TCN Quote of the Week
"I just see the momentum building, and it's more about diversity than it's just about women on boards."

- Jana Schreuder (2013)

Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trust
TCN Members in the News

JANA SCHREUDER ON DIVERSITY IN THE BOARDROOM 
American Banker named Jana Schreuder (2013) #8 on their list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. Jana was featured in the publication's video discussing the importance of board diversity. Read more...

BMO HARRIS BANK TEAM NAMED AMERICAN BANKER'S "MOST POWER WOMEN IN BANKING"

American Banker posted its editorial coverage of the "Most Power Women in Banking" rankings. The winning team this year was BMO Harris Bank ( Alex Dousmanis-Curtis (2015) and Mary Jo Herseth (2008)). Like many institutions, BMO Harris Bank is trying to keep ahead of demographic and technological shifts that are transforming retail banking, and its female leaders are spearheading many of the initiatives it has underway to achieve this. Among these are efforts to attract more Hispanic customers, the rollout of new mobile features and experiments with branch designs. "We're evolving as our customers' needs are evolving," says Alexandra Dousmanis-Curtis, Group Head of U.S. Retail and Business Banking at BMO Harris Bank.

Chris Edwards (2001), Capital Partner at Winston & Strawn, is a Director of the Bank of Montreal, and Adela Cepeda (2005), President of A.C. Advisory, Inc., is a director of BMO Financial Corp. Read more...  

LEAP INNOVATIONS FEATURED IN FAST COMPANY
LEAP Innovations ( Phyllis Lockett (2004)) was highlighted in a Fast Company article about better connecting educators and edtech entrepreneurs to advance innovation. LEAP hosted more than 100 ed innovation leaders from across the country and showcased local edtech startups at their first Pitch Fest at 1871, covered in Chicago Inno. Read more...

TCN MEMBERS FEATURED IN NEWCITY'S ART 50 2015
Newcity Art, a web site dedicated to news, reviews and features about Chicago's visual art world, released its list of the Art 50, an annual snapshot of Chicago's art ecosystem. This year, Newcity Art tracked the power players who shape the terrain in which we thrive and the following TCN members were highlighted:
  • #4 - Madeleine Grynsztejn (2015), Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • #15 - Elizabeth Glassman (2015), President and CEO, Terra Foundation for American Art
Click here for more information.
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ANNE LADKY ON ERRATIC WORK SCHEDULES  
Anne Ladky (1998), Executive Director of Women Employed, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about how erratic schedules hurt low-wage workers. "What we are hearing a lot from workers we talk to, and what is deeply disturbing, is that they are being treated as if their families don't matter," Anne Ladky said. Read more... 
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ADLER PLANETARIUM'S GALAXY RIDE
The Adler Planetarium's ( Michelle Larson (2013)) Galaxy Ride is a science roadshow designed to get families and other curious people excited about space science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, this 300-mile bike trip will begin on Chicago's Museum Campus at the Adler Planetarium, make several stops along the historical Route 66 bike trail, and conclude at the St. Louis Science Center.

The eight-day journey will include seven stops. At each stop, the Galaxy Ride will bring the Universe a little closer to the public with free, space-themed, interactive science activities facilitated by some of our educators and in partnership with local schools, libraries and astronomy clubs along the way. Read more...
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BARTLIT BECK HERMAN PALENCHAR & SCOTT HIGHLIGHTED IN CRAIN'S
Crain's has a look at what Chicago-based litigation firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott (Rebecca W. Bacon (2014)) sent to Seattle to support its legal team for a recent 10-day arbitration session. Read more...
NEW YEARS EVE EVENT "CHI-TOWN RISING" SPONSORED BY HYATT
Downtown Chicago will be a spectacular scene of fireworks, live music and thousands of people under plans for a New Year's Eve celebration, "Chi-Town Rising." The mega event is considered a first-of-its-kind event for the Second City. Instead of New York's giant glitter ball in Times Square, a star will rise at midnight along the west tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The privately financed event on both sides of the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive is sponsored by Hyatt ( Rena Reiss (2011)) and Corona, and supported by the city's tourism arm, Choose Chicago, as well as the Illinois Office of Tourism.
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SHEDD AQUARIUM BABY OTTER NAMED
J.K. Rowling, the British author who penned the "Harry Potter" books, voted on the winning name "Luna" given to the recently rescued sea otter pup adopted by the Shedd Aquarium (Joyce Simon (2012)). In a twitter response to the Shedd, Rowling stated, "I voted on this orphaned otter's name. My favorite animal named for one of my favorite characters!" Rowling presumably was referring to Luna Lovegood, a close friend of Harry Potter in the books. In December, the Shedd, with ABC's "Good Morning America," conducted a promotional event to name the otter. More than 10,000 votes were cast, according to the Chicago Tribune. Read more...
Women on Boards 
MCKINSEY & COMPANY ON GENDER EQUALITY
McKinsey & Company (Betsy D. Holden (2000)) published their quarterly commentary on gender equality and why women are still underrepresented at every level of today's corporations. McKinsey noted that women now represent about 39 percent of McKinsey's entry-level hires, but occupy just 11 percent of the senior-leadership roles within the firm.

Although the company is glad to be making progress, including recently being named one of Working Mother magazine's top ten companies for women, they want to attract more top female talent. They have committed publicly, through the United Nations' HeForShe initiative and the 30% Club, to ambitious gender goals over the next five years-ones that won't be trivial to achieve.
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Awards and Announcements
TONI PRECKWINKLE TO RECEIVE OPENLANDS' 2015 CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD 
The Openlands Annual Luncheon is the largest gathering of the conversation community each year with over 900 in attendance. Openlands will honor Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (2011) with Openlands' 2015 Conservation Leadership Award. As President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Toni commissioned the Next Century Conservation Plan, an ambitious roadmap for the preserves' second century that includes bringing new and diverse audiences to the preserves.

The Openlands 2015 Annual Luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 29 at the Hilton Chicago and will focus on the importance of the deep bonds formed between people and the land. The awards will highlight the many ways Openlands fosters environmental stewardship, creating a vibrant and sustainable region for generations to come. The keynote speaker is Robin Wall Kimmerer. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, which draws on the wisdom of both scientific and indigenous knowledge for shared goals of sustainability. 
 
To purchase tickets, click here
For sponsor information please email koberhausen@openlands.org or call 312-863-6263.
SUNNY FISCHER TO BE HONORED AT YWOMEN LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Sunny Fischer (2005) will be honored at the 2015 YWomen Leadership Awards on Thursday, October 15 at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston. The YWomen Leadership Awards support, promote and celebrate women's leadership and the impact women have in our community.

Sunny is the retired Executive Director of The Richard Driehaus Foundation and was the founding Executive Director of The Sophia Fund. In 1985, Sunny co-founded The Chicago Foundation for Women, seeking to increase the resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. Throughout her career, Sunny has worked tirelessly to advocate for women and families across the country and end violence against women. Read more...
CARLA MICHELOTTI UPDATE
Earlier this year, after 36 years at Leo Burnett Worldwide, rising to the position of leadership as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Government & Corporate Affairs Officer, Carla made the decision to "reboot" (not retire) to being full-time "Carla Michelotti 2.0." As of October, as part of "Carla Michelotti LLC", Carla will consult on strategic, communication & marketing industry issues, including leadership, training, privacy, consumer protection, data security, and self regulation. In fact, for her first client, in October she will be joining other advertising industry thought leaders in Brussels to discuss international advertising issues in the go-forward media world. She will continue to speak before various audiences. During the past month of September she was asked to present at meetings of the First Chair legal association (where she was recognized with a First Chair in-house award),  the Intellectual Property Association, and the ABA (where Carrie Hightman (2002) and Carla were both participants on the same ABA panel of general counsels addressing professional legal ethics).

Please update your contact information for Carla -- email is crmichelotti@gmail.com, phone is 312-296-8409, fax is 312-951-2641
AND Twitter - @CarlaAdLaw
(Shown below is the fun invite for the party in honor of Carla held at the agency)

JEANNE GANG IN CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL
Those of you who attended TCN's Fall Dinner earlier in September, got to hear about the Chicago Architecture Biennial first hand. Now, you can watch the full trailer for the three-month long citywide event the begins October 3rd and runs until January 3rd. Jeanne Gang (2006), Principal, Studio Gang Architects is featured in the trailer:
CHRISTIE HEFNER FEATURED SPEAKER AT BRITISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL CHICAGO LUNCHEON
Christie Hefner (1979), Chairman of Hatch Beauty, spoke to a sellout audience at the British American Business Council luncheon on Thursday, September 17. Her topic was "Transitions & Transformations:  Turning a Domestic Magazine Company into an International Media & Lifestyle Brand" and in addition to sharing the story of Playboy's transformation under her leadership, Christie also shared her observations on what will separate winners from losers in the fast and ever changing world of media.
ROHINI DEY AND LYNN OSMOND ON STEP UP PANEL DISCUSSION
Rohini Dey (2008), Founder & Owner of the Vermilion restaurants, and Lynn Osmond (2004), President & CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, were both speakers at the View from the Top Step Up panel discussion on September 16. Step Up is an organization that propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Click here for more information.

CURESEARCH FOR CHILDREN'S CANCER LAUNCHES FIRST MOBILE APP
CureSearch for Children's Cancer, ( Laura Thrall (2007) and Christine Bork (2010)), launched CancerCare, the first mobile app to provide to both resources and healthcare management specifically for caregivers of children with cancer.
The app provides quick access to a simple dashboard allowing caregivers to:
  • Organize treatment dates and medication schedules all in one place; and automatically synchronize it with a mobile calendar.
  • Track patient mood, side effects and blood counts, in real time.
  • Access Children's Cancer Care Resources right from the app.
  • Confidentially share all of this information with other family caregivers. Dad can add side effects and mom will see it on her phone.
Visit curesearch.org/app to read testimonials, take a tour of the features, or see screenshots of what's inside the CancerCare assistant. 
LEAP HAPPENINGS IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS 
This fall, LEAP (Phyllis Lockett) is launching a new round of math and literacy innovation pilots of eight edtech products in 47 classrooms across Chicago. More Chicago kids have access to literacy innovations - 86 percent of last year's school teams adopted their tech solution after piloting.

This October, LEAP is taking 15 schools that are competing for $2 million in grant funding on a West Coast tour to see some of the most innovative school models in the country.

"HOW DO YOU LIVE FULLY?" FROM ELAINE LEAVENWORTH
From Elaine Leavenworth (2000), Senior VP, Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer at Abbott:

I wanted to share some exciting news. Many of you have wondered what I've been up to since taking on a new role at Abbott nine months ago. I'm excited to show you what our team has been working on. Abbott is asking a million people around the world about their #Fullosophy - what living fully means to them. We want to understand how people define living their best lives - and what can sometimes get in the way of doing so. I'm asking you to join us.

It's easy:
  • Go to  www.lifetothefullest.abbott to take a short quiz or provide a written declaration saying what you'll do to live fully.
  • You can upload a video or photo that illustrates what living fully means to you.
  • When you're done, feel free to spread the word by sharing your declaration with your friends and family on your social media channels or via email.
The insights we're gaining from people around the world are fascinating, and will help us in assisting people to live better. I encourage you to give it a look, too. Many thanks for helping us start this movement for living fully today!
ANNA RAPPAPORT TO SHOWCASE PAINTING
Anna Rappaport (1994) will have a painting in the Later Impressions show sponsored by the Chicago Alliance of Visual Arts. http://www.wearecava.org/#!exhibitions-events/cozn The show will be from September 29 to October 30 in the Renaissance Court at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. The opening reception will be from 4:00 - 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 8.  Everyone is welcome.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 DELOITTE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP LAUNCH NOW OPEN 
Deloitte ( Deborah L. DeHaas (2000),  Janet Foutty (2009) and  Stacy Janiak (2013)) Women's Leadership Launch provides women MBA candidates a chance to learn the importance of becoming a female leader in today's work environment, while preparing them for a career as a woman and a rising MBA candidate. The event will include introductions to peers and industry thought leaders, providing the opportunity to share ideas and and build a broad network of professionals.

If you know any women MBA candidates who might be interested in the opportunity to be part of this unique and valuable experience, Deloitte Women's Leadership Launch would like to hear from you! As outlined in the eligibility requirements, they are looking to select a diverse set of talented and high-performing first-year female MBA candidates to join them at this year's conference, hosted at the state of the art Deloitte University facilities.

Click here for more information, and to apply.     
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