GOAL: Uplift women and inspire them to succeed
in life and in their careers, all for a good cause.

Our Leading Ladies Panel Series is hosted multiple times throughout the year. With each event, attendees will get to hear a range of insights and success stories from women of note in the fields of tech, business, law, media, STEM, finance, culinary and more.
At the Daisie Foundation, we recognize that women have more opportunities to succeed than ever before. And with more women defining success on their own terms, we wanted to create a series of events that answer important questions: How can I inspire and uplift other women? How can I give back? How can I hold the ladder, or send the elevator back down? How can I juggle a million things and still find success?
Our distinguished panelists – all successful leading ladies in their own right – will answer these questions and more as they share their success stories and unique experiences. Attendees will leave inspired and motivated, armed with invaluable knowledge and insights about how to move forward and achieve their goals.

The best part? Each attendee will be able to give back and uplift other women, as the cost of attendance will either be a financial donation or a brand new dress, all going directly to our Mother’s Day Makeover event.


  • Our Goal: Motivate and inspire guests by hearing success stories from women of note in tech, media, business, finance, culinary, law, STEM and more.
  • Our Panel Series events will provide a luxurious conference-like setting for our attendees to relax, enjoy and learn.
  • Guests will have a chance to network with successful leading women.
  • Allow attendees to participate, ask questions and discover new insights to overcome their own challenges, both personally and professionally.
  • Encourage guests to pay it forward by providing a new dress in exchange for attendance, which will go directly to deserving mothers at this year’s Mother’s Day Makeover event and help us serve even more women.

Upcoming Events!

Spring 2024

Spring 2024


more details to come…

Fall 2024

Fall 2024


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Fall 2024

Fall 2024


more details to come…

At a Glance

Video Recaps of a Past Event

Past Press Mentions

Past Panelists

This is just a sample, stay tuned for even more fabulous panelists!

Diana Gutierrez

News Anchor at
WISN 12 News

Devin Blackburn

Senior Tax Counsel at Northern Trust

Lindsey Killbride

Chief Sales Officer at Matilda Jane

Cheryle Jackson

President of AAR Africa

Suzanne Halperin

Kimpton Hotels VP, Catering & Brand Op

Destiny Smith

Owner/Franchisee of McDonald’s

Tiffany Cooley

Chief Marketing Officer at Wantables

Jill Page Collister

VP of Education of the Americas at Benefit Cosmetics

Melissa Washington

SVP of External and Government Affairs at ComED

Debbie Roberts

Chief Operating Officer at Panera Bread

Ximena Pena-Rogers

Business Owner of Chick-Fil-A Franchise

Sarita Mallinger

Senior Director of Digital Marketing Media at Kimpton Hotels

Suzet McKinney

CEO/Executive Directory of the Illinois Medical District

Andrea Schwartz

Vice President of Media Relations at Macy’s

Mireya Villarreal

Founder and CEO of Pink Pewter

Molly Painter

US President at Orphazyme

Dominique Jordan Turner

CEO at Chicago Scholars

Betty Fleurimond

Managing Director of Higher Education at Deloitte

Cecilia Monterrosa

Managing Attorney at The Monterrosa Law Group, LLC

Jen Mullen

Vice President of Stores at Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores and Janie & Jack

Bela Gandhi

Founder at Smart Dating Academy

Tanja Babich

Anchor at ABC 7 Chicago (AM)

Diana Palomar

VP Community Affairs at ABC 7 Chicago

Lillian Lazu

Principal at Little Village Academy

Dr. Jeannine Turner

Cardiologist & National Speaker

Dara Levy

Founder at Dermaflash

Dr. Jessica Shepherd

Founder of Her Viewpoint & OB/GYN

Katlin Smith

CEO at Simple Mills

Michelle Relerford

Weekend Anchor at NBC 5 Chicago

Katy Lynch

Co-Founder of Codeverse

Dr. Glorimar Medina

Executive VP of Administration at Ben Taub General Hospital

Vanessa Hall

Manager of Media Relations at People’s Gas and North Shore Gas

Rebecca Latacz

Vice President of Marketing at Raising Cane’s

Dr. Nita Landry

Co-Host of The Doctors TV Show

Carvana Cloud

Deputy Director of the Community Affairs Division at Houston Police Department

Kendra Chaplin

Founder at Chicago Woman Magazine

More To Come

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