Starting her first business at 13, Charise Flynn—owner of C.Results, LLC—has more than 20 years experience cultivating companies from the ground up through razor-sharp thinking, design of business models and the development of executives. Serving most recently as chief operating officer of Dwolla, Flynn established and lead teams in the areas of legal, compliance, risk, customer support, human resources, and finance. Raising more than $32 million in tier-one venture capital and overseeing the Des Moines-based company's expansion to San Francisco, Flynn was instrumental in guiding Dwolla's growth. Named to the Des Moines Business Record’s “40 Under 40,” awarded the Simpson College Alumni Achievement Award, and bestowed the Technology Association of Iowa's Small Business Innovation and Leadership Award, Charise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simpson College with degrees in Philosophy and Religion.
Matthew Mitchell, is an associate professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake University. He is a recipient of Drake University's Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. He has served as executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is a Fellow of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. He earned degrees in physics, math and an MBA from Rollins College, and his PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina—the world’s leading program in international business. His research investigates the relationship between firm strategy, politics, and religion in global markets. He has written and published extensively on these topics. Mitchell has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries, and he has advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around the world in the areas of executive leadership development, board management, facilitation and education, risk management and analysis, international management, and cross-cultural communication among other subjects.
Tom Noteboom is a product of life-long learning, knowledge application and the sharing of his experiences. Through coaching, he has opened business leaders to new opportunities in the areas of strategy, financial management, and leadership. As owner of Pro Business Enterprise, Inc., Noteboom provides synergy between it and VITAL Financial Services, LLC, an organization that provides bank financing via government guaranteed lending and business health guidance for borrowers. He is an expert in the financial, medical sales, and technology industries, with supporting expertise in agriculture, construction, and manufacturing.
Kathy Bauer is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of experience in the life insurance and annuity industry. As the SVP of Human Resources for Aviva USA, Bauer’s key areas of focus included HR infrastructure encompassing talent recruitment and leadership programming, mergers, acquisitions and integrations, and serving as a confidant and counsel to executives. When Aviva USA was acquired, a start-up organization—Global Atlantic Financial Group—purchased the life business and Bauer was asked to lead and develop the HR team. Over a period of two years, she successfully built the HR infrastructure including benefit programs, the annual performance and 360 review processes, and partnered with the CEO to incorporate executive coaching in the development of key talent. She retired from Global Atlantic in May of 2016 as managing director and chief human resources officer.