TCN Members in the News
VALERIE JARRETT ON "THE VIEW"
Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared on The View where she spoke about protection for Dreamers and discussed her experiences working with the Obamas and the challenges of balancing her early career as a single mom. Read more...

 
MAKE IT BETTER  RECOGNIZES 42 OF CHICAGO'S TOP BLACK WOMEN OF IMPACT
Make It Better is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing black women of impact who are making Chicagoland a better place. These dynamic women are among a select group who continually demonstrate what it means to make an impact and improve the lives of others. The following Network members were included on the list:
  • Michelle Collins, President, Cambium LLC
  • Kimberly M. Foxx, State's Attorney of Cook County, Office of the Cook County State's Attorney 
  • Mellody Hobson,President, Ariel Investments
  • Patricia Brown Holmes, Founding Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • Valerie Jarrett, Distinguished Senior Fellow, The University of Chicago Law School
  • Suzet McKinney, CEO/Executive Director, Illinois Medical District
  • Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
  • Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade, MBBS, OON, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor Department of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean for Global Health, University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, Cook County Government
  • Shari Runner, President and CEO, Chicago Urban League
  • Alysia Tate, Consultant
  • Andrea L. Zopp, President and CEO, World Business Chicago
To view the full list, click here!
TIME'S UP RAISES $20 MILLION IN ITS FIRST MONTH - AND RECEIVED 1,000 REQUESTS FOR HELP
At a special Time's Up panel at the Makers conference in Los Angeles, Buckley Sandler LLP Partner  Tina Tchen announced that the group has already raised $20 million, from about 20,000 donors across the country.  The Time's Up movement has a singular goal - equality and safety in the workplace for all - and the group's Legal Defense Fund is at its core. According to Tina, there's already been 1,000 requests for help.

"A lot of the big firms that do pro bono work can't do this work because they have conflicts with [other big clients], so you've got small lawyers who can't afford to do this for free .... The need is clearly there, from all industries-farm workers, hotel workers, steel workers. I had a steel worker from Indiana reach out to my office," Tina Tchen said. "And we thought that was the case, that there were people hurting right now, and Time's Up has spoken to men and women who need help getting safety and equity in the workplace." Read more...
Time's Up members Jill Soloway, Rashida Jones, Tina Tchen, Melina Matsoukas, Nina Shaw, Ava DuVernay, Maha Dakhil and Natalie Portman at the 2018 MAKERS conference.
USG CORPORATION PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE
USG Corporation ( Jennifer Scanlon ) recently announced a national partnership with leading global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity. USG will work with Habitat affiliates across the United States to build homes for families in 15 cities where USG plants are located. This initiative is part of the USG Foundation's ongoing effort to improve lives in the communities where USG does business.
 
"We are experts in manufacturing building products - but this partnership provides us an even more rewarding opportunity. We are able to create a more meaningful connection by working on jobsites in the neighborhoods where our employees live," said Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of USG Corporation. Read more... 
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KIMBERLY FOXX AT BLACK HISTORY FAMILY FESTIVAL
Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx spoke at the Black History Family Festival at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin,  where she spoke about  her childhood and her career.

"I am very much like the young people I see every day," said Kimberly Foxx, who grew up in Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project. "The number one question I get is, 'How did you make it out?' It is asked with such earnest intention. People want to know." But Kimberly Foxx said she often turns the question on its head. "If we recognize conditions in housing projects and in society that can push people of color to fail, we ought not to celebrate one escapee. We ought to go back and save the rest. I am not exceptional by any means."   Read more...

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CHICAGO O'HARE TO OFFER DIRECT FLIGHTS TO AFRICA
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will soon offer its first direct flights to Africa. The Chicago Department of Aviation ( Ginger Evans) and Ethiopian Airlines announced a new nonstop service between O'Hare and Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Flights will begin June 2 and be offered three times per week.
 
"The new route will expand O'Hare's connectivity to the world and unlock new opportunities for the city of Chicago and travelers across the globe," said Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans. Read more...
COOK COUNTY HONORED FOR SOLAR ENERGY EFFORTS
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was quoted in an article about Cook County, which has rceived a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. 
 
" I applaud the hard work of our Departments of Environment and Sustainability and Building and Zoning in making going solar faster, cheaper and easier in Cook County. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Bronze designation is a signal that our county is 'open for solar business," said Toni Preckwinkle. Read more...

MARYSUE BARRETT ON TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN
MarySue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Councilwas quoted in a Crain's article about Trump's infrastructure plan and Chicago. Read more...

LAURA WASHINGTON CHATS WITH  CHICAGO TONIGHT
Laura Washington  of the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7 News was a guest on Chicago Tonight, where she discussed the race for governor and other primary races. Read more...

AESC AND CLUEN CORPORATION ANNOUNCE 21-YEAR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP SERVING THE EXECUTIVE SEARCH PROFESSION
Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) (Karen Greenbaum), the global professional organization that represents leading executive search and advisory firms globally, and Cluen Corporation, a world leader in executive search software solutions, today announced their renewed partnership.

"The best firms in our profession are diligent in selecting the right technology solutions for their organizations, just as clients are in choosing their executive talent advisors. We are pleased to partner again with Cluen-a dedicated leader in executive search software," said Karen Greenbaum, President and CEO of AESC. Read more...
Announcements
CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN ANNUAL TALK IT OUT CONVERSATIONS TO FOCUS ON FUTURE OF #METOO MOVEMENT 
Chicago Foundation for Women's (K. SujataTalk It  Out  series  is a week-long, region-wide conversation series designed to spark honest dialogue and understanding about gender bias as part of Women's History Month. CFW will host Talk It Out: #MeToo the week of March 18-24.

"This is not an issue of women versus men," CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. "Sexual harassment is a symptom of gender bias, a problem which affects us all. A true solution will take women and men working together - and that starts with honest and open dialogue. We hope Talk it Out  gives women and men the language and confidence to carry on the conversation beyond this week, as active members of the movement to end gender bias." 
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF HUMAN RESOURCES (NAHR) CHRO ACADEMY - NOMINATE FIRST TIME CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICERS
The National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) ( Jill Smart ) announced its sixteenth annual CHRO Academy to be held  June 13-14, 2018  in NYC. The CHRO Academy is designed for those HR executives holding the topmost HR position in the organization. In this unique day-and-a-half session CHRO's have the opportunity to interact with the "best of the best" HR chiefs, the Fellows of the NAHR, business and world policy experts, and academic leaders. Attendance is by invitation-only and is limited to no more than 40 participants. Please send the names and email address of any nominees you think would benefit from this program to  Jill   Smart  at  jbsmart@nationalacademyhr.org.
DSC LOGISTICS ANNOUNCES EVOLUTION OF CORPORATE IDENTITY, LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
DSC Logistics (Ann Drake), a leading logistics and supply chain management company, has introduced a new logo and website, marking an evolution of the company's corporate identity. The new brand reflects the advancement of DSC's strategy and leadership, emphasizing continuous transformation, dynamic leadership and collaborative partnerships.

"DSC is focused on helping our customers make the most of change," said Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics. "By taking this step forward, we are demonstrating our values and vision in a very tangible way."  Read more...
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