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FORBES BEST EMPLOYERS FOR DIVERSITY 2018
Forbes has released its 2018 list of the Best Employers for Diversity. The list is a ranking of 250 employers across all industries in the United States, based on surveying thousands of employees and examining employer diversity policies, as well as diversity in executive suites and on boards. The following Network member companies were included:
  • AbbVie (Azita Saleki-Gerhardt and Laura J. Schumacher)
  • Accenture (Laura Gurski and Pallavi Verma)
  • Allstate Insurance Company (Kathy Mabe and Stephanie D. Neely)
  • Boston Consulting Group (Vicki B. Escarra)
  • CBRE Group (Nancy Pacher)
  • CBS (Marty Wilke)
  • Deloitte (Deborah L. DeHaasJanet Foutty and Stacy R. Janiak)
  • Discover Financial Services (Kelly M. Corley and Diane Offereins)
  • Ernst & Young (Kath Carter and Kelly Grier)
  • Google (Karen Sauder)
  • Grant Thornton LLP (Marci Kaminsky and Erica O'Malley)
  • Ingersoll Rand (Maria Green)
  • JPMorgan Chase (Melissa L. Bean and Elizabeth H. Connelly)
  • Kimberly-Clark (Maria Henry)
  • KPMG LLP (Kathy H. Hannan and Linda Imonti)
  • McKinsey & Company (Betsy D. Holden and Virginia Simmons)
  • Northern Trust (Susan Levy, Jana Schreuder and Joyce St. Clair)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Julie Harmon and Brittney Saks)
  • Southern Company Gas (Beth Reese)
  • U.S. Bank (Marsha Cruzan)
  • UnitedHealth Group (Kathryn M. Sullivan)
  • Zurich Insurance Group (Kathleen Savio)
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STEPHANIE IZARD ON MINIMIZING FOOD WASTE
Forbes recently spoke with Executive Chef & Owner of Boka Restaurant Group Stephanie Izard , who recently teamed up with Morton Salt  for their #EraseFoodWaste campaign, for a few quick and easy tips to reduce food waste at home.   Read more...
KIM FOXX AND LISA MADIGAN AMONG WOMEN WHO CHIME IN ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN NEW BOOK
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are among 17 women from across the Illinois political sphere who detail their experiences of sexual harassment in former Daily Herald reporter Kerry Lester's book No, My Place.  Read more...
 
FOUNDATIONS SHAKING THINGS UP IN CHICAGO
The Terra Foundation ( Elizabeth Gassman ), MacArthur Foundation ( Julia Stasch ), Polk Bros. Foundation ( Gillian Darlow and Sandra P. Guthman ) and The Joyce Foundation ( Ellen Alberding ) were highlighted in an article about foundations that are shaking things up. 

"What you're seeing is a sense on the part of philanthropists the need to really focus on impact," said Julia Stasch, President of Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. "There's something about the convergence of the size, the complexity, the urgency of problems that our cities and people and the country face that is making philanthropy say, 'This is not the time to be timid, this is not the time to feel your way.' "   Read more...
MARYSUE BARRETT ON CHICAGO AND THE AMAZON HQ2 RACE    
MarySue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Council, was quoted in a Crain's article that focuses on w hy housing may help Chicago in Amazon HQ2 race.  

Amazon's search committee "may find Chicago refreshing, coming from the West Coast, where Seattle and Silicon Valley are infamous for housing crunches, steep housing cost appreciation and excruciatingly long commutes," said MarySue Barrett. Read more...
YWCA METROPOLITAN CHICAGO IMPLEMENTS 6 WEEKS OF PAID FAMILY LEAVE
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (Dorri McWhorter) is providing 6 weeks paid family leave to its employees. The oldest and largest women's organization in the region, with a workforce comprised of more than 150 employees, 90 percent being women, implemented the new policy on January 1, 2018. It gives FMLA-eligible employees their regular rate of pay for the first six weeks of the twelve job-protected weeks of leave covered under the FMLA.
 
"We have gone a step further than FMLA requires by offering paid leave to our staff," stated YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO Dorri McWhorter. "It is important for the YWCA, with its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, to walk the talk and be a role model for the type of advancements and policies that we want to see employers adopt more broadly in the workplace." Read more...
SUSAN GALLAGHER ON WHAT INVESTORS WANT IN TODAY'S CEOS
Susan Gallagher BPI G roup President and CEO, U.S., spoke with FierceCEO about what investors are looking for in today's CEOs.  "They want CEOs who equip their management with the competencies and skills to achieve the organization's strategic goals, who are able to retain top talent and prepare executives for challenging new assignments,"  said Susan Gallagher.  Read more...
GLORIA CASTILLO ON ILLINOIS CHRONICLES BOOK AS BICENTENNIAL TEACHING TOOL
Gloria Castillo, CEO of Chicago United, was quoted in an article about the release of Illinois Chronicles, the K-12 Bicentennial educational  book that contains more than 50 news articles and 100 historical moments, presented on a 6-foot-long foldout timeline that charts the history of the state from its birth in 1818 to 2018. Gloria is the Bicentennial Commission co-chairwoman.

" Illinois Chronicles is one of the signature projects of the Bicentennial Celebration," said Gloria Castillo. "The campaign is designed to reach every student in the state, expose them to the many people, places and events that were Born, Built and Grown in Illinois and inspire them to be #IllinoisProud." Read more...
Awards
SHERIDAN TURNER AWARDED BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR BY THE GLENVIEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Sheridan Turner, President and CEO of Kohl Children's Museum, was recently honored as Business Person of the Year by the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Jerry Doetsch, former president of the Chamber at their January business meeting and installation of the Board. A prime reason for the award nomination, says Doetsch, was her ability to run the successful non-profit Museum like a business, raising sufficient excess revenue to funnel into outreach activities.
Women on Boards
ANNE EDWARDS-COTTER JOINS BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR BRADLEY UNIVERSITY 
Anne Edwards-Cotter, President, Cotter Consulting, Inc., has been elected to Bradley University's Board of Trustees. Anne is honored to take on this role at her alma mater, where she earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1977. She was the first woman student body president from 1976-1977 and was an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees during her term. She has also served the university as a member of the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board.  
Announcements
MARTY WILKE RECOGNIZED AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY GAME
Marty Wilke, President, General Manager CBS2 Chicago/WBBM-TV, was recognized at a DePaul basketball game, where she presented the game ball. It was College of Communication Day and Marty was recognized as a prominent former alumna.  Read more...

Lisa Madigan
LISA MADIGAN LAUNCHES REFORM INTAKE WEBSITE
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is launching a website that will allow the public to weigh in on reforms they'd like to see the Chicago Police Department make. The website will let residents share their experiences with the police department and suggest ways to improve public safety.  Read more...
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