Illinois Women in Leadership will host their 7th Annual Women’s Symposium on Sept. 27th at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

This year’s theme is “Unite.”   The keynote speaker, Cordia Harrington, will speak on “No is not an option.”   She will teach attendees how to overcome obstacles, be resourceful and stay focused to get you to “Yes!”   Harrington is an entrepreneur who has excelled in manufacturing, transportation and the quick-service restaurant segment, as well as real estate and construction.  Harrington is the owner and founder of The Bakery Companies, which includes four plants and 12 product lines, serving elite customers (such as McDonald’s, Five Guys, and Whole Foods) all around the world.

Other breakout sessions throughout the day will include: Sexual harassment in the workplace; networking skills; embracing the moment; leadership through effective communication; financial planning for the professional woman and more.

Registration is $140 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and cocktail reception.  Anyone is welcome to join, and you do not need to be an IWIL member.  Discounts apply for large groups.  Registration is open at