Quad County Urban League to Host Third Annual Empowerment Summit

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The Quad County Urban League (QCUL) will host its third annual Women’s Empowerment Summit on Friday, March 17 at the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel in Burr Ridge. The daylong event entitled “Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace” will include keynote addresses and panel discussions featuring national, regional and local women leaders.  The Summit is designed to bring together seasoned professionals and emerging leaders to interact and share career-expanding advice.

Keynoting the morning session at the QCUL WES will be Dr. Addie Perkins Williamson, a widely-recognized authority on organizational development and effectiveness.  The president of Perkins Williamson Associates, she has consulted, written and taught in the field of leadership development and change management for more than 25 years.  The topic of her presentation is “Getting to the Top and Staying There.” Keynoting the afternoon session will be Cheryle R. Jackson, president AAR Africa, a global aerospace firm.  She is responsible for growing AAR’s business in Africa, and is founder of Real Like Me, a social enterprise helping everyday women realize their potential at work, in business, in government and in the community.

During the WES, the QCUL honors women leaders who are making an impact in their field of endeavor.  They will participate in a luncheon awards ceremony where they will share their insights about achieving business and career success. The 2017 Women’s Empowerment Summit Honorees are Illinois State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, (D) 83 District; Stephanie J. Hickman, president & CEO of Trice Construction; and author and historian Glennette Turner.  Moderating their panel will be Valerie Schultz-Wilson, president & CEO of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut.

“The Women’s Empowerment Summit has been a highlight of Women’s History Month,” said Theodia Gillespie, president and CEO of the Quad County Urban League.  We have been able to showcase the talent, passion and high standards of women leaders, and share valuable lessons for emerging leaders in the community.”

Panel discussions during the day include:

The Power of Entrepreneurial Women Working Together delves into how women entrepreneurs start and build successful enterprises, and work together effectively in male-dominated environments. Panelists are Loretta Rosenmayer, founder and CEO of Intren, Inc. and Stephanie Hickman, Trice Construction.  Emila DiMenco, president & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council of Chicago will moderate.

“Getting on Board” –  Making Yourself a Top Candidate for Corporate and Non-Profit Board.   Panelists will share insights on to make yourself an attractive candidate for nonprofit and for profit boards and how those relationships enhance your overall career success. The discussion will be moderated by Heather D. Schooler, author of The Money Library and panelist include are Lynn Rosinsky, retired market president, U.S. Bank; Venita Fields, partner 52K Pelham Managers, LLC; Cynthia Plouche, Moraine Township Assessor; and Cindy Burrell, CEO Diversity in the Boardrooms.

Principal of Change – In this panel community leaders and agents of change will share the characteristics, challenges and rewards of being on the frontlines of social, political and economic change.  They include Treopia Cannon, CEO Lake County YWCA; Paulette Kirschner, founder and president SK Partners, LTD; Dr. Lakshmi Emory, M.D., MPH, CMO, JenCare Illinois; and Jeanette Samuels, managing partner of Samuels & Associates, Ltd. Moderating the panel will be Marianne Renner, Renner Life Coaching.

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The daylong event begins with a continental breakfast at 7:45. Tickets are $100 each, $50 for students, and sponsorships are welcome. For more information or to purchase sponsorships or tickets e-mail [email protected] or call 630-851-2203.

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