Women's History Month

CMS Celebrates Women's History Month

Throughout the month of March, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will celebrate Women’s History Month highlighting the contributions of women in government and public service. We invite you to check back for more content, programming and employee spotlights.

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 in various industries.

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/IllinoisCMS
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/IllinoisCMS


Feature Event

WomenIn Demand Webinar
Highlighting the achievements of women serving the State in in-demand careers.

View the recording at this link.

March 31, 2022, 12 p.m. CST

Women in Demand Webinar

Women’s History Month is about honoring women all over the world. It’s about celebrating the huge strides women have made (and are making) in government, health care, social justice, science, math, technology, and all across the board. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is teaming up with multiple State Agencies to host this special event in celebration of Women's History Month. We will hear talks from women from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences who will shed light on their personal and career journeys and the strides they made to get to where they are today. At this session, you will hear from:

  • WomenIn Public Safety
  • WomenIn Science
  • WomenIn Healthcare
  • WomenIn IT
Robin J. Woolery

Robin J. Woolery
Deputy Director
Illinois State Police
Division of Forensic Services

T’Kira Siler-Wilkerson

T’Kira Siler-Wilkerson
Senior Public Service Administrator
Illinois Veterans’ Home
at Chicago

Lora Rensing

Lora Rensing
Bureau Chief of Construction
Illinois Department of Transportation

Dessa Gypalo

Dessa Gypalo
Chief Data Officer (CDO)
Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology

Sarah Kerley

Sarah Kerley
Chief Administrative Officer

Illinois Department of Central Management Services

Overcoming the Barriers of Bias – Virtual Event
March 8, 2022, 12 p.m. CST

Hosted by Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
State of Illinois Hispanic Employment Plan Council Partner

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Mujeres de HACE Chicago Auxiliary Board committee is hosting an Overcoming the Barriers of Bias virtual event. Join HACE for a conversation about overcoming the barriers of bias in the workplace and life.

HACE | (haceonline.org)

State Career Fair in Honor of Women’s History Month
March 19, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Beardstown Public Library
13 Boulevard Rd.
Beardstown, IL 62618

Hispanic Women of SpringfieldSponsored by the Hispanic Women of Springfield

Statewide Recruitment Call
March 22, 2022, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST

CMS produces Statewide Recruitment Calls with all Human Resource and Recruitment Teams from all agencies. The Bureau of Diversity & Inclusion aims to provide resources and professional development opportunities that would promote a more inclusive and diverse workforce at these calls. In Honor of Women’s History Month, CMS will be hosting three remarkable panelist to join, “Sharing Perspectives: Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Workplace.

Esther L. Doe, MBA

Esther L. Doe, MBA
VP, Special Projects & Chief Diversity Officer
Cargill, Incorporated

Patricia Mota

Patricia Mota
President & CEO
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

Linh Williams, MBA

Linh Williams, MBA
College Director - 
Special Projects

Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago

Lynette Correa-Velez

Lynette Correa-Velez
Director of Career Services
Joliet Junior College

For more information about this WebEx meeting, please contact: Patricia Santoyo-Marin | Deputy Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Patricia.Santoyo-Marin@illinois.gov.

DCEO Women HERstory Month Events

Events will feature women trailblazers who are leaders of industry, ranging from academia, financial institutions, hospitality, government, manufacturing, non-profits, and telecommunications. All events are free to attend; additional information and registration can be found on the DCEO website:

Empowering HER with Resources: How Illinois Supports Women-Owned Businesses

March 23, 2022, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This virtual panel event focuses on no-cost (free) resources to help support current or aspiring business owners, such as one-on-one business advising, business education programs, and online business directories. We’ll also share more about the advocacy and policy work being done behind the scenes to ensure women entrepreneurs have the support they need to be successful.

Moderator: Valeri Werpetinski, Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Education, University of Illinois' Gies College of Business, Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Participants: Representatives from Goldman Sachs 10KSB, Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Women’s Business Development Center, and Founder of refinecltv.

Related Links

2021 Women’s History Month
Diversity Enrichment Program