Wednesday, June 21, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM CDT
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NIU Center 
1120 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563

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Kirsten McDevitt 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce 


AGENDA – Subject to change

 8:00am - 8:30am           Registration & Networking

8:30am - 8:35am           WELCOMING REMARKS -- Laurie Silvey, Pres., Center for Business Mgt., Illinois Chamber of Commerce

8:35am - 9:35am           UNDERSTANDING & CELEBRATING YOURSELF – Morning Keynote

 Elaine Hand, Owner, InnerView Inc.

 Teambuilding can help your business innovate, connect, empower, collaborate, and improvise to become a community. This presentation will provide the tools to work together. 

9:35am – 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 - Heather Bailey, Partner & Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Group, Amunden Davis Law, LLC

Panelist – Allison Wyler, President, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital 

Panelist – Jynnifer Cotharn, Partner, Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd.

Panelist - Ngoc Nguyen, VP Diversion & Inclusion Practices, Wintrust Financial Corporation


10:20am – 10:40am       Networking Break

10:40am – 11:25am       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. 

ModeratorMarci Loguidice, Dean of Campus and University Partnerships, DeVry University

Panelist – Meena Beyers, Vice President, Business and Community Development, Nicor Gas\

PanelistCaroline Crozier, CEO, LatinX Digital Leaders Now

Panelist – Amber Petkevicius, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, Hanson Professional Services


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. 

12:10pm – 12:45pm       NETWORKING BREAK and LUNCH

12:45pm -1:30pm          MY JOURNEY TO HERE - Keynote Speaker 

 Karen Murphy, SVP of Business Strategy and CFO, Chicago Bears

1:30pm – 2:15pm          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.

 2:15pm – 2:30pm          Drawings for door prizes, closing remarks – Laurie Silvey, Pres., Center for Business Management

2:30pm                         Adjourn