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Join us for our Fifteenth Annual Women's Leadership Symposium

Thursday, June 11, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Illinois Room, Student Center East
750 South Halsted
The UIC Women's Leadership Symposium was founded to make leadership development more accessible to women on campus and to address the unique issues faced by minority women.

Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, and the Public
Endorsed by the Office of the Chancellor

REGISTRATION OPENS ON Wednesday, May 6th 2009
Advanced Registration is Required
Register Early because SPACE IS LIMITED!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 5th

Registration Fee:

$55.00 - UIC faculty and staff

      $20.00 - Full-time students

$60.00 - Community members

Late Registration Fee: $65.00

Funds are available to attend this program. Click here for more information!

The UIC Women's Leadership Symposium was founded to make leadership development more accessible to women on campus and to address the unique issues faced by minority women.

Parking Information
Parking costs are not included in the WLS registration fee. All persons without a valid UIC parking assignment will be charged to park in the lot.
UIC employees with active parking assignments can transfer them to the Halsted Street Parking Structure for this event. Attendees must have their valid hangtag displayed on their rearview mirror (anyone who does not have a hang tag will be charged). When you enter the lot, pull a ticket and when you exit the parking structure, just show the parking attendant your hangtag and state that you were attending the Women's Leadership Symposium. A special thanks to UIC Parking Services for their continuing support!



8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   

Keynote Address by Anne Ladky

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Morning Workshops

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address by Mary F. Morten
Lunch, Booths and Networking

1:30 pm - 3:30 p.m.  

Afternoon Workshops

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Refreshments, Free Raffle, Booths

This program qualifies for LLEAP (Lifelong Learning and Educational Access Program).  For additional information please visit http://www.uic.edu/orgs/LLEAP/LLeap.html#WhatisLLEAP.

Accessibility Information
If you have a disability and require an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please call 312.413.1025 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Please call the Office of Women's Affairs at 312-413-1025 for additional information.

Morning Keynote Speaker - Anne Ladky

"Creating Solutions—Women as a Force for Change"

Anne Ladky Keynote Speaker

Anne Ladky is Executive Director of Women Employed, a 35-year-old organization whose mission is to improve women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity.  Women Employed is widely recognized for its groundbreaking work to require the federal government to enforce affirmative action requirements, leading to historic changes in women’s employment opportunities.  Today, Women Employed’s priorities are to expand employment opportunities and make workplaces fairer, increase access to and improve the quality of post-secondary education and training leading to good jobs, and provide information and tools to enable low-income women to set and achieve their career goals.  The organization conducts advocacy, policy development, and organizing, and develops and markets innovative approaches aimed at enabling women paid low wages to advance economically.   

Ladky was a founding member of Women Employed, joined the staff in 1977, and was named Executive Director in 1985.  She is a nationally recognized expert on women’s employment issues, equal opportunity, workforce development and career advancement. During her tenure as Executive Director, Women Employed has won numerous awards for innovation and management excellence.  Ladky is the author of numerous reports, articles, and testimony on economic issues.  She holds appointments with the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, which oversees state workforce development activities, and the Chicago Workforce Board, which advises the Mayor on employment training issues, and chaired the Governor’s Transition Task Force on Workforce Development.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Consulting Alliance and serves on the National Policy Advisory Council of the Center for Economic Progress.  She is also a member of the Chicago Network and was recently named a Visiting Social Activist at the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan. 

For more information on Women Employed, visit www.womenemployed.org.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Mary F. Morten

Picture of Luncheon keynote speaker - Mary F. Morten

Mary is the President of Morten Group (MG), a consulting firm specializing in social change through skills development, public policy and film and video production.   Mary has served as board chair and most recently as interim executive director for the Chicago Foundation for Women, one of the world’s largest women funds, for one year, through December of 2008.

She is frequently seen in national and local media outlets for her expertise as a women’s advocate. Mary’s background includes 20 years of executive leadership at non-profits and a mayoral appointment in city government. Mary is the immediate past Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, Mary was an appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley and served as the Director/Liaison for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues.

Mary is also a filmmaker and is currently in production through 2009 on a documentary about black youth. She has received numerous honors for work with women and girls and in the philanthropic community. In May of 2007, Rape Victim Advocates honored Mary with the Visionary Award. In November, Mary was recognized by the Women’s Bar Association with their Women with Vision Award.  In 2004, Mary received the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Funding Network.  She has been recognized in Chicago Crain’s 40 under 40 and the Small Business Administration. Mary is a past board chair for the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Donor’s Forum of Chicago.

Mary has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in radio and television from Loyola University of Chicago.


We would like to extend a BIG thank you to our generous Co-Sponsors!

Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
African American Cultural Center
Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Department of Political Sciences
Gender and Sexuality Center
Latino Cultural Center

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support of this event!
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This year’s Women’s Leadership Symposium would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the
2009 WLS Planning Committee.


Emily D. Aker
G. M. Avery Avila
Idalia Andrade
Rosalba Angulo
Elena Barengolts
Katherine Battee-Freeman
Camille Baxter
Meghna Bhat
Sonya M. Booth
Teauria A. Brown
Faith Cordell
Jannell Dennison
Jennifer Edwards
Vickie Gordon
Karen Jackson
Martina Jackson Green
Karen Hershberger
Renee Jones
Jaime L. Klaus
Lisa Massengale
Judith Meza Vazquez
Norma Ramos
Karin D. Riggs
Yolanda Rodriguez
Sara Spiegel
Leak Stokes
Karen Su
Caroline Swinney
Dorothy Washington-Calvin
Dasheka Whitaker
Stephanie Whitaker
Charlom Easter Wilcher
Felicia Williams
Vicky Young
Kristine Zimmermann