Thursday, September 26, 2019
Crowne Plaza, Springfield IL

Don't miss out on this day of inspiration, motivation and actionable tips to help you succeed.


Registration: $115 on or before August 15th, $140 August 16th and after 
Register five people, get the sixth free!

To use the buy 5, get the 6th free feature, use the registration form to register the first person, then add 5 more as "guests". Enter the discount code "6free" and your total price will be reduced by $115.



Keynote speaker, all breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, snacks & cocktail reception included.

event schedule

Become An Exhibitor!
For $250 you can present your business to over 350 professional women and your admission to the conference and lunch is included! Use the registration link above to sign up.

*IWIL is unable to provide refunds. If you cannot attend an event for which you’ve registered, we encourage you to send someone in your place. Simply have your guest indicate at the check-in table that s/he is your substitute. We appreciate your understanding!

2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bertrice Berry

Bertrice BerrySociologist, Bertice Berry, PhD. is, a best-selling author and award winning lecturer has been named Comedian of The Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. She has published 11 best-selling books in both fiction and non-fiction and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations. Berry has had her own nationally syndicated television show and has hosted, interviewed and made numerous television, documentary and radio appearances on a variety of diverse venues including The Tonight ShowOprah WinfreyBetween The LionsCrossfire20-20, NPR, PBS and Comedy Central and CBN.

Berry has used her unique gifts and talents as a writer and ghost writer for others on a wide range of topics including race and gender issues, sociological studies, stratification, healthcare reform, humor, spirituality, sexuality, slavery and the abolitionist movement, weight loss and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, transformational leadership, diversity and love.

Berry has led parades, had classrooms named after her and has been awarded over 10 honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26 and still sees her most fulfilling achievement and role in life as that of mother to her 5 adopted children.

“If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done,” a character in one of Berry’s novels says.

Berry believes that every one of us has been given a unique purpose and it is our obligation to find it and use it to improve first our own self and then for those we live and work with.

Click here to check out Berry's TED Talk.

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Kimberly Casey - Unconscious Biases
  • Dr. Colleen Moore - Current Health Care Issues
  • Julie Davis - Delegation
  • Debbie Thompson - How to Engage in Difficult Conversations
  • Successful Leadership Panel - Panelists: Sarah Phalen, Sarah Jimenez and Charlotte Warren; Moderator: Angie Koester
  • Tara Allbritton - She Got the Nerve: Changing lives, one image at a time because your IMAGE is your life!
  • Social Media Panel - Panelists: Amy Beadle, Lauren Stead and Josh Hester; Moderator: Gemma Long

Questions? Contact Symposium Co-Chairs Jamie Stout or Jen DeJong