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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, at TCN's partnering schools, the opportunity to explore career paths in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In 2018, the Program served a total of 36 students (12 from each of our partner schools: University of Illinois at Chicago, Saint Xavier University and Dominican University).


2018 Future Leaders Class Photos


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Media Coverage



Meet Allison.

"If I were to give young women advice, I would encourage them to keep trying new things, because you never know where life is going to take you."

As a UIC bioengineering major on a pre-med track, Allison decided to apply to The Chicago Network: Future Leaders Program to hear the stories and advice of successful women. She said being in a field where a majority of her classes are men, she doesn't always feel like her voice is being heard. However, this program has allowed Allison to get out of her comfort zone and learn lessons she can apply to her field. Info on the 2019 program will be announced this fall.

Meet Alexis.

"Getting the opportunity to talk to women leaders from different backgrounds and organizations has taught me not to give up on your dreams, but to understand it's okay to fail."

Alexis is a UIC student working towards a nursing major, and has always been interested in business. As someone who is very involved and part of programs such as the Student Nurses' Association, Alexis applied to The Chicago Network: Future Leaders Program to learn more about her career options. Talking to women leaders, the program has helped her realize that she wants to help the community regardless of what direction she decides to go in. Information on the 2019 program will be announced this fall.




TCN's Future Leaders Program was highlighted in an article published by the University of Illinois at Chicago, one of TCN's partner universities. The article entitled, "The Power of Outside Perspective for Career Services," discussed how the partnership between TCN and UIC exemplifies an approach that other career services can embrace to garner outside perspectives on careers and higher education that meet the needs of today's students.

Thy Nguyen, Director of Career Services at University of Illinois at Chicago, and the UIC staff point of contact for the Future Leaders Program, wrote the article. To read more, click here!

(SXU) TV Alert: SXU Students Participation in Future Leaders Program Highlighted on ABC7 Chicago

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Program Highlights

TCN spoke with member Donna Thompson, CEO of Access Community Health Network, which served as a 2016 host company, about being a part of this initiative. We also spoke with one of our participating students, Alicia Dutkiewicz from St. Xavier University, about her experience as a TCN Future Leader. Read the Blog Featuring Access Community Health Network CEO Donna Thompson

We spoke with Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty, about being a part of this initiative, and Amanda Vitrano, from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), about her experience as a TCN Future Leader. Read the Blog Featuring UTLA Beauty CEO Mary Dillon


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