Announcing our Next CEO

We are thrilled to announce that Maria Doughty will be our next President and CEO, starting on April 6, 2020. Throughout her career as a proven leader in the private and nonprofit sectors, she has been a passionate advocate for the advancement and empowerment of women – an ideal leader to take the Network forward.

Maria joins the Network after a 23-year career at Allstate Insurance Co. in senior legal, public policy, governmental affairs, and community relations positions, most recently serving as Director of Public Policy and Regulatory Investigations and Examinations and Corporate Counsel. She also headed the company’s global efforts to create senior leadership opportunities for women.

Maria combines all of the talents that will take The Network to our next level: strategic and visionary leadership; relationship builder and ambassador; and, a passion for the mission. Throughout her career at Allstate, where she provided strategic leadership in researching, analyzing, formulating, and executing the company’s public policy positions, she developed programs to inspire and empower women to achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Maria also is deeply committed to nonprofit service, and serves as board president of both the Latino Policy Forum and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Diane Offereins, Chair, The Chicago Network

WOmen In The Forefront Luncheon

Sponsorships are close to selling out! Join us for our most impactful leadership event of the year on June 12, 2020 featuring WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  


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The Chicago network at 40

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Our vision is

Gender Equity for Women of All Colors

At all levels. Everywhere.

We are an organization of Chicago’s most influential women leaders. Our purpose is to empower women to lead.

The Chicago Network recognizes that often, women are left behind when it comes to matters of gender inclusion and equity. We believe that it is critical that we all be more intentional about including all women, more specifically, women of all colors.

Future Leaders Program

Our Future Leaders Program supports the Chicago Network’s goal of developing the next generation of women leaders by providing outstanding sophomore and junior female college students at partnering schools a hands-on opportunity to explore career paths in the business and nonprofit sectors.

Women on Boards


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