Master of ceremonies: Heather Fleming, Co-Founder of WY LIT and Decoding Dyslexia Wyoming

Heather co-founded the non-profit WY LIT to prevent the social and economic impact of reading failure in Wyoming. WY LIT will empower teachers to provide evidence-based reading instruction to all children K-12. Heather expects to complete a master’s degree in Reading Science in 2020. Her first career was as a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in NYC. Heather’s son, Hadyn, is dyslexic. 



Special guest: Geoff O’Gara, documentary filmmaker. He’ll show a clip of his film, “State of Equality,” about 150 years of women’s suffrage in Wyoming, which will premiere in December.

Geoffrey O’Gara bio

Geoffrey O’Gara is a writer and documentary producer based in Lander, WY. He was formerly senior producer for public affairs at Wyoming PBS, and now is part of The Content Lab, LLC. His books include What You See in Clear Water (Knopf), and A Long Road Home (W.W. Norton) and The National Geographic Outdoor Guide to the Far West. He was formerly editor and publisher of High Country News and a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler. He has written and/or produced documentaries on Will Rogers, Wyoming wildlife migrations, Dick Cheney, and Yellowstone tourism, among other subjects.

Geoff will engage in a Q&A with a moderator and the audience the following day as part of the Wyoming Women’s Expo’s Professional Development Day. (separate ticket required by going to Wyoming Women’s Expo).



Featured speaker: Brook Kaufman, CEO, Visit Casper

“Shifting the Lexicon: 6 Indisputable Reasons to Empower Wyoming Women and Why We Must Start NOW”

Brook Kaufman bio

When it comes to women, there are a few who stand out due to their passion for life, their love of what they do and the spirit they bring to everything they touch. There are also those women who can’t get in their car to explore Wyoming’s open roads without a pound of cashews and beef jerky tucked tightly in their glove box. Brook Kaufman is both. A longtime lover of the Cowboy State, Brook officially became a Poke after earning her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Today, Brook is the CEO of Visit Casper, where she leads the charge to grow the local visitor economy and serves as the newest member of the Natrona County Commission. She’s passionate about self-leadership and helping others lean into their highest and greatest potential.