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Women in Business Conference with Elgin Area and Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Women in Business Conference with Elgin Area and Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 (8:30 AM - 2:30 PM) (CDT)



AGENDA – Subject to change
8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Networking
8:30 am - 8:35 am Welcoming Remarks      
Laurie Silvey, Pres., Center for Business Mgt., Illinois Chamber
8:35 am - 9:35 am Understanding and Celebrating Yourself Morning Keynote
Elaine Hand, Owner, InnerView Inc.
Discussion will center around how we can be oxymorons within ourselves yet when we understand it – we then celebrate ourselves with learning and understanding.
9:35 am – 10:20 am The Importance of Mentoring and Support - Panel Discussion
This discussion will focus on the benefits of having and/or becoming a mentor. Mentorship can provide a multitude of benefits for both the mentor and mentee. Both can grow as professionals, develop your networks, and learn from each other.
  • Moderator – TBA (Invited)
  • Panelist – Allison Wyler, President, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Panelist – Jynnifer Cotharn, Partner, Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd.
10:20 am – 10:40 am Networking Break
10:40 am – 11:25 am Stem, Women, and Minorities – Panel Discussion
Discussion will center on the potential of role models and working together to get more women and minorities into STEM careers. STEM industries historically demonstrate a huge gender gap as well as a lack of diversity in the workplace. The panelists will discuss need for these types of skillsets, how strong role models in the industry can encourage women and minorities to graduate with a STEM degree. 
  • Moderator – Marci Loguidice, Dean of Campus and University Partnerships, DeVry University
  • Panelist – Meena Beyers, Vice President, Business and Community Development, Nicor Gas
  • Panelist – Caroline Crozier, CEO, LatinX Digital Leaders Now
  • PanelistTBA, Hanson Professional Services
11:25 am – 12:10 pm How Gratitude and Celebration can Connect Your Staff Back to Their WhyFeatured Speaker
Jeff Harry, Rediscover Your Play
The biggest reason employees leave organizations is that they don't feel seen, heard, appreciated, and valued. How managers communicate their appreciation to their employees establishes how successful a team will be. Gratitude, among other emotional intelligence skills, typically does not get the credit they deserve in establishing the culture of an organization. We will explore the impact gratitude and celebration can have on a team, examine the psychological ripple effects gratitude can have on an entire company, and break down what actionable gratitude exercises can be implemented in real-time at your organization. It’s incredible how powerful a simple thank you can be, especially during these tumultuous times.
12:10 pm – 12:45 pm Networking Break and Lunch
12:45 pm -1:30 pm Topic to be Announced
Karen Murphy, Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Bears
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Building an Inclusive and Diverse Workplace – General Session
Julie Proscia, Partner, Amundsen Davis LLC
As workplaces and organizations strive to become more welcoming to all team members and the public, internal discussions, trainings and policies/procedures regarding diversity, inclusivity and allyship become even more important. This presentation will provide strategies to continue challenging bias in your everyday life and discuss what it means to be an ally and an advocate.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Drawings for door prizes, closing remarks – Laurie Silvey, Pres., Center for Business Management
2:30 pm Adjourn
1120 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563 United States
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 (8:30 AM - 2:30 PM) (CDT)
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