October 2017 Print

President's Update

A Message from IWF Chicago President, Ana Dutra

Dear IWF Friends:

September brought us the official start of the Fall season and October introduces us to the changing of the leadership for IWF Chicago. I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Vice President of IWF Chicago from 2013 through 2015 and the President of our organization since October 2015. I thank you all for the great four years and it is certainly time to pass the baton. The IWF Chicago Forum has much to be proud of. We have hosted many world class events including an interactive painting party, many Meet & Greets, the 3rd annual dinner featuring Jennifer Holmgrean PhD, CEO of LanzaTech, Dine Arounds at fabulous member homes, joint events with C200 and TCN, a Fall mixer and, of course, our annual meetings and holiday celebrations. We have had many opportunities to network and share our common interests as members of The International Women’s Forum.

The prominent event during my tenure of President was having Chicago as the host of the World Leadership Conference in September 2016. This was quite a feat and it certainly took a wonderful village of co-chairs to make it happen.   Thank you to every member, colleague, and friend that helped make the conference an overwhelming success. IWF Chicago welcomed 850 members from over 45 countries!  The 2016 World Leadership Conference Committee was the most amazing group of women who certainly set the bar high for future IWF world conferences.

Finally, under the strong leadership of the Membership Committee we added 63 new members between October 2015 and October 2017. Total membership is now strong at 212 and keeps growing.

We have so much to celebrate and yet we have a lot of planning for the coming year. I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 10th.   Registration is still open – visit the online event page. The Nominating Committee will share with you the slate of officer and directors for 2018. Please join us in this event. The IWF Chicago Board of Directors has worked diligently this past year to define and redefine our mission, our values, and our goals.   The incoming Board looks forward to sharing the action plan with you and getting all members involved, engaged, and excited about IWF Chicago.   We also have the 4th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Dinner on November 6th.   Please purchase a table or tickets so that we can fill the room with amazing women that make a difference in our world.

Thank you to my wonderful Board and Committee Co-Chairs for being amazing partners and for trusting me to be your President the past two years. I will remain on the Executive Committee of IWF Chicago in the role of Immediate Past President. I look forward to being a part of the exciting future of IWF Chicago.

With gratitude,
Ana Dutra
IWF Chicago, President

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Women Who Make a Difference Signature Event

The Annual Dinner Committee is excited about the upcoming Women Who Make A Difference Dinner on November 6th. As a way to encourage you to bring a high potential leader we’ve created a Young Women Leader ticket level (a $100 savings!). Bring a friend, bring a guest, bring your daughter, bring a mentee. It’s our mission to develop future women leaders so let’s make the Annual Dinner a way to activate our values.  

We are also excited to highlight the Annual Dinner Executive and Corporate sponsors. Sponsor tables are still available!  We look forward to greeting you on November 6!   Buy your table or tickets today!






Nonprofit Practice


Dixie L. Adams 








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Upcoming Events





Tuesday, October 10
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Hosted at DLA Piper



World Leadership
October 25-27
Houston, Texas





Annual Dinner
Monday, November 6

6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Standard Club




Tuesday, December 5
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Hosted by Member
Kate Coleman 



Other Events of Interest

IWF Chicago is pleased to share local events of interest with our members.  Please send information to info@iwfchicago.org.  We will include these events in our newsletter and on the IWF Chicago website. 

Chicago Humanities Festival: Belief
October 28 - November 12

For nearly 30 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has believed that humanity thrives when people come together to explore ideas that go beyond their personal experiences.

CLICK HERE to learn more 

Meals on Wheels Chicago
Friday, November 10, 2017

29th Annual Celebrity Chef Ball
Location: Morgan Manufacturing

CLICK HERE to learn more


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Welcome New Members

The IWF Chicago Membership Committee is excited to announce the newest members of the Forum.  Please join us in welcoming these amazing women; they would enjoy hearing from a local member.


Ann Thompson
Related Midwest
Senior Vice President Architecture



Susan Poser
University of Illinois at Chicago
Provost/Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs



Betts Lillo
AbbVie, Inc.
Vice President, Foundation Processes


Joycelyn Winnecke
PCMA - Professional Convention
Management Association
Executive Vice President & GM/Media Group



Wendy Davidson
The Kellogg Company
President, US Specialty

The Membership Committee is continuously reviewing member prospects and endorsing candidates for the IWF Chicago board's approval.  If you know of a qualified prospect and would like to sponsor her, please complete the online sponsor form. It just takes a few minutes - the form is found under the Candidates tab or click hereA prospective member must have two member sponsors before the prospect will be requested to complete the membership application. Once all three required items are received (the two sponsor forms and the candidate application), the membership committee will review and present the candidate to the IWF Chicago board.

If you have questions about the membership process, please contact Michelle at the admin office: info@iwfchicago.org or the IWF Chicago Membership Co-Chairs:  Amy Dordek Dolinsky or Jennifer Alter Warden.     

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Amazing Women News



Maura Carley, Founder and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC, was honored at the New York Yacht Club on September 6th as a 2017 Healthcare and Life Sciences national leader. The reception and dinner were co-hosted by Irish America Magazine and ICON plc, a global clinical research company. Daniel O’Day, CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals, was the keynote speaker and a fellow honoree at the event.

Photo Caption: Maura Carley (right) accepts award from Patricia Harty, Editor of Irish America Magazine


Ana Dutra was identified by Make It Better as one of the 19 Chicago's Top Latina Leaders in Philanthropy and Government who are making the greater Chicagoland area a better place.  


The Chicago Humanities Festival is honoring Karla Scherer on October 9th at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.  Karla will be the first female stand-alone honoree at the 28th Annual CHF Benefit Evening and Gala.  Learn more about the Chicago Humanities Festival  benefit.  


Kaarina Koskenalusta, partner and shareholder of SandPointe Asset Management LLC, is excited to share that SandPointe has reached their first major milestone of $100 million of assets under management. 


DSC Logistics CEO Ann Drake participated in the panel presentation, “Decisions Determine Your Destiny,” at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference, September 24-27, in Atlanta, GA.  The session on Monday, September 25,  featured former CSCMP Distinguished Service Award winners and seasoned supply chain professionals.  Ann received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and was the first woman to win the award. 

Several IWF Chicago members have been included in the "2017 Who's Who in Chicago Business" published by Crain's Chicago Business.  The directory includes people from Fortune 500 CEOs to civic leaders to philanthropists. Crain’s calls them “Chicago’s movers and shakers whose names you need to know.” Read more...

Share your amazing news with us!.  Send your news to info@iwfchicago.org and we will include your submission in an upcoming newsletter. 


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IWF Global News

The International Women's Forum and Leadership Foundation Announces 2017-2018 Fellows Class

Rising women leaders from around the world to take part in a year-long leadership training program managed in partnership with Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

The International Women's Forum & Leadership Foundation (IWF/LF) announced 36 rising women leaders to participate in their 2017-2018 Fellows Program.  IWF Chicago members Mary Lee Montague and Kathleen Carroll are board members of the IWF Leadership Foundation.

Each year, the IWF Leadership Foundation selects a geographically, culturally, ethnically, and professionally diverse group of women leaders. The 2017-2018 Fellows Class includes participants from the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors across 14 nations. For the first time in the program's 23-year history, Bermuda, Ecuador, and Turkey have fellows participating. View the complete class here.

About the Fellows Program
The Fellows Program launched as the flagship initiative of the Leadership Foundation in 1994 with seed funding from the U.S. Labor Department as a direct result of the Glass Ceiling Commission (1991-1995) targeting women aspiring to top levels of leadership.

New IWF Headquarters Location - a message from Stephanie O'Keefe

The IWF Global office has relocated. The new office is located at 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington DC 20005. The office phone number remains + 1 202 387 1010. We hope you will stop by to visit our new office the next time you are in Washington, D.C. If you need a place to work while here on business, we have space for you to use. Just let us know when you are coming. Also, our office is adjacent to the Loews Madison Hotel, and we are able to offer our members a room discount. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this new member benefit. 

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News You Can Use from the Admin Office

Update your Member Profile
NEW FIELDS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE IWF CHICAGO MEMBER PROFILE - please update your online profile so that we can analyze the make up of our forum membership.  The industry classification choices have been changed, new fields have been added about the other associations you belong to, demographic info, etc. 


Updating your profile will ensure the Chicago Forum has current and correct information for all of our members.  You simply need to login to the Members section and click on the Member Information Editor.  CLICK HERE for detailed instruction on how to login and update your profile.

Login Credentials - Members Section on Chicago Website
If you do not recall your login or password for the Chicago website, visit www.iwfchicago.org and choose the Members tab on the top menu bar.  Then click on the Forgot Username/Password? and provide your email address (the email that is on file with IWF).  You will receive an email with your login information and directions on how to reset your password.  If you continue to have problems email Michelle Fowler at info@iwfchicago.org or call 815.806.4908.

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Job Postings

If you have a job posting you would like to share with the membership, please provide the general description and the contact information to the IWF Chicago administrator's office.  The posting will be included in an upcoming newsletter and will be listed in the Classified section in the Members Only section of the IWF Chicago website.    Send job postings to info@iwfchicago.org 

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