Annual Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference is Oct. 28

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Women Share Success at 4th Annual Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference

Published: October 2, 2017.

Join Lewis University as we honor women at the Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference on Saturday, Oct. 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Center, 101 Airport Road in Romeoville. All community members are welcome to attend this the annual conference, where women network, educate, mentor, inspire and motivate each other.

The one-day, female-focused conference offers career development opportunities, ways to help attendees achieve personal goals, and a chance for Lewis alumnae to meet and network with fellow graduates. Pre-conference activities will start at 10:15 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., conference participants will enjoy lunch and the keynote speakers Mary Lancaster, partner at Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon LLC, and Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, hosts of WJOL Radio’s “Friday Mornings with Lynne, Mary and Natalie” show as they present, “Don’t Pull Up the Ladder: How Women Can Give Other Women a Hand Up in the Professional World.”

Following lunch, there will be breakout sessions for the women to attend by these speakers:

  • Kristie J. Bavaro ’81, ’82

  • Tiffany Lacy Clark ’08

  • Joyce Dawkins ’11, MA ’14

  • Emily (Pender) Keene ’13

  • Peg (Delaney) Monteagudo ’73

  • Michele McDermott ’92.

  • Martha Villegas Miranda ’98

  • Susan Neustrom ’06

  • Debbie Prescott MA ’12

  • Stacia Skinner

  • Samantha De Legge-Stevenson MBA '12

  • Ilona V. Surgaile

  • Alisa Williams ’00, MA ’16

  • Some of the topics of the Breakout Sessions include Eliminate the Fear of Leaving Your Comfort Zone, Embracing the Roller Coaster Ride of Life, Persisting for Positive Results- 5 P’s, Staying Healthy and Fit on a Busy Schedule, and Live Your Dreams. The day will conclude with a Wine and Cheese Reception.

    Before the conference begins, there will be optional activities for attendees including one-on-one resume reviews. Attendees will go home with a beautiful Isaac Mizrahi clutch and early registration is recommended as supplies are limited.

    For more information or to register, visit For questions contact Dennisa Walker at (815) 836-5882 or

    Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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