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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
Quote of the Week:

"The opportunities presented to girls today have never been greater, but the challenges they face have also never been more difficult to overcome."


- Kathy Hannan, Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA

and National Managing Partner of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG.

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 WIFL 2015: April 13, 2015

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What makes WIFL the most anticipated

networking event of the season? The energy,

the connections, and of course our dynamic

speakers and generous sponsors.

Watch these highlights to see for yourself!

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Members in the News


  • Julie Coffman on the Board Pipeline

    Julie Coffman, Partner at Bain & Company and the Chair of Bain's Global Women's Leadership Council, was quoted in an article about why focusing on boardroom diversity alone is a problem, as the real challenge may start at a lower level when it comes to getting more women into positions of corporate leadership.


    "It's convenient to point to the boardroom and say it's a quick fix to appoint some leaders and we're done," says Julie Coffman. "The harder work is at the mid-level when everyday you have a supervisor and a supervisee interacting. You have those moments of truth where you are either nurturing those aspirations and cultivating that confidence or you are not." Read more... 

  • Carol Adams to Retire from Dusable Museum

    Carol Adams, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History for the past five years, is retiring at year's end with plans of opening a consulting practice and tackling the outlines for books she would like to write. Read more...


"I'm excited. I'm at the age and stage where I've got things I want to accomplish that I haven't been able to. I feel good, and I need to do some things on my bucket list."

  • Video on Loyola University's New Supply Chain Initiative Features Ann Drake

    The Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago is launching a major initiative on supply chain management and has produced a video featuring Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics and founder of AWESOME, an initiative to advance women supply chain leaders.   .                                                                                                                    "Supply chain education is important to the advancement of our profession," Ann Drake said. "Participating in this video is one way I can support the development of strong supply chain leaders for the future."

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