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2018 FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
The Chicago Network's 2018 Future Leaders Program, which aims to inspire and support the next generation of women leaders, successfully wrapped up the program this week as 32 college students from Dominican University, Saint Xavier University and the University of Illinois at Chicago completed highly interactive day-long company visits.

Throughout each day, students were exposed to office tours, an overview of the company, one-on-on job  shadowing,  and inspiring "HerStories" from Network members. Students also spoke with junior-level employees from a variety of backgrounds, heard about the career journeys of c-suite level executives, and much more. 
 
Special thanks to the Network members and their companies for their partnership and commitment in serving as the company hosts. Each hosts' tireless efforts and enthusiasm made for dynamic, inspirational and impactful visits for the students.
 
2018 Company Hosts and Participating Network Members:

Michelle Larson (Chair) , Cathy Anderson, Patricia Cassidy, Kathleen Cronin, Karyn Esken, Gail Hasbrouck, Deb Lahey, Marilyn Lissner, Renetta McCann, Jennifer Nijman, Toni Smith, Cheryl Whitaker and  Susan Whiting.

Student reflections:
I thought all three functions were great! I am so grateful for the opportunity and this is an extremely fruitful opportunity for young women like myself. I wish we could attend more functions, tours or network events in the future.  
 
I think that having us sit with members of TCN at the orientation and allowing us to network with them allowed us to be more confident at company visits because by then we had already had an opportunity to know what speaking to a person in a senior level position would be like.  
 
It was a nice setup to see people early on in their career, mid career, and late career and hearing their stories of how they got there. 
 
This program is FANTASTIC. I feel so empowered as a woman and made great connections with other students and professionals. Thank you. 
 
I learned so much about inspirational women and their stories/experiences. I was truly inspired by how much they have accomplished. This allowed me to realize that my major is much more versatile than I thought. 
 
UIC STUDENT REFLECTION ON TCN'S FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM
"This program is all about women supporting and motivating one another. I recommend it to anyone looking to explore a variety of career options and to join a group that will inspire you." 

After transferring to UIC, Tinsha, a third-year biological sciences major, was looking for a program to become more involved. After being selected for The Chicago Network: Future Leaders Program through UIC Career Services, she has felt like she's joined a supportive group of women that are focused on inspiring students to join fields of their choice and discussing the need for strong female leaders in the STEM field. Information on the 2019 program will be announced this fall.
 
Currently, we are seeking host organizations for the 2019 program, email Sarah Wallace for information:  swallace@thechicagonetwork.org.
LAUNCH PAD FOR WOMEN SENIOR LEADERS HIGHLIGHTS
Check out a compilation of highlights from the Chicago Network's Launch Pad for Women Senior Leaders conference held on April 20, 2018 at the Chicago Hilton.


TCN Members in the News
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KORN FERRY NAMED 'BEST EXECUTIVE RECRUITING FIRM' BY FORBES
Korn Ferry ( Laurie O'Shea and Tierney Remick) was named as the top 2018 executive recruiting firm by Forbes. Heidrick & Struggles ( Katie Shannon), Spencer Stuart ( Sheila O'Grady),  Boyden World Corporation (Trina Gordon), Koya Leadership Partners (Alison Ranney) were also included on the list. 

To determine the best recruiting firms, Forbes teamed up with Statista, which surveyed 30,000 recruiters and 4,500 job candidates and human resources managers who had worked with recruitment agencies over the last three years. Respondents were asked to nominate up to 10 recruiting firms in the executive and professional search categories. Firms could not nominate themselves; last year's findings were considered. More than 14,500 nominations were collected, and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest.  Read more... 
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HADLEY INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PARTNERS WITH APPLE TO TEACH CODING TO THE BLIND
On May 17th, Global Accessibility Awareness Day,  Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Julie Tye) announced its partnership with Apple to teach coding to people who are blind. Hadley plans to start by developing a series of free instructional videos that teach the audience how to use Apple's Swift Playground app.  Read more...

STEPHANIE IZARD ON HOW SHE BUILT A CHICAGO RESTAURANT POWERHOUSE
In a conversation with  Robb ReportStephanie Izard , Executive Chef & Owner, Boka Restaurant Group, shared how she got connected with Boka Group,  the inspiration behind Duck Duck Goat, and more.  Read more...
ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT 
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 USE ARE WRONG, KATHERINE BAICKER'S RESEARCH SHOWS
Katherine Baicker , Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, was highlighted in UChicago Magazine about the 2017 Health Affairs paper coauthored by Katherine and her colleagues. The studies revealed that several widespread assumptions about ER use were wrong.   Read more...
NEW LINEUP BRINGS MORE 'FACT-BASED JOURNALISM' TO WBEZ
WBEZ has revamped their schedule and will feature five new shows and an expansion of news designed to bring new voices, fresh personalities and diverse perspectives to Chicago's airwaves.

"This campaign shines a light on what we've been doing all along at WBEZ Chicago - providing independent, fact-based news and original programming. We hope the campaign will attract new listeners who are looking for an alternate news source to bring them balanced reporting and a deep understanding of the issues," said Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO, Chicago Public Media. Read more...
Awards
TERRY SAVAGE RECEIVES SILVER CIRCLE AWARD AT CHICAGO'S TELEVISION ACADEMY DINNER
Terry Savage, President,  Terry Savage Productions Ltd., received the Silver Circle award at Chicago's television academy dinner on May 4 for her more than 25 years giving financial advice and commentary.  The award was presented by Linda Yu and Steve Baskerville.

MARGO COOK HONORED AT ALL STARS PROJECT NATIONAL GALA
Margo Cook, President of Advisory Services, Nuveen, was honored in April for her active involvement with the All Stars Project (ASP). The ASP is an impressive organization that focuses on moving young people and families away from poverty and the isolation and hopelessness it produces. Margo was honored in NYC at the 2018 ASP National Gala on Monday, April 23.
Announcements
PHYLLIS LOCKETT AND HOWARD TULLMAN DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF WORK FOR STUDENTS IN CHICAGO
LEAP Innovations released a podcast featuring LEAP CEO  Phyllis Lockett and Howard Tullman as they dicuss how educators can help prepare students for the changing world of work through personalized learning tactics - and what that means for Chicago schools.

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ANN DRAKE AT KELLOGG GLOBAL WOMEN'S SUMMIT
Ann Drake, Chairman & CEO, DSC Logistics, participated in the Kellogg Global Women's Summit 2018, at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University ( Sally Blount) on May 8 and 9.

Ann, a lead investor in scholarships for Kellogg women, joined Sheli Rosenberg, co-founder of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women, and others for the session, "Kellogg's Investment in Women." They discussed their goals for the Summit, their vision of the role Kellogg can play in advancing women in the future, and why they are committed to Kellogg's investment in women.

In the session on "Building Relationships with Intention and Value," Ann and other Kellogg alumni across industries discussed how Investing in relationships throughout a career, and expanding networks as responsibilities increase, is an important support pillar for bigger career moves and broader perspective sharing. They spoke about what women need at each stage of their careers, how to go about making that happen, how to best set expectations and optimize relationships.  Read more...  
JULIA STASCH AT BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE
Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, met with other foundation leaders to talk about place, race, and impact during the biennial conference of Mission Investors Exchange in Chicago May 14-16, 2018. Read more...
ALISON CHUNG SERVES ON PANEL TO CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
On May 16th, Alison Chung, President, TeamWerks, spoke at an event hosted by Wintrust that celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event included a distinguished panel of professions who have helped create local jobs, helped strengthen our economy, and stand as exceptional examples of the Asian Pacific American contribution in their industries.
 
Alison also participated in a separate interview with KISS-FM radio to discuss the panel discussion and other issues relating to running a business. To watch the video, click here !
STEPHANIE IZARD ON HOW TO INCORPORATE FOOD SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE
Stephanie Izard and the Obama Administration's Nutrition Policy Advisor Sam Kass joined "Hungry Hound" Steve Dolinsky for a conversation hosted by Chicago Ideas that looked at sustainability, how the environment relates to healthy eating, and food as a natural resource.  Watch the full video  for loads of insights-and to see an  amazing percussion performance  using only kitchen equipment.
METROPOLITAN PLANNING COUNCIL LAUNCHES "OUR EQUITABLE FUTURE: A ROADMAP FOR THE CHICAGO REGION" 
Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) launched " Our Equitable Future: A roadmap for the Chicago region" elevating the work we can all do to uproot our legacy of segregation and accelerate change. As you read MPC's roadmap, please suggest how we might join forces to advance these vital recommendations. MPC's team is actively scheduling "lunch-and-learns," staff briefings and coordination meetings as we focus on implementation with partners across the region.
FIRESIDE CHAT LED BY GLORIA CASTILLO WITH COMMON
On May 1, Gloria Castillo, President and CEO, Chicago United, led a fireside chat with Common as part of the organization's National Thought Leader conversations. Common started a foundation called the  Common Ground Foundation  to help mentor the youth in Chicago. At the event, Chicago United provided a $50,000 donation to the foundation to help the organization continue to assist high school students in the Chicago area.
 
LINDA JOJO KEYNOTE AT CHICAGO CIO OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY
Linda Jojo, EVP, Technology & Chief Digital Officer, United Airlines, served as the keynote speaker at this year's Chicago CIO of the Year Award ceremony. The awards recognize information technology leaders who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, leadership, business-value creation and community involvement. Read more...
GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY AWARDS JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST HONORARY DEGREES
Governors State University ( Elaine Maimon) will honor three nationally recognized cultural figures with honorary degrees for their lifetime commitment to journalistic excellence, social equity and inclusion during its 47th commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 19 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Investigative journalists  Carol   Marin   and   Don   Moseley   and  social activist  Martin   R Castro  have devoted  their  lives  and  work to principles that mirror  the  mission  of  GSU, which seeks to be a cornerstone  of the  public square.  "Carol Marin, Don Moseley, and Martin R. Castro epitomize the highest ideals of their respective professions by shedding light on systemic inequalities,'' said Elaine P. Maimon, President, Governors State University.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR EY ENTREPRENEURIAL WINNNG WOMEN 2018
The 2018 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is now open for nominations. Ernst & Young LLP ( Kath Carter and  Kelly Grier) is looking for second-stage female entrepreneurs to connect with advisors and resources that are needed for their companies to scale successfully and achieve their full potential. If you or someone else you know should be nominated, applications are due June 4.

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