Council for IWU Women to Host Annual Summit

She Speaks
She Speaks, a fast-paced storytelling event, will feature IWU women.

Feb. 20, 2017     

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Since 2006, the Council for IWU Women have been supporting the personal professional development of IWU women students, faculty, staff and each other. From March 3-4, the Council will host its annual summit, centered on the theme, “Raise Your Voice.” The summit is open to all IWU women -- students, faculty and staff.

Keynote speakers for Friday’s luncheon are Casey Erin Clark ’04 and Julie Fogh, the founders of Vital Voice Training, an organization that is dedicated to creating a deeper understanding of what effective communication really looks like. A 2004 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Clark has been teaching vocal production, public speaking, accent modification and singing for the last 10 years. She has worked with the TADA Youth Theater, NY Speech Coaching, as well as clients from Fortune 500 companies. Clark and Fogh will present their address, “What Does Leadership Sound Like?” at 11:45 p.m. March 3 in the Young Main Lounge. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, they will lead a workshop in the Memorial Center Davidson Room, helping IWU women explore finding and using their authentic voices in their lives and careers.

Summit group
Students at the 2016 Council for IWU Women Summit.

Other summit events include the “She Speaks” event powered by the PechaKucha presentation style on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center, where 10 students, alumnae and faculty will present their stories in fast-paced presentations. Other alumnae with key roles in presentations include: Claudia Brogan ’77, Marsha Guenzler-Stevens ’78, Kayla Roan ’08, Abby Sullivan ’08, and Erin Rahn ’01, along with library faculty members Meg Miner and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. Practice interviews with council alumnae, career networking events, a presentation on the history of women at IWU, and Saturday’s luncheon with the announcement of scholarship recipients are among the summit’s other events.

The Council for IWU Women is a group of over 80 alumnae and friends from throughout the United States and one member currently living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each year a contingent of council members return to campus to offer their talents and resources to support the personal and professional development of the women of IWU. The event provides the opportunity for students to connect with women who are leaders in their professions and communities and who exemplify mentorship for students.

All events are free, with the meals and all summit activities are fully funded by Council for IWU Women members. Jennifer Jones ’94 is Council for IWU Women President and Sullivan is the council’s vice president – engagement.

By Vi Kakares ’20