Women of Influence

Women of Influence

Each December, Peoria Magazine highlights area women who are making a difference in central Illinois—in conjunction with a half-day forum featuring breakout sessions, panels, featured speakers and more. This annual event is a tribute to women in the workplace and an inspirational way to bring the community together and empower female leaders.

The 2019 Women of Influence Forum will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Enjoy a plated breakfast, networking with your peers, and inspirational presentations from a wide range of speakers. New this year, Peoria Magazines and Junior Achievement of Central Illinois are partnering to allow 130 students from Peoria Public Schools and Quest Charter Academy to attend the conference—and be inspired by strong women leaders!

Tickets will be available soon!

The Power of Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity involves the range of human differences, including generations, personalities, race, gender and sexual orientation, to name a few.
Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized.

An inclusive organization promotes and sustains a sense of belonging for all.
It values and respects the diverse talents, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of living of its members.

Together, diversity and inclusion is a powerful combination that brings value to any organization or workplace.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria


Feature Presentations

Pallavi Verma

Pallavi Verma
Senior Managing Director, US – Midwest for Accenture
Chicago's 25 Most Powerful Women, 2019

Dr. Rita Ali

Dr. Rita Ali
At-Large Member, Peoria City Council
Vice President of Diversity and Community Impact,
Illinois Central College

+ One Special Invited Guest
(to be announced soon)


Breakout Sessions

Rhonda Carter Adams, Illinois American Water
Abby Clark, Davis & Campbell LLC
Grace Mata Gomez, Howard & Howard Attorneys
Kathy Lehman, UnityPoint Health
+ More TBA

Additional details will be announced soon!



Thanks to our sponsors!

Corporate Sponsors

Junior Achievement CAT Financial Hometown Community Banks

Executive Sponsor

  RLI Corp.  

Presentation Sponsors

Davis & Campbell Commerce Bank Howard & Howard
Illinois American Water UnityPoint Health  

Associate Sponsors

Caterpillar, Inc. CLA Heart of Illinois United Way
Illinois Mutual
Illinois Central College

Cullinan Properties

OSF HealthCare Morgan Stanley RSM
Soderstrom Skin Institute Community Foundation of Central Illinois Pekin Insurance

2018 Women of Influence Forum

The 2018 Women of Influence Forum featured presentations on mindfulness and unconscious bias, multiple breakout sessions, and a panel discussion entitled "Tell it to me Straight!" The panel was moderated by Jennifer Zammuto and featured panelists Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Banu Hatfield, Dr. Sara Rusch and Tana Utley.

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