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February 26, 2022
5:30pm - 9:30pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Lander, Wyoming
United States
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

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Lander Community Center
950 Buena Vista Drive
Lander, Wyoming, 82520
United States
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Arlen "GRIFF" Griffin

Founder of The Process Success Foundation / Comedian / On-Air Personality
Orator, US Army Military Intelligence Veteran and Nationally Syndicated On-Air Personality “GRIFF” is the founder of the Process Success Foundation an organization that teaches young people steps to be great. With an unforgiving wanderlust spirit “GRIFF” became the first American to tape Comedy Central Africa and recently celebrated 25 years of Stand up Comedy. This author of 'Cats and Puppies' (a book for moms raising sons from the perspective of a boy raised by his 15 year old mother) and father of five has forged his career at the intersection of faith, philanthropy, and humor. With an infectious energy and unmistakable voice, “GRIFF” contributes laughter, sincerity, and a real world approach to living inspiration out loud.

Ben Evans

Ben Evans is professor of English at Central Wyoming College, instructing English Composition, American Indian Literature, Creative Writing, and Public Speaking. He also teaches at Wind River Tribal College. Akin to love for mixing language and creativity is his respect for the spirit of wilderness, the power of tribal people, the wisdom of mysticism, the peace of Macrobiotics, the joy of drums, and the magic of songwriting. He plays guitar, makes records, and practices the Dzogchen meditation of Vajrayana Buddhism. Ben also prays and sings in the sweat lodge with beloved spiritual family. In awe at early dawn sunlight on still-bare cottonwood branches bathed in cloudless blue, he enjoys life at the north edge of Riverton's city park. Ben is committed to making a peaceful world by the spontaneous spread of insight shared by all cultures, via their groups as well as their individual seekers. He is crazy enough to think that if humanity can create world war, it can create world peace.

Brandt Tobler

Stand up Comedian and Author
Originally from Cheyenne Wyoming, Brandt Tobler is a stand up comedian, author, and actor. Currently living in Denver, Brandt has toured overseas performing for our troops, and has been featured on Comedy Central, Fox, and ESPN. He has recorded two CD’s “Token White Boy” and “Ramblin’ and Gamblin” and is currently the host of the award winning podcast “The 31". Brandt’s best selling memoir "Free Roll" was released in the summer of 2017.

Gabriela Robledo

Co-founder of Nomads With A Purpose and Creator of Flow State Warriors
Gabi Robledo is an entrepreneur, athlete & flow state coach who aims to help people unlock their inner warrior. Gabi grew up with a very unconventional lifestyle and has been nomadic for more than 6 years. At the age of 14, her parents decided to ditch the rat race, sell everything they owned, and move into an RV to travel the world full time with her and her 4 other siblings. In spending the majority of her high school years out in the wilderness, climbing, surfing, and hiking with her family in 26 different countries, she naturally discovered what it took to lead an intrinsically fulfilling life. At the age of 16, she co-founded the blog, Nomads With A Purpose, which has grown to be a multi-media adventure travel & wellness brand with over 70 thousand readers per month, and has evolved to become a mindset coach for athletes and adventurers.

La Rhea Pepper

Managing Director, Textile Exchange
La Rhea Pepper is the Managing Director and a co-founder of Textile Exchange. A fifth generation farmer and the co-founder of two successful organic cotton businesses, Ms. Pepper’s unique perspective helps her lead Textile Exchange along with its pioneering Members to create preferred fiber and material strategies, strengthen integrity in the market place through the adoption of standards and promoting deeper engagement within the supply network. Prior to Textile Exchange, Ms. Pepper and her late husband, Terry, were founding members of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) in 1993. Today, TOCMC is the largest organic cotton cooperative in the United States. Together, they built and demonstrated a sustainable business model for farmers creating strategic partnerships with various manufacturers and “value-added” programs including Cotton Plus (organic fabric) and Organic Essentials (organic personal care products).

Leigh Hall

Professor; Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education; University of Wyoming; Literacy Research Center & Clinic
Leigh A. Hall is a professor at the University of Wyoming where she holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. She taught middle school language arts and social studies in Houston, Texas before returning to graduate school to earn a doctorate in literacy education. Dr. Hall's research centers on helping adolescents improve their academic reading and writing abilities. She has examined how engaging with adolescents as partners in their own reading development can allow them to take greater control over their growth and improve their motivation and desire to read. She has received multiple international awards for her research and is committed to understanding how we can support youth in their reading development.

Mary Shores

President & CEO of Midstate Collection Solutions and Shores Communications, author, and speaker
Mary Shores is a second-generation collection agency owner, a bestselling author, and an international speaker. Her current passion in life is promoting communication training and development through extensive studies into neuroscience and the power of empathy to teach professionals how to speak with compassion and humanness.

Timothy Krass

Mental Performance Expert, Podcaster (Timeout For Mental Health) Author: YOU DON”T HAVE TO SWALLOW YOUR GUN, Executive Vice President, Partnerships, UNITY LAB ( Unity Lab empowers hybrid/remote teams to improve retention, engagement + wellness by activating purpose + belonging
Tim Krass was born and raised in Detroit, MI and now resides in Redondo Beach, CA. Tim Krass holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. Tim Krass has had executive roles with major media companies such as FOX and Univision where he exceeded their network distribution goals and fine-tuned their leadership style in order to maximize asset value in today’s multi-platform, multimedia environment. Tim Krass has studied masculinity and taught leadership training for more than thirty-seven years. Tim Krass is also the host of a Podcast called “Time Out for Mental Health” and is in the process of writing his first book.

Organizing team

(Reay) Cole

Lander, WY, United States


Lander, WY, United States