Saluki Women's Weekend

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September 9 & 10, 2022

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX and to celebrate the accomplishments of Saluki Women in Athletics and Education, the Southern Illinois University Foundation Women’s Leadership Council presents its Inaugural Saluki’s Women’s Weekend in partnership with SIU’s Women Athletics.

The Women's Leadership Council is a network of alumnae, parents and friends who are committed to creating a culture of women-driven philanthropy at SIU and mentoring future generations of Salukis.

Please contact for more information.

Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center
1740 Innovation Dr, Carbondale, IL 62903

Friday, September 9, 2022 

  • 10 a.m. - Check-in
  • 12 p.m. - Women in Philanthropy Luncheon
  • 1:30 p.m. - Women Empowerment Mini-Conference
  • 4:00 p.m. - Keynote Address, Dr. Linda Baker, SIU Professor of the Paul Simon Public Policy. Dr. Baker is the former secretary for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services and is the first African American legislative liaison for an Illinois governor.
  • 6 p.m. - Saluki Women’s Reception

Saturday, September 10, 2022

  • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga on the Lawn
  • 10:30 a.m. - Mentorship Brunch
  • 11 a.m. - Women’s Athletic Luncheon (Registration Closed)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Women in Leadership Board Meeting
  • 3 p.m. - Fireside Chat with Mentors and Mentees
  • 4 p.m. - Ultimate Women Saluki Tailgating Experience

Host Hotel:
Holiday Inn Carbondale – Room block rate of $109.00 code “SWW”

Please RSVP by August 26, 2022.

For more information and sponsorship requests, please contact Sherrica Hunt at

Click here to read about the "Saluki Women Awards" recipients

Women Empowerment Mini-Conference Speakers and Topics

Women in Philanthropy Luncheon presented by Moneta Group

Moneta Group Logo

Women's Reception presented by Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)

Southern Illinois Healthcare Logo

Mentorship Breakfast presented by Dawn Korte, Marsha Ryan and Julie Staley

Women's Leaderships Conference Logo

Mini Conference presented by SIU Credit Union


Fireside Chat presented by Dawn Korte and HireLevel

Dawn Korte Signature


Friend Sponsor:

First Mid Bank and Trust


Walker's Bluff

Walker's Bluff Logo

Walmart Marion Supercenter #216


Supporting Sponsors:

Rendleman Orchards


Marion Sam's Club No. 8180


Panera in Carbondale (providing coffee)


If you are unable to attend, you can support the Women's Leadership Council by making a gift online. You can choose from the following initiatives:

Saluki Women’s Weekend
Women’s Leadership Council Activities Fund
  • Mentorship Program
  • Campus Micro-Grant for Women Initiatives
Women’s Athletic Initiatives Fund