From Challenges to Change: Solutions for Women in the Workforce - Non-Members

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30pm— 8:00pm
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Greenberg Traurig, LLP
77 W Wacker Dr
31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
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Thought-provoking conversation with influential women leaders of Chicago will challenge current concepts of what a successful career can mean and will discuss ways of driving ideas into action for improved workplace inclusivity.

Allison Robinson, CEO and Founder, The Mom Project
Kweilin Ellingrud, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Kate Bensen, President and CEO, The Chicago Network
Renetta McCann, Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett
Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago

Currently, it costs women the loss of over one third of their lifetime compensation, if they career break for three or more years. Not only does this negatively impact women, but it drains talent from companies and hurts the economy. 43% of highly qualified women with children leave careers or off-ramp for a period of time. The majority of whom say they would stay working if they had access to flexible work opportunities.

The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community connecting educated and professionally accomplished women with rewarding opportunities at world-class companies on a project based, part-time or full-time basis.  
The Mom Project provides women a way to stay connected in the work force, enabling them to meet both their professional and personal goals. This evolution will keep more talented women in the workforce.

Co-Sponsored by Wharton Club of Chicago, Penn Alumni Club of Chicago, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, Harvard Club of Chicago, and The Mom Project

DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2017
TIME: 5:30 pm Registration & Networking with Wine & Cheese Reception
5:45 pm Presentation

LOCATION: Greenberg Traurig, 77 W. Wacker Dr., 31st Floor, Chicago 60601

BIOS - in alphabetical order

Kate Benson
Kate has more than 20 years’ experience in working with nonprofits, as a lawyer, board member and nonprofit leader. Prior to her work at The Chicago Network, she successfully led the development of Conlon Public Strategies' nonprofit capacity practice, served as Chair of the University of Chicago Women’s Board and served as Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP's Finance and Public Finance Groups. Kate is involved with many civic and philanthropic organizations, and currently serves as a director of the Grammy award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and The Arts Club of Chicago. Kate is a member of the Economic Club, International Women’s Forum, Executives’ Club, Women’s Board of the University of Chicago (past Chair) and the Fortnightly of Chicago.

Kweilin Ellingrud
With more than a decade of experience at McKinsey, serves clients across both strategy and operations transformations. In addition to her client work, Kweilin leads McKinsey’s Closing the Global Gender Gap initiative to help improve the lives of women around the world. Kweilin has been named one of Minnesota’s top ten corporate women by Twin Cities Business magazine and was named a 2015 Woman in Business by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She and her family are passionate about Minnesota and its natural beauty. Prior to rejoining McKinsey in 2005, Kweilin worked for 2 years at the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a not-for-profit organization in Boston that helps women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. While at CWE, she created a microloan program for low-income women. While growing up, Kweilin spent a number of years living in China, Japan, Ecuador, and France, living with local families and learning the local languages.

Renetta McCann   

A leading innovator in the advertising industry, Renetta works on organizational transformations and employee engagement. Renetta also works to elevate the impact and reach of employee resource groups, believing that building community into a company ultimately helps to solve problems. Renetta has been named one Forbes "100 Most Powerful Women” and a Woman to Watch by both Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She was also named a Black Enterprise Magazine "Corporate Executive of the Year," one of Ebony's "57 Most Intriguing Blacks” and one of Essence's “50 Women Who are Changing the World.” She is the recipient of 4A's Pantheon Award and the American Advertising Federation's Diversity Achievement Award.

Allison Robinson
Allison is the founder and chief executive officer of The Mom Project. She drives the company’s vision and strategy in redefining the path to professional success for women. Allison has spent eight years with Procter and Gamble managing enterprise relationships and building consumer-led market strategies. In her most recent role on the Pampers brand, Allison was able to delve deep into the minds and hearts of millennial moms to witness the change technology was having on the way women not only interact, but approach work. After welcoming her first child Asher in 2015, Allison recognized the tremendous opportunity to create a talent marketplace to bridge the gap between employers looking for top talent and the millions of educated and professionally accomplished mothers across the country looking for meaningful work.
Andrea Zopp  
Throughout her career, Andrea has championed job creation, access to education, corporate responsibility and promoting economic development initiatives in underserved communities. She served in the United States Attorney's Office, was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies. Andrea has served as President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, and as Boardmember of the Chicago Board of Education, the Cook County Health and Hospital System and the Urban Partnership Bank. 

DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2017
TIME: 5:30 pm Registration & Networking with Wine & Cheese Reception
5:45 pm Presentation

LOCATION: Greenberg Traurig, 77 W. Wacker Dr., 31st Floor, Chicago 60601

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Wharton members and their guests: $30/person (Click here to buy Member tickets)
Non-members: $50/person

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