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
STUDIO GANG'S 'SOLSTICE ON THE PARK' TOWER CLEARED TO RISE 26 STORIES 
In the works since 2007, Hyde Park's highly anticipated Studio Gang-designed ( Jeanne Gang) 'Solstice on the Park' high-rise has just cleared another important milestone in its construction process. While work on the foundation and first four floors of the 26-story rental tower at 1616 E. 56th Street began in October, the project was given the official all-clear by the city of Chicago to rise to its ultimate height of nearly 300 feet. Read more...
CARRIE NAHABEDIAN OUTSTANDING CHEF FINALIST 
Carrie Nahabedian, Executive Chef and Co-owner of Naha and Brindille, has been named a finalist for the "Outstanding Chef" James Beard Foundation Award. Read more... 
ROBIN KELLY FEATURED IN WE TV PSA 
U.S. Congresswoman (IL02) Robin Kelly is among 10 African American members of Congress that discussed who has inspired them most in a WE TV series of public service announcements celebrating Black History Month. The PSAs will air on the network and be available on a microsite at WEtv.com. The site also features a photo gallery and a list of Black History Month events around the country. Read more...
EVELYN SANGUINETTI ON NEW PILOT PROGRAM TITLED TINY BOOTS
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Evelyn Sanguinetti was quoted in an article about the launch of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs' Tiny Boots Child Care Program at the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. The program provides temporary childcare for any Illinois Veteran who has a medical, counseling appointment or a job interview. The IDVA contracted with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago ( Dorri McWhorter) to operate the program. Evelyn serves as Chair of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee, which coordinates the State's activities on issues relating to current and former military bases in the state. 

"As the mother of three children, I know firsthand the hardships parents face when seeking childcare during difficult times. I would like to congratulate the Department of Veterans Affairs for this great initiative to help our veterans," said  Evelyn Sanguinetti. Read more... 
EMILIA DIMENCO ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), was quoted in an article about Health Care Reform and small business owners.

A recent survey conducted by WBDC and Health & Disability Advocates found that "small business owners across the Midwest say health insurance still costs too much and they struggle to find affordable plans for their workers," Crain's Chicago Business reported.
 
"Without affordable access to health care, that could discourage the formation of businesses, which would have a significant impact on our economy," said Emilia DiMenco. Read more... 
TERRY SAVAGE ON WTTW "CHICAGO TONIGHT"
Terry Savage, President of Terry Savage Productions Ltd., was on "Chicago Tonight" discussing the importance of the Fiduciary Rule. Read more...
FENDI, CHANEL, HERMES AND MORE AT LESLIE HINDMAN AUCTION
The luxurious wardrobes of three notable New York women were recently auctioned by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (Leslie Hindman) in Chicago.

The sale included 290 designer pieces from the closets of Elaine Sargent, Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman and Ingrid Yonke. All three were known for their iconic fashion styles and professional, philanthropic and artistic accomplishments. Sargent and Lehman passed away in 2016. Yonke died in 2012.

Sargent was one of the first female stockbrokers in Montreal and on Wall Street. Lehman was a sculptor and painter. 
 
The sale was conducted live and online on Thursday, February 16. The sale is followed by an in-person tag sale on Friday, February 17. Read more... 
Awards    
LISA DONOHUE TO RECEIVE HONOR AT 8TH ANNUAL IMPACT AWARDS
On March 7, Lisa Donohue, Global President, Starcom WW, will be honored at Advertising Women of New York's 8th Annual Impact Awards in New York, where attendees will be inspired by industry executives as they celebrate and honor a special mentor in their lives.
 
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ANDREA ZOPP TO RECEIVE "CHICAGOAN OF THE YEAR" AWARD
Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor & Chief Neighborhood Officer of the City of Chicago, will receive the "Chicagoan of the Year" Award by The Chicago Area Project during its annual meeting scheduled for February 24, 2017. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will keynote the event.   The Chicago Area Project (CAP) is a not-for-profit organization with a distinguished history and demonstrable track record of over 75 years of work in delinquency prevention and service in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. The original mission of CAP has not changed since its inception: To work toward the prevention and eradication of juvenile delinquency through the development and support of affiliated local community self-help efforts in communities where the need is greatest.  In announcing this award, Chicago Area Project CEO David Whittaker stated, "this award honors the leadership, contributions and accomplishments of Andrea Zopp, a former Board member and a former Board Chair of CAP, that have benefited our communities and in particular our young people."
RONNE HARTFIELD TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL AWARD
TCN Life Member Ronne Hartfield will be honored with the inaugural Jessie Woods Award at the Urban Gateways annual Art for All Gala evening on Friday, March 10. The event will be held in the River North area at  Revel Fulton Market, and will include several artist awards, a silent auction, dinner and dancing.

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Announcements   
DELOITTE AND THE ALLIANCE FOR BOARD DIVERSITY PUBLISH 2016 BOARD DIVERSITY CENSUS
Boardroom diversity in Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies has increased for women and certain minority groups, according to the " Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards," a multiyear study published by the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD), collaborating with Deloitte ( Deborah L. DeHaas, Janet Foutty and Stacy Janiak) for the 2016 Census. However, minority men and women have experienced only slight gains in the last six years, since the ABD first started tracking Fortune 500 board diversity in 2010, up from 12.8 percent in 2010 to 14.4 percent in 2016. The total number of board seats also has not changed much during this time; there were 5,440 total board seats in the Fortune 500 in 2016, compared to 5,463 in 2010.
 
To read the press release, click here!
 
To read coverage in the Chicago Tribune, click here!
MATTER INSIGHTS: SUMMARY AND TRENDS FROM J.P. MORGAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
On February 15, Head of healthcare commercial banking at JPMorgan Chase, Liz Connelly, joined MATTER to discuss key themes from the recent JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, held from January 9-14 in San Francisco. Liz and her team work with the top NFP hospitals and healthcare systems in the country and have developed specialized practices in healthcare and life sciences. She offered her perspective on the impact of innovation in these industries and insights on synergies developing between these healthcare verticals. Read more...

Liz was also the featured speaker at the Executive Lavin Bernick Executive Chat on the evening of February 15. The Lavin Bernick Executive Chats, which launched Winter Quarter 2016, give Kellogg students an opportunity to engage with an esteemed executive or civic leader presenting his or her perspective on leadership.

With a limited number of seats available at each session, the chats provide an intimate forum for in-depth conversations and the opportunity to connect with speakers from a diverse set of corporations, service firms, social impact companies, and non-profit organizations.

The series is offered through the generosity of Carol Lavin Bernick , CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management. Carol and her family are longtime supporters of Kellogg and Carol is a member of the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board. Read more... 
DONOR TRAVEL PROGRAM: BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS
Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation ( Lynn J. Osmond) for a curated trip to Bentonville, Arkansas to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house) and the Thorncrown Chapel on April 22. Lodging will be at the trendy 21st Century Museum Hotel. Travelers may add an extension to visit the Clinton Presidential Center. 

For more information, click here!

To view the flyer, click here!  
Events   
MPC ROUNDTABLE: CAN CHICAGOLAND THRIVE IN THE TRUMP ERA?
Join the Metropolitan Planning Council (MarySue Barrett) and housing, transit and climate policy experts who will share their insights on what's happening at the federal level and the impact it may-or may not-have on Illinois and Chicagoland.

Thursday, February 23
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
 
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CIVITAS ENSEMBLE WINTER CONCERT
Civitas Ensemble ( Yuan-Qing Yu) just returned from two successful concerts in Prague where the musicians collaborated with the Gipsy Way Ensemble, a Prague based ensemble that focuses on music from the Romani Trail. This incredible collaboration will take place in Chicago this May. Before that, Civitas Ensemble will present an all American program, including music from the famous film composer Bernard Herrmann, as well as Peter Schikele who's known for his satirical fictional alter ego P.D.Q.Bach, Copland, and our own Chicago composer Stacy Garrop, who will be there to do a talk and post concert Q & A.

Sunday, February 26
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST
Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607

For more information, click here!
MPC ROUNDTABLE: PULLMAN: A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR A HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD 
Chicago's first National Monument. A bright new Metra station. Local and national business expansion. Increasing incomes and education levels. And winner of MPC's 2016 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning. Simply put, the Pullman community has a lot going for it.

And yet, many questions remain. Now that there is a federal presence in Pullman, what does it mean for fulfilling the promise of the National Monument-particularly in light of the new administration? How will economic forces, shifts in industrial land use, and housing market pressures elsewhere in Chicago affect the community? And how do we ensure that all of Pullman and its surrounding neighborhoods benefit from this rising tide?

Pullman's story of community vitality, economic development and thoughtful planning is one that can inspire many Chicago neighborhoods. Join MPC to hear from some of the leaders instrumental to Pullman's recent growth, and be part of an important and timely conversation about what comes next.
 
Wednesday, March 1
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information, click here!  
JANET L. YELLEN TO SPEAK AT AN EXECUTIVE CLUB OF CHICAGO EVENT
Janet L. Yellen, Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve System, will speak at an The Executives' Club of Chicago ( Ana Dutra) event on Friday, March 3. Yellen was named Fed Chair in 2014 and also leads the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

Friday, March 3
Registration & Networking: 11:15 a.m. Lunch
Program: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hilton Chicago 
720 S. Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, IL

Please email Laura at the Executives' Club to note you are a TCN member after reserving in order to be seated with fellow members: lreali@executivesclub.org   

For more information, click here! 
COLLEEN CONNELL TO SPEAK AT CITY CLUB OF CHICAGO PROGRAM
Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU of Illinois, will be the featured speaker at a City Club of Chicago program on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Monday, April 10
11:30 a.m. reception
12:00 p.m. luncheon
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

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