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The Chicago Network (TCN) is an organization of more than 400 members who are the leading women of Chicago’s business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational communities. Our membership has a strong and continuing commitment to empowering women.

The Future Leaders Program supports the Network's goal of inspiring the next generation of women leaders by providing outstanding sophomore and junior female college students the opportunity to explore career paths in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Participation is limited to 12 students from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Host Companies:


Tuesday, May 14
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Thursday, May 16
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



The Day Of:

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During these company visits, participants may receive an overview of the organization and industry, take a tour of the workplace, and discuss the skills, abilities and education necessary for their career path. Company employees may also provide their personal history of how they progressed to their position and/or fostered their career growth, explain what they do and how their role is important to the operations of the organization, and more. The University of Illinois at Chicago will provide transportation to and from each company. 

Outcomes for Selected Students:
  • Gain an understanding of company functions
  • Ability to translate relevant coursework to a work environment
  • Exposure to workplace etiquette, attire, and practices
  • Understand the skills and responsibilities required in a professional office environment
  • First-hand exposure to the functions, business operations, and activities within distinct professions of a company or industry
  • Gain familiarity with the hiring process
  • Opportunity to build a network of contacts within a variety of industries

    Program Requirements:

    Selected students ARE REQUIRED to attend both company visits and an orientation, where they will receive an overview of the program and meet all program participants. The orientation is Friday, May3, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Denton's US, LLP. UIC will transport selected students to and from the orientation.


    The purpose of the orientation is to learn more about the Future Leaders Program, The Chicago Network and to provide students with the opportunity to connect with other program participants, including members of The Chicago Network, representatives from each company, University officials and past participants. Students and representatives from each company will also be supplied with the information, support and resources necessary for successful company visits.

    Who Can Apply:

    Full and part-time college sophomore or junior women at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Past participants are ineligible to apply.

      How to Apply:


    For questions? Contact Sarah Wallace: or (312) 787-7936.