June 5, 2015
Quote of the Week

"I always took responsibility to get the skills needed.
I presumed the environment I was in would be responsive.
If it wasn't, I'd figure out another way." 


- Ilene Gordon (1989),

Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion Incorporated

Members in the News

CEO Spotlight: Ilene Gordon
Ilene Gordon  (1989),   Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion Incorporated,  was featured in  Barron's  weekly "CEO Spotlight," which highlighted how she transformed the former Corn Products into a leader in specialty food ingredients. "My goal is to complete the journey of becoming a global ingredient company," Ilene Gordon said. "We are in the middle of that story."  Read more...

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WordPlay Gala Celebrates Jeanne Gang-Designed Writers' Theatre 
On April 18, more than 400 guests at the Writers' Theatre WordPlay gala proclaimed their support for the new theatre center, designed by Jeanne Gang (2006), President and Principal of Studio Gang Architects.  The annual event raised more than $700,000 for Writers' Theatre productions and educational programs. Read more...

Jeanne Gang-Designed Condo Sells at Record Price
A three-bedroom condominium on the 78th floor of the acclaimed Aqua tower, designed by  Jeanne Gangsold for $3.3 million. The price may be the highest recorded for a unit in the 82-story building completed in 2009.  Read more...
Maura O'Hara on Series B Funding
Maura O'Hara (2013), Executive Director of Illinois Venture Capital Association , was quoted in a
Crain's article about Series B venture-capital funding, which  is getting harder to come by according to an analysis of PitchBook data by Maura In 2013, 44 percent of startups in the Midwest and Great Lakes region, which includes Chicago, had not received their second rounds of funding within two years after initial venture-capital raises. 

"Getting $1 million or more was really, really difficult...By the time you're talking about a Series B, the company has been seriously de-risked," said Maura O'Hara.  Read more...
Rush University Medical Center Receives Grant for Wounded Warrior Project 
Rush University Medical Center's ( Anne Murphy , SVP & General Counsel (2012)) veterans program was featured in a  Crain's  article this week, as the program is set to receive $15 million from the Wounded Warrior Project, securing a spot as the Midwest's only hospital to receive such a grant. The grant is part of a $100 million commitment the Jacksonville, Florida - based Wounded Warrior Project launched to create a national medical care network connecting wounded veterans and their families. Rush's Road Home Program will receive the money through a three-year grant. The Wounded Warrior Project also has promised to make $2 contributions for every dollar Rush secures for its veterans program up to $2.5 million a year raised by the hospital.  Rush plans to use the grant money to expand the Road Home Program's center and develop an outpatient evaluation and treatment program.  Read more...   
Chicago Board Options Exchange Buys Livevol
Chicago Board Options Exchange ( Joanne Moffic-Silver  (2011)) parent CBOE Holdings has agreed to buy San Francisco-based Livevol, a company that provides technology tools for professional, commercial and retail traders. CBOE is buying parts of Livevol  that provide independent traders, including those at banks and other market participants with equity market data and technology services for analyzing information and placing trades on Livevol platforms.  Read more...
Crain's Highlights Chicago Restaurants Given "Best Wine Lists" Title
As part of its annual World's Best Wine Lists awards, the U.K.-based magazine  The World of Fine Wine gave seven restaurants in Chicago the top three-star rating, including  the Park Hyatt Chicago ( Rena Reiss  (2011)). 

Naha (Carrie Nahabedian (2006)) was among the Chicago restaurants that earned two stars. Read more...

Christine Edwards: Do Corporate Boards Challenge Management?   
Christine Edwards (2001), Capital Partner at Winston & Strawn, wrote an op-ed in  Inside Counsel about whether or not corporate boards effectively challenge management.  "Do boards really push back when management is going in a contrary direction or not moving quickly enough? If boards are challenging management, how is that information captured? Should the board articulate that it has challenged management?"  Read more...

Kate Maehr on Proposed Bill to Expand SNAP Assistance
Kate Maehr (2008), Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was featured in a Sun-Times article about a bill heading to the governor's desk for signature that would make more than 40,000 additional Illinois households eligible for SNAP assistance.

"These are people doing all the right things, "Kate Maehr said. "And yet when they get to the end of the month, they don't have enough money to buy food from grocery stores." Read more...

Laura Washington on Danger in Chicago 

Laura Washington (1997), Columnist, Political Analyst, Chicago Sun-Times, ABC7-Chicago, highlighted pleas, from local citizens, to stop the violence.


"The voices cry out from the shell-shocked shooting galleries on Chicago's South and West sides. The gang bangers, hip hoppers and even a famous filmmaker call it 'Chiraq.'" Read more... 

Roxanne Martino on FOX Business News   
Roxanne Martino (2007), CEO of Aurora Investment Management, appeared on FOX Business News' "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo," where she discussed current market themes, including activism, interest rates, energy, and healthcare. 

To view the interview,  click here!  
Schopf & Weiss Joins Honigman Miller Schwartz
Michigan law firm leader, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, is being joined by the Chicago-based attorneys of Schopf & Weiss LLP (Paula Litt (2010)) as the firm expands into Chicago.  For  Schopf & Weiss , joining  Honigman  enables the company to continue serving clients in their core practice areas of high-powered litigation, while also expanding into new areas like private equity, corporate and securities, real estate and hospitality, among others.

To read the press release,  click here !
DSC Logistics Enters Five-Year Agreement With B&G Foods, Inc.
DSC Logistics ( Anne Drake (2000)), a leading logistics and supply chain management company, will enter a five-year logistics services agreement with B&G Foods, Inc.  Pursuant to the agreement, DSC will provide all warehousing and distribution management services at B&G Foods' three primary distribution centers after the distribution centers are transitioned over the next three to nine months.

"We look forward to working with B&G Foods, and are committed to helping B&G Foods achieve its business goals and future growth objectives" says Anne Drake. Read more...
Women on Boards 
Sheila G. Talton Appointed to Deere & Company Board
Sheila G. Talton (1999), President and Chief Executive of Gray Matter Analytics, has been elected to the Deere & Company Board of Directors, effective May 27, 2015. Sheila is a 30-year veteran in the information technology industry. She has a successful record of building consulting practices at EDS and Cisco Systems and helping technology businesses create and execute global strategies including initiatives focused on big data. Sheila is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Harvard Business School's AMP program.  To view the press release, click here
Awards and Announcements 
Mary Meg McCarthy to be Honored With Damen Award 
Loyola University of Chicago's 2015 Founders' Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 6 at the Lake Shore Campus, where law alumna Mary Meg McCarthy (2014) (JD '89), Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center,  will be honored with the Damen Award. 

For more information on Founders' Dinner, click here

Guests may join Founders' Dinner attendees for dancing and dessert at Cocktails on Campus. For information, click here!
Theresa E. Mintle Addresses CHRO Leadership Summit        
In keynote remarks to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit, Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO Theresa E. Mintle (2015) discussed how the Chamber's recent surveys of the region's small business and mid-market communities support evidence of the growing talent gap and skills shortage facing many companies today. She also expanded on what the Chamber is doing to address these issues, including programs in workforce development, STEM internships, talent development and retention, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us, and addressing these issues is going to entail a great deal of innovation and collaboration," said Mintle. "Employers must become intentional about creating meaningful career pathways to train and engage and retain a younger workforce, for whom traditional values and beliefs don't always apply. Work-based learning opportunities must be created and in a scalable fashion that incorporates small and mid-size businesses." Read more...
Gensler and Perkins+Will Recognized Among Top 500 Design Firms
Gensler (Nila Leiserowitz (2013)) and Perkins+Will (Eva L. Maddox
(1986)) were recognized among the  " Top 500 Design Firms " by Engineering News-Record (ENR). Gensler ranked #18 and Perkins+Will ranked #38 overall

Gensler  ranked #5 in "The Top 100 Pure Designers" and #19 in "The Top 50 Designers in International Markets." 

Perkins+Will ranked #20 in "The Top 100 Pure Designers" and #7 in "The Top 20 Design Firms" in the general building sector. 
Gensler Named Top Retail Design Firm
For the fifth year in a row, Gensler was named the #1 Retail Design Firm on  VMSD's Top Retail Design Firms of 2015 , based on total retail design fees from 2014. Read more...




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