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
Janice Christiansen, President and CEO, FlagSource
Mary Ann Ahern, Political Reporter, NBC Universal
Amy Keely, MBA, M.Ed, PhD Cohort
Moderator, Navigating a Non-Traditional Field and Emerging as Leaders Panel
Beverly Alfon, Partner, SmithAmundsen, LLC
Panelist, Navigating a Non-Traditional Field and Emerging as Leaders Panel
Trina Salvisberg, Senior Engineer for Great Lakes
Region Operations, Enbridge Energy Company
Panelist - Navigating a Non-Traditional Field and Emerging as Leaders Panel
Nicole Wolter, President, HM Manufacturing
Moderator, Leadership & Communication
Nicki Anderson, President and CEO of
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Panelist - Leadership and Communication
Christine Corelli, International Conference Speaker and Author
Moderator - Women as Storytellers
Sadie Schwarm, Communications and Media Strategist at Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Elgin Area Chamber can increase their business's visibility by posting announcements, news, events and job listings. These are all benefits of membership! Contact Francisco to see if an EAC membership is right for you and your business!