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  • Encourage dialogue on the advancement of women in the workplace
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  • Cultivate the next generation of women leaders
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"In the year since we launched, we've been working to make Chicago the education innovation hub for the country, creating a model that bridges the gap among our schools and innovators."


         - Phyllis Lockett, 

Founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations


Our Future Leaders Program

This spring, The Chicago Network selected students from UIC and St. Xavier and exposed them to careers in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. During highly interactive day-long company visits, participants received an overview of organizations and industries, toured workplaces, and discussed what it takes to launch their careers.


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Members in the News


  • The Northridge Group Study Featured

    Therese Fauerbach (2004), CEO and co-founding partner of the Northridge Group, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about a recent study by the Northridge Group that showed many companies fail to respond to customer complaints in a timely or effective manner even as consumers increasingly turn to social media for customer service.  


    "Within organizations in business, there's still a struggle in who owns it," said Therese Fauerbach. Read more...

  • LEAP Innovations Awarded $5.1 Million from Gates Foundation

    In just a year, LEAP Innovations, under the leadership of its CEO Phyllis Lockett (2004), has helped start a movement to evaluate edtech, piloting products and techniques that personalize instruction to each student's level, interests, and goals. This new grant enables LEAP to drive collaboration and sharing of best practices among a growing number of edtech innovators from across the country so districts can quickly scale effective innovations. Read more... 

        • Julie Scott Elected as Board President

          Julie Scott (2012), President and CEO of CTS Holdings, Inc., a hands-on Finance & IT business advisory and project management firm, has been elected as President of the University of Illinois College of Business Alumni Association Board, which represents approximately 60,000 University of Illinois College of Business alums worldwide. Julie remains very active with her Urbana-Champaign campus alma mater, and is also currently serving on the Selection Committee to identify the new Dean for the College of Business at Urbana-Champaign. Along with her husband, Julie established and maintains a scholarship program for U of I Business at Urbana-Champaign students interested in Entrepreneurship. 


          In addition to her this role, Julie also serves on the Board for the University of Illinois Alumni Association, representing all three U of I campuses, with over 700,000 alumni worldwide. 

        • Irene Thompson Receives National Healthcare Award
          B'nai B'rith International is proud to announce Irene Thompson (2010), Vice Chair of the Board of Managers of UHC, the Academic Medical Center, Network of VHA-UHC Alliance NewCo, Inc., is the recipient of the National Healthcare Award, which has recognized outstanding leaders in the health care field for more than 30 years. A gala award dinner was held in her honor on June 22 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago.

          "Irene Thompson's resume in the health care field is one of the most extensive I've encountered while bestowing this honor. Her career and community involvement are nearly unmatched by her peers. It gives me great joy to confer the National Healthcare Award on Irene," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.

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