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  • Leadership Women

    The Chamber's Leadership Women series offers an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges of being a woman in the workplace with successful women in leadership. The intimate lunch setting is ideal for in-depth discussions on balancing work and family, maximizing your strengths, and working in environments and situations that still may cater to men. Each session is limited to 28 guests.


    2018 Schedule

    March 20: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: The Cookery
    Speaker: Chef Amanda Pyle
    Our speaker for this Leadership Women session is Chef Amanda Pyle, Owner of The Cookery.  Chef Amanda has cooked and managed restaurants all over the Peoria area for over 10 years.  In 2016, she was awarded several titles including Food Fight 2016 Champion, 2016 American Chefs Federation BBQ Chicken Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice Champion, and most recently 2016 first ever Peoria Chopped Champion and 2016 Chef of the Year.

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    Leadership Women at The Cookery supported by LE Nails & Spa, thank you!

    May 15: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: Sucre Sweets & Socials
    Speaker: Kelly Scarfe, Artist & Owner of Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery

    Our speaker for this Leadership Women session is Kelly Scarfe, Artist and Owner of Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery. 
    Kelly Scarfe was born in Rockford, Illinois and spent her youth in Morton, Illinois graduating from Morton High School in 1990. Kelly went on to receive her BFA with an emphasis in painting from Southeast Missouri State University. While drawn to her love for the arts, Kelly pursued a career in Human Resources and recruiting after college and put her art on hold. She moved between Memphis, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Denver and Salt Lake City until this wanderer found her way back home. It was not until she moved back to the Midwest that Kelly began to slowly reengage with her art. Kelly fully re-embraced her passion for abstract painting again approximately 5 years ago, painting full time. She went on to purchase Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, where her art studio was located, in July 2017 from Rose Hubbard. Kelly is now excited to be creating art and providing the opportunity for others in Central Illinois to have the ability to view and purchase local fine art.  Kelly lives in Morton with her husband Jason and her two children, Jake and Ava, who currently attend Morton High School.

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    August 7: Evening at Kemp 208
    Location: Kemp 208 
    Live Chef Demonstration


    November 6: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Location: So Chic Boutique
    Speakers: Susan Butler, Kelly Giraudo, and Tamara Meister

    Susan Butler, Kelly Giraudo, and Tamara Meister, partners at the firm Butler, Giraudo, & Meister, will be sharing their business journey.

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