TCN Quote of the Week
It's vital that the next 25 years bring full inclusiveness and equality of opportunity for all. When we do that, we will break down barriers and create a community envisioned by the original champions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
-Marca Bristo (1995),
President and CEO,
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
TCN Members in the News
Crain's
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL INSPIRES PERKINS + WILL CONTEST
For 12 years, Chicago architecture firm Perkin's + Will's ( Gina Berndt (2015) and Eva Maddox (1986)) Design Leadership Council hosted an internal competition among their young, emerging designers, challenging them to seek solutions to urban and environmental problems. Now, the firm is teaming up with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to turn the competition outward and share it with the greater design community. The challenge was to produce a design for a high-profile piece of land along the South Branch of the Chicago River which has sat vacant for years. Read more...

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY ON 2015 MOST INNOVATIVE SMALL COLLEGE BUSINESS DEPARTMENTS LIST
Saint Xavier University's ( Christine Wiseman (2012)) Graham School of Management was recently ranked No. 15 on Business Research Guide's "2015 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments" list. SXU's Graham School of Management graduate and undergraduate business programs are accredited by the hallmark of excellence in management education, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. This designation places the School among the top five percent of business programs in the world. Click here for the official press release.
Crain's
TAKING A COOL INVENTION FROM THE REHAB INSTITUTE TO THE MARKETPLACE
Ten years ago, a patient at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Joanne C. Smith (2000)) became a medical celebrity by manipulating a prosthetic arm simply by willing its movements. The technology behind that breakthrough has vastly improved and now it's on the market, sold by a Chicago startup with exclusive rights from the institute to commercialize it. Read more...
SXU FOOTBALL PLAYERS VISIT PATIENTS AT ADVOCATE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Saint Xavier University ( Christine Wiseman (2012)) football players and head coach Mike Feminis took time off the field to visit with pediatric patients from Advocate Children's Hospital ( Gail Hasbrouck (2004)) on Wednesday, September 30. During the visit, players presented patients with presents and a smiling face to help brighten their day. Read more...
Women On Boards/ Leadership  

MCKINSEY TEAMS UP WITH LEANIN.ORG ON GENDER EQUALITY STUDY
LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co. (Betsy D. Holden (2000))
released the results of a study that found corporate diversity initiatives aren't doing much to change gender equality in the C-suite. Read more...
SPENCER STUART AND THE WCD FOUNDATION WORK TOGETHER TO HELP BRING MORE WOMEN ONTO BOARDS
Data from the 30th annual Spencer Stuart ( Sheila O'Grady (2010)) Board Index showed that more women joined S&P 500 boards during the 2015 proxy year, but at a slowing pace.

With turnover of S&P 500 boards averaging about 7 percent annually and women representing less than a third of those new directors, change in the composition of boards is likely to be slow. Lack of director term limits and high mandatory retirement ages contribute to the low turnover. Meanwhile, a survey of corporate secretaries conducted as part of the report shows a decline in the number of boards prioritizing the recruitment of women.

Announced in January 2015, Spencer Stuart and the WCD Foundation are driving a series of global initiatives to boost diversity in boardrooms - both from the supply side and the demand side. Initiatives include efforts to bring more female candidates to the attention of board nominating committees and to help women aspiring to board roles position themselves for board service opportunities. Read more...
Awards and Announcements
GINA BOSWELL HONORED AT DREAM BALL
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 the 31st annual Dream Ball honored Gina Boswell (2009), executive vice president and general manager of Unilever in the U.K. and Ireland, for her contributions to advancing women's self-esteem through support of the Look Good Feel Better program. Gina loosened up the capacity crowd - 375 people for dinner and another 300 for the after party - at Cipriani 42nd Street with an inevitable joke about the Pope's visit to the city and the congestion it caused. She later shifted gears into the somber business of the night, raising consciousness - and funds - for the Look Good...Feel Better program, which provides emotional support for cancer patients. Read more... 
CATHERINE KENWORTHY HONORED AS SUPERSTAR AND INDUSTRY INNOVATOR
Catherine Kenworthy (2015), President & CEO of Interactive Health, was honored as a 2015 Industry Innovator by the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism at the 10th annual HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Industry Innovators Awards. The HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Industry Innovators awards spotlight executives and organizations that, in the past twelve months, have most transformed the corporate health and benefits field and radically increased employee engagement in their own health and well-being. Read more... 
ANA DUTRA RECEIVES NUEVA LATINA ESTRELLA AWARD
Ana Dutra (2015), President & CEO of the the Executives' Club of Chicago, was awarded the Nueva Latina Estrella Award in Business Recipient presented by Verizon Wireless. The Nueva Latina Estrella Award recognizes emerging professional leaders who embrace diversity, integrity and creativity, while achieving success in one of the following categories: Business, Community Service, Health, Healthcare, Education or Technology.
CHRISTINE EDWARDS AND SUSAN GALLAGHER RECEIVE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD 
Christine Edwards (2001), Capital Partner at Winston & Strawn, and Susan Gallagher (2002), Chief Operating Officer at Patina Solutions, received the Leadership Excellence award for 2015 in an exciting ceremony on Thursday, October 8
at the Illinois Diversity Council's 2nd Annual Illinois Leadership Conference . The Illinois Diversity Council honors individuals who have not only achieved personal success and exemplified the ability to excel in their field, but have made it easier for others to follow in their footsteps.
YWCA TO HONOR TCN MEMBERS AT ANNUAL LEADER LUNCHEON
The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will honor several Chicago leaders including Chicago Network members Christie Hefner (1979) and Julie M. Howard (2006) at the YWCA's 43rd annual Leader Luncheon on Friday, October 30, 2015. The luncheon promises to be a powerful and entertaining event as luncheon guests hear remarks from the outstanding leaders.  It is also an occasion to learn more about the YWCA's impactful work and their transformation from a 139 year old social service agency to a 21st Century social enterprise.

Support these members, YWCA CEO Dorri McWhorter (2015) and be part of this terrific event by purchasing tickets here.
 
Friday, October 30
Networking 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Luncheon 12:00-1:30 PM
After Party 2:00-5:00 PM (Plan to stay and enjoy the YWCA's YShop pop-up!)
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive
MACARTHUR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO 14 CHICAGO ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS
The MacArthur Foundation announced grants to 14 Chicago arts and cultural organizations for diverse artistic exchanges in 14 countries, including Cuba, Colombia, Grenada, and South Africa. "The International Connections Fund enables Chicago's vital arts and culture sector to continue to build Chicago's reputation as a global city; the work that comes out of these exchanges will touch people around the world," said MacArthur President Julia Stasch (1991). "Even as the Foundation tackles new problems, MacArthur remains committed to Chicago's arts and culture community, largely through general operating support that provides flexible, reliable funding to help organizations plan ahead, pursue new ideas, and invest in new artistic directions."

The following TCN organizations will receive International Connections Fund grants:
  • Civitas Ensemble (Yuan-Qing Yu (2005)) - $38,000 for an exchange with an ensemble in the Czech Republic to arrange new musical works that combine classical chamber music with Gypsy music, to be performed in both Chicago and the Czech Republic.
  • Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (Sheridan Turner (2010)) - $50,000 for an artistic exchange with a South African learning organization to collaborate on an exhibit and art installation for both locations. Read more... 
MARSHA SERLIN FEATURED SPEAKER AT PHILADELPHIA MSCI CHAPTER INDUSTRY NIGHT
Marsha Serlin (1999), Founder and CEO of United Scrap Metal Inc., was the featured speaker at the Philadelphia Chapter Metal Service Center Institute's annual Industry Night on October 8th. Marsha shared her story and spoke about her role as a woman in a non-traditional business. Read more...
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