About the Program

Join your peers for a day-long forward-looking event for women mid- and senior-level association executives for energetic conversations exploring Transformation in the Face of Disruption. Women's Executive Forum sells out every year, and for good reason! This association-favorite event is packed with industry trailblazers and cutting-edge topics once again this year. Check out the schedule-at-a-glance below, or our full schedule detail here

CAE Credits: 4.5

8:30–9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9–9:30 a.m. Welcome and Networking Exercise
9:30–10:30 a.m. Opening Session
The Five Languages of Leadership
Speaker: Marguerite Ham, Chief Energizing Officer, Igniting Success
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11:15 a.m. Women of Influence Award Recipient Presentation
11:15 a.m.–12 noon The Best Kind of Disruption: Reinventing Yourself and Your Organization
Speaker: Susan Abrams, CEO, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
12–1 p.m. Network & Nibble 
Takeaway Lunch with Networking Opportunities or an Option for Quiet Time
1–2 p.m. Breakout Session
Reinvigorating an Association: Not for the Faint of Heart (CEOs Only)
Speaker: Patricia Mota
Breakout Session
5-Star Communications
Speaker: Marguerite Ham
Breakout Session
Maximizing Your Opportunities: Negotiating Your Worth and Building More of It
Speakers: Barbara Best and Kristen Prinz
2:05–3:05 p.m. Breakout Session
Do or Do Not: There Is No “Try”
Speaker: Katie Wochos, MA
Breakout Session
My ED Journey: Brand and Kitchen Cabinet
Speaker: Jacqualine Price Osafo
Breakout Session
Navigating your Leadership Journey
Speakers: Jakeeva Lee, AHWD, CIPS; Marissa Lopez, CAE; Kathleen Schroeder 
3:05–3:20 p.m. Coffee Break
3:20–4:05 p.m. Closing Session
Rise Up, Disrupt
Speaker: Felicia Davis Blakely, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women
4:05–4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Discussion
4:30–5:30 p.m. Closing Reception 

cae Association Forum is a CAE Approved Provider. This program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit www.asaecenter.org/cae.


Health & Safety

Your health and safety are our top priority. We're working with the W Chicago to create a safe environment where you feel comfortable, so you can focus on maximizing your experience at Women's Executive Forum.

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test
We require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to receive your badge and attend Women's Executive Forum. Upload a photo of your vaccination card, show it onsite, or provide a negative COVID test onsite dated within 72 hours of the event. 

Masks are required for all attendees, exhibitors, and staff while indoors.  

Color-coded stickers to visually indicate your comfort level to other attendees will be available for all attendees, speakers, and staff. 

  • Green: indicates you are comfortable with close contact (i.e. hugs are acceptable)
  • Yellow: indicates limited contact (i.e. fist or elbow bumps only)
  • Red: indicates no contact (i.e. wave hello)

The Location

The W Chicago - City Center
172 W Adams St. Chicago, IL

Need a room? Enjoy our special event rate at $159 a night

The W Chicago - City Center does not have valet service. The closest self-park hotel is about a block from the hotel, the Towers Garage at 211 W Adams St


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