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Women in Economic Development Forum14
Sofitel Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

October 15-17, 2024
Women Consultants Forum
Women's Forum
Women's Forum

Area Development is pleased to be returning to the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile for the 14th annual Women in Economic Development Forum, October 15th-17th.

Limited to 140 attendees, the conference 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 breakout sessions and a closing lunch.


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2023 Agenda



2023 Feedback:

“As a first-time attendee, this was an excellent forum. I really appreciate the emphasis placed on women in the field. The speakers were empowering, and I came away telling all my female coworkers to attend in the future!”
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

“Excellent speakers, content and valuable networking; one of the best events I attend each year.”
LG&E and KU Energy, Kentucky

“Excellent conference, great content, great venue, great food. The size of the conference is perfect and allows for a lot of connectivity. All the consultants were fabulous.”
Frederick County Division of Economic Opportunity, Maryland

“This is the best event of the year, and we always look forward to attending. The content is always helpful, and the networking opportunities are great as well - enough time to get to know new people as well as catch up with previous connections. This forum is always well organized, from the follow up prior to the event to all sessions during. Thank you for all your hard work.”
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

“It was a fantastic experience. The topics were right on point, the ono-on-one sessions were very insightful and networking with speakers and attendees was so helpful!”
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

“I loved the women's conference and made some great connections that I've already started following up on. The content was extremely helpful and relevant, and the networking was effective. I'll be back!”
Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky


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