January 2018 Print

President's Update

A Message from IWF Chicago President, Mary Lee Montague

Dear IWF Chicago Friends,

Happy New Year! IWF Chicago is kicking off the new year with the Board of Directors and committee members making plans to make sure 2018 a stellar year for our members!

As a membership driven organization, both locally and internationally, membership is a privilege and commitment. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so ASAP (overdue as of January 10). We are pleased dues remained the same for 2018. Please contact Michelle Fowler in your administrator’s office at info@iwfchicago.org or call 815-806-4908.

The Board of Directors continues to focus on the Strategic Action Plans. Lots of hard work and accomplishments have been made by your committees thus far and we all look forward to these internal changes positively affecting member experience in IWF Chicago.

  • The Program Committee is hosting a quarterly Be YourBest professional development series. The first session is the morning of February 7 at the Union League Club. This will focus on strategies to best take advantage of the global networking tool LinkedIn. Make plans to join us and register online – and we have increased the seats available…lots of interest by all of you! 
  • The Membership Committee continues to focus on reviewing prospective member nominations while also working on the membership criteria and nomination process.   
  • Membership Committee is also working closely with the Engagement Committee with the goal to better onboard new members and assist with member connections earlier in their membership.   
  • Both committees are working closely with the Program Committee to further ensure IWF Chicago members have the opportunity to best network and attend interesting events with current and global topics of interest.   While also ‘together…building bridges.’
  • Our Communication Committee is working diligently to regularly share information with our members. The goal is to keep you informed and engaged with IWF Chicago. This is really important to me at your President … please send me your suggestions and/or comments on how I can best facilitatefurther improving YOUR  membership experience which is also very important to me!
  • Our Nominating Committee has been confirmed and I am pleased to announce Susie Gallagher, Kristen Prinz, Kathleen Carroll, and Ana Dutra will be joining Chair Lynne Nellemann and Sylvia van Loveren. Their mission: To select our 2018-19 Leadership Team. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged…be part of the conversation.

As an IWF Leadership Foundation Board member, I am off to our winter board meeting in Rome the last week of January with fellow Foundation Board member, former IWF Fellow, and IWF Chicago member (and my friend!), Kathleen Carroll. As an IWF Global Board Member Laurel Bellows will also be in Rome as well for their meeting. IWF Chicago is fortunate to have 3 Chicago members as active international board members. Stay tuned for our insights gained at these meetings!

Together...Building Bridges,

Mary Lee Montague
IWF Chicago President and Board of Directors, IWF Leadership Foundation
Managing Partner Nonprofit Practice, DHR International

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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.


Linda Darragh
Kellog School of Management
Executive Director KIEI, Clinical Faculty



Elaine Leavenworth
Chief Marketing & External Affairs Office



Lindsey Piegza
Stifel Fixed Income
Chief Economist


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 Chair Amy Dordek Dolinsky or Chair Elect Collete English Dixon


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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, February 7
8:30am to 9:45am
Union League Club
Member-Only Event
Seating has been increased

Saturday, March 3
1:00pm to 4:00pm
(exact time TBD)

O'Hare Airport / United Polaris Lounge
Members, Family and Friends Welcome


Tuesday, March 20
5:15pm to 7:00pm
The Press Room
Members and Guests Welcome



Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hosted at IWF Chicago Member Homes
Registration will open when Hostess Homes are confirmed


Consider being a Dine Around Hostess!
email info@iwfchicago.org for more information



May 2 - 4, 2018
Melbourne, Australia





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Amazing Women News



Collete English Dixon, IWF Chicago co-chair of Membership and currently the Exec. Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of RE at Roosevelt University, will be honored with the CREW Chicago Industry Achievement Award at a dinner to be held at the Standard Club on February 22. The annual dinner and award recognize a woman in the Chicago commercial real estate industry who has made an impact on the industry by being a mentor and recognized leader supporting the advancement and success of women. CLICK HERE to learn more about the CREW annual dinner and award ceremony.



DSC Logistics CEO Ann Drake defines the term “strategic partnership” and connects it to effective customer relationship management in a video interview with SupplyChainBrainClick here to learn 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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Australia Pre and Post Tour Options


Eileen Henderson, member of the Chicago and Australia forums, has graciously done a bit of 'down under' homework on our behalf.  

For those that will be arriving a few days prior to the May 2nd conference start, Eileen will be hosting a networking reception in Sydney on April 26.  Eileen has also worked with her local travel expert to draft a few pre and post conference tour options.   Please take a look at the options and let the travel agent know if you may be interested in any of these tour options.  Once we get a pulse for the interest in options, the agent will move forward with making travel plans.


Below is a list of the 14 Chicago members currently registered to attend the World Cornerstone Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Roula Alakiotou Roula Associates Architects, Chtd.
Laurel Bellows The Bellows Law Group
Victoria Dudley TTX Company
Pamela Forbes Lieberman Former President, CEO & Board Member True Value Company
Eileen Henderson Syntec Holdings
Lee Ann Hoover Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Lisa McClung Lismore International
Elizabeth Melas Rush University Medical Center
Mary Lee Montague DHR International
Lynne Nellemann Lyric Opera of Chicago
Alice Peterson Williams Partners, LP
Sylvia Pozarnsky Column Capital
J. Usha Raj Children's Hospital University of Illinois at Chicago
Joyce Simon Retired, John G. Shedd Aquarium

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IWF Global News

The EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program Unveils Fourth Cohort of Elite Female Athletes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - [January 16, 2018] - Today, the IWF Leadership Foundation, in partnership with EY, announced the fourth cohort of Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) mentees.

Launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013, EY's Women Athletes Business Network has been building a bridge between women in the business world and female athletes from across the globe, guiding them through their transition and creating new opportunities for highly successful and ambitious women athletes.

Participants in the WABN Mentoring Program to date represent 34 sports and 21 countries. 

“The WABN Mentoring Program is an important part of the Leadership Foundation’s work.” said Holly Cannon, Board President of the IWF Leadership Foundation. “Female athletes bring unique perspectives and skillsets to the table, and this cohort is no exception. We are excited to begin working with them to provide training and mentoring that will propel their professional careers.”

Each year, 25 elite women athletes are selected for the program by an international panel of EY and IWF advisors. Members of the current mentee class include:

  • Tess Gerrand, National Business Executive, Coca-Cola Amatil - Rowing, Australia
  • Sarah Hanffou, Legal Advisor, Bouches du Rhone Department - Table Tennis, France
  • Farrah-Hani Imran, Head of Plastic Surgery, Burns & Wound Care, National University of Malaysia - Rhythmic Gymnastics, Malaysia
  • Phaidra Knight, Analyst, NBC Sports - Rugby, United States
  • Erica Taugher, Commodity Markets & Finance, Macquarie Bank Limited - Soccer, Canada/Portugal

Click here to view the entire class of 2018 WABN Mentees.  Click here to view the full press release.


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News You Can Use from the Admin Office

Membership Dues Deadline is Now

The membership renewal dues invoices were sent our in early December with a due date of January 10.  If you have not renewed yet, please do so now.  You may login in to the members section and pay your dues online with a credit card.  Or you may mail in a check.  If you need assistnace, please contact Michelle Fowler in the administrator's office:  815-806-4908 or email info@iwfchicago.org

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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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. 

NACD: Putting the Lens on Private Equity and Director Effectiveness
February 8, 2018
The Standard Club
3:00pm to 6:00pm
CLICK HERE to learn more 

CREW: Annual Industry Achievement Award Dinner
February 22, 2018
The Standard Club
5:30pm to 9:30pm

CLICK HERE to learn more 

The Chicago Network: Women in the Forefront
April 20, 2018
Chicago Hilton and Towers
8:00am to 1:30pm
CLICK HERE to learn more

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