Power of the Marketplace | Conferences
Power of the Marketplace | Conferences

More than Your Average Conference Experience

Our Annual Conference Series is your backstage pass to companies, organizations, and government. Each conference is a series of interactive mini-events that change leadership for the better.

Power of the Marketplace

Power of the Marketplace

Attend Power of the Marketplace and learn what influences a global city like Chicago, and how many factors shape the marketplace.

September 11-13, 2017
La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago, IL

learn more about our program.

Conference Overview

The marketplace is influenced by local, state, and worldwide factors. Join us in Chicago for Power of the Marketplace. Participate in interactive sessions with business leaders, plus gain up-close access to places that drive global commerce.  

Building Beyond Expectations the theme for this years POM will take the current class through: 

  • Finance and Trade - The class will have access to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Money Museum.
  • Media and Innovation - Explore media and innovation in the marketplace with a tour of the Mechandise Market and Smart Home Lab, and meet with various speakers from different media platforms.
  • Urbanization -  Tour Millennium Park and Magie Daley Park with Gia Biagi, Senior Director Urbanization and Civic Impact, Studio Gang

All Leadership Illinois alumni are welcome to attend all or any session of the POM at no cost with the exception of lunches and tours.  When registrating below, you will have the option to select the sessions you plan to attend and pay for lunch, the tour, or the alumni dinner.

To view the 2016 POM agenda, click on the following link.  Please note, the agenda is subject to change.  2016 POM AGENDA


  • The conferences of Leadership Illinois give you an unexpected sort of access to people you normally would only see in a lecture hall or press conference. You aren't just listening to prepared remarks, you are asking questions and giving opinions and having a conversation with some of the most influential people in politics and business today.
    - Julia Pluff, Class of 2008

  • It was (and still is) a breath of fresh air in my perspective of my own future. Hearing and seeing women demonstrate [being successful leaders and still be themselves], makes a world of difference.
    - Kathleen Wessel, Class of 2011


The Alumni Dinner

Join us for the POM Alumni Dinner and bring a guest you would like to introduce to Leadership Illinois.


Date:  September 20, 2016
Time:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  Ristorante Quartino | 626 N State St | Chicago
Valet parking available for $15
Keynote Speaker:  Margaret McCurry, Principal, Tigerman McCurry Architects

Margaret McCurry is the recipient of many Honor Awards from the National American Institute of Architects, numerous Distinguished Building and Interior Architecture Awards from the Chicago Chapter, and both National and Local Interior Design Project Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers.  She has been inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and was named "The Designer of Distinction" by American Society of Interior Designers. Her work has been published widely and exhibited at museums and galleries here and abroad.

This year POM alumni dinner will be used as the primary recruiting activity for Chicago.  Each alumni bringing at least one guest will receive a $15 discount on their meal at the alumni dinner. 

Please register by selecting the payment option that best fits your membership with Leadership Illinois - Fellow (dues paid) or Alumni (non-dues paid).  

$75 Alumni (non-dues paid) - Less $15 if you bring a guest for recruitment

$65 Fellow (dues paid)  - Less $15 if you bring a guest for recruitment

$50 Guests - If guest is paying separately, please read the following information carefully.

When registering below, you can pay for any guest who will be attending with you.  Please ensure you provide their name.  

If your guest will be paying separately, please provide them with the following directions to register and pay on-line:

  • Go to the Leadership Illinois website at leadershipillinois.org
  • From the menu bar on home page, select "News and Events"
  • Select the link Power of the Marketplace Alumni Dinner - Guest Registration which is located under Coming Up > Information Receptions 

DEADLINE DATE TO RSVP IS SEPTEMBER 15, 2015