Stories from Chicago women making change.

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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.

Business Technology

STEM Champion, Convener

Now chair of the board of Deloitte, a firm that hires a new person every eight minutes, Janet Foutty was chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP; led Deloitte’s federal practice, and led Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology practice.


Purpose-Driven Change Agent

A child of revolution, Maryam Banikarim and her family fled Iran in 1979, moving first to Paris and then to California. In addition to holding the position of Gannett’s first-ever CMO, Banikarim served as EVP & Global Chief Marketing Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corp.