Modern Muse’s Last Annual Set Sail! Conference

Mark Your Calendar!

Set Sail! on January 4, 2017

Turn Inspiration into Momentum!  Attend Modern Muse’s 3rd Annual Conference.

Modern Muse has collaborated with a dynamic line-up with you in mind!   You will leave the conference with strategic solutions to improve marketing, sales and productivity! The Set Sail! Solution augments organizations and individuals with an enhanced return on their investment of energy.  You can count on it!

Join us on January 4, 2017 to expand your impact!

7:30 am: Check-in / networking

9:00 – 12:00: Programming

12:00 pm: Lunch, catered

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Programming


Inspirational Speakers

katie-patterson_webKatie Patterson, Happy Medium

Katie Patterson founded Happy Medium, an interactive advertising agency with two guiding principles: honesty and transparency. With a strong background in media buying and account management, Katie launched and bootstrapped Happy Medium after seeing a need for an authentic approach in the market. Since its inception in 2011, the company has expanded to accommodate its ever-growing list of clients, services and employees, but its guiding principles have stayed at the center of all that Katie and Happy Medium do, while simultaneously achieving more than 800 percent revenue growth in just four years.

While headquartered in Des Moines, Happy Medium’s offerings aren’t limited to a physical location, which allows it to serve clients of various sizes and in different industries and locations. The agency works hard to represent its clients with integrity and stays at the forefront of the latest trends and innovations across both traditional and digital advertising as well as now offering website development, graphic design, public relations, SEO/SEM, social media strategy, and user experience (UX) research. Happy Medium’s interactive team has been a leader in building responsive websites as a standard, a policy that has anticipated an industry shift and added a tremendous value to their clients from a user experience and search engine optimization standpoint.

Beyond Happy Medium’s exemplary work, the team stands apart due to their authentic and fair business practices. Happy Medium never engages in contracts and offers a fully transparent billing process. Progressive thought isn’t limited to the cutting edge work the company provides; it extends to its hiring policies and internal culture as well. From full 12-week 100 percent paid maternity leave (and two-week 100 percent paid paternity leave) to unlimited personal time off, quarterly team community service projects and a flexible office schedule, Katie has long believed in extending the same respect to her team that she does to her clients. Happy Medium’s goal is to be the best in the industry while also a leader in changing work culture across the country.

In 2015 alone, Katie was awarded the Iowa Women of Innovation’s Rising Star, Business Record’s Best Up and Coming Business Leader, and included in the annual Forty Under 40 class. Under her leadership, Happy Medium was named the Best Workplace for Young Professionals, Best Social Media Company multiple years running, and client work earned Gold for Website Visual Appeal by AIVA’s W3 Awards. Katie has also been featured in Adweek, Inc. Magazine, The Des Moines Register, Business Record and more. Never one to rest on her laurels, Katie launched her first product, Happy Boards, a pioneering digital signage software, in 2015. The process helped her determine Happy Medium should include a place for creativity and inspiration in order to create solutions that not only answer needs of her agency but for businesses worldwide.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her son, Brig, and her English bulldog, Georgia. She also loves to cook, travel, stay active, volunteer and be involved in her community.  


larry-cotlar_webLarry Cotlar, Author of “Biggest Rolodex in Sports”

Larry Cotlar named the Iowa Sportscaster of the Year in 2007 by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. He is also in the media wing of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Sports Hall of Fame. Cotlar, now in his 45th year as a radio broadcaster, has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Drake men’s basketball team since 2005. He has been involved in Iowa Barnstormer football broadcasts and telecasts since 2009 and is the sports analyst for the CWIowa Live television show on KCWI-TV in Des Moines. Cotlar also added the title of author to his credits with the release of “The Biggest Rolodex in Sports” in July 2015. Now in his 35th year in sports talk radio, Cotlar is currently the host of the “Cotlar and Company” radio show on 1350 ESPN in Des Moines.


matt-wagner_webMatt Wagner, West Bank

Matt Wagner is a native of Cedar Falls.  He grew up like millions of other boys across the country with a dream of becoming a major league baseball player.  His journey spanned the entire country and even through parts of our Canadian neighbors to the north.  Matt started his college days at the University of Arkansas and eventually ended up at Iowa State University.  He was drafted a total of three times.  The first time by the Atlanta Braves out of high school, a second time by the Los Angeles Dodgers after a redshirt season, and the third time in the third round by the Seattle Mariners.  He advanced through the minor league system with stops in Appleton, Wisconsin, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Tacoma, Washington.  All in addition to spending spring trainings in Arizona and Florida.  Following numerous setbacks, Matt achieved his dream when he made his debut against the Cleveland Indians.  Injuries would plague his career, but taught him valuable life lessons along the way.

Matt has been with West Bank since 2010.  He has been in banking since his baseball days ended and has been on the business banking side during his entire tenure.  Matt is responsible for managing and growing his customer base.  He enjoys helping his customers achieve their goals by assisting with financing structure and managing cash flow cycles.  Matt is active with the Urbandale Lions Club (outgoing president), Vice-Chair of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, and you are likely to find him at a baseball field teaching baseball to his own, as well as other kids, throughout the year.  He has been married for 21 years to his wife, Cari.  They have three children, Maddie, a sophomore at Iowa Central in Fort Dodge and member of the softball team, Hayden, 11 years old and excellent at math, and Reagan, 7 years old and full of energy.  Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Iowa State University.


kimberlybaethlarge_webKimberly Baeth, Golden Openings

In 1997, Kimberly Baeth started her business Golden Openings, Inc. and invented the original giant scissors that really cut, wide ribbon, big bows, keys to the city, gold shovels, chrome shovels, ground breaking items and keepsakes, unique awards and gifts, for special events.  They are the first and original “Grand Opening Super Store”. She has written 3 books and sells her products and services all over the world.

Golden Openings, Inc, ships out 100’s of packages each day to businesses and has shipped to 6 of the 7 continents. They coordinate and average at least 5 local events each week, including the Grand Openings/Ground Breakings for: Facebook, Microsoft, Homemakers, Life Time Athletic, Bob Brown Chevrolet, The Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Wells Fargo and Dart, just to name a few.

She has worked with and done events for:  The White House, Oprah, Disney, Lady Gaga, Apple, Google, Microsoft, many colleges, universities, professional sports teams, movies, many fortune 500 companies, restaurants, TV shows, and more. She also helped orchestrate and set a world record for the longest ribbon cutting (4.5 miles of continuous ribbon) in Cutler Bay, FL in December 2011. The event is in the Guinness Book of World Records. They recently broke the record at the Joplin Schools Ribbon Cutting, in MO, last year. Over 8,000 Chambers own her scissors.

She moved her family from the Twin Cities to Iowa in August 2006. She currently has three franchises of Golden Openings, Inc., in California, Minnesota and New Jersey. After 19 years, she has grown her niche business that bought in over 2 million in sales in 2015. She has 4 full time and 15 part-time employees and offers internships and school to work programs yearly. She recently purchased a 10,000 square foot warehouse to store her inventory and supplies and opened a 2nd location and warehouse in Urbandale, last year. She and her company have received several entrepreneur and business awards, including:

  • US Chamber – Top 100 Small Business Dream Big Award Winner
  • Urbandale – “Business of the Year Finalist” – 2015
  • Grimes “Business of the Year” – 2014
  • DMACC Small Business “Top Growth” Award – 2014
  • Jim Goodman Entrepreneur Sprit Award – South & East Des Moines Chamber
  • Forty Under 40 – Des Moines Business Record
  • The Best Kept Secret Award – Celebrate Business Award/Economic Impact Awards (Greater Des Moines Partnership)
  • Fittest Exec Award (two years), Des Moines Business Record
  • Special Event Show – National Speaker/Round Table Leader
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – Twin West Chamber of Commerce
  • Woman of Influence – Twin Cities Business Record

For more information about Kimberly & her company, visit

Breakout Session Presenters

tiffanytokarzChart the Uncharted:  Manage Your Time in Alignment with What Matters Most by Tiffany Tokarz, Modern Muse Consulting CEO & Intentional Growth Strategist

Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership Development Psychology, is an Intentional Growth Strategist.  She has been working with leaders and teams to create intentional results for nearly a decade.  Her company Modern Muse Consulting offers one-on-one consulting, group work, conferences, retreats and workshops. Her belief is that researchers have only begun to understand the scope of human potential; and that leaders who create company cultures to better leverage their human capital will position their companies to thrive in the new economy. She prides herself on being result-driven and yet having some fun a long the way. She believes that balance in both work & play is an integral part of intentional growth and she takes her own advice. When she is not working, you will find her jogging at Gray’s Lake; teaching yoga; spending quality time with loved ones; enjoying a glass of wine or attempting to cook something new in the kitchen.


Sadie Howar

Intentionally Cast Your Net:  Your Marketing Strategy Matters by Sadie Howar, Owner of Fresh Image & Brand/Marketing Strategist

In today’s world, business owners and sales professionals wear a lot of hats. Fresh Image develops tools and systems that help companies grow their brand and marketing presence effectively – and efficiently. Sadie helps her clients craft personal and company branding that supports their business goals, and works with them to develop strategies that resonate with current and prospective customers. Sadie is currently a participant in the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She is on the advisory board for In/Exchange, an organization of women supporting women, and served three years on the board of directors for the American Marketing Association.  


Smooth Selling: Persuasive Communication Strategies that Work by Jason Kiseau, Aureon/Merit Resources & Author of “FOCUSED”

Jason has been studying personal, professional, and leadership development for most of his adult life. Adversity in his early 20’s made him rethink his approach to the world and motivated him to study the characteristics of success. Within months of turning 24, he created his “By 30 Vision” and knew he wanted to spend his life teaching, training, coaching, counselling, or speaking. Today he travels across the country working with leaders in the areas of Success Skills Mastery, self-management, relationship building, strategic thinking, and creating high performing teams. Jason’s purpose is to inspire confidence in everyone he works with, and he is passionate about helping them pursue and achieve meaningful results. Do you want to see Jason in action? Click here!  

grace-wenzel_webPosition the Wind at Your Back: Utilize Social Media to Generate Momentum by Grace Wenzel & Tabitha Jamerson, Happy Medium

Grace Wenzel is responsible for driving engagement, creating strategies and campaigns, generating reports, and managing customer service to make sure Happy Medium’s clients get more out of social media than just fans and likes.   She helps ensure clients grow social media engagement and reach clients’ audiences on a more personal level. Grace graduated from Drake University with degrees in radio/TV producing and English.  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



mel_webStay the Course with Intention: Embrace Effective Leadership Strategies by Mel Guanci, Implementation Partners

Melanie Redmond Guanci has a BS in Business Management & Employee Development.  She has over twenty years of experience in client centric process management with a focus in organizational and employee development.   As a member of the Implementation Partners consulting team, she works to inspire leaders to transform their organizations and deliver exceptional business results by developing efficient and effective processes and giving every employee a chance to contribute their best work on an engaged, sustainable, winning team.  In addition to this, she designed DreamPower by IP Partners with entrepreneurial spirits in mind.  Her goal with this endeavor is to assist entrepreneurs with getting their dreams off to a great start, then provide ongoing coaching and support as they grow.

Her professional track record consists of increasing revenue, reducing costs, building teams and creating last company cultures.  She also presides as the Communications Director for Joppa, which is an organization serving homeless individuals in Iowa. 


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