YWCA Lake County's second annual Economic Summit a success

 
Posted4/10/2019 2:49 PM
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  • The "Breaking Barriers -- Professionals under 40" lunch panel at YWCA Lake County's Second Annual Economic Empowerment Summit.

    The "Breaking Barriers -- Professionals under 40" lunch panel at YWCA Lake County's Second Annual Economic Empowerment Summit. Courtesy of YWCA Lake County

  • YWCA Lake County Economic Empowerment Summit Luncheon Speakers and Guests, from left, first row: Panel speaker Ruby Herrera; YWCALC board members Laurie Thomson and Penelope Savalas-Boardman; second row: North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham; board member Sherrise Trotz; YWCALC President/CEO Treopia Cannon; panel speaker Courtney L. Sanders; board member Cindu Thomas-George and Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunninghan.

    YWCA Lake County Economic Empowerment Summit Luncheon Speakers and Guests, from left, first row: Panel speaker Ruby Herrera; YWCALC board members Laurie Thomson and Penelope Savalas-Boardman; second row: North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham; board member Sherrise Trotz; YWCALC President/CEO Treopia Cannon; panel speaker Courtney L. Sanders; board member Cindu Thomas-George and Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunninghan. Courtesy of YWCA Lake County

  • A workshop session at YWCA Lake County's Second Annual Economic Empowerment Summit.

    A workshop session at YWCA Lake County's Second Annual Economic Empowerment Summit. Courtesy of YWCA Lake County

Submitted by YWCA Lake County

More than 200 community members representing various communities, professions and interest groups, participated in YWCA Lake County's Second Annual Economic Empowerment Summit held April 6. The University Center of Lake County in Grayslake was filled with participants, enthusiastic to learn and to take advantage of the networking opportunities offered. The summit's theme, "Breaking Barriers," proved to be of considerable interest to the attendees, who said they really enjoyed the variety of topics, and the expertise and passion of the speakers.

This year's summit featured a stellar lineup of keynote and panel speakers and workshop presenters, consisting of professionals and educators; finance and banking experts; university professors; health and wellness specialists; and business and community leaders. Valuable education and expert advice were offered on topics such as "Steps to Creating Wealth;" "The Art of Professionalism;" "Succession Planning;" "Communicating Productively About Race;" and "Persuasive Marketing;"

Each year, YWCALC brings together powerful voices for change, amplifying its efforts to promote the economic resiliency, and the health and well-being of community members in Lake County.

"This year, we intentionally focused on the five growth and sustainability pillars toward economic freedom and self-sufficiency: Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Health and Racial Justice," said Treopia Cannon, YWCALC's President and CEO.

In her keynote, Dr. Chala Holland, Principal of Lake Forest High School, shared her unique perspective on how to "break barriers" to ensure the growth and outcomes of students, while displacing equity barriers and addressing achievement disparities.

Other highlights came from a luncheon panel of "Professionals Under 40" who talked about how they broke barriers by crossing over, bucking conventional wisdom and reconceiving the status quo.

"We are tremendously grateful for yet another successful summit and realizing its overall impact to the community and to the people we serve. Experiencing how well-attended this was, we hope to set the bar higher each year, with a great program, engaging sessions, cutting-edge information and thoughtful leaders to ensure that this will be a 'can't miss' event in the coming years," Cannon said. "It is important that we push the envelope and lead this conversation as part of our mission of building empowered and resilient communities," she added.

YWCA Lake County is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen the community. YWCA Lake County is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about their work, visit www.ywcalakecounty.org or follow them on Twitter at @YWCALakeCounty1.

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