Final Raffles

4:00 PM - Happy Hour (Location TBD!)

Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2018 VIP Sponsor: There is only ONE VIP/Lunch sponsor - Includes 4 admissions to the conference, booth space, mentioned in the conference title and all advertising.  Lunch with the keynote speaker and  5 minutes to talk about your business during lunch. 

The 2018 Premier Sponsorship: Includes 4 admissions to the conference, booth space at the conference, your company name mentioned in the conference's boosted social media advertising and included in website advertising, recognition in the conference program.

The Elite Sponsorship: Includes 2 admissions to the conference, booth space at the conference, your company name mentioned in the conference's boosted social media advertising and recognition in the conference program.

The Essential Sponsorship: Includes 1 admission to the conference and booth space.

2018 Conference Lineup 


Morning Keynote: Lissa Markwardt

Fall in Love With Your Life

When Lissa Markwardt graduated from high school, she felt certain that she must have been absent the day they told everyone what they were supposed to do career-wise. And she had no idea how to go about figuring it out. Her challenging experience with trying to make her way to the “right” career choice led her to ultimately become the Career Education Manager for the third largest school district in California. For 30 years, she developed programs to guide youth and adults to passionate career lives doing work they loved, oftentimes in spite of what the labor market said about where the jobs were and where the money was.
During that time, Lissa’s husband, Gary, was living the corporate dream with the impressive job titles and their corresponding incomes, perks and benefits. But, Gary was miserable as he climbed the corporate ladder. The stress and the pressure of the bottom line were a big price to pay. He started to develop physical symptoms but couldn’t really take the time to tend to them. Determined to fulfill his responsibility as a good provider, he toldLissa, “Don’t worry. I will do all the things I want to do when I retire at age 55.” Gary passed away at age 44.He didn’t know he would never get that chance to do all the things he was putting off.

Gary’s life changed Lissa’s. She became a certified career and life coach and for the past 8 years, she has been providing personal coaching and presentation workshops, as well as hosting her monthly radio show, Living Your Dream. Lissa has guided countless motivated men and women to not only live more passionate career lives, but to live other
aspects of their lives with passion and courage as well. And to not assume that there will always be tomorrow.

Lissa’s message...What you get to do in this lifetime is limitless. How much time you get to do it is not. NOW
is your life. Get out there and really live it.


Panel Discussion:

Healthy Habits for a Kickass Life


Brianna Thorenson


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing therapy since 2004 and in the mental health field since 1999. I own my own practice in Sandpoint, ID where I work with adolescents, individuals and families. I utilize multiple approaches with an attachment theoretical base. Specific therapeutic modalities used are; CBT, DBT, family systems, Mindfulness, Meditation, EMDR and stress reduction. I believe the mind/body connection is the most integral part to self empowerment and peace with in our lives.

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Teresa Lunde

American Pacific Mortgage

As a Sandpoint, Idaho native, I take pride and ownership in representing local home buyers and home owners with their financing needs. The many newcomers to our area offer a special experience in introducing them to the beautiful surroundings. I enjoy working with title companies and real estate agents over Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai Counties, to accomplish a successful experience for our clients. As a Mortgage Loan Officer since 2005, I look at each transaction as a chance to build relationships and to help make the dream of homeownership
come true.

In my time away from mortgage lending, I’m married to my wonderful husband(of 45 years) Don and we live on our small farm in the Selle area.We love to travel all over the world, where I gather ideas for my next novel—a second job and passion of mine.

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MIssi Balison

Missi Balison Fitness

Missi has been a Personal Trainer for over 26 years. With a degree in Exercise Physiology, a nutrition coaching certification and massage therapy license Missi develops customized nutrition and exercise plans for perimenopausal and menopausal women who want to feel better, get stronger and lead happier, more productive lives!

Missi trains her clients in small groups and one on one in her private personal training studio. She also coaches clients online for those with busy schedules that need more flexibility. 

Missi’s private studio was created out of her desire to help women that are intimidated by larger gyms gain confidence and feel comfortable in a smaller, more intimate setting. 


Afternoon Keynote: Jean Briese

Unleash Your Superpowers

Jean Briese is a desert baby, living and loving in the Sonoran Desert of Phoenix, Arizona.  A native to Phoenix, Jean has an affinity for the desert.  While much of our beautiful world is lush and green, the desert can be sparse and dry.  Jean’s early years were sparse like the desert.

Jean experienceced a life changing grace as a young teen, eldest of four, when they were abandoned by their mother two weeks before Christmas. 

Homeless, and with nothing but a high school education, she went on to build an abundant career in sales and sales leadership,  creating

and leading  award winning sales teams at one of Fortune’s Top Ten Companies.  Through her career, she has coached countless individuals to becoming their best self, redefined great teams, and shattered what was believed impossible.

A message from Jean

2018 Elite Sponsors

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