Women's History Month 2021
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Throughout the month of March, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will celebrate Women’s History Month through a series of events highlighting the contributions of women in government, public service and business. We invite you to join us for these exciting conversations and check back for more content, programming and event recordings each week.
CMS Celebrates Women’s History Month: WomenIn Event Series
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WomenIn Wealth Generation Part I – March 11, 2021, 11 a.m.
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Brown Brothers Harriman
Center for Women & Wealth
WomenIn Legal – March 11, 2021, 1 p.m.
This event will highlight women attorneys in the public sector and the broad, diverse type of work they do. Learn how inspiring women utilize their legal degree in both traditional and non-traditional legal settings, and their career pathways to reaching those settings. Featured speakers will share their experiences taking risks in their career, tackling seemingly insurmountable challenges, and becoming stronger attorneys and leaders along the way.
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State’s Attorney’s Office
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Illinois Commerce Commission
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Jenn Rosato Perea
Professor of Law
College of Law
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WomenIn Public Safety Session I – March 15, 2021, 12 p.m.
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WomenIn Public Safety Session II – March 15, 2021, 1 p.m.
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Illinois Emergency Management Agency
WomenIn Public Safety Session III – March 15, 2021, 2 p.m.
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1st Deputy Commissioner
Chicago Fire Department
When Women Lead – March 16, 2021, 12 p.m.
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WomenIn Personnel and Labor Relations – March 16, 2021, 1 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) and National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE)
During this event, we will discuss the impact of women in personnel and labor relations and we invite you to join us to learn from the distinguished panelist as they share their professional experience, journey, and expertise. We’ll hear why these successful leaders remain strong advocates of public service careers for those just beginning their professional journey or those seeking to make a change. There are many career paths in government that provide meaning and purpose. This panel will speak to those public service career opportunities and share their strong words of encouragement with anyone pursuing this journey.
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Sara Redding Wilson
President & CEO
Drive to Work
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of State Personnel Executives
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Tennessee Department of Human Services
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Senior Policy Advisor
WomenIn Technology – March 17, 2021 - 12 p.m.
Women leaders in the civic technology sector are inspiring people from all backgrounds to consider a career in technology. This event will highlight the achievements and project accomplishments of women in civic technology.
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Vice President of Technology
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago
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Acting Secretary and CIO
Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology
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Dr. Tamara Roust
Chief Data Officer
WomenIn Health and Human Services - March 18, 2021, 12 p.m.
In this presentation, CMS will highlight women leaders/experts in Health to discuss their experiences in agency leadership, ensuring safety, access and equity. In addition, we will discuss challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and their view on the path forward. Panelists will present their views on health, personal development and advocacy.
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and Family Services
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Dr. Ngozi Ezike
of Public Health
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Grace B. Hou
of Human Services
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Bureau of Benefits
WomenIn Communications – March 22, 2021, 12 p.m.
This panel will provide an overview of how women have played an integral role in leading communications for the State and other government entities’ both behind the scenes and on the front lines.
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A. LaVelle Consulting Services
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Senior Vice President
Culloton Bauer Luce
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Illinois Office of Communication
When Women Lead – March 23, 2021
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WomenIn Wealth Generation Part II – March 25, 2021, 12 p.m.
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Tina Byles Williams
CEO, Chief Investment
Officer (CIO) and Founder
When Women Lead - March 26, 2021, 12 p.m.
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Carole L. Brown
Head of Asset Management
The PNC Financial Services Group
When Women Lead – March 26, 2021
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Managing Director – North American Payments Lead
When Women Lead – March 29, 2021
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President and CEO
Chicago Urban League
When Women Lead – March 30, 2021
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Jamie Rodgers, MPA
of State Chief Administrators (NASCA)
In this session, Jamie Rodgers, current Deputy Director for National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA), and former Legislative Aide and Fulbright Scholar, will share her experiences as a woman in leadership and discuss the impact women leaders can have within their organizations, communities, and beyond.
CMS Celebrates Women’s History Month Social Media Campaign
Follow CMS on social media as we highlight the exemplary work of women working for the State of Illinois and in various industries.