Sunday October 16th, 2011 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM @ Ashyana  Banquets, Downers  Grove, IL

Day-Long Programming
Breakfast, Lunch
Networking Reception with Musical Performance

8:00 AM – Registration

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ~ Morning Kick-Off & Breakfast

Welcome Address – Maaria Mozaffar – Founder, Skinless Project

Kick Off Short Film  “Who runs this?”

Inaugural Address: Diane Overgard – CEO, Find Joy



9:35 AM – 10:35 AM ~ PANEL I: The Deconstruction of Beauty

“Beauty and Women In the Popular Culture of Media”

Natalie Moore – WBEZ South Side Bureau Chief


“Pressures of Beauty on Self Esteem”

Ayesha Akhtar/Nadiah Mohajir – Founders, HEART Women and Girls


“Meeting Beauty Standards / Crossing Ethnic Lines”

Tajani Farhan – Lead Attorney, Berg and Berg Real Estate


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM ~ PANEL II: All Three Factors: Body, Mind and Soul

 “Beauty – More Than Skin Deep”

Anna La Touro – Lead Aesthetician, Murad Products


    “Transforming Ordinary Women Into Extraordinary Athletes”

Christine Litwicki – Triathalon Trainer, Lifetime Fitness

“Hormones & Aging: The Next Chapter”

Dr. Selma Rashid, Author Of Hormones Explained

“Bringing it All Together: Soul – Body – Mind”

Laila Mohammed – Community Organizer, Author, Daughter of WD Mohammed


11:50 AM – 12:55 PM ~ LUNCH: Finding Our Balance Presentation


“How Do We Keep It All Together?”

Dilara Sayeed – Envision Education, Webb Foundation Board Member



1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ~ PANEL III – Breaking Your Glass Ceiling


    “Turning Your Passion Into a Career”

Mari Gallagher – CEO & Founder Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group


“Building Your Own Empire”

Daliah Saper – Principal Attorney, Saper Law Group


    “Shatter That Glass Ceiling To Build a Mosaic”

Sadia Ashraf – Outreach Publicist, Central Asia Institute



2:10 PM – 3:10 PM ~ PANEL IV – Women as Leaders of Change – Experiences and Resources


    “Navigating the Territory of Women In Politics”

Cristal Thomas – Deputy Governor, State of Illinois  


    “Bridging the Gap: Advancing Diversity In Government”

Samreen Khan, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Governor Pat Quinn


    “Resources for Global Reach and Activism – Our Shared Humanity”

Niamh King – Vice President of Programming, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


    “Women’s Empowerment Through Civic Engagement”

Anisha Patel – Founder & Executive Director, Muslim Women’s Alliance
Principal Education Consultant, InnovusED 


3:20 PM – 4:10 PM ~ PANEL V – Faith Fueling Change


    “Faith Igniting Activism”

Jane Ramsey – Executive Director, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs


    “Women of Faith Building Relationships and Community Tolerance”

Jan Shaulis – Christian Co- Chair, Southwest Interfaith Team  


    “Faith and Finding Your Purpose”

Aisha Al-Adawiya – President of Karamah, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights


4:15 PM – 5:00 PM ~ Networking Reception with Live Musical Entertainment