College of Business Communications Feature
  One of an occasional series of feature stories on the web


College home

Women's Leadership Conference:
Inspired to Achieve

The Women's Leadership Conference is an annual event planned and coordinated by the MBA Women in Business. This year's agenda featured successful businesswomen and women in academe as speakers:

Leah Estabrook, professor in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, was the keynote speaker. Kim Plummer, director of pensions at Ford Motor Company, served as the Legacy Luncheon keynote speaker, offering her personal views on what inspires her to succeed.

In the afternoon, attendees could select from two workshops:

  • Inspired to Hire, an Inside Look at Corporate Recruiting with Kara Pfeifer and Anthony Beasley
  • Negotiations with Professor Greg Northcraft

An afternoon panel moderated by Joseph Broschak, assistant professor of business administration, highlighted some leadership challenges. Panelists included:

  • Lorna Doucet, assistant professor of business administration
  • Susan Snowden, strategic global marketing consultant
  • Sandra Williams, consultant with SharedDecisions Consulting

At the luncheon, the Illinois MBA Bottom Line a capella group provided entertainment. The day-long conference ended with a wine and cheese reception.

This year's conference was sponsored by the Illinois MBA Association, the Illinois MBA Women in Business chapter, the College of Business, the MBA Legacy Campaign, Aon Corporation, and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Members of the conference committee include MBA students Christina Donovan, Anne Hausermann, Katie Jolley, Beth Jones, Lisa Lavie, Kristy Myers, JaeSun Park, and Tsu-chun Tsun. Joseph Broschak is the faculty advisor for the MBA Women in Business organization.