“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
These words by Marianne Williamson from her book “A Course in Miracles” are strong and make us think…what is out there, what can I become? What are we really afraid of…what is really holding us back? When we begin to ask these questions, we can lean in…towards great aspirations – Inspiring Change. What can we do to “Inspire Change” in our friends, in our family, our community but most important within ourselves. Join the WIF event on May 5th and find out.
Join the Women’s Initiative Forum (WIF) on Monday, May 5, 2014 for the 3rd Annual Women’s Initiative Forum, Luncheon and Award Presentation.
Come and celebrate the amazing things women have accomplished, celebrate what we as women achieve in our day to day lives and what amazing and wonderful opportunities our future holds for us and the coming generations.
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – Women Initiative Forum and Luncheon
Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 7:45AM – 1:00PM
Cost: $115 for the entire event (non-members)
$90 for the entire event (members)
$75 for non-members/educators
$45 for lunch only (member/non-members)
Location: University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, Illinois
Registration 7:45AM – 8:15AM
Panel Discussion 8:15AM – 9:15AM
"A Male's Point of View...how to navigate the workplace"
Moderator: Dorri McWhorter CEO of the YWCA Chicago
Panel: John Covell, Managing Director of Templer Charters Consulting;
Andy Dahle, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers;
Shel Pais, Manager Operational Audit BCBSA
Break 9:15AM – 9:30AM
Speaker 9:30AM – 10:30AM
“Breaking Down the Barriers and Surviving”
Barbara Bates, Owner Barbara Bates Designs/Founder Barbara Bates Foundation
Break 10:30AM – 10:45AM
Speaker 10:45AM – 11:45AM
“Seeking the “New Perfect””
Luncheon/Award Ceremony - Noon – 1:00PM
(Presentation of the 2014 Inspirational Woman of the Year Award)
About Our Speakers
Barbara Bates – Owner Barbara Bates Designs/Founder Barbara Bates Foundation. Barbara is a leader in creating fashionable styles for celebrities (such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Steve Harvey and Whitney Huston) as well as the “everyday” man and woman. A self-taught fashion designer is a former Crain’s Magazine “40 Under 40”. The Barbara Bates Designs design studio and showroom is located in Chicago’s South Loop.
The Barbara Bates Foundation was founded In 1999. Initially, the goal of the Foundation was to recognize inner-city high school students who excel despite difficult circumstances by donating prom dresses and formal wear. The Foundation strives to uplift the spirits and attitudes of Chicago’s disadvantaged inner-city youth living in poverty. Since its inception, the Foundation has discovered that the donation of a designer gown or tuxedo can go a long way in encouraging teens to want to “really be somebody” and set goals for themselves. The Foundation seeks to empower underprivileged teens to rise above their circumstances and become successful individuals in their chosen field of study. Upon graduation, 80 percent of the Foundation’s participants go on to further their education at two-year and four-year college institutions.
In 2012, the Foundation also began to focus on Breast Cancer awareness and education.
Becky Beaupre Gillespie – Author, Speaker and Journalist.
Becky is an award-winning journalist and the co-author of the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood (Harlequin, 2011).
Becky is Chicago-based and has spoken to audiences and media outlets nationwide, appearing on MSNBC, NBC 5 Chicago, and WGN-TV and in the New York Times. She writes a weekly online column on women entrepreneurs for Crain’s Chicago Business. She speaks at conferences, law firms, corporations and organizations on work/life issues, working motherhood and perfectionism, offering solid takeaways and a fresh perspective on what it means to “have it all.”
Becky also has written for the Chicago Sun-Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and the Miami Herald. While on staff at the Sun-Times, Becky specialized in computer-assisted reporting and wrote on numerous subjects, including education, technology and women in corporate America.
In 2001, she co-wrote a groundbreaking and award-winning investigative series on “failing teachers” that led to statewide reforms in teacher testing and a crackdown on teacher quality in the Chicago Public Schools. The three-day series, which began one week after the birth of her first child, gave Becky her first experience at balancing motherhood and career.