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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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Adrienne Penta
Executive Director
Brown Brothers Harriman
Center for Women & Wealth

In this session, Adrienne Penta, Executive Director for the Brown Brother Harriman (BBH) Center for Women & Wealth (CW&W), will share her experiences as a woman in leadership and insights into wealth generation for women.

Speaker Bio

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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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Maryam Ahmad
Bureau Chief
Cook County
State’s Attorney’s Office

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Sadzi Oliva
Commissioner
Illinois Commerce Commission

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Honorable
Mary Marubio

Associate Judge
Cook County
Circuit Court

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Jenn Rosato Perea
Dean and
Professor of Law
DePaul University
College of Law

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Katy Straub
Deputy Director
CMS
Discussion Moderator

WomenIn Public Safety Session I – March 15, 2021, 12 p.m.

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Kajanda Love
Assistant Warden
Illinois Department
of Corrections

This presentation will highlight women who are in leadership positions in public safety organizations throughout the State and discuss the unique challenges women face in these roles.

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WomenIn Public Safety Session II – March 15, 2021, 1 p.m.

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Alicia Tate-Nadeau
Director
Illinois Emergency Management Agency

This presentation will highlight women who are in leadership positions in public safety organizations throughout the State and discuss the unique challenges women face in these roles.

Speaker Bio

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WomenIn Public Safety Session III – March 15, 2021, 2 p.m.

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Annette
Nance-Holt

1st Deputy Commissioner
Chicago Fire Department

This presentation will highlight women who are in leadership positions in public safety organizations throughout the State and discuss the unique challenges women face in these roles.

Speaker Bio

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When Women Lead – March 16, 2021, 12 p.m.

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Andrea Zopp
Managing Partner
Cleveland Ave

In this session, Andrea Zopp, Managing Partner for Cleveland Avenue will share her experiences as a woman in leadership and discuss the impact women leaders can have within their organizations, communities, and beyond.

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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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Erin O’Boyle
Deputy Director
Labor Relations
CMS

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Sara Redding Wilson
President & CEO
Drive to Work

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Leslie Scott
Executive Director
National Association
of State Personnel Executives

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Rebecca Hunter

Former Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Human Services

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Sarah Kerley
Senior Policy Advisor
CMS

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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Danielle DuMerer
Vice President of Technology
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Lecturer
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago

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Jennifer Ricker
Acting Secretary and CIO
Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology

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Dr. Tamara Roust
Chief Data Officer
Commodity Futures
Trading Commission

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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Theresa Eagleson

Director
Illinois Department
of Healthcare
and Family Services

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Lizzy Whitehorn

First Assistant
Deputy Governor

Health and Human Services

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Dr. Ngozi Ezike

Director
Illinois Department
of Public Health

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Grace B. Hou

Secretary
Illinois Department
of Human Services

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Shiloah Tubbs

Deputy Director
Bureau of Benefits

CMS
Discussion Moderator

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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Avis LaVelle

Founder
A. LaVelle Consulting Services

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Anel Ruiz
Senior Vice President
Culloton Bauer Luce

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Marjani Williams

Deputy Director
Illinois Office of Communication
and Information
CMS

When Women Lead – March 23, 2021

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Paula Basta
Director
Illinois Department
on Aging

In this session, Paula Basta, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging, answers 21 questions about her unique experiences as a woman in leadership.

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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

Xponance

In this session, Tina Byles Williams, CEO, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Founder of Xponance, will share insights into financial planning, investments and building wealth for women.

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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

In this session, Carole L. Brown, Head of Asset Management for The PNC Financial Services Group will share her experiences as a woman in leadership and discuss the impact women leaders can have within their organizations, communities, and beyond.

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When Women Lead – March 26, 2021

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Margaret Weichert
Managing Director – North American Payments Lead
Accenture

In this session, Margaret Weichert, Managing Director – North American Payments Lead, Accenture, shares her insights about her career in finance and experience in both the private and public sectors and as an entrepreneur.

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When Women Lead – March 29, 2021

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Karen Freeman-Wilson
President and CEO
Chicago Urban League

In this session, Karen Freeman-Wilson, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League will share her experiences as a woman in leadership.

Speaker Bio

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When Women Lead – March 30, 2021

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Jamie Rodgers, MPA
Deputy Director
National Association
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.

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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.

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