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 12-14, 2018
La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago, IL

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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.  

We are currently in the planning stages for the 2018 POM conference.  Following is information on what took place at the 2017 POM conference.

Thriving Amid Disruption was the theme for the 2017 POM which focused on these key points: 

  • Importance of Illinois in the US marketplace
  • Illinois influence on international marketplace
  • Critical role of leaders during disruption
  • Overcoming/leveraging disruption to reach the higher plateau
  • Seeing the issues through different lenses
  • Adopting new techniques to achive higher order from disruption

A special dance performance, Thriving Amid Disruption:  "The Missing Peace," by Shana Simmons Dance will explore the concepts of communicating, connecting, and caring through three original works performed at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago.  Q&A will follow the performance. This will definitely be a highlight of the conference! Learn more about the performance and the choreographers by clicking the link:  Thriving Amid Disruption:  "The Missing Peace"   Entrance to this performance is free to Leadership Illinois Alumni and their guests.

All Leadership Illinois alumni are welcome to attend all or any session of the POM at no cost with the exception of lunches, the alumni dinner, and guests attending the alumni dinner. When registering below, you will have the option to select the sessions you plan to attend and pay for lunches, the alumni dinner, and any female guest you would like to introduce to Leadership Illinois.

To view the 2017 POM agenda, click on the following link. Please note, this is a draft agenda and is subject to change. 2017 POM AGENDA

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Lizbeth Rameriz, LI Class of 2016
Carole Long, LI Class of 2007
Maribeth Anderson, LI Class of 1998
Jane Hayes, LI Class of 2010
Elizabeth Stovall, LI Class of 2016
Melinda Wright, LI Class of 2007
Homero Tristan


  • 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


Date:  September 12, 2017
Time:  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Seven Lions Restaurant | 130 S. Michigan Avenue | Chicago

Alpana Singh, former host of the Emmy Award-winning show Check Please!, will join us to accept our 2017 Breaking the Glass Ceiling award.  

Alpana is owner of Seven Lions Restaurant where we will be dining; she also owns and operates The Boarding House restaurant in River North and Terra & Vine in Evanston.  Ms. Singh is the youngest female to achieve the level of Master Sommelier.  She is an author and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, USA Today, to name a few.

Community contributions include the Choose Chicago Board of Directors; avid supporter of Deborah's Place, an organization that assists and empowers women facing homelessness; and striving to eliminate violence by empowering at-risk youth with employment.

Keynote Speaker:  Gail Mancuso, Photographer, Gail Mancuso Photography

Award-winning Chicago photographer, Gail Mancuso, captures the unique pulse, silhouettes and forms reflected in urban landscapes, the female form and pop culture. Through her lens, Gail renders these quotidian subjects into strikingly elaborate compositions that subtly blur the boundary between photography and painterly impressions. 

With a discerning eye for color, texture and composition, Gail’s photography is infused with a poetic sensibility and lingering curiosity. She combines and layers images, sometimes more than 400, which blended together take on a life of their own as a rich mosaic of city life.  Of particular note is her début cityscape photomontage series, Synchronicity, featuring iconic urban landscapes such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and London - each relatable, yet timeless.
On the heels of her successful cityscapes, Gail turned to the realm of beauty and fashion for inspiration, illuminating the female form in her elegant series, La Femme.  Exhibited at galleries in Chicago and New York, this series has been compared by a local journalist to a mélange of Richard Avedon and Aaron Siskind.
With an ever-evolving eye, Gail’s latest series, Torn, takes photomontage to new textural dimensions.  She repurposes raw media and pop culture by tearing and crumpling images, and then photographs, blurring the lines between photography and abstract modern art. Her compositions are distinctly approachable, drawing the viewer in.

​A model-turned-photographer, Gail is already turning heads for her award-winning photography, which is receiving global attention.  In 2015, she received La Prix de la Photographie award in Paris, as well as several international photography awards in France, Russia and Japan.  She has also had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and worldwide, from Moscow to Japan to Italy.

Chicago Synchronicity resides in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in City Hall, along with a 25-foot installation at renowned Alpana Singh’s Seven Lions restaurant across from the Art Institute of Chicago.  Additionally, San Francisco Synchronicity is housed in San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee’s office as a tribute to the City by the Bay.  

Beyond creating large-scale art for public and corporate installations, her limited-edition works are held in private collections throughout the US, UK and Italy.  As an emerging international photographer, Gail has been featured in media including World Art Dubai, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Splash and on television with NBC Universal’s Chicago Justice.

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

Registration Details

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

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

$90 Alumni (non-dues paid) 

$80 Fellow (dues paid)  - Less $15 if you bring a guest for recruitment

$65 Guests - If guest is paying separately, please read the following information carefully.

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