May 29, 2015
Quote of the Week

Women feel like they have no option but to stay home, when we should be working harder to make sure they stay tethered intellectually to their company.


- Julie Howard (2006) 

CEO, Navigant Consulting Inc.

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Irene RosenfeldIrene Rosenfeld Featured in Forbes "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women"
Irene Rosenfeld (2008), CEO of Mondelez International, ranked 17 on  Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." The list is comprised of extraordinary entrepreneurs and visionary executives, celebrity role models and billionaire activists -- all ranked by dollars, media presence and impact.  Read more...

Andrea Zopp Has Confirmed Her Run for U.S. Senate 

Andrea Zopp (2004), President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, is stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate. "I have decided to launch a campaign for United States Senate," Andrea Zopp (2004) said in a letter to supporters. "While it is difficult to say goodbye to the Urban League, I know it will remain fearless in its efforts to empower those who have been disenfranchised and accountable to you, our generous donors." Her departure is effective May 31. Andrea joins U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (2014) in seeking the Senate seat. Read more...


Top Female Lawyers and Executives Talk Part-Time

Julie Howard (2006), Chairman & CEO Navigant Consulting Inc., was mentioned in a Crain's article about how part-time and flexible work arrangements are necessary to retain a firm's top talent. Julie, who started as a consultant at a firm later acquired by Chicago-based Navigant took a two-year break in the early 1990s when her children were born, then went back to work part-time. In 2012, she became CEO of the company and became chairman in 2014.


"Women feel like they have no option but to stay home, when we should be working harder to make sure they stay tethered intellectually to their company," Julie Howard says. If Navigant hadn't given her options, Julie says she probably would have left for a job that did. Read more...  

Studio Gang Architects Highlighted for Use of Energy Efficient Insulation for Balconies 

C ity Hyde Park, a 15-story development located at 5105 South Harper Avenue, d esigned by Studio Gang Architects ( Jeanne Gang  (2006)), is set to be completed this year. This will be the first project in Chicago to incorporate energy efficient insulation for concrete balconies with Schöck Isokorb®. The development will feature 180-residences, two underground levels for parking and a 7,700 square foot green roof.  Read more... 

Toni Preckwinkle Delivered Address at Memorial Day Ceremony    

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (2011) delivered the keynote address at Memorial Day wreath laying and re-dedication ceremony at the General John A. Logan Monument, located in Chicago's Grant Park on Monday, May 25, where military, public safety, community and business leaders gathered. The annual event was conducted to reaffirm a pledge to assemble, honor and remember those who serve our country.  The event, which was sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, also honored the spirit and memory of Civil War General John A. Logan, founder of Decoration Day, the predecessor of Memorial Day. During the address, Toni reminded attendees of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  "She encouraged us to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom around the world and security in our own community," said J.R. Davis, Chairman and President of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association. Read more...

Toni Preckwinkle Among Political Leaders at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Camp Shabbona
For the first time in decades, people can camp in some Cook County forest preserves.  Toni Preckwinkle was among the political leaders on hand for the ribbon cutting of Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland. She says people no longer have to hit the road to Michigan or Wisconsin to camp.

"For the first time in 50 years, some of them will be able to go a much shorter distance,"  Toni Preckwinkle said. "They'll be coming here to Camp Shabbona to enjoy the wilderness of Cook County." Read more...

Blessings in a Backpack Chosen as  Dance Marathon's 2016 Beneficiary

Blessings in a Backpack (Brooke M. Wiseman (2008)), a nonprofit that provides weekend meals for food insecure elementary school students, has been selected as the primary beneficiary for the Northwestern University Dance Marathon next year.


Now in its 42nd year, the Northwestern University Dance Marathon  is one of the largest and most well established student-run philanthropies in the nation. Since its founding in 1975, Northwestern students have raised over $16 million in support of over 30 different beneficiaries, annually raising over $1 million for each of the last five years. The funds raised will first help expand existing programs in Evanston's Haven Middle School and Oakton Elementary School. The money will also support the development of new program sites in other Chicago area schools and across the country, as well as help recruit and train new volunteers.


"Childhood hunger is an invisible problem that has spread across the United States," said Brooke Wiseman, CEO of Blessings in a Backpack. "Being the NUDM 2016 beneficiary will allow these kids to know that people in their neighborhood care about them and are working together to keep them fed." Read more... 

Exclusive Interview and Feature with Rohini Dey
Rohini Dey (2008) participated in an interview with S, where she discussed Vermilion Restaurant in New York, her inspiration behind the menu and women in the culinary field. Read more...

Vermilion Restaurant in New York also received a glowing review in, which highlighted the restaurant's flavors, decor and concept. Read more...

The New Chicago Riverwalk: The Next Great Civic Space  

A new part of the Chicago Riverwalk, from State Street to Clark Street, opened Saturday, May 23. Carol Ross Barney (1986), President of r-barc, has been a big part of the vision behind the city's Riverwalk project, which she calls Chicago's next great civic space. The space from State to Dearborn is called the Marina - where motorboats can tie up. From Dearborn to Clark is called the Cove - a welcome spot for canoeists or kayakers.

"As people's attitudes have changed, we were fortunate enough to start these blocks, so they're very much about touching the river," said Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney Architects. Click play to watch the ABC7's coverage or Read the full article...

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.  Read more...
Awards & Announcements
Elizabeth Brackett Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Governors State University 
From Elizabeth Brackett (1999):

I was very honored to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Governors State University on May 16th. The honorary degree was conferred during Governors State graduation ceremonies. University President, and Network member, Dr. Elaine Maimon (2008) placed the doctoral hood over my shoulders and I then addressed the graduates. African American poet Nikki Giovanni was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate. I had a very interesting session speaking to communications students. They had a hard time believing that when I started out as a television journalist at WBBM_TV we were shooting film, putting carbon paper in our typewriters and talking only on land lines. Dr Maimon and the University organized a lovely dinner for Nikki Giovanni and me on Friday evening before Saturday's graduation where we were roasted and toasted by friends, family, students and faculty.

I am delighted to now have an affiliation with Governors State University which under Dr. Maimon's leadership has made tremendous strides.  The University admitted its first freshman class this year, marking its debut as a full service, comprehensive four year  university.  Previously students were only admitted in their junior year after transitioning from a junior college. The relationship with junior colleges remains intact via the Dual Degree Program which has become a national model with a graduation rate of over 90%. Governors State University now awards, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.

Sylvia Puente Honored with University of Illinois Alumni Award

Sylvia Puente  (2011),  Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum,  is a 2015 recipient of the  University of Illinois   Alumni Achievement Award,  presented  by the University of Illinois Alumni Association  during the Commencement ceremony on May 16.  Sylvia was  honored for her national leadership and impact on improving educational quality and access, as well as social equality issues, for the Latino community through policy analysis and advocacy. Read more...  
Terri Mascherin Presented TED Talk at the ABA National Summit 

Terri Mascherin (2010), Partner at Jenner & Block, spoke about the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) at the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services. 

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To hear Terri's TED talk, click play!   


Terri serves as the chair of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project's Steering Committee, which is an innovative legal incubator, training lawyers to help them create new legal practices aimed at serving those who fall within the "justice gap."

Thus far, we have launched two classes (10 lawyers each) who have started their own practices, serving "real people" in the neighborhoods of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. You can find more information about the JEP on its website:
Adela Cepeda on Women on Boards
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.

Women's Media Center Progressive Women's Voices Training

From Sujata K. (2011):


The Women's Media Center has announced the training dates for the next WMC Progressive Women's Voices Trainings. WMC Progressive Women's Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.

Upcoming WMC Progressive Women's Voices training dates are:

Washington, D.C.:

July 11 - 12, 2015
July 18 - 19, 2015

Applicants wishing to be considered for the next WMC Progressive Women's Voices training can find more information and the application  form here .


The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015. The 2015 class will be announced on June 19, 2015.

Questions about the WMC Progressive Women's Voices training can be sent to

TCN Members Attend the 2015 Kellogg Corporate Governance Conference 

The Kellogg School of Management ( Sally Blount (2011)) held their annual Corporate Governance Conference at the James L. Allen Center from May 18-19. This year's conference highlighted the key issues and discussed the best practices in corporate governance in light of increasing calls for greater public accountability while still delivering superior shareholder value for investors. Kellogg has been at the forefront of critical governance issues for over twenty years. Read more...

TCN Members attending included  Mary Beth Berkes (2010), Pamela Forbes Lieberman (2003), Kapila Anand (2010) and  Therese Fauerbach (2004).  Kellogg Dean Sally Blount played instrumental roles throughout the conference. 
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