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"Women feel like they have no option but to stay home, when we should be working harder to make sure they stay tethered intellectually to their company."


- Julie Howard (2006) 

CEO, Navigant Consulting Inc.

Our Future Leaders Program

This spring, The Chicago Network selected students from UIC and St. Xavier and exposed them to careers in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. During highly interactive day-long company visits, participants received an overview of organizations and industries, toured workplaces, and discussed what it takes to launch their careers.


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  • Irene Rosenfeld Featured in Forbes "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women"
    Irene Rosenfeld, (2008), CEO of Mondelez International, ranked 17 on Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." The list is comprised of extraordinary entrepreneurs and visionary executives, celebrity role models and billionaire activists -- all ranked by dollars, media presence and impact. Read more...

  • Andrea Zopp Has Confirmed Her Run for U.S. Senate

    Andrea Zopp (2004), President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, is stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate. "I have decided to launch a campaign for United States Senate," Andrea said in a letter to supporters. "While it is difficult to say goodbye to the Urban League, I know it will remain fearless in its efforts to empower those who have been disenfranchised and accountable to you, our generous donors." Her departure is effective May 31. Andrea joins U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (2014) in seeking the Senate seat. Read more...

  • Top Female Lawyers and Executives Talk Part-Time

    Julie Howard (2006), Chairman & CEO Navigant Consulting Inc., was mentioned in a Crain's article about how part-time and flexible work arrangements are necessary to retain a firm's top talent. Julie, who started as a consultant at a firm later acquired by Chicago-based Navigant took a two-year break in the early 1990s when her children were born, then went back to work part-time. In 2012, she became CEO of the company and became chairman in 2014. "Women feel like they have no option but to stay home, when we should be working harder to make sure they stay tethered intellectually to their company," Julie Howard says. If Navigant hadn't given her options, Julie says she probably would have left for a job that did. Read more... 

  • The New Chicago Riverwalk: The Next Great Civic Space  

    A new part of the Chicago Riverwalk, from State Street to Clark Street, opened Saturday, May 23. Carol Ross Barney (1986), President of r-barc, has been a big part of the vision behind the city's Riverwalk project, which she calls Chicago's next great civic space. The space from State to Dearborn is called the Marina - where motorboats can tie up. From Dearborn to Clark is called the Cove - a welcome spot for canoeists or kayakers. "As people's attitudes have changed, we were fortunate enough to start these blocks, so they're very much about touching the river," said Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney Architects. Click play to watch the ABC7's coverage or Read the full article...

  • Sheila G. Talton Appointed to Deere & Company Board
    Sheila G. Talton (1999), President and Chief Executive of Gray Matter Analytics, has been elected to the Deere & Company Board of Directors, effective May 27, 2015. Sheila is a 30-year veteran in the information technology industry. She has a successful record of building consulting practices at EDS and Cisco Systems and helping technology businesses create and execute global strategies including initiatives focused on big data. Sheila is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Harvard Business School's AMP program. Read more...




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