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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Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:


  • 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

The alumni dinner in Chicago is always an award winning event.  The 2018 POM committee is working out the details and they will be posted here once in place.  Check back often.

Oh, and don't forget to invite an amazing woman you would like to introduce to Leadership Illinois.