Linda Deering Dean to speak on 'leading for life' at WIM Fox Valley luncheon Dec. 12

  • Linda Deering Dean, executive coach and national speaker

    Linda Deering Dean, executive coach and national speaker

Submitted by Pat Szpekowski
Updated 12/3/2019 7:21 PM

WIM Fox Valley welcomes executive coach and national speaker Linda Deering Dean as its speaker on Thursday, Dec. 12.

The lunch meeting will be held at Emmett's Brewing Co., 128 W. Main St. in West Dundee. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and program at noon. Meetings adjourn at 1 p.m. Cost for members is $25 or $28 for nonmembers.


Area women in business are welcome to attend this complimentary month's presentation. Reservations must be made for attendance online at

In her topic of "leading for life," Deering Dean will present how leadership is a function, not a position. The topic will cover leadership skills, such as: to get different results, the process must change; people must behave differently; and a leader's job is to make sure that required behaviors are being done in all circumstances.

Deering Dean has over 35 years of experience in health care clinical, operational and executive leadership. She has a passion and ability to deliver outstanding results for service, quality, safety, engagement and finance. In her most recent role as president of Advocate Sherman Hospital, she led the organization to significant improvements and national recognition, including: patient engagement increased from 40th to 90thpercentile; employee engagement improved from the 50th to 90th percentile; physician engagement improved from the 45th to 85th percentile; serious safety events decreased by 85%; and operating margin moved from 0% to 8%-plus.

She has served as a national speaker through her participation in the Studer Group. In this role, she fulfills her passion for improving work environments for leaders, employees, partners and customers while improving operational results.

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"We look forward to hearing Linda's leadership expertise," said Ann Louis, who continues in her second term as 2019-20 WIM Fox Valley president. "She has a wide variety of experience in the areas of skills development, training and success."

Louis, a Campton Hills resident, owns Louis Consulting, Inc. in Elgin. She adds, "Our upcoming speakers and programs again bring top level topics and expertise to our membership. We welcome business women in the community to join us, network, and make new community connections."

In January, as part of a joint event with the Northern Kane County Chamber and Elgin Chamber. Suzanne Ness, principal/co-founder of Forward Effect, will speak.

Other upcoming meetings include: Kristen Hutchinson and Stephanie Szewczyk, founders of STRONG Self(ie), on Feb. 13; Melissa Dotson, president, Rieke Office Interiors, on March 12; Nancy Coleman, executive director, Alignment Collaborative for Education, on April 9; and Laura Valdez-Wilson, City of Elgin, Assistant City Manager, on May 7.

This month's meeting sponsor is Joy Symonds, co-owner, Symonds-Madison Funeral Home in Elgin. Proudly veteran and family-owned, Symonds-Madison Funeral Home has served Fox Valley families with compassion and excellence for over 90 years.

WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984 and is celebrating its 35th year of supporting local professional women. It is a leading women's business organization in Elgin providing professional development and business education scholarships and mentoring opportunities for area women. Members are comprised of women in business professionals and entrepreneurs in a wide range of categories. Area women are invited to join. For more information, visit


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