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Third Lakeland SOAR event a huge success

Lakeland University's SOAR event on Saturday drew more than 80 women to the Osthoff Resort and featured an outstanding keynote address by Laura Kohler and four dynamic breakout sessions (see details of the sessions below).

Keynote Speaker:

Laura E. Kohler

Laura Kohler

Kohler, senior vice president-human resources & stewardship at Kohler Co., has served as a member of the global company's Board of Directors for nearly two decades.

Responsible for the company's worldwide human resources organization, she oversees talent sourcing, compensation and benefits and organizational development and leadership development.

She also leads Kohler Stewardship – Kohler's global corporate social responsibility program that drives ethics, respectful workplace practices, engagement, community partnerships and associate giving, corporate giving and the arts industry.

After earning her bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and her master's degree in fine arts from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Kohler began her career at Kohler Co. in 1995 as director-public affairs. Ensuing positions included vice president of communications and vice president of human resources.

Kohler serves on the advisory board of the Center for Global Business Studies for the Graduate School of Business at Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she serves as the board secretary, HR committee chair and as an Executive Committee member of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

She is also the chair of the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education and the Kohler Trust for Preservation, serves as a director of Friendship House, a group home for at-risk boys and is on the national board of Outward Bound. She is on the Lawrence University Board of Trustees and is a member of the Duke University Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative Task Force.

Prior service includes being campaign co-chair of the 2003 Sheboygan County United Way Campaign and strategic planning committee and holding seats on the Firstar Bank advisory board and the Camp Evergreen board.

In 2005, Kohler was the co-recipient of the Wisconsin State Superintendent's "Friends of Education" Award.

Break-Out Sessions:

Elise Cantrell - "Enlightened Emotional Eating"

Elise Cantrell

Cantrell is an author, teacher and healer whose deepest desire is to empower and inspire others to reach their own highest potential through her classes, workshops and books.

A former high school teacher with a master's degree in education, Cantrell utilizes her teaching background to share the message of body, mind and spirit wellness with everyone. She is a professional Level 500-hour Kripalu Yoga (Kripalu means grace) instructor and a certified Ayurvedic wellness practitioner who has extensive experience in multiple hands-on energy-healing modalities and vibrational healing.

Cantrell's award-winning book, "40 Days to Enlightened Eating," as well as "The 40 Days to Enlightened Eating Cookbook" and the "The NEXT 40 Days to Enlightened Eating," are available locally and on

Presentation: "Enlightened Emotional Eating"

Your eating habits directly impact your emotional wellness! Foods impact emotions and our emotional state impact the foods we choose to eat. Together, we will discover how certain foods trigger specific emotions and moods, and how our emotions and moods trigger cravings for certain foods in attempt to balance them. Take an eating quiz to determine where your personal challenges are. Learn to manage your eating to optimize mood, sense of wellbeing and emotional stability. Discover healthy alternatives to emotional eating to optimize your health, weight, energy and emotional balance!

Tracy Cinealis - "Your Legacy: Your Ethical Will"

Tracy Cinealis

Cinealis, a certified senior advisor, has extensive knowledge of and expertise in the areas of senior health and social, financial and legal issues that older adults face, and the dynamics of how these factors work together in seniors' lives.

She has a bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and held several leadership roles in nonprofit development for more than a decade before starting her career in senior care in 2004. Since then, she has successfully directed the sales and marketing efforts for an in-home care organization as well as several assisted living organizations.

Cinealis has been a speaker at several Alzheimer's Association conferences and at The Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA) state conference. She is an Alzheimer's Association support group facilitator, a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) facilitator and a standard precautions facilitator.

She believes strongly in giving back to her community, serving as the stewardship chair for her church, as a licensed youth soccer coach, as the chair of her son's high school basketball program and as a volunteer for "Feed My Starving Children."

Cinealis enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage children.

Presentation: "Your Legacy: Your Ethical Will"

The most important part of inheritance is sharing values and life lessons. In this session, you will learn how to take common themes from your past, present and future to create your ethical will. In the process, you will learn more about yourself, reflect on your life, articulate what you stand for, affirm what others mean to you, tell stories that illustrate your values and most importantly, take steps to provide your loved ones with a treasured gift for generations to come.

Amanda Ehlenbeck - "Back Yourself More; Doubt Less"

Amanda Ehlenbeck

Ehlenbeck, a human resources partner at Sargento Foods in Plymouth, Wis., has a wealth of professional experience, with previous work experience at Schreiber Foods, Kohl's, Johnson Controls and Johnsonville Sausage.

She earned her bachelor's degree in human resources and finance from Marquette University, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration from St. Norbert College.

A native of Elkhart Lake, Wis., Ehlenbeck currently resides in New Holstein, Wis., with her husband, her 15-month-old daughter and the family dog. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, gardening, home improvement projects and baking.

Presentation: "Back Yourself More; Doubt Less"

Confidence. Is it genetic, or is it learned behavior? This session will discuss how all women can choose to become authentically confident by swallowing risk and simply taking action. Taking cues from The "Confidence Code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, we'll explore the art of confidence and how to craft your own confidence through your actions.

Kym Leibham - "Protocol, Poise & Presence"

Kym Leibham

Leibham, who has more than 25 years of experience in event planning, marketing and fundraising, is the founder and CEO of EventWise, a Sheboygan-based event planning company.

She also serves Lakeland University in the roles of manager of corporate relations and special events and adjunct instructor of business and professional protocol.

Among Leibham's core competencies and foundations of her business approach are time management expertise, attention to detail and communication.

As an instructor, Leibham strives to help Lakeland students function in professional environments and handle protocol issues in a practical and responsible manner. The class focuses on the basics of workplace behavior, business etiquette, manners, dress, dining and international customs.

Leibham has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration from Lakeland University.

She has four college-aged children and is looking forward to the next chapter in her life when she can travel and see the world.

Presentation: "Protocol, Poise & Presence"

Etiquette is not about rules; it is about building relationships. Emily Post, an expert on manners, defined etiquette as "whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette. Etiquette is not some rigid code of manners; it's simply how persons' lives touch one another."

This workshop will be completely interactive – yes, you will be videotaped and recorded, as you practice refining your skills in the areas of:

  • First impressions and greetings
  • Name recollection
  • Nonverbal communication in face-to-face interactions
  • Use of voice and intonations

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