April 10, 2015
Quote of the Week

It's important to take the opportunity to try new things: volunteer for assignments, push yourself out of your comfort level, and keep learning.


 - Edith Falk

TCN News

TCN will host its second annual senior women's leadership conference on the morning of Monday, April 13, preceding the Women in the Forefront Luncheon. This conference, offered without charge to attendees thanks to sponsor BMO Harris Bank, furthers the Network's goal to help cultivate the next generation of women leaders. We are excited to have several fabulous speakers for this year's conference. Registration is now closed.


Please note: If you have a ticket to Launch Pad and did not receive a breakout session confirmation email on Wednesday, April 8th, please call our offices: (312) 787-1979

Monday, April 13

7:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Chicago Hilton and Towers
720 S. Michigan Ave.

Generously sponsored by:

Maurice Lévy,  
Chairman & CEO 
Publicis Groupe
Dana Anderson, 
Mondelez International







On April 13, Dana Anderson and Maurice Lévy will engage each other as well as the audience in thought-provoking content ranging from women in leadership to the future of digital marketing. For the 26th Annual WIFL, The Chicago Network will shine a global spotlight on leveling the playing field for women in leadership. Real change only comes when everyone is involved, including men, in the conversation. Tickets are now Sold Out, please call our office if you need assistance: 312-787-1979. Click here to read more...


Monday, April 13

11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Chicago Hilton and Towers

Grand and International Ballrooms

720 S. Michigan Ave.

2015 WIFL Sponsors!

To view the full list of 2015 WIFL sponsors, click here!

Please note: If you have a WIFL ticket and did not receive a WIFL table number confirmation email on Thursday, April 9th, please call our offices: (312) 787-1979
Members in the News
Lori Andrews: Mother of Invention
Lori Andrews (2005), Distinguished Professor and Director, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, was featured in a Best Lawyers 2015 cover story, "Mother of Invention," which was also distributed in the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. In the piece, Lori shared her thoughts on the intersections of technology, bioethics, and the Law.  Focusing on the ethics behind innovation and technology, Lori continues to push emerging inventors to consider the ethical questions before introducing their inventions. "The fundamental issue is that technology looks forward and the law looks backward," Lori Andrews says. "I'm trying to get the law to look forward a little more, too." Read more...


Ventas Announces Big Moves
Ventas ( Debra Cafaro (2007)) is paying $1.75 billion for a Nashville-based hospital system and separately spinning off 355 skilled-nursing facilities into a new real estate investment trust. "We've been waiting a long time to find the right entry point into the U.S. hospital market because of its strong improving trends, and we've been very selective," Debra Cafaro said. "Ardent is the deal we've been waiting for." Read more...


Cushman & Wakefield to Sell 300 Million Dollar Property on N. Michigan Ave.

The owner of the five-story Nike Chicago flagship store is seeking to sell the property in a deal that could fetch more than $300 million. A venture of the Wisconsin Investment Board, which has owned the retail property for more than two decades, has hired Cushman & Wakefield (Marilyn Lissner (2010)) to sell the buildings at 663, 669 and 673 N. Michigan Ave. Read more... 


Mesirow CEO Re-ups for Five More Years
Mesirow Financial's ( Diane Swonk (2003)) Chairman and CEO Richard Price will remain in his position for another five years. Although Richard is celebrating his 43rd anniversary with the company this year, he is excited for another five years to come. Read more... 

Lay's and Energy BBDO Carry on with Lighthearted Potato Head Saga
Energy BBDO Chicago ( Tonise Paul (1999)) has released its latest installment of the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head advertising saga for the iconic Lay's potato chip brand, a unit of the beverage and snack behemoth PepsiCo.  Read more...
Lay's Checkout
Lay's Checkout

A Special Interview with Edith Falk

On March 1, 2015, Edith Falk (2000), Co-Founder of Campbell & Company, retired as Chair after nearly four decades of exemplary service to the nonprofit community. Edith is widely known throughout the nonprofit community as one of the preeminent thought leaders in this sector. She will continue serving as counsel for Campbell & Company engagements on a selected basis. To honor her legacy, Campbell & Company recently sat down with Edith, who reflected on her work over the past 38 years.  


Click here to read the interview.  

Rose Mary Bombela-Tobias Appointed to Illinois Human Rights Commission
Rose Mary Bombela-Tobias (1993) has been appointed to the of the Illinois Human Rights Commission by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The commission adjudicates discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, real-estate transactions, financial credit, public accommodations and education in Illinois. Read more...
How Hyatt is Helping One Do-Gooder Find Another Use for His Product
Fast Company has the story of Reaction Housing, whose founder was prompted to design a recyclable temporary shelter for disaster victims after Hurricane Katrina. As Reaction sorts through manufacturing challenges, Chicago-based Hyatt ( Rena Reiss (2011)) wants to turn its Exo tent into a new type of hotel.  Read more...
Why Northwestern Center Boasts so Many Startups
In less than a decade, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has spawned 10 startups worth more than $500 million altogether, says its director, who also predicts five more "robust" offspring within a year or two.  

Read Crain's Innovators profile to see what's fueling the incubator's success.
New Roles

Grant Thornton LLP Welcomes Marci Kaminsky 

Marci Kaminsky (2000) has been named Cheif Communications Officer at Grant Thornton. Most recent she served as senior vice president, corporate relations at the Allstate Corporation. In her new role, Marci will lead the management of the firm's reputation and strategic communications, including external media relations, internal and executive communications and crisis and issues management.   

Awards & Announcements
­­­­­ Patti Bobb Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Plaintiff Attorney

Patti Bobb (1997), Principle at Patricia C. Bobb & Associates, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Plaintiff Attorney in the 2014 Annual Trial Lawyer Excellence Awards by The Jury Verdict Reporter. Patti's litigation practice focuses on representing individuals in personal injury cases with an emphasis on medical malpractice. She has tried more than one hundred jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts. Her experience and integrity as a lawyer is confirmed by her selection by both judges and fellow attorneys to act as a mediator in arbitrating more than fifty major medical mal-practice cases. Based upon surveys conducted by Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers, Patti has been the top woman lawyer in Illinois since 2008.


Click here to read the full press release.   

ComEd Wins Award for Its Supplier Diversity Program 

The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council has named ComEd (Anne Pramaggiore (2008)) the "Corporation of the Year," honoring the company for its continued efforts to develop and expand relationships with local minority and women-owned businesses. This highly coveted award is presented in recognition of a company's leadership and outstanding accomplishments in the area of business diversity. In 2014, ComEd spent $415 million with diverse suppliers, a $100 million increase over 2013. As part of the Smart Grid Law, ComEd also committed to increasing opportunities for diversity certified suppliers by 15 percent over a 10 year period, representing millions in additional diversity certified spending every year.


"ComEd is strong and steadfast in its commitment to supplier diversity, which is a key component of our supply chain strategy," said Anne Pramaggiore. Read more...

Brindille Restaurant Nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Design

Brindille ( Carrie Nahabedian (2006)) recieved the
James Beard Foundation Best Design award for 2015. James Gorski and Tom Nahabedian, from Bureau of Architecture and Design, were highlighted as the designers. Carrie Nahabedian was nominated for Outstanding Chef, America as a semi-finalist.
The James Beard Foundation awards are being held on May 4th at the Lyric Opera for the first time, in honor of their 25th anniversary. Read more...  
The Chinese American Service League Soon Offering Beginners Mandarin Chinese Classes

Starting April 15th, CASL (Bernarda Wong (1995)) will be offering Beginners Mandarin Chinese classes! This unique program is for beginner's level instruction, aimed at providing students with the foundations of Mandarin Chinese. Yu Chen, the instructor is originally from Shanghai, China, is an internationally certified Senior Chinese Language Teacher with many years of experience.


To take advantage of CASL's Chinatown location, part of the program will include excursion trips to local establishments in Chinatown.  As part of tuition, all students will have the opportunity to participate in two "Chinese Table" outings. This will be an opportunity for students, classmates, and the teacher to share a meal together at a local Chinatown restaurant to practice your new Chinese in an informal setting, try traditional Chinese cuisine, and learn Chinese restaurant and eating customs.  As a class, students will also get to experience traditional Chinese medicine, with an excursion trip to a local medicine shop to learn about this ancient tradition.


If you are interested in learning Chinese for business purposes, travel, as a resume builder, or just for fun sign up for our 8 week class for just $395. Tuition includes 16 hours of instruction, excursion trips (including meals), and books and materials. Sign up today and learn Chinese while supporting CASL's mission to connect families and individuals with the vital support they need to thrive in our community. For more information you can go to our website caslservice.org or send us an email at CLCP@caslservice.org.
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