June 19, 2015
Quote of the Week

"It's no longer about 'fixing' women. Things have to change for us. 
We need to have men and boys as part of the solution."


- K. Sujata (2011), 

President and CEO, 

Chicago Foundation for Women

Members in the News

Ilene Gordon on GMO's

Ilene Gordon (1989), CEO of Ingredion, spoke at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in London on Tuesday, where she shared her thoughts on genetically modified organism (GMO) crops. "I think non-GMO is another example where you might have one or two friends ... who are sensitive and who prefer non-GMO. It's a little bit more of an emotional issue."  Read more...
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Anna Rappaport Published in Forbes  
Anna Rappaport (1994), Chair of the Society of Actuaries' Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks and President of Anna Rappaport Consulting, wrote an op-ed in Forbes about seven retirement gaps and what to do about them. "What do we expect to happen as we age, and how do our ideas about retirement planning change? New research on post-retirement risks by the Society of Actuaries identifies where the knowledge gaps and how we can do better."


To read more of Anna's article, click here! 


Anna Rappaport Quoted in CNBC Article
The CNBC article, "How much do you know about Social Security benefits?" examines the lack of knowledge some Americans have about receiving Social Security benefits. "The Social Security knowledge problem relates to a lack of basic financial literacy," said Anna Rappaport. Read more...
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KPMG Study Featured in New York Times
KPMG  ( Kapila K. Anand  (2010) and  Kathy H. Hannan  (2001))  conducted a study, featured in a New York Times article, that found only 40% of the 3,000 professional and college-age women surveyed are consistently able to envision themselves as leaders.   Read more...
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Toni Preckwinkle on "Poor, Accused and Punished by Bail System" 

Toni Preckwinkle (2011), President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, wrote a letter to the editor regarding a New York Times article about how thousands of people are sitting in Cook County's jail, not because they have been found guilty or pose a threat to their community, but because they are too poor to pay their bail. Read more... 

Leo Burnett Makes Cannes Film Festival Predictions     

As the global advertising community prepares to congregate in the south of France for the 62nd annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Leo Burnett Chicago (Renetta E. McCann (2002) and Carla R. Michelotti (2003)) is continuing its annual tradition of predicting the big winners at the prestigious advertising competition. The Festival runs from June 21 to 27 in Cannes, France. Read more...  

Susan Lichtenstein
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. Purchases Welch Allyn Inc.

Batesville, Indiana-based medical technologies company Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. (Susan R. Lichtenstein (2000)) is buying one of its largest international competitors in a deal that will involve an official headquarters move to Chicago. Hill-Rom will purchase Welch Allyn Inc., a privately held firm, for about $2 billion in cash and stock. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the agreement. Read more... 


Northwestern Creating 4-D Printing

Northwestern University ( Mary Baglivo (2015), Vicky Kalogera (2013), Marilyn McCoy (1985) and  Julia Weertman (1991)) researchers are leading an effort to take 3-D printing to the next level, adding a fourth dimension that would make it possible to further push the envelope of invention. A group of nanotech researchers, including two from Northwestern, have won an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to create 4-D printing technology, which will be key to developing next-generation products, from semiconductors to diagnostic tests, that involve working at a microscopic scale. Read more...

The Rehabilitation Institute Develops Bionic Leg

The Rehabilitation Institute ( Joanne C. Smith (2000)) teamed up with Vanderbilt University on the development and study of the bionic leg. The bionic leg is revolutionary in that the user does not need nerve surgery or implants to control it.  The results of their study concluded that incorporating natural muscle signals results in better control. Read more...

K. Sujata Interviewed by Crain's  
K. Sujata
 (2011), president and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women, a grant-making organization focused on basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area, was featured in this week's Crain's "I'm a Small Part of a Large Universe."  Read more...

Chicago Foundation for Women Emphasizes Change Over 'Fixing'
As the Chicago Foundation for Women prepares its coming civic plan, it's getting male input. By doing so, the nonprofit joined Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign and corporations such as Intel in encouraging men to support women's equality. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, K. Sujata emphasized the importance of inclusivity in advancing the organization's progress, especially as it prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in a September 29 luncheon and symposium at which it will release the plan.  Read more...
Ventas Sees More Potential in Private Pay Senior Housing, Post-Spinoff 
Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro (2007) was quoted in an article about how  Ventas is betting big on private-pay assets, including senior housing, following the spin off of most of its skilled-nursing properties into a separate real estate investment trust (REIT) earlier this quarter . Read more...
Statewide Emergency Exercise Preps Agencies for Severe Weather Event
In the face of increasingly severe and damaging weather across the country, ComEd, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Ameren Illinois and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will partner with more than 30 state, county, municipal and private entities for "Operation Power Play." Operation Power Play will test how agencies would respond if a series of severe storms produced 28 tornadoes throughout Illinois on the same day.

"The recent devastating tornado in Fairdale reminds us that weather is becoming more severe and unpredictable, underscoring the need to better understand how we work together to restore critical services following an extreme weather event," said  Anne Pramaggiore (2008), President and CEO of ComEd. "ComEd has already implemented more than 100 storm process enhancements made since 2012 to further improve storm restoration and recovery for our customers." Read more...
Women on Boards 

Deloitte Reports on Women in the Boardroom

The representation of women on corporate boards continues to increase, but the number of women leading boards still remains low globally. Overall, women now hold 12 percent of seats worldwide with only 4 percent chairing boards, according to the fourth edition of the Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective, report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited - Deloitte Global ( Deborah L. DeHaas (2000), Janet Foutty (2009), Stacy Janiak (2013)). The report outlines the efforts of 49 countries to increase the number of women occupying board seats. According to the report the regional breakdown of women chairs is: EMEA (5 percent), the Americas (4 percent) and Asia-Pacific (4 percent). 

To learn more, click here
Awards and Announcements 
Patricia Brown Holmes Becomes Chicago Bar Association President
The Chicago Bar Association announced the investiture of Patricia Brown Holmes (2011) as the next President of the Association.  "May her endless positive energy, dedicated leadership and inspirational goals continue to advance excellence in the legal profession." 

The investiture will take place during the CBA's 142nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 25 at the Standard Club. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch begins at Noon. Seating is limited and a luncheon fee applies. If you wish to attend, please contact Tamra Drees at 312.554.2057 or tdrees@chicagobar.org by June 19. 


A Schiff Hardin celebratory cocktail reception will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, The Globe Dining Room, 67th Floor. 

To attend, click here! RSVPs must be received by June 23.
Laurel G. Bellows Delivers the Keynote Address at the John Marshall Law School
Laurel G. Bellows  (1991) , founding principal of the Bellows Law Group, P.C. will deliver the keynote address at the June commencement of the John Marshall Law School on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago. Laurel is an internationally recognized business lawyer and is past president of the nearly 400, 000-member American Bar Association. She was the second woman president of the Chicago Bar Association and is president of the International Women's Forum Chicago chapter. Read more...

Ann Drake Hosts Women's Leadership Symposium

Ann Drake (2000), DSC CEO and founder of the supply chain leadership initiative AWESOME, and co-host Kathy Wengel, VP, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, welcomed participants to the third annual AWESOME Symposium, May 6-7, at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. 


On the opening night of the 2015 Symposium - AWESOME in Action: Connecting, Collaborating, Inspiring, the AWESOME Legendary Leadership award was presented to Beth Ford, EVP, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer, Land O'Lakes, and Debbie Lentz, SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys"R"Us, in recognition of their achievements as supply chain leaders.


The Symposium program featured a panel of C-Suite leaders, including Carolee Friedlander, CEO, AccessCircles, and Founder and former President and CEO, Carolee Designs, Inc.; Nina McLemore, Founder and CEO, Nina McLemore Inc.; and Teresa Weintraub, President and CEO, Fiduciary Trust International of the South, who shared insights about how women can advance their careers. Susan Packard, co-Founder of Scripps Network and former COO, HGTV, served as moderator.


The program also included a discussion of supply chain megatrends by a panel of senior women supply chain leaders, a dialogue among a panel of senior male supply chain leaders about the opportunities and barriers to the advancement of women leaders, and a presentation from a panel of emerging leaders on the ways organizations and seniors can support their career development and advancement. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School, and Sandi Petersen, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson were interviewed as part of the AWESOME Leadership: Up-Close Conversation series.


For the third year, AWESOME awarded scholarships to five women enrolled in university supply chain management programs. The award covers the cost of the scholars' participation at the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) Global Conference in San Diego on September 27-30.


The 2016 Symposium on April 27-29 will be hosted by Nike at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, near Portland. Read more...
Dorri McWhorter Delivers Keynote at the 2015 AICPA National Not-For-Profit Industry Conference
The 2015 AICPA National Not-For-Profit Industry Conference brings together the industry's top experts and thought leaders to offer perspectives on the most crucial issues facing not-for-profits. On Monday, June 15, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO, Dorri  McWhorter (2015), delivered the keynote address, Preamble to Success: Foresight, Leadership, Action, to more than 2,000 attendees. During her keynote, Dorri discussed her journey to transform the 139-year-old social service agency into a 21st-century social enterprise, including the recent launch of YShop, innovative new programs and strategic partnerships.
Health Care Service Corporation Awarded National Business Group on Health's Highest Honor in the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Awards Program
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) ( Patricia Hemingway Hall (2008)), the nation's largest non-investor-owned health insurer, has been awarded the National Business Group on Health's highest honor in its annual  Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards program. The award recognizes workplace well-being initiatives that have achieved strong engagement leading to improved health outcomes for employees and their families. This is the third consecutive year that HCSC has been honored as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles. Read more...

Saint Xavier University's Office Takes Home Three Golden Trumpet Awards 

The Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC) recently honored Saint Xavier University's (Christine Wiseman (2012)) Office for Marketing and Communications with three awards at the 56th Annual Golden Trumpets Awards. Marketing and Communications staff members were recognized at the June 4 ceremony, which took place at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The Office for Marketing and Communications received a Silver Trumpet in the "Communications Material - Newsletters or Magazines" category for its redesign of SXU's Alumni Magazine. The Office received two additional Silver Trumpet awards in the "Communications Material - Brochures, Booklets or Books" category. Read more...

POWER: Opening Doors for Women
On June 11th, TCN Chair Kapila Anand (2010), Partner at KPMG served as a panelist at the POWER: Opening Doors for Women dinner and panel discussion on networked leadership and sponsorship at the offices of Baker McKenzie (Maura Ann McBreen (2010)). The panel discussion was co-moderatored by Kate BensenPresident and CEO of The Chicago Network.  

POWER is an exclusive, three-part program that consists of workshops, a keynote presentation/reception, and simultaneous, theme-specific, executive dinner panels. Since its inception in 2004, POWER has garnered support from multinational corporations as well as civic and women's organizations. More than 7,000 women leaders have participated in POWER programs internationally.
Fortune Calling for Nominations for 2015 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs Program
Ten superstar entrepreneurs will be honored at this year's Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington. This program each year recognizes 10 female founders who are extraordinary innovators, ground breakers and game changers. The 10 winners will be honored at this year's Fortune MPW Summit in Washington, D.C., October 12-14.

If you would like to nominate a woman founder to be a Fortune MPWE, please send her name to Elizabeth Busch at elizabeth_busch@fortuneconf.com. Include the entrepreneur's contact info, company website and a brief note about why we should consider her. Fortune will contact her and ask her to apply. Read more...

NextGen Opportunity for High School Girls and Rising College Freshmen

Founded by a Wharton student, GenHERation is a female empowerment network for high school girls. GenHERation provides high school girls the opportunity to work with national corporations to develop their own advocacy campaigns that address community issues. The website is also a comprehensive media outlet for high school girls that offers access to informative content, skill-building activities, scholarships, and female professionals. GenHERation has worked with a diverse group of companies, including espnW, the American Heart Association, and First Niagara Bank, and has been featured in ForbesThe Huffington Post, and Seventeen Magazine. This organization has reached more than 12,000 girls since March of 2014 and is continuing to expand nationally.

During the months of July and August 2015, GenHERation has partnered with EY (Kath Carter (2009), Kelly Grier (2009) and Kym Hubbard (2008)) and Adobe to hold the second GenHERation Summer Leadership Series, during which my team will visit 10 cities across North America to hold leadership conferences for thousands of high school girls and rising college freshmen. These events will consist of discussions with female executives from different industries, immersive skill-building activities, a social innovation challenge where girls can receive funding to launch their own ventures, and $20,000 in scholarships.

GenHERation will be holding an event in Chicago on July 23rd from 6:30-9 PM at Serendipity Labs. Please feel free to pass along this opportunity to family and friends. In addition, GenHERation is raffling off shadow days in each city for girls to learn more about different career fields. If any member is interested in hosting a girl for a day, please contact Samantha Grasso at grassos@sas.upenn.edu


To learn more about the Summer Leadership Series and to register for the conference, click here!

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