Modern Muse’s Annual Conference, Soar!


Mark Your Calendar!

  Soar! on January 3, 2018



Uncover strategic solutions to increase productivity & profitability while elevating your level of inspiration by attending Modern Muse’s 4th Annual Conference. The goal of Soar! is to augment organizations and individuals with an enhanced return on their investment of energy.

By attending you will:

  • Define a brand that attracts your next big move
  • Maximize your leadership skills
  • Increate your return on investment of time spent networking
  • Better leverage social media to increase momentum
  • Be inspired to take action!

What can you expect?

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

Steve & Meg Shearer with Chocolate Storybook

Steve & Meg Shearer left the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship 15 years ago when they purchased Chocolate Storybook. With Steve’s background in sales and Meg’s background in marketing, it just made sense for them as a husband & wife team to marry their skillsets.  Since 2002, they have been actively using their skillsets to grow this beloved destination for delicious handmade chocolates and unique gifts with flair.

The explosive growth they have experienced over the years is attributed to their customized corporate gift programs and their flavored cotton candy.  You can find their cotton candy under the label SGR which is sold around the United States. If you’re flying and wanting cotton candy pick some up at LaGuardia, O’Hare and Reagan.  You can also find Chocolate Storybook treats around town at Gateway Market, VonMaur, Mercy Hospital Gift Shop,  Dylan’s Candy Bar and the Des Moines Playhouse to name a few.


Tracy Fuller, InnovativEvents

Some people are born to follow a specific career path, and some people are born to forge their own path. Those people are called entrepreneurs. Tracy Fuller became an entrepreneur 27 years ago when she started her first company, Happy Occasions, in response to a personal tragedy. Nearly three decades later, she leads the team at InnovativEvents, providing event décor, backstage management, and overall coordination and management of all production aspects. She has produced dozens of corporate events – sometimes for an intimate group of corporate board members, other times for crowds as large as 3,000.  There are definitely some nice benefits; she has worked with Elton John, Bon Jovi, and Keith Urban and companies like Google, Oracle and Allstate Insurance.




Sheree Clark, Fork in the Road

Sheree Clark is a healthy living coach, TV show host, inspiring speaker, raw vegan chef, and accomplished author. Sheree has written and presented on topics ranging from raw food 101 to overcoming career burnout. She currently hosts Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark, a weekly television show, while maintaining a busy practice coaching private clients one-on-one and in groups on attaining optimal health and creating an authentically fulfilling life. In her personal time, Sheree and her cat Lotus work on their yoga poses.





David Russell, Urbandale City Council

David Russell is a founder of Abendroth and Russell Law Firm, where he focused his practice primarily in the areas of debtor/creditor relations, business formation and planning, and litigation. David received his undergraduate and law degree from Drake University. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, U.S. District Court for Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, Commercial Law League of America, and the American Collectors Association. David is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. David has served on the Urbandale Board of Adjustments, Urbandale Planning and Zoning Commission, and Urbandale Civil Service Commission. He is a graduate of the class of 2001 of Leadership Urbandale and is a past president of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Urbandale City Council. David is now of counsel for the firm; he remains associated with the firm and is available for consultation.



Breakout Session Presenters

 Time Flies: Invest Wisely by Tiffany Tokarz with Modern Muse Consulting

Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership & Organizational Development Psychology, is an Intentional Growth Strategist with Modern Muse Consulting. She has been working with sales professionals and business owners to create intentional results for a decade and due to her accomplishments both academically and in business, she was recently accepted into Faculty Row. Faculty Row is an invite-only organization that includes Fullbright Scholars, TED Talk Speakers and countless accomplished academics.  Her company offers one-on-one consulting, group work, conferences, retreats and workshops.

In addition to her credentials, she is a professional who believes we 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 whip-up something new in the kitchen.



Pilot Your Vision: Lead with Clarity by Daniel McCraine with McCraine Associates  

Daniel McCraine, MS from Drake University, has a passion to train people in leadership because he believes we need to take control of our economy; take charge of our lives; and embrace values that make leaders effective.  If you’re ready to take charge of your life, Daniel is ready to teach you. He is an expert in delivering training programs that deliver immediate results in behavior change and performance improvement.  He is currently a training consultant and a nationally recognized, award-winning training professional.  He has an extensive experience as a leadership coach, performance consultant, e-learning designer, instructional designer, and a facilitator.   His training programs have helped companies he has worked with save over $21.2 million in capital and expenses.





Embrace Turbulence: Position for Promotion by Ryan Anderson with No Coast Consulting

Dr. Ryan Anderson founded No Coast Consulting with a vision of empowering individuals from all walks of life to align their passion and vocation, achieve their professional aspirations and attain fulfillment while maintaining a positive balance between work, life and community involvement.

In addition to running his consulting firm, he is an Associate Professor of Business at Grand View University with his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Anderson teaches courses focused around Economics and Finance that include Strategic Management, Personal Finance, Investments, Macroeconomics, International Trade, Corporate Finance, Money, Banking and Financial Systems. Prior to completing his doctorate, Dr. Anderson, obtained his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Drake University.

He also has a passion for serving the community.  This passion has led him to serve on boards and organizations within the Des Moines metro area in different capacities  He has been involved with the Des Moines Jaycees as a Board Member and Past President, the Iowa Jaycees as State Vice President, Emerging Leaders Collaborative as a Member, the East and South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member, Financial Executives International as a Member and Iowa HOBY as the Director of Corporate Relations.



Leverage Your Wingspan:  Magnify Your Impact with Social Media by Annie Guidicessi with HeyGuid Communications

Annie Giudicessi is the owner and creativity behind HeyGiud Communications. A lifelong Des Moines resident, Annie is passionate about helping her clients and friends get the most out of our amazing city. Her background includes a degree in Communication Studies from Central College in Pella, Iowa, a specialization in Social Media Marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and over 9 years of social media management experience. HeyGiud Communications was founded in June of 2016 and allows Annie to take her passion for helping small businesses, non-profits and individuals and her knowledge and experience in Social Media Marketing to help her clients grow and succeed in the ever-changing social sphere.

In the rare times that she disconnects, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and writing, and continuing to explore the greatest things our city has to offer. You can often find her in a bookstore, coffee shop or a local record store adding to her large collection of vinyl records. She is also a very active member of the Des Moines East and South Chamber.  She has been named Ambassador of the Year; served as the Chair of the Ambassadors in 2016 and is currently sitting on the Board of Directors.  In addition, she is a member of the board of Directors for Central Iowa Center for Independent Living and is a Des Moines Jaycee.


Take Off with Intention:  Achieve Better Results from Networking by Annie Woods 

Annie Woods has been an entrepreneur for almost a decade.  After obtaining her coaching and leadership training certificate over 4 years ago, her company began to flourish in alignment with her vision to help others develop and grow.  All of this started in her native country which is the Dominican Republic.  In 2016, she moved to the Greater Des Moines Area.  Due to her need to get her business established in Des Moines, she has created a systematic approach to networking that helps sales professionals & business owners accomplish better results from their networking efforts in alignment with their niche.  Her niche is working with organizations focused on diversifying and empowering their personnel; and working with women in professional and personal transition.  She creates custom made programs for both her one-on-one practice and for her corporate clients.  In addition to this, she serves on the board of FemCity Des Moines.




Are You Ready to Soar! on January 3, 2018? 




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