BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Council for IWU Women will host its annual summit Feb. 26-28. This year’s theme is “Time to Climb Together.”
The Council for IWU Women, which began in 2006, was created to instill confidence
in female students with the help of successful alumnae as mentors and as resources.
The conference will facilitate exchanges of information and networking between alumnae
and current students.
All female students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Meals, summit activities
and four scholarships are fully funded by the more than 70 Council for IWU Women members.
Summit sessions range from a Thursday evening panel discussion on how being a woman
affects one in her field, to practice interviews with Council alumnae, to tips on
developing mentor relationships. The popular Career Connections event, where students
can informally network with more than 30 Council members working in a variety of careers,
will be held Friday afternoon at Hansen Student Center. See the complete schedule for details. Students must pre-register for the practice interviews on Friday afternoon, and attendees are asked to RSVP for the luncheons and sessions.
Leah Merrifield ’78 will deliver the kickoff luncheon address on Feb. 27 in the Young
Main Lounge. Her presentation is entitled “We Didn’t Start the Fire: Reflections on
Living a Life that Matters.” Merrifield is Washington University’s assistant vice chancellor
for community engagement. In this role she is responsible for cultivating, sustaining
and advancing strategic academic partnerships in the St. Louis region. She serves
on the board of the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council, is a member of
Barnes Jewish Hospital’s Nominations and Governance Board committee, and is chair
of the board of College Bound Saint Louis. She earned her master’s degree in higher
education administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jill York ’85, vice president and chief financial officer of MB Financial, Inc.,
will present the address for the Feb. 28 closing luncheon in the Young Main Lounge.
York is also executive vice president, chief financial officer and a director of MB
Financial Bank. Prior to the MB-MidCity Merger, she served as vice president and chief
financial officer of MB Financial, Inc. She previously served as a partner with the
public accounting firm of McGladrey LLP. Scholarships will also be presented to four
students at Saturday’s luncheon.