Women’s HERstory Month 2022

Women's History Month 2022

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will celebrate Women’s HERstory Month throughout March 2022. DCEO, through its Offices of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) and Regional Economic Development (RED), will present virtual events featuring business resources and advice from women leaders, recognize women-owned businesses throughout the state, and showcase our commitment to investing in women. Please join us as we celebrate and elevate HER in Illinois!


Illinois Financial Capital Resources for HER
Thursday| March 10, 2022 | 10:00-11:00 AM | webinar

Securing financial capital is a major obstacle for women-owned businesses, and it’s even more challenging for businesses owned by women of color due to historical inequities. With women being underinvested - only receiving around 2% of venture funding in 2021 compared to men, we’ll discuss avenues for financial capital to help women in Illinois start, sustain, and expand their businesses during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Welcome

  • Kala Lambert: Southeast Region Manager, DCEO-Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)
  • Michelle Lura White: Women’s Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Moderator

Dr. Gloria Sweida: Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) School of Business

Panelists

  • Abigail “Abby” Scanlan: Director of Access to Capital for the WBDC, Women's Business Development Center
  • Darrah Perryman: Outreach and Marketing Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-Illinois District Office
  • Emily Mattes: Vice President of Business Banking, First Women’s Bank
  • Kristi Dula: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology (EIT)
  • Sadia Naveed: Vice President–Lending Specialist Small Business, Bank of America

 

Empowering HER with Resources: How Illinois Supports Women-Owned Businesses
Wednesday | March 23, 2022 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM | webinar

Whether you’re already a woman business owner or aspiring to be one, please join us in a virtual panel event to learn about no-cost (free) resources to help promote your business, 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.

Welcome

  • Kala Lambert: Southeast Region Manager, DCEO-Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)
  • Michelle Lura White: Women’s Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Moderator

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

Panelists

  • Darrah Perryman: Outreach and Marketing Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-Illinois District Office
  • Ericka White: Assistant State Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC)
  • Felicitas Cortez: Associate Director of the IL SBDC at the WBDC -South Suburbs, Women’s Business Development Center
  • IB Majekodunmi: Founder, refinecltv
  • Liem Le: Outreach Director, Goldman Sachs 10KSB

 

Developing Strategies to Start and Grow a Successful Business
Wednesday| March 30, 2022 | 10:00 -11:30 AM  | webinar

Learn about business techniques which are used by startups at all growth stages to help you understand the clients/customers that you are serving, your business’ unique selling points, and how to create revenue for your business.

Presenting will be Blanca Berthier from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) who is joining the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) & the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) during OMEE and the IL SBDC’s monthly webinar series called the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME). ADME is an informative workshop experience where subject matter experts in the field of business share information with Illinois entrepreneurs to help them be successful. Each month we offer a dynamic discussion on a business topic and highlight one of OMEE's focus communities. This month the discussion will center and celebrate Women's HERstory Month!

Welcome

  • Diana Alfaro: Latinx Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Ericka White: Assistant State Director, Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC)
  • Matthew “Matt” Simpson: African American Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Michelle Lura White: Women’s Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Presenter

  • Blanca Berthier: Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Services Division I, Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

 

Yes, She Did It: How Illinois Women Leaders Paved the Way Forward For HER
Thursday| March 31, 2022 |11:30 AM-12:30 PM | webinar

Women have been disproportionately impacted before and throughout the pandemic at different levels. From not having the same access to financial capital opportunities, to being overlooked for top leadership positions in organizations, to managing the double-double shift of taking care of the family and home chores, and etc., many women aren’t able to reach their full professional potential due to barriers across the spectrum. Hear from Illinois women leaders who have broken the glass ceiling and want to help you get to the next level - whether it’s starting or growing your business, or strategically growing into leadership positions within organizations.

Welcome

  • Michelle Lura White: Women’s Business Development Manager, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
  • Vanessa Uribe: Deputy Director, DCEO-Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)

Moderator

  • Sylvia I. Garcia: Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Panelists

  • Ashley S. H. Moy: Co-Founder & CEO, Cast21
  • Beverly Kim: James Beard Award-winning Chef | Co-Owner, restaurants Parachute & Wherewithall |Top Chef 2011 Contestant | Co-Founder, DoughSomething | Co-Founder, The Abundance Setting
  • Cate Costa: Vice President of Global Small Business Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Deirdre C. Drake: Executive Vice President-Chief People Officer-Head of Communications, UScellular
  • Dr. Lisa C. Freeman: President, Northern Illinois University

Q & A Facilitator

  • Kala Lambert: Southeast Region Manager, DCEO-Office of Regional Economic Development (RED)