Upcoming Women’s Leadership Conference Focuses on “Owning Greatness”

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — An upcoming conference aims to empower women to lead and succeed in all aspects of life.

The 2021 Pathways to Success Women’s Leadership Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria.

The conference is sponsored by Women in Leadership of Central Illinois (WIL) and the Central Illinois National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). It will be centered on the theme “Owning your greatness”.

The 2021 conference features nationally recognized speaker, author and leadership trainer, Tinesha Cherry, as the keynote speaker. Having experienced extreme adversity as a child, Cherry has first-hand knowledge of the power of resilience, the impact of optimism, and the results of perseverance. Cherry is the founder of Project DREAM and She Strong International. Her work has been featured in local and national publications, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work in the community.

“Tinesha’s genuine spirit, courage and inspiring story brought dynamic energy to our attendees. We are thrilled to continue working with Tinesha to empower women to live their best lives,” said Jen Earle , executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Breakout sessions will feature dynamic local speakers:

  • The Art of Breathing – Presented by Mary Ardapple Dierker
  • 3 Simple Tools That Help Others Hone Their Leadership Skills – Featured by Kathryn Spitznagle
  • Kick it Up a Notch – Presented by Becky Mills
  • Finding Your Roar – Presented by Odille Remmert

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration (mimosas and orange juice available), vendors open, wine drawn
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Small group session for early risers and mimosas
9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. | Networking, suppliers and activities
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Breakout Session #1 (choose one of three concurrent sessions)
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Networking, suppliers and activities
11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Lunch and keynote speaker
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Networking, Cash Bar, Vendors
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Session #2 (choose one of three concurrent sessions)
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Last word

The event will also feature exhibitors, door prizes and more! The cost to attend the full conference is $70 for WIL and NAWBO members and $80 for guests (non-WIL/NAWBO members). For complete conference information or to register online, go to https://www.accelevents.com/e/cipathwaystosuccess.

CI NAWBO is a dynamic group of intelligent and compassionate women business owners, corporate partners,
pearl sponsors (non-profit), students and supporting members who encourage each other in their efforts. They promote personal development through educational programs, build powerful connections through local and national chapter memberships, and offer mentorship and encouragement. They believe it is their responsibility to succeed in business and give back to their communities.

Women Leading Central Illinois fosters leadership among women by providing mentorship,
networking and educational opportunities. Members include managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals with a sincere commitment to their careers, families, communities, and personal and professional growth. They are success-oriented women, sharing their successes, developing their personal and professional achievements, recognizing and celebrating the women of our region.

Mara R. Wilmoth