Author Bertice Berry to speak at Women’s Power Lunch April 4

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Best-selling author and speaker Bertice Berry, PhD, will share stories of resilience, kindness, humor and hope at the 2024 Women’s Power Lunch on Thursday, April 4, in Springfield. 

Berry is a sociologist and speaker who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, PBS’s Between the Lions, Comedy Central, CNN and NPR. She has written more than a dozen books and been named Comedian, Lecturer and Entertainer of the Year at different times. Berry will be the special speaker at the annual fundraising event for cancer research.

The doors open at 11 a.m. and the luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St. Tickets are $50. Guests can register online for tickets, tables or sponsorships at, or call 217-545-2955. 

All proceeds raised at the event stay in the region and benefit cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU Medicine.

Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer supporters include Champion Sponsor: Pam Speer; Leader Sponsor: Sally Brackney; and Power of the Woman Sponsors: BRANDT, Mayor Misty Buscher, Patti Camille, Qik-n-EZ and Solomon Colors, Inc.

Aziz Khan, MD, executive director of Simmons Cancer Institute, said, "We celebrate the 15th year of the Women’s Power Lunch. It has grown into a beautiful way to network each spring and hear inspiring messages from people like Dr. Berry. The support we receive from our sponsors and the community enriches the work at Simmons Cancer Institute. Most importantly, it gives our patients hope. We are so grateful for this generosity."

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. SIU Medicine, the health care practice of the school of medicine, includes clinics and offices with more than 300 providers caring for patients throughout the region.

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