2024 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXXVII Conference

"Knowledge, Growth and Perseverance on The Way Up"

For over thirty-five years, women in the State of Iowa have hosted The Way Up Conference to assist women in higher education institutions as they continue to develop their leadership and administrative skills and expertise. The conference has always been designed to provide value for presenters and participants as well as networking opportunities for all.

The Fall 2024 Conference will celebrate thirty-seven years of growth, development and friendship.

Thursday, November 7, 2024

 Book Table & Other Vendors
 Continental Breakfast
Welcome: Conference Planning Committee
9:45-10:30amKeynote Speaker
10:45-12:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions I
 Recognition Awards
 Scholarship Awards
1:45-3:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions II
3:15-4:30pmContributed and Invited Sessions III

Networking Hour - Complimentary Social; Cash Bar

Silent Auction **




Banquet Speaker

Silent Auction winners announced

 7:30 - ??? pm



**The Silent Auction on Thursday evening supports the Conference Scholarships. Want to join in on the fun ??!!
Just let Vapordeal Sanders know that you will be bringing a “basket” for the Auction.

Friday, November 8, 2024

7:30-8:30amBreakfast Buffet
8:45-10:00amContributed and Invited Sessions IV
10:15-11:30amContributed and Invited Sessions V
 Closing Speaker
1:30pmConference Completed

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
300 East 9th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241

The Hyatt is a 100% smoke-free facility. See the hotel front desk for information about any outdoor smoking areas. The Hyatt offers wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.  

Parking - On-site city parking ramp - Free for conference attendees who are staying at the Hyatt; $5/day for local attendees; $8/day for overnight parking.  

The 2024 Way Up Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center website.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Coralville Hyatt Regency.  To make your reservation, you may visit the Hyatt Hotel website page for The Way Up Conference:   Click on this link to make your reservation.    

Alternatively - go to the Hyatt website - select your November dates for your stay - Use Group Code is G-ZTA2 - to reserve a room

Rooms are only $126 a night through October 23, 2024.

The Hyatt Regency in Coralville offers wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.

Thursday, November 7, 2024

9:45-10:30 am: Opening Keynote Speaker

12:00-1:30 pm:   Luncheon & The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards

5:30 - 7:30 pm:  Evening Banquet with Dinner Speaker

Friday, November 8, 2024

11:30 - 1:30 pm:  Luncheon & Closing Speaker

Thursday, November 7

10:45 – 12:00: Contributed and Invited Presentations I


1:45 – 3:00 Contributed and Invited Presentations II


3:15 – 4:30 Contributed and Invited Presentations III


Friday, November 8

8:45 – 10:00 Contributed and Invited Presentations IV


10:15 – 11:30 Contributed and Invited Presentations V


The following four scholarships and awards will be presented at The Way Up Conference.  Click the links for more details about each recognition:

The Way Up Conference Thanks You for your Sponsorship!

The 2024 Sponsors are being finalized.  Check back for updates.  

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Delta Dental

Mission Statement: Delta Dental of Iowa is dedicated to improving the health and smilesof the people we serve.

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Mission Statement: A Fortune 500 organization that serves not-profit institutions & their employees. We've helped millions pursue financial well-being, and we haven't done that by standing still. We've innovated, evolved and expanded our business to become the recognized leader we are today.

Iowa Coordinating Council

The Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education is composed of representatives of the Presidents and Trustees of public and private colleges and universities in the State of Iowa. In addition, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Iowa Department of Education, and Iowa Public Television are members.

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University of Iowa

Mission: In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

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Iowa State University

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. We must prepare the leaders of our nation and the world. To make the world a better place, Iowa State will call upon its great strengths in student-centered education, global collaboration, and transformational basic and applied research. Iowa State will lead in developing more sustainable ways to produce and deliver safe and nutritious food, water, materials, and energy; integrate the protection of plant, animal, and human health; and care for our environment. We will design tools and infrastructure that will create entrepreneurial opportunities. The major changes sweeping the world are creating extraordinary opportunities for Iowa State to capitalize on its land-grant mission and be at the forefront in addressing our common, global challenges.

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University of Northern Iowa

Mission: The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.

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Community Colleges for Iowa

Mission Statement: IACCT's Mission is to support the Community Colleges as they educate Iowa's workforce.

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Grinnell College

Mission Statement: When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students "for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life." The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large. The College exists to provide a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural circumstances. The College aims to graduate individuals who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others' ideas, who can acquire new knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

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Central College

Mission Statement: Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. The College nurtures the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional maturity and physical well-being. Central integrates career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities.

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Drake University

Mission Statement: Provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

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Loras College

Mission Statement: Our commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition - Loras College is a Catholic, diocesan college explicitly oriented to promote service of both church and world through encouraging all members of the community in development of their “diverse professional, social and religious roles.” The college strives to be a community demonstrating the highest standards of the Catholic intellectual tradition and welcoming all people into a dialogue to promote core values of truth, respect, responsibility, excellence and service.

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Mount Mercy University

Mission Statement: Mount Mercy is a Catholic University providing student-focused baccalaureate and graduate education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. As a Catholic university founded by th­e Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy welcomes women and men of all beliefs to join our community in the
pursuit of baccalaureate and graduate education and service to those in need.

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Wartburg College

Mission Statement: Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

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Des Moines Area Community College

Mission Statement: DMACC provides quality, affordable, student-centered education and training to empower Iowans of all ages and backgrounds to pursue life's opportunities and achieve their career dreams.

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Hawkeye Community College

Mission Statement: Hawkeye Community College is a globally informed community of successful lifelong learners. Hawkeye Community College will be recognized for educational excellence, exceptional student services, and responsiveness to diverse communities.

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Iowa Central Community College

Mission Statement: Iowa Central Community College promotes intellectual discovery, physical development, social and ethical awareness, and economic opportunities for all through an education that transforms lives, strengthens community, and inspires progress.

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Iowa Valley Community College District

Mission Statement: Iowa Valley Community College District is committed to providing quality learning experiences, ensuring student success, responding to diverse community needs, and building community partnerships.

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Iowa Western Community College

Mission Statement: Iowa Western Community College is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships and community involvement.

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Kirkwood Community College

Mission Statement: Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs; provides accessible, quality education and training; and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning

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Northeast Iowa Community College

Mission Statement: Northeast Iowa Community College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities.

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Western Iowa Tech Community College

Mission Statement: As a comprehensive community college, our mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities we serve.


Coral Ridge Mall 

Lindale Mall 

The Amana Colonies 

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch

Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts 

African American Museum 

Czech Village 

New Bohemia

New Bohemia City Market

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Brucemore Historical Site 

The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center 

Indian Creek Nature Center & Trails  (Cedar Rapids)

Paramount Theatre - Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System

University of Iowa 

Hancher Auditorium - University of Iowa 

Iowa City/Coralville 

Cedar Rapids 

Cornell College

Kirkwood Community College

The Hotel at Kirkwood

Mt Mercy University

Other Attractions like these may be found at 


Multi-Day Events:

Brucemore Mansion Tours

2160 Linden Drive SE; Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 

Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home-the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. An investigation of the mansion's Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the history of remarkable people. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest. 
Website:  https://www.brucemore.org/

Amana Performing Arts Center

The Amana Performing Arts Center (APAC) is located between Amana and Middle Amana near the Amana RV Park. It hosts some of the most delightful shows you’ll find in the Colonies. A beautiful courtyard located behind the building is a unique addition to many events as well!

Website:  https://amanarvpark.com/amana-performing-arts-center/

Additional Attractions

Devonian Fossil Gorge

Coralville Lake Visitor Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE; Coralville, IA 52240
The Coralville Lake Visitor Center features exhibits on the history and natural resources of the Coralville Lake area. Visitors will find actual fossil specimens from the Devonian Fossil Gorge (removed for preservation) and other exhibits depicting the local plant and animal life of the area on display.   A 15 minute movie about the Devonian Fossil Gorge and the Floods of 1993 and 2008 is available for viewing upon request.

Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol Museum seeks to educate the university, local, and national communities on the continuing significance of the humanities, as an invigorated and distinguished building that serves as a center of culture and civic discourse for the State of Iowa, through public outreach initiatives, educational programming, exhibitions, and academic scholarship.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History

The mission of the University Of Iowa Museum Of Natural History is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, educational programs, and collections, as well as through linkages with UI research and activities.

Bender Pool

Bender Pool is an indoor pool, open year-round. The pool is disabled-accessible and is equipped with a hydraulic chair and sloping steps in addition to traditional pool ladders. The pool also has a slide and a basketball hoop. Bender Pool's locker rooms are equipped with showers, hair dryers, electrical outlets, baby changing tables, and 25-cent coin lockers.
940 14th Ave. SE ; Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

Cedar Ridge is a family owned winery and distillery nestled in the countryside between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. We produce 16 award-winning wines, many from our own grapes as well as 11 small batch spirits including Iowa's first bourbon. Wood-fired pizzas, prime rib and local meat and cheese appetizers available.
1441 Marak Road; Swisher, IA  52338

Air Fx Trampoline Park

Much of the AirFX 12,000-square foot facility is covered in trampolines. Guests can defy gravity while playing basketball, dodge ball, and performing the coordinated exercises of high-energy AIRobics fitness classes. Catch your breath while putting across the well-lit, outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course. Or keep the adrenaline pumping with a few rounds of Lazer Frenzy, where mirrors, haze, and webs of laser beams make you feel like you're in a movie. Stop by the snack bar for some Perky's Pizza, chicken wings and churros, washed down with your favorite beverage.
1100 North 18th Avenue; Hiawatha, IA  52233


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