Meeting/Event Information

Gallery  Directions

September 21, 2017

Pathways to Success: The Courage to Lead
September 21, 2017
10:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Par-a-dice Hotel
21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, IL 61611
This dynamic conference is one you won't want to miss.

Annual Women’s Leadership Conference - "The Courage to Lead"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, East Peoria, IL

Registration, Luncheon & Keynote Presentation - 11 am – 1:15 pm

Breakout Sessions & Networking - 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

This conference will give you the courage to lead in all aspects of your life. It is filled with courageous and inspiring women from diverse backgrounds.

"If there is one conference to attend this year, it is Pathways to Success," says business owner Pat Drake. "The caliber of speakers, networking opportunities and inspirational women is something you won't find anywhere else!"


Keynote Speaker:

Iron Jen, aka Jen McDonough - Author, Motivational Storyteller, Olympian, Firefighter, Ironman Triathlete and more!

Courageous women leaders are in high demand and short supply.  As history has shown, women who have the guts to step forward, take some risks, and lead with courage during times of turmoil and times of prosperity will be winners.

While this sounds great on paper, in all reality, how does this work in our busy world today?

Join us in this engaging, motivating and empowering keynote where we will look at the three tips to becoming courageous women leaders both at work and at home.

Iron Jen is the perfect pick for our 2017 leadership conference. In her roles as a motivational storyteller, engaging Amazon Top 100 author and founder of GRIT (Growing Resilient Individuals and Teams), Jen will inspire you.

She is also an 8-time national weightlifter, Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee, two-time US Olympic Festival medal winner, Ironman triathlete AND volunteer firefighter.


  • 10:00-11:00 Sponsor/Exhibitor Setup
  • 11:00 Check-In • Networking • Exhibits & Vendors
  • 11:45 Lunch • Keynote Speaker
  • 1:15 – 1:45 Networking • Exhibits & Vendors
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Breakout Learning Session 1
  • 2:45 – 3:00   Break • Refreshments • Exhibits & Vendors
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Breakout Learning Session 2
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Appetizers & Cash Bar • Networking • Silent Auction Winners Announced


BREAKOUT SESSIONS - These speakers will inspire, motivate and entertain!

  •  What's Your Leadership Style - Presented by Chris Laible, On Track with Chris.  The 20th  Century Called – They want their vision board back! 
  •  Transformational Leadership - Presented by Dr. Leslie McKnight, McKnight and Associates.   Unlock innovation and agility through engagement and creativity. 
  • The Courage to Crash Through Your Control Issues - Presented by Liz Pollack, Leg Up Services.  What YOU can do to relinquish your need to control.



Individual conference tickets are $65 for NAWBO or WIL members/$75 for guests (non-WIL, non-NAWBO members).  To register, go to:

Future Meetings

July 18, 2018

Time for a Summer "Escape"

July 18, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Escape 60
931 N Sheridan Rd ste b
Peoria, IL 61603

Don't miss our summer fun as we enjoy the stimulating and intellectually challenging escape rooms at Escape 60

September 20, 2018

Pathways to Success: Show Up, Be Bold

September 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Par-a-dice Hotel
21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, IL 61611

Kim Hodous, author of the award winning book, Show Up, Be Bold, Play Big will be our keynote speaker. Followed by outstanding breakout sessions. Come, learn, network, grow. Show Up, Be Bold!