Council for IWU Women Summit


The Council for IWU Women Summit combines a series of events that
provide women within the Illinois 2020 Summit Logo - Sharing TruthsWesleyan community opportunities to discuss social topics concerning women, network with successful alumnae, and channel inspiration to take on leadership roles in today’s world.

All Summit events are free and open to the Illinois Wesleyan community, alumnae, faculty, staff and students. Summit activities, scholarships, and meals are funded by Council for IWU Women members.

Founded in 2006, the Council for IWU Women exists to promote democratic citizenship and life in the world at large, with particular focus given to the intellectual and personal growth of women. Participants in the Summit will expect to gain leadership skills, network with women on and off campus, and learn how to use their skills to empower others.

Summit 2020 Schedule of Events


Kickoff Luncheon - Titan Trailblazers
“Steps to Leadership for Women (and Everyone)”
By S. Georgia Nugent, President of Illinois Wesleyan
12-1 p.m.  - Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Alumna to Alumna Connection - Truths of Womanhood
Alumnae Only
Interact and engage with fellow alumnae while discussing all aspects of womanhood. Topics include prioritizing, self-care, workplace challenges, and more. Structured to keep conversation flowing, this session is an excellent way to get to know The Council members and mentor each other through life situations.
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Turfler Room, Memorial Center

Practice Interviews with Council Alumnae
Alumnae and Students
Practice interviewing skills with alumnae in hiring positions and receive immediate feedback to be used when interviewing with prospective employers. Students must pre-register at:
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Hart Career Center, Minor J. Myers Welcome Center

Summit Lounge
Alumnae, Faculty, and Staff only
Join us for a facilitated large group session to share our truths about how we have best handled life events (careers, relocation to new communities, changes in family structure, etc.) and how we, as women, can support each other through these challenges.
2:30-4 p.m. - Vinyard Room, Memorial Center

TGIF with IWU Faculty and Staff
Alumnae, Faculty, and Staff only
Join us for TGIF with a fun twist. Alumnae from The Council will sponsor this round table session with faculty and senior staff, sharing how their Illinois Wesleyan degree has aided in shaping their future and why they give back degree has taken them and why they give back to IWU as a Council member. Enjoy good food and drink while exploring ways in which alumnae can collaborate with campus partners to share their experiences with current students.
4-5:30 p.m. - Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center

She Speaks
IWU women share their stories in a fast-paced presentation style that highlights content that is sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, and always a conversation-starter.
Doors open at - 5:45 p.m.
Program 6 - 8 p.m.
Hansen Student Center


Welcome and Continental Breakfast
Start the day with coffee, breakfast, and quality conversation.
9:30 a.m. - Henning Room, Memorial Center

Polar Plunge
IWU students are participating in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Come out to support student teams or plunge with them!
10 a.m. - Miller Park - Bloomington, IL

Fact or Fiction: The Game Show!
Come on down - you’re the next contestant on “Fact or Fiction: The Game Show!” Team up with students and alumnae to distinguish fact from fiction on a variety of topics like women’s history, the Council for IWU Women, and IWU trivia.
10-11:15 a.m. - Vinyard Room, Memorial Center

Scholarship Award Luncheon
Finding Strength Through Truth: Building Your Life by Seeking What’s Right and What’s Right for You.A conversation with Dr. Ade Olayinka ’11, interviewed by Rachel Paturi ’13.
11:30-12:45 p.m. - Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Adulting 101
Learn important, lifelong skills in job searches, salary negotiations, finances, budgeting, insurance, and contracts. Are there other skills you’re interested in?
1-2 p.m. - Vinyard Room, Memorial Center

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