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

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click here!



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


  • Deb Cafaro Named to HBR Best List

    Deb Cafaro, Chairman & CEO of Ventas, Inc., has been named one of the Best Performing CEOs in the World by Harvard Business Review. She is one of only four women to occupy this list. Read more...

  • Terry Savage Quoted in New York Times

    Terry Savage, President of Terry Savage Productions Ltd and co-author of The New Love Deal, was quoted in a New York Times article about older women and challenges of wealth.   


    "But the caricature of the financially ignorant grandma is disappearing," said Terry Savage. "I don't think that applies to the woman today who's reached age 50 and made her own money." Read more...


  • Diane Primo Writes Op-ed in The Huffington Post

    Diane Primo, Founder and Chairman of IntraLink Global, wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post about the difference between cyberbullying, online abuse and political scandals. Read more...

  • Ingredion Inc. Acquisition Announcement

    Ingredion Incorporated (Ilene Gordon) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Penford Corporation, a U.S. based leader in specialty ingredients for food and non-food applications.

    "This acquisition is another step in executing our strategic blueprint for growth. It expands our higher-value specialty portfolio, establishes manufacturing of specialty potato starches in North America, and builds our presence in nature-based hydrocolloid ingredients," said Chairman & CEO Ilene Gordon."Penford's range of products addresses growing consumer trends, including nutrition, gluten-free, food textures, and sustainable green solutions.  The added capabilities will further enhance our efforts to deliver new, value-added solutions to the marketplace."

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