2024 Leadership Summit
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Central
Event Registration
Event Description
Join us for this year's Leadership Summit!

Are you a catalytic leader? Interested in driving change for your chamber and your community? Even if you aren’t the CEO (but think like one), join us May 7 at the Country Club of Peoria for roundtable discussions focusing on the future of chambers. Let’s utilize your collective wisdom to inspire ideas to move our chambers and communities forward.

$125 - lunch and beverages are included

Thinking of spending the night nearby before the Summit? We have a small room block at the Pere Marquette Marriott in Peoria. It's $139 plus tax plus a discounted parking rate of $10/day. The group rate is only good through April 22 - make your reservations early! Here's the link

Are you local or arriving in town Monday? We'll meet for dinner at Saffron Social at 6pm.


Generating Value Amidst Constant Risk and Change 
This discussion will be led by Doug Cruitt/Distillery Labs

Cruitt has a strategic consulting and coaching background specializing in entrepreneurship, leadership, self-improvement and strategic support to help others grow, lead and succeed. Distillery Labs is Peoria's technology and innovation center launched in 2020 as part of the larger Illinois Innovation Network.

In the morning, we will discuss how ongoing business disruption from economic uncertainty, new technologies, changing consumer demands and for-profit competition are forcing chambers to reconsider their business model, their tolerance for risk and their value proposition. There are a multitude of paths, so how should chambers move forward?

The CEO’s Role in the Contemporary Landscape of Chamber Leadership
Over lunch and in the afternoon, we will discuss trends and critical issues around people, culture, financial performance, innovation, excellence. Through these discussions, you will walk away with new ideas for solutions from your peers. Expect the opportunity to learn and share with each other on important topics like:
  • Chat GPT and what it means for privacy, staffing, members, etc.,
  • Chamber workforce issues from burnout, staffing shortages and turnover, to rebuilding culture,
  • Succession planning for staff roles, continuity planning, and crisis planning,
  • The opportunity for Chambers to change the world through social impact, ESG, and DEI.
This is the place for chamber leaders to find your community and grow your personal cabinet of advisors. We hope to see you Tuesday, May 7 at the Country Club of Peoria!


Thank you to Ameren Illinois Efficiency program for sponsoring this event.


Country Club of Peoria
4700 N Grandview Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

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