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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
  • Lynn Osmond Talks with Crain's
    Lynn Osmond,
    President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, was featured in Crain's article this week where she shared several things about herself including the best gift she's received, her favorite building in Chicago, why she hasn't played the clarinet in 20 years and more. Read more..

  •  Vicki Escarra and Opportunity International featured in Town & Country Magazine
    Vicki Escarra,
    Global CEO of Opportunity International, is pleased to announce "It Pays to Give"- a piece in the August issue of Town & Country magazine featuring Opportunity International.

  • Laura Washington on 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial
    Laura Washington, Columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, shared her architectural experience as a young girl growing up on the South side of Chicago in an article she wrote about the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Read more...

  • Sylvia Puente in the Sun-Times
    Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of Latino Policy Forum, will be among those participating in the IAR Multicultural Summit titled "The Latino Factor: Global Opportunity in your own Backyard" on Thursday, September 4 at McCormick Place. Read more..

              To Register, Click here!

  • Lifeway CEO: My Family Turned $116
    into $110 Milion
    Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, Inc., was featured in a Business Journals article that examined how her family turned $166 into a $110 million business.

            "I took things up naturally watching
            my parents interact with their staffs,"

            Julie Smolyansky said. "They treated
            everyone like family. You don't realize
            how much you pick up at the dinner
            table, but you do."

  • New Highrise Proposed in San Francisco
    Jeanne Gange
    , President and Principal of Studio Gang Architects, presented her design for a 400-foot tower in San Francisco to a citizen advisory commission.
    Read more..



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