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’s Staff

Maria Doughty

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.

Nathan Upchurch

Communications Specialist
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Nathan Upchurch

As Communications Specialist for The Chicago Network, Nathan is responsible for the update and maintenance of The Chicago Network website, design and delivery of internal communications, including weekly member, events, and subscriber newsletters. Nathan implements The Chicago Network brand across mediums such as social media, printed collateral, print and digital publications and even motion and video graphics. Starting his career in a Scottish print brokerage in 2009, going on to become a freelance graphic designer and print broker, and currently operating a small Chicago graphic design firm, Nathan brings a wealth of experience to the role. He also serves as primary staff liaison for The Chicago Network’s Future Leaders Program.

Nathan Brauner

Executive Assistant to 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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