TCN Quote of the Week
"In today's business landscape, it's no longer about whether or not your company is using technology; every business is using technology. It's about whether or not you're successfully utilizing the technology available to grow your business and make an impact."

- Theresa Mintle
President and CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

TCN Members in the News
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JULIE SMOLYANSKY ON SEVEN WAYS SHE GREW THE FAMILY BUSINESS
When Julie Smolyansky, President & CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc., took over Lifeway Foods, she became the youngest female CEO of a publicly traded company. With the help of her mother and brother, she has grown the business to $150 million with 350 employees. "As Hershey is to chocolate and Tropicana is to orange juice, Lifeway is to kefir," Julie Smolyansky explained to Forbes. Read more...

FASHION DESIGNER CREATES NEW LABELS FOR LIFEWAY FOODS' FERMENTED MILK DRINK  
Julie Smolyansky officially launched a collaboration in early March with designer Cynthia Rowley to design a line of Kefir to coincide with the launch of Rowley's new spring activewear line.
 
"Being a runner myself and a sports person, I was so thrilled to have some fashion in my athletic wear," Julie Smolyansky told Fast Company. "I also thought, 'Hey, this could be an interesting collaboration where she could design our labels and use a pattern from her collection to kind of bring that design element and fashion and sexiness to our line of kefir products." Read more... 
Crain's
CHICAGO'S LARGEST MONEY MANAGERS
Crain's released its list of Chicago's largest money managers, ranked by total assets managed as of the end of 2015. The following TCN member companies made the list:
  • 1: Northern Trust Asset Management (Susan Levy, Jana Schreuder, Joyce St. Clair)
  • 2: Nuveen Investments Inc. (Margo Cook)
  • 10: William & Blair Co. (Michelle Seitz)
  • 12: BMO Asset Management U.S. (Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, Mary Jo Herseth)
  • 23: Ariel Investments LLC (Mellody Hobson)

Read more...

Crain's
PAMELA STROBEL SHAKES UP CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FOR ARTS' KERFUFFLE EVENT
Pamela Strobel, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Exelon, is chairing the Chicago High School for the Arts' Kerfuffle Event, April 14. She was recently featured in a Crain's article that highlighted co-chairs of several spring galas who shared their secrets for making parties a financial success . Read more... 
  Crain's
TONI PRECKWINKLE NAMES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has named Brian Hamer, longtime former head of the Illinois Department of Revenue, as her chief of staff. Toni said Hamer brings management experience, a "thorough understanding of finance" and "passion for public service" to the job. Read more...
WHO SHAPES CHICAGO 2016 INCLUDES TWO TCN MEMBERS
Newcity recently published a list of 50 Chicago innovators who have had an impact on the city in a revolutionary, bold way. Topping the list was Jeanne Gang. According to Newcity, Jeanne "is actively redefining how cities are designed to function, in the process solidifying Chicago as a byword for architectural intrigue and excellence," the article noted. Carol Ross Barney, Principal, founder, and architect of Ross Barney Architects, was ranked #3 on the list and was praised for "Weaving together the 'in-between spaces' of our city and elevating the public sphere." Check out the full list here !
GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF FRESHMAN EDUCATION
Elaine Maimon and Governors State University were praised for being among the scarce number of schools that have full-time professors teaching all freshman courses. "The hardest courses to teach are the freshman courses - that's where you're introducing students to critical thinking and writing and initiating them to the academy," says Elaine Maimon. "But there's nothing more important to do... These students are going to get a strong foundation that they'll carry with them through their four years at university and beyond." Read more...
Women on Boards 
LYNN THURBER ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ACADIA REALTY TRUST
Lynn Thurber was elected as an independent trustee of Acadia Realty Trust, effective immediately. Lynn is the Chairman of LaSalle Investment Management, a leading real estate investment management firm. She also chairs the Jones Lang LaSalle committee for the firm's co-investment activity, as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust. "Lynn is an industry leader, with significant private and public real estate investment experience," stated Lee S. Wielanksy, Lead Trustee of Acadia's Board of Trustees. "Her perspective will be a valuable addition to the conversation as we continue to thoughtfully execute a growth strategy based on complementary, dual-core and fund- operating platforms." Read more...
KATE BENSEN ELECTED TO THE CHICAGO CLUB BOARD
TCN President and CEO Kate Bensen has become a director of the Chicago Club, where she joins Sheila Penrose as a board member.
SIGN UP FOR BOARD MEMBER BOOTCAMP!
There is still time to apply for the Chicago Foundation for Women's ( K. Sujata and Alysia Tate) board member boot camp! Whether you are currently on a nonprofit board or are looking to join one, there is a program for you. 
 
REBOOT application deadline has been extended through Wednesday, March 30th. 
Reboot is for those who are currently serving or have served on a nonprofit board. Participants will attend three evening sessions on nonprofit governance, fundraising and finance on April 5, 6 and 7. Click here to learn more!
 
BOARD BOOT CAMP application deadline has been extended though Friday, April 15th. 
Board Boot Camp is for those who have never served on a nonprofit board. Participants will be introduced to how boards operate, member roles in governance and fundraising, board finance and methods on finding a board for them. Click here to learn more!
 
Please submit applications to programs@cfw.org by the respective deadlines. 
 
For more information or to inquire about scholarships, contact Eli Marsh at emarsh@cfw.org
Awards and Announcements
VICKY KALOGERA AWARDED 2016 HANS A. BETHE PRIZE
Vicky Kalogera, E.O. Haven Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, is the 2016 recipient of the Hans A. Bethe prize. This honor recognizes outstanding work in theory, experiment, or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields. Read more...
ENERGY BBDO WINS BEST IN SHOW
Energy BBDO Chicago ( Tonise Paul) nabbed the Best in Show honor at the Chicago Advertising Federation's 2016 Addy Awards ceremony on Wednesday night. Energy BBDO won the top accolade for a poster campaign for Ziploc plastic bags, one in a portfolio of brands that are part of household products behemoth S.C. Johnson, a major client at the agency. Read more...
THERESA E. MINTLE HIGHLIGHTED IN MICROSOFT CHICAGO'S "VOICES OF CHANGE" BLOG SERIES
Chamber President and CEO Theresa Mintle was recently recognized for her dedication to embracing technology to drive a robust economy in Microsoft Chicago's "Voices of Change" blog series. "In today's business landscape, it's no longer about whether or not your company is using technology; every business is using technology. It's about whether or not you're successfully utilizing the technology available to grow your business and make an impact,"  Theresa Mintle wrote. Read more...
KARLA SCHERER FEATURED IN BEST SELLER
Karla Scherer, Chairman & CEO, The Karla Scherer Foundation, is featured in the just-released best seller by Jeff Gramm, Dear Chairman, a collection of battles by shareholder activists that include Warren Buffet and Ross Perot. Wall Street Journal reviewer James Grant, calls the story of Scherer "one of ...the most engrossing chapters."
DIANE SWONK KEYNOTE AT THE COMMERCIAL CLUB OF CHICAGO
Diane Swonk, Founder and CEO of DS Economics, delivered the keynote address at The Commercial Club of Chicago's March 21st luncheon.
ARZU WEAVERS FEATURED
Several stories about ARZU (Connie Duckworth) weavers are featured in Laura Bush's new book, "We Are Afghan Women." Amazon will donate a portion of sales directly to ARZU. Here's how: 1. Go to http://Amazonsmiles.com . 2. Enter ARZU into "Search Box." 3. Shop as normal.
 

WHAT IS A PLANET?
The Adler Planetarium's (Michelle Larson) new exhibit, "What is a Planet?," contains vintage depictions of the planets as they were understood in previous centuries, plus the oldest telescope in the world outside of Europe. Read more...
SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY HOSTS GRAND REOPENING
Saint Xavier University celebrated the grand re-opening of their Student Veteran Resource Center on Tuesday, March 22. SXU's Student Veteran Alliance was awarded $10,000 from the Home Depot Foundation's VetCenter grant and Student Veterans of America in August 2015 to fund renovations for SXU's Student Veterans Resource Center, making the space modern and efficient for student veteran use. Saint Xavier President Christine Wiseman was joined at the reopening by Senator Mike Hastings and Student Veteran Alliance Illinois Chapter Vice President of Outreach Weston Polaski. Read more...

STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE MATCH DAY CELEBRATION
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Dean Linda Brubaker celebrated Match Day on March 18 along with other medical schools across the country. This is the day that medical students nationwide receive their residency placements. The 2016 Main Residency Match was the largest on record, encompassing 42,370 registered applicants and 30,750 positions. Read more...
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