Council for IWU Women Hosts 2020 Summit: “Sharing Truths”
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– The Council for IWU Women will host its 2020 summit, themed “Sharing Truths,” on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 through
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. at Illinois Wesleyan University. The Summit is open to Council
women, alumnae, faculty, staff and students.
Since 2006, the Council for IWU Women has provided guidance and mentorship to support
the personal and professional development of women at IWU. The Council for IWU Women Summit is an opportunity to attend inspiring educational sessions, interact and engage with
alumnae, network, and engage in practice interviews.
“The council’s conversations about this year’s theme revolved around sharing authentic
experiences to which women can relate,” explained Director of Alumni Engagement Adriane
Powell. “Sessions during the summit reflect that theme by encouraging all who attend
to share their truths, stories and valuable lessons as a way to help others reflect
on their own situations and challenges.”
Friday’s events will begin with the kick-off luncheon: Titan Trailblazers from 12
to 1 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge. President S. Georgia Nugent will give a keynote
address titled “Steps to Leadership for Women (and Everyone).”
The fifth annual “She Speaks” is powered by PechaKucha, a popular, fast paced storytelling
platform that is gaining worldwide appeal. It will take place on Friday at 6 p.m.
in the Hansen Student Center.
“She Speaks is a wonderful opportunity to support and hear stories from fellow Titans,
former and current. It offers nine very different topics and perspectives,” Powell
explained. “Attendees will definitely learn some valuable information, but it is also
a lot of fun! It is routinely cited as one of the most popular and beloved Summit
events, year after year.”
IWU students, faculty, staff and alumnae will share their stories in a fast-paced
presentation style that highlights content that is sometimes poignant, sometimes funny
and always fascinating.
“Each year the stories often range from heartbreaking to hilarious. This year is no
different and they all promise to be stimulating conversation starters,” said Powell.
“The great thing about it is, in addition to it being a fabulous platform to learn
from women in our community, it’s a chance for women with all sorts of affiliations
to IWU - faculty, student, staff, alumnae, council women - to come together and do
Saturday’s events will begin with a welcoming, continental breakfast offered at 9:30
a.m. in the Henning Room of Memorial Center. From 10 to 11:15 a.m., students and alumnae
will compete in “Fact or Fiction: The Game Show!” Contestants will try to answer questions
from a variety of topics such as women's history, the Council for IWU Women, and IWU
trivia in this fun game based on this year's academic theme. This event will take
place in Memorial Center’s Vinyard Room (formerly the Davidson Room).
The Scholarship Award Luncheon will take place on Saturday from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.
in the Young Main Lounge. It will feature IWU alum Ade Olayinka ’11, a government
and public sector consultant at Deloitte Consulting, presenting a keynote speech titled
“Finding Strength Through Truth: Building Your Life by Seeking What’s Right and What’s
Right for You.” Olayinka will also be interviewed by alum Rachel Paturi ’13.
The events will conclude with a seminar titled “Adulting 101” from 1 to 2 p.m. in
the Vinyard Room. This is an opportunity to learn important, lifelong skills in job
searches, salary negotiations, finances, budgeting, insurance, and contracts.
The Council for IWU Women provides time, talent, and resources to support the personal
and professional development of the women of Illinois Wesleyan. The Council exists
to promote democratic citizenship in a global society while working to support the
intellectual and personal growth of women by offering guidance and role models to
the extended university community.
The Council for IWU Women executive board includes president Marilynn Graves ’79, President-elect Kim Bankston ’96, summit co-chair Gianina Baker ’04, and summit co-chair
Kelly (Goodpaster) Fuller '08.
For more information on the summit, email email@example.com or call (888) 498-2586.