RISE & Empower

Our coaching communities are currently full

Did you know that you can join a coaching community with a professional coach at no charge? Coaching communities run from October - April and meet on a monthly basis. We ask that you commit to coming to the majority of the group meetings to get and give the most out of your coaching community. See below to meet the coaches and learn about their themes.

Rise coaching communities are about empowering and encouraging each other to uncover what inspires us to grow. Each coaching community is facilitated by a certified coach, exposing RISE women to the power of professional coaching and the impact it can have on your personal and professional growth. Each coach has themes that will guide each session, knowing that ultimately the agenda of the group is most important. Some themes that will be covered include Clifton's strengths, mindset, boundaries, creating influence, and personal branding. Coaching communities will be held once a month between October and April. By joining a group, you are committing to yourself and the other Rise women that you will do your best to be present at the majority of coaching communities. 

Last year we had more than 70 women participate in RISE coaching communities and we hope to have just as many this year. You can sign up on our website or look for an email in your inbox. Once you sign up, your coach will reach out to the group to coordinate a time for the coaching community to meet. The first coaching communities will be held the first part of October.

Meet the Coaches!


Amy Kloefkorn

Amy Kloefkorn, owner of NoBull Change, helps her clients create their best year yet by getting out of your own head and creating meaningful and intentional change in their life. When we become aware of the thoughts we tell ourselves and let go of the ones that don’t serve us there is nothing in our way of the career and the life that we envision. Amy believes in the power of accountability, transparency and a mindset of growth and abundance. Amy is a certified professional coach (CPC), a master practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, and Senior Director of Development for the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Amy’s coaching community, Creating Your Best Year Yet, will focus on the following topics:

  1. Showing Up: Enhance how you are showing up for yourself and for others.

  2. Boundaries: Protecting your time, sanity and managing expectations.

  3. Who’s really holding you back? How our thoughts drive our actions, whether you know it or not.

  4. Living your best life: habits, goals, and the importance of mindset.

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Samantha Kennelly, Associate Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business, is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who enthusiastically encourages her clients to embrace their authentic selves to create meaning in their life. She believes in the power of owning and sharing our “story” to build connection. "Connection is why we're here; it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives" (Brené Brown). Samantha works with individuals and teams to increase performance, engagement, and well-being through maximizing their CliftonStrengths. As a coach, she recognizes and celebrates the individual potential of people, motivating them to build upon their natural talents to design a fulfilling life. She strives to be a supportive, caring guide for her clients so they can infuse positive energy and success into their everyday lives. Her hope is that clients feel invited into a comfortable space where they can fully be themselves.

Samantha’s coaching community, The Power of Strengths, will focus on the following topics: 

1. CliftonStrengths

  • Development and application of strengths 

  • Apply Strengths in the workplace to improve engagement

  • Strengths-based leadership and management

2. Well-being (purpose, physical, social, community)

  • Life transitions (transitioning into adulthood)

  • Creating relationships and community 

  • Creating personal balance 

3. The power of authenticity & vulnerability

  • Sharing stories to build connection and community

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Kris Peterson is a leadership coach and an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team. As a coach, she believes in empowering people to realize their potential with confidence and influence.  Kris began her coaching career 11 years ago as a church coach - helping congregations develop their ministries and missions, and in the process realized that she needed a better way to teach people how to be leaders.  Since then, she has utilized her training in The John Maxwell Team to help people lead themselves and others more intentionally and discover true significance in their personal and business lives.

Kris’s coaching community, Gaining Confidence and Influence, will focus on the following topics: 

  1. Understanding what you value most

  2. Decision making

  3. The importance of networking to develop influence

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Cindy Heider Kaliff

Founder of Career & Life Options and Boomer-ANG is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Martha Beck Certified Life Coach, Color of Woman Method Art Therapist, and a Certified “Enhancing Intuition” Specialist.  As a specialized practitioner for 25 years in the world of work and personal growth, she has the wisdom and savvy to help you discover aspects of your true self that you may not have recognized. As a creator and facilitator of workshops & retreats, she inspires professionals to tap into their deep personal insights and become their most vibrant, authentic selves.  Assisting Baby Boomers through the Threshold of Transition into their next stage of life is one of Cindy’s specializations. Is it time to do a soul-searching inventory of your skills and talents and reach for the opportunities that only you can fulfill? Your time is Now!

Cindy’s coaching community, Creating a Fearless Future, will focus on the following topics:

  1. What You Value Most

  2. Identifying Your Career Options

  3. Identifying Your Strengths 

  4. Branding. Your Secret Sauce

  5. Job Search Strategy 101

  6. Building Your Own Board of Directors

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Kris Thaller

Kris Thaller is owner of Coaching Dimensions, a Certified Life Coach, Licensed Academy Soft Skills Trainer and faculty member for The Academy for Coaching Excellence, an accredited coach training program of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Coaching clients include small business owners and busy professionals who want to sharpen their focus and balance their everyday actions so they can accomplish what they truly want. She knows that anytime people start creating something new or different, it’s a journey that takes courage, heart and wisdom. As a Coach, it is her privilege to teach people in a clear and simple way how to take action in their life with clarity, focus, ease and grace. 

Kris’s coaching community, RISE Above, will focus on the following topics:

  1. How to recognize and deal with your self-limiting conversations in
    order to keep “on track” with your personal and professional ideas, dreams and goals

  2. Learn what your Personal Show Stoppers are and how to go past them

  3. A New Way to Look at Work-Life Balance

  4. Creating Compelling Goals with Ease and Grace

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