Conference participants have had 10 years to C.H.A.N.G.E. in the pursuit of opportunity, now it's time to C.H.A.S.E. those dreams!  This year's conference speakers will motivate and inspire participants to chase their dreams  by imagining new possibilities and exploring transformation. Come for a full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building!

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Lisa Roy

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Roy joined the Buffett Institute in 2019 as the Director of Program Development. She came to the Institute from Denver Public Schools, where she served as executive director of the Early Childhood Department, managing a $57 million budget that supported more than 5,000 3- and 4-year-olds within the District, and 2,500 half-day slots with community providers. Dr. Roy was responsible for managing more than 40 staff members in support of licensing, coaching, and operations.  One of her roles was to partner with the City of Denver (Children’s Affairs, Human Services, Denver Public Library), Mile High United Way, and the Children’s Museum to increase language and literacy skills for children from birth to Grade 3.

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Marie Gould

Spirituality Speaker

Marie Gould is a Mother, Author and Inspirational speaker from Omaha, Ne who through life’s twists and turns has learned the value of embracing your life journey so you can heal, grow and transform! 


She brings an empowering message of hope and healing that guides us forward through her message that the "Juice is in the Journey'';  By embracing the path you have walked free from shame and condemnation you can harness the power that makes you unique and special!   Speaking on the importance of your own spiritual practice, her transparent humor will inspire you to lean into your own spiritual walk.

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Kym Caddell

Health/Life Skills Speaker Girls

A survivor and thriver from the effects of childhood trauma who has worked her entire adult life to break family cycles of poverty, addiction, mental illness, and domestic violence. She shares her journey from “at-risk” youth to soon to be doctor as a way to inspire others to overcome barriers in their life and to never give up on their dreams.   


She has over a decade of experience working with youth in diverse settings including internationally. She is currently in her last year of her doctoral program in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Development and Learning Sciences and certificates in Mixed Methods and Educational Neuroscience. Professionally she works as a qualitative research specialist at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.


Shawntal Mallory

Career/Education Speaker Women

Educated at Creighton University and Creighton University School of Law where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and her Juris Doctorate. A licensed attorney, over the course of her fifteen-year practice, she has specialized in adoption, juvenile, family, and employment law while serving in nonprofit executive positions.


She currently serves as Executive Director of the Nebraska Legal Diversity Council, aiming to increase and support diversity in the practice of law and law school matriculation in Nebraska. Shawntal also serves as an adjunct Law Professor at Creighton Law School teaching a Race & Law course she developed. A featured speaker, trainer, coach and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, justice and belonging,

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Ashley Kruse

Health/Life Skills Speaker Women

A business mentor & success coach for female entrepreneurs, coaches & creatives. After years of climbing the corporate ladder in a high stress enterprise level sales role at one of the largest social media companies in the world, her nervous system was fried and burnt out. After a 6 month sabbatical that focused on deep transformation and nervous system reset she started her company, Embracing the Uncertain. In her company, she helps female entrepreneurs create & run successful online businesses using a combination of mindset & marketing strategy.

Using her experience in corporate America, Ashley has built her online coaching practice to well over 6-figures in revenue, has helped hundreds of women create the lives and businesses they desire  without the hustle & grind and is deeply committed to growing her company in a sustainable & mindful way.

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Isabel Gott

Career/Education Speaker Girls

Graduate of Omaha South High, finishing 9th in her class of around 600+. She is a music student in college, working on maintaining a good schedule as a student and a worker, and also obtaining as many opportunities that will better her career! 

As a student, Isabel has to really focus on time management, learning how to manage her schoolwork with her regular work, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and still have time for herself. She is currently first year student seeking a Bachelor of Music, with a major in Vocal Performance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also frequents the theater program of UNO, as well as the modern dance company, Moving Co. As an artist, she frequently searches for more opportunities and shows to do! 


Thank you for allowing me to be part of your amazing conference.  This will be a conference that I will be sure to attend year after year!   It was very uplifting.  I walked away with some do’s – thank you for all that you are doing to empower women

The WOMEN ON A MISSION EVENT was GREAT! Thank you for putting a quality program together! You and your sister were so nice! Please contact me when you can.... so we can talk more about the ventures that I am involved with that might interest you!

Madeline M.

 I now see my future in such a different way 

Maria M

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to get inspired at your conference. It was so heartfelt, motivating and impact-full for me. For a while now I have been wanting to find a new path in my career. Although I do like working for Cox and love the money, its not who I am and will never reflect the type of leader and women I will ever be. Although I'm an assistant manager now, sales is just not a job where I can truly help people and express myself in many ways.  I went to school for fashion merchandise and love to help people and I feel I'm stuck selling cable. So I came home that night, sat my husband down and told him I'm going to find a new job and I need his support. He was shocked but he's on board. I'm not sure where my journey will begin but I'm thankful I am taking the first step. Thank you so much Gina for helping me feel empowered and motivated to finally break from my unhappy work-life. You are awesome!!! 

What an amazing conference. thank you ladies

Carrie T

You are an exceptional woman, Gina Ponce. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. My mom and I had a great time at the Women on a Mission conference!

A great event by a classy bunch of ladies! 

Giovy D

These women are INCREDIBLE!!!!!! 

Jeanette P