Our Purpose:
  • 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
  • Dana Anderson on  Agency-of-Record
    Dana Anderson (2002), SVP Marketing Strategy and Communications at Mondelez International, was mentioned in an Advertising Age article about the changing agency-of-record (AOR) model and how it
    is affecting agency business.


"So we've significantly expanded our roster of agencies," Dana wrote. "We went from a handful of agency-of-record relationships to working with over a dozen different agencies." Read more...


  • Debora de Hoyos Interview with Chicago Tribune
    Debora de Hoyos, Partner at Mayer Brown, was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune. Debora shared her thoughts on how her parents helped shape her career, what it was like attending a woman's college and more.


"There is a subtle, but powerful, effect of having the leadership of the campus be largely women. I got a good education plus every encouragement to be ambitious for myself. It definitely contributed to my success." Read more...


  • Toni Preckwinkle Sets Good Example for Illinois Politicians
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was praised in a Chicago Tribune article that highlighted her honesty, integrity and transparency to Cook County government. Read more...

  • MarySue Barrett on the $12 Billion Highway Trust Fund Shortfall
    MarySue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Council, wrote an op-ed in Crain's about the looming $12 billion highway trust fund shortfall, limitations of the motor fuel tax, and what can be done.

  • Ann Drake in The Denver Post
    Ann Drake
    , Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics, was quoted in an article in The Denver Post, "To combat gender bias, break the mold," which featured suggestions from women who have reached the top in male-dominated fields. Read more...

  • Jeanne Gang on Proposed High Rise in San Francisco
    Jeanne Gange
    , President and Principal of Studio Gang Architects,  recently presented her design for a 400-foot tower in San Francisco to a citizen advisory commission. If approved, the earliest possible date for the start of construction is pegged at 2016.

"What I like about tall buildings (aesthetically) is what you do with the height, the incremental moves along the way," Jeanne Gang said. "It's not just the extrusion of a single form
from bottom to top." The combined effect of these twists is an undulating facade which ripples its way up the structure.
Read more...  


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