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LANZATECH TURNS POLLUTION FROM FACTORIES INTO FUEL 
A bacteria found in the gut of a rabbit can now help cars run in a more eco-friendly way. The bacteria, identified by biotech start-up LanzaTech ( Jennifer Holmgren), helps turn factory carbon emissions into ethanol, an alcohol that is blended with gasoline to reduce the amount of fuel used by cars.

"The world uses 50 million barrels per day of fossil fuels (that's for cars, planes, boats). If we want to try to substitute a significant portion of that using sugars ... we would end up using all our landmass to make fuels versus growing crops to feed people," said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech. Read more...
 
ANNE BURKE ON INITIATIVE TO REDUCE NUMBER OF FEMALE INMATES
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke joined  NPR Digital Media's  Scott Simon from WBEZ in Chicago to discuss a  new group in Illinois (that she is also a member of) that is working to  reduce the number of women who are in prison by half over the next seven years.  Listen now...

MARCI EISENSTEIN PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON MANAGING CHANGE
Marci Eisenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP, published an article titled, "Maintaining a Unique Culture: A Winning Strategy for Managing Change," in the summer issue of the Journal of the American Management Association. Read more (her article starts on page 38)...
MARTHA NUSSBAUM ON THE PROBLEM WITH FEAR IN POLITICS
Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago, spoke with PBS NewsHour's  Jeffrey Brown about her latest book, "The Monarchy of Fear," to better understand the 2016 election. In the interview, she tells Jeffry Brown that when fear gets into the mix, we fail to work out actual problems. Read more...

 
CRAIN'S CHICAGO NOTABLE WOMEN LAWYERS 2018
Crain's Custom Media's 2018 list of Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers  was released on July 30th and represents an impressive cross-section of Chicago-area legal industry leaders. The following Network members were included:
  • Laurel Bellows, Managing Principal, Bellows Law Group
  • Cathy Birkeland, Chicago Office Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Linda Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Regine Corrado, Chicago Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Marci Eisenstein, Managing Partner, Schiff Hardin
  • Patricia Brown Holmes, Managing Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
  • Andrea S. Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Maura Ann McBreen, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Gloria Santona, Of Counsel, Baker McKenzie
For the full list, click here!
Awards
TINA TCHEN TO RECEIVE 2018 MARGARET BRENT WOMEN LAWYERS OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tina Tchen , Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP, is one of five women who will receive the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award on Sunday, August 5 in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.  The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Read more...
Announcements
JEANNE GANG: RELATIONSHIP BUILDER
Jeanne Gang'86 FAA,  Founder & Design Principal, Studio Gang Architects, was profiled by the Illinois Alumni Association in July. 

"I'm a relationship builder. Most people think architects design buildings and cities, but what we design are relationships. Architects [need to] learn to engage the public in design. They need the engagement of people who live in cities."  Read more...
CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES 75 GRANTS TO SUPPORT WOMEN'S HEALTH AND FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE
Chicago Foundation for Women (K. Sujata) announced 75 grants totaling $914,500 to support access to health, freedom from violence and economic security for women and girls in the Chicago region. Investments include 17 grants totaling $121,000 made by the Giving Councils and Circles of CFW, as well as the second year of the Englewood Women's Initiative.

"At a time of escalating threats to the safety of survivors of domestic violence and women's access to health care, CFW remains committed to investing in safe, healthy and thriving communities for women and girls," CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. "We are proud to continue to build and deepen our community-based investments through the second year of the Englewood Women's Initiative, supporting economic security for women living in Greater Englewood."
COMED CELEBRATES 30 TEEN GIRLS DURING FIFTH ANNUAL KICK-OFF FOR ICEBOX DERBY
On July 19, ComEd publicly announced the 30 young women, ages 13 to 18, who were selected to participate in the 2018 Icebox Derby program that the energy company developed to encourage women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.

Exelon CEO  Anne Pramaggiore welcomed and rallied the 2018 Icebox Derby participants during the kick-off along with other ComEd executives and program mentors.  Throughout the Icebox Derby summer program, participants will work in teams to transform recycled refrigerators into electric and solar-powered racecars. Read more...

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER AND THE ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM ANNOUNCE SEASON-WIDE PARTNERSHIP
Victory Gardens Theater and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ( Susan Abrams) announced an innovative programming partnership to further their shared goals of combating hatred, prejudice, and indifference. Performances will be held at Victory Gardens Theater , 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, while related programs and exhibitions will be held at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie.

"Both the Museum and Victory Gardens are committed to engaging audiences with stories of historical and contemporary struggles and triumphs. As we explored our partnership, we realized the incredible overlap between the themes in our exhibits and Victory Garden's performances over the coming year. It's thrilling to be able to present a year of thought-provoking programming together" said Susan Abrams, CEO of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Read more...
NAME BUBBLES & BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK PARTNER TO PREVENT CHILD HUNGER
NameBubbles.com, the largest personalized name label company in the U.S. - specializing in waterproof labels for kids - announced a partnership with Blessings in a Backpack ( Brooke Wiseman) This back-to-school season, Name Bubbles will donate  $1  of every School Labels Pack  purchased to Blessings in a Backpack. Through this commitment, Name Bubbles and Blessings in a Backpack hope to raise  $10,000  - enough to feed 100 elementary school children over the weekend for one school year.

"We thank Name Bubbles for partnering with Blessings in a Backpack to prevent childhood hunger and raise awareness about this silent epidemic. During our 10 th  birthday year, it is especially exciting to collaborate with a company that understands the positive impact of closing the weekend nutrition gap," said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack. Read more...
ELAINE MAIMON PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW HORIZONS IN EDUCATION
Elaine P. Maimon, President, Governors State University, presented a keynote address titled "Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation" at the 8th annual International Conference on New Horizons in Education held July 18 - 20 in Paris, France. The audience, composed of hundreds of academics from around the world, displayed great interest in the academic experience at GSU.

The conference was a family engagement. Elaine's husband, Dr. Mort Maimon, an educator and writer, led a session titled "Conversation with Dr. Mort Maimon about Effective Teaching Strategies." Their daughter, Dr. Gillian Maimon, a teacher of both elementary and graduate students in Philadelphia, led, "Honoring Diversity in an Elementary School Classroom."
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