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Future Leaders Program: Host Company Information and Requirements
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Program Overview

The Chicago Network is proud to present its third annual Future Leaders Program. The program is designed to offer female sophomores and juniors at UIC, Saint Xavier University and Dominican University exposure to different fields and industries. This is a one-day learning opportunity that will take place on a day (selected by the host organization) during the week of May 8, 2017. It will not involve potential internship or job opportunities. Host organizations showcase their businesses, the variety of roles that support the organizations’ missions and how students might prepare for careers in the host companies’ fields.

Network Member and Host Company Commitments

  • Commit to host 12 students from one of our partner schools from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (including lunch)
  • Designate an employee to serve as a program liaison (who will have some involvement on the day of the visit)
  • Participate in a two-hour orientation on Tuesday, April 25 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL.

Elements of a Successful Day

  • The TCN member should spend a significant portion of the day with participants. She should give a mini "HerStory" of her career path and a brief introductory overview of the company/organization. If possible, have other members of senior management pay a brief visit
  • Visits should begin with an icebreaker, so that students and employees can familiarize themselves with each other
  • Company overviews should be brief and focus on the key factors that keep the business operating
  • To the extent possible, companies should select a diverse set of employees as participants, including younger employees who are willing to talk about why they work in the company/field, what they majored in, how they got there, etc.
  • Ensure students are physically active throughout the day and are able to get a sense of the work environment and culture; avoid conference rooms for an extended amount of time
  • Expose the students to different departments to showcase the variety of backgrounds, positions and opportunities
  • Incorporate interactive activities that will engage the students with the employees, such as panel discussions, roundtable discussions and/or speed networking activities
  • Provide an opportunity for students to connect with those in their particular field during, before or after the lunch session
  • Assign a sufficient amount of time for student Q/A; offer a fishbowl Q/A activity to encourage participation




The orientation provides an opportunity for students to learn more about The Chicago Network and its Future Leaders Program, connect with members of the committee, representatives from each host organization, University officials and past participants. Students and representatives will be supplied with the information, support and resources necessary for successful company visits. Host organizations are encouraged to supply materials about their organizations at the orientation. The orientation will take place on Tuesday, April 25 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL.

Company/Organization Visits

These occur during a single day selected by the host organization during the week of May 8, 2017.

Host Recognition

  • Company logo on TCN website
  • Recognition at the 2017 Women in the Forefront Luncheon, which attracts more than 1,500 Chicago leaders