Former Burger Flipper-Turned-President of McDonald’s USA To Keynote THRIVE Conference 2016

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This year’s conference keynote address will be delivered by Jan Fields, former president of McDonald’s USA, LLC. From flipping burgers and cooking French fries, Fields will share her rise from the fast food kitchen to the C-Suite with insightful anecdotes and relatable experiences.

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Each speaker has been in the exact seat that every woman in the room will be sitting. Because of that, attendees will learn valuable life lessons, trends, strategy – all in one day – plus establish lifelong friendships.

U.S. women own 9.4 million companies that employ nearly 7.9 million people and generate $1.5 trillion in annual sales. And those numbers are increasing every year. It’s associations like the National Association of Women Business Owners which help women navigate social, political and business nuances throughout each growth phase.

NAWBO Chicago is hosting its annual THRIVE Conference 2016: Facing the Future - Together from 9:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive. Tickets are $165 for NAWBO members and $195 for non-members. Registration can be completed at http://www.nawbo.org/chicago.

"The THRIVE Conference is my must-attend event,” says Mary Lawrence, president of Richards Graphic Communications, Inc. “I love having the opportunity to listen to the speakers as they reveal their career journeys. I always walk away feeling inspired and motivated."

This year’s conference keynote address will be delivered by Jan Fields, former president of McDonald’s USA, LLC. From flipping burgers and cooking French fries, Fields will share her rise from the fast food kitchen to the C-Suite with insightful anecdotes and relatable experiences.

The speaker rostrum also will be shared by prominent women in business including:

  • Amanda Lannert, CEO of The Jellyvision Lab, one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies. Lannert was named CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015.
  • Suzanne Muchin, co-founder and principal of Mind + Matter Studio communication and strategy firm. Muchin was inducted in the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
  • Sima Dahl, considered America’s Personal Brand Champion, is the founder of Sway Factory, Inc.
  • Maria Katris, CEO of Built In. Built In is the largest network of online communities for tech companies and startups.
  • Adela Cepeda, president of A.C. Advisory, Inc., which helps companies and municipalities structure and execute bond issues.

“Each speaker has been in the exact seat that every woman in the room will be sitting,” says Susan Dawson, an attorney and president of NAWBO. “Because of that, attendees will learn valuable life lessons, trends, strategy – all in one day – plus establish lifelong friendships.”

THRIVE 2016 is supported by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Thompson Coburn LLP, Wintrust Community Banks, Wells Fargo Advisors and Southwest.

NAWBO Chicago is the Midwest’s premiere group devoted to advancing economic, social and political interests of women-owned firms, of which there are more than 300,000 in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. NAWBO Chicago is headquartered at 500 Davis St., Suite 812, Evanston, IL 60201; info(at)nawbochicago(dot)org.

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