TCN Quote of the Week
In the fun spirit of April Fools Day:

"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career."

- Gloria Steinem

TCN Members in the News
 Crain's  
JEANNE GANG-DESIGNED TOWER BOASTS A NOVEL SALES TOOL

The Vista Tower Residences, a proposed 93-story tower designed by Jeanne Gang, was featured in Crain's. The proposed tower would offer buyers a chance to see views in Chicago that don't yet exist.

Its distinctive architecture would include three "stems" of different heights, each undulating to become wider and narrower as it rises. The glass would include at least five shades of blue suggested by the varying moods of Lake Michigan, for what architect Jeanne Gang describes as a "wave gradient" of colors. Construction of the tower is slated to start this year. Read more...
Crain's
MCDONALD'S TO ADD 1,500 RESTAURANTS IN CHINA, SOUTH KOREA AND HONG KONG
The announcement that McDonald's (Gloria Santona) plans to beef up its presence in Asia comes as the chain looks to faster-growing markets to help drive a global turnaround. McDonald's said it is looking for partners to help finance the expansion and will give local managers more decision-making power to respond to Asian customers. Read more...
Women on Boards 
ELAINE MAIMON ELECTED TO ACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elaine Maimon, President of Governors State University (GSU), has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for the nation's colleges and universities. She will serve a three-year term. "I am honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of ACE, an organization that represents all sectors of higher education," Elaine Maimon said. In 2015, GSU won the 2015 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation and Elaine was awarded the ACE Donna Shavlik Award for Women's Leadership in Higher Education in 2014. Read more...
Awards and Announcements
THE 67TH ADVERTISING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
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. The 67th Advertising Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies & Gala Dinner will be held the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of New York's historic Waldorf Astoria hotel.
 
Elected by the Advertising Hall of Fame's distinguished Council of Judges, the American Advertising Federation announced this year's "magnificent seven" to be inducted into the 2016 Class of the Advertising Hall of Fame. Vice Chair of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Wenda Harris Millard, President and COO, MediaLink, said, "This extraordinary Class of 2016 epitomizes advertising's lasting impact over time continuing through today, inspiring many more generations to come."
 
One among the seven being named is Carla R. Michelotti, recently retired from her position as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Government & Corporate Affairs Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, and is now providing strategic regulatory consulting.

To see more details about the Advertising Hall of Fame click here.

MAUREEN BEAL RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Maureen Beal
, CEO of National Van Lines, Inc. has been awarded the MSI Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. This is the highest award in the moving and storage industry. She was presented this honor at the National Van Lines industry conference in New Orleans, LA, on March 22. As the 3rd generation CEO of National Van Lines, Maureen has served on the Board of Directors of AMSA for 20 years, the Government Traffic and Government Affairs Committees, striving to provide the highest quality of service to customers of the moving industry. As a supporter of AMPAC (American Moving & Storage Association Political Action Committee), Maureen fought for pro-moving and storage legislation, speaking before Congress on specific OSHA regulations that would have been dramatically detrimental to the moving and storage industry.
DIANE SWONK OPENS NEW DOORS
Longtime Chicagoan and Network member Diane Swonk has founded DS Economics in order to expand the range of economic consultation she can offer. No longer off-limits: regional factors and the impact of national politics. Combined with more international information, Diane delivers a bespoke economic narrative for industry- and company-specific businesses. She is also scheduling more outside speeches for select groups. Special thanks are due to fellow TCN member Mary Josephs of Verit Advisors and the Chicago Network overall for their generous support.

Read more about Diane's new venture. 
KATH CARTER'S CALL TO ACTION FOR MISSION PROPELLE
From Kath Carter, Transactions Advisory Services Partner at Ernst & Young LLP:
That's the mantra shared by the 15 third grade girls who visited our EY office's on Wacker Drive last month to be inspired by our female executives. In truth, they were the ones who inspired us. These girls joined us from Mission Propelle - an organization whose mission is to empower elementary school-aged girls to know who they are, what they believe and how to advocate for themselves through yoga, reading, and mentoring.
 
Together with International Women's Day, EY is creating a ripple effect that advances women in the workplace today and helps create opportunities for them in the future. Inviting Mission Propelle students to learn from me and my colleagues at EY is one way I activated my personal commitment for the "Pledge for Parity" in line with the IWD's theme for their campaign this year. My pledge is to inspire young women everywhere to achieve their highest potential.
 
As a fellow TCN member, would you consider being part of the ripple effect and taking action to accelerate gender parity? EY was able to host one class of young girls, but Mission Propelle is in over 70 schools. Wouldn't it be great if every class had a chance to spend time with the amazing women role models in the TCN? If you are interested in hosting a group of girls from Mission Propelle to join you for a morning of mentoring, yoga and fun, Annie Warshaw ( annie@missionpropelle.com) is the Chief Executive Officer and would love to hear from you.
 
Please don't hesitate to call Kath if you have any questions about the Pledge for Parity or Mission Propelle. She is excited to share her pledge and encourages Network members to do the same. "As many of the girls so eloquently reminded me during their visit to EY: Girls rule. Inequality drools. I couldn't agree more!"
WENDY DUBOE AND MARCA BRISTO ADDRESS CITY CLUB OF CHICAGO
On Monday, March 28, Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, joined Marca Bristo of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and Ric Estrada of Metropolitan Family Services to brief the City Club of Chicago on the state of social services as Illinois' budget stalemate persists. Wendy and the other leaders shared data and perspectives on how acutely clients and agencies continue to struggle more than 9 months into the state budget impasse. Read more...
MADELEINE CONDIT ON WOMEN ON BOARDS
Madeleine Condit, Founder & CEO, Madeleine Condit Associates, spoke at the Committee for Economic Development's Congressional Staff Briefing about an initiative to stimulate debate and encourage greater representation by women on corporate boards.
THE MENTOR BANK
In January 2016, Patina Solutions launched The Mentor Bank®, an innovative mentoring service anchored on a technology platform. Combining technology with knowledge from experienced mentors, The Mentor Bank allows companies to easily and effectively develop their employees, helping them to achieve better results.

With baby boomers retiring in record numbers, newer generations making frequent career or company changes every few years, and companies expecting more from their employees earlier in their careers, the need for more talent development is clear. In addition, to help companies with diversity goals, Patina seeks to provide diverse mentors as well as mentors trained in mentoring diverse employees. By helping the next generation of leaders at top companies in America discover great mentors, The Mentor Bank is helping companies' close talent development gaps and retain top talent including top diverse talent.

Susan Gallagher, EVP & COO of Patina Solutions, and The Mentor Bank team invite you to join this select group of highly skilled and accomplished paid mentors. The program facilitates opportunities for you to help leaders to accelerate their growth by learning from your journey and guidance. Mentors share their experiences -- from navigating the boardroom to implementing a major system integration -- and empower mentees to tackle similar challenges and achieve success.

Interested in learning more about becoming a paid mentor in Patina's rapidly growing program? More information is available on Patina's website , or please email TheMentorBank@PatinaSolutions.com.
SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY HOSTED 2ND ANNUAL ST. BALDRICK'S EVENT
Saint Xavier University (Christine Wiseman) hosted its 2nd Annual St. Baldrick's event on Tuesday, March 29, where students and local community members shaved their heads in solidarity with children who are battling cancer in exchange for donations. This year's theme, "Past, Present, and Future," honored SXU students Nicole Munoz, SXU alumna, and Tara Hill, current SXU student, who are presently battling cancer. The event raised a total of $9,140 thus far and donations are still growing!

COTTAGE RENTAL - 9983 COMMUNITY HALL ROAD, UNION PIER, MICHIGAN
From Amy Osler:
Have you dreamed of a second home in lush Michigan Harbor Country? For now, why not consider another option? Rent a lovely little fully-furnished cottage in a park-like setting less than a mile from the lake and an hour from Chicago.

This rustic cottage is on the 2 ½ acre Valkanas/McComb property which also includes a studio and the owner's residence. This cozy retreat is lined in pine with a wood burning stove, air conditioning/heat, kitchen and bathroom complete with a copper/stone-lined shower. Artist designed décor in every inch. Wifi. Everything you need for your get-away. Sleeps two on a queen-size futon/couch convertible bed. Pet friendly.

A cozy and compact 364 square feet. Also, the owner is on site to handle any questions or concerns you might have. The cottage is available as a 6-month rental during peak season, May through October at $1,200/month - $7,200 for the full period.
For more information, email alenevalkanas@mac.com 
 
Consider the cottage your place in the country this summer whenever you feel like getting away - to find the solace, excitement, and the special pulse of Southwest Michigan.
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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. Currently, WIFL is sold out.
Thank you to all of our generous 2016 WIFL supporters!

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