Valerie Jarrett will headline Chicago Network luncheon
November 21st, 2016
The event, this year held March 31, is usually a sell-out with as many as 1,700 guests. It’s one of the most talked-about women’s business and networking events each year, in part because of the big-name speakers. Past headliners have included Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon, Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld, media mogul Arianna Huffington and broadcaster Diane Sawyer.
Jarrett, the senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, is a former member of the Network.
News of her teaming up with Chicago Network comes on the heels of that organization convening its first “Chicago Cabinet.” The series of conversations is meant to identify women’s priorities for the next presidential administration. Some 160 people attended last week’s event, the first in a series, in the Morningstar auditorium.
Discussed: family leave policies, improving women’s access to capital to start their own businesses and putting women in visible leadership roles in Donald Trump’s administration.
“I don’t have one priority, I have eight,” said panelist Anne Ladky, executive director of Women Employed.