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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


  • Laura Desmond Named to New Publicis Senior Leadership Group

    Laura Desmond has been named to serve on Directoire+, the new senior leadership team for the Publicis Groupe, effective immediately. The new group, which includes Maurice Lévy, Kevin Roberts, Jean-Michel Etienne, Steve King, Arthur Sadoun and Rishad Tobaccowala, is appointed for a period of four years. The restructure is intended to "lead the way for a new generation at the helm of the Groupe." Read more...
  • Therese Fauerbach and The Northridge Group Featured in Chicago Tribune

    Therese Fauerbach, President, CEO & Founding Principal of The Northridge Group was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the company's growth and her experience over the last 15 years. Therese also offered advice on thoughtful approaches to building relationships and the key to having the right customers. 


    "If your customers go bankrupt, you feel it," Therese Fauerbach said. "You need to take a real good look at who you're bringing in and who you're investing your dollars in." Read more...


  • Lori Healey to Manage FARM Illinois

    A high-powered group of city and state business leaders will launch a new agriculture and food initiative, called FARM Illinois, to bridge the gulf between rural producers and environmental and transportation experts in Chicago.

    Tur Partners CEO Lori Healey (2009), who will manage the process until April, says that the plan is either to fold the group's recommendations into the city's plan for Economic Growth or to form a new organization to implement ideas. Read more...

  • Diane Offereins Featured in The North Shore Weekend

    Diane Offereins, EVP and President of Payment Services at Discover Financial Services, was featured in The North Shore Weekend

    for her strong leadership skills and critical thinking ability that has helped Discover Financial Services become a successful financial services and bank holding company. Read more... 


    "Even in the best thought out business plans, we challenge ourselves to think about different approaches and more imaginative ideas."

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