SOAR: Women Reaching Higher

Professional Development & Networking Event

6th Annual SOAR Event

SOAR, Lakeland University's professional women's network, informs, connects and empowers women by providing opportunities for professional development and personal growth. SOAR: Women Reaching Higher is an annual event with the goal to inspire and encourage women to reach their full potential. It offers the opportunity for mentoring, leading and networking in a supportive and respectful environment.

Register for one of our events, sponsored by BankFirst and Ansay & Associates, in Appleton (April 2 - POSTPONED) or Sheboygan (April 16 - ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)!

Registration details:

  • $50/person
  • $25/student (i.e. high-school, college, adult, etc.)
  • Registration form is at the bottom of this page.
SOAR speakers in front of all attendees.

Appleton | April 2 | 12 p.m.

$50/person or $25/student


  • Fox Valley Technical College
    Entrance #16
  • 1825 N. Bluemound Dr.
    Appleton, WI 54912
  • 12 p.m. Registration & Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. Welcome & Announcements
  • 1-2 p.m. Keynote
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Session #1
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Session #2
  • 4:30-5 p.m. Closing Comments/Wrap-up
  • Sharon K. Hulce  
    • A Well Done Professional Midlife Crisis
Breakout Sessions: 
  • Lorinda Lewis 
    • Stop Networking! Let’s S.O.A.R
  • Sondra Norder 
    • You Are Not Alone: Real Stories of Strong & Sensitive Women
  • Mai Krenzke 
    • You Can Have It All
  • Elizabeth Jones 
    • Enrich Your Leadership Skills Through Enhanced Communication

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2019 SOAR speaker presenting in front of attendees.

Sheboygan | April 16 | 12 p.m. - ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

$50/person or $25/student


  • Lakeland University
    Younger Family Campus Center (2nd Floor)
  • W3718 South Dr.
    Plymouth, WI 53073
Campus Map
  • 12 p.m. Registration & Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. Welcome & Announcements
  • 1-2 p.m. Keynote
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Session #1
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Session #2
  • 4:30-5 p.m. Closing Comments/Wrap-up


  • Darcy Luoma 
    • Pause–Think–Act: Build Your Thoughtfully Fit® Core
Breakout Sessions:
  • Lorinda Lewis 
    • Stop Networking! Let’s S.O.A.R
  • Sondra Norder 
    • You Are Not Alone: Real Stories of Strong & Sensitive Women
  • Alex Liosatos & Liz Licht 
    • Living Our Values With Intention and Purpose
  • Jamie Schmelzer 
    • Managing Your Personal Brand

See Below For More Details

Speakers & Topics

Don't miss your chance to learn from these powerful, motivational women!

Sharon K. Hulce

Hulce has devoted twenty-four years of expertise in Executive Search, specializing in placing outstanding leaders. She founded Employment Resource Group Inc. (ERG) in 2002 in order to help companies not only find technically competent candidates, but to change the primary focus to one about behaviors. She has always believed you “hire for attitude, train for skill.”

Hulce has received multiple professional achievements, including selection as a 2019 Forbes Author of “A Well Done Professional Midlife Crisis” which her Keynote Address will draw from. She was also the 2019 Fox Cities Chamber Award winner, the 2019 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award winner, a 2015 inductee in the Pinnacle Society, an Ernst and Young finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year”, and a 2005 Athena Award winner.

Forbes also named ERG a 2019 Top Executive Search firm in the United States. Hulce has achieved $20m in personal career sales, while maintaining the Midwest Billing Manager of the Year and International Top 5 Billing Manager since 2002. She has served on multiple boards of directors, including having served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Fox Valley Technical College. Hulce does qui pro quoi work for non-profit executive searches as often as she is asked. Her total is over 75 of these searches to date.

Hulce has a 20-year-old daughter who is a Sophomore at St. Norbert College.

    A Well Done Professional Midlife Crisis

    You’ve done well in your career. You are a leader. You’ve likely done pretty well financially. By all outward appearances, you are successful.

    And yet, internally, you’re not satisfied, not fulfilled, not happy. You are feeling bored in your career. Or worse, you’re no longer doing all the things you used to love – your days are now spent dealing with problems.

    It’s a pretty well-known phenomenon which typically happens somewhere between 40-55. It begins with the realization that our lives are technically “half over.” We reflect on things not yet accomplished, wrestling with the thought, “is this really all there is for my life?”

    This session is about finding your passion and energy again for your career. We will discuss how this happens and the steps necessary to navigate your professional crisis to happy. We will include specific exercises designed to start you on your journey to a fulfilling career that creates happiness.

    Darcy LuomaDarcy Luoma is a master certified life coach, dynamic facilitator and professional speaker. Darcy is the owner and CEO of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, LLC, which focuses on creating high-performing people and teams ( She is thrilled to have been voted Madison’s favorite life coach multiple times.

    She has her Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, where her thesis research showed profound results that life coaching significantly increases overall life satisfaction and professional growth. Darcy served for 12 years as the director of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's office.

    Darcy balances her thriving business with raising her two energetic daughters, adventure travel and competing in triathlons.

    Pause–Think–Act: Build Your Thoughtfully Fit® Core

    When you are physically fit and have a strong core, activities are easier. When you build your Thoughtfully Fit® core – which is to PAUSE, THINK and ACT – life is easier. Learn how to be more thoughtful in every action, reaction and interaction so you have more energy for the things you love, while also having less conflict, resentment and regret. Walk away with thoughtful questions to use immediately that will help you achieve more effectiveness at work and home.

    Lorinda LewisLorinda F. Lewis, (Ph.D., DBA, President, Guided Problem Solving Training & Consulting LLC) is a scholar-practitioner, established in a wide variety of disciplines and areas of business. She has a passion for leading and developing others. She has accumulated her perspective through an unusual career trajectory that includes her experiences as a retired Air Force logistician, a continuous improvement and P&L executive of a Fortune 500 company, an adjunct professor at universities and as a pro bono continuous improvement coach for Collective Impact Initiatives with not-for-profit agencies.

    Lewis is a prominent public speaker and published academician who can translate complex ideas into relatable stories to inspire audiences of all levels. As a public speaker, she is in high demand internationally at academic and industry conferences as well as corporate leadership events.

    As an ICF & CCA certified executive coach, she facilitates classes, events and offers one-on-one professional development training and mentoring in public and private workshops. She is certificated to administer the Kirton Adaption-Innovation (KAI) Inventory, illuminating cognitive problem-solving styles. She is a licensed facilitator of Celemi Business Simulation Workshops, improving team member engagement and business acumen. She has taught business and leadership courses including organization development, lean, change management, coaching and mentoring for business, marketing, and global business strategy.

    Lorinda has earned a Ph.D. in business from Northcentral University and a DBA in quality systems from American Meridian University.

    Stop Networking! Let’s S.O.A.R

    We all know networking is critical to our career success yet many of us avoid it. Why? Extensive research has been conducted which gives us insight into our reluctance. This interactive workshop will focus on networking skills and provide useful techniques to help you improve your approach to expand your sphere of influence. The business environment has changed - your networking approach needs a refresh too! Come learn the NEW way to network and S.O.A.R.

    • Understand our own barriers to networking and strategies to overcome them
    • Learn skills and techniques to become memorable networkers
    • Learn a new way of networking

    Sondra NorderSondra Norder (NHA, HSE, FACHE, JD, President/CEO, St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.) graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration and has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2001. She earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School and is a licensed attorney with special interests in health law and elder law. Sondra is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and also is Health Services Executive qualified with the National Association of Boards of Long-Term Care Administrators.

    Sondra has served as adjunct faculty for Lakeland University's healthcare management undergraduate and graduate programs, has guest lectured for Concordia University’s nursing program and also serves as a preceptor for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Health Care Administration degree program, where she also serves on that programs Advisory Council. Sondra serves on the Board of Directors of LeadingAge-Wisconsin, where she is the vice chair of public policy, and on the Performance Improvement Committee at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc. In 2015, Sondra received the “Tomorrow’s Leaders” award from the Catholic Health Association in Washington D.C. and graduated from the Leadership Fox Cities program.

    You Are Not Alone: Real Stories of Strong & Sensitive Women

    This session will discuss how women leaders have managed through various stereotypes about women in the workplace (such as the idea that women manage from an emotional place), as well as how women have handled uncomfortable situations. The session will cover how successful women build up other women around them, how they hold their heads high and hold offenders accountable when confronted with various forms of harassment and how they persist when passed over for career opportunities. The session will teach women to create their personal value proposition in negotiating equitable compensation, how to identify and dismantle gender bias and double standards and how women who are moms, married or single, balance issues unique to how family obligations impact careers.

    Mai KrenzkeMai Krenzke is a mom, wife, corporate professional and business owner. She is an immigrant with big dreams and in pursuit of what sets her soul on fire. She has over 14 years of experience in corporate America with a Fortune 500 company in various leadership capacities, and she runs two small businesses. She runs a real estate investment company with her husband. Her passion-work is in running her global health and wellness online business to accomplish the mission of helping others create a residual income stream, live in their best bodies through the power of quality nutrition and grow a positive community where everyone can rise to their fullest potential.

    You Can Have it All

    In this personal excellence workshop, you will discover an immigrant’s keys to overcoming adversity to thrive in society, corporate America and as an entrepreneur. She has found her purpose and hopes to help you align with yours. This session will challenge you to live with a “Have It All” mindset and build personal belief to achieve your purpose through a personal discovery exercise. It will also inspire you to take action using a simple continuous improvement method.

    Elizabeth JonesElizabeth Jones, Ph.D., is the manager of instructional excellence at Fox Valley Technical College. She has more than 18 years of experience teaching associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree courses in communications, critical thinking and law at Fox Valley Technical College and Lakeland University. Before beginning her second career in higher education, she was an attorney whose practice focused on international business and finance. As the mother of a young man with autism, Elizabeth has served on many local and state advocacy boards, including the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Autism Advisory Committee and Friends of Autism’s Fox Cities Walk for Autism Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, a doctorate from Texas Tech University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

    Enrich Your Leadership Skills Through Enhanced Communication

    Successful leadership in the workplace depends upon effective communication. Research shows we are most likely to deliver information the way we prefer to receive it, which can lead to communication gaps between individuals with different communication styles/preferences. Therefore, to strengthen our communication with those we seek to lead, it is important to identify our own preferred methods of receiving information and to enhance our communication strategies to include other styles/preferences.

    In this interactive session, participants will:

    1. Learn about the four general approaches to professional communication;
    2. Complete a communication styles inventory designed to help them recognize their own preferred methods of communicating;
    3. Explore recommended practices for engaging team members and colleagues with varied communication styles; and
    4. Discuss real-world scenario-style examples of communication challenges encountered in the workplace and develop strategies for preventing or addressing those challenges.

    Alex LiosatosAlex Liosatos, licensed professional counselor, is the director of the Health and Counseling Center at Lakeland University, where she has also taught as an adjunct instructor. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wales (BScEcon), a Master’s in International Affairs (MAIA) from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland. Alex is originally from Wales in the UK, but has been in the USA for 20 years. She has lived and worked in other countries too, including South Africa, Hong Kong, France, Greece and Turkey. Alex loves to travel and meet people from different backgrounds. In her free time, she likes to do yoga, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), and is also a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP-1), which integrates yoga and mindfulness practices with psychotherapy. She enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation with students and employees, leading a weekly meditation group on campus.

    Liz LichtLiz Licht is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Lakeland University following a rich and winding career in professional dance, yoga teaching and editing. She is grateful to have learned and applied the values approach taught in this workshop from her supervisor, Alex Liosatos. Liz joins the group from Scottsdale, Ariz., where she is currently interning at the longest-running intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in the Phoenix area. Her professional intention is to combine the arts, mindfulness, and neuro-somatic therapies to help people become the fullest expression of themselves.

    Living Our Values With Intention and Purpose

    Our personal values guide us to make our best decisions and to live our most authentic lives. Discover your current set of values and learn how they can propel you toward greater satisfaction, inspiration and commitment, both personally and professionally. A rich and meaningful exercise will help you deepen your sense of purpose while also serving as a practical take-away: Lead yourself, your colleagues, clients and even your children through this process of self-discovery. We will also include a practice to prime your brain to help you stay connected to your values all day long. Our life is made of moments, and how we use them matters. It is said, “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.” This experience will show you how.

    Jamie SchmelzerEqual parts coach and brand marketer, Jamie Schmelzer spent the first 16 years of his career at advertising agencies working on everything from chain saws and charities to all-terrain vehicles and household cleaning products. In 2015, one of his favorite clients, Johnsonville Sausage, hired him as its first Integrated Marketing Director. His team is responsible for advertising, public relations, social media and e-commerce at Johnsonville, and relishes the opportunity to execute never-been-done-before work that wins awards and sells sausage. Jamie lives in Cedarburg with his wife and two sons and is both an avid cyclist and mediocre giant pumpkin grower.

    Managing Your Personal Brand

    In this interactive session, you will learn about tools famous brands use to develop strategies, then apply those same tools to yourself. If you are feeling a little stuck in your career, or are having trouble distilling your professional experiences into a clear and compelling story, these four simple exercises might just help. It’s brand strategy for people, and the goal is to help you grow your career.


    Thank you!

    Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this event possible! 

    • BankFirst 
    • Ansay & Associates
    • Fox Valley Technical College
    Logos of SOAR sponsors.

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