Women of Influence

Women of Influence

Each December, iBi 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 2018 Women of Influence Forum took place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.


Panel Discussion

Tell It To Me Straight!
Panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way
Featuring panelists:

  • Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Dr. Sara Rusch, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
  • Tana Utley, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Illinois Central College
  • Banu Hatfield, Zion Coffee

Feature Presentations

Chuck RiceEngaging Mindfulness...
presented by Chuck Rice, introduced by Brian Ray, PNC Regional President
If you’ve been following education and corporate wellness trends over the past several years, you’ve probably heard of mindfulness. But how well do you understand it—and the benefits it can offer you and your organization? More and more people are recognizing the positive impacts mindfulness can have in all areas of life, including job performance.

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You (And Your Business)
presented by Angie Ostaszewski, Ameren Illinois
Unconscious bias, or implicit bias, are thoughts or stereotypes we subconsciously hold which influence our interactions with other individualsand it’s much more prevalent than conscious bias. This session will uncover examples of how unconscious bias can affect business performance (microaggressions, lost work opportunities, etc.) and determine how to help employees identify and address unconscious bias in the workplace.


Breakout Sessions

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly:  What To Do When Life Takes You By Surprise
presented by Mary Corrigan, Howard & Howard
How do you plan for the unexpected? How do you prepare for the death of a spouse, disability or divorce? Whether that’s estate planning, making financial arrangements to cover unplanned expenses, or executing a pre-nup, learn how to protect yourself.


Resilience: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
presented by
Betsy Wert, Commerce Trust Company
What’s your passion? Betsy Wert will discuss the power of passion and how to find yours to pursue your dreams. She’ll also discuss how to take responsibilityand the necessary risksfor your future. Walk away with the courage and confidence to pursue your purpose.


Enlivening & Strengthening Community Service: A Focus on Outcomes and Impact
presented by Abby Clark, Davis & Campbell LLC
Community service plays a vital role in supporting a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. Reinvigorate the true impact of your community work with purposeful thought toward specific goals, targeted beneficiaries, comprehensive strategies and ultimate outcomes.


New Trends in Breast Cancer Prevention & Screening: What's Hiding in Your DNA?
resented by Dr. Michele Couri, Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women's Health
What's hiding in your DNA? Do you truly know your risk of breast cancer? Genetic testing has allowed us to better quantify a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. It's personalized, preventative, precision medicine at its finest. Dr. Michele Couri will empower you with knowledge that just may save your life.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors...

Hometown Community Banks Davis & Campbell Howard & Howard
Ameren Illinois Soderstrom Skin Institute Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women's Health
Illinois Mutual UnityPoint Health Associated Bank
OSF HealthCare Commerce Bank Hanson Professional Services
Cullinan Properties Illinois Central College Community Foundation of Central Illinois
  Morgan Stanley  

2017 Women of Influence Forum

The 2017 Women of Influence Forum featured keynote speaker Bonnie Fetch, author of (Un)Skirting the Issues: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned Man in Today’s Workplace. Following her keynote, Bonnie engaged in an open-dialogue Q&A and book signing. In addition, there was a breakfast buffet, multiple breakout sessions, office yoga, holiday nutrition tips, and lots of time for networking.


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