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:

"I think it's important to encourage

the next generations of leaders to think big."


- Margo Georgiadis, President of the Americas, Google Inc.

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.

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Members in the News


  • Fortune Interview with Mary Dillon

    Ulta CEO Mary Dillon spoke to Fortune in an exclusive interview about how she plans to maintain Ulta's edge.

    Our awareness gap, and the fuzziness about how people might understand Ulta today is a ripe opportunity for us as we think about going forward. I imagine this is like almost relaunching the brand of Ulta. Read more...

  • Julie Smolyansky Named to Fortune's 40 Under 40 List

    CNN Money reported Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky has been named to Fortune Magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" list and as one of the most "55 Most Influential Women on Twitter." Read more.... 


  • Margo Georgiadis Kicks-Off Dominican's C-Suite Series

    Margo Georgiadis, President, Americas at Google, was the inaugural speaker for the C-Suite series at the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University (Donna M. Carroll)) on October 15 where she addressed how the world is being shaped by technology and where future leaders fit into that vision. 


    "I think it's important to encourage the next generations of leaders to think big,"  Margo Georgiadis told Crain's. Read more...
  • U of C Booth School of Business Partners with U of I's College of Engineering

    The University of Chicago's (Ellen A. Rudnick) Booth School of Business is partnering with the University of Illinois College of Engineering in Urbana-Champaign to bring students from both schools together to work on start-ups. Harvard University (Blythe McGarvie) was also mentioned.  

    "We have a number of people who come to business school who have business ideas but don't have the technical skills to make them happen," said Ellen Rudnick, Executive Director & Clinical Professor of Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Booth. "And there are U of I students who have ideas for new companies but don't have the business skills to figure out if there's a market." Read more...

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