News at the Network
TCN ANNOUNCES THE 2018 CLASS OF FUTURE LEADERS

The Future Leaders Program supports the Network's goal of inspiring the next generation of women leaders by providing outstanding sophomore and junior female college students the opportunity to explore career paths in the business and nonprofit sectors. During the week of May 7th and May 14th, a total of 36 students from UIC, St. Xavier University and Dominican University will engage in day-long career exploration opportunities with TCN member host companies and their employees.
 
A special thank you to the following TCN member host companies, the TCN Future Leaders Program Committee and the Orientation host:

Host Companies:

 









Committee:
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 .

Orientation Host:
JPMorgan Chase and Liz Connelly 
TCN Members in the News
VALERIE JARRETT ON HOW TO GET EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett sat down with Kristen Scholer at  South by Southwest ( SXSW) to discuss what's next for her career, as she continues her work with the Obamas and focusing on achieving gender equality. Read more...
BIDEN CHALLENGES KELLOGG STUDENTS TO ADDRESS INEQUALITY
In a speech at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management on March 9th, Former Vice President Joe Biden challenged students to embrace policies to narrow economic disparities among households, cities and regions. Biden, who praised the school and its dean Sally Blount as national leaders in the business world, said the students can have a huge impact on society, but warned that society itself could be at risk without change. Read more...

(From left): Kellogg Dean Sally Blount, former Vice President Joe Biden, Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway and Kellogg Professor Ben Harris. 
TIME'S UP AT SXSW
Speaking at the panel Time's Up! Shifting the Imbalance of Power , on March 11 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, four women behind the Legal Defense Fund, including Buckley Sandler LLP Partner  Tina Tchen , who spearheaded the Fund,  gathered to discuss how they are  changing the culture to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Just over two months ago, Time's Up  in the US launched their Legal Defense Fund for all survivors of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Since then, more than 1,900 people have used the fund for legal issues around inequality in the workplace, which includes promotion policies, pay equality, paid leave, sexual harassment, diversity and safety.  Read more...
TIME'S UP TEAMS UP WITH THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY TO COMBAT HARASSMENT
Time's Up recently announced an initiative to combat sexual harassment in the advertising industry. The new initiative, started by 180 women in leadership positions in advertising and in partnership with The Advertising Association, NABS and WACL, will raise money for the Time's Up legal defense fund. The fund has grown to more than $21 million since December. Tina Tchen, co-founder of the Time's Up legal defense fund, told CNN they have taken on more than 1,000 cases to date. Time's Up/Advertising will host a series of meetings later this month in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to adopt agency training and education policies. Read more...
MARTY WILKE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM CBS2
Marty Wilke, President and General Manager of CBS-owned  WBBM-Channel 2  since 2012, has announced that she's retiring from the station on March 23.

"My six years as a member of the CBS 2 family have been a very special time, filled with terrific experiences and great colleagues," Marty Wilke said in a statement. "CBS is a first-class company and I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to run my hometown CBS station." Read more...
PHYLLIS LOCKETT CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH OP-ED IN EDUCATION WEEK
Phyllis Lockett, Founder and CEO of  LEAP Innovations, a national nonprofit that helps schools and teachers personalize learning, wrote an op-ed in Education Week celebrating International Women's Day and the next generation of women leaders. 
 
" When we condition girls to be compliant and complacent, we cannot expect them to leave school ready to compete for top leadership positions. Personalized learning gives girls the chance to try, to fail, and to shine without seeing roadblocks as absolute barriers." Read more...
UI LABS GETS DEFENSE GRANT TO START CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM
A branch of UI Labs (Caralynn Nowinski Collens) has received $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch the cybersecurity initiative.

The Digital Manufacturing Design & Innovation Institute plans to spend some of the money to hire a director for the new program. Some will go toward developing cybersecurity workshops and online lessons for manufacturers, and some will build out the cybersecurity infrastructure for the in-house assembly line the institute uses to test manufacturing processes. Read more...
GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES VOTE TO FREEZE TUITION
Governors State President Elaine Maimon was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about Governors State University trustees who have unanimously voted to freeze tuition at the suburban Chicago school for the 2018-2019 academic year. Elaine noted that she was pleased with the trustees' March 2 vote. She says the school will "do all we can to make a college education possible for students." Read more...
Women on Boards
UNITED AIRLINES ELECTS MICHELE HOOPER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
United Airlines (Linda Jojo) recently  announced that its Board of Directors has elected Michele J. Hooper, immediate Past President and CEO of The Directors' Council, as an independent director of the company effective March 5. Michele brings more than two decades of corporate board experience and financial and governance expertise to United. She will be nominated by the Board for re-election at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.   Read more...
Awards
ILENE GORDON TO BE RECOGNIZED AS EXECUTIVE LEADER AWARD HONOREE
Ilene Gordon, Executive Chairman, Ingredion, will be recognized as the Executive Leader Award honoree at the Chicago Chapter of the Associate of Fundraising Professional's 42nd Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th at the Hilton Chicago. The awards is p resented for outstanding leadership in the Chicago philanthropic community. Read more...
GOLDIE B. WOLFE MILLER HONORED AT 2017 - 2018 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AWARDS
Goldie B. Wolfe Miller received the inaugural "Legend" award at the March 15 Greater Chicago Food Depository's (Kate Maehr) Commercial Real Estate Awards. Read more...
KIM FOXX  NAMED 
2018 
GABRIELLE GIFFORDS RISING STAR AWARD WINNER
EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx as the 2018 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner. Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility. 
PATRICIA SALDAÑA NATKE ELEVATED TO FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Patricia Saldaña Natke, President and Design Principal at UrbanWorks, Ltd, is elevated to FAIA, The American Institute of Architects' highest membership honor for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. This year, ten AIA Chicago members were awarded the honor, which spans five categories. Pat, recognized in Category One - Design, now joins the top three percent of AIA's membership who have achieved this recognition. Pat will be inducted at the FAIA Investiture Ceremony during the 2018 AIA Conference in New York City on June 22, 2018.
ADVOCACY WORK FOR SENIORS, DISABLED WINS REP. KELLY SPECIAL HONORS
Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., received the 2018 Impact Award from the Center for Disability and Elder Law for her advocacy on behalf of the legal rights of low-income seniors and people with disabilities in the Chicago region. Robin  represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress.
 
"It's an honor to be recognized by this remarkable organization for my efforts to support and defend our most vulnerable populations in the Chicagoland area and across the country," said Robin Kelly, who accepted the honor during the Center's Winter Awards Benefit on February. 28. Read more...
Announcements
SUPPORT THE CATHY COUGHLIN STEM SCHOLAR PROGRAM
From Cathy Coughlin's Friends: Therese Fauerbach, Phyllis Lockett, Diane Offereins, Marsha Serlin, and Melissa Oakley

Fellow TCN Members,
 
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, we're remembering our friend and fellow TCN member, Cathy Coughlin. It was one of her favorite holidays-a joyful celebration of her heritage, her family, her many blessings, and her passion for sharing with others.
 
Since Cathy's passing in 2015, we have worked closely with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD) to create a STEM scholarship program in her name that includes a calendar of year-round CTD opportunities for 6th-8th grade Chicago-area girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program enables each student to enroll in CTDs academic Summer Program on the Northwestern campus and to continue her STEM education by participating in an enrichment or accelerated, credit-bearing course during the school year. This equates to an investment of approximately $5000 per year for each student.
 
Thanks to your generosity, the generosity of others, and the devoted coordination by Northwestern CTD's Susan Richert Corwith and Jeff Hammock, we were able to sponsor sixteen - ten new and six returning -- Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars in our third year of the program last summer.
 
For this upcoming summer, we are currently recruiting for 10 funded spots and would like expand on that number so we can fund more young ladies this year and in future years.
 
On the occasion of St. Patrick's Day, let's see if we can broaden the reach of the Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholar program in 2018, extending STEM education to even more deserving Chicago-area girls. Your generosity is appreciated and makes a difference.
 
Two Ways to Contribute to The Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholar Program
1.) Via Check:
Please make checks payable to Northwestern University.  Include in a note that the gift is for "Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars."
Send to:
Office of Alumni Relations and Development
Attn: Jeff Hammock
Northwestern University
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60208 -4410 
 
2.) Via Credit Card Online:
Click here.  Enter your gift amount and under "Gift Designation" select Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars.

Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars from last summer
ILENE GORDON ON CORPORATE DIVERSITY AND ON SUCCESSION PLANNING
Ilene Gordon, Executive Chairman, Ingredion, participated on a panel discussing corporate diversity at the 2018 Ethisphere Global Ethics Summit on March 14 in New York City. Read more...
 
Check out the interview with Ilene on succession planning featured in Deloitte's Directors' Alert publication. Read more...
TCN MEMBERS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH ACCENTURE
In celebration of International Women's Day, Accenture (Pallavi Verma and Laura Gurski) hosted the "getting to equal" conference on March 9th and the following Network members served as speakers: 
  • Regine Corrado, Managing Partner, Chicago Office, Baker McKenzie
  • Ana Dutra, President & CEO, The Executives' Club of Chicago
  • Wendy Davidson, President U.S. Specialty Channels, Kellogg Company
  • Dee Robinson, President and Founder, Robinson Hill, Inc.
  • Terry Savage, Terry Savage Productions Ltd. 
A welcome note by Pallavi Verma , Senior Managing Director - US Midwest at Accenture, was featured in the conference program booklet. For more information on the conference,  click here!

See how Accenture celebrates International Women's Day in their " When She Rises, We All Rise" video :
CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN HONORS LOCAL LEADERS AT 2018 IMPACT AWARDS
On March 14, Chicago Foundation for Women (K. Sujata) honored six local leaders for their efforts in support of basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago region at the  2018 Impact Awards. The Impact Awards recognizes leaders who are working in one of CFW's three issue areas to improve the lives of women and girls: expanding economic security, ensuring freedom from violence and enhancing access to health services and information. 
CARRIE J. HIGHTMAN TO SPEAK AT CRAIN'S GENERAL COUNSEL BREAKFAST
Carrie J. Hightman, EVP & Chief Legal Officer, NiSource Inc., will serve as panelist at the Crain's General Counsel Breakfast on Thursday, April 19th at the Chicago Club. Exclusive to general or in-house counsel across a range of industries, this event offers an opportunity for guests to hear from a panel of general counsel as they discuss their evolving role.  For more information, click here! 
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