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Women in Economic Development Forum13
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

October 10-12, 2023
Women Consultants Forum
Women's Forum
Women's Forum

Area Development is pleased to be returning to the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile for the 13th annual Women in Economic Development Forum.

The program will provide the opportunity to hear from and network with leading site consultants and industry experts who will head an agenda focused on the trends influencing corporate location decisions and economic development strategy.


The Forum opens Tuesday with a reception and dinner. The Wednesday agenda consists of short presentations and panels, ending with roundtable discussions where attendees can engage face to face with speakers. The conference concludes Thursday with morning sessions and a closing lunch.



2022 Agenda



2022 Feedback:

"Loved the program and speakers this year. As always, love the venue!"
Arizona Public Service

"This is my favorite event in the year. The size of the group makes it easy to connect. There is a sense collaboration and not cutthroat competitiveness, so many great conversations have been had at this forum."
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

"The Women in Economic Development Forum was efficiently executed from top to bottom. The content was relevant and interesting, and the speakers were top-notch. I appreciated the concise timeframe for speaker presentations and plenty of breaks to digest the information."
Henrico Economic Development Authority, Virginia

"The panel discussions and breakout sessions offered great networking opportunities and a chance to ask questions in a smaller group setting."
Indiana Economic Development Corporation

"This is a great conference for networking and sharing ideas with EDO's across the country as well as direct interaction with site selectors."
Michigan Economic Development Corporation


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