TCN Members in the News
 
TCN MEMBERS FEATURED IN LAUNCH OF "WOMAN UP PROJECT"
Crain's Chicago Business'  Woman Up Project has begun a yearlong effort to tell the stories of women in Chicago business and to elevate their voices and be a catalyst for change. A s a part of the project, Crain's asked nine Chicago business leaders to give a big-picture view of how they'd improve the city and its business environment. The following TCN members were featured in the project's launch issue:
  • Teri Arvesu, VP & Director of Content, Univision Chicago Local Media
  • Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman & CEO, Ventas
  • Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta
  • Gwendolyn Hatten Butler, Vice Chairwoman & CMO, Capri Investment Group
  • Theresa Mintle, Interim Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago)  
  • Julia Stasch, President, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Andrea Zopp, CEO, World Business Chicago
RENETTA MCCANN ON AGENCY DIVERSITY
USAA, the financial services provider focused on members of the military and their families, has successfully encouraged greater diversity in agency staffing through its partnership with Publicis Groupe.  Renetta McCann, Chief Talent Officer at Leo Burnett, a Publicis Groupe agency, highlighted this topic during the Association of National Advertisers' Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference.  Renetta also discussed how the team assembled to service USAA's business had significantly surpassed the minimum target of 30% of staff coming from diverse communities.

"What we've been able to achieve through our first three quarters [of the USAA partnership] is 71% of all new hires have come from those diverse communities,"  said Renetta McCann.  Read more...
SHARI RUNNER ON OBAMA FOUNDATION'S PRESIDENTIAL CENTER PLANS
Shari Runner, President and CEO, Chicago Urban League, was quoted in an article about the Obama Foundation and the submission of its planned development and lakefront protection ordinance applications for the Obama Presidential Center. Read more...

Women on Boards 
MATTER RECRUITS FEMALE BOARD MEMBERS
MATTER - in partnership with Horizon Pharma, Takeda, the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA), and Northwestern University - is proud to launch 3.8, an initiative designed to help place female business leaders on the boards of fast-growing healthcare startup companies. 3.8 helps place senior, female healthcare executives as independent board members of MATTER startup companies. The initiative, named for International Women's Day, seeks to increase diversity in the healthcare innovation community and explore solutions to the challenges women face when seeking leadership positions. In addition to board placement, board appointees and businesses will have access to educational workshops and networking events designed to ensure board readiness. Read more...
New Roles
DIANE SWONK NAMED CHIEF ECONOMIST OF GRANT THORNTON
Diane Swonk has been named Chief Economist of Grant Thornton. Based in the firm's Chicago headquarters, Diane will enhance client services with her economic forecasting acumen and significant experience advising U.S. policy makers, central banks, multinational corporations and C-suite teams.

"My team and I are excited to work with Grant Thornton. We are looking forward to collaborating with the firm's industry and policy leaders to help Grant Thornton's clients move forward with confidence," said Diane Swonk. Read more...
Awards
VICKY KALOGERA TO RECEIVE 2018 DANNIE HEINEMAN PRIZE FOR ASTROPHYSICS
Northwestern University astrophysicist Vicky Kalogera has been awarded the 2018 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics for her groundbreaking work studying compact objects -- including black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs -- in astrophysical systems. Read more...

PAULA ALLEN-MEARES COLLEGIATE PROFESSORSHIP 
A University of Michigan faculty member has created a collegiate professorship in the name of  Paula Allen -Meares, Chancellor emerita and Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  
Announcements
THE COMMERCIAL CLUB OF CHICAGO ELECTS TCN MEMBERS
The following Network members have been elected to active Membership in The Commercial Club of Chicago:
  • MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Bridget Coughlin, President & CEO, John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Alison P. Ranney, Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners
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ELAINE MAIMON'S NEW BOOK LEADING ACADEMIC CHANGE TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 31
An essay adapted from Elaine Maimon's  new book, Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation , recently appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education . The essay, " A Checklist for Transformative Leaders,"  discussed the transformative presidential leadership needed if colleges and universities are to survive in the 21st Century.

"Nothing is more powerful in higher education than an uncompromising commitment to student success," wrote Elaine Maimon. " Leading Academic Change discusses ways to reinforce that commitment while transforming higher education to meet the needs of 21st Century students and employers."

Leading Academic Change will be released on January 31 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.
GETTING WOMEN ON CORPORATE BOARDS
Alison Ranney,  Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners, and Donna Williamson, Managing Director, Ceres Venture Fund, L.P., are among the featured speakers at a Brown University alumnae gathering entitled, "Getting Women on Corporate Boards," hosted by the Women's Leadership Council and the Brown Women's Network of Chicago.
HADLEY INSTITUTE PLANS TO EXPAND
The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired ( Julie Tye) will expand its building in Winnetka, IL to include  a 2,600-square-foot second story addition as well as an expansion of its walkway from the sidewalk to the entry to accommodate a guide dog or person to walk beside someone who is visually impaired.

"This project began as a need to renovate the building to make it more safe and to take care of mechanical systems that are extremely dated. How can Hadley reconfigure itself so we are really meeting the needs of our 21st Century learners?" said Julie Tye. Read more...
DONNA CARROLL NAMED THE 2017 VILLAGER OF THE YEAR
Donna Carroll, President of Dominican University, has been named the 2017 Villager of the Year by the local newspaper, the Wednesday Journal. Each year, the newspaper selects one person from the Village of River Forest who has done something extraordinary during the course of the year. Donna was selected primarily for the regional and national recognition she has received for her support of Dominican's undocumented students and for her advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform-but the paper also commended her for her 24 years of solidleadership. The university last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of its name changed from Rosary College, a process that Donna oversaw. Read more...

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