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
Quote of the Week:

"There will never be another Jane Byrne, just as there will never be another Harold Washington. But I would certainly hope we will have another female mayor."


- Elizabeth Brackett, Correspondent, WTTW  

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


  • Mary Dillon Named Finalist for Fortune's Businessperson of the Year

    Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty, was included in Fortune's 2014 Businessperson of the Year list of finalists. Finalists were considered based on more than two-dozen metrics, including financial results, company stock performance and nonfinancial elements, such as business influence, leadership style and strategic initiatives. Read more...

  • Julie Coffman on Why More Women Aren't In Top Management

    Julie Coffma, Partner at Bain & Company, recently published Everyday moments of truth: Frontline managers are key to women's career aspirations, which studied why more women aren't in top management positions.


    "There are tips and tricks in the article that people can bring into their own day-to-day lives or organizations. If you're a manager, you could start thinking more about, 'What am I doing today to really nurture the aspirations and confidence of the people who work with me? Are there things I can do in my day-to-day routine or check-in discussions that could be more encouraging?' That would be fantastic. And for people who are being managed, they could develop some self-awareness about, 'How do I feel about where I am going? Have I actually given my boss an opportunity to shape that for me, support and help me? Have I been proactive to try and change that dialogue?' I think that would be great." Read more...

  • Veterans Represent Growing Number of Hungry, New Study Reports

    Kate Maehr, CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, wrote an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times where she expressed her concerns about the sad trend of nationwide and local hunger among the families of U.S. veterans.


    "Ideally, every man and woman who served [in the military] would be welcome with plentiful opportunities for employment health and well-being," Kate Maehr said. "Together, we can end hunger among veterans. We can ensure that the last thing a veteran ever needs to worry about is whether or not they will have food to eat." Read more...



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