Top Women In Leadership Share Monmouth Connection

WEEK News 25 has announced its 19th annual 25 Women in Leadership award winners.

The prestigious awards are given annually thanks in part to the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsors Soderstrom Skin Institute and UnityPoint Health. The awards are designed to recognize women of all ages from the young to the mature, all races and religions who have demonstrated unswerving dedication to the betterment of their family, their company, and their community at large. These are 25 women who go beyond the norm to excel and provide leadership and example for all who know them.

Two of this year’s winners share a connection to Monmouth, IL.

Gail Simpson Owen (Morton, IL) is a Monmouth College Alum, class of 1974. She is currently serving a two-year term as the International President of Kappa Kappa Gamma where she leads over twenty-one thousand college women in their pursuit of education, careers, and community work. Gail has been an educator, an assistant superintendent, and a Regional Superintendent so her passion has always been in academics and mentoring young people. Gail is being recognized for helping women to find their voice and to empower them to reach their potential.

Ashley (Taylor) Schreck (Peoria, IL) is a graduate of Monmouth High School, class of 2005. She is using her talents as the Director of Marketing for EP!C (Empowering People. Inspiring Capabilities) where she creates awareness and drives the mission of enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She helps make wishes come true as a Make-A-Wish Regional Council member, is a founding board member of the Peoria Innovation Alliance, and was chosen to serve as a Chairperson for Senator Weaver’s 1,000 Pounds Project where she is leading a team in an effort to re-light the Murray Baker Bridge, this time in full-colored lights. Ashley is being recognized for making a difference in her region.

To read and see more about Gail and Ashley or any of the other 23 winners visit

***Report Courtesy of EPIC, Empowering People Inspiring Capabilities***