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A conference style approach to promoting leadership in our young people for Wyoming’s future.

LEAD

In Wyoming, our age demographic has become lopsided with a predominantly older group of citizens. In the years to come we will be forced to rely heavily on the leadership of our current young people to create a vision for this state and direct it where we want it to go. LIFT creates a platform to engage our young people and entice them with what Wyoming has to offer.

INSPIRE

Wyoming has relied heavily on natural resources to sustain it’s economy for generations. As we have seen, this pattern can be extremely unpredictable and swing from tremendous wealth into an uncomfortable economic situation, quickly. Wyomingites need the inspiration and passion from our youth to help propel us into new economic markets and continue developing existing ones.

FULFILL

Due to our small population, the infrastructure of Wyoming cities appears to lack the necessary tools to accommodate well rounded economies.  We need our young people to rise up, fill the void, and create opportunities for strategic growth.

TOGETHER

Wyomingites are PROUD! Pride in our work ethic and our commitment to each other has laid the foundation for great schools, businesses, and cities . More importantly, it has created a sense of cohesion. TOGETHER, we must continue to work for the betterment of our state and produce ground-breaking new ways to promote economic and population growth. We all know this is a great place to live and now we need to work and grow together.

Lift Schedule

Hosted at Natrona County High School - Casper, Wyoming

 

For Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

     

DAY 1: April 6

Registration - 4:30 in the Commons

5:30 - Welcome and Introductions

5:45 - Opening Speaker: Steve Harshman

6:20 - 1st Session Starts

7:15 - 2nd Session Starts

7:55 - Milk and Cookie Social

DAY 2: April 7

8:50 - Welcome back

9:00 - 3rd Session Starts

9:55 - 4th Session Starts

10:50 - 5th Session Starts

11:40 - Keynote Speaker

12:15 - Lunch Provided and Networking

Speaker Lineup

Jerad Stack

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

JERAD STACK

TITLE: Successful Startup Founder, Technology Executive, Angel Investor and Business Mentor.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTS: Founding Member of Breakthrough 307, Amoco Reuse Joint Powers Board, ENDOW Executive Counsil


Jerad has nearly 20 years’ experience in the enterprise software and broader technology industries. In that time, he has worked in fields ranging from communication satellites, to consumer electronics, to Formula One racecars.

Jerad is a Founder Member of Breakthrough307 – a startup network and early stage angel fund focused on accelerating startups in the Rocky Mountain region. Additionally, he is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wyoming Technology Business Center where he serves as an advisor to multiple emerging high-growth companies. One of his most recent projects is Coworking@TheDurlacher – a shared workplace concept in downtown Laramie.

Jerad was founder and CEO of the Laramie-based, venture-backed, engineering software company, Firehole Technologies. As CEO, he formulated and executed the company’s strategies towards developing better design software, leading to multiple years of double-digit growth and an eventual 8-figure exit to the Fortune 500 software giant, Autodesk in March, 2013. A fifth-generation Wyomingite, Jerad holds an M.S. and B.S. both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Jarad is a powerhouse leader and the ultimate idea executor. His insight and wisdom for the young adults set to “LIFT WYOMING” is sure to inspire. You won’t want to miss this.

BREAK-OUT SESSION LEADERS

Brook Kaufman

NAME:
Brook Kaufman

TITLE:
CEO of Visit Casper

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Chair of the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition
  • Member of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2018

SESSION TOPIC:

Leadership Blueprint – The Secrets for Becoming a Leader Everyone Wants to Be Led By. Brook will debunk leadership myths and mistakes, discuss how to cultivate a high impact leadership style and offer tips for reaching your highest potential personally and professionally.

Brandon Daigle

NAME:
Brandon Daigle

TITLE:
Architect at RVB

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Chairman of The Board - Casper Downtown Development Association
  • David Street Station
  • AIA Wyoming
  • Leadership Wyoming Class of 2017

SESSION TOPIC:

Never say “Never”: the story and power of optimism. This session will introduce attendees to the idea that you can be anything you want to be in Wyoming and why it is easier and more rewarding than other places in the country.

Mandy Fabel

NAME:
Mandy Fabel

TITLE:
Executive Director of Leadership Wyoming

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Lander Rotary Club and Rotary Board of Directors
  • Lander Parks & Recreation Board
  • Vice Chair of Kindness Wyoming

SESSION TOPIC:

When is the last time you failed at something? Have you ever worried about failing at school, in sports, at home, or in a leadership position? Join us in this session to learn how to better manage fear of failure, failure, and dusting yourself off to try again. Warning, this is not your average leadership session!

David Shields

NAME:
David Shields

TITLE:
Shareholder, Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C.

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Casper Legion Baseball
  • Oilers Assistant Coach

SESSION TOPIC:

Perseverance and persistence versus the path of least resistance. This session will discuss the importance of not accepting the roadblocks others put in front of you.

Dr Joseph C McGinley

NAME:
Dr. Joseph C. McGinley

TITLE:
Diagnostic Radiologist & Mechanical Engineer

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • President - Wyoming & Natrona County Medical Societies
  • Chair of Natrona County Republican Party

SESSION TOPIC:

Dr. Joseph C. McGinley is a diagnostic radiologist, a Mechanical Engineer, and the Founder and CEO of McGinley Orthopaedic and President of McGinley Manufacturing. He is a competitive adventure racer, mountaineer and tri-athlete. He values stewardship in the community and he will discuss entrepreneurship in the state of Wyoming and the value of a science based education.

John Kennedy

NAME:
John Kennedy

TITLE:
Deputy Director - Wyoming Game and Fish Department

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • National Conservation Leadership Institute Program
  • Leadership Wyoming

SESSION TOPIC:

As deputy director, John oversees most internal programs in the agency, including development and management of the Commission’s budget; final approval of all grants, contracts and agreements; coordination with the Commission; and oversight of the director's office and the fish, wildlife, services, and fiscal divisions. He holds a B.S. degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and an M.S. degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. John is an avid outdoorsman and spends his spare time hunting and fishing.

Larry Bean

NAME:
Larry Bean

TITLE:
CFO - Martin Family Entities

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

Active Seat On The Following Boards:

  • Martin Family Foundation
  • Central Wyoming Counseling Center
  • Converse County Bank
  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming
  • Wyoming Rescue Mission
  • The Uprising
  • Global Leadership Summit
  • Wyoming Child Evangelism Fellowship

SESSION TOPIC:

Larry is a well versed leader in many facets of our community and will be navigating straight to the heart of leadership with discussion on how to strategize your personal, spiritual, financial, vocational, family, and civic futures.

Josh Kalinowski

NAME:
Josh Kalinowski

TITLE:
CEO - Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

Active Seat On The Following Boards:

  • St. Anthony’s School Foundation
  • Casper Youth for Christ
  • Families First
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • American Legion
  • Uprising Music Festival

SESSION TOPIC:

Chase your Lion! All too often we avoid what really matters, we set our goals to low and we don’t shoot for the impossible. What if you were not made to be average, mediocre or insignificant? It’s time to become who you were always meant to be, it’s time to chase YOUR lion!

Chef Bob Henry

NAME:
Chef Bob Henry

TITLE:
Culinary Manager of C85 Group

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Den Leader - Boy Scouts of America

SESSION TOPIC:

Finding your passion and using that passion to achieve your short-term and long-term goals in your professional and personal life.

Adam Jackson

NAME:
Adam Jackson

TITLE:
Owner - Wyoming Blinds and Shutters


SESSION TOPIC:

Adam Jackson is the owner of Wyoming Blinds and Shutters and Wyoming Blind Surgeons, which he started in February of 2016. He was born and raised in Wyoming, although his passion for experiences brought him to live in California and Colorado in his younger twenties. However, that was short lived, as Adam’s passion for people brought him back to the great state of Wyoming.
Adam is now an active community member and professional business owner, who is excited to share his experiences with the young people of Wyoming, in hopes to enrich their futures and broaden their views of why Wyoming might just be the best fit for their long term goals.

Ben Gruner

NAME:
Ben Gruner

TITLE:
President of Compression Leasing Services, Inc

Co-Founder of Gruner Brothers Brewing


SESSION TOPIC:

Ben will share the in's and out's of starting and owning a business in Wyoming. To include the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in Wyoming, the opportunities available to our youth, along with some personal experiences along the way.

Neil Benton

NAME:
Neil Benton

TITLE:
Partner - The BARK Firm

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Breakthrough 307
Sommer Grogan

NAME:
Sommer Grogan

TITLE:
Partner - The BARK Firm


SESSION TOPIC:

Joining LIFT for the year ONE debut are Neil Benton and Sommer Grogan of The BARK Firm. As long term partners of Casper's boutique and reputable marketing agency, they run a tight-knit group of creative thinkers, marketing gurus, and brand lovers. Their creative work and excellent customer care is well known throughout the community, and they can't wait to share some insight with Casper's young people. They will talk about the importance of valuing people in all aspects of life (but especially in business) and they will share their journey, a little about BARK's beginnings, and a lot about WHY WYOMING.

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WE'RE EXCITED FOR THE

1ST ANNUAL LIFT CONFERENCE!

AND WE HOPE YOU ARE TOO. SEE YOU ON APRIL 6TH


Natrona County High School

930 S Elm St, Casper, WY 82601