TCN Quote of the Week
"There were a number of opportunities for me, but they were uninteresting to me compared with having the opportunity to grow and build something."

- Mary Josephs
Founder & CEO, Verit Advisors LLC

TCN Members in the News

ILENE GORDON PROFILED IN BLOOMBERG BUSINESS
Ilene Gordon, Ingredion CEO, was profiled in Bloomberg Business' "How Did I Get Here?" She shared some of her history, below:

"I was the first female corporate officer, commuting from Chicago to Houston and New York."

"I majored in math and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. The ratio of men to women there was 10-to-1. I lived in the women's dorm, and we all still keep in touch." (MIT, class of 1975)

"It was a chance to run a publicly traded company. When I joined, revenue was $3.7 billion; now it's $5.7 billion. On my board, we have 40 percent women." (2009-Present: Chairman, president, and CEO, Ingredion)  Read more...
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STUDIO GANG ARCHITECTS BUILD NEW WRITERS THEATRE
Jeanne Gang was highlighted in a Chicago Tribune article about her design of Glencoe's new Writers Theatre. The ribbon cutting ceremony at its 325 Tudor Court location is scheduled for February 12, 2016. The 36,000-square-foot building will have two performance spaces and theater officials say they are close to their goal of raising $34 million for the center. 

"We have been working on this project for eight years and this new building is more than just a new home for Writers Theatre," said Executive Director Kate Lipuma. "This is about bringing a new, exciting experience for our artists and our audiences and creating what we believe is an iconic building for Glencoe." Read more...
JEANNE GANG DESIGN FOR CENTER APPROVED
Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architects, had a conceptual design approved by the American Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees for the Richard Gilder Center for Earth, Science, Education and Innovation. Construction is planned to begin in 2017 and the goal is to open the Gilder Center in New York City in 2020 as the conclusion to the museum's 150th anniversary in 2019. Read more...

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Lori AndrewsLORI ANDREWS ON PROTECTING PRIVACY
Lori Andrews, law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and the author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, published an article in the Chicago Tribune detailing effective strategies for Windows 10 users to protect personal information from advertisers and hackers. Read more...
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MICHELLE BOONE REFLECTS ON CHICAGO ARCHITECTURAL BIENNIAL
Michelle Boone, Chicago's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, was featured in the Chicago Tribune reminiscing on the creation of the Chicago Architectural Biennial. Jeanne Gang was also mentioned.

"It's allowing Chicago to reclaim this space where new ideas and innovation in architecture are born, so it becomes a think tank," said Michelle Boone. 
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ELLEN ALBERDING ON GUN VIOLENCE
Ellen Alberding, CEO, The Joyce Foundation, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the steps society can take to make progress with the overwhelming problem of gun violence.

"Mass shootings are horrifying and rightly get a lot of media attention but account for just a fraction of gun homicides in the U.S. They are far outpaced by the daily scourge of urban gun violence, which is fueled by the easy availability of firearms and has a devastating impact on communities of color. Police shootings are another factor creating justified outrage," Ellen Alberding says.
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ANNA RAPPAPORT ON RETIREMENT
Anna Rappaport wrote an op-ed in Forbes about improving women's retirement security and the Women's Pension Protection Act of 2015.  Read more...

Anna was recently published in The Conference Board's
blog. In the article, Should We Help Employees Secure Retirement Advice? Anna explored the topic of approaching retirement from the point of view of an employer. Read more...
Accelerating change to transform lives
VICKI ESCARRA IN THE NEWS
Vicki Escarra, Opportunity International Global CEO, sat down for a CEO Spotlight with NBC to discuss how Opportunity International provides loans, savings and insurance to entrepreneurs in remote areas in 28 countries.

She also participated in a panel discussion at the Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations on "Investing Smart: Raising the Bar on Impact Investing Due Diligence."

The Guardian
published the piece Accelerating Change to Transform Lives
along with a three-minute online video, which features Vicki focusing on how cutting-edge business and nonprofit partnerships can increase financial inclusion across Africa and help clients transform their lives and communities.
TONI PRECKWINKLE ON POTENTIAL FIX FOR COOK COUNTY'S JUSTICE SYSTEM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was quoted in an article about the Cook County Board of Commissioners vote to approve a $2.3 million contract to create a uniform, digital platform to store and share information that will help prevent situations where detainees are released too soon or too late due to miscommunication. "The benefits of having a way to seamlessly translate and transfer data between all of Cook County's justice agencies are enormous," Toni Preckwinkle said. Read more...
ROHINI DEY INTERVIEWED BY BBC
Rohini Dey, Owner and Founder of Vermillion Restaurant (Chicago and New York), was featured in a recent BBC video on the modernization and changing perceptions of Indian cuisine. Read more...
Women on Boards   
AMYRIS APPOINTS MARGO GEORGIADIS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bioscience company Amyris appointed Margaret "Margo" Georgiadis, President, Americas at Google, to the company's Board of Directors. "I'm excited by the opportunity to support Amyris to help accelerate its mission of enabling the world's leading brands to deliver sustainable products that perform better at same or lower cost versus non-renewable sources," said Margo Georgiadis. Read more...
SARGENTO FOODS WELCOMES TRISH LUKASIK TO BOARD DIRECTORS
Trish Lukasik
, Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President for the PepsiCo North American Nutrition organization, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Sargento Foods Inc. "I've always admired Sargento as a strong, family-owned company that serves as a leader in the cheese industry," Trish Lukasik said. "I look forward to learning more about their special corporate culture and lending my expertise to help the company continue to grow for years to come."
CONNIE DUCKWORTH APPOINTED TO EQUITY RESIDENTIAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Connie Duckworth, Founder and CEO of ARZU, Inc., will serve on Equity Residential's Board of Trustees until the next annual meeting of shareholders. Connie will serve as a member of the company's Audit Committee. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Steelcase Inc. Equity Residential is an S&P 500 company focused on the acquisition, development, and management of high quality apartment properties in top U.S. growth markets. Read more...
KATE BENSEN WEIGHS IN ON THE GENDER GAP IN BOARDROOMS
Kate Bensen, President and CEO of The Chicago Network, was recently quoted in a CNBC article about the Government Accountability Office's report on boardroom gender parity.

"I think that making sure women who are 'board ready' become 'board eligible' is also a way to alleviate the gender gap problem," said Kate Bensen. "It is necessary that search firms have women in their pipeline who are ready to fulfill those roles." Read more... 
New Roles  
ALYSIA TATE IS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS FOR CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
Chicago Foundation for Women ( K. Sujata) is delighted to welcome Alysia Tate as the new Director of Programs. Alysia is a leading advocate on social and human rights. She most recently served as advisor to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on civil rights and racial bias issues, and criminal justice reform. Alysia brings to CFW a broad range of experience working with leaders in nonprofits, business, media, philanthropy and government on communications and other issues. She will oversee the foundation's grant-making and capacity- building programs designed to increase awareness of the challenges facing women and girls.
Awards and Announcements
AURIE PENNICK RECEIVES STUDS TERKEL UPLIFTING VOICES AWARD
Aurie Pennick, Executive Director and Treasurer, The Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc., is the winner of the 2016 Studs Terkel Uplifting Voices Award. This commemorates Aurie's support of innovative journalism, issues reporting, and storytelling to lift up community voices. Read more...
MARY JOSEPHS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP 25 WOMEN IN MIDDLE MARKET M&A
Mary Josephs, Founder & CEO, Verit Advisors LLC, has been acknowledged as one of the top 25 women in middle market M&A in the January edition of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine. Maureen Beal, Chairman and CEO, National Van Lines, Inc., was key in Mary's nomination and consideration. Mary launched Verit Adivsors in 2009. "There were a number of opportunities for me, but they were uninteresting to me compared with having the opportunity to grow and build something," says Mary Josephs. "It might sound insane, but I consider it a gift to work with the awesome people who are caretakers for their families' legacies." Read more...
ANNE PRAMAGGIORE DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of ComED, delivered the keynote address at the Empowering Customers & Cities conference in Chicago. The "convergence of energy and digital communications will create an energy internet that is ultra-reliable, clean and lean, and which must ultimately respond to the clarion call of the millennium," Anne Pramaggiore says. Read more...
MICHELLE B. LARSON FEATURED IN CIVIC CHAT
Michelle B. Larson, President and CEO of Adler Planetarium, recently discussed her youth outreach initiative in Shelley Stern Grach's newest Civic Chat, "Networking Our Neighborhoods." The Adler Planetarium is reaching out to local youth by bringing telescopes and other equipment to neighborhoods to engage them in astronomy. Read more...

CARRIE NAHABEDIAN TO PARTICIPATE IN TASTE OF THE NFL TO SUPPORT GCFD
From Carrie Nahabedian:
 
Here is my wish for the New Year...Help me feed those in need. As a chef, the hardest thing for me is knowing that the basic necessity of life...food...is a hardship for a large percentage of Americans.

$1 feeds 8 people here in Chicagoland from the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), which is led by fellow TCN member Kate Maehr.

I represent Chicago and the Chicago Bears for the Taste of the NFL (TNFL). This event takes place the night before the Super Bowl in the Super Bowl city which is San Francisco for 2016. This is the time of giving, receiving and reflecting on the year past and ahead.  If you have a moment...click here to learn more! www.kickhungerchallenge.org . Even the smallest donation makes a difference, thank you.

  • Click on DONATE
  • Click on Chicago Bears....or your favorite NFL team. I'd prefer the Bears, but my fellow TNFL chefs would love to receive funds for their team as well!
  • Send money. It's fast, easy and the funds go directly to the GCFD. I will not know if you donated and what amount, my only wish is that I help them raise funds.
A few months ago, Brindille had a dinner to help raise funds for the Lakeview Pantry, a food pantry that is served by the GCFD. Michael and I donated $5,000 (20 personal cooking classes)  They have a huge network of passionate and committed donors who with their power help feed those in need in the Lakeview Area.
CALL FOR APPLICANTS: 2016 WOMEN IN CULINARY LEADERSHIP GRANT
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced that it is accepting applications for its 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant program. Rohini Dey, JBF trustee and founder/owner of Indian Latin Vermilion Restaurants in NYC and Chicago, helped launch the program in 2012. The goal of the mentoring program for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs is to help build in-depth leadership and management skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management and entrepreneurship. It has grown consecutively over the last three years, and for the class of 2016 there are currently 22 positions available offered by 19 mentors. "The WICL Grant was created to break through the barriers of what I call the 'gastro ceiling' - a paucity of women as executive chefs and even fewer as leading restaurateurs," said Rohini Dey. Press release...
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