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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
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"Most of the people on my staff are young enough to be my children, so it's only appropriate that I should look for opportunities to mentor them."


- Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

2014 Chicago Network Census


Released December 10, 2014, the annual Chicago
Network Census monitors the progress of women in the boardrooms, executive suites and as top earners in Chicago’s 50 largest publicly reporting companies (The Chicago 50). This year’s data shows us that long-term advancement is not always made in straight lines. Real progress is made step by step. But who says we shouldn’t walk a little faster? To watch the introductory video, click the play button!
To view the 2014 Census, click here!

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Members in the News


  • Women on Boards: Are Some Cities Better then Others?

    Ulta Beauty and Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon were featured in a Fortune article about The Chicago Network Census data that shows corporate boardrooms in Chicago are more gender diverse compared to some major cities, like Los Angeles. Ulta was the top performer in the 2014 TCN Census.

    "The best way to build the best workforce is to focus on the largest talent pool you have," Mary Dillon said. "Having diversity around the board room, the executive table and up and down our stores is really important." Read more...

  • Career Secrets from Julie Smolyansky

    In a chat with Fortune, Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky discussed her career tips and causes, and shared secrets of her success. Read more...

    Julie was also featured in, "4 ways to stay excited about your job." Here, she discussed how taking a break, seeking out your competitors, being open to new ideas and never losing sight of passion are all key elements that can help you stay motivated about your work. Read more...

  • Diane Primo on the Self-Branding of Youth

    Diane Primo, Chairman and CEO of Intralink Global, wrote an article in The Huffington Post titled, "'Me': The Most Valuable Brand," in which she discussed how the younger generations are strategically building their own brands through social media.

    "Successful business brands should know this and craft strategies to drive the 'me' brand--which, by so doing, will help businesses drive their own brands." Read more...

  • Chicago Urban League, 1871 and the Push for Diversity in Technology

    Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp spoke with the CAndrea Zopphicago Tribune about why Chicago's tech industry needs a formal diversity plan.


    The Chicago Urban League and the tech incubator 1871 struck an agreement to better support African-American entrepreneurs and to foster diversity in the technology industry. The agreement comes as Chicago's Rainbow PUSH Coalition continues to pressure Silicon Valley technology firms to diversify. 


    "It [the progress] was about broadening the mission but also clarifying it for everybody, being that we're strengthening the African-American community and focused on creating educational and economic opportunities and social progress. The next piece is making sure the work we're doing is impactful, not just to have activity. The third piece is making sure people are aware that the Urban League is a voice of the African-American community and a leader on issues that impact our community." Read more... 



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