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

JANET FOUTTY: HERE'S WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVEN'T FOUND THE PERFECT JOB YET
In an interview with CNBC, Janet Foutty, CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, discussed how to get the job you want.

"The advice that I gave many years ago and I still give today is to be really thoughtful about what you can learn from every experience that's put in front of you." Read more...
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INSIDE THE OFFICE WITH DORRI C. MCWHORTER: AUTHENTICALLY UPLIFTING WOMEN
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO Dorri McWhorter was featured in a Huffington Post article about social enterprise.

"I have always believed that all businesses serve humanity. Many businesses that have a for-profit mindset, as all businesses should, don't always understand the opportunity they have for social impact. The YWCA understands this perspective; and we know how to succeed in the business of social service. My aim is to demonstrate the power that business has to create a better society." Read more...

PATRICIA BROWN HOLMES ON
RACIAL DIVERSITY AND ATTORNEY GROUP MOVING TO RILEY SAFER
The top lawyer in Chicago for a national firm has moved his team to Riley Safer Holmes Cancila, fleshing out the litigation boutique with a transactional practice and underscoring its commitment to racial diversity.

Minorities make up 32 percent of Riley Safer's partners. The national average is lower than 6 percent, according to the National Association for Law Placement in Washington, D.C.

"If that doesn't show people we're serious about diversity, I don't know what does," Patricia Brown Holmes said. "It's like, put your money where your mouth is. Hire people." Read more...
Back row, left to right: Joseph Q. McCoy, Patricia Brown Holmes and Gregory L. Curtner.
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SUSAN ABRAMS ON INSPIRING FUTURE GOOD  
Susan Abrams, CEO of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, discussed her role at the museum and the work being done to inspire future good.

"It's an incredible honor and an incredible responsibility," says Susan Abrams about her position. "I realize every day the importance of our work and our need to share these stories." Read more... 
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ANNE PRAMAGGIORE ON COMED REBATES
ComEd ( Anne Pramaggiore) will now be offering a rebate to customers with up to $100 in instant discounts for smart thermostats and $50 in additional rebates available for a customer's gas utility. "This year, we're committed to doubling the number of customer rebates compared to last year," said Anne Pramaggiore said at a joint news conference with consumer advocacy groups in Chicago. Read more...

TYSON FOODS AND CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE PARTNER FOR KNOW HUNGER CHICAGO
Tyson Foods, Inc. (Sally Grimes) and Chicago Urban League (Shari Runner)
participated in the KNOW Hunger Challenge over the weekend as part of the KNOW Hunger Chicago project to educate community leaders on the struggles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients go through to feed themselves and their families.

"We hear all too often from our community partners that hunger is a barrier to success, and we're proud to be a part of an initiative that educates and empowers communities to make healthy food choices even with limited resources," said Shari Runner. Read more...
THE CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN LAUNCHES ENGLEWOOD WOMEN'S INITIATIVE AND WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS 
The Chicago Foundation for Women ( K. Sujata and Alysia Tate) and Teamwork Englewood launched the Englewood Women's Initiative on July 12th. The Initiative will equip qualified women with the tools, skills and resources to put them on a path to good-paying jobs and long-term economic stability.

Alysia Tate (L), Director of Programs, Chicago Foundation for Women greets an Englewood Women's Initiative attendee.
"The Englewood Women's Initiative will address the full range of women's needs, from financial coaching and job training, to domestic violence counseling and legal aid, in order to put them on a path to economic security," said K. Sujata.   

K. Sujata was quoted in an article about the Chicago Foundation for Women, which welcomed a new board chair and four new board members. Read more...  
STEPHANIE IZARD HAS GREAT CAREER ADVICE FOR TWENTY-SOMETHINGS
Earlier this summer, Stephanie Izard hosted a pop-up of Duck Duck Goat at the American Express Platinum House at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Refinery29 was able to sit down with her to talk career advice, kitchen style, and the importance of Cheez-Its. Highlights from the discussion were featured in a Refinery29 article.

"Go for it," Stephanie Izard said. "I think people think about things too much, and are just a little bit nervous... back then, when I was 27, I never really thought anything through. I just went for it."
Read more...
ELAINE LEAVENWORTH ON HER SUPER POWER TEAM
In a feature published on LinkedIn, Elaine Leavenworth, SVP, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, Abbott, was among 10 top female marketing leaders that were asked what makes their teams successful.

"Our super power is the power of health. We come to work each day to help people live the best life they can through the power of health." Read more...

CRAIN'S LARGEST BANKS, THRIFTS BY THE NUMBERS
Crain's published its annual list of the Chicago areas' 25 largest commercial banks, ranked by assets as of March 31, 2017. The following network member companies were included on the list.
  • Northern Trust Co. (Susan Levy and Joyce St. Clair)
  • BMO Harris Bank (Alex Dousmanis-Curtis)
  • PrivateBank & Trust Co. (Karen Case)
To see the full list, click here!
WORKING MOTHER'S 50 BEST LAW FIRMS FOR WOMEN 
Working Mother released its 2017 list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women. Among this year's winning firms, women make up an average of 20 percent of all equity partners, and they hold over a quarter of the seats on both the executive and the finance committees. The following Network member firms were included on the list:
  • Dentons US LLP (Linda C. Harris, Mary Ann Hynes and Natalie Spears)
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Pam Walter)
  • Foley & Lardner (Jill Nicholson and Z. Scott)
  • Kirkland & Ellis (Linda Myers)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Andrea Kramer)
  • Schiff Hardin (Marci Eisenstein)
  • Sidley Austin (Anne Rea)
  • Winston & Strawn (Linda Coberly and Christine Edwards)
To view the full list, click here!
Women on Boards 
MICHELE J. HOOPER NAMED 2017 NACD DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR; TWO TCN MEMBERS AMONG NACD DIRECTORSHIP 100
Michele Hooper, President and CEO of the Directors' Council, has been named 2017 Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). The award is given to a director who exemplifies knowledge, leadership, and excellence in corporate governance and who is recognized by peers and the business community for upholding the highest professional standards for board and director performance.

"It is a great honor to be named Director of the Year and particularly meaningful to be recognized by my peers. I am grateful to the many directors and corporate managements of the companies where I have served or counseled," said Michele Hooper.

Deborah L. DeHaas and Connie K. Duckworth were also among the NACD Directorship 100. Honorees and award winners will be celebrated at the NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on November 29. Read more...
Awards    
ILENE GORDON HONORED AT CIVIC FEDERATION ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON
On June 26, Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President & CEO of Ingredion Incorporated, was honored at the 2017 Civic Awards Luncheon with the Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by an individual. Ilene's trailblazing leadership was recognized as a critical part of the region's business, civic and charitable fabric and is paving the way for our next generation. Read more...

Announcements
LAUREL BELLOWS NAMED IN AMERICAS TOP 100 ATTORNEYS
Laurel Bellows, Principal of Bellows Law Group, P.C., has been named in the Lifetime Achievement selection of America's Top 100 Attorneys by America's Top 100 LLC. The Lifetime Achievement is by invitation-only and is reserved to identify the nation's most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. To read more about Laurel Bellows, click here !
PAULA ALLEN-MEARES UIC RADIO SHOW
Paula Allen-Meares is the host of a bi-weekly radio segment, "The Dr. Paula Show," which airs on UIC Radio every other Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. These 15 minute interviews with leading researchers from UIC and elsewhere discuss research and issues related to health literacy and health disparities. Past topics have included interpreting pharmaceutical labels, IT/web-based diabetes interventions, patient/provider communication, kidney disease, HPV screening, breast cancer, nutritional and obesity interventions, gastrointestinal health, sickle cell disease, food insecurity, health promotion among individuals with disabilities, prescription drug abuse, and more, all with a focus on underserved and diverse populations.

To listen to the show, visit uicradio.org to stream the show on any internet connected device. If you are interested in contributing to the Dr. Paula Show or would like to provide suggestions for guests or topics for upcoming shows please contact Brienne Lowry at   bdavis7@uic.edu.
TONI PRECKWINKLE ADDRESSES CIVIC FEDERATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, spoke to the Civic Federation Board of Directors about the County's finances, challenges and opportunities facing Cook County government. Toni discussed her ongoing efforts to modernize and streamline County operations to reform the County's pensions and to increase the sustainability of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Read more...
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD CHICAGO SUBURBAN OFFICE Q2 2017 RELEASED
Cushman & Wakefield ( Marilyn Lissner) has released their Chicago Suburban Office Q2 2017 Marketbeat. Highlights from the report include:
  • Year-to-date leasing activity totaled 1.7 msf with some 70% of all transactions in Class A buildings.
  • Class A inventory performed well, with direct asking rents growing 3.3% year-on-year to end the quarter at $26.38 psf.
  • High-quality properties in areas with excellent retail amenities and easy transportation access are likely to see steady leasing activity this year.
To read the full report, click here!
A GROUNDBREAKING MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM FOR BUSINESS LEADERS & WORLD CHANGERS
From Maureen Beal, Chairman and CEO, National Van Lines, Inc., and a Board Trustee at Benedictine University:

Benedictine University's new Executive Masters in Values-Driven Leadership program is for leaders with 8+ years' experience. We've designed the program to help elevate careers, and are looking for people who have the potential reach senior roles if they can develop their leadership capacity; or who are technical experts who want to grow their "soft skills" to be more effective. Chicago Network members  might know of people meeting that description.

This program can be transformative for the individual and powerful for your company. Here are a few details:
  • Format: hybrid. Most courses are held online for the student's convenience; three deep dive residencies help lock-in the learning by connecting students with other accomplished leaders and our world-class faculty.
  • Curriculum: Students learn to lead at four levels - self, teams, organizations, and society - while also learning practical tools & ideas for your business.
  • Distinctives: The program includes industry-leading Hogan Assessments and 10 sessions with a professional coach; additionally, one of the residencies is a global exchange to expand understanding of contemporary leadership issues.
  • Length: 18 months
We think this program is the fast-track you need to develop your high potential team members.

Know someone who would be a good fit for the program? Please introduce us. We'd love to meet anyone who wants to elevate his or her career through values-driven leadership.

To learn more about the program, click here!
ILLINOIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE STEM CHALLENGE 2017
Through its STEM Challenge program, the Illinois Science & Technology Institute is making powerful connections between some of the state's leading companies and high school students to build a stronger STEM-talent pipeline in Illinois.
Companies are paired up with high schools over the course of a semester to work on authentic problems identified by the company. Alongside company employees, students come up with new ideas, products, prototypes, designs, etc., that address pressing issues -- and then present their work back to the company.

For 2016-17, 26 high schools teamed up with 12 industry partners, including Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, AbbVie, Baxter, Takeda, ADM and State Farm. As just one example, students at North Chicago High School teamed up with AbbVie to explore ways to improve the lives of patients with cancer. Their partnership also led to the opening of a new school-based clinic, which was covered in this Trib local story.

These are transformative experiences for young people and give students a line of sight to careers they never thought existed. The ISTI is currently recruiting company partners for the 2017-18 school year. If your company is interested in learning more about sponsoring a challenge with a local high school, please contact Emily Cooper at ecooper@istcoalition.org and view this short program video.
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