Our 29th Annual Luncheon is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Daniel Noga at 312-577-2827.



Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is one of the most famous athletes and social icons in American history. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for men and women in sports and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.
Born in Long Beach, California, she first played tennis at the age of 11 in the public parks of southern California. King won her first of a record 20 Wimbledon titles when she captured the 1961 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles Championship with Karen Hantze in 1961. She went on to win 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles during her career. On September 20, 1973, she empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes. This match is remembered for its effect on society and its contribution to the women’s movement.
King was named one of the ‘100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century’ by Life Magazine and, in 2009, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Since founding the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974, Billie Jean has led the organization in its mission to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in educational and cash grants to advance participation, research and leadership in sports and physical activity for girls and women.



Conant Family Foundation

Dee Pize

BMO Harris Bank




 Marcena W. Love
Edna J. Schade
Heather Steans
Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz
Robin Steans


Sondra Berman Epstein, Maria C. Bechily, and Abby O'Neil
Susan E. Morrison
Jerry Newton
Carol Prins / The Jessica Fund



Jeannie Affleder
Aon Corp.
Ellen Benjamin and Frederick Bates
Marjorie Craig Benton
The Boeing Company
Adela Cepeda / A.C. Advisory
CA Ventures
Bernadette and Vivek Chopra
Crown Family Philanthropies
Discover Financial Services
FCB Chicago
First Bank & Trust
Sunny Fischer / Bette Cerf Hill
Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP
Ginny and Terry Holt
Kathy Hurley, Jo Moore, Patty Moore
Jenner and Block
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Nancy Juda and Jens Brasch
Leo Burnett
Leo S. Guthman Fund
Levin Schreder Carey, Ltd
Gail and Harry Ludewig 
Mid-Continent Capital
Motorola Mobility Foundation
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Quarles and Brady LLP
Pierce Family Foundation 
Polk Bros. Foundation
Kathy Johnson Pope
Prince Charitable Trusts
RAM Construction 
Rappaport Reiches Capital Management
S&C Electric
Margot Levin Schiff
Gay Sigel
Silver Spring Networks
The Stone Family
United Scrap Metal 
Judy Wise
  Nannette V. Zander
ABC7 Chicago
Advocate Health Care
Lucy Ascoli
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Prudence and Francis Beidler
Barbara Bostian and Roberta Allen
Susan Berman
Kemery Bloom
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Catherine Braendel
Nick and Katie Brunick
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella
Catharsis Productions
Chartwell Insurance
Chicago Tribune
Clark Hill
Marge and Lew Collens
Michelle L. Collins
ComEd - an Exelon Company
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Judy Cottle/ Mae Hong
DiMeo Schneider and Associates, LLC
Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP
Harlene Ellin and Mike Cramer
Ernst & Young LLP
Fairpointe Capital
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third Bank
Freeborn & Peters, LLP
Clare Golla, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Marj Halperin
Catherine Head
Her Story Theater: Shadow Town
Illinois Tool Works
Irving Harris Foundation
Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kaye Scholer LLP
Miriam J. Kelm
Kathryn and Michael Kennedy
James F. Kinoshita and Merrillyn J. Kosier
Andrea S. Kramer
Suzanne M. Kraus
Robin Lavin
LDM Group
Bud Lifton and Carol Rosofsky
Lockton Companies
Wendy Manning
MB Financial
Kathy McDonald
Joan Mudd
Native Capital Investments
Sylvia Neil
North Shore Giving Circle
Northern Trust Company
Ogletree Deakins
Munira Patel
Peoples Gas
Rosalind Franklin University
Barbara Rose and Neil Peck
Leora and Mort Rosen
Rush University Medical Center
Sahara Enterprises, Inc
Sheppard Mullin
Patricia Costello Slovak
Peggy Sullivan
Tek Pak, Inc.
US Trust
Linda L. Wagner and Janine L. Hoft
Gail Waller / ACLU
Blair Wellensiek

Adela Cepeda, Founder and President of A.C. Advisory, Inc.
Anne Pramaggiore
President and CEO of ComEd
Host Committee:
Jeannie Affelder
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez*
Neeru Arora
Prudence and Francis Beidler
Ellen J. Benjamin
Marjorie Craig Benton
Susan Berman
Kemery Bloom
Nick and Katie Brunick
Sarah Butler
Meridith Cannon
Bernadette & Vivek Chopra
Terese Connolly
Harlene Ellin & Michael Cramer
Sondra Berman Epstein
Sunny Fischer
Trina Fresco
Clare Golla
Andrew Haley and Kelly Smith-Haley
Marj Halperin
Leigh Harter
Virginia Holt
Karen J. Hunt
Nancy Juda & Jens Brasch
Kathryn G. Kennedy
Andrea S. Kramer
Suzanne M. Kraus
Iris J. Krieg
Allison Levin
Marcena W. Love
Gail Ludewig
Wendy Manning
Jeanine Meola
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
Nadine Moore
Susan E. Morrison
Grace Allen Newton
Abby O'Neil
Susan Oppenheimer and Mary Bonnett
Munira Patel
Celene Peurye-Hissong
Marianne Philbin
Dee Pizer
Kathleen Johnson Pope
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle*
Carol Prins
Congressman Mike Quigley*
Shari Reiches
Janice E. Rodgers
Edna J. Schade
Margot Levin Schiff
Julie Scott
Gabrielle Sigel
Lt. Governor Sheila Simon*
Geeta Singh
Patricia Costello Slovak
Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz
Chad A. Tischer
Debra S. Warner
Blair Wellensiek
Wendy White Eagle
Judy Wise
Nannette V. Zander

*Honorary Host Committee Members
For sponsorship information or to join the host committee, please contact Ilda Lagunas at (312) 577-2810, TTY (312) 577-2803 or ilagunas@cfw.org.


Official Print Media Sponsor

Official Radio Sponsor
Media Partner
Crain's Chicago Business



Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

11 am- 12 pm: Networking Reception

12 pm- 1:30 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Address

View a list of sponsorship opportunities HERE.

Chicago Foundation for Women's 29th Annual Luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that includes business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, media and community members. Proceeds help the Foundation achieve its mission to connect need, money and solutions for women and girls throughout metropolitan Chicago. Since 1985, we have given more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $20 million and helped thousands of women and girls become philanthropists.

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