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
TCN MEMBERS AT OBAMA FOUNDATION SUMMIT IN CHICAGO
The Obama Foundation hosted its inaugural summit in Chicago this week, where hundreds of rising and established community leaders gathered to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world.
Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, left, interviewed Britain's Prince Harry, David Peterson of Chicago and Chantelle Stefanovic of the U.K. at the Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017. 
 
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, left, with former first lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama. Read more...     

The Cut spoke with Tina Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP, just before she led a summit breakout session on empowering women and girls around the world. In the interview, she spoke about her days in the Obama administration, diversity in the workplace, and more.

"People need to find their own voices and need to act on those voices locally. What this Summit is about is lifting up those great young leaders. Here's a problem, and here's a solution, and it's not a big global solution. It's a local solution, but that local solution really builds upon itself and is the foundation upon which you build bigger community action," said Tina Tchen. Read more... 
HILLARY CLINTON INTRODUCED BY DSC LOGISTICS CEO ANN DRAKE AT IWF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
DSC Logistics CEO Ann Drake introduced Hillary Clinton as she was inducted into the International Women's Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame last week. As she introduced Clinton, Ann called her one of the great leaders of our time. Talking about their serious focus on good grades and accomplishing things in high school, Ann Drake, who has known Clinton since they met in ballet class at age eight, said, "I always did think she was the strongest leader I knew... an independent thinker, who made up her own mind and did the right thing."
 
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring women from around the world who are diverse in their achievement but are united in their support of the next generation of women leaders, ended the IWF World Leadership Conference in Houston, October 25-26. In addition to the Hall of Fame induction, nine women were honored with the Woman Who Makes a Difference Awards. Drake was a recipient of the award in 2014. Read more... 
ARIEL INVESTMENTS FEATURED IN "GREAT MOMENTS IN BLACK BUSINESS"
This year, BLACK ENTERPRISE celebrates the 45th anniversary of its roster of the nation's largest black-owned businesses - The BE 100s. To commemorate the significance and impact on black business and economic development, BLACK ENTERPRISE has presented a "45 Great Moments in Black Business" web series that features Ariel Investments ( Mellody Hobson). Read more...
VALERIE JARRETT AT OVERTURE'S STEMHD SUMMIT
During a fireside chat at Overture's STEMHD Summit, Valerie Jarrett discussed ways to equalize the playing field for groups who are oftentimes marginalized: women, people of color and, and even a less addressed population, the incarcerated. Valerie's key takeaways are to share your knowledge, speak up for inclusion, and mentor the future generation of leaders. Read more... 

TINA TCHEN ON TODAY'S POLITICAL CLIMATE
Tina Tchen, Partner Buckley Sandler LLP, spoke at the Canadian Women's Foundation breakfast on October 26th. During her address, she noted that while top-down policies from Washington can sometimes nudge things along, real long-term progress happens at the community level. Read more...
KIM FOXX ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN CHICAGO
Kim Foxx, State's Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, was a guest on the "Live from Chicago" edition of The Slate, where she discussed criminal justice in Chicago. To listen, click here.
VICKY KALOGERA ON DISCOVERY OF NEUTRON STAR COLLISION
Vicky Kalogera, Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy Director, CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration & Research in Astrophysics), Northwestern University , and Physics and Astronomy Professor Shane Larson, who worked with Vicky on the gravitational wave side of the discovery, reflected on their work in an article published in The Daily Northwestern.  

"At the time, it didn't look clear that gravitational wave observations were going to become a reality. In fact, a lot of the astronomy community was quite doubtful, and I had a lot of advice not to pursue gravitational wave astronomy as my main research," said Vicky Kalogera. Read more...
OUTCOME HEALTH ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH EDWARD-ELMHURST HEALTH
Edward-Elmhurst Health, one of the largest integrated healthcare systems in Illinois, announced a partnership with Outcome Health (Shradha Agarwal) to transform the healthcare experience for patients and providers. Outcome Health will improve healthcare decision-making for Edward-Elmhurst's patients by providing them with actionable health education and informational content in the moment of care. Read more...
CRAIN'S FEATURES CHICAGOANS BEST AT MENTORING WOMEN
Michelle Boone
Crain's featured Chicago executives who excel at mentoring women in different sectors, including STEM, advertising, technology, arts and culture, and the law. The following TCN members featured include:
  • Michelle Boone, Chief Program and Engagement Officer, Navy Pier Inc.
  • Renetta E. McCann, Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett Group
  • Andrea Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComED
K. Sujata, CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, which offers several formal mentoring programs, and Kate Bensen, CEO of the Chicago Network, were quoted. Read more...

LA RABIDA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SEES BIG UPTICK IN PATIENTS
La Rabida Children's Hopsital ( Brenda Wolf) is seeing a big uptick in patients - babies younger than 1 in particular - as community hospitals shrink or close their pediatric units. La Rabida noticed its patient volume started to climb around two years ago as hospital pediatric care dwindled, and for facilities that treated kids, the demand for their high-end services intensified while the squeeze from insurers did, too.

Lurie Children's Hospital ( Kary McIlwain and Michelle Stephenson), a large Streeterville-based specialized medical center that's had a long relationship with La Rabida, has sent more kids there as its own volumes have grown. UChicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital in Hyde Park, just 3 miles northwest from La Rabida, is a big referral source as well, with 55 percent of La Rabida's 377 total referrals in the 2017 fiscal year.

"The major medical centers have gotten much more focused on how they get paid and trying to get kids discharged when they don't need a certain level of service, and we are there to offer this 'step down' for these kids and families," explains Brenda Wolf, CEO of La Rabida since 2011. Read more...
PHYLLIS LOCKETT: IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK PERSONALIZED LEARNING
Phyllis Lockett, CEO of LEAP Innovations, wrote an article for EdSurge about personalized learning. In the piece, Phyllis explained that to advance a deeper understanding around personalized learning, LEAP Innovations spent a year talking to teachers and trailblazers in the personalized learning movement and subsequently developed a four-part framework that is now championed by more than 1,000 educators across the City of Chicago.
 
"There's an old saying in education, often attributed to philosopher John Dewey: "If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." The world is changing rapidly. As educators, we must adapt and give all of our students the tools they need to succeed in this new economy," said Phyllis Lockett. Read more...
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO TO RELEASE SURVEY ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Loyola University Chicago ( Jo Ann Rooney) announced a university-wide survey on diversity and inclusion that will provide better understanding about the current climate and identify opportunities for improvement. Following the results of the survey, Loyola will use action planning teams to analyze the results and proceed as they see fit. Read more... 
UNITED AIRLINES ENHANCES APP
United Airlines ( Linda Jojo) has debuted enhancements to its mobile app that adds more convenience for customers. With the newest version of the United app, customers will be able to change and cancel flights in the app, add their MileagePlus and United Club cards to the Apple Wallet and access other helpful travel tools.

"Every day 800,000 customers rely on our mobile app. We're constantly making updates to the app that help our customers manage their travel with us at the touch of a finger and access even more information about their flights as quickly and conveniently as possible," said Linda Jojo. Read more...
MARYSUE BARRETT ON WHY AMAZON SHOULD CALL CHICAGO ITS NEW HOME
MarySue Barrett , President of Metropolitan Planning Council,
noted six reasons in Crain's on why Chicago is the most-promising location for Amazon. Read more... 
MARSHA MCVICKER AT ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT
Marsha McVicker, President & CEO Errand Solutions, LLC, was featured at the Governor's Northern Wisconsin Economic & Community Development Summit and spoke about the opening of their Solutions Center in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. The Solutions Center will bring 60 family-sustaining jobs to the rural community that hasn't seen economic growth in the last 15 years.

"We like to say we make employees happy and companies popular. Through a new mobile app, customers can cross items off their to-do lists, reduce stress and become more engaged in their workplace," said Marsha McVicker. Read more...
MARY BURKE ON THE MARKET OF AGRICULTURE
In an interview with Middle Market Growth, Mary Burke, Principal at Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC, a Chicago-based boutique investment banking firm focused exclusively on the agribusiness and food space, spoke about agriculture space, international agriculture, investments, and sustainable impact.

"We are seeing deals involving precision agriculture, the intersection of farming and technology, different forms of food production being implemented closer to populations, organic farming practices and efficient waste-management systems," said Mary Burke. Read more...
Women on Boards 
KBRA ANNOUNCES LOIS SCOTT TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lois Scott, President, Epoch Advisors, as the most recent member of its board of directors. Lois currently serves on the board of the Chicago Stock Exchange (Chair, Audit Committee, Regulatory Oversight Committee), the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (Audit and Risk Management Committees), and the advisory boards of other privately held financial services companies.

"We are delighted to have Lois join KBRA as a member of our board. She brings a deep understanding of credit, strategic and entrepreneurial approach, as well as decades of experience managing finance organizations," said Jim Nadler, President and CEO. Read more...  
Awards    
JULIE SMOLYANSKY RECEIVES 360KARMA WOMEN TRAILBLAZER AWARD
On Saturday, November 4th, Julie Smolyansky, President & CEO Lifeway Foods, Inc., will receive the 360Karma Women Trailblazer Award, which honors successful women who give back and pay it forward. The awards will be given at the second annual Live, Love, Thrive Women's Conference presented by 360Karma. Read more...
MERCER  RECEIVES CASA CENTRAL COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD
Casa Central has honored Mercer's Chicago Office ( Beth Kirk Malecki) with the Community Builder Award.

"We pride ourselves on being a firm that positively impacts local communities through volunteer involvement. We are honored to be recognized by Casa Central as an organization that inspires our employees to give back and invest in the Chicago community through leadership in volunteer service," said Beth Kirk Malecki. Read more...
2017 CHICAGO INNOVATION AWARDS
The 2017 Chicago Innovation Awards celebrated their 16th award ceremony. Ana Dutra, President and CEO Executives' Club of Chicago, was a host for the evening. The Chicago Innovation awards mission is to increase awareness about Chicago as a hub of innovation. The main award winners included the following TCN member companies:
  • The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Joanne C. Smith)
  • Abbott (Elaine Leavenworth)

Read more... 

Announcements
AWESOME AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education), is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. The ALL Award honors outstanding women in senior supply chain leadership roles. Nominations are due by November 30, 2017.

AWESOME was founded in 2013 by Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics and the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). AWESOME began presenting the ALL Award in 2014.

For more information, click here!
RECOMMEND BOOKS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University regularly publishes lists of books related to the center's mission of developing values-driven leaders so they can build flourishing companies that transform business and society. The lists for women in leadership (find them here and here) are traditionally some of the most visited posts on our website.

This year, we want to incorporate more voices.

Here's the ask: would you consider contributing? We would like to have your (TCN members') personal recommendations of a book you've found meaningful for your own leadership development.

What we mean by this is outlined below. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 17.

What do I need to provide to contribute? And how do I contribute it?
  • The name and author(s) of the book you recommend
  • 1-2 sentences about how this book has influenced you or why you recommend it
  • Your name, title, and company
  • Optional: a portrait of you we can use along with your recommendation
Content can be emailed to Amber Johnson at aajohnson@ben.edu.
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SAVE THE DATE: 
 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Chicago Hilton and Towers
720 South Michigan Ave.  
Chicago, IL 60605

Launch Pad:
8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

WIFL:
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.









VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

Valerie Jarrett and the 28th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon
 
 








VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: 
The 4th Annual Launch Pad for Women Senior Leaders Conference 
 
 
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