Leadership Challenge Keynotes
Morning Keynote Speaker
Cecilia Stanton currently serves as CEO and President of Stanton Adams Consulting LLC. With more than 15 years as a strategic diversity expert, she offers innovative approaches to strengthening leadership development and diversity efforts. Her proven methods to help organizations, teams, and individuals gain the skills, clarity, commitment, and accountability needed in the 21st century. Some of her writing can be found in Colors Magazine, Amaranth Literary Journal, and Consciousness Magazine. Ms. Stanton earned a master’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology. She is a sociologist and entrepreneur committed to combining adult education and business savvy to transform lives. Learn more about Cecilia
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Rebekah Kowalski is the Vice President of ManpowerGroup’s Global Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice. As the Principal Consultant for the practice globally, Rebekah focuses on helping clients understand the risks to business and economic growth strategies posed by workforce supply and demand forces, and partners with them to develop practical options for ensuring they have the right talent in the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost.
Rebekah specializes in consulting and advising on how the convergence of government, education, employers, and individuals drive local and global market competitiveness.
Previously, Rebekah spent nine years at the helm of Manpower’s US and Global Solutions units and led the teams responsible for working with ManpowerGroup’s most strategically significant clients. Rebekah led the project team responsible for the Be Bold 2 study in Wisconsin. She is a member of the Advisory Council of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for the Study of the Workplace and a member of multiple research consortia.
A native of Indiana, Jearlyn Steele’s voice can be heard on various movie soundtracks as well as national and local commercials. Just returning from Scotland, Jearlyn, along with her siblings, The Steeles, performed in the pop/gospel musical “Gospel at Colonus” which has presented on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Guthrie, and the Ordway.
Currently the entertainment reporter for TPT’s Almanac, she is also a frequent guest on the prestigious radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. As host of WCCO Radio 830AM show, Steele Talkin’, airing Sunday night’s, Jearlyn can be heard in 30 states and most of Canada. On May 14, 2011, she finally accomplished a lifelong goal; graduating from Concordia University St. Paul with a degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.
The mother of two, Jearlyn has branched out to become more involved in creating ways to positively affect women and children’s lives through music and public speaking.