Women's Executive Forum 2019

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Setting the Stage

Learn about what’s in store and set your intention and goals for the day.

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO, Association Forum

Eileen Murray, CAE, MM
Executive Director, American Epilepsy Society and Chair, 2019 Women’s Executive Forum Planning Advisory Group

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker- Rita Sola Cook

What would you like the power to do? Have a successful and fulfilling career while being your authentic self

Rita Sola Cook
Managing Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB), Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

Throughout her 20+ years in financial services, Rita Cook has been pushed, pulled and leapt into a variety of roles. Each opportunity built on previous experience, added a new skillset and leveraged relationships she built along the way. With time and confidence she realized that bringing her authentic whole self to work gained fellowship and paid dividends while allowing her to have courage and take calculated risks. As a wife, mother and cancer survivor Rita will share how she leveraged themes from the day’s breakout sessions (e.g. feminine leadership, personal brand, negotiating and relationships) to not only become her version of success - but lean into paying it forward. We each have the power to take our life / career into our own hands making our version of success happen with the right tools.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Women CEOs Speak: The Traits of Successful Women Leaders

Tierney Remick
Vice Chairman and co-leader, Global Board and CEO Practice, Korn Ferry

Learn about recent Korn Ferry research, “Women CEOs Speak” which identifies the traits of successful female leaders. This research identifies core competencies that can be developed and nurtured to help you achieve your career goals.  Tierney Remick is the Vice Chairman and co-leader of Korn Ferry’s Global Board and CEO Practice. She has recently moved into this leadership position after having spent 10 years as the Global President of Korn Ferry‘s Consumer/Retail Industry practice. She also served on Korn Ferry’s Global Operating Committee for the past decade.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

CEOnly® – Feminine Leadership in the Modern Workplace

Dr. Judith Wright
Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Transformational Coaching, and Co-founder of Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential

Women’s leadership is infinite, but rarely tapped because we mistakenly define leadership primarily in masculine terms. However, research is showing that men and women have very different ways of using these skills in approaching everything—from communication to demonstrating partnership. The most exciting possibilities emerge when we learn to harness our masculine traits in the service of our feminine values. In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Judith Wright will discuss how to unleash your leadership and unlock your potential by harnessing your feminine power

Maximize Your Personal Brand: Understand the Power of Being an Influencer In Your Workplace

Jennifer Curtet

Everyone wants to be an influencer. An influencer is an individual who has the power to affect decisions of others because of their authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with their peers. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence.

In this fast paced and energetic keynote, participants will understand the power of maximizing their brand so that they can increase their influence and be seen as a thought leader who is indispensable to their leadership.

As a result of this presentation you will be able to:

• Increase your reach to influence more people and create a larger impact.
• Create quality engagement and relationships in order to build a strong reputation of trust with peers and leadership.
• Understand how to use relevancy to bring forth progressive and fresh ideas to the organization.
• Understand and use mutual interests to build ideas that will have a personal and lasting appeal to those who will help carry out the vision.

By strategically incorporating these simple yet highly effective ideas into your professional development, you are bound to find your influence growing more rapidly and steadily, while gaining the respect of top leadership in your organization.

Fine Tuning Your Negotiating Skills

Jill Christie
President, Tuft & Associates

Karen Horting, CAE
Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Jennifer Abman Scott,
Vice President Strategic Partnerships
Society of Women Engineers

Even the most successful women in business still agree that negotiating is an area where all professional women could improve their skills and confidence levels. Stanford University Professor Maggie Neale, who is one of the leading voices and authors on this issue, notes that in one study male MBA's negotiated an average starting salary 7% higher than females. While this may not seem much, over the course of a career it exponentially equates to $100,000.... On business contracts, studies show that women in management and female lawyers actually do better than men when they are negotiating "communally" i.e on behalf an organization or for their team. This session will cover the tips, traps, and skills involved in confident and successful negotiating on compensation and more--with supervisors, staff reports, peer colleagues, vendor partners or even volunteer leaders--leading to successful results for both parties.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Go Beyond Networking: Become a connector, not a collector

Nancy Dunleavy

Founder and CEO, Dunleavy & Associates

Magic happens when you are able to go beyond networking, and actually connect with others. Join Nancy Dunleavy (founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a Philadelphia "Top 101 Connector," Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction, and owner of a top 100 woman-owned business) to learn how to stop the cycle of merely collecting business cards by learning how the power of connecting people can change your world.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Message

Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, DMD, MPH
Executive Director
American Dental Association

Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin is recognized as Association Forum’s 2019 Women of Influence. This acknowledgement is a reflection of Dr. O’Loughlin’s tireless leadership in advancing the American Dental Association and her overall contributions to the nonprofit community. As a trailblazer, she has demonstrated with excellence a proven track record of innovation, impact and paying it forward through coaching, mentoring and service to others. Hear her inspiring story as we wrap up a day of learning and connections.

Final closing comments from Mona Buckley, CAE on behalf of the 2019 Women’s Executive Forum Planning Advisory Group

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Presentation of the 2019 Women of Influence Award to Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin

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4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Women’s Executive Forum Reception


J-Curtet.jpgJennifer Curtet started out in the finance world working for a Fortune 30 company and spent ten years as a leader in a Training role where she honed her craft in leadership and employee development. Jennifer has since written four books and is a Certified Executive and Life Coach who helps people increase their potential so that they can achieve higher levels of success. She has coached 4 Star Generals, the highest-level executives at Coca-Cola, and an Emmy nominated artist—the demand for her knowledge and perspective is very broad.

jill-christie.jpgWith more than 20 years’ experience in executive search and nonprofit organization leadership, Jill Christie now serves as President of Tuft & Associates, an executive search firm dedicated exclusively to the nonprofit sector. In this role, Jill oversees a team of seasoned search consultants who specialize in the evaluation and placement of executive candidates for leading nonprofit organizations nationwide. Tuft clients include large, complex trade and healthcare associations, as well as small community service organizations focused on a specific cause or issue. Jill considers it a privilege to contribute to these organizations’ critical missions by placing talented individuals in key roles.

b0323cdd-6d08-4555-8582-35d19d0dbf34.jpgRita Sola Cook is a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, she leads a team of banking professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin who work to deliver financial solutions to Midwest-based companies with revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. Most recently, Rita was named as a “Notable Woman in Commercial Banking”, in the December 2018 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business. Past recognitions include; Crain’s Detroit “Notable Woman in Finance 2018”, an honoree for the Daily Herald Business Ledger “2017 Most Influential Business Women in Chicagoland” and named to the 2017 inaugural list of Crain’s Chicago Business “Most Influential Women in Commercial Banking”. 

N-Dunleavy.jpgNancy Dunleavy is the Founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a woman-owned business founded in 2001 to help charitable organizations achieve their fullest potential. Named by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia's "Top 101 Connectors" and by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 25 Women of Distinction in 2006 and one of the top 100 women-owned businesses for four consecutive years, Nancy’s ability to "cross industry sectors" has been cited as one of the characteristics of true connectors. She is successful in engaging collaborations among the educational community, the political community, the nonprofit community and the corporate community.

karen-horting.jpgKaren Horting, CAE, is Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). With more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Ms. Horting came to SWE in March 2004 from the New York Academy of Sciences where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the Academy’s development activities and long-range organizational planning. She currently serves on the FIRST Robotics Board of Directors, the Automation Federation Board of Directors, the STEM Ed Coalition Board of Directors, the Leadership Circle of the 50K Coalition, and the Association Forum CAE Working Group.

koloughlin.jpgDr. Kathy O’Loughlin is the executive director of the American Dental Association, the nation’s
leading advocate for oral health. She is a nationally recognized leader in the health care,
nonprofit and education sectors, and she speaks around the country about the profession of
dentistry, oral health care delivery and public health policy. She was the first female dental school class president and valedictorian of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is the first female executive director of the American Dental Association, which was founded in 1859.

Tierney-Remick.jpgBased in Chicago, Tierney Remick is the Vice Chairman and co-leader of Korn Ferry’s Global
Board and CEO Practice. She has recently moved into this leadership position after having spent 10 years as the Global President of Korn Ferry‘s Consumer/Retail Industry practice. She also served on Korn Ferry’s Global Operating Committee for the past decade.

jennifer-abram-scott.jpgJennifer Scott currently leads all global development efforts at SWE. This includes the expansion and execution of the Corporate Partnership Council, a group consisting of 85 of SWE’s most prominent supporters. She also develops and executes the strategy for corporate, private and government grants. Scott was the program lead for a bilateral India symposium (from inception/fundraising to evaluation) which now serves as a model for SWE’s conferences outside the U.S. Scott is the co-founder of the STEM Reentry Task Force.

Judith-Wright.jpgDr. Judith Wright is the Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Transformational Coaching,
and co-founder of at Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. She is also President and co-founder of the Wright Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally. She is the author of multiple books including Transformed: The Science of Spectacular Living, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision, The Soft Addiction Solution, and The Heart of the Fight.


March 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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172 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603


CEO: $300
Emerging Leader: $199
Executive Leader: $199