Leap Into Leadership



Inspiring Wyoming Women to Lead

February 18, 19th, 2020 – Cheyenne, Wyoming 

Register and get more information about Leap Into Leadership 2020 HERE


February 18th, 2020 – Little Amercia, Cheyenne

Wyoming Room AB

12-12:30pm Sign in and Registration open

12:30pm – Opening Remarks from Former Representative Rosie Berger

12:45 – Legislative Update – Gail Symons, publisher of Civics 307

1pm – Grassroots Campaigning – “What I learned going door to door” Featuring women from the Democrat, Libertarian and Republican Parties.  This interactive session will give you insight into what it takes, from the candidates perspective, to run a grassroots campaign in Wyoming.  Marti Halverson, former State Representative, Val Burgess, Candidate, Sheridan, Bethany Baldes, Candidate, Riverton.  Moderated by Rosie Berger, former State Representative – founder of Leap into Leadership.

2-2:15pm  Break

2:15 – Tales from the Campaign Trail  Featuring State Auditor Kristi Racines

2:30-3:15  Board Talk – “How participating on and working with a board can improve your leadership and open up opportunities.”  Moderated by Pamela Perea (WY Boards and Commissions), this panel will discuss the service and leadership opportunities that board participation presents, as well as discussing how this participation can open doors to more leadership roles.  This will be an interactive panel, discussing pros and cons, pitfalls and wins that can be experienced while sitting on a board, as well as great tips on how to get involved and how to exit gracefully.  Elizabeth Dillow, Experienced Board Member, Heidi Peterson, Experienced Board Member, Karmen Rossi, Experienced Board Member. Moderated by Pamela Perea, Wyoming Governors Office – Boards and Commissions

3:15 – Tales from the Campaign Trail  Featuring Former County Commissioner and Clerk of District Court, Lindy Glode 

3:30 – 3:45pm – Break

3:45 – 4:45pm – You Can Make A Difference – “The role of volunteering in a community” Everyone does not desire to be a candidate, maybe you are interested in helping your favorite candidate win, or you may wonder what community organization volunteerism is truly about.  Learn how to get involved in your community or in local politics and discover more about yourself.  Kelsey Escobedo, Friday Food Bag President, Emily Siegel, Political Volunteer, Robin Sims, Rotary President. Moderated by Merri Elsberry

4:45pm – Tales from the Campaign Trail  Featuring Albany County Candidate Jacqueline Grimes

5pm – 5:45pm – Roles of the Campaign “From Candidate to Volunteer”   Thinking about running or getting involved in a campaign? Start the race off right by getting the right people on your team!  This is a must see session that discusses the various roles and responsibilies involved in running a successful campaign.  Moderated by Kate Debow Hayes, High Ground Coaching and Development, you will learn what aspects of your team can be volunteer, which need to be paid, how many do you really need, what are they involved in and who answers to who.

5:45-6pm Break

6pm – 7pm Cocktail Reception Reception A

7pm – 9pm – Legislative Dinner featuring keynote speaker Abigail Harrison, founder of The Mars Generation and Student Space Ambassador Program.  Grand Ballroom AD

February 19th, 2020 The Wyoming State Capitol

8am – Breakfast with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow – room TBA

9:30am – Tour the Wyoming State Capitol.  Groups will be led by the LSO Office to tour the newly remodeled State Capitol.  This is a behind the scenes tour that will allow an insight into all of the changes, upgrades and history housed in our state seat of government.

10:30 – 11:30am – Leap into Leadership Introduction to the Wyoming State Legislature, House and Senate

Program Close

Thank you to all our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors

Agopian Advocacy

Laramie County Community College

Levin Strategic Resources

Table Sponsors

Climb Wyoming

Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Partner Sponsors

KKW consulting, LLC.

Mary Throne

Rosie Berger

Wyoming County Commissioners Association

Wyoming Democratic Party