Speakers

Join us on Monday October 9th, 7:30 pm at the October 8th-9th, 2023 at The Historic Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL where 8 incredible speakers will take the stage and share their story. Learn more about each of our speakers below!

Shandra Summerville

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Shandra Summerville, a dedicated community leader in Champaign-Urbana, deeply involved and in leadership roles in many local organizations including the Champaign County's Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Boards and Rotary Club of Champaign. She graduated with a degree in Speech and Drama from the University of Arkansas. Her motto: "Find joy in the middle of storms so that you can live when life is life(ing).

Tiffany Kentosh

Peoria, IL

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tiffany Kentosh, her husband Josh, and their four children have lived all over the United States before settling under the Peoria sunshine in 2017. They're thrilled that their most recent adventure has found them a home where they feel they are surrounded by some of the best humans on Earth.

Debbie Char

St. Louis, MO

Debbie is grateful that, along with silver hair, aging has given her the chance to do what she loves the most: teaching math as St. Louis Community College, singing with CHARIS, sharing her love of books with preschoolers as a Ready Reader, cooking meals for the unhoused, wandering Forest Park, tending a tiny garden, exploring the city with her husband and rescue mutt, playing with her grandbabies and going to bed early.

Mary Catherine Roberson

Danville, IL

Mary Catherine Roberson is a lifelong Danville resident who excels in youth development and community engagement. Her commitment to serving marginalized communities earned her recognition as Central Illinois Business Magazine's 2022 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year. Mary Catherine is a devoted mother to three empowered daughters, and her family's passions include karaoke and musical theater.

Taylor Freeman

Columbia, MO

Taylor Freeman (she/they), is a news anchor at KOMU 8 in Columbia, Missouri. Taylor often felt like they stuck out like a sore thumb, until she learned the key to happiness was turning that which was earning negative attention into what empowers them today. She is a gender-bending woman challenging what we accept as the "traditional boundaries" of what it means to be female, or feminine. We invite you to come take a look at these structures through a new lens.

Katie Vigil

Indianapolis, IN

Katie, originally from "Chambana" now calls Zionsville home. She has her B.S. in Psychology and her M.S. in Training and Development. She works at the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. Katie is also a realtor, career consultant, and regional producer for That's What She Said Indianapolis. She enjoys fitness, camping, baking, trivia, roller skating, and gardening. Alongside her husband, Jeremy, she is the proud parent of three amazing kiddos - Liam, Bryn, and Laynie.

Connie Blick

Bloomington-Normal, IL

Connie is a mother, wife, and vintage enthusiast. She lives in Normal and has a B.S. in Acting from Illinois State University. She is actively involved in local theater, volunteering at Heartland Theatre Company and Community Players Theatre. Connie is also a Co-Creator of Nomad Theatre Company. Married to the love of her life, they're raising their fantastic kids, Olive and Otis, along with their puppy, Mitchell Bratwurst. She's an Administrative Aide at ISU in the Office of the Provost.

Jackie Phillips

St. Clair County, IL

Jackie (JP) is a Servant Leader with a passion for growth, community, and leadership. JP is the Founder/Owner of Unheard TV, Unheard Radio, and Two Comma Society. We will be getting a sneak peek of the story that Jackie will share on stage in the inaugural That's What She Said St. Clair County on October 14, 2023!

Plus a Special Musical Performance by

Michy Maloof

Peoria, IL

In 2017, Micheline Maloof opened Sculpt Mode Bootcamp, a premier strength training group fitness studio and programming facility located in Peoria. In 2020, she joined the family business to become a real estate broker with Jim Maloof/Realtor. In addition to her career, she feels blessed to have most of her family living in the Central Illinois area. She is an avid St. Jude supporter and a dog mom of one goofy pitbull named Louie.

Don't Miss Out

The Power of Storytelling Conference is an opportunity you simply can't afford to miss. Secure your ticket now and immerse yourself in a world of inspiration, learning, and connections. Join us for this transformative event, where you'll discover the strength of your own narrative, forge meaningful connections, and empower yourself to drive positive change both personally and professionally. Let the power of storytelling guide you on a journey of self-discovery and celebration of the incredible impact of women's voices.

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