Loyola University Chicago

Executive and Professional Education Center

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Women's Leadership Forum


Join us for a day of learning, networking, and togetherness! Our second annual Women's Leadership Forum will bring together experts from across the spectrum to discuss the challenges women face in today's workforce, regardless of industry or background. No matter where you are in your career this event is designed to help all women become better leaders in their workplace.

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Amy Augustine
Director, Network Supply Chain and Indirect Procurement
U.S. Cellular
Mira Brancu
CEO and Founder
Brancu & Associates
Gabrielle Buckley
Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
Joy Burkholder Meier
EVP, Legal and HR
Blujay Solutions Inc.
Sara Carlson
Audit Partner
Sarita Connelly
Bunker Labs
Erin Coupe
Founder, Speaker, Author, Facilitator
Authentically EC, Inc. 
Allison Davis
Program Manager, Student Engagement
Quinlan School of Business
Debbie Davis
Associate Director, Executive Ed.
Walton College, University of Arkansas 
Sue Eaglebarger
VP of HR
Lawson Products
Nicole Emerick
VP, Director of Social Media and Influencer Marketing
FCB Chicago
Meg Goodman
Managing Director
Jacobs & Clevenger 
Seth Green
Founding Director
Baumhart Center
Rachel Gregoire
Adjunct Faculty, Diversity in the Urban Landscape
DePaul University
Katherine Jeffery
CMO and Co-founder
Dao Jensen
CEO and Founder
Kaizen Technology Partners
Carolyn Kmet
Quinlan School of Business 
Pamela McCoy
Associate Dean
Quinlan School of Business
Tracie Morris
U.S. Chief HR and Chief Inclusion Officer
BMO Harris
Rajiv Nathan
Founder and CEO
Startup Hypeman
Betsey Nohe
VP, Supply Chain
Morton Salt
Kellie O'Connell
Lakeview Pantry
Laura Ortega-Lamela
Executive Director, International Business Council
Brandon Pendleton
Adjunct Faculty
Loyola University Chicago
Stacey Pitts Caldwell
Center Director, IL SBDC
Director, Small Business, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Colleen Reaney
Director, Executive and Professional Ed. Center
Quinlan School of Business 
Dawn Reiss
Ashley Ritter
Career Advisor
Loyola University Chicago
Aminatu Rubango
Associate Director, Business Career Services
Quinlan School of Business
Jane Scudder
Founder and CEO
The New Exec
Brian Stanko
Department Chair and Professor
Quinlan School of Business
Kevin Stevens
Quinlan School of Business
Marie Trzupek Lynch
Founding President and CEO
Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Rafael Vasquez
VP, Latin America
LLamasoft Inc.
Tiara Wheatley
Assistant Principal
Chicago Tech Academy High School


7:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:15 a.m. Opening Keynote
Speaker to be announced soon!
9:00 a.m. Leading starts with being YOU
Tracie Morris, BMO Harris
Rajiv Nathan, Startup Hypeman (moderator) 
10:15 a.m. Breakout Session A: Workshop
Not Another Unconscious Bias Training
Rachel Gregoire, DePaul University
Breakout Session B: Panel
What Inclusive Leadership Can Bring to Your Business
Sarita Connelly, Bunker Labs
Meg Goodman, Jacobs & Clevenger
Laura Ortega, ICC (moderator)
Rafael Vasquez, LLamasoft Inc.
Breakout Session C: Speaker
Surviving Personal Adversity and Leading More Effectively
Sara Carlson, Marcum
Brian Stanko, Loyola (welcome/intro)
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Session A: Workshop
Speaker and session topic announced soon
Breakout Session B: Panel
Persuing a Career in a Male Dominated Field
Sue Eaglebarger, Lawson Products (moderator)
Katherine Jeffery, Causegear
Dao Jensen, Kaizen Technology
Betsey Nohe, Morton Salt
Tiara Wheatley, Chicago Tech Academy
Breakout Session C: Speaker
Leading a Multigenerational Team
Debbie Davis, University of Arkansas
Brandon Pendleton, Loyola (welcome/intro)
12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch sponsored by The Gannon Center
Gabrielle Buckley, The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
1:15 p.m. Breakout Session A: Workshop
Breaking Through Traditional Barriers: 5 Powerful Methods to Pave Your Career Path
Mira Brancu, Brancu & Associates
Stacey Pitts Caldwell, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce (welcome/intro)
Breakout Session B: Panel
Listening to Lead Yourself
Joy Burkholder Meier, BluJay Solutions, Inc.
Erin Coupe, Authentically EC, Inc.
Allison Davis, Loyola (moderator)
Jane Scudder, The New Exec
Breakout Session C: Speaker
Curate Your Career: From Overwhelm to Influence
Nicole Emerick, FCB Chicago
Ashley Ritter, Loyola (welcome/intro)
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Breakout Session A: Workshop
How to Talk to Anyone About Anything
Colleen Reaney, Loyola (welcome/intro)
Dawn Reiss, Journalist
Breakout Session B: Panel
Enterprise Leadership
Amy Augustine, U.S. Cellular
Seth Green, Baumhart Center (moderator)
Marie Trzupek Lynch, Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Breakout Session C: Speaker
Building a Supportive Network
Kellie O'Connell, Lakeview Pantry
Aminatu Rubango, Loyola (welcome/intro)
3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote
Speaker to be announced soon!
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Event Info

When Friday, April 24, 2020
Where Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson St., Chicago

Past Forums

Take a closer look at the 2019 Women's Leadership Forum.

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Through research, programs and service, The gannon Center prepares women to lead in every sector of society, promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research that shapes leadership for the 21st Century, advances dialogue on compelling issues, and builds a network that supports women in the practice of leadership. Learn more about the Gannon Center here.