Women Lead

success, sustainability, & full participation

Working to foster and support the success, sustainability, and full participation of women in the local legal community and beyond through meaningful relationships and networking opportunities. - Women Lead Mission Statement


Honorable Raylene Grischow (co-chair), Amanda Kimmel (co-chair), Elizabeth Tracy (co-chair), Honorable April Troemper, Ellen Bruce, Pamela Hart, Joy Hayes, Esther Seitz, Abby Sgro, and Nancy Vincent


Continuing Legal Education: To put on informative, inspirational CLEs on issues that impact women in the local legal community and beyond.

Mentor Circles: To provide a small group setting to network and support each other’s professional and personal development. Potential discussion topics include: client communication, professionalism with opposing counsel and the court, challenging gender bias, communication and negotiation, and work and life balance.


Step 1) By May 1, 2019, submit Women Lead Application for the mentor program.

Step 2) Submit payment online at: https://www.ciwba.org/payment

Or send a check payable to Central Illinois Women's Bar Association or CIWBA to Maureen Faller, Prairie State Bank and Trust, 3751 West Wabash, Springfield, IL 62711.        


May 14, 2019: The First Women Lead CLE (3-5pm) and the Judicial Reception (5-7pm)

Join us at Maldaner’s for the first Women Lead CLE and panel discussion on Women in Leadership, featuring Honorable Sue Myerscough, Honorable Carol Pope (Ret.), Claire Manning, Theresa Powell, Karen McNaught, and Peggy Ryan, followed immediately by the Judicial Reception.  

September 17, 2019: Women Lead CLE at Maldaner’s on Gender Bias

November 19, 2019: Women Lead CLE at Maldaner’s on Working Families: Family Leave and Beyond, featuring Honorable April Troemper, Lisa Cook, and Jennifer Hammer

February 25, 2020: Women Lead CLE at Maldaner’s on Communication, Negotiation, & Confidence

Spring 2020: Women Lead Capstone Event, details TBA


Women Lead Membership                                          $125      

Includes a CIWBA Membership for June 2019 to May 2020, all four CLEs, participation in the mentorship program, and the May 14, 2019 Judicial Reception.

Scholarship information available upon request.

Judicial Reception & First Women Lead CLE-only:

Pre-RSVP Members:                                                       $35

Pre-RSVP Non-Members:                                              $40

At Door:                                                                         $45

Payment can be made ahead of time at: https://www.ciwba.org/payment

Send questions to ciwba@ciwba.org.