Admin Pro Luncheon



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A professional assistant, office manager, secretary, receptionist, file clerk, project manager. They wear a lot of hats and have more responsibilities than you care to admit, but regardless of their title their primary job is to help get things done!


The McLean County Chamber of Commerce invites bosses, supervisors, assistants, and administrative professionals to join us for the Administrative Professionals Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton. This annual luncheon is a special event to recognize and celebrate the work of office professionals throughout McLean County for their diverse contributions to the workplace.  A Keynote Presentation will be given by Dr. Kate Browne about taking care of ourselves before helping others to be able to be our best, and why this is so hard to do.  More information about the presentation is detailed below.  


In addition, the 2019 Top Administrative Professional Award winner will be announced.  This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative to their employer and organization.  They provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others at their office/business and community, and they’re actively involved in continuing education, civic or church clubs. Nominations were due on March 29th, and are now closed.  Stay tuned for a listing of the finalists for this award. 


$40 / Member
$50 / Non-Member
$400 / Table of 10


Keynote Presentation by Dr. Kate Browne 

"Running Out of Oxygen Masks: Reframing Self-Care as Community Care"


Flights attendants are always telling us to put on our own oxygen masks before we help others. We know we're supposed to care for ourselves in order to do our best work, but why does it always seem so hard to do? In this talk, Dr. Kate Browne explains why this metaphor keeps you stuck in a stress cycle and offers a new way of model of care to support others without sacrificing yourself.



Kate Browne is the founder of Taking Up Space, a blog about the rhetoric of marketing in health and wellness. Her writing on body politics and self-care has been featured at FabUPlus Magazine, Girls Gone Strong, Medium, and Thrive Global. Kate is also an expert in digital writing and creative self-expression and is the lead writer for the Young Leader Project, an educational technology startup teaching leadership skills to kids. Follow her adventures in fitness, music, and brunch on Instagram at @drkatebrowne


For more information about attending or becoming a sponsor of the Administrative Professionals Luncheon, please contact Traci Andracke at 309-829-1183.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Previous Recipients of the Top Administrative Professionals Award:


Cheryl Reeser

The Snyder Companies



Beth Madigan

Illinois Wesleyan University



Matthew Lorenzen

The Pantagraph



Amanda Jones

Heartland Community College



Wendy Secord

Community Cancer Center 



Andrea McBurney

State Farm Insurance



Dorothy Carson-Ahlenius




Anita Nafziger

COUNTRY Financial - McLean County Agency



Vivian Downing

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center



Tricia Stiller

Downtown Bloomington Association