TCN Quote of the Week
"There are many stories over my four decades of legal work with both Leo Burnett and Jewel Companies before Burnett. But when I look into the rear view mirror of my career, I can dramatically see how the values and principles my parents taught me influenced me, encouraged me, long after they were no longer in the room."
 
 
- Carla Michelotti
President, Carla Michelotti LLC
TCN Members in the News
THE LEADERSHIP SERIES: DEBRA CAFARO
Debra Cafaro, CEO and chairman of Ventas, Inc. participated in an interview with Senior Housing News. From her career change in the legal profession to managing a multi-billion-dollar international company, Debra said she has learned many lessons - and is still learning. She also shared her best career advice. "The usual, I would say, is work really hard, have integrity, go the extra mile. But for me the differentiating piece is to take intelligent risks with your career. That risk between perceived risk, 'How could anyone take the Ventas job?' and the real risk (which was minimal and the upside was much greater). That's what I try to encourage people to do." Read more...
Q&A WITH GINA BOSWELL 
Boston University Today's series, "Jump-start Your Job Search," featured university alum Gina Boswell, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Unilever UK & Ireland.

In the interview, Gina shared mistakes and lessons learned. "When I was younger, I probably understated the importance of communicating frequently, honestly, and consistently, but I've learned that silence can often be more frightening than bad news." Read more... 

Ad Age
RENTING VAN GOGH'S BEDROOM
A creative campaign for the Art Institute of Chicago ( Susanne Ghez and Martha Tedeschi) by Leo Burnett ( Renetta McCann) gave art fans the chance to rent a reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom for a night. The room rental became a key component of an overarching campaign and helped the museum see its largest influx of visitors in years, gain thousands of social media followers and capture $6 million in earned media impressions. Read more...
JUMPSTART YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Center, wrote an op-ed in the April issue of FW Magazine and shared four steps you can take to get your business to the next level with corporate and government contacts.
FW CHICAGO 2016 CHANGEMAKERS
FW Magazine
published its 2016 Changemakers list, which highlighted women in the city who are, in their own way, making moves to change our city for the better. The following Network members were among the women included on the list:

JULIE SMOLYANSKY 
Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, has an extraordinary work ethic in motion, both in her professional life and in her activism. From rape victim advocacy to international health issues, she supports them in creative, inspiring ways. In an interview with the magazine, Julie shared how her dedication and drive have led her to become a truly influential change maker. "Find your passion, put your heart into it, and pay your dues early on." Read more...
 
GRACE HOU
Grace Hou  , President of The Woods Fund Chicago, has led her foundation in awarding grants to organizations that work to level the playing field, provide economic opportunity, and combat the structural racism that often fuels cycles of poverty in the city. "What really binds the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit service sectors is not the absence of profit but rather the presence of a mission or social good that is being sought," Grace Hou said. Read more...  

K. SUJATA
Identifying opportunities for women and girls in Chicago is the singular mission of Chicago Foundation for Women President and CEO K. Sujata. The 100% Project initiative is a coordinated effort to increase women's economic security and put an end to gender bias in metropolitan Chicago by 2030. Sujata believes that change can be had if we start thinking critically about unconscious bias and how it affects those on the receiving end, both based on gender and race. As for those unlikely partners, CFW is actively recruiting "male champions of change" - men in positions of power in corporations who are already stepping up to bring more women into the fold. Read more...

JACKIE TAYLOR
Jackie Taylor , Founder and Executive Director of Black Ensemble Theater, is a distinguished director, producer, actress, singer, and playwright who has written and produced more than 100 plays and musical biographies. One of Jackie's greatest accomplishments is the $20 million cultural center named for the Black Ensemble Theater. Read more...

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WHERE CHEFS ARE TAKING COLLEAGUES IN TOWN FOR THE BEARD AWARDS
Crain's asked a dozen chefs and restaurateurs, including Carrie Nahabedian, chef/owner of Naha and Brindille, and other Beard Award winners, for three restaurants where they might take friends arriving in town for the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Civic Opera House on Monday, May 2. Read more...
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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, ABBVIE TEAM UP ON CANCER RESEARCH
A new collaboration between AbbVie ( Laura Schumacher) and the University of Chicago (Sharon O'Keefe and Susan Sher) aims to shrink the timeline between cutting-edge academic research and patients getting their hands on useful drugs. Read more...
ABBVIE TO ACQUIRE CANCER DRUGMAKER STEMCENTRX FOR $5.8 BILLION
AbbVie Inc. agreed to acquire cancer drug developer Stemcentrx Inc. for $5.8 billion, its latest acquisition as it aims to diversify its product pipeline with therapies in oncology. Read more...
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ABBOTT LABS BUYING ST. JUDE MEDICAL IN $25 BILLION DEAL
Abbott Laboratories ( Elaine Leavenworth and Heather Mason) agreed to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a deal that values the maker of heart devices at $25 billion, expanding its cardiovascular offerings as the industry consolidates to gain bargaining power with hospitals. Read more...
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MACARTHUR FOUNDATION TO CREATE LOW-INTEREST LOAN PROGRAM FOR NONPROFITS 
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation introduced a program called Benefit Chicago, a way for charitably minded investors to participate in a local social-impact fund and a way for area nonprofits and social-enterprise companies to access $100 million in long-term, low-interest loans. "It is the first-of-its-kind collaboration among a community foundation and global private foundation with a deep commitment to its hometown," Julia Stasch, president of the MacArthur foundation said. Read more...
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REHABILITATION INSTITUTE FOR CHICAGO RECEIVES $10 MILLION DONATION 
The Harris Family Foundation has donated $10 million to the Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago for AbilityLab's Center for Engineering in Neurorehabilitation. The center will develop and introduce therapies for people who have had strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological or neuromuscular disorders. "This generous gift will enable us to improve patient outcomes through a radical, translational approach to medicine, and we are forever grateful for the Harris Family Foundation's ongoing enthusiasm and support," Joanne Smith, RIC's CEO, says in a statement. Read more...
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CHICAGO'S LARGEST PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES
Crain's published a list of Chicago's largest privately held companies ranked by 2015 revenue. Several TCN-affiliated companies were featured, including:
Awards and Announcements
GIRL SCOUTS HONOR JULIE HOWARD AND CARLA MICHELOTTI  
On Tuesday, April 25th, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana hosted their Tribute to Achievement Dinner. Honorees included the following TCN members:
  • Julie Howard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    • CORPORATE APPRECIATION AWARD - NAVIGANT

 

 

  • CARLA MICHELOTTI, Strategic Marketing and Regulatory Consultant and former Executive Vice President and Chief Legal, Government & Corporate Affairs Officer at Leo Burnett Worldwide and GSGCNWI Board Member
COMED HONORS DIVERSE SUPPLIERS DURING INAUGURAL AWARD CEREMONY
On April 4, ComEd ( Anne Pramaggiore), celebrated the achievements of some of its top diverse suppliers at the first-ever ComEd Supplier Diversity Awards Luncheon at the Bridgeport Art Center.  

Deborah M. Sawyer, CEO and founder of Environmental Design International, Inc.,  received the Community Partnership award and shared that being heavily involved in the community is an integral part of her company's everyday operations. "This is something that is actually in our mission statement and in our core values," Deborah Sawyer told the Chicago Citizen Newspaper. "It's something that is easy to say you have, but then you have to bring it into practice, bring it to life." Read more... 
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM LEAP INNOVATIONS 
Bill Gates Highlights LEAP Innovations
LEAP Innovations ( Phyllis Lockett) was mentioned during Bill Gates' keynote remarks during the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego. He noted LEAP Innovations' work with educators and innovators to find the best solutions to personalize learning for students. Watch the video here!

LEAP Launches the LEAP Learning Framework
LEAP officially released their LEAP Learning Framework for personalized learning at a workshop featuring author and Harvard faculty member Todd Rose, attended by more than 130 people. Check out the framework site by clicking here!

LEAP Convenes the Learning Assembly to Scale Best Practices
Following the conference, LEAP hosted the second biannual convening of the Learning Assembly, a national network of edtech piloting organizations from New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Rhode Island that is collectively piloting 84 products, impacting more than 13,000 students. Read more... 
JILL SCHAAF CO-CHAIRS 2016 HEROES BREAKFAST  
Jill Schaaf
, CVP, President Renal at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, served as a co-chair for the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois' 2016 Heroes Breakfast.

YALE, EMORY, AND HARVARD PARTNER WITH THE HISTORYMAKERS 
Yale, Emory, and Harvard  are partnering with The HistoryMakers ( Julieanna Richardson), the nation's largest African American video oral history archive, to offer visiting minority archival fellowships. The HistoryMakers will continue to serve as a consultant to the project and serve on the Institute's Advisory Board. Each fellowship is being funded by the host institution. Over time, it is expected that more institutions will be recruited to participate in this program whose goal is to increase the number of archivists from underserved populations. Read more...
MONEY SMART WEEK   
The YWCA ( Dorri McWhorter) along with DyMynd sponsored Money Smart Week, focused on empowering women.

On April 25, Joanne Moffic-Silver, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of CBOE, served on a panel entitled, "Show me the Money, Honey." Terry Savage, President of Terry Savage Productions Ltd, moderated the panel discussion. CBOE and Ernst & Young (Kath Carter, Kelly Grier and Kym Hubbard) sponsored the "Smart Money, Smart Women, Smart Options" panel discussion.
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