TCN Quote of the Week
"We have an expanded notion of decision-makers: citizens are decision-makers. It's not only leaders of institutions or political figures, but everyone in daily life making decisions about space."
 
- Sarah Herda on the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Artistic Director, Architecture Biennial
& Director, Graham Foundation
TCN Members in the News
ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN ON INCREASING GAS PRICES
Attorney General Lisa Madigan (2003) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say they want answers from the Illinois Petroleum Council about the increase of gas prices.
Both sent a letter Monday asking the council to outline causes, when prices are expected to decline and how to prevent future increases. Read more...
JEANNE GANG INCLUDES LEXINGTON CITIZENS IN DESIGN PROCESS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT 
Studio Gang Architects President and Principal  Jeanne Gang (2006) was chosen to design the new Lexington development (formerly CentrePointe). Jeanne chose to make a public presentation, inviting citizens of Lexington to participate in her design process. Instead of presenting a finished project, she revealed two different designs and discussed the characteristics of each. In a presentation lasting less than two hours, she engaged any and all interested Lexington citizens to become participants in the design process and gave the audience an idea of how an outstanding architect develops a design. By engaging Lexington in a part of the design process, Jeanne instilled in the audience a sense of ownership in the project. Read more...

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/08/24/4002438/new-centrepointe-developers-could.html#storylink=cp

JULIA STASCH ON MACARTHUR FOUNDATION IN CHICAGO MAGAZINE
Julia Stasch (1991), President of the MacArthur Foundation, was featured in
Chicago Magazine's article about how she is shaking up philanthropy in Chicago. "The challenge, for the institution, is to figure out what it needs to do to remain relevant and influential in a changing world. That feels to me like a giant responsibility. And so I really don't want to make any mistakes," said Julia Stasch. Read more...
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DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DONNA CARROLL: "IT'S NOT A JOB; IT'S A LIFESTYLE"

Donna Carroll (1996), President of Dominican University in River Forest, spoke about being a woman in higher education, advocating for immigration reform, and a moto she lives by in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. Read more...

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LIFEWAY EXPANDING KEFIR PRODUCTION IN WAUKESHA
Lifeway Foods ( Julie Smolyansky (2007)) is expanding its kefir production at the 170,000-square-foot Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin that it acquired in May 2013. In expanding production at the plant, the company hopes to capitalize on the continued growth of the global market for probiotics.
 
"We acquired the Golden Guernsey plant because we urgently needed more production capacity," Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, said in a statement. "Renovating the building to meet our specific manufacturing and packaging needs has been a top priority, and the start of kefir production in Waukesha is an important milestone that will help drive the next chapter in the company's growth." Read more...
Crain's
 


ELAINE MAIMON ON INCREASING ENROLLMENT 

Governors State University President Dr. Elaine Maimon (2008) was pleased to see the story of GSU's enrollment growth as the bright spot in Crain's report about the financial state of Illinois Public Universities.  
 

From Crain's: "Not all schools are leaking matriculants. Enrollment...has jumped 24 percent in the past five years at Governors State University as it evolves into a four-year institution by adding freshman and sophomore classes. The south suburban University Park institution reported a $1.5 million operating surplus in fiscal 2015." Elaine Maimon explains, "the fact of the matter is that adding freshman and sophomore classes is only a partial explanation of GSU's enrollment growth. The university has increased transfer enrollment, especially in full-time students. Our graduate programs are also increasing."
 
On Friday, August 21, President Elaine Maimon presided over GSU's Convocation - the official opening of the academic year. She welcomed GSU students to campus, telling them, "In years past, university presidents would actually say to the incoming freshman class: 'Look to the right of you; look to the left, only one in three will march at graduation.' GSU has devoted much thought and effort to designing programs leading to the timely completion of university degrees. We say, 'Look to the right of you; look to the left, and make friends with those sitting next to you because you will be marching together at graduation.'" Governors State University's commitment to student success is the reason Crain's singled out GSU's enrollment increase.

Click here to read the article in Crain's.
Crain's


UNIVERSITY MBA PROGRAMS FEATURED IN CRAIN'S 
Crain's published a guide on Chicago-area MBA programs, that includes full individual listings, comparative graphics, campus-centered tuition costs, acceptance rates, demographics and more. The following TCN member University MBA programs were featured:
  • Dominican University (Donna Carroll (1996) and Victoria Chou (2011))
  • Governors State University (Elaine Maimon (2008))
  • Northwestern University (Sally Blount (2011))
  • St. Xavier University (Christine Wiseman (2012))
  • University of Chicago (Ellen Rudnick (1984)) Read more... 
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HYATT HOTELS ON HIGHER EDUCATION 

Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels ( Rena Reiss (2011)) was mentioned in the Crain's article, "Help! Should I tell my boss I'm getting an online MBA?" The article notes that Hyatt Hotels offers reimbursement programs to encourage employees to pursue higher education. Read more...
ADLER PLANETARIUM FEATURED IN LEISURE GROUP TRAVEL 
The Adler Planetarium ( Michelle Larson (2013)) was featured in Leisure Group Travel magazine this week. The publication reviews the Adler's many exhibits and events. Home to everything from real moon rocks to flight simulators, the Adler Planetarium is much more than a collection of planet pictures hanging on a wall. The museum has made an impressive effort to bring the universe to life for visitors of all backgrounds and ages, and this effort has solidified Adler Planetarium as one of the best astronomy museums in the country, if not the world. The key to their success? Interactive exhibits that cleverly disguise learning as play. Read more...
EVA MADDOX, DESIGNING FOR WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT & INNOVATION
Eva Maddox (1986), Design Principal, Branded Environments at Perkins+Will, was recently featured in Architectural Record for WORKPLACE innovation at the new Newell Rubbermaid Design Center, a state-of-the-art, DESIGN INNOVATION Center, located on the Western Michigan University Campus. The project is a unique public-partnership between the state of Michigan, the city of Kalamazoo, Southwest Michigan First, Western Michigan University (WMU), and Newell Rubbermaid.  The Center was created for 100+ NR designers who have come from all over the world to be part of the expanding industrial hub in Michigan. The workplace environment embodies the spirit of design, reflecting the culture of 'craft' that has dominated the region for centuries. The space gives way to unrestricted imagination - where design-led strategy fuels innovation. Read more...
Women on Boards 
KARLA SCHERER APPOINTED COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Karla Scherer (1997), Chairman & CEO of the Karla Scherer Foundation, has been appointed a Commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery by the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents to serve a four-year term. The National Portrait Gallery is the only museum of its kind in the United States which reflects the connection between American history, biography and art. One of 19 museums and research facilities operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Portrait Gallery, with an annual budget of $22.5 million, is free to all who enter, recording over 1.1 million visitors at the end of 2013. 
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE DIRECTORS INVITES TCN MEMBERS TO "GENERAL DISRUPTION OF CORPORATE AMERICA" 
The National Association of Corporate Directors Chicago Chapter and Chapter President Michele Hooper (1993) welcomes TCN members to their open event, "Generational Disruption of Corporate America," on Tuesday, September 22.

America's C-Suites and boardrooms are experiencing transformational change as the generation of multi-ethnic, multi-gender Boomers have begun assuming the mantle of leadership from the prior Silent Generation. This year's keynote speaker is Chuck Underwood, host of the public television series, America's Generations with Chuck Underwood. Mr. Underwood will share his insights on the political, cultural, and societal events shaping the core values of these generations, leading to profound differences in their leadership beliefs and obligations. He describes the momentous impact these differences will have on corporations and boardrooms.

Click here for more information, or to register.

Click here for the updated event calendar.  
Awards and Announcements

MELLODY HOBSON TO ADDRESS VANITY FAIR SUMMIT

Mellody Hobson (2000), President of Ariel Investments, will serve as a featured speaker at Vanity Fair's 2015 New Establishment Summit in San Francisco taking place Monday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 7. The Summit assembles the titans of technology, politics, business, and media for inventive programming and inspiring conversations around the ideas and innovations shaping the future. Read more...

Don't miss your chance to see Mellody in Chicago at TCN's 27th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on Friday, April 15, 2016!
THE CUNEO FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO ST. XAVIER STUDENTS
Saint Xavier University is delighted to announce the selection of Lauren Knepper '16 and Peter Para '18 as the Cuneo Scholars for 2015 - 2016. Both students will receive a scholarship of $25,000 for the academic year, generously funded by a grant from the Cuneo Foundation. Knepper and Para were nominated for their scholarships by SXU President Christine Wiseman (2012). President Christine Wiseman noted how well they both matched the Cuneo Foundation's interest in supporting students with high academic potential, active involvement in co-curricular activities, financial need, a passion for service, and a desire to help create a more just society
Click here for the official press release.
KAPILA ANAND TO MODERATE PANEL AT ASCEND NATIONAL CONVENTION
Kapila Anand (2010) is moderating a panel at the 8th Annual Ascend National Convention in New York at the end of August where over 2,000 Pan-Asian business leaders and senior executives from North America will convene to network and discuss critical business skills. Kapila will engage four Board members from Dunkin' Brands, Levi Strauss & Company, NovoDynamcs, Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. in a dialogue around the value of Board room Diversity and key Board room skills needed in this dynamic environment.
DORRI MCWHORTER SERVED ON PANEL FOR THREE PART WAGE DISCRIMINATION SERIES, "HOW TO BE A POWERBROKER"  
The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (Dorri McWhorter (2015)), Cook County Commissioner Robert B. Steele, Cook County Commission on Women's Issues and Columbia College co-hosted the second seminar, How to be a Powerbroker, in the three-part Wage Discrimination series on August 20 at Columbia College. The seminar was a discussion by Women CEOs and Presidents on how women can position themselves as leaders in their industry.  Dorri served on the panel. 

The third and final seminar will be the Working Together Seminar on
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago , Parks Francis Center, 6600 S. Cottage Grove , Chicago, IL. Employers and employees will discuss how they can work together to eliminate wage discrimination.
CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER VISITS LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Before the closing of Disney's The Little Mermaid last week, the cast of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Barbara Gaines (2011)) production made a visit to patients at Lurie Children's Hospital (Michelle Stephenson (2014) and Kary McIlwain (2003)).


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