Monday, August 16, 2010

News of Interest: 7th Annual WPO Chicago 2010 Summit a Huge Success

We are happy to report that our 7th Annual WPO Chicago 2010 Summit held August 12th at Carnivale Chicago and sponsored by Harris N.A. and Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company was a huge success.

Program presenters were as follows:

• Andy Busch, Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist, BMO Capital Markets, Harris, N.A., talked about how the global economic environment can and has influenced small business in the United States and how to use this information to better position your business for future success.

• Donna Westerman, Director Supplier Diversity and Social Responsibility, WW Procurement, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, spoke on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to WBE’s, why it is relevant and what corporations are expecting of their suppliers.

• Barry Moltz, expert on how to get your business unstuck, talked about how your business can thrive during any economy.

• The Riot Act showcased how improvisation can be used in business to explore serious issues in unconventional ways.

The highlight of the day was a surprise appearance by WPO President and Founder, Dr. Marsha Firestone, who spoke about the global growth of the Women Presidents' Organization. We were honored that she could participate in the most important event of the year for WPO Chicago.

Throughout the program, which ran from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., we had the opportunity to learn, network, be inspired and grow together. It was in line with our theme: "NEW DECADE: Finding Inspiration, Innovation and Pro$perity." Our long-time friend and colleague, Hedy Ratner, co-founder of the WBDC Chicago, joined us for lunch.

Thank you to our presenters and sponsors for supporting and participating in our program this year and special appreciation to our WPO Chicago Steering Committee Members for their help in putting together this fantastic program. We also wish to thank our national sponsors for their continued support to WPO.

Pictured (top): Room setup before members and guests arrive. Center photo: Lunch part of program. Bottom photo: Dr. Marsha Firestone, President and Founder, WPO, speaking during the Summit lunch.

Photo credits: Laurel Delaney at WPO Chicago Summit, Carnivale Chicago 8/12/10.

Posted by: Women Presidents' Organization Chicago

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