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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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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


  • AAR to Lease New Jet Repair Site in Rockford

    AAR Corp. (Cheryle R. Jackson (2007)) will lease a planned jet-repair and maintenance center at Chicago Rockford International Airport. The Rockford Register-Star reported that the $40 million facility will be 200,000 square feet and is expected to employ about 500 people. The facility is expected to open in early 2016. Read more... 

  • Chicago United Featured in Crain's

    This week, Crain's featured Chicago United's 2014 special report on diversity and inclusion in business. The piece included a note from Chicago United President Gloria Castillo (2004) that highlighted the commitment of Chicago United members and the organization's upcoming initiatives.  

  • McDonald's Strengthens Digital Presence

    McDonald's (Gloria Santona (2005)) has named its first VP of digital in the U.S. as part of its continuing efforts to strengthen its digital presence. McDonald's has been vocal about its need to improve operations, marketing and invest significantly in digital technology.. Read more...

  • Vicki Escarra Featured in The Guardian

    Vicki Escarra (2009), Global CEO of Opportunity International, is pleased to announce a recent news article featuring Opportunity International - "Youth unemployment is an international security issue" - that appears in the online version of The Guardian, a UK-based news organization that receives more than 7 million unique visitors a month. 

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