SheTalks Event

 Women Who Create tell great stories…


We invite the public to attend the SheTalks cocktail event supporting women + entrepreneurs.

Following the Women Who Create Conference, a community cocktail reception will kick-off showcasing six SheTalks presentations.  What’s a SheTalk?  Taken from the Japanese inspired PechaKucha, it is a presentation style where each presenter shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds.  What makes it a SheTalk?  All of the six speakers are women, and will be speaking around the theme ‘Women Who Create’.

The event is hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business.

When: 4:30-6:30pm  |  Where: ISU Economic Development Core Facility

1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, Iowa

Meet the Storytellers

Patricia Izbicki | Music + Research

Patricia Izbicki is a doctoral student, teaching assistant, and research assistant in the ISU Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program. She is pursuing her doctoral studies in the lab of music therapist and neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Stegemöller. Her main research interest is to understand the effects of music training on cognitive inhibition and motor inhibition throughout the lifespan and its clinical and educational implications.

Ms. Izbicki is an Iowa Woman of Innovation in Collegian Innovation and Leadership, ISU Graduate Fleming Award Recipient for Harpsichord, Wakonse Teaching Fellow, and ISU Focus Artist. She is also serves on the international Society for Neuroscience Trainee Advisory Committee and as student vice-president for the Society for Neuroscience Ames Chapter. In her musical life, Ms. Izbicki serves as choir accompanist at First Baptist Church of Ames and maintains an active private teaching studio (piano) in Ames.



Kali VanBaale | Written Word

Kali VanBaale is the author of the novels The Good Divide and The Space Between. She is the recipient of an American Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for fiction, and a State of Iowa major artist grant. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Numéro Cinq, Nowhere Magazine, The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, Poets&Writers, The Writer and several anthologies. Kali holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a faculty member of the Lindenwood University MFA Creative Writing Program. She lives outside Des Moines with her family.



Emma Hicks | Barn Picker + Connector

From picking barns to hosting events to connecting other entrepreneurs, Emma Hicks wants to do it all!  She am an avid dreamer, and building successful small businesses is a passion of hers. With three gatherings currently under her belt, Emma envisions hosting various gatherings showcasing the region’s best makers and pickers across the state of Iowa at different unique venues.

Emma is also the founder of Camp Climb, a retreat for female creatives. Taking place in August, big name influencers will take stage inspiring campers self love & growth!   Being a mom and wife comes first, but on top of coordinating events Emma also is a picker.  Starting at the age of 19, she has been picking the Midwest for steady cashflow. After seven years of dedication and commitment in the picking industry, Emma and her husband, Spencer, were approached and shot a pilot for a national  network called “Small Town, Big Pick” this past summer.   They both enjoy staying busy and doing this journey through life together.


Mikayla Sullivan | Social Entrepreneurship

Mikayla Sullivan is in charge of global partnerships, product development and business activities to move KinoSol (a company she co-founded) forward in solving global food waste. KinoSol has allowed Mikayla to turn her dream of providing sustainable solutions to people in need, into a reality.

Mikayla has a B.S. in Global Resource Systems and Public Service and Administration in Agriculture from Iowa State University.  To date, she has pitched KinoSol in 20+ business plan competitions and received over $150,000 in awards.  Recent Awards: Mikayla was a finalist for the TAI Women of Innovation Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership award;  Laureate Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation.



Julie Stevens | Design + Quality of Life

Julie Stevens is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University, where she has developed an innovative student design-build service-learning program. Beginning in 2011, Stevens has established a long-term partnership with the Iowa Department of Corrections to create therapeutic environments for prisons, including gardens for prison staff and incarcerated individuals. The team of Iowa State students, prison staff and women offenders at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Community Service from the American Society of Landscape Architects for completed project phases including outdoor classrooms and a decompression deck. The 2018 design-build project is a garden for children visiting their incarcerated mothers.

Stevens is a founder and co-chair of the ASLA’s Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network, which focuses on creating healthy environments for all people by integrating environmental justice issues into landscape architectural education, research and professional practice.


Jami Milne | Art + Creative Living

Jami Milne is an artist, photographer and Director of Connection Strategy for Happy Medium, a full-service interactive agency in Des Moines. A graduate of Iowa State University, her professional career has included over 13 years in the advertising industry, an artistic residency with Ballet Des Moines and creative projects for Des Moines Public Schools, dsm Magazine, Iowa City’s Witching Hour Festival and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She lives in Des Moines with her husband Ben, their children Finn and Margaux, and a pet rabbit named Penelope.




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