TCN Quote of the Week

"To have any hope of more balance at the highest levels, we need to feed the pipeline with more women to overcome the structural seepage, break down implicit biases and get serious about professional development for faculty."

- Sally Blount,  
Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

TCN Members in the News
PROPELLING WOMEN LEADERS TO THE TOP
Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, was featured in an article on how business schools can propel women leaders to the top. "To have any hope of more balance at the highest levels, we need to feed the pipeline with more women to overcome the structural seepage, break down implicit biases and get serious about professional development for faculty," said Dean Sally Blount. Read more... 
COMED IS FINDING SMART ENERGY
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of ComEd, gave the keynote address at the Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas. In an interview following her address, Anne told Utility Dive that much of the inspiration ComEd's work, including new efforts in microgrid deployment, customer-facing energy applications and pricing DERs, stems from the concept of platform economics. Read more...
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ULTA BRINGING BEAUTY TO DOWNTOWN CHICAGO
A new satellite office of the Bolingbrook-based company will open at 120 S. Riverside Plaza, according to a joint announcement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office and Ulta CEO Mary Dillon. "A Chicago location offers our existing employees more flexibility and the ability to collaborate with business partners in new ways, and it will also help us continue to attract the top talent we need to fuel our growth," Mary Dillon said in a statement. The office will be about 23,000 square feet and is slated to open late this summer. Read more...     
Crain's



COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT PLAN
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing plans for the 102-year-old Cook County Hospital to be transformed into a hotel and office space. The rehab is apart of a plan to rehab the 16 acres of the Illinois Medical District land. Work on the old hospital could start as soon as next year with a project completion in 2018. Read more...
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ANNE LADKY ON SICK LEAVE TASK FORCE
Anne Ladky, Executive Director of Women Employed, is co-chair of a mayoral task force assigned to revive efforts to mandate paid sick leave in Chicago. These earned sick day laws would particularly affect low-wage workers, nearly 80% of whom don't receive paid sick time and often can't afford to forgo a paycheck. Read more...
Women on Boards 
VICKI ESCARRA APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CENTENE
Vicki Escarra, global CEO of Opportunity International, was appointed to the board of directors of Centene, the Fortune 500 healthcare company and provider of programs and services to users of government healthcare programs. Vicki's vast senior leadership experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings gives her extensive knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, finance, marketing, political and regulatory relationships and healthcare. Read more...
EMILY BARR ELECTED TO NAB BOARD 
Emily Barr, Graham Media Group President and CEO, has been re-elected to the National Association of Broadcasting Television Board. Her two-year term begins in June.
New Roles 
JANET FROETSCHER JOINS PRITZKER FAMILY FOUNDATION AS PRESIDENT
The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, a private foundation committed to innovative strategies for solving society's most challenging problems, recently announced that Janet Froetscher, former CEO of Special Olympics International, has joined the foundation as its new President. As president, Janet will work closely with J.B. and M.K. Pritzker to create significant increase in the organization's impact by developing strategy, expanding investments and driving results supporting the Foundation's priorities in early childhood development, healthcare and civil rights, three cornerstones of its philanthropy. Read more...
Awards and Announcements
CARLA MICHELOTTI TO BE HONORED BY ADVERTISING HALL OF FAME
Carla Michelotti, Former Executive Vice President, Chief, Legal Government, Corporate Affairs Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide, is being honored. The 67th Advertising Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and Gala Dinner will be held the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of New York's historic Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The Advertising Hall of Fame recognizes the most accomplished and legendary figures in advertising, bringing together the industry to celebrate at one of the biggest nights in advertising. 
ANN DRAKE NAMED ROCK STAR OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN BY FOOD LOGISTICS
DSC CEO Ann Drake has been included in the list of "Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain" for 2016. This award honors individuals in the supply chain industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation throughout the global food supply chain.
 
In selecting Ann for the second year in a row, Food Logistics said she "has worked to support the growing complexities in the supply chain environment, guiding DSC in developing supply chain visibility tools, establishing a Supply Chain Solutions team to lead the development of creative solutions to help customers achieve business goals, developing a standard setting labor management program, expanding DSC's value-added services capabilities, and adding a new dimension to the role of strategic supply chain partner by working as a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP)."
 
Profiles of Ann and the other selected individuals appear in the March 2016 issue of Food Logistics magazine. Click here to read the article.
R_BARC HONORED AT CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS
The Fermilab OTE Building, designed by r_barc ( Carol Ross Barney), was recently honored at the Chicago Building Congress. The building was a Merit Award finalist for new construction in the suburbs.
CURESEARCH CATAPULT INITIATIVE  
In the last twenty years, only three drugs have been developed specifically to help children with cancer. In the complex world of children's cancer research, no independent organization currently coordinates efforts between academic scientists, drug developers, and policy regulators to advance new treatments and cures. CureSearch for Children's Cancer ( Laura Thrall and Christine Bork) is proud to announce its new Catapult Initiative, in which the organization will be the convener, collaborator, and major funder to accelerate the commercialization of cancer treatments to save children now. The first Catapult Summit was held February 28-29 in Menlo Park, California, the home of some of the world's most innovative advancements in medical research. A strategically curated event, summit participants represent academia, pharmaceutical industries, policy regulation, investors, and parents. Our shared goal - to find solutions that move new cancer treatments and cures out of the research lab and into clinical trials. For information about the Catapult Initiative, or access to the Catapult Summit's impact report, please contact Christine Bork at christine.bork@curesearch.org.
MARY BURKE SPEAKS ABOUT WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE AT SAINT MARYS 
Saint Mary's alumna Mary Burke, founding partner of Lakeshore Food Advisors, LLC., presented as a keynote speaker on women in the workforce for the College's 11th annual Diverse Students' Leadership Conference (DSLC) on Monday. She specializes in financial restructuring, recapitalizations, turnarounds, private and public placements of debt and equity capital, as well as providing corporate finance and strategic advisory services. "Sure, we work to make some money ... but I think another way to look at it is, we are all looking for meaning, engagement, challenge and satisfaction," Mary Burke said.
WHEN WOMEN THRIVE RESEARCH
Women continue to be underrepresented in the workforce at all career levels. In fact, Mercer's ( Beth Kirk Malecki)
When Women Thrive research found that women make up only 35% of the average company's workforce at the professional level and above. The time is now for organizations and leaders to think and act differently to advance gender diversity.

With input from nearly 600 organizations covering 3.2 million employees, Mercer's groundbreaking When Women Thrive research provides 1) global and regional forecasts and trends around the representation of women at all career levels, 2) benchmark data on the prevalence of policies and practices companies are leveraging to support their female talent, and 3) recommended actions for breaking through inertia and advancing women in the workplace.

We invite you to Download the Executive Summary here and participate in the Survey here.
ARCHBISHOP CUPICH VISITED SXU'S CHICAGO CAMPUS FOR THE FIRST TIME 
Archbishop Blase Cupich made his first visit to Saint Xavier University ( Christine Wiseman) on Thursday, March 31 to give a presentation entitled: "Catholic Higher Education as a Partner in the Church's Mission." This presentation was part of SXU's 2015/16 Catholic Colloquium Lecture series hosted by SXU's Office for Mission Integration and Mercy Heritage. Archbishop Cupich reflected on the identity and objectives of Catholic higher education in the twenty-first century and how the goals of Catholic higher education harmonize with the mission of the church. The lecture was free and open to the public.
Events
WIFL SPEAKER MELLODY HOBSON TO RECEIVE AWARD 
Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and CBS Financial Contributor, will be honored at The Matrix Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in the communications industry.

Monday, April 25th
12:00pm
Waldorf Astoria
New York City
Register for tickets and tables at nywici.org
DIANE SWONK ON MONETARY POLICY 
Diane Swonk, Founder and CEO of DS Economics, will serve on a panel of experts that will address the conduct of monetary policy in the new environment. The luncheon panel will take place on Tuesday, April 19 and will run from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and presented by DePaul University's Driehaus College of Business' Center for Financial Services, as part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration Week. To register, click here!
GRACE HOU AND KATE MAEHR TO DISCUSS BOOK ON POVERTY
Grace Hou, President of Woods Fund Chicago, will be moderating a panel, which will include Kate Maehr, CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, to discuss the challenges faced by many individuals and families who live in extreme poverty as highlighted in the book, $2 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing. The author of the book, Kathryn Edin, will launch the conversation around her sobering account of poverty.
 
The Chicago Public Library, with Woods Fund Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and other organizations are planning partners.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 9:00 a.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Pritzker Auditorium in Chicago.
 
Please follow this link to register for this free event!
SAVE THE DATE: CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN'S 31ST ANNUAL LUNCHEON + SYMPOSIUM
Join Chicago Foundation for Women on Thursday, September 22, 2016 for the 31st Annual Luncheon and Symposium . Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter will be the keynote speaker. Perhaps most widely known for her 2012 article in The Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," Slaughter is also the CEO of the New America Foundation, a foreign policy expert, and former senior advisor to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family, Slaughter's latest book, offers solutions to how we, as a community and society, can come together and build equity for women, and for everyone. Individual tickets are not yet available. The luncheon sells out every year, so to secure your spot, sponsor a table today !

TASTEMAKERS OF THE CULINARY ARTS
Rohini Dey, Founder and Owner of Vermilion Restaurants in Chicago and New York, will serve on a panel that will explore how tastemakers define their style and continue to evolve. The conversation will take place at Vermilion over Indian-Latin appetizers and signature cocktails.

Sunday, May 1
4:00pm-6:00pm
Vermilion
10 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
For more information and to register, click here!
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN INNOVATION  
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnist Terry Savage will discuss how inclusivity unlocks innovation at our companies and in our city at the Chicago Innovation Awards' 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Innovation event on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Click here to register!
CHINESE AMERICAN SERVICE LEAGUE GALA 
On May 11, the Chinese American Service League ( Bernie Wong) will be holding its 27th Annual Dinner Gala at the Field Museum. This year's event is exciting for a number of reasons. CASL is fortunate to have five amazing Co-Chairs leading our event: David Cotton, John Rowe, Michael Tang, and Norm and Virginia Bobbins. Their enormous stature within the business and civic community will dramatically raise the profile of our event. CASL is also fortunate to once again be holding the Gala at the Field Museum, this time in conjunction with their limited run Terracotta Warriors exhibit. All guests will be treated to an afterhours viewing of the Warriors, which is certain to provide an air of excitement to the proceedings. Click here for more information.
FREE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS FROM DR. BRUCE PERRY
Join Kohl Children's Museum ( Sheridan Turner) to hear a special talk from Dr. Bruce Perry who has worked more than 25 years as a teacher, clinician and researcher in neuroscience and children's mental health.  Dr. Perry will discuss the importance of safety, predictability, nurturing and play-all core Museum values-and the roles they play in shaping who we become as individuals, and in turn what that means for the health and welfare of our culture and community.
 
Two free presentations will be held:
  • Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview
  • Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. (networking begins at 8 a.m.) at Jenner & Block, 353 N. Clark St. in Chicago
Don't miss these inspiring talks with Dr. Perry! RSVP to Beth Gall at (847) 832-6917 or bgall@kcmgc.org.
31st ANNUAL PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARSHIP BALL
Saint Xavier University ( Christine Wiseman) will honor John C. and Jane McCarthy, lifelong supporters of the Sisters of Mercy and SXU, with the Shield of Saint Xavier at its 31st Annual President's Scholarship Ball on Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment for the evening will be Dan Hayes Orchestra, which will be held at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. All proceeds from the Ball go to the Presidential Scholarship Program, which financially supports SXU's most deserving students. "John and Jane have always shown an incredible amount of support, service and loyalty to the University, and we are deeply pleased to bestow their honor upon them," said President Christine Wiseman. Read more...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Chicago Hilton & Towers
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Our 2016 luncheon will feature Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, in a conversation moderated by Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management. WIFL is sold out.
Thank you to all of our generous 2016 WIFL supporters!

Please contact TCN if you wish to be put on the waiting list.