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.

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.

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

Our Vision is Gender Equity for Women of All Colors. At All Levels. Everywhere.

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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