Emerging Women Leaders Mini-Conference

On March 5, women leaders from around the state will be attending a special program at the Capitol Complex designed to help them build powerful networks, grow their influence and thrive in the state of Illinois. Representatives Mike Coffey and Wayne Rosenthal invite local area women to take advantage of several of the programs as their guests. There is no cost to attend, however there is limited space.

For more info contact Rep. Coffey’s office at 217-782-0053 or Rep. Rosenthal’s office at 217-782-8071.

Program Options

Attend our keynote panel and select one of our amazing breakout groups.

Keynote Panel

Own Your Power

(20 seats available)

Time: 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Capitol Complex Visitors Center Auditorium
Address: 425 S College St, Springfield, IL, 62701

Women often shy away from the word “power” and let’s face it, you can’t blame them. The news and social media feeds are filled with stories about abuse of power. What’s more, for many, we have had our own experiences with power being used to keep us from attaining a promotion or prevent us from sharing our opinions. We don’t often hear stories about when power was used for good even though it happens all the time. So why would women want to own power?

Our moderator, Amanda Vinicky from WTTW-TV and our esteemed panel of influential Illinois women are here to unpack the definition of power and help women leverage their very desirable leadership qualities, among which include strong communication and collaboration skills.


  • Linda Reneé Baker, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
  • Kara Demirjian Huss, DCCMarketing & T/CCI Manufacturing
  • Susan Hayes Gordon, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Justice Lisa Holder White, Illinois Supreme Court
  • Moderated by Amanda Vinicky, WTTW-TV Chicago

Breakout Groups

Select one of these breakout groups. Each of these programs will provide you the opportunity to meet and hear from some of Illinois’ most influential women leaders.

Advancing the Women’s Economy

(10 seats available)

Time: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Illinois State Capitol, Room 402A (Guides will meet you in the Capitol Rotunda to direct you to the room)

Women play a huge role in our economy, yet decision makers often overlook our contributions and too many government officials don’t take them into consideration when developing economic policies.

Women are nearly 50% of the labor force and make up more than 90% of the supportive and caretaking roles, like educators, childcare providers, registered nurses and administrative assistants. These supportive roles contribute to the ability of the recipients of our work to be productive.

Women are earning and spending (and influencing spending) at a greater rate than ever before and over the next decade we will control two-thirds of consumer wealth. We make or influence 85 percent of all purchasing decisions, and purchase over 50 percent of traditional male products, including automobiles, home improvement products and consumer electronics.

Women-owned business are growing 2x faster than the national average, increasing job opportunities in our communities.

Kristi Dula, Deputy Director with the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology at Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will walk you through the policies and strategies the state of Illinois is implementing to advance the women’s economy. You’ll also hear from Marianne Markowitz  the CEO and one of the founders of the first and only women-led and women-focused bank in the county on why First Women’s Bank is vital to enhancing the economic power of women.

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

(10 seats available)

Time: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Stratton Office Building, Room 337

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.

Angie Hampton with the Egyptian Heath Department and Stacie Kemp with Sinnissippi Centers will walk you though impactful approaches that will result in positive mental health outcomes for yourself and others.

Sign-up by March 1

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Phone number where we can reach you on the day of the event, if necessary.

Space is limited for programs. We will remove options when they are filled.
2:15 PM Own Your Power(Required)
Please indicate if you will be attending the Own Your Power Presentation in the Capitol Complex Auditorium.
3:45 PM Breakout Groups – select one
We have max limits for breakout groups depending on room size. Options will be removed once they are filled.