May 15, 2015
Quote of the Week

"Advancing women in corporate leadership is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. Companies with diverse boards perform better for their shareholders. Seventeen percent is no longer acceptable."  


- Mary Kay Haben,

Former President, North America, Wrigley Co

Members in the News
Toni Preckwinkle and Anita Alvarez at City Club of Chicago Luncheon
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (2011) and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez (2012) were among Cook County's top four criminal justice leaders who agreed that big changes should be made to the criminal justice system to stop violent crimes and to also reduce recidivism by providing mental health and support services. Toni criticized the jail's population of low-level offenders and Anita said her focus is on curbing violent crimes by strengthening gun laws. Read more...
Vermilion to be Featured in New CNBC Primetime Series Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business
In a new primetime docu-series, "Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business," CNBC takes viewers behind the scenes of five very different restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York food scene, chronicling their every struggle and occasional triumph. The eight one-hour episodes will follow five businesses at a crossroads, fighting for their piece of a multi-billion dollar industry. New York's Vermilion location ( Rohini Dey, Founder & Owner (2008)) is one of the five restaurants to be featured in the series.

"Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business" premiered on Wednesday, May 13 at 10pm and Vermilion will be featured mid-series onwards. Read more...

New York Daily News Reviews Vermilion Under New Chef, Aseema Mamaji
Vermilion Restaurants founder and owner, Rohini Dey (2008) reinvented the restaurant's New York location following her journey to India where she recruited a new cook, Aseema Mamaji. Vermilion's food has been redeemed under Chef Aseema Mamaji, New York Daily News critic  Michael Kaminer says, "There's an elegant, contemporary Indian menu here, but stick with the envelope-pushing Latin/Indian fusion menu to savor the kitchen's mad-scientist flair." Read more...
Wendy DuBoe Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune 
President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Wendy Duboe (2013) teamed up with Mark Burton, Board of Directors, to publish an op-ed regarding human services investments in this fiscal year. While 2015 will bring cuts to the human services programs, Wendy and Mark communicate the need for collaboration among government, civic, and private sectors to insure a sustainable human service infrastructure.

"With an emphasis on prevention, integration of services, and measurable and meaningful outcomes, we and others in the nonprofit sector look forward to working with state leaders to effectively balance budget requirements and human needs."

Click here for the full press release.
Crain's Chicago Business Culture Guide
In this week's Summer Culture Guide, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Sense and Sensibility is highlighted. For this play, Tony Award Nominated Paul Gordon has teamed up with Artistic Director Barbara  Gaines (2011) for a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's masterpiece . The musical, headed by Sharon Rietkerk as Elinor Dashwood and Megan McGinnis as her sister, runs until June 14.

Don't forget to buy your VIP tickets for the TCN Member & Guest Night on June 2! To purchase your tickets, call VIP Concierge Chris Pazdernik at:
(312) 667 - 4949. Deadline is Friday, May 22, so call today!
Cushman & Wakefield Merging With DTZ
The parent of Chicago-based real estate firm DTZ agreed to buy Cushman & Wakefield (Marilyn Lissner (2010)) the largest closely held commercial- property brokerage, for about $2 billion including debt. Combining Cushman with DTZ will create a real estate services firm with an estimated $5.5 billion in annual revenue.
The combination of New York-based Cushman and DTZ would create a global company to rival CBRE Group and Chicago-based JLL, the industry's two biggest firms. Read more...
Laura Washington on Uber Doing Good 
Laura Washington (1997), Columnist and Political Analyst for the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC7-Chicago, wrote an article in the Sun-times on the rideshare service, Uber. In the article, she shared her thoughts on the service and highlighted the company's "Spring Cleaning Made Easy" service, which will send a driver to pick up your bags of clothing and deliver them to a local donation center. Donation centers like Goodwill Industries will sell the clothing and use the proceeds to fund job placement and training programs. On May 2, Uber made 587 pickups across Chicago and delivered more than 1,900 bags of clothing to Goodwill, according to Uber spokesperson Brooke Anderson.

"Uber, the ultimate disruptor, is establishing good citizen cred as it muscles its way into the transportation industry." Read more...
Ball Foundation Contributes to YouScience $5 Million Investment Round
YouScience announced its fundraise of $3.9 Million of a $5 Million investment round on May 7th. In addition to other private investors, YouScience CEO Philip Hardin and The Ball Foundation have contributed $2.2 Million to this round. "The YouScience team is honored to be supported and aligned with such a prestigious organization as The Ball Foundation," explained Philip Hardin. "The Ball Foundation's science of evaluating aptitudes is an important part of the scientific foundation behind YouScience."
The Ball Foundation was founded in 1975 by Carl Ball, then president of what is now Ball Horticultural Company. "The investment in YouScience is an extension of the Ball Foundation's belief in providing career direction through understanding one's natural gifts for determining a path for success," said Anna Ball (1990) of the Ball Foundation. "YouScience has proven itself to be an innovator in education and career planning. We believe YouScience will soon be the market leader." Read more...
TCN Members Among Michigan Avenue Magazine's "9 Women Who Are Changing Chicago"

Rohini Dey, Founder & Owner, Vermilion Restaurants (2008), Michelle Larson, President & CEO, Adler Planetarium (2013), Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2011) and Joanne C. Smith (pictured), President & CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2000) were all featured as four of  Michigan Avenue Magazine's "9 Women Who Are Changing Chicago: Dynamic, dedicated, and determined to raise the bar: these nine influential Chicago women are blazing trails in every field." All of these women provided leadership insights in their interviews for the article. Read more...
WLS-Channel 7 First To Feature Live Drone Footage

ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 (Jennifer Graves (2013)) made history in Chicago by featuring the first-ever live drone shot during a regularly-scheduled newscast. The historic moment occurred during the 4:00 p.m. newscast on Thursday, May 7, when veteran Channel 7 news reporter Paul Meincke previewed the upcoming opening of the Bloomingdale Trail on the city's near northwest side.  The new 2.7-mile Trail, built on former rail tracks, was shown to Channel 7 viewers from overhead, using the drone.


Channel 7 news director Jennifer Graves stopped short of saying drone coverage would become a regular feature on Channel 7 newscasts, but did note "it's really exciting to be the first in the city to offer live drone shots during a newscast." Read more...   

Studio Gang in the Running for Obama Library   

Jeanne Gang (2006) was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune as a possible architect for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. It was officially announced this week by the Obama Foundation that the library and museum will be built at the University of Chicago, a bid led in part by Susan Sher (1993), Senior Adviser to the President of the University of Chicago. Read more...
Awards & Announcements

Rohini Dey Serves as Panelist at Economic Club of Chicago Program 

Rohini Dey served as a panelist at the sold-out Economic Club of Chicago's (
Donna F. Zarcone (2000)) "A Gourmet Celebration with the James Beard Foundation" program on Tuesday, May 5th , at the Chicago Illuminating Company.

Dorri McWhorter Appointed to Mayor's Transition Team and YWCA Launches E-Commerce Site 

On May 1, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago ( Dorri C. McWhorter, CEO (2015)) launched YShop, an e-commerce platform designed to offer consumers a curated selection of goods and services in which a portion of each purchase will benefit the organization. To learn more about Yshop, click here. In April, Dorri was also named as a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's transition committee. The transition team will examine a number of issues including the expansion of full-day Pre-K, driving economic growth in our neighborhoods, strengthening neighborhood schools and establishing core protections for working families. Read more...

Terri Mascherin at The National Summit On Innovation in Legal Services   

The National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services was held at Stanford University, with numerous panels, keynote speakers and rapid-fire TED-talk style mini-lectures from professionals from a wide range of industries. Panelist Terri Mascherin (2010), a partner at Jenner & Block, talked about the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneurs Project ("JEP"), a legal incubator that she helped form.



"We brought together all sorts of people in Chicago to try and solve the problems of lawyer underemployment and lack of legal services for regular people," said Terri Mascherin. "We looked to the business and tech sectors and decided on the legal incubator model." According to Terri, there have been 36 attorneys that have been part of JEP so far. Read more...

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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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