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Gina Glover

Keynote Speaker

Gina Connects

Keynote: Focus on the 5th Question

We can all agree that for fundraising professionals the breadth and depth of your relationships are foundational. Whether you’ve been doing this work for one week, ten years, or more, there is always something to improve upon. In this keynote, Focus on the 5th Question: A Foundation for Real Relationships we will learn about ways we can get better at one of the most ubiquitous aspects of fundraising events, networking. The 5th Question strategy moves people past the small talk and into the conversation where real connection can happen. It requires intention, authenticity, empathy and vulnerability – characteristics your donors appreciate in you.

About Gina

Gina Glover is a speaker, coach and connector with a diverse background spanning more than two decades in northeast Wisconsin. In addition to growing her business, Gina Connects, she is actively engaged in our community, serving on the local Habitat for Humanity board and mentoring entrepreneurs through Mid-Day Women’s Alliance. Gina is on the board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Speakers Association and has been part of Toastmasters since her college years. She is working on her first book, a guide to help business professionals navigate job change, and she’s on a quest to run a race in every state in the U.S.  A ½ marathon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this past May was her 25th state. When she’s not speaking, running, or writing, she’s in the garden, singing in her car, or traveling with her family and trying to keep their insatiable cat, Jinx, well fed.

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Courtney Dvorak

Workshop Presenter

Palladium Consulting / Kimberly-Clark

Workshop: Navigating the People Side of Change

If you can count on anything, it’s that something is going to change.  In fact, we are facing more change now than ever before. It doesn’t matter if you’re introducing new leadership or a new tool, your people will have their own personal thoughts, opinions, and reactions.

But change doesn’t have to be difficult - as long as you have the right tools, processes, and most importantly, the right mindset. Using simple techniques, you can start to lead the people side of change more effectively. Doing so will help prepare and equip individuals so that they are set up for success and ready to adopt the solution you’ve envisioned.  

In this session, Courtney will introduce the principles of Change Management, discuss three factors that affect how a person reacts to a new change, and walk you through two models so that you can immediately help get your people through the next change with less headaches!

About Courtney

Courtney Dvorak, owner of Palladium Consulting, is an experienced Strategy Creation and Deployment Manager with a passion for helping teams navigate their change challenges. She’s certified through Prosci as a Change Management Practitioner (CMP) and has been helping teams navigate change for almost 10 years. Her degrees in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Madison have set the foundation for her people focused change management approach. She has a strong background in Operational Excellence and enjoys coaching leaders through their initiatives from ideation to implementation.  


Courtney is also employed at Kimberly-Clark. In her current role as the Strategic Communications and Engagement Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the change management of an SAP ERP implementation for the North America Consumer business, as well as other Supply Chain digital transformation projects. 


Courtney lives in Appleton, WI with her husband (Adam), their daughter (Audrey), and their boxer (Kash). She loves cycling and is a member of the local JDRF Ride to Cure team. In her free time, she enjoys maintaining her house plant collection, being outside, and spending time with her family.

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Mary Simonis

Workshop Presenter

Oshkosh Defense

Workshop: 3 – 2 – 1 – ACTION!

“No plan, and no action, will lead to no results.”  Germany Kent

Ever go to a conference, learn some really great new things, and not use nearly as much as you would have liked because you got wrapped up in the hustle and bustle as soon as you opened your email the next day?  Us too.  That’s why this year we are introducing a new session where you will be facilitated through interactive and engaging exercises to reflect on the day and create action plans to take with you!  We believe if you’re going to invest in yourself for today, you should be set up to be ready to take action tomorrow!

About Mary

Mary Simonis grew up living all over the United States landing in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1994. In 2001, nine days after graduating from Fox Valley Lutheran High School, she left for basic training in the United States Air Force. Mary served six years in the Air Force where she worked as an Ejection Seat Mechanic on B-52’s, F-16’s and A-10 aircraft. During her time in the military she was stationed in Louisiana, Diego Garcia, South Korea and Italy where she played an integral role in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Upon being honorably discharged from the military, Mary earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree’s in Multidisciplinary Human Services and Leadership; she worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 10 years, and completed approx. 300 hours in Leadership & Character Development with Klemmer & Associates where she continues to serve as a team lead for a Mastermind group since 2009. Mary was honored as one of Fox Cities Future 15 Young Professionals and continues to volunteer in her church and community. Currently, she leads the Subcontracts group at Oshkosh Defense and lives in Appleton with her husband (Adam), two daughters (Mila & Mae), and old-lady Italian cat (Mattea).

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