TCN Members in the News
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When Tina Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP, and a founding member of Time's Up, was featured in a  New York Times  article entitled, "#METOO Called for an Overhaul. Are Workplaces Really Changing?" Tina says she sees plenty of resolve for fighting harassment across industries, but a lack of proven mechanism. Read more...

VALERIE JARRETT ON MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Valerie Jarrett , former Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Obama and  former chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, joined MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid to discuss the student-led protest demanding gun reform. Read more...

LYFT OFFICIALS ON GENDER EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
Lyft board member Valerie Jarrett and Lyft co-founder John Zimmer recently spoke with WNCW 88.7 to discuss how the company is addressing gender equality and diversity. Read more...
Ulta ( Mary Dillon) was highlighted in a CNBC article about retailers that are opening stores in 2018, while the retail sector is flushed with store closures taking place. The article notes that Ulta Beauty is planning to open 100 new stores in 2018. The retailer is also remodeling its older stores to include skin services, Chanel-branded makeup stations and Benefit Cosmetics bars, among other new touches and fresher fixtures. Read more...

COLLEEN CONNELL ON PREFERRED PRONOUNS
Colleen Connell, an attorney and Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois, was quoted in an article about preferred gender pronouns and why they are becoming increasingly popular.
 
"I think back to my early days as a working professional, how bad it felt that the assumption was that all lawyers were male," said Colleen Connell. Colleen added pronouns to her email signature a year ago, after noticing that the organization was doing more legal work on behalf of transgender people. She expects the trend to grow, comparing it with another moment when "Ms." began replacing "Mrs." and "Miss" in written communication. Read more...

20 WOMEN IN CHICAGO ON TOP OF THEIR GAME  
Chicago Woman released the list, "20 Women In Chicago On Top of Their Game." The following Network members were included:
  • Smita Shah, President and CEO, SPAAN Tech
  • Bridget Coughlin, CEO, Shedd Aquarium 
  • Josephine Lee, Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir 
Shari Runner, CEO of the Chicago Urban League, was highlighted in an article about people who are flocking to big cities to find good jobs, although the opportunities that remain are disproportionately out of reach for the poorest residents already living there.

"When the decline started, there was no replacement of those industries, no forethought given to, 'How do we replace what went away?'," said Shari Runner. Read more...
Sylvia  Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, was quoted in an article about legislation meant to tie up loose ends on the massive school funding reform lawmakers approved last August. This cleanup bill contains more than a dozen changes, plus language that would fund bilingual education for students in pre-kindergarten classes.
 
"I heard from one school district that for her, it meant a whole teacher and a whole classroom of early education funding that she would not have," said Sylvia Puente. "So while a few million may not be a huge number in the aggregate, when you break down what it means for schools, especially smaller school districts that have not historically had equitable school funding, it certainly makes a difference to being able to provide quality education services for students." Read more...
NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM RETAINS KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS FOR LEADERSHIP SEARCH
The National Women's History Museum announced it retained Koya Leadership Partners (Alison Ranney) to conduct the search for the Museum's next leader.   Read more...
Women on Boards
LOIS SCOTT ELECTED VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF THE CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE
Lois Scott, President, Epoch Advisors, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange.


BOARD YENTASHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
From Grace Hou, President of Woods Fund

This past year, Grace Hou, President of Woods Fund and Angelique Power, President of the Field Foundation, have been on a mission to find new board members for you. We've created what we call the "board yentaship" program and have piloted it with a downtown law firm named Chapman and Cutler. After training interested individuals on what it means to be a good board member (understanding your lane, contributing, governance not operations, etc) a survey was sent probing their interests and giving threshold. We now have approximately 25 lawyers who are interested in finding the right match for board service.

If you have a need for such an individual, please send an email to  communications@fieldfoundation.org with:

  *   a paragraph about your organization - its mission and role in Chicago
  *   what you are looking for in a board member
  *   your board's roles and responsibilities and a give or get policy

We will then begin the "yenta-ship" aka matchmaking process and should there be interest from these candidates we will connect you to determine if they would be the right fit for your organization.

We would also like to check in on all placements periodically to ensure it was a good match for all.

While we are limited in funds that our foundations can give, we are stretching ourselves to figure out new ways philanthropy can be useful to you in your tremendous work.
Awards
PHYLLIS LOCKETT TO RECEIVE THE 2018 INNOVATORS OF COLOR AWARD AT ASU + GSV SUMMIT
Phyllis Lockett, CEO of LEAP Innovations, will receive the 2018 Innovators of Color Award in San Diego, California at the 4th annual ASU + GSV Summit, which attracts over 4,000 leaders from across the learning and talent spectrum.  The award recognizes individuals who have accomplished incredible things in their lives and impacted thousand and even millions of people through their work.  The summit will take place  from April 16-18 and attendees will include leaders from the enterprise, investment, higher education, and PreK - 12 communities.
GENSLER AND CBRE RECOGNIZED  AT CHICAGO COMMERCIAL  REAL ESTATE AWARDS 
Gensler (Nila R. Leiserowitz) and CBRE (Nancy Pacher) were recognized at the 30th Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards. Gensler's project, Fulton West, won Redevelopment of the Year.  CBRE  was recognized as  Property Management Company of the Year.  The event brings together architects, brokers, developers, property managers, interior contractors and design professionals to both celebrate the outstanding achievements in all facets of the industry and to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Announcements
MELLODY HOBSON AT CHICAGO IDEAS CURIOSITY SERIES
On Wednesday, March 28, more than 40 TCN members and their guests attended a Chicago Ideas (Jessica Malkin) program featuring Mellody Hobson and Nell Scovell. The conversation ranged from Nell's first joke to her ascension into the Hollywood "Boys Club" and the challenges that came along with being a successful woman in a male-dominated industry.
 
"If you're the only woman in the room it's not because you're special, it's because something is wrong." - Nell Scovell
DEBRA SNIDER DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT THE 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN IN PARKING
On Monday, March 26, Debra Snider  delivered the Keynote Speech at the 2018 Annual Conference of Women in Parking (WIP). WIP is the premier association dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievement of professional women by providing networking, leadership, and career outreach opportunities and support to its members in the parking industry.  

The conference, which was held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, was built around the theme of Transforming Careers through Diversity. Debra's keynote address was entitled, "Suit Yourself & Succeed: Diversity as a Competitive Advantage," and was extremely well-received. 
JANICE CHRISTIANSEN KEYNOTES 2018 WOMEN'S CONFERENCE WOMEN
Janice Christiansen, President and CEO, J.C. Schultz Enterprises Inc./The FlagSource, delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Women's Conference Women: Second to No One, hosted by Illinois Chamber, on March 27 at College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL.
NILA R. LEISEROWITZ ACCEPTED INTO COLLEGE OF FELLOWS
Nila R. Leiserowitz elevated to the International Interior Design Association's College of Fellows. It is the association's highest and most prestigious honor.  The IIDA College of Fellows is an elite designation reserved for those who have made exceptional contributions to the design industry through leadership and professionalism. IIDA Fellows help shape the future of design through involvement with mentorship and educational programs, committee work, and special initiatives that further develop the practice of design.
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