WBDC: 26th Annual Women's Forum Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
McCormick Place-West, Skyline Ballroom A-C
- Get the most out of the 26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference
- WBDC: The Importance of Parity (Welcome Letter)
- WBDC: Schedule and Business & Buyers Mart
- WBDC: Conference Co-Chairs
- WBDC: 26th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon
- Hedy Ratner on life, love and the pursuit of equal-opportunity business
Learn from and be inspired by nationally renowned women business owners as moderator Terry Savage, appearing courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times, leads this year's panel of entrepreneurs through a lively, candid and always fascinating discussion about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
Chicago Sun-Times Financial Columnist, Best-Selling Author of The Savage Truth on Money, and President, Terry Savage Productions, Ltd.
Terry Savage is a nationally recognized, award-winning financial authority, television personality and the author of best-selling books on personal finance. Her most recent book is a new edition of The Savage Truth on Money, which was named one of the ten best money books by Amazon.com. Released in 2009 was The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire? A nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a regular contributor to the popular investing websites MoneyShow.com, YahooFinance.com and TheStreet.com, she is also a frequent guest on radio and television shows including CNN, NBC, and CNBC. Terry's financial expertise comes from experience. A founding member and the first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, she is also the president of her own company, Terry Savage Productions, Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Rose International, Inc.
Ranked 13th on Fast Company's list of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in North America, Rose International has emerged as a force in the IT and Business Services arena, and is a leader in providing innovative technology services to both commercial organizations and government agencies from branch offices and development centers in 21 U.S. cities and India. With 6,000-plus associates and steady revenue growth, the company is recognized as one of the country's fastest-growing and most successful companies, and the largest woman-owned business in St. Louis.
Former CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Executive Chairman, Canyon Ranch Enterprises
Christie Hefner serves as Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a new company leveraging the brand and knowledge of Canyon Ranch via media and business partnerships. From 1988-2008 she served as Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. overseeing global expansion of Playboy's legendary brand to a wide array of new platforms and markets, transforming a domestic publishing-based business into a global multi-media and lifestyle company. She was the longest serving female CEO ever of a public company, and she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes magazine for three consecutive years.
Director of Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball
Chairman of the Board, Chicago Cubs
Laura Ricketts is a Director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball as well as Chairman of the Board for Chicago Cubs Charities. Much of her work with the Cubs is focused on community relations, government relations and philanthropy. She is active in several organizations in the Chicago area community and beyond, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council, and serving on the National Leadership Council for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national non-profit organization that litigates, educates and engages in public policy work on behalf of LGBT civil rights.
Chief Executive Officer
RTS Publishing, LLC
Once the only female African-American public utility owner in the nation, Richelle Shaw's story of entrepreneurial success is one of true tenacity, hardship and hard work. The author of a book, How To Build a Million Dollar Business in Las Vegas, Richelle is a noted speaker whose expertise comes from building a $36-million business, losing it after the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy, and then, successfully rebuilding the company in five months. Since 2007, Richelle has been committed to helping entrepreneurs avoid the mistakes she made in her business and has successfully mentored over 12,000 men and women in 98 different industries through her international coaching programs.