Converge Conference

At the heart of Converge is the value we place on community and connections.
In that spirit, allow us to announce Converge Conference 2023 – an interactive leadership conference.

LOCATION: 249 South Schuyler, Kankakee IL

(formerly Love’s Bookstore)


The Converge Conference will not only include local keynote speakers and panels, but also breakout sessions that will take the content discussed and provide ways to immediately put it into action.

Building stronger community and connections will take place through:

✔️ Creating ideas and products together

✔️ Focusing on community and what helps it grow

✔️ Discussing how we can be a part of building something new and better

✔️ Identifying “next steps” for personal and organizational growth

The 2023 Converge Conference will be a FULL DAY experience including: keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions, and more!


8:30am: Doors Open | Registration | Coffee and Breakfast

9:00am: Opening Remarks

9:05am: Keynote Speaker – MacKenzie Cloy

9:40am: Emerging Leaders Panel (Hosted by Dr. Jeff Williamson)

10:20am: Morning Break

10:40am: Breakout Session 1

11:25am: Lunch Break

12:45pm: Keynote Speaker – Matt McBurnie

1:15pm: Breakout Session 2

2:00pm: Afternoon Break

2:15pm: Breakout Session 3

3:00pm: Afternoon Break

3:25pm: Advanced Professionals Panel (Hosted by Katherine Henson)

4:05pm: Final Remarks, Event Concludes

4:30pm: Vendor Show Ends

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Click on speaker to read their bio.

Keynote Speakers

Panel Speakers

Emerging Leaders Panel

Advanced Professionals Panel

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Dr. Jeff Williamson – Team Building & Strengths

Katherine Henson – Social Media Strategies For Any Business Or Organization

Jesse Erickson – Project Management For Profit (Using Asana)

Brian Prairie – Interactive Photo & Video Session

Bill Perakis – Quality Customer Service In Business

Jakob Knox & Kelsey Post – How To Be Engaged As A Young Professionals

Breakout Session 2

Eric Peterson – The Intersection of Mental Health and the Community

Barbie Brewer-Watson – Community Development & Engagement

Jake LaMore – Podcasting 101

Staci Wilken – Creating Positive Client Experience & Events

Bill Guertin – Sales for Non-Salespeople: Building a Culture of Growth

Mariah Vail & Melina Pizano – Developing Non-Profit Volunteers & Volunteer Opportunities

Breakout Session 3

To be determined before event based on top selections of 1 and 2.


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Here’s a quick look-back at Converge Conference 2022!