May 22, 2015
Quote of the Week

"One thing I've taken away is don't be afraid, ask questions, 

reach out and connect." 


- Thu Nguyen, 

UIC Student & 2015 TCN Future Leader 

TCN News

Launch Pad for Women Senior Leaders Videos  

Video content from TCN's Launch Pad for Women Senior Leaders is now available directly from our website! Video excerpts include Fortune Magazine's Pattie Sellers' interview with Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon, Julie Coffman's session on Embracing Risk as a Career Catalyst, and Julie Howard's session on Networked Leadership. We hope you'll view and share this informative content with your own networks, especially women (and men!) who would benefit from these leaders' inspirational stories. 


To visit the Launch Pad webpage, click here


To visit more pictures of the event, click here!

Members in the News

Andrea Zopp Considering 2016 Illinois U.S. Senate Race  

Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp (2004) has confirmed to NBC 5 Chicago that she is considering a run in the 2016 Illinois U.S. Senate race. Andy would run against U.S. House Representative Tammy Duckworth (2014) who has already launched a 2016 Senate bid. The candidate who wins the Democratic nomination will go against U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who is seeking re-election. Read more...   

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Toni Preckwinkle Delivers Keynote Address to Graduates
Cook County Board of Commissioners President  Toni Preckwinkle  (2011) addressed graduates from Chicago's Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary on Criminal Justice last weekend . Following an interview with Toni, the Chicago Tribune noted that she  hesitates to call her public service career a ministry. The former high school history teacher, five-term Chicago alderman and Cook County Board president refers to it as her calling. Her lifework is rooted in the Unitarian Universalist Church, in which she was raised.  

"I intend to talk to them about the criminal justice challenge we face, not just in our county but in our country," Toni Preckwinkle told the  Tribune. "We have to have a broader understanding in this country of the magnitude of the issues we face...I hope that in their congregations they'll provide leadership that focuses on criminal justice issues where they are."   Read more...

Toni Preckwinkle Receives Honorary Degree

On May 17th, the First Unitarian Church of Chicago presented Toni Preckwinkle with an Honorary Degree for the Doctorate of Humane Letters from Meadville Lombard Theological School. By bestowing this award, the Seminary recognized Toni's dedication to serve the community of Chicago and lead innovatively through the changing times.
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Laura Washington on The Chicago Newsroom

Laura Washington   (1997) , Political Analyst for the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7, participated in a discussion with The Chicago Newsroom host  Ken Davis and Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times on   Spike Lee's production of "Chiraq" and the announcement to house the Obama Library on Chicago's South Side. 
The Van Alen Institute Auctioned Jeanne Gang's Birdwatching Adventure  

An online auction organized by the Van Alen Institute, a prominent New York-based think tank, that ran through May 20th, offered a host of prizes with famous architects. Among these prizes was a ride in Norman Foster's helicopter, a chance to test Bjarke Ingel's smoke-ring-blowing power plant chimney in Copenhagen, a hot-tub hangout with Charles Renfro, and a birdwatching adventure with Jeanne Gang (2006), President & Principal, Studio Gang Architects.   


This is the second year that the institute has run its Auction of Art + Design Experiences, which aims to raise money to support its own research programs and design competitions. There were 25 prizes in total, with participants including architects, curators, and photographers. Read more...  

TCN Member Companies Featured in 2015 Crain's Chicago Business Eureka Index

The Crain's Eureka Index shows which Chicago-area companies had the most - and most valuable - patents last year. The top inventors run the gamut from food science to tech to retail display.The following Network member companies made the list: 
  • Abbott Laboratories - Elaine Leavenworth (2000)
  • AbbVie - Laura J. Schumacher (2005)
  • Allstate - Kathy Mabe (2014), Stephanie D. Neely (2007)
  • Baxter International - Jeanne Mason (2012)
  • Boeing - Michelle Thomas (2015)
  • Cabot Microelectronics - Carol Bernstein (1999)
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange - Joanne Moffic-Silver (2011)
  • CME Group - Kathleen M. Cronin (2006), Kim Taylor (2008)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Lori Andrews (2005)
  • Illinois Tool Works - Maria Green (2013)
  • Loyola University of Chicago - Nina Appel (1985)
  • Mondelez International - Dana Anderson (2002), Irene Rosenfeld (2008)
  • Motorola Solutions - Nadalie Bosse (2004)
  • Navistar International - Lisa Hartenberger (2015)
  • Northwestern University - Mary Baglivo (2015), Sally Blount (2011), Andrea Dunaif (2001), Vicky Kalogera (2013), Marilyn McCoy (1985)
  • R.R. Donnelley & Sons - Sue S. Bettman (2005)
  • Rush University Medical Center - Anne Murphy (2012)
  • Tribune Broadcasting - Karyn Esken (2010), Joyce Winnecke (1999)
  • University of Chicago - Wendy Freedman (2015), Beth A. Harris (2003), Sharon O'Keefe (2015), Ellen A. Rudnick (1984), Susan Sher (1993)
  • University of Illinois System - Paula Allen-Meares (2009), Mitra Dutta (2014), Mrinalini C Rao (2009)
  • Walgreen - Sona Chawla (2012)
Anna Rappaport Published in Benefits Quarterly
Anna Rappaport's article, Impact of Long-Term Care on Retirement Wellness, was published in the second 2015 issue of Benefits Quarterly, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.This is part of a special issue on Retirement Wellness. Click here for executive summaries of that issue.
Awards & Announcements
Marilynn Preston Published in Creators
Marilynn Preston, Syndicated Columnist & TV producer at Energy Express (1979) wrote "Our Brother's Sisters: Boys Get Money, Girls Get Lost," a column in Creators. The column focuses on the issue of leveling the playing field when it comes to opportunities for girls and young women.  

"This is America. Girls matter, too. Ask any father. Girls suffer, too. Millions of girls and young women are feeling hopeless and scared, quitting school, fighting off sexual predators, going to jail in record numbers. The data has been thin, but now it's clear. Girls in America, especially girls of color, are growing up deprived, denied, desperate for the same mentoring programs, the same conflict resolution programs, the same job training promised to boys by the MBK Initiative.  

The $380 million dollar question is: Why embrace only boys and deny girls the well-being every child deserves?" Read more...   


Click here to visit the Girls in the Game website.


Click here to follow Marilynn's new venture, EnExTV. 

UWM Awarded Catherine Jacobson with Honorary Degree 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 2015 Spring Commencement ceremonies awarded  Catherine Jacobson (2008) with an Honorary Doctor of Healthcare Leadership Award. Catherine Jacobson is president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a $1.7 billion regional health care system based in Milwaukee. Read more...

Linda Myers Receives Two Awards

Linda Myers (2012), Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, was named one of The American Lawyer's 2015 Dealmakers of the Year and one of The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers. 


The American Lawyer's 2015 Dealmakers of the Year were spotlighted due to their creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work. To read the the American Lawyers feature on Linda, click here! For the full list, click here!


The National Law Journal presents 75 of the nation's most accomplished female attorneys in the legal profession today, representing excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest law, legal education and the judiciary. To read the feature on Linda, click hereFor the full list, click here

Adela Cepeda Serves as Panelist for Women on Boards: The State of Diversity  

Adela Cepeda (2005)President of A.C. Advisory, Inc., served as a corporate board panelist at the Women on Boards: The State of Diversity in the Boardroom event on Thursday, May 21. Panelists discussed the current state of diversity on public and private corporate boards, the challenges and opportunities for corporate board service and how to better position yourself for board service.

Yuan-Qing Yu on "Night in Vienna" Concert 
On Sunday, May 17, Civitas Founder Yuan-Qing Yu spoke with journalist Rick Kogan about her vision and mission for the chamber music ensemble and the inspiration for its upcoming "Night in Vienna" concert.

Tickets are still available for the season-ending concert dedicated to the music of Vienna, arguably the capital of western classical music and the home to many of the world's most celebrated composers. At this spring concert, the Civitas Ensemble will present three diverse Viennese compositions. For more program details,  click here!

Tickets for the event are $30 and may be purchased by  click here!
New Roles

Carole Brown Appointed CFO of City of Chicago     

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Carole L. Brown (2007), a managing director at Barclays Capital, as the City of Chicago's chief financial officer. Carole will replace Lois Scott (2011) who announced earlier this month that she's stepping down after four years. 


"Carole Brown brings decades of financial experience to the City of Chicago," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Carole's experience and reputation as a tough, but honest financial manager will be a valuable asset as we continue to create a conducive environment for job creation and economic growth for the City of Chicago." Read more... 

Women on Boards

Enova International Appoints Ellen Carnahan to Board 

Enova International, Inc., a leading technology and analytics company focused on online lending, announced that Ellen Carnahan (2001), Principal Machrie Enterprises LLC, is joining Enova's Board of Directors after a vote by the Board to increase the number of Directors. 


"Ellen is a seasoned executive and investor who understands both the technology industry as well as financial services," said David Fisher, CEO of Enova. "Her experience helping guide high growth companies will be invaluable to Enova as we expand our product portfolio and bring our unique technology and analytics capabilities to new markets."  

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Summer Reads Recommended for  

TCN Members


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Book: "Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong" Edited by Jessica Bacal


Recommender: Elizabeth Stigler, Communications Director, TCN


Having recently read this book through my alumni network of Carleton College, it struck me as something overwhelmingly relevant to members of The Chicago Network. I reached out to the book's terrific editor, Jessica Bacal, for some insight on her book for TCN members:


"I developed 
Mistakes I Made at Work 
to create a chorus of mentors who would describe, comfortingly, how they'd messed up at work and moved on.  Each chapter imparts a story from a widely admired trailblazer -- successful women who have managed instances of uncertainty, failure and even crisis. Since the book was published by Penguin last year, it's been exciting and gratifying to have heard from many high achieving, mid-career women. They often say that the book reflects some of the most important lessons they've learned, and describe it as inspiring." - Jessica Bacal, Director, Smith College Wurtele Center for Work & Life 
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