Nurture your strengths. Find your voice. Practice gratitude.

Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes of Ho-Chunk, Inc. shared these insights and more in a panel discussion called “60 Leadership Lessons in 60 Minutes” at the Women Lead Change 2020 Siouxland Conference.

Women make up the majority of Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s executive leadership team, and the company was the presenting sponsor for the event. Over 20 of our employees were able to attend.

The theme was “Connecting Leaders. Uniting Allies,” inspired in part by the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. (Some states barred Native Americans from voting until 1962.)

The day included a workshop about developing skills and practices to live and work happier, led by drama researcher and New York Times best-selling author Cy Wakeman.

The keynote was given by Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, describing how to transform workplace culture.