Idaho Smart Women, Smart Money Conference - Idaho Everywoman's Financial Conference
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2018 Conference Speakers

Speakers and their bios will be added as presenters are confirmed for this year's conference. Feel free to revisit the speakers from the previous year's conference.

Ron Crane

Ron Crane - Boise
Idaho State Treasurer

Ron G. Crane was born in Nampa, Idaho. He is a graduate of Nampa Christian High School and later graduated from college with an Associate's Degree. He received an honorary doctorate from Ohio Christian University in 2008. He served as a member in the Idaho National Guard from 1971 -- 1977, receiving recognition as Idaho's Soldier of the Year in 1975.

Prior to his election as Treasurer in 1998, Mr. Crane served 16 years in the Idaho House of Representatives. While there, he chaired the House State Affairs Committee for 4 years and the Business Committee for 7 years. He also served as co-chairman of the Interim Committee on Electrical Restructuring. During his public service, he received the Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB and the Legislative Champion of the Family Award.

Mr. Crane started his own successful business, Crane Alarm Service, in 1979. Today, Crane Alarm is one of the oldest and largest alarm companies in Idaho. He is a member of the Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho Chambers of Commerce, was a founding member of the Lifeline Crisis Pregnancy Center, and served on the board of trustees for Nampa Christian Schools.

Mr. Crane has been married to his wife, Cheryl, since 1969. They have six children, four girls and two boys, and twelve grandchildren. The Cranes reside in Nampa, Idaho.

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Carolyn  Holly

Carolyn  Holly - Boise

A long time and active member of the Treasurer Valley, Carolyn Holly currently serves as Vice President of Marketing, Communication, and Public Relations for Saint Alphonsus Health System. Within the new role, Carolyn serves as a key liaison to the communities that Saint Alphonsus serves. She is an instrumental part of developing meaningful relationships with local resources and organizations, evolving a strategy for public collaboration, and advancing Saint Alphonsus' mission to be a transformative healing presence within the community.

Carolyn enjoyed a 33 year career at KTVB Channel 7 television, where she became one of Idaho's most experienced and best known television personalities. Carolyn has acted as an important representative and volunteer for many Treasurer Valley organizations including Boise Public Schools Foundation, Idaho Youth Sports Commission, the Saint Alphonsus Foundation, FUNDSY and the FACES Foundation.

Keynote Speakers

There are currently no Keynote Speakers

Conference Coaches

Nicole Sherman

Nicole Sherman - Boise
Conference Coach

Nicole Sherman is a dynamic leader-builder in the financial industry with over 25 years of broad-based experience. She currently serves as Senior Vice President & Puget Sound Market Region Manager in Retail Administration for Columbia Bank.
Nicole is passionate about people and as such was nominated for the Columbia Bank “Excellence in Leadership Award”, the highly regarded W.W. Philip Award and was formerly named only 1 of 4 women to the “Top 40 Under Forty” Business Executives by Utah Business Magazine as well as being named as a “Top 20 Under Forty Rising Star” by the Inland NW Catalyst Magazine.
She currently serves as a top-rated Faculty Member for Pacific Coast Banking Graduate School at University of Washington and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for United Way of Pierce County.

Hall of Fame Inductees

There are currently no Hall of Fame Inductees

Conference Speakers

Kara Besst

Kara Besst - Moscow
President & CEO, Gritman Medical Center

Kara Besst is the President and CEO of Gritman Medical Center, where she has worked for 24 years. An Idaho native originally from Idaho Falls, Kara graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Prior to graduating, Kara began at Gritman Medical Center as an Intern and was hired as an Accountant in Gritman's Fiscal Services Department after earning her degree. She became Gritman's Chief Financial Officer in November 2000 and became Gritman's President and CEO in February 2011. She lives in Moscow with her family.

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Todd Christensen

Todd Christensen - Moscow
Director of Education

Kicking Debt to the Curb: 5 Options for Getting Rid of Excessive Consumer Debt

Author and financial educator, Todd R. Christensen, AFC, MIM, MA is Education Manager for Debt Reduction Services Inc, a nationwide nonprofit credit counseling agency. Author of Everyday Money for Everyday People (2014), Todd develops educational programs and produces materials that teach personal financial skills and responsibilities. He facilitates hundreds of workshops annually to thousands of individuals on the fundamentals of effective money management.

Todd develops and publishes free personal finance webinars for all ages, including his Real Solutions, Everyday Money, and Financially Empowered programs available 24/7 through

Todd most recently served as board secretary of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, has served as president of the Idaho Jump$tart Coalition and serves on program coordinating committees for three housing authorities in Idaho.

His other published articles and booklets have addressed topics ranging from marriage and money to raising financially smart children, from recovering from bankruptcy to controlling holiday spending.

He thrives on speaking at conferences and meetings and facilitating classroom presentations at all levels.

Todd and his wife, Wendy, have four children and enjoy summer trips to the Oregon coast and family movie nights on the couch. He is an amateur songwriter and loves accompanying children’s singing at church on the piano.

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