TCN'S VISION STATEMENT
  As the preeminent organization for Chicago's leading professional women, we are compelled to:
  • Connect with each other for professional & personal growth
  • Advance our civic, business & philanthropic communities
  • Inspire & support the next generation of leaders
TCN Members in the News
Fortune
SHRADHA AGARWAL FEATURED ON FORTUNE'S 2017 40 UNDER 40
Shradha Agarwal, President of Outcome Health, is among Fortune's 40 Under 40 for 2017, an annual ranking of the most influential young people in business. Read more...


Forbes logo SHRADHA AGARWAL ON HIRING PRACTICES

Shradha was featured in a Forbes article about women business owners who are rethinking hiring practices.

"Finding the right employees is more than matching skills on a resume to the job requirements," Shradha Agarwal said. "It's about finding resilient people who are passionate about the vision of the company and whose values are aligned with those of the company." Read more...
 
ALISON RANNEY FEATURED AS RECRUITER IN CHIEF
Alison Ranney, Managing Director of Koya Leadership Partners, was featured on the cover of Crain's this week, in an article that highlighted how she is remaking what leadership looks like. Alison and her team have recruited dozens of women and people of color in "first" roles at organizations locally and nationally.

The following Network members were mentioned as a part of Alison's "Wall of Fame":
  • Ana Dutra, President & CEO The Executives' Club of Chicago
  • Janet Froetscher, President J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Michelle Larson, President & CEO Adler Planetarium
  • Celena Roldan, CEO American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois
  • Julia Stasch, President John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Maria Wynne, CEO Leadership Greater Chicago
"She has a great laugh, a fantastic smile," Celenda Roldan said. "From the minute you meet her, she pulls you in. You can tell she's starting to think about your hopes and dreams and aspirations."  Read more...
 
ANA DUTRA ON SWITCHING TO NONPROFIT WORK

In an article about what it's like to transition into nonprofit work, Ana Dutra, President & CEO of The Executives' Club of Chicago, discussed the importance of installing  business discipline at the Executives' Club.  

At one meeting, she shared financial performance, only to see one staffer push away the document. "I said, 'No, put the paper in front of you,'" Ana Dutra recalled. " 'You can't be part of a business and not understand the business model.'"   Read more...
Graham Media Group, Inc. ( Emily Barrannounced that it will launch a comprehensive initiative examining the opioid crisis in America, focusing on the local communities the station group serves.

"It is our responsibility to inform viewers and we hope that 'Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic' will not only educate the communities we serve, but help those who are effected find a path forward through this unprecedented crisis," said Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group. Read more...
LOYOLA RECEIVES $6 MILLION DONATION TO FUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS OF ARRUPE COLLEGE
Loyola ( Jo Ann Rooneyalumnus John G. Schreiber and his wife Kathy made a $6 million donation to Arrupe to provide scholarships for students who attend the college's two-year associate's degree program, and those who graduate from the college and go on to attend Loyola.

The scholarships will be given to a total of 75 students over six years, and will go to undocumented students who don't qualify for financial aid from the government because of their immigration status. Funds will also be given to 15 students who continue from Arrupe to Loyola each year through 2023.

"This new philanthropic support for students in Arrupe College will enable talented students, many of whom are the first in their families to pursue a higher education degree, to reach their fullest potential and become persons for others," Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney said in a press release. Read more...
UIC NURSING RECEIVES $5M GIFT TO EXPAND SIMULATION LAB
Terri E. Weaver, Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, has secured a $5 million gift to renovate and build out a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory on the Chicago campus.  Donor M. Christine Schwartz cited Terri's skillful leadership of, and sound vision for, the college as a top reason for her increasing commitments to UIC Nursing. 

"The new center will be one of the largest and best-equipped simulation training centers among nursing colleges in the United States," said Terri Weaver. Read more...
SG360° ACQUIRES LEADING INTEGRATED FINISHING AND FULFILLMENT PROVIDER
SG360° (Mary Lee Schneider), an industry-leading print and direct marketing solutions provider, recently announced the acquisition of Data Service Solutions, a leading integrated print finishing company.

"This transaction strengthens our positioning as a leading integrated direct marketing services firm and will be key to driving long-term, sustainable growth. DSS is a trusted provider in the print finishing and card personalization industry and is a great complement to our business. We look forward to welcoming DSS employees and customers to the SG360° family and are committed to the Bolingbrook facility," said Mary Lee Schneider, president and CEO of SG360°. Read more...
Solar Spotlight students join Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, in front of ComEd's Solar Spotlight Pyramid.
COMED UNVEILS SOLAR SPOTLIGHT PYRAMID ART INSTALLATION IN BRONZEVILLE
ComEd (Anne Pramaggiore) recently celebrated the unveiling of its new Solar Spotlight Pyramid, a towering artwork created by artist Shala with the help of local high school students and installed in Gallery Guichard's new sculpture garden in Bronzeville. ComEd executives joined area teens, community leaders and local artists to celebrate the completion of the solar-powered installation. Read more...
LINDA JOJO:
MAKE YOUR ASPIRATIONS KNOWN

In an interview with The Enterprisers ProjectLinda Jojo, EVP, Technology & Chief Digital Officer United Airlines, shared the most important leadership lesson she's learned. "It's important to do a great job in the job you have. But if you aspire to do something different, make sure that those responsible for hiring and making those decisions know what you're interested in," said Linda JoJo. Read more...
HADLEY INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED TEAMS UP WITH NASA FOR SOLAR ECLIPSE WEBINAR
Julie Tye, President & CEO Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was interviewed by NBC5 Chicago following the launch of its webinar, "Explore the Solar Eclipse with NASA."  This is the first in a series of webinars with the goal of helping people who are blind or visually impaired learn about the universe. Future webinar topics will include "Our Changing Planet," "The Solar System," and "Careers at NASA." Read more...

STATE BOARD TO BEGIN MEASURING KINDERGARTEN READINESS
Chicago Tonight featured the Illinois State Board of Education's announcement that it will begin tracking readiness development of  kindergartners through observation. The project stems from a public-private partnership between ISBE and education advocacy organizations like the Ounce of Prevention Fund (D iana Rauner) .  

"It's a way for teachers to learn how to see children, how to observe, what to observe so they can very specifically attune their interactions with children to help them move to the next level," said Diana Rauner.  Read more...
Women on Boards 
DIANE OFFEREINS JOINS BRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL BOARD
Diane  Offereins, EVP, President Payment Services, Discover Financial Services, joined the public company board of Brighthouse Financial and will Chair the Board's Compensation Committee. Brighthouse Financial is a spin out company from MetLife that went public on August 7, 2017 and is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
Editorials and Opinions...  
A NAGGING REMINDER ABOUT THE ILLS OF SODA POPLaura Washington
TAKE IT FROM ME - AND MY FATHER - ANTI-WHITE BIAS IS NOT THE PROBLEMAlysia Tate 
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Chicago Hilton and Towers
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Valerie Jarrett and the 28th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon
 
 








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