Ginni Rometty

Ginni is a leader, innovator, and convener who believes that how we work and lead is as important as what we achieve. As the ninth Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, Ginni transformed the 100-year-old...

Sheila Johnson, Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Shawna Thomas

Sheila Johnson is Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams....

Carla Hayden & Cathy Engelbert

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert featured as our keynote speakers at the first virtual, two part Women In The Forefront event in the history of the...

Gail K. Boudreaux, Mary N. Dillon, & Christine A. Leahy

The Chicago Network’s 30th annual Women in The Forefront Luncheon featured three speakers who gave aspiring women leaders and accomplished women leaders alike advice and insight in a conversational, unmoderated format. Gail K. Boudreaux—President and...

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor of Harvard Business School gives the first keynote address to The Chicago Network in 1989 in what would become the start of many Women in the Forefront Luncheons.

Dr. June Reinisch

Dr. June Reinisch, Director of The Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender and Reproduction, addressed The Chicago Network at the 2nd Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on June 25, 1990.

Gloria Steinem

Renowned feminist activist Gloria Steinem was the keynote speaker at The Chicago Network’s 3rd Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on October 2, 1991.

Patricia Aburdene and John Naisbitt

Authors and futurists, Patricia Aburdene and John Naisbitt, addressed The Chicago Network members and guests at the 4th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on October 13, 1992.

Kathy Kolbe

Kathy Kolbe, author of The Conative Connection and Pure Instinct: Business’ Untapped Resource, headlines The Chicago Network’s 5th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on March 16, 1994.

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