Connect Conference

Save the Date

We’ve got out 2024 Connect Conference on the books. Join us on Friday, October 4th at the NMU Northern Center for a day of professional development and activities.

Event Information



Friday, October 27th, 2023


Doors open at 8am


Northern Michigan University Center

Ticket Price

Student, member & non-member pricing available

Our Speakers

Our confirmed speaker list will include

Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons

CEO of Clockwork & Author

Karyn Olsson

Karyn Olsson

CEO of Marketing Department, Inc.

Todd Brassard

Todd Brassard

Vice President/COO of Calumet Electronics Corp.

Stosh Wasik

Stosh Wasik

The Fire Station

Cheryne Clements and Ryan Peterson

Cheryne Clements

Co-Owner of Fit Body Boot Camp

Gabby Steinhoff

Gabby Steinhoff


Jana Hendrickson

Jana Hendrickson

JH Coaching LLC​

Gianna Ferraro

Gianna Ferraro

Communication and Marketing Specialist at Edge Partnerships

Conference Agenda

  • Check-In 8:00 - 8:30 am

    Registration, Networking, Coffee
    Complimentary Headshots with Molly Jo Photography

  • Conference Welcome 8:30 - 8:45 am

    Conference Welcome Message and Thank Yous

  • Opening Speaker 8:45 - 9:45 am

    Cheryne Clements - Co-owner and Head Coach/Client Coordinator Ryan Peterson
    In our opening session you’ll hear from Fit Body Boot Camp Marquette owner Cheryne Clements and head coach Ryan Peterson as they discuss everything from the challenges of owning a business, to the wild success behind their motivational family style culture. They’ll share tidbits on how they are motivating hundreds daily, both inside and outside the gym, so that you are able to successfully implement change in your day to day life.

  • Transition to Breakout Sessions 9:45 - 10 am

    During this year's conference you'll be able to choose your own path by selecting two breakout sessions to attend throughout the day.

  • Break Out Sessions 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Option 1 - Creating a Life and Mindset of Having it All
    Jana Hendrickson
    This is perfect for you if: - you are wondering how to feel more fulfillment at work (or how to make a career change happen) - what steps will lead to an abundant experience with money, - you tend to think that something has got to give and you can't have it all (e.g. a stellar career, all the money you need, an incredible relationship, time for yourself and a family...) - you are ready to be inspired to actually create your dream life - you're unclear why you don't feel so happy even though you have a great life on paper.
    Option 2 - Resume Workshop
    Karli Jenshak - Recruiter at Manpower Group

  • Break Out Sessions 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Option 1 - Rolling with Resistance
    Gabby Steinhoff - LLMSW at Upper Great Lakes Family Health
    Have a conflict in your workplace that seems unsolvable? We will look at how to use the research-based method of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to end positional arguing and increase positive change actions in your organization.
    Option 2 - Being the Change in Your Community
    Victoria Leonhardt - Leadership Manager I US Communities at GivingTuesday
    How do you make an impact on a community issue that interests you? This session will guide attendees in identifying the change they would like to see. We'll brainstorm ways to be changemakers using time, talent, and treasure. There will also be an opportunity to practice giving back.

  • Lunch 12:00 - 12:30 pm

    Lunch will be served and coffee will be available throughout the day

  • Transforming Workplace Culture Panel 12:30 - 1:30pm

    Hear from a panel of local business leaders as they discuss the challenges of implementing workplace culture and tips for how to insight change as a manager or an employee! This panel will be made up of Karyn Olsson of The Marketing Department, Inc., Todd Brassard of Calumet Electronics Corporation, Stosh from The Fire Station, and Gianna Ferraro of Edge Partnerships and moderated by Andrew Lacombe.

  • Break 1:30 - 1:45 pm
  • Networking Activity 1:45 - 2:45 pm

    It's a Secret!

  • Keynote - Nancy Lyons 2:45 - 3:45pm

    Work Like a Boss: Embracing Change to Lead Innovation
    Workplaces want motivated humans who take initiative. People want to care about work and contribute to a bigger purpose. Rolling out engagement programs or adding new professional development tracks won’t help. The answer is developing work cultures and personal mindsets that embrace change, accountability, and risk. In this talk, Nancy Lyons inspires people and teams to change their perspectives on work. With humor, humility, and a lot of energy, Nancy reframes hierarchy and power, and focus our attention on the mindsets needed for future-forward workplaces.

  • Questions & Closing 3:45 - 4:00 pm

    Q & A session with Nancy Lyons following her keynote presentation. We'll also do a short closing speech during this time.

  • AFTER PARTY 4:30pm

    Join us a the Ore Dock Brewing Company at 4:30 p.m. for additional networking with Conference Attendees and Connect members, a book signing from our Keynote Nancy Lyons and enjoy a free drink on us!

Conference Pricing

Want to Attend Conference? Check out our pricing for this year’s event and purchase your tickets now:

General Public

$ 75
00 Per Person
  • Price for Non-Members
  • Full Day Access


$ 50
00 Per Person
  • Must be a Connect Member
  • Full Day Access


$ 25
00 Per Person
  • Must show student ID at the door
  • Full Day Access

Conference Will Also Include

Complimentary headshots taken by Connect Marquette Board Member and owner of Molly Jo Photo, Molly Holmstrom-Bolster.

A mysterious team building activity customized by a local company to create a fun and unique experience during a day of discussion!

We’ll be giving away free Connect Marquette swag as well as other prizes from local businesses. Don’t miss your chance to snag some cool door prizes.

Sponsored By

Big thanks to all of our sponsors who have helped make this event possible!

Register to Attend

reserve your spot at conference. purchase your ticket online now

Refund Policy

This year any cancellations will be considered a donation that will go towards making next year’s conference bigger and better. We hope to see everyone who registers if possible! For more information on this, feel free to reach out at