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2022 Fall Professional Development Conference is underway!

If you are interested in sponsoring or assisting in the planning of this event,

contact our Conference Chair at cmqtconference@gmail.com.

Check out what we did this winter!

2021 Virtual Winter Summit, Sponsored by clockwork

Friday, February 19th!


Join Connect Marquette for a half-day digital Conference Friday, February 19, 2021!  We will start things off at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and wrap up shortly after 12:45 p.m.  Focusing on Growth and Wellness the Winter Summit will feature two panels, a keynote speaker, and a closing speaker.

  • Health and Wellness Panel
  • Keynote Speaker
  • State of Outdoor Recreation & How You Can Get Involved
  • Closing Speaker

These bite-sized sessions will cover everything from Health and Wellness to Outdoor Recreation, and Personal Growth to be sure there is something for everyone!  Take advantage of the Winter Summit, Sponsored by Clockwork experience by submitting questions for these well-established professionals during the Q&A periods following each session. A moderator will join us from Innovate Marquette SmartZone.

Congratulations to our Winter Summit Giveaway Winner Lea Dziesinski. Lea entered to win through Instagram and will receive free entry to attend 2021 Winter Summit.

2021 Keynote Speaker: Nancy Lyons

Connect Marquette Winter Summit Keynote Speaker Nancy LyonsCEO | Author | Speaker |

Nancy Lyons, a Marquette native, has been at the forefront of the work culture conversation for more than twenty years. “People-first as a business strategy” is the guiding principle that fuels the unique, award-winning culture at Clockwork, a company she founded in 2002.

Nancy has led employees and clients through thousands of business, team, and work culture challenges. As a digital veteran, she has witnessed the dramatic change technology brought to both businesses and people, and yet also sees people and companies struggling to figure out how to adapt.

She speaks and writes about the crucial role work culture plays in delivering meaningful and effective results. Work culture — our feelings, behaviors, and interactions — is core to how we work. It’s a primary determinant of personal and professional success. Nancy has watched people go from being a victim of work to being the agent of work with simple shifts.

Her first book was Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process, a human-centered approach to producing digital products. Her current book, Work Like a Boss: A kick-in-the-pants Guide to Finding (and Using) your Power at Work, is the little book everyone needs to remember the actions, attitudes, and attributes that will make work better, for individuals and everyone around them.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including:

100 People to Know from Twin Cities Business Most Admired CEO from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
101 Most Influential People in the World of Work, Management, and career from Ladder Magazine Business Owner of the Year from National Association from Women Business Owners
Panelist at the inaugural White House Summit for Working Families in Washington, DC Featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt in segment "Best Places to Work in America."

To learn more about Nancy, visit her:

 Website     Twitter    Linkedin    

Instagram    Facebook

Virtual Winter Summit Program 

Health & Wellness Panel

Our Health & Wellness Panel consists of 4 professionals from various areas of the wellness industry who will be discussing the importance of how focusing on your own personal health can be beneficial to both personal and professional growth. The panel consists of a Wellness Business owner, a Chiropractor, a Nutritionist, and a Therapist.

 Jamie Thayer

Jamie Thayer, owner of Anytime Fitness in Harvey and Co-Owner of Jessica and Co. Salon. Together with Dr. Stephanie Wautier, they have GLOW Sculpting Spa.

Dr. Stephanie Wautier

Dr. Stephanie Wautier, chiropractor and owner of Wautier Wellness Chiropractic. Together with Jamie Thayer, they have GLOW Sculpting Spa.

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Jenna Neaves

Jenna Neaves, nutritionist and owner of Marquette Nutrition as well as an NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist & Personal Trainer, and Certified Holistic Health Coach.

Cori Noordyk

Cori Noordyk, therapist and owner of Cori Noordyk Therapy. Cori specializes in working with women and couples and has received continued training in both arenas.

Outdoor Recreation

All work and no play is a mindset of the past. Life requires balance and being an effective employee requires having hobbies and an outlet for the stressors of present day life. We are so fortunate in the U.P. to have so many outdoor recreational opportunities. Come listen to one of four local organizations talk about the different outdoor activities that they love and how you can get more involved in these activities. 

Outdoor Recreation Options:

  • The Noquemanon Trail Network
  • VeloServe
  • Marquette Mountain Skill Hill
  • U.P. Rowing Club

Closing Speaker: Jacquelyn Trask-Rahn

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Jacquelyn has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 2018 and is a current Executive Board member for the Delta County Young Professional Organization, UpperEdge. She spent seven years as a litigation attorney in South Florida in the areas of finance, probate, and real estate law. Jacquelyn received her Juris Doctorate with summa cum laude honors from Nova Southeastern University and a double-major Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Jacquelyn loves being an active member of her community and sits on several boards in the Delta County Area including Upper Edge, Holy Name Catholic School Home & School Board, GFWC - Women's Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.

In today’s multi-faceted, world of multitasking, multi-responsibilities and often multiple professions, it is important to continually expand and develop our knowledge and skills. Areas of our lives that once seemed separate (i.e. work and home) have begun to overlap and blur into a terrain that can, without the right tools, be difficult or frustrating to navigate.

Taking time to make personal and professional development a priority is more essential than ever.

Jacqueline will share her considerable knowledge on how to utilize tools provided by this conference to keep a clear and traversable path into success and wellness as a multi-dimensional professional.


Connect Marquette Member: $20.00

Member of U.P. Professional Association(s): $24.00 ($5 off!)

General Public: $29.00


For more information or to become involved, contact info@connectmarquette.org.


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