Our vision is gender equity. At all levels. Everywhere.

We are an organization of Chicago’s Most Influential Women Leaders.

We are leaders at the forefront of our city’s business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational communities. Our purpose  is to empower women to lead. Our mission is to connect with each other for personal and professional nourishment, advance our civic, business & philanthropic communities, and inspire and support the next generation. 

Our values:

Empathy

We meet women where they are.

Generosity

We unconditionally pay it forward.

Equity

We are relentless in righting the balance.

Collectivity

We are stronger together.

Our 500+ members lead across all sectors of our city.

Nine CEOs of public companies with a total market cap of $130B

35 Fortune 500 C-Suite executives

80% of Crain’s Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business

Presidents of six universities

CEOs of nearly all of the most significant foundations, cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area

Member companies represent more than 2.8 Trillion in Market Cap

Member companies employ more than 4.7 Million people

The Chicago Network’s Staff

Kate Bensen

President and CEO

Elizabeth Stigler

Managing Director of External Relations
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Elizabeth Stigler

As the Managing Director of External Relations for the Chicago Network, Liz coordinates and delivers a wide suite of initiatives from concept to completion. She oversees all TCN programming as well as the digital communications (website, email, social) for the organization. She is the primary TCN liaison for projects including anniversary campaigns, branding, and website redesign. Liz earned her MBA from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a BA in English from Carleton College.

Sarah Wallace

Communications Specialist
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Sarah Wallace

Sarah’s background focuses on digital marketing, analytics, database development, website design and content management. Her previous employers include global media agency Mindshare, hunger relief organization Feeding America and mapping and location data tech company HERE, formally known as NAVTEQ. Sarah received her BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nathan Brauner

Executive Assistant the President & CEO and Engagement Director
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Nathan Brauner

Nathan’s role as Executive Assistant covers a range of areas including managing the calendar of the President & CEO, being the first contact for members, coordinating the sponsorships and ticket sales for the annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon, assisting with TCN events and overseeing the office. As Engagement Director, Nathan coordinates the process of new members coming into the network. Nathan received his MFA from The University of Iowa and his BFA from Oklahoma City University.

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