A Publication of WTVP

Women of Influence

Each December, Peoria Magazine highlights area women who are making a difference in central Illinois, in conjunction with a half-day forum featuring breakout sessions, panels, featured speakers and more. The annual event is for professional development, personal growth and collective inspiration—a tribute to women in the workplace and a way to bring the community together and empower women leaders.

Persevering Women

Realizing our collective strength, power and capabilities are limitless

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
A virtual conference

Women of Influence


Download the event program here!


8:00 – 8:40am
Morning Keynote Session

Opening remarks by Jan Wright, Peoria Magazines, and Mary Pille, Junior Achievement
“A Lifestyle of Perseverance” – Jean Becker, Accenture
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8:50 – 9:20am
Breakout Session #1

“Don’t Count Us Out Yet: Women Survive and Thrive” – Tiffany Carpenter, Howard & Howard
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“Building Your Personal Network” – Erica Baird, Caterpillar Inc.
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9:30 – 10:00am
Breakout Session #2

“The Business Case for Gender Diversity” – Jennifer Seaton, RSM US
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“Mental Wellness Starts With You” – Dr. Ted Bender, UnityPoint Health – UnityPlace
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10:10 – 10:40am
Breakout Session #3

“Trust the Process” – Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way
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“Forward Through Change” – Roopa Foulger, OSF HealthCare
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10:50am – 12:00pm
Women of Influence Panel Discussion

With panelists Dr. Sarah de Ramirez, Rachael Parker, Jodi Hoos, Mary Jo Papich, and Monica Hendrickson.
Moderated by Dr. Sarah Zallek.
Concluding remarks by Jan Wright, Peoria Magazines, and Mary Pille, Junior Achievement
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Corporate Sponsors

Hometown Community BanksJunior AchievementAccenture
 Caterpillar Inc. 

Executive Sponsors

UnityPoint HealthHeart of Illinois United WayHoward & Howard

Associate Sponsors

OSF HealthCareIllinois MutualCullinan Properties
RLI Corp.Illinois Central CollegeSikich
 Pekin Insurance