Founders' Welcome

Welcome to the Illinois Women’s Conference website.

In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this year’s theme; The Valuable Valiant Voice: Be Counted in 2020, celebrates past, present and future milestones recognizing the power of Women’s right to cascade their voice by casting their vote in the workplace, communities and polling place. As the United States undergoes profound transformation, women are playing an increasingly important role in our nation’s economy. Women make up more than half of the U.S. population and their representation in the workforce has increased considerably during the past four decades. Women comprised less than 29 percent of the U.S. workforce in 1967. Today, they make up nearly half of the nation’s workforce.

Women still face challenges to overcome barriers and achieve economic equality. Despite this reality, women are empowering themselves as game changers in the workplace and the marketplace. They are influencing the course of business while positively impacting the success of their organizations and charting their own futures. Our goal during this conference is to explore the role and impact of women as game changers in business. We will discuss women’s unique contributions as leaders and their opportunities to orchestrate positive outcomes for future business success.

The Illinois Women’s Conference offers women a venue to learn from diverse, insightful speakers and panelists. In addition, it provides an opportunity to network with other professionals and to dialogue about important issues affecting women’s career success. I invite you to be part of this unique event and explore your role as a game changer in your organization.


Dennis Kennedy
Founder & Chairman
Illinois Women's Conference

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