TCN Quote of the Week
"W hen you focus so intently on a specific outcome or desired position; you sometimes miss the very interesting and life-changing opportunities that might be sitting off in your peripheral vision."

- Anne Pramaggiore
President & CEO of ComEd
TCN Members in the News
The Huffington Post
Anne Pramaggiore
ANNE PRAMAGGIORE WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, spoke with the
Huffington Post about her career journey and her thoughts on leadership, mentorship, and women in the workplace.

"I urge women, really any one, seeking a career in energy to focus on career more as a series of learning experiences - skill-building opportunities -- and less as a path to a specific end, she says. "I believe when you focus so intently on a specific outcome or desired position; you sometimes miss the very interesting and life-changing opportunities that might be sitting off in your peripheral vision." Read more... 
 
SPOTLIGHT ON GLORIA SANTONA
Gloria Santona, EVP, General Counsel, Secretary of McDonald's Corporation, was profiled in The National Law Journal celebrating diversity in Chicago's legal departments. When she joined the legal department of McDonald's Corp. right out of law school in the late 1970s, Gloria became the 13th attorney, the fourth woman and the fourth minority member on the staff. Looking back on those numbers today, she remains astounded.

"So when you think about a legal department in 1977 that was almost a third women and almost a third minorities, that's really something," Gloria Santona said. "And I don't think that was by accident." Diversity has been very much a part of the McDonald's legal team's DNA. "You get better decisions when you have people who think about things differently. You get the breakthroughs when you have a group of people who are different, and it's more fun and exciting for me," said Gloria Santona. Read more... 

CHICAGO MAGAZINE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL CHICAGOANS

Chicago Magazine has released their annual list of the most influential Chicagoans. The following Network members were included:
  • #1 - Toni Preckwinkle
  • #12 - Jeanne Gang
  • #18 - Mellody Hobson
  • #24- Mary Dillon
  • #25 - Ilene Gordon
  • #39 - Julia Stasch
  • #42 - Lori Healey
  • #47 - Susana Mendoza

Read more... 

ERNST & YOUNG JOINS MISSION PROPELLE FOR DAY OF LEADERSHIP
FOX 32 News featured Ernst & Young (Kath Carter and Kym Hubbard) and Mission Propelle for their mission to empower young girls to know who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. On Friday, February 19th, for a half-day immersion in the role of Women Leaders, Kath Carter and a team of women at Ernst and leaders from Mission Propelle will participate in a Q/A yoga session with young women. Read more...
TOP 300 ARCHITECTURE FIRMS
Architectural Record's annual list ranked the top 300 firms by revenue (in millions of dollars) for architectural services performed in 2014. The following Network member companies made the list.

 

Crain's
A FIRST LOOK AT U OF C'S $270 MILLION TRAUMA CENTER AND EXPANSION
University of Chicago Medicine plans to spend nearly $270 million to reopen an adult trauma center and expand services on its South Side campus. The plan, called Get Care, aims to fill a gap in programs the community has called for and boost access in other areas. More than 1,000 people would be hired to fill new jobs, akin to staffing a new community hospital. "It's a dramatic step to increase access to health care on the South Side of Chicago, not just for trauma, but also to respond to the needs of the ER and complex care," U of C Medicine President Sharon O'Keefe said in an interview. "We're making a huge investment in this project over the coming years." Read more...
Crain's 
MACARTHUR FOUNDATION AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM CHICAGO AND IN THE ARTS
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation granted millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations to MacArthur's hometown arts scene, as all 14 recipients of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions are from Chicago and in the arts.

"We've been doing this award for a decade, and this is the first time we've experimented with a thematic approach as opposed to a broad one through multiple domains across the world," said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. Read more...
Crain's
WHY EQUITY LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES IS TOP PREFORMING REIT
Equity LifeStyle Properties ( Marguerite Nader) was featured in a Crain's article for being the best-prefomring REIT in Chicago. The article noted that the billionaire financier's mobile home park business hit an all-time high in early February, avoiding the stock market downdraft that has afflicted many other real estate investment trusts. In addition, Equity LifeStyle shares have generated a 27 percent total return over the past year, tops among Chicago-area REITs and fifth among all U.S. REITs, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Read more...
New Roles  
MARGO COOK NAMED PRESIDENT
Effective March 1, Margo Cook will be co-President of Nuveen Investments. She will help lead Nuveen as a centerpiece of TIAA-CREF's global asset management business, focused on continuing to build its presence with individual investors through intermediaries. Read more...
Awards and Announcements
Susan Sher
SUSAN SHER HONORED WITH AWARD OF EXEMPLARY PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Susan Sher, Senior Advisor to the University of Chicago President and former Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, is among three distinguished lawyers who will be honored with an Award of Exemplary Professional Service by the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Joining John Marshall to honor recipients include the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association and tbe Justinian Society of Lawyers.

The Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner will be held on February 25 at the Standard Club in Chicago. The event continues John Marshall's dedication to acknowledging the service of lawyers to their community. The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association gave Justice Garman its Freedom Award in 2014. The award is given to a recipient who embodies the highest aspirations of the John Marshall community, through their work, high ethical standards and efforts to help society. Justice Garman delivered the keynote address at John Marshall's 200th commencement held in January 2016. Read more...
CARRIE NAHABEDIAN AMONG JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
Chicago's top chefs and restaurants are well-represented on the list of James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists announced recently, including Carrie Nahabedian of Naha and Brindille, who is up for outstanding chef for the second consecutive year. Read more...

To read the Chicago Tribune coverage, click here!
KAPILA ANAND MODERATES PANEL
Kapila Anand moderated a panel discussion at the Women Corporate Directors EMEA Institute in Paris on February 10, where nearly 100 women board directors from Europe and the Middle East were able to network and discuss major issues facing corporate boards today. Kapila engaged four board members in a dialogue on the skills necessary to succeed as a visionary board member in global organizations.
ADELA CEPEDA ON INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
Adela Cepeda, President, A.C. Advisory, Inc., served on a panel that discussed how independent directors can create value and  impact a company's success and bottom line.
LA RABIDA CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER EARNS RE-ACCREDITATION FROM NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE
La Rabida Children's Advocacy Center has been awarded re-accreditation by National Children's Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.

As the accrediting agency for Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the country, National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children's Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

To view the full press release, click here!  
WELLESLEY COLLEGE NAMES FOURTEENTH PRESIDENT
Wellesley College has named Paula Johnson, MD, MPH, a professor and faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.C. Chan school of Public Health, its fourteenth president. TCN Member Debora De Hoyos served as co-chair of the search committee.
A LETTER FROM ANDREA KRAMER
My husband, Al Harris, and my book, Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, will be officially published in mid-May. We hope you will help us push it to national recognition by becoming a part of our official launch team.

To preorder your book, click here!
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD'S EUROPE Q4 2015 REPORTS RELEASED
Cushman & Wakefield's ( Marilyn Lissner ) latest reports on the European investment market (Investment Market Update (IMU)) and their Fair Value Index for Q4 2015 have been released. You can access these reports by clicking below: 
 
In addition, two webcasts supporting these reports were held recently. You can view the webcasts by clicking below:
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ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF TCN'S BLOG!  
 
Recently, we launched The Chicago Network's new blog, "Walking Through Glass: Women, Work and the World." Read what's in store and stay tuned for the next installment featuring an interview with Janet Foutty, CEO, Deloitte Consulting and member of The Chicago Network since 2009. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Read the blog now... 
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