WOMEN LEADERS LIVE!
Women’s Leader LIVE is an interactive event with a wide range of Speakers and Business Leaders who have used their strengths and skills to overcome the day to day struggles. Our speakers will be going over the effects of “being too nice,” how passion can help you defy the ‘impossible’, physiological effects of stress and how it can alter your body, the power of your words and the root of your motivation, and how to become your own ‘self-starter’ using communication techniques. You and your peers will leave feeling inspired and motivated!
“A good teacher has the power to shape the thinkers, leaders, and doers of entire generations and bring about change even if only in their corner of the world. Katie Peters has been bringing about these generational changes for the last 16 years as a high school English teacher. What sets Katie apart is her genuine nature to meet her students where they are, establish rapport, and understand a shared common ground which opens the door for real learning to take place. She has taken a few hard knocks to get to where she is as a woman and a professional, but she takes it as a lessons learned and it’s all up from here.
Her first year of teaching, Katie was actually told she spent too much time building rapport and not enough time getting into the subject matter. This feedback was a low blow because in her mind, she was doing a great job. However, by the end of the year, something ironic happened: 100% of her at-risk students passed their reading and math standardized tests. At that moment, she had a paradigm shift; she realized that building relationships is the key to everything. As the old saying goes, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” Although many of her students came from drastically different backgrounds, she saw the importance of validating their feelings to make way for a breakthrough to common ground. Katie also began to see that many of the world’s problems stemmed from damaged relationships and miscommunication. She felt charged to continue to pour into her students, because they are the next generation who will go forward and attempt to make the world a better place.
The Teacher Becomes the Student
After a lesson she learned from one of her students, Katie builds rapport by listening and asking the right questions. She once repeatedly asked one of her students what he wanted to be, and he continued to tell her he wanted to be an NBA player. Exhausted by the exchange, she said, “Life doesn’t always work out the way we want.” Her student responded, “You keep asking me what I want to do and not who I want to be.” Katie suddenly had another moment, he was right, she discovered that he wanted to be someone who was going to make a difference and impact people’s lives. Later, this same student went on to be a published author and Toledo firefighter. In that moment, she decided she wanted to impact her students and everyone in her path to be good human beings, not just good scholars. “We have plenty of smart people, who do evil things. We need more good people in the world,” says Katie. Also, someone’s profession doesn’t define them, it’s the “why” behind what they do that really matters.
Although Katie is a self-professed “late bloomer” because she didn’t learn who she really was and what happiness meant to her until later in life, she encourages and shows her students to find themselves so they don’t have to pretend. In her opinion, everyone should be unapologetic about who they are, because it will bring them great joy and it will be that much easier to establish relationships with others who have vastly different viewpoints if you have a mutual respect.”
“Everything I do is about helping people push past trauma and adversities. I believe young people and adults can rise above their circumstances, accept challenges as they come, be resilient, thrive, and stay committed to living their very best life.
The way I help people rise above their circumstances is by creating strategies and products that are beautifully inspiring, simple to implement, and positively contagious.
And I happen to have a school care strategy called RISE. Perhaps you may be interested in implementing this strategy at your school.
I have extensive executive level corporate and non-profit experiences. I am becoming the leading expert in Social Justice and Integrative Health Coaching and Advocacy in high schools, colleges, and organizations. I support people who work in the “helps” profession (such as educators, counselors, community health workers, social workers) in their self-care and personal advocacy efforts. I also conduct legal advocacy.
I also offer professional development to school districts and organizations seeking to evaluate, examine, and/or modify current practices to be more responsive to the vital clients they serve.
I speak to business professionals to help them “Find Their Why” through their own personal story to better serve and mentor others. My autobiography, Inspiration in My Shoes, helps me share how I was able to push past trauma, adversities, and abuse to find my why and serve others.
I currently serve on the University of Toledo Health and Human Services Advisory Board (to improve the human condition), the Paralegal Advisory Board, and the newly formed Toledo Public School Districts (TPS) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.” (https://www.dianarpatton.com/diana/)
Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Ohm
“Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Ohm is the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander at the 180th Fighter Wing. As a traditional guardsman, her areas of responsibilities are the personnel and aircraft in the areas of the flight line, weapons, and avionics sections. She is also responsible for the personnel and aircraft for the alert mission.
LtCol Ohm started her career as a flight line crew chief in January 1993. She became the first female fighter pilot at the 180th Fighter Wing and in the state of Ohio. She has been on several combat deployments and received the Air Medal in 2005 in support of Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. LtCol Ohm also became the first female fighter pilot in the state of Ohio to become an F-16 Instructor Pilot.
Becky has combined her love of flying with an entrepreneurial spirit and in 2007 opened an aviation themed coffee shop with her husband, in Perrysburg, Ohio. She has been the main force behind the success of The Flying Joe, acting as the chief financial officer, public relations officer, marketing director, and bookkeeper.
Becky is a 1995 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in Columbus, Mississippi where she met her husband, John. As a traditional guardsman, she has been able to balance her roles as a commander, business owner, wife and her most important role as mother of her son, Zachary, and daughters Olivia and Emily.” (https://www.eaa9.org/rebeccaohm.htm)
“Karen Shaper is a trained communication specialist, with 20 years’ experience in customer service from the University of Michigan. Karen Shaper has taught Communications at Washtenaw Community College, U of M Dearborn and Eastern Michigan University. Karen currently works as a training coordinator for the University of Michigan and does public speaking events around the country. Karen holds Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Communications. Many businesses suffer from not having a good communication skills. Shaperenterprises LLC focuses on improving a business presence through effective communication.” (https://shaperenterprises.com/#about)
“Kieu Okuley is the owner and pharmacist of Okuley‘s Pharmacy and Home Medical in Defiance medical and Okuley‘s pharmacy in Continental Ohio. She has been a pharmacist for over 25 years and specializes in wellness consultations and specialty compounding. Kieu enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life by balancing out stress, digestion, thyroid, and hormones.
Kieu has faced many challenges balancing out being a mom, caregiver and business owner. Through many years of hardship she has implemented a self care program and teaches her patients how to do the same. When we care for ourselves, we can care for our loved ones.