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 luncheon.
The first woman and first African American to lead the national library, Dr. Carla Hayden was nominated to the lifetime position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and she was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult service coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979. Dr. hayden became Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She served as president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. Prior to her latest post, from 1993 to 2016, she was CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library.
The first-ever Commissioner of the WNBA, Cathy Engelbert is responsible for setting the WNBA’s vision and overseeing the league’s day-to-day business and basketball operations. Previously, Engelbert was the first female CEO of Deloitte from 2015 – 2019, where she led more than 100,000 professionals. A strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, Engelbert was the first woman to serve as chair of the Catalyst Board. A veteran of the Fortune Most Powerful Women stage, Engelbert was listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for four consecutive years. She is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest-Rated CEOs, among Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York and just recently, was selected as one of Crain’s Notable Women in the Business of Sports.
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 Chief Executive Officer, Anthem, Inc.:
Since joining Anthem in 2017, Gail Boudreaux has been focused on improving lives, simplifying health care and being the most innovative, valuable and inclusive health care partner. Named #12 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women 2018 list, Gail has been a member of The Chicago Network since 2004.
Mary N. Dillon—Chief Executive Officer, Ulta Beauty:
As CEO of Ulta Beauty since 2013, Mary Dillon and her team have doubled the company’s revenues and vaulted Ulta Beauty to the Fortune 500. She leads through the lens of culture and brings her passion for leveraging consumer insights and the perspectives of her diverse team to build brand engagement. In 2018, Mary was named Fortune’s #9 Business Person of the Year. She has been a member of The Chicago Network since 2010.
Christine A. Leahy—Chief Executive Officer, CDW:
Chris is a 17-year veteran of CDW, a Fortune 200 company, and assumed the CEO role in January 2019. CDW advises, deploys, and manages IT solutions to help organizations achieve their goals and accelerate success through technology. CDW benefits from strong female leadership across its executive team (40% female) and board of directors (30% female). Chris has been a member of The Chicago Network since 2008.
The Chicago Network featured Jane Pauley as the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on April 20, 2018. Jane was in conversation with her former colleague, Carol Marin, Political Editor, NBC5 Chicago and Director, DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, College of Communication.
On April 15, 2016, Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson spoke with Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount. The theme of taking control – of your career path, your financial future, and diversity in the workplace – was central to a wide-ranging conversation between the two members of The Chicago Network.
On April 13, 2015, The Chicago Network featured Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO of media powerhouse Publicis Groupe in conversation with Dana Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer of Mondelēz International. They discussed leading by example – the number of women in leadership positions will not materially change without commitment from management at the top, who are often men.
On Monday, April 28th, Arianna Huffington urged the crowd that it was time to redefine the meaning of success – a metric that was “designed by men.” How to define success was the central theme of the luncheon.
Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated (formerly Corn Products International) speaks to The Chicago Network and guests at the Women in the Forefront Luncheon on April 19, 2013.
Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, Inc. Irene Rosenfeld speaks to guests of The Chicago Network’s 23rd WIFL event on work-life harmony and her tips to the top on April 27, 2012.
ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer in conversation with ABC-7 Chicago co-anchor Kathy Brock at The Chicago Network’s WIFL event on April 7, 2011.
The Minow Sisters
Martha Minow, Professor at Harvard Law School, Mary Minow, attorney and adjunct professor at San Jose University Library of Information Science, and Nell Minow, editor of thecorporatelibrary.com sit on a panel moderated by Linda Wertheimer, Senior Host for WBEZ’s show, All Things Considered, for The Chicago Network’s 12th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon on June 6, 2001.
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.