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The Chicago Network Census monitors the progress of women in the boardrooms, executive suites and as top earners in Chicago’s 50 largest publicly reporting companies (The Chicago 50). Since its inception in 1998, the Census has reported both significant growth in the role of women at the most senior levels of the city’s companies, as well as a notable lack of momentum in certain categories. The key takeaway? With 71 years until women are projected to reach corporate parity with men, the journey to gender equality is clearly a marathon, not a sprint. While the number of women serving on boards is at an all-time high, according to The Chicago Network’s 16th annual Census, the first year women and men will have equal representation in the boardroom and executive suites in corporate Chicago will be 2084. That’s 71 years from now. Through this annual scorecard, we better understand the opportunities available to – and uphill climb required by - women leaders in Chicago. With the benefit of a 16-year perspective, we can say with confidence that this is a marathon, not a sprint. As an organization devoted to helping women increase their personal impact on their enterprises and the community at large, The Chicago Network invites you to review this year’s Census results and share what you learn with those in your own workplace and community. It will take all of us driving awareness and accountability to increase the momentum of this slow but steady shift toward greater diversity and inclusion among The Chicago 50’s senior leaders. And we’re in it for the long run.    

       - Gloria Santona
         2013 Census Chair


What is the business imperative? What is the strategy? What are the challenges? In conjunction with its 2013 Census, The Chicago Network interviewed corporate leaders in Chicago to get their views on the case for the inclusion of women and minorities in executive leadership and on boards. Below are five videos with insights from TCN member Sue Bettman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, and Chair of The Chicago Network; David Nelms Chairman & CEO, Discover Financial Services; TCN member Sheila Penrose, Chairman of the Board, Jones Lang LaSalle; Mark Thierer, Chairman & CEO, Catamaran Corp.; and, Don Thompson, President & CEO, McDonald’s Corporation.


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