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Keynote Speakers

Haydee Antezana, Founder of Haydee Antezana, International

Haydee is a Leadership & Success Expert

Global Speaker and Best-Selling Author

As a child born in a third-world country and living in four continents by the age of ten, Haydee learned not only to survive but thrive in change and disruption. Today, we need this ability more than ever as our world becomes more volatile and uncertain. For twenty-two years Haydee Antezana’s leadership and success expertise has impacted thousands of leaders and professionals globally from Government offices to Fortune 500 boardrooms. Together with her team she has also coached celebrities (even a Miss World and Miss Universe).

Her high-energy style, straight-talk, quick humor, power content and practical actionable solutions will captivate you.

From being the youngest director of multinational L’Oréal to owning retail and manufacturing companies – her work and life lessons embody courage and triumph over adversity. Haydee’s book “Packaged For Success” ranked number one international Amazon bestseller in eleven categories. She is a CSP (certified speaking professional) a designation held by only 12% of professional speakers worldwide. Not bad for a Bolivian girl who dreamed to speak English one day.

Haydee sees her biggest achievement as giving birth to twins at age 47, listens to everything ’80s, and loves her life in the Temecula wine region of SoCal. Visit www.haydeeantezana.com

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Matthew Scogin, President, Hope College

Before joining the corporate sector, Scogin occupied several senior roles in government. From 2006 to 2008, he was the senior advisor for domestic finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he provided the secretary of the treasury and undersecretary of the treasury with counsel on a broad range of economic and financial policy matters. In 2006, he served as a fiscal policy adviser to the governor of Massachusetts; from 2002 to 2003, he was the legislative director for a Michigan state representative; and during 2001, while participating in Hope College’s Washington Honors Semester, he held an internship at the White House.

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Linda Hart, Executive Director, Holland Area Visitors Bureau

Linda Hart is the Executive Director for the Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly three decades, starting in customer service for Banc One Leasing in Columbus, Ohio after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the banking industry to pursue her passion working with horses and eventually became the equestrian director for the Double JJ Ranch and Golf Resort. In 2004 she moved to Holland and worked for Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant as Front-of-House Manager. After six years, she was offered the opportunity to work for the Holland Area Visitors Bureau as Community Outreach Coordinator. Linda was promoted to the Executive Director position in October 2020. Linda has spearheaded many initiatives for the visitors bureau, including receptive operator for the cruise industry, relocation information, Holland’s Handcrafted Passport, New Events Grant Program, and the Holland Oz Project. She also has served as a national board member for America in Bloom. She resides in Holland with her husband Chris and their two German Shepherds, Gretel and Charlie. She enjoys gardening, biking, and swimming.

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Panel Discussion: The Power of Pivot

Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE, CAE Principal Accounting and Outsourced Solutions Director of Community Engagement

Sarah is a principal in Maner Costerisan’s Accounting and Outsourced Solutions department. She leads the firm’s fraud and forensics practice and its nonprofit team. Sarah oversees outsourced solutions engagements providing guidance and advisory services to client leadership and teams on financial analysis, projections, and workflow. She has a particular specialization in performing fraud risk assessments and internal control process improvements for organizations across various industries. Sarah maintains a strong desire to help her clients augment their internal controls and fraud prevention systems while minimizing their costs in the process. Sarah also performs examinations for various organizations to determine and document the extent of loss due to fraud.

Sarah is leading our firm’s initiatives in innovation and community engagement involving many internal team members as well as community leaders and stakeholders. This increased focus is an exciting representation of Maner Costerisan’s concentration on its’ corporate social responsibility.

Beyond her client responsibilities at Maner Costerisan, Sarah regularly shares her expertise with colleagues and peers by speaking on industry-related topics including fraud (risk areas and prevention), financial oversight, board governance and ethics.

Sarah volunteers her time with various charitable organizations primarily focused on leadership and entrepreneurism. Sarah resides in Laingsburg, Michigan with her husband, Russ, and their son, Kannon. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and playing golf.

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Nikki Thompson Frazier, Owner, Sweet Encounter Bakery

Nikki Thompson Frazier considers herself a mompreneur. Nearly seven years ago, she opened Sweet Encounter Bakery, an online and wholesale bakery. The bakery specializes in gluten free and allergy friendly desserts because both her daughters have food allergies.

Given the pandemic, Nikki decided to pivot and start Sweet Encounter Kids in Dec. 2020. SE Kids is a monthly kids’ subscription box cooking club mailed right to your door.

In 2020, she also began offering, virtual and in person, cooking classes for kids and adults. She also offers corporate team building cooking skills.

In May 2021, she won the Lansing Built to Last Business Competition to further her new business. She recently opened her new storefront in downtown Lansing.

Nikki is an accomplished businesswoman who has won several business and baking competitions. One of her proudest accomplishments is competing on Food Network’s Bakers vs. Fakers Food Competition Show.

Prior to starting her business, Frazier was the executive director of a local nonprofit in Alabama. She also worked for the United Way as a Program Manager and Eli Lilly as a Communications Associate. Over the years, she’s served on over six different nonprofit boards holding positions ranging from Board President to Publicity Chair. She is currently the board president for Capital Area Down Syndrome Association.

Nikki has a BA in Journalism from Indiana University and MS Communications from Ball State University. She lives in Lansing and is married to Terrence Frazier, and they have daughters Melia, 10, and Madison 8; and guardianship of their sister Shona, 40, who has Down Syndrome.

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Tamera Carter, Member Experience Manager, Lake Trust Credit Union

Tamera Carter serves as the Downtown Lansing Member Experience Manager at Lake Trust Credit Union in Lansing, MI, with over ten years of Financial Service Experience. In her role, Tamera is dedicated to providing internal growth, development and team effectiveness. She is an enthusiastic manager who leads staff in understanding the components of financial wellbeing while delivering excellent member service. She is passionate about being an advocate to the Greater Lansing community by establishing a social purpose that works towards making a difference.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Tamera has resided in Lansing since graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Society in 2005. She has also completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership at Cornerstone University.

Tamera serves the Lansing community with a variety of business efforts. She enjoys bridging business relationships, advocating for the community, and assisting with business and community collaborative development. She has displayed her leadership throughout the Lansing community with the completion of the 2017 Leadership of Lansing Cohort and was recognized as the 2018 Ten over the Next Ten recipient through the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A dedicated resident of Lansing, Tamera serves on the Economic Vitality Committee through Downtown Lansing Incorporation. Her role as a contributor is to help expand and grow business recruitment, as well as retention. She also aides in overseeing downtown support programs, enhancing the revitalization of Downtown Lansing.

Additionally, Tamera serves on the Impression 5 Board of Directors. She’s passionate for developing financial and life skill initiatives for the youth through mentoring and workgroups programs. She also serves as a catalyst for change, providing resources to pave the way for the next generational leaders through education and business acumen.

Further illustrating her passion for serving others, Tamera is also a Board member for the Lansing City Rescue Mission. The vision is to meet the physical needs for food and shelter, bringing hope to those with spiritual needs.

Tamera is greatly motivated by her efforts to pursue and inspire collective improvements throughout the Greater Lansing Community. She is passionate about being a contributor in Lansing, by building and establishing meaningful relationships with other influential leaders and those who are also dedicated to serve others in the Lansing community.

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2022 Honorary Chairs

Ellen Campbell, Relationship Manager – Huntington Corporate Trust & Custody Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ellen M. Campbell, Vice President and Certified Corporate Trust Specialist, is a dedicated Corporate Trust veteran with more than 30 years’ experience assisting Michigan municipalities and school districts. Ellen provides trustee and agent services to manage a variety of corporate trust products, which benefit from her extensive industry expertise and deep client relationships. Ms. Campbell has been directly responsible for the development of new client relationships, the day-to-day administration of Municipal and Corporate bond transactions, Refunding and Defeasance Escrows, as well as Custodial and Corporate Escrows. Throughout her tenure, Ellen has developed deep relationships with clients as a service-oriented partner to numerous school districts across the state of Michigan. Ms. Campbell is located in the Huntington National Bank Corporate Trust office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Abby Lloyd, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Allegan Area ESA

Abby Lloyd joined AAESA in August 2008 after spending three years serving as a local district business manager for Martin Public Schools. In this role at Allegan Area ESA, she provides leadership and oversight to a $30,000,000 annual operating budget. She has led the district through three building renovation projects allowing expansion of course offerings for students and community members as well as safer buildings. Her greatest joy is being able to support the programs and services our students need, both at Allegan Area ESA as well as in the local districts she serves. Prior to joining public school accounting, Abby worked for National City Bank as a Retail Office Manager and Licensed Financial Specialist.

Abby holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. Professionally, she is a member of Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO), sits on the MSBO Intermediate School District (ISD) committee, serves on the Michigan Retirement Investment Consortium Board, and is the executive committee secretary for the Western Michigan Health Insurance Pool.

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Amanda Price, Treasurer, Ottawa County

Amanda Price currently serves as the Treasurer for Ottawa County, Michigan. On the shores of Lake Michigan, Ottawa County is the fastest growing and 7th largest county in Michigan.

In her role as County Treasurer, Price serves on the following boards and authorities: Ottawa County Plat Board, Ottawa County Election Commission, Community Action Agency, Ottawa County Redistricting Commission, Ottawa County Tax Allocation Board, Ottawa County Brownfield Authority, Ottawa County Land Bank Authority, Ottawa County Insurance Authority, Ottawa County Building Authority, and as a Board Member of the Michigan Association of County Treasurers.

Price was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011-2016 representing the western portion of Ottawa County. She served on the Education; Energy and Technology; Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; Local Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs; Oversight, Ethics and Reform; Taxation; and Workforce Development. Price served as Chair of the Education Committee (2015-16) and Chair of the Local Government Committee (2013-14). Price participated in the Bowhay Legislative Leadership Program and was a Toll Fellow through the Council of State Governments.

Price served at the local level as Supervisor, Township Trustee and Planning Commission member for Park Township (Ottawa County).

Price’s community involvement includes the Governor’s PreK-12 Literacy Commission; Board of Directors Member for Conservative Leaders for Education (Washington, D.C.); Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors, Pumphouse Museum and Learning Center Board of Directors.

Price is a graduate of Michigan State University, the Institute for Paralegal Training (Philadelphia, PA), and received her MPA from Western Michigan University.

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Bridget Clark Whitney, President, and Founding CEO, Kids’ Food Basket

Bridget Clark Whitney is the President and Founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket (KFB), a children’s food equity organization that nourishes kids to reach their full potential and works to break down the barriers to good healthy food access. KFB provides daily evening meals, or “Sack Suppers,” to children and families facing food insecurity as well as healthy food education, community engage and fresh urban farm produce to thousands of children in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties.

During Bridget’s 18-year tenure, from college intern to Founding CEO, Kids’ Food Basket has undergone significant growth, serving 125 children in 2002 to over 8,800 children each weekday as of 2020, and now thousands of West Michigan families through COVID-19. Under Bridget’s leadership, KFB has become one of the largest and most successful anti-hunger and childhood nutrition programs in Michigan.

Prior to COVID-19, KFB averaged over 300 daily volunteers across three locations, making KFB one of the most engaged volunteer programs in Michigan. With over 15,000 volunteers each year, KFB welcomes individuals of different ages, races, backgrounds, and abilities. Over 33% of the volunteers are under the age of 18, and differently-abled volunteers are regularly hosted. Everyone can make a difference at Kids’ Food Basket!

Since day one of the COVID-19 school closures in March 2020, Kids’ Food Basket responded with an emergency food provision strategy, providing shelf-stable healthy emergency meals to 70 distribution sites throughout the four counties served. These emergency meals are distributed to organizations, schools and churches located in densely populated areas serving low-income families or individuals identified as high need. As of September 2020, KFB has served over 458,000 emergency meals.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Networking Reception – Windmill Island Gardens

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Friday, May 20, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

      • Annette M. Jones, President, Michigan Women in Finance

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Holland History/Economic Update, Linda Hart, Holland Area Visitors Bureau

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Hope College History/Update, Matt Scogin, President, Hope College

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Presentation of Honorary Chairs

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PANEL – THE POWER OF THE PIVOT

      • SARAH JENNINGS, Principal Director, Community Engagement Director, Maner Costerisan

      • NIKKI THOMPSON FRAZIER, Owner, Sweet Encounter Bakery

      • TAMERA CARTER, Member Experience Manager, Lake Trust Credit Union

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. “Stronger Together-Growing Together”

      • HAYDEE ANTEZANA , Founder of Haydee Antezana, International

1:45 p.m. Closing Remark

      • Annette M. Jones, President, Michigan Women in Finance

2:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Hotel Accommodations

Haworth Hotel at Hope College 225 College Ave Holland, MI 49423

To accommodate a group of our size, a block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at both the Haworth (venue for the Friday program) and the Courtyard by Marriott, which is within walking distance to the Haworth Hotel.

To make reservations at the Haworth, click on the following link and click on rate options to use the promotional/group code: MWIF22. You can also call (616) 395-7200. Reservations at the Haworth must be made by April 18, 2022, to receive the group rate of $178, plus any applicable state and local taxes.

Haworth Online Reservation Link

If you make reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

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Courtyard Holland Downtown 121 East 8th Street Holland, Michigan 49423

To make reservations at the Courtyard Marriott, click on the following link or call (616) 582-8500. Reservations at the Courtyard Marriott must be made by April 18, 2022, to receive the group rate of $189, plus applicable state and local taxes.

Courtyard Marriott Reservation Link

If you make reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

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We would like to thank the following companies for their generous support and contribution.

Signature Sponsor

 
ImageMaster, LLC
 
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Platinum Sponsor

 
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Varnum LLP
U.S. Bank National Association
PNC Bank, National Association
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
Bank of America
Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC
 
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Gold Sponsor

 
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
S&P Global Ratings
Huntington Bank
PFM Financial Advisors LLC & PFM Asset Management LLC
Comerica Bank /Comerica Securities, Inc.
Barclays Capital
Assured Guaranty
Michigan Education Trust
Ramirez & Co.
GUD Marketing
 
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Silver Sponsor

 
BNY Mellon
Morgan Stanley
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
Flagstar Bank
Plante Moran PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dykema Gossett, PLLC
Thrun Law Firm, P.C.
Build America Mutual
J.P. Morgan
Moody’s Investors Service
Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
Raymond James
Public Trust Advisors
Independent Bank
Bendzinski & Co.
Horizon Bank
UMB
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
West Michigan Community Bank
 
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Bronze Sponsor

 
Baker Tilly
Municipal Advisory Council of Michigan
RedTree Investment Group
Northstar Bank
MFCI (Municipal Financial Consultants)
The State Bank
BondLink
 
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