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Chicago Conference

Connections that Count

Tuesday, July 17

Hosted By:


Lindner Conference Center
610 East Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148

For the past 10 years WLE has been connecting women business owners throughout the country. 2012 is our 10th anniversary and we want to give back to our members who have helped us get to where we are today. At the WLE conference you will learn new strategies, new tactics and new resources that didn't exist a few years ago. WLE has assembled a group of experts who are experiencing outstanding results. Join us in Chicago for a jam-packed day of content to drive new business and opportunities while making valuable business connections!


8:00 am

Doors Open: Breakfast/Networking

8:45 am

Presentation of the 2012 Mary Schnack Award to Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Veteran and Black Hawk pilot. Tammy will be interviewed by Noeleen McGrath, Leader of McGrath Communications and award-winning television news journalist.

Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and Black Hawk pilot whose helicopter was shot down in Iraq. She lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in the explosion, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries. Tammy is also the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

9:45 am

Steven Robinson, Senior Regional Development Director, Constant Contact


Supercharging Your Facebook Marketing

It's no secret that Facebook has become a huge part of how people interact with each other, share ideas and recommendations, and interact with the brands they like. But too many businesses aren't seeing results from their Facebook marketing efforts because they are posting content without a plan for turning fans into customers and advocates.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Why Facebook is important to your business
  • The difference between posting and marketing on Facebook
  • Tips to drive more likes, more shares, and more business
10:30 am

WLE Connections Cafe: Meet the people YOU need to meet to grow your business.
In this live facilitated session you will meet at least 8 new people with whom you can do business or make referrals to each other.

11:15 am

2011 Compass award winner Patricia Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer at McDonald's Corporation will present the 2012 Compass award winner to Ava D. Youngblood, Chief Executive Officer of Youngblood Executive Search, Inc.

Panel Moderator, Daniella Guzman Co-Anchor, NBC 5 News

Other winners include:
Dee Robinson Reid, President and Founder, Robinson Hill Hospitality Group

Stephanie Neely, City Treasurer of the City of Chicago

12:00 pm

Luncheon and Expert Panel: Top Business Owners/Experts share the strategies to help YOU grow your business

Panel Moderator, Lisa Leiter, Founding Anchor/Reporter for Crain's Chicago Business

Sheri Orlowitz, Principal and President, Artemis Holdings Group,LLC. Sheri will address creating liquidity from your business and how to sell, expand and re-capitalize.

Sue Malone is the founder of Strategies For Small Business. Her sole mission for the last five years has been to help people obtain access to capital to start or expand their businesses. She is the undisputed, number one SBA loan provider for the Community Express Loan Program in the nation.

Pattie Simone is founder of and is a Viral Activist, Social Buzz Speaker, Journalist & serial Entrepreneur. Her clients range from startups and growth-track entrepreneurs to diverse academic, corporate and entrepreneurial firms in America and Europe.

Sara Arnell was appointed CEO of Arnell Group (AG) in 2011. Previously, she had spent 21 years directing brand and business strategy for the clients of Arnell Group. In her role, she manages the agency's internal brand consulting group, directing consumer research, consumer insights and the development of business, brand and digital strategies which form a seamless bridge to AG's advertising and design teams. Throughout her time at AG, Sara has been integral to the development of global brand positioning, communication platform development and innovation architecture for such clients as Jose Cuervo International, Revlon, GNC, PepsiCo, Mars, Unilever and Johnson and Johnson.

1:15 pm

Closing Keynotes:
Jacqueline Wales is a speaker, leadership development coach, and the author of five books including two bestsellers The Fearless Factor and When The Crow Sings, a novel.

With over 30 years of personal development experience, Jacqueline earned a PhD in Life Skills at the School of Life, and at age 49, earned a black belt in karate. With this training, she decided to teach what she had learned about everyone's favorite four-letter word... Fear.

She is the creator of The Fearless Factor Life Mastery Blueprint for Success. This powerful program is designed to help individuals achieve their full potential by helping them to build confidence, create a strong action plan, set goals with achievable results, and learn how to communicate needs, wants and desires effectively, as well as strengthen relationships in business and in life. In short, how to develop YOUR Fearless Factor.

Jacqueline was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but considers herself a global citizen having lived in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and presently New York City. She also has a home in Bali, Indonesia

Beth Goldstein, Marketing Edge Consulting Group, Take Control of Your Destiny and Empower Your Business: Lessons from Lucky By Design
Why do some people appear to have an abundance of luck while others simply can't catch a break? What's their secret? In this presentation, Beth Goldstein discusses the findings from her latest book, Lucky By Design, andexposes the fallacies and dangers of underestimating your own ability to control your destiny and create powerful business opportunities. Working with thousands of entrepreneurs over a span of more than 25 years, this presentation offers new insights and practical advice detailing what it takes to get lucky in business and will show you simple, yet effective steps to control your destiny and design your own lucky path to success. You will discover proven tools, tips and tactics that you can apply immediately to your business, based on techniques successful entrepreneurs have used to prepare for, recognize and take advantage of lucky opportunities. Whether you have just launched a new company or have been running one for years, this session will give you the insight and knowledge to create a Luck-Fueled Roadmap that empowers your business.

2:30 -3:30 pm

Open Networking, Book Signings and SpeedCoaching, one-on-one growth coaching
You will have private coaching sessions (5 minutes) with each of our business growth experts, plus networking continues.

$99 all-inclusive fee includes Breakfast, Award Luncheon

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