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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 WOMEN IN THE FOREFRONT LUNCHEON
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM
CHICAGO HILTON & TOWERS
We look forward to announcing a confirmed speaker later this fall! In the meantime, please be sure to mark your calendars for our most anticipated annual public event, the Women in the Forefront Luncheon, taking place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. Please note we have a slightly adjusted timeframe for the event: 
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who have already committed:

The Northridge Group - $25,000

Accenture - $5,000

For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Daniela Burgos: dburgos@thechicagonetwork.org or 312-787-1979 
Chicago Network Members in the News

MELLODY HOBSON ON DIVERSITY AT FORTUNE CONFERENCE
On Tuesday, September 25, Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, spoke at Fortune's Brainstorm Reinvent conference in Chicago on the need for action on corporate diversity. She challenged attendees to create real
business consequences for companies and divisions that fail to make progress on diversity  "People lose their jobs over failing to hit earnings targets or missing production deadlines," Mellody Hobson said. "But these sort of repercussions are absent when it comes to diversity initiatives." To read more and watch her presentation, 
    
DIANE OFFEREINS AND CARY GRACE ON 'THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN FINANCE' LIST 
Diane Offereins, EVP, President Payment Services, Discover Financial Services, and Cary Grace, CEO, Global Retirement & Investments, Aon Hewitt, are listed on American Banker's 'Most Powerful Women in Finance' list. 

"Having a network of strong connections with people across various industries will help you grow and be more impactful in your career. I tend to recommend that everyone find someone with a different set of experiences than your own and push yourself out of your comfort zone," said Diane Offereins.  Read more...  

Diane Offereins
Cary Grace
FRANCESCA DEBIASE ON MCDONALD'S COMMITMENT TO CLIMATE ACTION
Francesca DeBiase, EVP, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer at McDonald's, recently spoke at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Leading up to and during the event, Francesca spoke about how McDonald's is using its Scale for Good through a commitment to climate action. See below for media highlights:
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ROBIN KELLY INSPIRES BLOOM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Robin Kelly, U.S. Rep., visited Bloom Trail High School students and encouraged them to become involved in government at the local level. She dropped off 100 books for the school's library. Robin spoke with a small group of student's in the library of the Chicago Heights school, where they asked her about her education, why she decided to run for office and her thoughts on the president. 

The books were from the Library of Congress' surplus books program, where members of Congress are able to distribute excess books in their districts. She has, during her tenure, distributed about 3,000 books, according to a spokesman. "Keep developing and keep your opportunities open. Be open to the possibilities," she told students. Read more...

TCN MEMBER COMPANIES ON 'CHICAGO'S LARGEST HOSPITALS' LIST
Crain's latest list features the largest hospitals in Chicago. The following are Chicago Network member companies that made the top 25 list:
  • University of Chicago Medical Center (Sharon O'Keefe)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Julie Creamer)
  • Rush University Medical Center (Cynthia Barginere)
  • Advocate Hospitals (Gail D. Hasbrouck)
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Kary McIlwain & Michelle Stephenson)
New Roles
CHRISTINA CORLEY TO ASSUME NEW ROLE AS COO OF CDW
Christina Corley, Sr. Vice President, Commercial and International Markets, CDW, will assume a new role at CDW as Chief Operating Officer. Her new role will begin in January 2019. Read more...
Awards
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SHELI ROSENBERG HONORED WITH THE SHERO AWARD AT THE GOLDIE GALA
On September 13, Sheli Rosenberg was honored with the inaugural Shero Award at the Goldie Gala. This award is part of The Goldie Initiative. To learn more about Sheli and this award, watch the video.
MEMBERS RECEIVE JOHN PAUL STEVENS AWARD FROM THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION
On Thursday, September 27, The Chicago Bar Foundation's 19th Annual Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon celebrated Illinois attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the community throughout their careers. Chicago Network members Laurel G. Bellows, Terri L. Mascherin and Tina Tchen were among the honorees. For more information, click here. 
Announcements
JULIA STASCH TO STEP DOWN AS MACARTHUR PRESIDENT NEXT YEAR
Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announced that she will step down in 2019.

"During this exceptional time, when hope and optimism persist, even as the challenges facing our city, our nation, and the world can seem so daunting and the divisions so deep, it is an honor to lead an institution committed to making the world a better and more just place for all. Philanthropy is well-positioned to act boldly, to take risks, to invest in new ideas, and to bridge differences to effect real and lasting change," said Julia Stasch. Read more...
GRACE HOU NAMED A "NOTABLE NATIVE" BY COLUMBIA CHRONICLE
Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund Chicago, was named a "Notable Native" in a recent Columbia Chronicles interview. The Chronicle spoke with Hou on her work with Woods Fund Chicago, the organization's impact and her career. 

Grace offers encouragement to those attempting to make a difference in their community. "It is important to remember that every change does not happen in the same way and in the same time frame. We have been able to see how things can progress [and] be more equitable if there is a concerted effort to organize and advocate." Read more...
LAURA SCHUMACHER ANNOUNCES ABBVIE DONATION TO AID FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CANCER
AbbVie announced a donation of $5 million to Family Reach to support the organization's efforts to alleviate the financial burden of cancer on pediatric patients and families across the United States.  Laura Schumacher ,   EVP, External Affairs, General Counsel , AbbVie, comments on involvement with the nonprofit:  "Family Reach's solution-based model helps so many families at critical junctures in their lives so that they can focus on what truly matters: the health and needs of their child. We are proud that our support will allow Family Reach to significantly expand its work." Read more...
BROOKE SKINNER-RICKETTS TO SPEAK AT GROW BOATING MARKETING SUMMIT
Brooke Skinner-Ricketts, Chief Marketing Officer, Cars.com, is scheduled to speak on October 1 at the Grow Boating Marketing Summit. She'll share her insights based on real consumer behavior that she has access to and can apply to the boating industry. Read more...
CHICAGO INNOVATION WOMEN MENTORING CO-OP SEEKS MENTORS
Chicago Innovation Women Mentoring Co-op seeks Chicago Network members  for cohort 6 of the Co-op! This cohort would run from January - June 2019 and have a time commitment of 8-10 hours over the 6 months. PLUS, because Chicago Innovation is always looking to create more community for mentors, they will be hosting more Co-op events and creating mentor-only events!
 
Please feel free to email Allison Dillon with any questions. They are announcing the Cohort 6 mentors and promoting applications in October, so please fill out a Mentor Application by clicking here.
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