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Main Stage Line-Up


*This is last Expo’s line-up*

Stephanie March, Minneapolis Saint Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor and long-time myTalk 107.1 host Stephanie Hansen have hosted our Weekly Dish show for the past eleven plus years to make the world of food fun, funny and local.

Every Saturday, from 9 am – 11 am, Stephanie March and Stephanie Hansen cover all things food in the Twin Cities including restaurant news, reviews, ideas for entertaining and dining out, hot food trends and more.  @WeeklyDishMN

We are excited to be at TC Women’s Expo this March!



Jearlyn is a member of the internationally acclaimed family, The Steeles, who have performed from Carnegie Hall to Brazil and most recently the Super Bowl Live Verizon stage. For more than ten years, she has been an Entertainment Reporter for Twin Cities Public Television’s award winning political show Almanac interviewing local, national and international acts. As a keynote speaker, facilitator and emcee, Jearlyn has inspired audiences from Minnesota to New York and the Caribbean.  Maintaining her four-hour CBS Sunday night radio show—Steele Talkn’ on WCCO Radio 830AM, has been a joy for more than 18 years.

Musically, she has performed with the Minnesota and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.  She was a frequent special guest on the radio broadcast A Prairie Home Companion where she had the honor of performing duets with music greats Carol King and Elvis Costello. Her vocal talents also landed her a feature in the film A Prairie Home Companion starring Meryl Streep.

Jearlyn has served on Boards for Chrysalis—a women’s resource center and the Ordway Circle of Stars, who unite children with the world of art. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Leadership and Spirituality at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. In 2016, an Honorary Doctorate degree was conferred upon her by the University of Indianapolis.  She is a mother of two and a grandmother of two.


Margaret Enadeghe, MD is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at Fairview Center for Women in Edina.  She is passionate about women’s health and provides expert care for women of all ages – from pregnancy and delivering babies, to period problems and pelvic pain, menopause and sexual health.  Dr. Enadeghe approaches each patient as she would approach a friend or a family member – with openness and a willingness to listen.

Her Talk?    “Let’s talk about sex”

Research suggests sexual dysfunction is really common (43 % in women) – it’s a topic people hesitant to talk about it. Dr. Margaret Edadeghe, an OB/GYN from Fairview Center for Women, is an expert in this topic and will talk about the various disorders that women encounter and what you can do about them.


Bringing an honest and silly collection of scenes from life, The “2 Sugars” Team of Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool have been making audiences laugh together since 2009. The team’s first show, 2 Sugars, Room for Cream has been performed all over the state, beginning as a Fringe Festival hit, adding sold-out runs at venues such as Park Square and Illusion Theatres, and earning the team a 2013 Ivey award.

Now, Custer and Pool have created a new show, Sometimes There’s Wine, once again securing a Fringe hit in 2016, a sold-out run at New Prague’s Daleko Arts and will be opening the 2018 season on the Andy Boss Stage at Park Square Theatre! There’s no stopping them as the next show is on the way, Bad Things, Good Whiskey.  @2SugarsShow

Carolyn Pool has appeared at almost every theater in the Twin Cities as well as theatres across the country including Park Square, the Illusion Theatre, Florida Stage, Penumbra and The Hippodrome Theatre. Carolyn is also a performer for Penumbra Theatre’s RACE workshops, as well as being an actor/mentor for The Chicago Avenue Project. Carolyn is an award-winning artist including two Ivey awards and a “Best Actress” for the SoCal Film Festival.

A writer, actor, teaching artist, director and improviser, Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop and has performed with theatres such as Park Square, the History Theatre, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts, and The Mystery Cafe. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, as well as a teaching artist for the Guthrie, History and Park Square Theatres. Shanan is an Ivey award-winning artist and an accomplished and in-demand event host.



Sue Hawkes helps people succeed. As a bestselling author, award-winning leader, Certified EOS Implementer, Certified Business Coach, WPO Chapter Chair, and globally recognized award-winning seminar leader, Sue brings over twenty-five years of business experience to her clients. She is CEO of YESS! and has designed and delivered dynamic, transformational programs for thousands of people.

Sue has received numerous awards including the Dream Keeper award recognized by the Governor’s Council for her leadership program, the Regional US Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion of the Year award, the Exemplary Woman of the Community Award, Women Venture’s Unsung Hero Award, Women Who Lead from Minnesota Business and NAWBO Minnesota’s Achieve! Vision Award. Sue’s passion is helping people design and live successful, fulfilling lives through powerful leadership, effective communication, no-nonsense coaching, and healthy teamwork.

Learn more at https://www.sayyess.com/chasing-perfection-book/


Established in 1986, Dancers Studio is an independent ballroom dance studio that has been teaching fun and easy dance lessons for 30 years. At Dancers Studio we are committed to being the favorite destination for all levels of dance in the Twin Cities who seek training, community, support, and entertainment.  We are here to help you realize your dancing goals – from competitive ballroom dance to social dancing. Our team of fun, friendly and knowledgeable dance instructors are also available for wedding dances, corporate parties and events, and a variety of interactive dance entertainment.

The studio culture focuses on recognizing each student that walks through the door, ensuring their positive experience and making them feel happier than when they walked in. We provide a welcoming environment, high-quality instruction and seek to touch and improve as many lives as possible. There’s no prerequisite for coming into our dance studio. You don’t even need a partner!


Diana Pierce is a multimedia journalist with a passion to help others tell their story. She received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University in 1978 and worked as an anchor for KSEE in California and later for WTKR in Virginia. After moving to MN, she was a KARE 11 News anchor from 1983 to 2016, earning a Master’s Degree from Augsburg College in 2015. Her career highlights range from covering the 1984 Republican National Convention to the 40th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Japan.

An active community leader, Diana has also devoted her time to many local charities including the YWCA, the Diana Pierce Family Mile/Twin Cities in Motion, and Girl Scouts River Valleys Organization. Currently, she is working to launch “What’s Next? with Diana Pierce,” an online show that helps baby boomers discover new ideas for pursuing their passions and dreams.

Diana has been acknowledged for her many achievements. In 1989, she received a National Merit of Achievement from the National Muscular Dystrophy Association for “ALS: the Joe Dilts story.” In 2009, she was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was recognized as a Girl Scouts Centennial Trailblazer Honoree. Most recently, in 2017 the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) inducted her into the prestigious Silver Circle.

In 2018, Diana has launched a weekly online conversation on Facebook. Topics will cover issues vital to the 50+  viewers. Tune in on Thursday nights at 7pm on the Facebook What’s Next? @whatsnextwithdianapierce


The only female Broker in her office, Ra’eesa Motala is no stranger to disrupting traditional gender roles in the male-dominated industry of Commercial Real Estate. Ra’eesa has always sought out female mentors in leadership positions and in turn, has become a pioneer for young women entering male-oriented workforces. She was most recently the Chair for Young Professionals of Minneapolis, the current President for the Twin Cities Film Festival and holds her certification in Women in Business.

Ra’eesa graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and later attended St. Matthews Medical School for two years before pursuing a career in commercial real estate. She is currently an educator through Junior Achievement, an advocate for the Children’s Hospital, a member of Habitat for Humanity, and an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ra’eesa is also an active member of the Young Professionals of Minneapolis committee, 2020 Partners, and the North Loop Zoning and Development Committee. She holds her certification in Small Business Enterprise and Women in Business Enterprise.


In a career spanning over 30 years, Carla Beaurline (Carla Burleen) has enjoyed a life spent both in front and behind the camera.  A lifelong native of Minnesota, she is the current founder and owner of “Around Town” TV & Around Town Media, LLC.  Around Town TV started its 16th year on air and is Minneapolis/St. Paul’s longest airing Community Showcase.  In addition, Around Town TV is now streamed live worldwide on multiple platforms Tuesday evenings at 7 PM Central Time.  She is a Board Member for the Children’s Performing Arts and is on the Sapphire Circle Committee for Make-A-Wish -Minnesota as well as a Board Member for the Alliance for Women in Media Minnesota Chapter.  She is a Board of Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Chapter and serves on their foundation as well.  She was the Emcee/Host in 2016 & 2017 and was a 2015 Celebrity Dancer in Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities.  Carla was a 2014 Twin Cities Finest Honoree awarded through Cystic Fibrosis to successful business professionals who philanthropically give back to the community.   She is a 6 time (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009) Midwest Business Ethics Award Nominee.  In addition to Carla’s on-air resume’ which includes a 13-year stint with Shop NBC, Guest Host for QVC, a host for Talk of The Twin Cities, and providing her talents as an on-air spokesperson for many Twin Cities based businesses—Carla also has over 23 years of experience in media sales.



Dr. Denise E. Williams (Dr. DEW) is founder and CEO of DEW Consulting Group, Inc., a management consulting services firm offering education and training in human potential, entrepreneurial mindset competency, and inner leadership development empowering individuals, organizations, and communities. With over three decades working in corporate leadership nationally, she applies her business experience in the classroom as Assistant Professor at the College of Management, Metropolitan State University. As an experiential educator, social scientist, instructional designer, business professional, mentor and coach in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Organizational Behavior, and Transformative Leadership, Dr. Williams designs engaging, relevant, and culturally sensitive curriculum with practical application for undergraduates, graduates, corporate managers, and diverse sectors of the underserved: women, veterans, minorities (US and foreign born), and adult learners. Shared through conferences and publications, her research explores the relationship between positive psychology, cultural & gender factors, entrepreneurial mindset, and the outcomes of well-being and success.


Staci Matthews is co-host of KS95’s #1 rated afternoon drive show,
“Moon & Staci”.

Staci has been on-air with KS95 for 13+ years.

Staci is a photographer and Writer -She and a friend published a funny photography book called “Girlzin White Dresses.” During her time off, Staci and her husband love to travel the world as much as possible. When she is not busy with all of that, she spends time with her cat and dog.

She loves theatre and movies and is very active in the community –a strong supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and MS Twin Cities.

Upbeat music, plus Moon & Staci’s one-of-a-kind brand of entertainment bring something truly unique to Twin Cities’ afternoon radio. Listeners can play trivia games like “The Big Hairy Question” and “Smarter Than Staci.”

It’s all the fun of a morning show without needing to set an alarm clock! Today’s Best Variety of music along with the fun that only Moon & Staci offer, make KS95 the Twin Cities’ #1 choice for the drive home.  @KS95FM


Lisa Stratton is the co-founder and senior counsel of Gender Justice. Gender Justice is a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the causes and consequences of gender inequality based in St. Paul.

As an attorney, Lisa Stratton specializes in gender discrimination cases. She began her career at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she later joined the faculty as a professor and director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic. She has won noteworthy federal cases on behalf of undocumented immigrant workers and women trailblazing in male-dominated industries, such as paper mills and processing plants.


Jennifer Embery is a purpose coach and speaker who helps women figure out what they really want to do and how to do it. After over 20 years as a leader (and working mom) in corporate America, Jennifer made the (scary but amazing) transition to her own life on purpose by becoming a full-time coach. Through her own journey, she was inspired to help other women who are tired of just going through the motions.

Jennifer focuses on helping women who are heading into the second half of their life – 40 years and beyond. She realized (as she achieved that age herself) that it was easy to feel a little bit lost. Goals had been met…career had been built…kids were older…what next? She believes the second half can be incredibly amazing if lived with intention. Her goal is to help as many women as she can to do just that.

If you’ve ever thought there’s more to life but you can’t figure out what it is, Jennifer will help. If you want to wake up with energy and excitement about your day, Jennifer will help. If you know what you want but can’t quite take the leap, you guessed it, Jennifer will help.
Jennifer uses empathy, humor, and a touch of science to get the results you want. She offers a variety of programs and services from individual and group coaching to workshops/retreats and keynotes.

If you’d like to enjoy a complimentary session, please visit her website to request some time. Go to www.getjecoaching.com and select Free Intro Session from the menu.

Attendee FAQ's

Q:  What does a ticket to the March 24th, 2018, Twin Cities Women’s Expo get me?

A:  First, an opportunity to get to know woman-owned or woman-centric businesses and services in the Twin Cities/ Metro area.

Second, your experience will be streamlined so you get the most out of your time. By focusing on distinct areas for vendors and exhibitors you can zero in on the areas that mean the most to you, or, explore area by area as time allows.

Finally, a chance to connect with other women. We all know that even if our personal situations are individual, some experiences are universal. Enrich. Empower. Enlighten. The Twin Cities Women’s Expo.

Q: Can I come back the same day? 

A:  Yes, have your hand stamped at the door.

Q:  Can I gift my ticket to someone else, even if it has my name on it?

A;  Yes.

Q:  Do I have to print out my ticket before I get to the show?

A:  No, you don't have to have it printed.  It can be scanned from your smartphone.

Q:  Do you take credit and debit cards at the show's onsite box office?

A: Yes, we take credit and debit cards onsite.  However, if you purchase your ticket in advance or online, event at the event,  you pay a reduced ticket price.

Q:  Are dogs/pets allowed?

A:  Due to health and safety regulations, pets (including pets that fit in a carry bag) are not allowed at the expo, except for service dogs.

A:  No childcare services are offered.
A:  Yes, Contact the Mobility Shop toll-free at 888-404-5554 or www.themobilityshop.com - you can reserve your mobility equipment online prior to your arrival.

Q:  Can I bring a stroller?

A:  Yes, strollers are available at the show.

Q:  How do I get to the show?

     Click here to find out information on public transportation to the show.

Q:  Where is parking?

A:  Parking options are located all around the Minneapolis Convention Center ranging from $5.00-$15.00. The skyway system makes it easy for you to get from your car to the show.   Click for the interactive Parking Ramp Map With Pricing

The Twin Cities Women's Expo is Produced by We Spark Growth