Yet, our presence in the boardroom, c-suite, and management levels, ranks at percentages better suited for centuries past. While we as women have always known struggles, have always had to fight against biases and power plays, we are speaking up. And we are empowering each other. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois’ leading business organization, offers no less. We stand with our fellow females and present this conference to empower our already Strong Women for a Stronger Illinois.
8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Welcoming Remarks
8:45 am Featured Speaker
Lessons Learned from My Mom: The First Female Engineer at General Motors There are many things Amy learned from her mother, but cooking, baking and knitting were not among them. Her mother was a pioneer in a male-dominated industry, resulting in a tumultuous relationship. This lecture shares what Amy has learned from her mother that has aided her in business and in her educational endeavors.
9:15 am Special Video Message from Representative Cheri Bustos
9:20 am Featured Speaker
Women make up one-third of the journalism workforce and like many industries, contribute invaluably to reporting the news, keeping the public informed of the day’s activities and facts, and being storytellers. As more and more women prominently share their voices onscreen and in-print, this shift still comes with its challenges.
9:50 am Networking Break – Visit Exhibitors
10:15 am Navigating a Non-Traditional Field and Emerging as Leaders
Fields like science, finance, sports, and technology offer lucrative and fulfilling careers and are attractive for any professional. They have been, however, traditionally male-dominated fields which can present unique challenges for women. In this discussion, we will hear from women who have succeeded in these fields, explore barriers women commonly face, and the trials at work and with career advancement.
11:00 am Leadership and Communications Panel
Women can thrive as leaders in their professional role no matter what level. This panel will explore how utilizing communication skills and confidence can convey power and authority.
11:45 am Keynote Speaker
Janice Christiansen never wanted to be known as a woman in manufacturing; she wants to be known as a manufacturer. She will talk about her career path, the challenges she has faced and overcome, and her successes as the only woman president of a full line flag and banner manufacturing company in the USA.
12:15 pm Closing – prize drawings – adjourn to Chocolate social
12:30pm Networking and Chocolate Sampling
Visit exhibitors, talk with other like-minded women and enjoy samples from chocolate manufacturers around the Chicago area.
1:30 pm Adjourn
Speakers for the Day
Janice Christiansen, President and CEO, FlagSource Read Janice's bio
Mary Ann Ahern, Political Reporter, NBC Universal Read Mary Ann's bio
Amy Keely, MBA, M.Ed, PhD Cohort Read Amy's bio
Beverly Alfon, Partner, SmithAmundsen, LLC Read Beverly's bio
Trina Salvisberg, Senior Engineer for Great Lakes Region Operations, Enbridge Energy Company Read Trina's bio
Nicki Anderson, President and CEO of Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Read Nicki's bio
Christine Corelli, International Conference Speaker and Author Read Christine's bio
Thank you to our Event Sponsors:
Thank you to our exhibitors:
Edwards JonesUnited HealthcareIllinois State Treasurers OfficeHollingworth CandiesGreater Oakbrook Chamber of CommerceNaperville Area Chamber of CommerceLombard Chamber of CommerceDaily Herald/Business Ledger
more to be announced . . .