Welcome to our 5th Annual Illinois Leadership Conference. This year’s theme is Inclusion: The Source for Innovation. Today more than ever, we need to encompass leadership and its importance in business. Without leadership all other business resources are ineffective. To ensure a competitive advantage, however, organizations must be on top of new developments in leadership theory and practice to create more effective working environments.
The purpose of this one-day conference is to give you an opportunity to explore tools and resources needed to be an effective leader therefore building the essential skills needed to contribute to your organization's goals. I encourage you to network and share your knowledge with others. Our speakers and various panel sessions will offer a unique perspective on what it takes to make a successful leader.
I want to thank our sponsors who see the value in our Illinois Leadership Conference and continue to provide the support to keep us going. Please take note of our sponsors and support them when possible. I also want to acknowledge our speakers who have made a commitment to be here, as many have traveled long distances in order to participate and I greatly appreciate their support. Finally, I would like to thank the conference organizers and volunteers who worked diligently to bring you a top-notch conference.
Founder & CEO
National Diversity Council