The Chicago Network 2023 Year in Review

Welcome to our 2022-2023 Year in Review! The Chicago Network continues to thrive as we elevate our members and their communities through fostering our purpose, mission, values, and vision. We have much to celebrate as we reflect on our accomplishments this past year.

The Chicago Network's commitment to achieving gender equity continues to be our driving principle. Our strategic plan's top initiatives include increasing the number of women on corporate boards as well as identifying and nurturing high potential women to secure C-Suite positions.

Our members are our lifeline and what makes us an exceptional organization. We listen to them, assist them achieve their goals, support their personal growth, and are grateful for them.


Linda Imonti

Suzet McKinney
Vice Chair

Why do we exist?

To empower women to lead

How will we fulfill the promise?

Connect with each other for personal and professional growth
Advance our civic, business and philanthropic communities
Inspire and support the next generation

What is our vision of success?

Gender Equity for Women of All Colors. At All Levels. Everywhere.

What core values shape our behaviors and actions?

Empathy: We meet women where they are
Generosity: We selflessly pay it forward
Equity: We are relentless in righting the balance
Collectivity: We are stronger together


Current and Former Fortune 1000 Executives


Current and Former Fortune 500 Executives


C-Suite Executives


Current and Former CEOs


Publicly held member companies Market Cap


Member companies employ more than 4.8 million people


Crain's Women of Note


Crain's Power 25 Chicagoans


University Presidents


Arts and Culture Trailblazers


Corporate C-Suite Executives


CEOs of Mid-Size Companies


Corporate Directors


Government Leaders


Healthcare Industry Executives


Higher Education Institution Leaders


Non-Profit Trailblazers


Media and Communications Executives


Law Industry Leaders

Kathy Bolhous
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Charter Next Generation

Joan Bottarini
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Suzanne Burns
Global CEO, Board, Industrial, Digital, and Private Equity Practices
Spencer Stuart

Kimberly Chainey
EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
The AptarGroup, Inc.

Larita Clark
Chief Executive Officer
Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA)

Ruth Colby
President and CEO
Silver Cross Hospital

Rita Cook
President, Bank of America Chicago, Managing Director, Private Bank Midwest and Mid Atlantic Division Executive
Bank of America

Sharon Corwin
President and CEO
Terra Foundation for American Art

Sandya Dandamudi
GI Stone

Karen Freeman-Wilson
President and CEO
Chicago Urban League

Deb Gorman-Smith
Dean and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
University of Chicago

Cheryl Green
Governors State University

Marion Gross
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Supply Chain Officer
McDonald's Corporation

Linda Maclachlan
Founder, Owner, Chairperson of the Board
Entara Corporation

Deidra Merriwether
Chief Financial Officer
W.W. Grainger

Mary Moreland
Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Paulita Pike
Managing Partner
Ropes & Gray LLP

Carla Robinson
Co-founder and CEO
Canary Telehealth

Melissa Root
Partner and Managing Partner, Chicago Office
Jenner & Block LLP

Christine Schyvinck
Shure Incorporated

Cardelle Spangler
Chicago Office Managing Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP

Glena Temple
Dominican University

Judy Toland
Vice President, Global Customer Marketing

Holly Tyson
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer
Cushman & Wakefield

Joanna Welsh
Chief Risk Officer, Global Head of Risk Management and Portfolio Construction
Citadel Group Companies

Melissa Werneck
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Kraft Heinz

Carole Wood
President and CEO
Northwestern Settlement House

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Linda Imonti
National Partner in Charge, Innovation Centers & Former Chicago Office Managing Principal

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Suzet McKinney
Principal and Director of Life Sciences
Sterling Bay

Secretary-Treasurer/Finance and Audit Chair
Deb Boyda
Independent Board Director, Former CEO

Immediate Past Chair/Nominating Committee Chair
Denise Singleton
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary
WestRock Company

Tracey Benford
Retired Partner
Goldman Sachs

Barbra Bukovac
Vice Chair, Consulting Solutions

Christina Corley
Chief Operating Officer

Marsha Cruzan
Regional Market President
U.S. Bank

Francesca DeBiase
Board Director, Former EVP, Global Chief Supply Chain Officer
McDonald's Corporation

Sidney Dillard
Partner & Head of Corporate Investment Banking
Loop Capital Markets

Janet Foutty
Executive Chair of the Board
Deloitte U.S.

Yonhee Choi Gordon
Principal, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Marketing Officer
JMG Financial Group

Cary Grace
President and Chief Executive Officer
AMN Healthcare

Sara Greenstein
Axel Johnson Inc.

Patricia Brown Holmes
Managing Partner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Susan Jacobs
Senior Vice President Sales, City Brands
Crain Communications

Cathy Kenworthy

Beth Kirk Malecki
Senior Partner, US Central Zone Leader

Roxanne Martino
Managing Partner

Joyce St. Clair
Former Chief Human Resource Officer
The Northern Trust

Julie Scott
President, CEO & Founder
CTS Impact

Yasmine Winkler
Independent Board Director

Executive Committee
Linda Imonti, Chair
Suzet McKinney, Vice Chair
Denise Singleton, Immediate Past Chair/Nominating Committee Chair
Deb Boyda, Treasurer
Cary Grace, Former Board Chair

Finance and Audit Committee
Deb Boyda, Chair
Tracey Benford
Sidney Dillard
Linda Imonti
Roxanne Martino

Governance Committee
Marsha Cruzan, Chair
Christina Corley
Patricia Brown Holmes
Grace Hou

Membership Committee
Janet Foutty, Chair
Jean Franczyk, Chair, Arts & Culture Subcommittee
Kathleen Carroll, Chair, Corporate Subcommittee
Mary Josephs, Chair, Financial Services Subcommittee
Z. Scott, Chair, Government Subcommittee
Verneda Bachus, Chair, Health, Science & Medicine Subcommittee
Susan Poser, Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee
Cathy Birkeland, Chair, Law Subcommittee
Alison Scholly, Chair, Media & Communications Subcommittee
Erin Inman, Chair, Mid-Size Private Companies Subcommittee
Jane Mentzinger, Chair, Nonprofit Subcommittee
Jackie Koo, Chair, Professional Services & Associations Subcommittee

Communications Committee
Susan Jacobs, Chair
Gayla Brockman
Kathleen Carroll
Yvonne Franzese
Kary McIlwain
Lindsay Jenkins
Diane Pearse
Aurelie Richard
Michelle Russell
Maxine Winer

Emerita Committee
Libbet Richter, Chair
Anna Rappaport
Barbara Provus
Toni Smith

Launchpad Committee
Yonhee Choi Gordon, Chair
Shan Bhati
Aarti Dhupelia
Francesca Cornelli
Karyn Esken
Teresa Harmon
Laurie Joyner
Beka Kohmescher
Tracie Morris
Anna Paglia
Maria Pesqueira
Aurelie Richard
Heather Russell
Kathy Scherer
Kim Taylor

Programs & Engagement Committee
Cathy Kenworthy, Chair
Barbra Bukovac
Linda Coberly
Elizabeth Coolidge
Angelique David
Opella Ernest
Sarah Guernsey
Erin Inman
Pamela Forbes Lieberman
Katie Lawler
Susan Stelter
Anna Valencia

Women in the Forefront Luncheon Committee
Francesca DeBiase, Co-Chair
Julie Scott, Co-Chair
Sue Bettman
Kimberly Chainey
Paulita Pike
Jill Smart
Karen Teitelbaum
Joyce St. Clair
Yasmine Winkler

Women on Boards Committee
Sara Greenstein, Chair
Deb Boyda
Margo Cook
Katie Doyle
Chris Edwards
Suzanne Burns
Alison Ranney
Blythe McGarvie
Tierney Remick
Denise Singleton
Anna May Trala
Yasmine Winkler
Mary Josephs
Ann Ziegler

Arts & Culture Membership Subcommittee
Jean Franczyk, Chair
Susan Abrams
Megan Ross
Sarah Guernsey
Perri Imer
Laura Sadler

Corporate Membership Subcommittee
Kathleen Carroll, Chair
Therese Fauerbach
Laura Gurski
Beth Kirk Malecki
Terri McNally
Laurie O’Shea
Yasmine Winkler

Financial Services Membership Subcommittee
Mary Josephs, Chair
Tracey Benford
Patrice DeCorrevont
Sidney Dillard
Beth Karlson
Beka Kohmescher
Roxanne Martino
Joyce St. Clair
Anna May Trala
Julie Vander Weele
Joanna Welsh

Government Membership Subcommittee
Z. Scott, Chair
Melissa Bean
Kim Foxx
Janice Jackson
Robin Kelly
Juliana Stratton

Health, Science & Medicine Subcommittee
Verneda Bachus, Chair
Jan Berger
Deborah Bowen
Lisa Johnson
Cheryl Lulias
Michelle Stephenson
Dana Thompson
Brenda Wolf
Kathleen Yosko

Higher Education Membership Subcommittee
Susan Poser, Chair
Donna Carroll
Beth Harris
Elaine Maimon
Stephanie Marshall
Marilyn McCoy
Jennifer Rosato Perea
Rebecca Rugg
Elissa Tenny

Law Membership Subcommittee
Cathy Birkeland, Chair
Rebecca Bacon
Christine Edwards
Mary Ann Hynes
Devi Koya
Joan Lefkow
Terri Mascherin
Maura Ann McBreen
Mary Meg McCarthy

Media & Communications Membership Subcommittee
Alison Scholly, Chair
Karyn Esken
E.T. Franklin
Cari Bucci-Hulings
Susan Jacobs
Renetta McCann
Sandra Micek
Maxine Winer

Mid-Size Private Companies Membership Subcommittee
Erin Iman, Chair
Caroline Becker Joss
Rona Borre
Eileen Chin
Alison Gutterman
Stephanie Hickman
Cheryl Lulias
Laura Neiman
Ellen Rudnick
Julie Scott
Donna Williamson

Nonprofit Membership Subcommittee
Jane Mentzinger, Chair
Heather Anichini
MarySue Barrett
Gillian Darlow
Sol Flores
Alison Ranney
Celena Sarillo
Rebekah Scheinfeld
Brooke Wiseman

Professional Services & Associations Membership Subcommittee
Jackie Koo, Chair
Gina Berndt
Donni Case
Kathy Scherer
Jill Smart

Maria Doughty
President and CEO
312 787 1990

Ellen S. Feinberg
Executive Coordinator/Director of Operations
312 787 1979

Lora Joffe
Director of Programs and Member Experience
312 787 1994

Nathan Upchurch
Director of Design and Innovation
312 787 7936