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2011 Conference

Connect. Network. Succeed

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Friday, May 20, 2011
Mid-America Club

8:00am-9:00am--Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am--Welcome Remarks

Janet V. Deatherage, Ph.D. Associate Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

9:15am-10:30am--Featured Speaker

Beverly Washington, President, Image Factor, Inc.--Back to Basics


10:45am-12:15pm--Panel: Reflections on Leadership


Anne H. Reilly, Ph.D, Assistant Provost & Director of Faculty Administration, Loyola University Chicago


Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, Loyola University Chicago

Catherine M. Lee, President, CDL & Associates

Meg R. Zucker, JD, Executive Director, Global Anti-Money Laundering Group, Morgan Stanley



12:45pm-1:30pm: Keynote Speaker

Susan D. Sher, JD, Former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama

Concurrent Session I

1:45-3:00pm--The Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Josette Goldberg, President, Goldberg Executive Coaching

1:45-3:00pm--The ABC's of Social Networking

Carla P. Furca, Social Media Manager, Sears Holding Corp.

Concurrent Session II

3:15-4:30--Navigating Transition to Find Fulfillment

Debra Kerr, Founder and President, YouthMuse

3:15-4:30--Professional Presence, Personal Impact

Nancy Plummer, AICI, FLC, Image Consultant, Fine Threads, Inc.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Networking and Wine Reception

Sponsorship Tables, Book Signings



Dr. M. Grace Calhounis currently serving as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Loyola University Chicago. She is responsible for managing a comprehensive Division I athletics program comprised of 50 coaches and staff members and competing in 15 sports. Prior to becoming a Rambler, Dr. Calhoun served six years as Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Indiana University. Dr. Calhoun has also served as an Associate Director of Athletics at Dartmouth, Associate Executive Director of the Patriot League conference, and Assistant Athletic Director/SWA at St. Francis University. Calhoun was a track and field student-athlete at Brown University, and after working as an electrical engineer, earned her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida where she got her start in athletics administration. Calhoun has held a variety of national leadership roles, recently serving as chair of one of the NCAA’s primary governance groups, and was recognized with the 2009 NACWAA Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award. She and her husband Jason have three daughters.

Carla P. Furcais a manager on the Social Media team at Sears Holding Corp, a Fortune 50 Company. An early adopter of various social platforms, she leveraged her specialized skills and knowledge to craft a rewarding Act II of her career. She is the well-known and well-liked @ShesAllWrite on Twitter. Prior to moving into the social space, Carla worked in human resources management and recruiting in such fields as public accounting, technology, and nursing. She has a BA in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago, and a graduate-level certificate in Human Resources Management from North Park University.

Josette Goldbergis President of Goldberg Executive Coaching, a Chicago-based executive coaching and leadership development firm, specializing in taking already successful business leaders and their teams to the next level of performance. Typical client engagements include executive assessment and coaching, strategic planning, high potential/succession planning, team transformation and alignment. The firm focuses on aligning priorities, systematically developing goals and action plans, and inspiring leaders’ passion for excellence. Josette’s persuasive and collaborative style supports rapid resolution of business issues and productive relationships. Clients meet their financial and operational goals by focusing on analysis, planning, and execution.

Deb Kerris founder and executive director of YouthMuse, which has developed a youth-led, museum-based model for creating social change. During her 17-year career at the world-renowned Shedd Aquarium, she held progressively responsible roles, serving as executive vice president for 11 years. She is a past board member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, past chair of its Professional Development Committee, and current instructor for its zoo and aquarium management courses. She teaches museum management for Northwestern University and serves on the board for the Merit School of Music and on NWF’s Great Lakes Leaders Council.

Catherine M. Leeis President of CDL & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in communications, international negotiations, multi-national team building, and cultural diversity. Since its founding, Catherine has consulted with major corporations, including Amoco, BP and Motorola. CDL has also developed and delivered cultural training for diverse businesses from Korea Telecom to Infosys in Bangalore. Catherine has given speeches focused on international negotiations from a woman’s advantage, women in business and working effectively across diverse cultures. Her range of audiences spans the Ministers of the China government to Polish American Women in business. Catherine was recruited to run for U.S. Congress in 1996, and led the Democratic ticket across six counties. Catherine has a Master’s from the University of Michigan and received her degree as a Horace Rackham Fellow. Her studies include extensive work at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, and at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. She has received many awards for both her work and her speeches, including National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame, The Business Ledger’s Most Influential Women in Business and Women’s Business Enterprise Award as one of ten most well run companies in the U.S.

Nancy Plummer, MA, AICI FLC, President & Principal, Fine Theads, Inc., has twenty years experience in the retailing industry. Her consulting firm, Fine Threads, Inc., has assisted individuals express their personality through their clothing by offering fashion analysis, closet consultations, and personal shopping. Additionally, Fine Threads, Inc. offers corporate workshops and seminars ranging from Dressing for Business to Wardrobe Planning.

Currently, Nancy is an adjunct faculty member in the Fashion Design Department at The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago. Nancy also teaches a series of image consulting classes at Loyola University Continuum Program.

Nancy’s first book, Your Personal Style, was released in February 2009 through Fairchild Publications.

Anne H. Reilly, Ph.D., is Professor of Management in Loyola's School of Business Administration. She has served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business, and is now Assistant Provost & Director of Faculty Administration. Dr. Reilly’s academic background includes a doctorate in organizational behavior (Northwestern University), an M.B.A in finance (University of Iowa), and a B.A. in economics and business administration, summa cum laude, from Knox College. Dr. Reilly’s research interests include organizational change, sustainability, and gender & careers. She has published widely on these topics for both academic and managerial journals. Her outside interests include reading, travel, and keeping up with three teenage daughters.

Susan D. Sher, JD, has recently returned to Chicago after two years in the Obama Administration, where she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. She had overall responsibility for the First Lady’s Office, from the First Lady’s policy initiatives such as Let’s Move and her campaign to support military families to communications, scheduling, and the Social Office. In addition, she served as White House liaison to the Jewish community. Her first position in the Obama Administration was in the White House Counsel’s office where she served as Associate Counsel to the President and worked on healthcare reform. Prior coming to Washington in January 2009, Susan was the Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs and General Counsel of the University of Chicago Medical Center. From 1993 to 1997 she was the Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, the chief lawyer representing the Mayor, city departments, boards, and commissions. She has also served as First Assistant Corporation Counsel, Associate General Counsel at the University of Chicago, and as a partner at Mayer Brown & Platt. Susan attended Smith College and George Washington University where she graduated cum laude in Art History. She went to graduate school in Art History at the University of Chicago and is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

Beverly Washington, a motivational speaker, author and cable-show host, is president of Image Factor, Inc., a Chicago-based performance training company – reaching audiences in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She promotes her no non-sense philosophy in her book Don’t Call Me “Bev!”-Things That Work My Last Nerve - a survival guide to navigating the world of rudeness. A recipient of several professional awards, Beverly holds a BFA degree from the University of Illinois; was a participating member of the Midwest All-American Track and Field Team during the 1979 U.S. Olympic Training Camp held in Colorado Springs.

Meg R. Zucker has been with Morgan Stanley for 13 years and is a senior manager and counsel in the Firm’s Global Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) Group. Meg is a frequent speaker at AML events and also is an active member of SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering Committee. Meg was born with a rare condition called ectrodactyly, leaving her with only four digits on her body, and shortened forearms. Meg lives New Jersey with her husband and their three children, two of whom also have ectrodactyly. A natural optimist, Meg ‘s lifelong journey is to battle harmful judgments and misperceptions based purely on someone’s appearance. Meg is currently writing a self-help-book focused on empowering those who need to reach their highest level of self-dignity and will have an excerpt of her book published in a national magazine later this year. Meg received her B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1991, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994. Meg is admitted to the New York Bar and has her Series 7, 63 and 24 FINRA registration licenses.

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