iBi - December 2011

Eleven Women Who Made a Difference in 2011

Photography by Kira Kwon

They are business owners and entrepreneurs, mayors and political leaders, presidents and CEOs. They wield influence in business, healthcare, government and education. Their lives are in transition, and many have stepped out of their comfort zones. And they are making a difference in central Illinois.

Reflecting on Female Leadership

In spite of the progress that has been made, women still earn just 81 percent of what men do, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certainly, it still makes sense to spend some time reflecting on female leadership, in business and in the community.

Networking For The Professional Woman

Central Illinois is home to a variety of business networking groups that focus on the needs and interests of professional women. Learn more about these groups and their unique missions, and find out how you can get involved.


Growing The Partnership

Thanks to a $5 million pledge from The Caterpillar Foundation, the Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership is again expanding.