Iris Krasnow

Keynote Speaker

Iris Krasnow is a "New York Times" best-selling author, passionate speaker, and a journalism and women’s studies professor specializing in relationships and personal growth. Many well-known shows and publications, such as "Oprah", "Today", "Good Morning America", "CNN", "U.S. News and World Report", "Redbook", "Time" and "Glamour", have featured Iris. Her empowering insights enlighten audiences about the angst and triumphs that accompany each stage of the adult female growth cycle. Iris is the author of "Surrendering to Motherhood", the "New York Times" bestseller "Surrendering to Marriage", "Surrendering to Yourself", and "I Am My Mother's Daughter". Iris also directs Career and Life Building courses at American University to help adult learners through significant transitions in their lives. Iris is a graduate of Stanford University and earlier in her career was a fashion writer for the "Dallas Times-Herald", and later, a "United Press International" national feature writer specializing in celebrity profiles.

Myka Meier

Etiquette Speaker

Myka, hailed “The Queen of Good Etiquette” by the Daily Mail, brings a fresh perspective to etiquette. Breaking down ideas that it is outdated, inaccessible or a lost art form, Myka has designed traditional etiquette courses with a modern spin. Myka offers courses that combine her experience in cross-cultural communications and a desire to instill confidence and knowledge. She specializes in international social and business etiquette and protocol. Myka studied at traditional UK etiquette schools and trained in London under a former member of The Royal Household of Her Majesty the Queen. Myka attended the Institut Villa Pierrefeu finishing school in Switzerland and is trained in Continental European, British and American etiquette. She is the co-founder of The Plaza Hotel Finishing Program, and in 2018 she was named the official etiquette partner for the Downtown Abbey Exhibition.

Elyse Nakajima

The Enneagram Institute

Elyse Nakajima is an International Coach Federation credentialed coach, workshop leader, passion follower, and cheerleader for human potential. As a professional opera singer, she has had the opportunity to travel the world to perform while studying human character for a living. Elyse's background in arts and education, combined with extensive use of the Enneagram personality system, led her to bring her unique combination of talents to the field of coaching. Elyse has a B.A. in Music and Linguistics with honors from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Institute Training Program. She currently serves as a Project-based Consultant for The Enneagram Institute®.

Adeliza Tiffany

NCL Leadership Development Team

Adeliza has served in various leadership roles with two Chapters: the Wildflowers Chapter in Houston, and her current Chapter, the Capital of Texas Chapter in Austin. For the past four years, she has served as an Assistant to various Capital of Texas Chapter Board Members while concurrently serving with the Leadership Development Team. With two sets of Ticktocker Twins--her "Bigs" are Sustainers, and her "Littles" are Actives. Adeliza spends her free time supporting her school district, the Ronald McDonald House, and English as a Second Language Learners.

"Each of my girls has different strengths and talents, and their GLAs and other Patronesses have supported and encouraged my girls to blossom in their own way. The culture of mentorship in the NCL Experience has now given them the confidence to mentor others while being mentored themselves: such an empowering aspect of community service, leadership development, and cultural awareness."

Ashley Porter

NCL Leadership Development Team

Ashley has mentored young women from elementary age through college, and through those experiences has seen firsthand how critical the foundation of the mother-daughter relationship is to success. She has served as the Senior Recognition Advisor for numerous years and at the District level as Philanthropy Specialist, creating two successful National Philanthropy Projects in support of the military – “Happy Feet” and “Sleep Tight.”

"Winnie the Pooh said 'If there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we are apart, I’ll always be with you.' Our sweet relationship has blessed us both with these powerful words of encouragement and assurance."

Cynthi Knight

NCL Leadership Development Team

Cynthi served as a Founding Board Member for both the Sonoran Centennial and Tucson Chapters where she held a number of positions, including President. She also served at the District level in a couple different positions including the National District Coordinator. At the National level she has served on the Nominating Committee and National Board. Cynthi has over 30 years in the field of human resources and last year started her own Executive Coaching and Consulting business where she coaches leaders to achieve winning results.

“It is a joy to see how the NCL Experience touched my daughters’ lives as they impact their communities to make a difference. The memories we have from our time in NCL, serving together, sharing cultural experiences, and leading our Chapters, are all priceless.”

Elizabeth Rice

NCL Leadership Development Team

Liz has held multiple leadership roles in the Heart of Kansas City Chapter including Grade Level Advisor, various Board roles and Chapter President. Professionally, Liz spent many years in the Medical Field as an Account Executive to Management with a focus on business development and scientific research.

"A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. I am so proud of who my daughter has become through our life experiences, and many moments include our time in NCL. I look forward to what the future holds for her with this strong foundation."

Joan Raskin

NCL Leadership Development Team

Joan believes that giving of one’s talents is a way of life. By serving in her Chapter as Grade Level Advisor, VP Ticktockers and President, NCL has helped her to develop her leadership skills to serve as District Specialist and on the Leadership Development Team for NCL, Inc. Professionally she has spent her career in Public Relations and Contracting, and she now runs her own business while traveling around the globe installing art projects in underserved communities.

“To me happiness is mother-daughter time and my NCL Experience has made my life happy indeed with a vision of more to come!”

Laura Bolin

NCL Leadership Development Team

With over 20 years of experience in commercial and nonprofit finance work, Laura has turned her focus to National Charity League. Laura is an NCL Honorary Life Member and Sustainer of the Emerald City Chapter where she served two terms as Treasurer, one term as Chapter President, and two terms as Webmaster. Laura joined the Leadership Development Team in 2015 as a subject matter expert in Treasury. She brings a strong understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of Chapter operations and is skilled at presenting complex material in concise and easy-to-understand terms.

"I smile because you’re my daughter. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it."

Laura Ann Mullins

NCL Leadership Development Team

Laura Ann transitioned from working in the United States Senate in the early 90s to pouring into the fast-paced world of raising three children and running a small business. She is a founding Member of the Cherry Blossom Chapter, where she served with her two daughters for eight years in many roles including Vice President Ticktockers, and Senior Class Grade Level Advisor. As a Sustainer, she has served nationally as District Ticktocker Specialist, and GLA Coach. Her free time favorites include - audio books, art museums, flower design, bicycle tours, and American chocolate.

“NCL, Inc. empowers mothers and daughters to engage wholeheartedly in life - discovering together what they love in each season, while learning to value both contentment and ambition - always with a heart of service toward others.”

Linda Martens

NCL Leadership Development Team

Linda has held an array of NCL, Inc. positions, which include Chapter President, District Director, NCL, Inc. Board President and ECA. She has experienced the impact of NCL as a Ticktocker with her mother in the Fullerton Chapter and as a Patroness with her daughter in the Wildflowers Chapter. Professionally, Linda worked as an event planner, consultant, and as a Board trainer. She is also involved in the greater Houston area with a homeless coalition.

"William Blake stated that 'no bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.' My daughter is my second set of wings and I am hers."

Mary Healy

NCL Leadership Development Team

Mary is currently in her third year as a member of NCL’s Leadership Development Team. Mary held various leadership roles over her 13 years as an Active Member of the Austin Chapter including Philanthropy Liaison, Corresponding Secretary, Grade Level Advisor, VP Ticktockers, VP Communications and Education, Parliamentarian, and Chapter President. She also served at the NCL corporate level as ECA for the North Austin Chapter. Professionally, Mary has worked over 11 years for Pro-Log Corporation as an engineer, trainer and manager.

“I believe every mother needs a daughter and a means to grow together into who each of us is, making and living shared memories, becoming the better you in this world... priceless.”

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