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  • Foster meaningful connections among Chicago women business leaders
  • Encourage dialogue on the advancement of women in the workplace
  • Exchange ideas and information on women’s leadership
  • Cultivate the next generation of women leaders
What does success mean to you?
Recently, The Chicago Network asked people on the street as well as some Network members, "What does success mean to you?" Watch here to find out:

Their answers may surprise you!

Featuring Network members: MarySue Barrett, Therese Fauerbach, Mellody Hobson, and Catherine Odelbo.

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2015 WIFL Sponsors

Women in the Forefront Luncheon
The Chicago Network's hallmark event is the Women in the Forefront Luncheon. This highly anticipated annual gathering inspires women through stories of achievement and personal reflection.

Each year, one of the country’s most influential figures shares professional and personal experiences and discusses the importance of diversity in the workplace. It’s also an occasion for members and their guests to create connections and network with members, business colleagues, board members and friends.

Save the Date for the 2015 Women in the Forefront Luncheon: April 13, 2015

Members in the News


  • Ellen Alberding Promotes Importance of Digital Technology

    Ellen Alberding, President of the Joyce Foundation, spoke at her City Club Luncheon Discussion in River North last week where she discussed the explosion of digital technology, the importance of mastering the digital platform and how nonprofits need to become experts in social media to help share their stories.  


    "We have the ability to reach potential supporters and advocates, easily, efficiently and with great impact if we know how to do it. Lots of people in my world, and in particular smaller nonprofits, haven't been early adopters and they aren't sophisticated users." Read more...

  • Cheryl Whitaker Announces Launch of NextLevel Health Illinois

    Cheryl Whitaker announced the launch of NextLevel Health Illinois, which will work with the state to provide care to black and Latino men and others under the poverty line who are now eligible for Medicaid. NextLevel Health has been approved by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Julie Hamos) to help administer programming to Cook County residents.


    Cheryl will serve as the Chairman and CEO of NextLevel Health Illinois and will remain a partner in Whitaker Kinne Group LLC, a company she helped found that advises companies on health care and Medicaid issues. Read more...


  • Anita Alvarez on Domestic Abuse

    Cook County's top prosecutor, Anita Alvarez, hopes the focus on domestic abuse stemming from problems in the NFL brings changes for victims.


    "I cannot force women to prosecute their domestic violence abusers but I can tell you that my office is doing a much better job of encouraging and supporting our victims." Read more...

  • Boyden Adds Netherlands Firm

    Trina Gordon, CEO and President of Boyden World Corp., was quoted in an article about NMC-Nijsse International's Amsterdam office, which now joins Boyden. Read more...


    "The new Boyden Netherlands team will be an integral part of our firm's strategy to provide our clients with the best talent advisory services in EMEA and across the globe."

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