Truth Tellers

Women who share their experiences, their triumphs and defeats, inspire and empower other women to think, “If she can do it, why can’t I?”

We invite you to be inspired! 

Kyra Cavanaugh is President and Founder of 15Be, a learning experiences company she started in 2018, after selling her former business. She leverages her experience of training thousands of managers, the latest science research, and global traditions to spark courageous leaders who value wellbeing as much as performance. Kyra has authored two books and is a nationally-recognized speaker, blogger and commentator on workforce and wellbeing issues.

Megon McDonough, by age 17, opened for folk acts such as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin. Megon has almost 20 solo albums to her credit. When not on tour, she is a faculty member at The Music Institute of Chicago. She is currently writing a book about her experience in the music business, and how with courage, faith and help from so many people, one can do amazing things.

Watchen Nyanue is a strategic marketing and business development expert from Liberia, who resides in Chicago. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA Chicago Sky. Watchen is also the Founder of I Choose the Ladder, a company focused on curating content and experiences for Black women on the corporate climb.

Gayle Smolinski has a degree in journalism and began her career as a reporter for a local newspaper.  When a vacancy occurred on the Roselle Village Board, the mayor appointed her on an interim basis, and she was later elected, serving for 7 years. She was elected Mayor of Roselle in 1993. and served six four-year terms.  After serving in local government for a total of 31 years, she retired in April 2017. 

Back by popular demand, we will conclude the evening with The CoverGirls Violin Show - a colorful, high-energy musical revue of the greatest pop and rock hits from the Beatles to Beyonce, performed on their purple violins.  The CoverGirls  have recently completed a residency in Las Vegas for 3 weeks with the band Chicago, the first women to ever share the stage with them in their 50+ year history. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Arrival, piano music by Maggie Little, and light refreshments: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Program:  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Drury Lane Oak Brook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

There is no charge for the program, but advance registration is required. To register online at, click on the Women’s Initiative tab, then Women’s Initiative Programs. Click on the program title for the link to the registration form, or telephone Itasca Bank & Trust Co. at 630-773-0350, ext. 450.