2020 GWIL Conference

Her Journey to the Future: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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Friday, March 6th 2020
Location: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
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 Conference Agenda
Time Activity
8:30  Check-In
9:00 Welcome
9:20 First Keynote Speaker: Jessica Bennett
10:00 Break
10:15  First Breakout
11:05 Transition to Second Breakout
11:20  Second Breakout
12:15 Lunch
1:15 GWiL Hall of Fame Recognition
1:30 Second Keynote Speaker: Kerri Murray
1:15 Closing remarks from Student Directors
2:30 Reception





So Much To Celebrate!

This year, the United States is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage and Gustavus Women in Leadership is celebrating 10 years of learning and influence. 

The day will start with a light breakfast and programming will begin with an opening keynote who will provide insight into women of the “Past.”Attendees will then choose to attend two breakout sessions that illustrate how women are leading in the “Present.” A seated lunch will follow the morning sessions and we will close by hearing how one woman’s organization is taking on challenges of the “Future.” There will be a cocktail reception immediately following the conference for additional networking opportunities. 

Inspiring Speakers & Break-Out Session

"Past" Keynote Speaker:

Jessica Bennett
Writer and editor at The New York Times focused on gender and culture, author of Feminist Fight Club, A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace.

Jessica Bennett

Come and be inspired by our keynote speaker, Jessica Bennett, an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker who writes and edits on gender and culture. In 2017, she was appointed the first-ever Gender Editor of the New York Times, leading an initiative to better engage women readers; and, is the editor of “This Is 18” (Abrams), a photography book, multimedia project and traveling exhibit celebrating girlhood around the world. 

"Present" Break-out Session Speakers

Break-out #1: "Professions in the Healthcare Arena"

Dr. Elizabeth (Truong) Jenson '05

Clinical Coordinator - Doctor of Physical Therapy - Concussion Program Development


Dr. Amy Leval '97

Director of Alliance Partnership at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in Sweden


Chloe Altmann '16

Consultant at Optum - UnitedHealth Group


Alumni Panel Facilitator: Katie Sayre '80

Sr VP Health Plan Operations and Government Programs for HealthPartners


Break-out #2: "What Do You Want To Be vs. Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?"

Miki Huntington

United States Army veteran, educator at Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Metropolitan State University


Break-out #3: "Women and Wealth"

Angie O'Leary

Head, Wealth Management Planning, RBC Wealth Management


Break-out #4: "Reflections and Learnings After 10 Years of GWiL"

Kathi Tunheim

Vice President for Mission, Strategy, and Innovation in Human Resources and President's Office, Gustavus Adolphus College. GWiL Co-Founder


Kari Clark, JD '91

Chief Development Officer, YWCA Minneapolis. GWiL Co-Founder


"Future" Keynote Speaker

Kerri Murray

President of ShelterBox


ShelterBox is a global organization made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.

ShelterBox was founded to provide emergency shelter to people affected by disasters and humanitarian crises around the world. ShelterBox does things differently, providing tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. A small organization in the UK, Shelter Box has grown to make a big impact across the world. 

2020 GWiL Conference Directors

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Kate Holtan '19 , Lanie Altmann '20 , Rachel Belvedere '20 , ReAnn Eidahl '20 , Linnea Anderson '20

For any questions or inquiries, please contact g-askgwil@gustavus.edu