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2018 WOMEN IN THE FOREFRONT LUNCHEON
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KATHLEEN SAVIO ON GLOBAL RISKS 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Kathleen Savio,  CEO for Zurich North America, wrote a piece in The Hill about the   Global Risks 2018 annual report and what its results could mean for North American businesses. 

The report, recently released by the World Economic Forum, highlights an ever-evolving set of risks that threaten to upend society throughout the globe, including climate change, species' extinction, income inequality, youth unemployment, privacy, cybercrime and cracks in the financial system.

" In an increasingly interconnected world, it means that business leaders in North America - and abroad - cannot afford to ignore the perils that threaten to tear at the fabric of society, even if they seem unrelated to the business at hand. In short, global risk is everyone's risk," said Kathleen Savio.  Read more...
 
CHICAGO DEFENDER INTERVIEW WITH WBC'S CEO ANDREA ZOPP
Andrea Zopp, CEO of World Business Chicago (WBC), was featured in a  Chicago Defender article which highlighted her t ransition back to the business sector and her work to help small businesses grow.

"I'm really thrilled to be here at WBC. It's a natural transition for a number of broad roles for me personally. We're a public nonprofit where we get private money but also get TIF money from the city. The mayor serves as the chair of our board. We serve to drive economic opportunity to the city. To be back in a nonprofit but private sector and working with the business community is great," Andrea Zopp said. Read more...
BASED NEXTLEVEL HEALTH ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TO HMO
NextLevel Health (NLH), led by CEO Dr.  Cheryl Whitaker, announced that it has transitioned from a managed care community network (MCCN) to a licensed health maintenance organization (HMO) for Medicaid eligible individuals in  Cook County. NextLevel Health is the only local, minority-owned private insurer participating in HealthChoice Illinois. Read more...
NEW STUDY SUGGESTS PERSONALIZED LEARNING CAN BE A FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL MODEL THAT PRIORITIZES TEACHERS
A new analysis released by LEAP Innovations (Phyllis Lockett) , finds that after small upfront costs, personalized learning whole-school models can be financially sustainable innovations that enable learning experiences tailored to a students' specific needs and strengths. 

"At a time when schools across the country are still grappling with limited budgets, this analysis shines light on a big question: how can we scale personalized models of instruction? In Chicago, we're finding that these innovations in teaching and learning can be self-sustaining and scalable," said Phyllis Lockett, Founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations. "This study also confirms that personalized learning isn't about spending big on technology. It's about rethinking how we approach teaching and learning, and develop models that encourage collaboration between all the adults and students in the building." Read more...
Fortune
FORTUNE RELEASES LIST OF 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
FORTUNE released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, based on a thorough methodology, including an extensive employee survey, developed by Great Place to Work. The following Network member's companies were included on the list:
  • AbbVie (Azita Saleki-Gerhardt and Laura J. Schumacher)
  • Accenture (Laura Gurski and Pallavi Verma)
  • AT&T (Cathy Martine-Dolecki)
  • Deloitte (Deborah L. DeHaasJanet Foutty and Stacy R. Janiak)
  • EY (Kath Carter and Kelly Grier)
  • Goldman Sachs (Tracey E. Benford)
  • KPMG (Kathy H. Hannan and Linda Imonti)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Julie Harmon and Brittney Saks)
  • The Boston Consulting Group (Vicki B. Escarra)
  • USAA (Anne L. Arvia)
To view the full list, click here
 
CARRIE NAHABEDIAN OF NAHA RECOGNIZED AS  JAMES BEARD SEMIFINALIST
Carrie Nahabedian of Naha is a James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists for the outstanding chef award, which recognizes professionals who have been working for at least five years. Finalists will be announced March 14. Read more...

COMPTROLLER MENDOZA ON CHICAGO TONIGHT
Comptroller Susana Mendoza was featured on Chicago Tonight where she discussed the state's budget preview and financial forecast. 

"Taxpayers, students, school administrators, human service providers, and businesses need the stability of having a balanced and complete budget,"  Susana  Mendoza said. "Our state and its finances cannot afford a repeat of the last three years of chaos and unpredictability brought on by the lack of a budget." Read more...
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KATE MAEHR ON TRUMP'S 'HARVEST BOX' PLAN
Kate Maehr , Executive Director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was quoted in an article about Donald Trump's proposed overhaul of the federal food stamp program, which would convert electronic food benefits for millions into boxes of packaged food .
 
"We continue to see deep, pressing need every day, in every neighborhood of Chicago. The proposal to cut SNAP is deeply troubling," said Kate Maehr . Read more...
 
Marty Wilke, President, General Manager, CBS2 Chicago/WBBM-TV, was quoted in an article about CBS 2 Chicago, which has produced and presented several  broadcasts of its award-winning Auto Show special for the fourth consecutive year.   Read more...
Jackie Taylor, Executive Director and CEO, Black Ensemble Theater, was featured on WGN Radio where she discussed the Black Ensemble Theater's mission and explained  why in recent years she's chosen to present biopics of Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Brooke Benton, Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, Dionne Warwick and many more.  To hear the full show, click here!
The Chicago Botanic Garden (Jean Franczykset a new record for attendance in 2017 with more than 1.1 million visitors.  This figure marks a 3% attendance increase over 2016, and the fifth straight year of attendance over the one million mark. 
 
"We were happy to host over one million people looking to enjoy being immersed in nature. People are voting with their feet," Garden CEO and President Jean Franczyk said. "They want to spend time in green spaces and beautifully designed gardens, and understand that this is good for mind, body and soul." Read more...
DEBORAH BOWEN ON GROWING CONCERN FOR HOSPITAL CEOS
ACHE President and CEO Deborah Bowen was quoted in an article about a survey conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) that shows f inancial challenges are the biggest concern for hospital CEOs. 

" Assuring patient safety and providing quality care is the No. 1 job of hospital leaders," Deborah Bowen said . "The survey results indicate that leaders are addressing the challenge of doing so in a changing and uncertain financial and regulatory environment." Read more...
MARILYNN PRESTON ON BIGGEST AND BEST THING YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT WELL-BEING
In a recent article, Marilynn Preston shared key takeaways from best-selling author Michael Gelb's new book, The Art of Connection, which is about the importance of deepening relationships and enriching lives.

" Human interaction - with real friends, not Facebook friends - also strengthens your immune system, reduces inflammation and spreads happiness, empathy and compassion in ways that enhance your physical, mental and emotional well-being," writes Marilynn Preston.  Read more...
Awards
BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA TO HONOR EMILY L. BARR WITH 2018 GOLDEN MIKE AWARD
The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced that Emily L. Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group, will receive the 2018 Golden Mike Award on Monday, March 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to helping broadcasters in acute need.   Read more...
Announcements
JANET FOUTTY AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January,  Janet Foutty, Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting , participated in a discussion, about  powerful women overcoming gender pay gaps,  with Alyson Shontell, Business Insider's US editor-in-chief and Salesforce President and Chief People Officer Cindy Robbins.  Read more...
L to R: Alyson Shontell, Cindy Robbins and Janet Foutty.
KIM FOXX AT 2018 MAKERS CONFERENCE
Kim Foxx, State's Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney Office, received a standing ovation after she spoke about criminal justice reform at the 2018 MAKERS Conference. The conference amplifies the dialogue around harassment, equal pay, and other urgent issues, pushing the women's movement forward. To watch the video, click play!  


Also, Kim spoke with Makers to share her story on how she became interested in law and how she's currently making a difference. 

To watch the video, click play!      


STEPHANIE IZARD'S SECOND COOKBOOK HITS SHELVES IN APRIL
Stephanie Izard Chicago chef-restaurateur,  Top Chef alum and Executive Chef & Owner of Boka Restaurant Group, will publish her second cookbook on April 3. Her book,  Gather & Graze,   will include 100-plus recipes for dishes such as banh mi burgers and roasted shishitos with sesame miso. Read more...
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