Meet Our Amazing Speakers

We’re curating a speaker lineup of the best business leaders to share their expertise. Attendees will leave this conference with practical skills to advance their careers, navigate the business world, and better understand work-life balance.

(Check back as we update speakers!)

alison faulkner

Alison Faulkner

Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show has made a career doing whatever she feels like doing. But it always involves finding ways to feel awesome and help others feel awesome too. Alison is a branding and events expert with a highly engaged online community. She hosts an iTunes top 100 podcast with her music producer hubby called Awesome with Alison. And founded Alison’s Brand School which has helped thousands through workshops and online courses that empower entrepreneurs with heart to build a brand that can support their dreams. She collaborates and consults with Fortune 500 companies and believes in love, dancing inappropriately, and putting your own name in lights.

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Ashley LeMieux

Ashley LeMieux is an author, sought-after public speaker, and wildly successful lifestyle influencer. She’s the founder of the online community The Shine Project, where she is a cheerleader for women and creates resources and tools that have ignited a path of clarity and fulfillment for hundreds of thousands of women around the world. Through her fashion and lifestyle brand, Shop Ashley LeMieux, she empowers “Women Who Do” to show up confidently and courageously to their lives. She believes that you can turn your pain into your power.

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Britt Larsen

Britt Larsen, Creator of Livlyhood, a community for women who work, is a champion of women in the workplace. She hosts the Livlyhood podcast to celebrate working women and to help them find joy in their jobs. Her extensive career in public affairs prepared her to now assist working women figure out how to get what they want and need from their careers.

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Crystalee Beck

Crystalee Beck is a wife, mama of three cute messmakers, award-winning speaker, and cofounder of The Mama Ladder. After leaving the corporate ladder world, she “created her own ladder” in 2016, determined to be there for her kids while using her professional talents. Working in the afternoons, she hit the goal of $100,000 in revenue in her first full year in business and is passionate about showing other mothers how they can do it too, without sacrificing precious family time. She gets her best ideas on mountain trails. Learn more about Crystalee at

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Natalie Madsen

Natalie is an actor, sketch comedian, singer, writer, and original cast member of BYUtv’s ‘Studio C.’  She and the original cast recently branched out to create their own online network, JK Studios, where Natalie took on the role of producer for the show.  She balances family and work life while engaging with her community in a variety of ways.  Her goal is to facilitate “a true network where we can encourage people that want to create good, clean comedy to come… and be a positive place for them to work and a place for them to grow as well.”

jeff baird

Jeff Baird

 Jeff Baird has been on a pathway of discovery. He’s been in IT and data analytics for almost 20 years. He’s managed teams of up to 30 data engineers. But over the years he has found that facts are only half the equation if we want to be able to persuade and influence. HOW we present facts and how we present ourselves matters. In fact 90% of decision makers will go with their gut feelings over data, when there’s a discrepancy. Jeff shows you how to address the gut, to get a job, to get a sale, to pitch an idea and to get your way. Jeff is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, certified body language trainer (who knew that was a thing) & certified coach in the big 5 personalities (probably worth a google). Jeff lives in Lehi Utah with his family, where they enjoy anything outdoors including ice climbing, canyoneering, caving & kayaking. He’s the founder of and

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Emily is the co-owner/creator of HIGH Fitness LP a group fitness format that is quickly taking the fitness world by storm with its modernization of old school aerobics mixed with HIIT training. Emily and her business partner Amber Zenith self funded this e-commerce business from the ground up with zero loans by teaching classes and being full time moms. In 5 short years they have grown their instructor network to over 2500 certified instructors with HIGH classes being offered in more than 350 cities in 2 countries. Emily currently teaches and runs HIGH Fitness with co-owner Amber Zenith where together they travel North America certifying HIGH fit instructors and spreading their love for group fitness. Emily’s love for fitness and her passion for her participants well being both mentally and physically is the driving force behind all she does.

Julie Hanks

Dr. Julie Hanks

Dr. Hanks’ passion is helping women take good care of themselves and their relationships to create a life they love! As a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and coach specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships, Dr. Hanks has counseled hundreds of women and families over the past 28 years experience . She was recently appointed assistant professor of social work at Utah Valley University and continues serve as CEO of Wasatch Family Therapy, a thriving outpatient therapy clinic that she founded in 2002. Additionally, Dr. Hanks is the author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, a blogger, a local and national media contributor, an online influencer, a business consultant, and an award-winning performing songwriter.  A native Californian, Hanks currently lives with her family in Sandy, UT. For additional resources visit or connect with @drjuliehanks on social media.

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Laura Butler

As Workfront’s SVP of People and Culture, Laura is responsible for creating and reinforcing a contagious culture that thrives on getting work done and doing it right. She’s built an exceptional team who are focused on attracting, developing and retaining great talent.

Laura has spent that last two decades shaping global talent strategies for Fortune 500 corporations as an executive with Ceridian, TeleTech, Taleo, Oracle, and PG&E. She is passionate about the role that Workfront plays in modern work management as a driver of an engaged and productive employee experience. 

Laura has been recognized for her thought leadership around workforce development and diversity and inclusion. She was previously named to the San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women list as well as was a 2017 finalist for Utah’s Women in Technology award.  In Laura’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, concerts and as tennis spectator.

veronica benson

Veronica Benson

Veronica is a mom to 4, speaker, photographer and co-owner of Wellness Simplified (with her husband Aaron). She’s the creator of Utah Women’s Retreats: a weekend retreat that helps women to RECHARGE, REFOCUS & RECONNECT with themselves and others.  Bringing women together to lift and inspire one another is her passion and her go-to motto is, “when women come together, amazing things happen”.

amanda helfrich

Amanda Helfrich

Amanda represents the non-profit group Starfish Project.  Starfish Project is a social enterprise that cares for women coming out of exploitation. It has employed over 140 women and has served thousands through our Community Outreach Services. 100% of Starfish Project purchases are reinvested into our social mission to restore hope to exploited women and girls. This support allows Starfish Project to help exploited women experience freedom, establish independence and develop careers.

Lanette Richardson

Lanette Richardson

Lanette is the current President of Utah Women in Sales and a Senior Enterprise Sales Executive.  She was named as Best Woman in Sales for North America 2015 and Top 5 Best Women in Tech Sales for North America 2019. She has been a small business owner whose business was in the Top 100 Business in North America in its category for several years.  Lanette has been an Enterprise Sales Rep for over 20 Years. She is a working mother with 8 Children and 11 grandchildren.

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Melissa Smith

Dr. Melissa H. Smith, PhD, MBA Licensed Psychologist, Leadership Coach & Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.  Dr. Melissa H. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist, Leadership Coach, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Dr. Smith is Principal of Smith Leadership Group, which provides leadership coaching services, facilitation services for executive teams and organizations, online education services, and leadership retreats. As Chief Executive Officer of Balance Health & Healing, she leads a team of clinicians providing specialized psychological services dedicated to meeting the unique needs of women. Dr. Smith earned her doctoral degree from the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Program at Brigham Young University, which included an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at University of Michigan. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and an MBA Degree from The University of Utah.

Nicole Carpenter

Nicole Carpenter

Nicole Carpenter serves as the communication and operations manager for the Women’s Leadership Institute, a 501(c)3 working to elevate Utah women in business and in politics. Nicole also serves on the Board of Directors for Reading Horizons.  Nicole has always been an advocate for women. In 2012 she founded, a blog and online community for overwhelmed moms. She also was a syndicated columnist for 5 years and is the author of “52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-minute messages” (Cedar Fort 2015).  She and her husband Marty spend most of their free time raising four amazing children ages 15, 12 and 9-year-old twins. Which means she really spends her time driving them everywhere in her minivan, folding laundry and dancing to Shawn Mendes songs in the kitchen.

tricia dempsey

Tricia Dempsey

Tricia Dempsey is the founder and CEO of Thrive-Her, where she helps ambitious women live their purpose, and love what they do!  Unlike traditional coaching or training models, Thrive-Her combines digital courses, group coaching and a Thrive-Tribe community to transform the long-term results women can achieve.  Tricia has transformed her own career from a 7th-grade school teacher to an 8-figure CEO.  Before starting Thrive-Her, Tricia started, scaled and sold her IT staffing firm, Agile, which was recognized for being the #2 fastest growing staffing firm in the nation, and a 3-time Inc. 5000 company. During this time, Tricia coached over 4,000 women to take their careers to the next level. Always a passionate advocate for women, Tricia has served on the boards of Susan G. Komen as well as Women in Technology, where she served as the President of the organization.  Tricia describes Thrive-Her as a movement and her life purpose and calling.

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Nichole Harrop

Nichole is a Women’s Leadership Coach, helping women get promoted at work. She has worked in the corporate world for 7+ years and faced many obstacles on her way to getting promoted. When she promoted into a leadership position, she worked to help other women climb the corporate ladder and realized that it is her passion: helping women reach their potential. Nichole helps women to create a foundation in the workplace using her 5 core areas of coaching including confidence, self awareness, communication, growth mindset, and networking to help them on their way to getting promoted.

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