Meet The Team

It takes a village

It takes a village to bring early breast cancer detection and overall breast health education to every woman in the United States. We have incredible, dynamic and caring women on our team to support all Night Out with “The Girls” operations and events.

Katie Schroeder – Director

Developing long-lasting business relationships is Katie’s passion and purpose. She believes that everyone deserves to be heard and know they matter, and she carries that philosophy into every relationship she curates. Katie has spent the last six years as an entrepreneur with her company, CR Conversations, a sales coaching firm. She has over 12 years of sales and business development experience.

Katie joined the Night Out With “The Girls” team to assist Jessica Sidener in bringing the early breast cancer detection and breast health events to every woman across the United States. She acts as an extension of the brand out in the community and builds relationships with individuals and businesses. Katie’s main directive is to bring Night Out With “The Girls” to as many women as possible, whether through personal connection or via their company or organization.

Katie is a proud Colorado native and furbaby mom to her dogs Vinny and Theo and cat, Greg. She recently married the love of her life, Henry. You can find Katie enjoying an Old Fashioned, spending time with her family and friends or indulging in craft cocktail bars and local restaurants in the beautiful city of Denver.

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I chose to be a part of Night Out With “The Girls” because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I am inspired by the responses and revelations that every woman has at one of our events and seeing them take action. Being able to educate women on early breast cancer detection and helping the take their health into their own hands is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling work! I am honored to be a part of this team.

What is your professional background? I have spent the last 6 years as the founder of CR Conversations and The Conversation Club, an online sales coaching platform for female entrepreneurs. I have been in the sales industry for over 12 years and take pride in building, nurturing and growing relationships.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love educating girls about their “girls” because it can save lives. The fun, comfortable and safe environment we create to educate women about their “girls” generates necessary conversation and encourages them to take action.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? Connection is the word that resonates with me the most in regards to women’s health. It is commonplace for women to constantly be serving others and to put themselves last. By having connections to other like-minded women you are able to take time for yourself, build relationships and are more encouraged to take action on with your own health needs.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I have always had a passion for writing and when I was younger I had several poems published in poetry collections.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? I am a HUGE animal lover! My husband, Henry, and I spend time with our fur babies, Vinny, Theo and Greg. We are also urbanites that love to try new restaurants and cocktail bars, go to concerts and play lots of board games.

Dana White – Executive Assistant

Dana came on board with Night Out with “The Girls” to assist Founder and CEO Jessica Sidener in every aspect of getting a new business off the ground.  She is instrumental in maintaining everything that goes on “behind the scenes”, and hopes to see Night Out with “The Girls” in every city in the US in the near future!

Dana is a transplant from Nashville, TN (although 35 years in Colorado has surely elevated her to native status).  She is mom to two daughters, Hannah and Molly, step-mom to Jennifer and “Nia” to grandsons Conrad, Brooks and Rhett.  Dana and her husband Chip have been married for 25 years and have two dogs: Maya, an 11-year old Eskie and Bailee, a 1 1/2 -year old Border Collie mix rescue.

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”?  I knew very early on that I wanted to be part of Night Out with “The Girls”.  I attended an event during the early days of its inception, and found it so inspiring and uplifting!  At that time, I thought to myself, “this is going to be huge”!

What is your professional background?  I have worked in so many different industries!  I graduated from college with a degree in Journalism, and have always loved to write; it was my passion for this that took me to New York to pursue my first career in book publishing. I have been in direct sales, both inside and outside, working in the hardware/software and project management industries.  I worked at a decorator fabric store whereI helped customers design bedding, pillows, drapery, etc. I have also been in the restaurant business, where I managed a small, family-owned restaurant for four years.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”?  As women, mothers and caregivers, we tend to always put ourselves last.  There are so many things that we have NO control over, but educating women about early breast cancer detection and awareness is a fabulous way to get ahead of a potential health problem!

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? The word “Conversation” resonates with me the most; it is amazing to me how a room full of women who barely know each other at the beginning of an event can walk away as best friends and kindred spirits.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others?  I am very creative, and love to “do it myself”.  Throughout the years my daughters were in school, I was always the room mom, the event organizer, the troop leader!  I LOVE to be in charge!

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun?  I have three grandsons that live on the east coast that I rarely get to see:(  My husband and I try to get out there whenever we can. I also like to play golf, but REALLY need to brush up on chipping and putting!

Brenda Bushey – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I chose to be a part of NOWTG; to gain a sense of community. I like being part of a group working toward a common goal.

What is your professional background? I am a Physician Assistant in family practice, trauma, ortho trauma and adult orthopedic reconstruction. I am also a breast cancer survivor.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? It is a fun, relaxed environment where important information is shared

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? They all resonate with me. I do favor the word connection the most. Personally, knowing there are other women who may benefit from my personal and professional experience is inspiring.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I received a t-shirt for dancing on the Ellen Show. It was not televised;  it was during the warm up before the show started taping.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? Dancing! I like to watch and do it!

Leslie Conzemius – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about preventing and mitigating disease.  I believe in NOWTG’s mission to educate and empower women to be in charge of their own health and potentially prevent health complications.

What is your professional background?  I am a Registered Nurse, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  I also am a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Registered Yoga Instructor.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I believe that we as women hold so much wisdom in our bodies and they are a sacred entity that should be respected. The more we can get in tune with our bodies and educate ourselves, the healthier and more fulfilled we can be! It also brings me so much joy to share space with other incredible women, learn from each other and have fun!

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? Connection resonates with me because we as humans need it to thrive and be our best selves.  Connection and belonging give meaning to life!  Sharing smiles, laughter, insights, wisdom and personal experience is what makes the world go around.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others?  I am obsessed with tea! I love trying new types, have a huge collection at home and drink at least four cups a day!

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? I LOVE to dance! I am a professional dancer, have performed in over 20 countries around the world, and love spreading the joy of movement to others. I also love hosting dinner parties with friends, traveling and being outdoors.

Shannon Johnson – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”? I have passion for medical education, patient advocacy and women empowering women. NOWTG is the perfect combination of all three!

What is your professional background? I received my Masters of Medical Science degree in 2011 from Midwestern University-Glendale College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program. I practiced general pediatrics and urgent care medicine in Arizona until 2014 when I relocated to Colorado and joined Geraghty Family Medicine.  I have had multiple opportunities to practice medicine in underserved communities throughout the world and have been involved in humanitarian efforts in schools and homeless shelters locally, as well as in medical clinics located in Mexico and Mozambique.  I also participate in educating future medical providers wherever I can and offer clinical training to several students annually.

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love helping to empower women to be self advocates for their health.

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? COMFORT– The medical environment can feel so sterile, scary and crazy uncomfortable. Although I play the role of a healthcare provider as a profession, I become very anxious when I play the role of patient. I particularly realized the great need to feel comfortable as a patient when I prepared to carry and birth my son in 2018. For several months I worked hard to find the most comfortable birthing environment with a supportive team. With them, I was able to overcome all of the things that contributed to my anxiety associated with my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods, and was granted a beautiful healthcare experience. I hope to help other women find ways to be comfortable in their individual healthcare journeys.

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others? I have played at least one game of Settlers of Catan per week since Christmas of 2018. My husband and I are kind of Catan junkies, so let me know if you’re down for a game!:)

 

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about FUN! What do you like to do for fun? Outside of practicing medicine, I enjoy an active lifestyle playing various sports, running and skiing. I am actively involved in my local church congregation and its associated women’s group.  Additionally, I love music, game nights, and traveling.  Whatever I do and wherever I am I am most fulfilled when family and friends, particularly my husband Matt and my son Hank, are by my side.

Aspen Wright – Healthcare Provider

Why did you choose to be part of the Night Out with “The Girls”?  I chose to be a part of Night Out with “The Girls”  because I feel strongly about aiding women in enhancing their knowledge of breast health. Women of all ages can benefit from learning the basics of breast health and leave the event empowered to take their health into their own hands.

What is your professional background? I earned a BS in Healthcare Management followed by a BS in Nursing. I worked as an RN in an operating room for two years focusing on breast cancer patients and orthopedics. Following this, I became an Oncology Nurse Navigator with a focus on breast health. 

Why do you love educating girls about their “girls”? I love educating women about their “girls” as it is always fascinating to see them light up with questions and feel compelled to share their knowledge with others. Breast cancer is an issue so many women face, and if I can provide education that helps potentially save a life, my job has been fulfilled! 

Night Out with “The Girls” is all about COMFORT, CONNECTION and CONVERSATION. Which of those three words resonates with you the most, regarding women’s health (and why)? “Conversation” resonates with me most because I feel that so many women (and men) are afraid to talk about their health, even with their health care providers. I enjoy creating a safe, relaxed environment to allow for fluid conversation. If we can get more women to talk about their breast health, we can drive them to complete their screenings and ask those uncomfortable questions along the way. 

What is one fun fact about you that may be a surprise to others?  One fun fact about me is that I am an adrenaline junkie! I love trying new things, riding crazy rides, and I plan on sky diving one day! I am a thrill seeker at heart!