Speakers

Debbie Irving - Keynote Speaker
Integrity Solutions
Principle

Debbie Irving is based in Phoenix, Arizona serving companies nationwide such as American Red Cross, Franklin Templeton Investments, Delta Faucet Company and B2B CFO to name a few. Debbie is a highly accomplished professional with demonstrated expertise in behavior change related to sales, service, and leadership. Not merely theoretical, her professional counsel is derived from 20+ years of practical application and insights as a seasoned business professional. An astute observer of people, processes, and practices, Debbie can quickly identify opportunities for organizational improvement.  In 2001, Debbie joined Roberts Business Group, a principle of Integrity Solutions® after a highly successful banking career. In various corporate roles before the transition, she created and managed an award-winning Service Quality department and culture.  Her departing success in the banking industry was cultivating a highly successful retail sales and service culture that resulted in an annual sales increase exceeding $32.5 million. As a champion of growth and profitability, Debbie has worked with organizations in a diverse range of sizes and industries to increase sales, productivity, and employee retention. She is committed to helping clients implement sustainable solutions based on the needs and goals of the company vs. “the flavor of the season.”   

Rick Ritter
New Ventures Lab
Lab Director

Rick Ritter serves as the Lab Director for New Ventures Lab, Inc. Prior to founding New Ventures Lab Inc., Rick served as the CEO/President of Idaho TechConnect, Inc. for eight years, Director of Technology Outreach at Boise State’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECenter) on the BSU West campus for four years. Rick was named as a CEO of Influence in 2011 by the Idaho Business Review. He has worked extensively across the state with individuals and companies assisting them to discover the economic value of their ideas. Rick has more than more than 20 years of business incubation/assistance/commercialization experience.  He has started and successfully operated five businesses (technology, construction, real estate development, consulting, non-profit).  He has experience in federal and state government, university, non-profit and private sector arenas. Mr. Ritter holds an MPA degree from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Idaho.  He resides in Meridian, Idaho with his wife, Terri.  He has four grown children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild (so far).

 

Bobbi Dominick
Gjording Fouser
Attorney

In her youth, Bobbi Dominick was deathly afraid of public speaking. In her early 20’s, she finally found her voice. Bobbi is a native Boisean, home grown with that Idaho streak of independence. With degrees in history, law, and theology, Bobbi has worked in law, consulting, and for a church developing systems and training for protecting children, youth and adults from abusive behavior. She has taught at universities, in classrooms, conference rooms, boardrooms, training halls and ballrooms. She uses her voice by helping organizations improve their efforts to prevent and resolve workplace harassment and discrimination. Bobbi’s focus is on developing organizational culture, leadership, and human resource systems and processes that produce or reinforce a respectful workplace.  She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional, has served as a Human Resources Director, has conducted many workplace investigations over 35 years of assessing complaints, conducts respectful workplace training, and serves as an expert witness testifying about the effectiveness of an employer’s response to workplace complaints. Bobbi is also the author of nationally published books, Investigating Harassment and Discrimination Claims:  A Practical Guide (Pfeiffer 2004)(co-author with Jan Salisbury) and Preventing Workplace Harassment in a #MeToo World (SHRM Publishing 2018).

Darren Board
KeyBank
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager

Darren Board is a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager for KeyBank’s Idaho District.  In this role, Board works with commercial banking and corporate clients throughout Idaho, Western Montana and Eastern Washington. With over 27 years experience in the finance industry, Board has served in commercial banking and credit positions with several companies in the Boise, ID and Portland, OR markets.  This includes First Interstate Bank of Oregon, Bank of the Northwest, Idaho Independent Bank, Mountain West Bank and EndeCore Capital, LLC. Board received his undergraduate degree from Willamette University and received his M. M. from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. He serves on the board of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and is also a Leadership Boise graduate. Darren is a Boise native and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, four children and 2 grandchildren.

Joel Flake
Business Advisory Services, LLC
Owner

Highly diverse experience includes attorney, entrepreneur, board member, real estate investor, and angel adviser for early stage technology companies.  Joel has a proven track record identifying opportunities in underserved industries--including the founding of several home service companies throughout the United States--demonstrating a unique ability to both scale and add value to those endeavors. Among those home service companies Joel has founded, are two headquartered in Boise, Idaho: Gemtek Pest Control and Gemtek Homekeeping. Today, Joel continues to reside in Idaho with his wife and children, where he recently served as President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (Idaho Chapter) and continues to be a thought leader and speaker on entrepreneurship.

Sheli Gartman
Women Ignite International
CEO

Sheli Gartman is the CEO of Women Ignite International, a Boise based movement supporting professionals with education, collaboration and inspiration. She enjoyed her climb in corporate america, before finding her calling as an entrepreneur. She is a Business Trainer and Consultant, Personal Development Facilitator, and an accidental Comedian. She resides in beautiful Meridian, Idaho with her husband and three miraculous children.    

Jim Escobar
neUdesign Architecture
Firm Principal

From childhood, founder and principal of neUdesign Architecture, Jim Escobar, knew he was to change the world through the practice of architecture. With a passion for art and growing up in a home where construction was a weekly activity, he developed all the resources necessary to not only know how to build, but how to design. Winning design competitions early in high school launched him on a successful journey through college and internships, where he excelled while working for several different architectural firms learning the “best way to do it”. After much travel around the country design-building multi-million dollar projects, Jim decided  raising his family near his hometown of Meridian, Idaho provided the best opportunities for life. In addition to his community involvement with the Entrepreneur’s Organization, Urban Development and Charter Schools, Jim stays very busy bustling through life while remaining dedicated to his bride and their four children. In addition, having a solid philosophical foundation has allowed him to integrate intentional practices into his business of architecture. Jim advocates for individual accountability, freedom without trespass, setting goals, and believes there are no coincidences: only exact perfection leading us to the goals of our lives. It is when we flow with life we find joy and purpose, so let's flow!