Stories from Chicago women making change.

Nonprofit The Arts

Fierce Arts Advocate, Profound Listener

President & CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL, and former Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, MD, for four years.

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Authentic Leader, Happily Imperfect Mom

The recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award and 10 Emmy Awards, Teri Arvesu currently serves as VP and Director of Content for Univision Chicago. Under her leadership, Univision Chicago became the first Spanish language television station in that market to be awarded the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast.

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Risk Taker, Cyber Superstar

Danielle Brown’s career began with taking a job at DuPont, leading a major transformation program to modernize the Dupont IT environment, and eventually serving as Global Chief Information Officer for Crop Protection, a $3.2 billion DuPont Strategic Business Unit, and IT Transformational Productivity Leader.


Sustainable Public Health Advocate

Dr. Suzet McKinney served as lead public health official for Chicago’s response to the H1N1 outbreak, lead public health official in response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and has been keeping Chicago safe for over a decade.

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Business Strategist, Political Activist

After a visit with her father, Christie Hefner’s life took a turn and she decided to enter the family business, Playboy Enterprises. During Hefner’s tenure, she restored financial integrity, broadened institutional ownership and revived investor confidence, and was the longest serving woman CEO of a publicly traded company.