Speakers

Thank You to our Speakers

Keynote – Ashlee & Tony Willis 

Our keynote speakers will be Ashlee and Tony Willis. Ashlee Willis is the CEO and founder of Michigan Premier Events. She is married to Tony Willis, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for LEAP . Their partnership shows how powerful relationships between successful women and men can elevate others.

Ashlee R. Willis, CTA, Michigan Premier Events

Ashlee R. Willis is the Founder and CEO of Michigan Premier Events, a corporate event management company managing events in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit. Willis partners with corporate affiliates developing and managing programs and events to enhance the Michigan business community. Willis strives to embrace innovative and unconventional techniques by concept developments, logistics and strategy and for Michigan Premier Events corporate partners events, meetings and programming.

Willis has over 10 years of experience in developing and managing corporate events, programs and meetings in Michigan. Willis is a certified tour ambassador for Lansing, MI, has earned several awards including Entrepreneur on the move award and Ten Over the Next Ten Alumni award Recipient. Willis also has been featured on several radio stations, commercials and publications including front cover of Capital Area Women’s Life Style Magazine. Willis is also the founder of an online platform, Lansing Mosaic. Lansing Mosaic highlights diversity and entrepreneurship in Lansing, MI.

Willis is a Lansing native and well-known active leader in the community who is dedicated to the growth, collaboration and success of the region. Willis is a part of organizations holding board positions such as Capital Area United Way, Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Greater Lansing News Boys Association. Willis was appointed in 2018 by Lansing Mayor Andy Schor to Mayors Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council. Willis resides in Lansing, MI with her husband, Tony, and three boys Ashton, Auston and Aydon.

Tony Willis, Lansing Area Economic Partnership

As the Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for LEAP, Tony establishes and extends programming to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Lansing region. With the goal of creating a culture of entrepreneurship, Tony works with local, regional and state resources to assist individuals and startups to launch products and create companies. A

Lisa Fisher, Lisa Fisher Associates

Lisa’s greatest passion is helping successful yet overworked entrepreneurs gain clarity and focus in their lives, her favorite approach is using the tools and strategies from the revolutionary book, The ONE Thing. Lisa was hand selected to be among the first of 20 individuals worldwide to be internationally certified as a ONE Thing Trainer. Lisa has over thirty years of leadership and people development experience, she continues to serve individuals, business, and corporations of all sizes by helping them to find their focus, manage their time, maximize profitability, and achieve more by doing less.

CeCi Bordayo, Pass it On

The secret is out! CeCi grew up in a house full of secrets, and has found that being authentic and transparent about her past encourages others to open up about their own secrets. She was sexually abused at the age of seven, and her first single, called “House of Secrets” tells that story and exposes many secrets about her own life. Opening up about her past through music has created so many opportunities to meet new people and to speak at events and conferences across the Midwest. Her story allows her to relate to others and meet them at whatever place they are in life. It gives them a safe space in which to talk about their dysfunction and to motivate themselves to move through it in order to find their passion and their purpose.

Empowerment Panel

Regina Carey, Carey On

Regina Carey, Founder of Carey On, LLC, practices as an Empowerment Consultant, Strength-Based Life Coach, and Passion Instigator! Regina coaches individuals both nationally and internationally. She empowers individuals to recognize their vision for a more authentic life. The goal of her work is to educate and empower those who are stuck, struggling, and ready for positive change. Regina customizes her approach to meet the needs of each unique challenge. Her methods focus on moving forward, using positive feedback, and embracing all that comes with that journey.

Jamie E. Lightner, JamieLightner.com

Jamie Lightner married her high school sweetheart and is blessed with four amazing children who have provided her with plenty of source material for her many adventures in motherhood. She began writing twelve years ago to find the “funny” in “spilt milk” because, when you have kids, messes of all kinds are just part of life. Jamie is also a life coach through TurningLeaf Wellness Center and has a passion for helping others believe in who they are and truly enjoy the many adventures of life.

Tasha M. Treviño, MDIV, Pastor

Tasha M. Trevino attained a Master of Divinity: Theological Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and has been active in ministry leadership for 8 years. She has hosted and shared messages of inspiration on her radio show, The Good News Radio Show with The Power of Voices in Los Angeles, CA. Tasha has hosted and led three annual Women’s conferences in The Lansing area (2017-2020) meant to encourage and uplift women through purpose and faith. She is committed and steadfast in her mission to lead in faith, empowering the Millennial generation to rise up and follow the purpose God has aligned according to His will for our lives making an impact in our communities locally while maintaining global vision

Financial Power Panel

Jessica Artibee, Farm Bureau Insurance

Jessica is am a licensed, multi-line insurance agent, which means she can meet all your insurance needs. She has made a commitment to serve the local community and made a commitment to always increase my professional knowledge so that she can better serve my clients. Jessica is proud of my involvement in continuing education. It’s part of her overall commitment to provide the best possible insurance service to you, your family, and your community.

Charlyn Cosgrove, Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood Real Estate

Charlyn spent a career in banking which culminated in being a manager for multiple bank branches. In that capacity, she was a lender and a people manager. After her retirement from banking, she began her career in real estate due to her extensive knowledge of the banking industry and a passion for helping people. Her years of experience in both lending and real estate make her uniquely qualified to provide unsurpassed service to her clients. A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Ferris State University reflect her deep desire and commitment to assist people.

Sara Frank-Hepfer, Financial Technology, Inc.

While Sara has been in the financial world more than eleven years now, she started out in non-profit. Working as a CFP® professional is not really so different, she still works with people who want and need help: those that are not exactly where they want to be. Her job is to help them determine and articulate their goals and then take the steps to get there. There is immense joy helping people understand their options, to feel like they have a partner, and to choose their own adventure in life! Sara doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects like divorce, navigating unpleasant family dynamics, or leaving money for the next generation, and then building a financial plan to prepare for these life events

Rita LaMoreaux, Lacor Consulting

With a twenty-year history of helping others start their nonprofits, Rita LaMoreaux knows what it takes to get a nonprofit and company up and running. Recently, Rita was the Government Affairs and Young Agent Specialist for the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents and Administrator of Insuring MI Future. Prior to that she worked at MIRS News Service and Turner-Dodge House in Lansing. Rita has an Associate’s Degree in Humanities from Lansing Community College, a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and a Master’s in Public Administration with a Nonprofit Concentration from Western Michigan University. Giving back to her community is important to Rita. She is on the boards of the Delta-Waverly Rotary Club, Rotary District 6360, Delta Township Historical Society, Lansing Community College Alumni Committee Capital Area College Access Network and Association of Fundraising Professionals, Capital Region.