2019 Conference

What's Your Story?

Join us for our 2nd conference called "What's Your Story?" 

We have asked 10 amazing women to join us to share their story in a "TEDTalk" type format. Jesus is the author of our life and we are all part of His Story. It will be a great time to be inspired and encouraged. We will also have time to reflect on our own stories. There is power in our stories and they are a gift to the community. Join us for a day of fun and inspiration!

Our speakers: Susan Danenberger, Donna Fedor, Dorsey Henderson, Sherri Leopold, Lynell Loftus, Gina Lusardi,  Janette Peak, Lisa Rigoni, Stephenie Taylor, and Carla Green as your Emcee.


September 7, 2019

9AM to 3PM

Lunch Provided!

$37 to Reserve Your Seat 

(space is limited)

Register Here

Our Sponsors


Carla Green

Your EmCee

Carla is the Senior Pastor of The Lake House Church and Founder of The Leader Within Conference. She is passionate about advancing The Kingdom of God. Carla's mission is to activate the church into a higher level awareness of the nature of God and presence in our lives. She is a strategist and is committed to seeing others understand their identity and walk out their destinies to the fullest. Carla will help you get where you want to go and this conference will act as your springboard. Don't miss out!


Susan Danenberger


Susan, aka "Grape Goddess" and "Stilettos In The Vineyard," is a winemaker and owner of Danenberger Family Vineyards. She has two sons: Clayton, 22, a chef at the winery and Gannon, 28, a Sergeant in army aviation. Susan is also a fighter in her fight against Metastatic Breast Cancer since 2016. Susan is designing a life that she will look back on and smile versus just making a living.


Donna Fedor


Donna is a mother of three and the grandmother to the five most beautiful children you've ever seen!  She is a Realtor, leads a Bible study at Sangamon County Jail, but most importantly, she's a lover of God!  Her blog, The God-Quester, explores how we can know God more.  Her goal is to leave puddles of Jesus everywhere she goes.


Dorsey Henderson


Dorsey has been in the Springfield area for 20 years. She and her husband, Wade, just celebrated their 29thanniversary and have 2 grown children, Dallas and Avori. Dorsey’s career began as an elementary school teacher but she resigned when Wade opened an eye clinic. She has been managing the clinic with Wade for 14 years. After her husband survived a life threatening brain hemorrhage over six years ago, she turned to The Father for answers. This was life changing. Dorsey’s desires are sharing the heart of the Father and demonstrating His love for them. While continuing to manage the clinic, she looks for opportunities to bring the Kingdom into the business. In her free time, she enjoys inviting friends over for Bible Studies and Praise & Worship.


Sherri Leopold


Sherri is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, writer, and top-ranking professional in the network marketing industry. In 2018, she was shown her purpose by God and the Vision of Stop Self-Bullying was born in June. Sherri counts it a blessing helping people learn how to stand in The Power of ME! She believes we all deserve to be happy, healthy and wealthy! Sherri's greatest joy in life besides her family and praising God is helping others live the life they deserve!


Lynell Loftus


Lynell is a wife of 28 years to Jeff Loftus, an amazing mother of three daughters, Rachel (18), Taylor (20) and Danielle (23), and co-owner / graphic designer for the Heartland Homes Real Estate magazine. Life changed in an instant for the Loftus family when Danielle was severely injured in a jet ski accident on Lake Springfield, July 2010. Lynell and her family focus on living a life built on a Foundation of Faith in God and His plan for their lives. Lynell's infectious joy and love will inspire you, no matter what  your circumstances.


Gina Lusardi


Gina spent the first 27 years of her life living in one form of domestic abuse or another, from physical, emotional, financial, psychological and attempted sexual assault.  She was able to break her cycle of domestic abuse at the age of 28 years old for good. Today Gina  is the founder and CEO of Speak Out, Get Out, Stay Out where she helps victims and survivors of domestic abuse go from abuse to abundance. She travels near and far educating the public on domestic abuse prevention while telling her story. Gina is also an advocate, educator, speaker, author and wife to Daniel, mother to one daughter, two bonus daughters, grandmother to five adorable grandkids. Along with her e-book “When Happily Ever After Doesn’t Happen; Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence”,  she has also  written for 3Womenvoices and along with being a guest speaker on Dream Big with Sherri and Transcending Horizons  interviewed by Missie Wilson. 


Janette Peak


Janette knew she would be a leader as early as eight years old. By thirteen, she had made up her mind she was going to own her own company one day. Instead of reading typical teenage magazines, Janette was inspired by magazines like, “Black Entrepreneurs” and “Black Enterprise.” Janette believes her “scars” have purpose and that God blessed her to be a blessing. She knows she’s called to be a Christian role model and mentor to other young women who have faced or are facing various life obstacles. She’s President/Co-Owner of PJP Autos, an Elder at Abundant Faith, has 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and is married to a really adorable guy!


Lisa Rigoni


Lisa Rigoni is co-director of The Leader Within Conference. She is a creative communicator with a passion for Christ, people and living her life from the inside-out. She owns PR with Purpose and Motivated2Fitness, coaching her clients into transformed lives. Lisa is a Virtual Group Leader and Regional Network Leader for First Place for Health, a faith-based wellness program and is a Listen to My Life facilitator. A national speaker and writer, Lisa is described as an energetic, engaging story teller who keeps it real. She is involved in Illinois Women in Leadership, Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois (WE-CI) and is a founding member of Springfield’s Women of Vision chapter. She and Mike, love of her life and hubby of 28 years, have three fabulous grown children and two practically perfect grandchildren. She is excited to help you discover your amazing story! 


Stephenie Taylor


Stephenie has a passion for life and finding ways to make things better. She is has an entrepreneur spirit, a work ethic that is over the top, and a heart for serving others. Stephenie is committed to improving herself in many ways including education. She holds a BSN, an MBA, and most recently certified in Legal Nurse Consulting. Stephenie is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Flooring America's multiple locations. She values relationship with her husband of 24 years and her three children. There are many changes coming in Stephenie's life, one of which is her new title as "Glamma" to her first grandchild in October of this year.


Sponsorship Info

2019TLWSponsorshipFINAL (pdf)