Breakout Sessions

Time: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Multiple (See Below)

Because of the size constraints of meeting rooms, breakout groups will be limited to 20 people, on a first come first served basis.

Advancing the Women’s Economy
Speakers: Marianne Markowitz, founder & CEO, First Women’s Bank and Kristi Dula, Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Economic empowerment increases women’s access to resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property and other productive assets, skills development and market information.

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Capitol Building, Room 402A

Advocate with Authority
Speakers: Lori Reimers, Lori A. Reimers Government Consulting & Reporting and Susanne Hack, Susanne Hack & Associates

Whether you want to influence a school board, municipal council or state legislature, influencing people when you seemingly have no authority can be daunting.  But it doesn’t have to be.

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Capitol Building, Room 100

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First
Speakers: Angie Hampton, Egyptian Health Department and Stacie Kemp, Sinnissippi Centers

Leaders have a critical role to play in contributing to the conditions that result in positive mental health—their own and those they lead. To be successful, leaders need to put their oxygen mask on first before they can implement successful strategies to help their teammates tackle mental health issues that may be holding them back.

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Capitol Building, Room 115

Rising in the Ranks
Speakers: Dena Bellowe, Retired, Command Sergeant, Illinois National Guard, Andrea Aggertt, Architect of the Capitol and business coach Francine Lasky

Despite progress in advancing women’s representation in the workplace, for many women wanting to lead, there are still numerous barriers impeding their path to the top. Gender bias, stereotypes, lack of mentors, few role models, limited powerful networks and work-life balance challenges are only a few of the obstacles women must overcome to advance their careers.

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Stratton Building, Room 602

Tour the State Archives
Led by David A. Joens, Director of Illinois State Archives

The Margaret Cross Norton Building located in the Capitol Complex, just southwest of the State Capitol, houses the State Archives. It was designed to protect the state’s valuable historic records from the hazards of fire, theft and exposure. It is architecturally unique, having no windows on the fourth through seventh floors. The building was renamed in 1995 in honor of former State Archives Superintendent Margaret Cross Norton, the state’s first head archivist.

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Margaret Cross Norton Building