By: Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce

Women in Leadership & Learning (WILL), a division of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a women’s conference Jan. 10.

This half-day conference is intended to empower women through strengthening leadership and business skills at any stage of their professional life. The conference is titled “Step Up 2018: Women’s Leadership & Learning Summit presented by WILL.”

Speakers and topics include assertiveness, stress management, how to be heard at the table, what successful people do before breakfast, healthy practices at work, as well as a professional leadership panel. Keynote speaker Lisa Kuzman of Sioux Falls will address the attendees at the beginning and end of the conference.

“We’re excited for the first annual women’s conference in Brookings presented by WILL,” said Heidi Haro, 2017-2018 chair of WILL. “Our lineup of speakers is top-notch, and our local sponsors make this event possible. We hope to inspire local women and impact women in need through the charitable piece of this event. … This event is all about stepping up into your role in 2018.”

The WILL board will award 2018 Pinnacle Player Woman of the Year Award to a notable woman within the community. Nominations were based on criteria such as showing innovation, leadership, drive, volunteerism, empowerment, support and motivation.

Donations will also be collected during the conference for the Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter to support its on-going efforts to support women in need.

“We are incredibly excited to host the Step Up 2018 conference,” said Kristina Lankow, 2017-2018 vice chair of WILL. “Continuing to grow in personal and professional skills is an important part of building great leaders. Our keynote speaker and lineup of breakout session contributors are incredibly talented and knowledgeable professionals. There is so much opportunity for learning and its right here in Brookings!”

Women from across the area are encouraged to register for this event by visiting, calling 692-6125 or finding Step Up 2018 presented by WILL on Facebook.

Tickets for Step Up 2018 are $50 and include full access to the conference session lineup as well as lunch. The event is being held at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 10.

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