Our vision is gender equity for women of all colors. At all levels. Everywhere.

We are an organization of Chicago’s Most Senior 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 growth, advance our civic, business & philanthropic communities, and inspire and support the next generation. 

Our values:


We meet women where they are.


We unconditionally pay it forward.


We are relentless in righting the balance.


We are stronger together.

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

47 current and former fortune 1000 executives

36 current and former fortune 500 executives

342 c-suite executives

133 current and former CEOs

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

$3 trillion publicly held member companies market cap

Member companies employ more than 4.8 million people

Members comprise 30% Crain's Women of Note

Members comprise 16% Crain's Power 25 Chicagoans

The Chicago Network Team

Maria Doughty

President and CEO

Lora Joffe

Director, Programs and Member Experience

Nathan Upchurch

Director of Design and Innovation

Ellen Feinberg

Executive Coordinator / Director of Operations

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