Date: March 27th, 2018
Location: College of DuPage | Jack Turner Conference Center | Glen Ellyn, IL
Time: 8:30a-1:30 pm
Illinois women are Second to No One. We have amazing talent, determination, intelligence, and resolve. 

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. 

This women's conference will harness the experiences, leadership, and aspirations of women in business, politics, and the nonprofit world to explore what it takes to put more cracks in the glass ceiling.  
We will explore pathways to leadership, what it’s like at the top, and ways men and women can work together to inspire the next generation of female leaders in Illinois.

Speakers for the Day

  Keynote Speaker

  Janice Christiansen, President and CEO, FlagSource
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  Featured Speaker

  Mary Ann Ahern, Political Reporter, NBC Universal
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  Featured Speaker

  Amy Keely, MBA, M.Ed, PhD Cohort
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 Conference Emcee and Host

  Meghan Woltman, Vice Chair, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Advocate Health Care

  Read Meghan's bio



 Moderator, Navigating a Non-Traditional Field
 and Emerging as Leaders Panel

  Beverly Alfon, Partner, SmithAmundsen, LLC
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  Panelist, Navigating a Non-Traditional Field
  and Emerging as Leaders Panel

  Trina Salvisberg, Senior Engineer for Great Lakes
  Region Operations, Enbridge Energy Company

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  Panelist - Navigating a Non-Traditional Field
  and Emerging as Leaders Panel

  Sandra McCraren, Senior Managing Director, Wintrust Franchise Services
 Read Sandra's bio


  Moderator - Leadership & Communication

  Nicki Anderson, President and CEO of
  Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

 Read Nicki's bio


  Panelist - Navigating a Non-Traditional Field
  and Emerging as Leaders Panel

  Nicole Wolter, President, HM Manufacturing 
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  Panelist - Leadership & Communication

  Alicia-Tate Nadeau, Executive Director, Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communications
 Read Alicia's bio


  Panelist - Leadership and Communication

  Christine Corelli, International Conference Speaker and Author
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  Panelist - Leadership and Communication

  Neli Vaquez Rowland, Co-Founder and President, A Safe Haven
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   Moderator - Women in Media and
   Media Relations

  Sadie Schwarm, Communications and Media Strategist at Illinois Chamber of Commerce
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  Panelist - Women in Media and
   Media Relations

  Kim Morreale McAuliffe, President/CEO, Morreale Communications
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Thank you to our Event Sponsors:


Thank you to our exhibitors:

Edwards Jones
United Healthcare
Illinois State Treasurers Office
Hollingworth Candies
Greater Oakbrook Chamber of Commerce
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Lombard Chamber of Commerce
Daily Herald/Business Ledger
Caldwell Consulting
Reliable Fire & Security
Supporting Strategies

more to be announced . . .

 Thank you to all of our Marketing Partners Listed Below.