NextGroup's FREE 
Women First Conference 
April 28-29 | 2022

Who should attend the 
NextGroup Women First Conference?

  • Women who are in the midst of pivoting careers
  • Women who have taken time out of the workplace and are looking to re-engage
  • Women who are in transition or want to be in transition
  • Women who are considering starting their own business or pursuing a side hustle passion project 
  • Women who could benefit from the inspiration and experience of other women who have been there, done that, to fuel your what's next 

Register Today and Reserve Your FREE Spot for NextGroup's Spring Women First Conference.

April 28th from 10-12:30 CT/virtual and April 29th 5-6:30PM CT/live 

The NextGroup Women First Conference offers a chance to reset on the state of women and work while also giving you tools and insight to set your own path to what's next.  Participants will have an opportunity to participate in either of two virtual program tracks on Thursday to fuel your career search whether that's a traditional path or by starting your own business. On Friday, you will be able to connect live in Evanston with other like-minded women, employers and workplace experts. 

Program Headliners

Our Women First Conference speakers and contributors.  

Corinne Rice
Vice President, 
The Marketing Store

VP, Talent Retention & Development| HR | Learning & Development
Patty Finley
Financial Advisor, 
Edward Jones

Financial Services Professional & Confidant with Holistic Mindset and Personalized Strategies
Lisa Winn
VP, Evanston Community Bank & Trust a Wintrust Company

VP-Branch Manager | Financial Services Professional | Entrepreneurial Spirit

"When women support other Women, Incredible Things happen."

Track One: 

The Finance of Work & The Side Hustle

As 2022 started, at least 34% of Americans had a side hustle. A new era of the side gig economy has taken hold. The pandemic plunged people into a world of uncertainty, but online side hustling has saved the day.

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Track One, Session 1

Entrepreneurship & 
the Side-Hustle

A frank conversation about entrepreneurship and the side hustle. Why it's here to stay and what it takes to get started.
Panelists: Jessica Oldani, Melissa Lagowski, Tammie Stewart and Nehanda Julot

Track One, Session 2

Financial Literacy

Practical advice for managing your finances and tips that will change the way we think about money regardless of stage of life or career.
Presenters: Lisa Winn & Patty Finley

Track two, Session 1

I Did It, So Can You!
A Panel Conversation

Hear inspiring stories from successful women who made the pivot mid-career. What challenges did they face? What resources did they engaged to find that opportunity? What were they doing before and what are they doing today? 
Panelists: Carol Cheng, Elise Dalleska, Emilie Hogan and Maru Braemer 

Track Two, Session 2

Career Journey 2.0,
Roadmap to Success

A working session that will provide you with a roadmap and practical advice for re-entering the job market or making a pivot to more meaningful work, regardless of stage of life. Lead by Judy Schoenberg and Linda Lautenberg, Co-Founders of EvolveMe.
Presenters: Linda Lautenberg & Judy Schoenberg

Track Two: 

Career Journey 2.0

What better way to learn how to pivot or jump back into the job market then from women who have done it successfully. Hear what challenges they faced and what resources they used to find that next opportunity. 

Note: Track two sessions will run concurrently to track one sessions.

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This Conference is brought to you 

by our Co-Sponsors and Partners