Leadership Transition at CFW
November 13 2018

A Note from CFW President/CEO K. Sujata:

I write today to share that I will be stepping down as President/CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, effective upon the appointment of my successor, or on March 15, 2019, whichever comes earlier.

This decision was an incredibly difficult one for me. It has been one of the greatest honors of my lifetime to work alongside CFW’s board, staff, grantees, donors and community partners over the past eight years to increase investments in the issues that impact the lives of women and girls in our region.

CFW is well-positioned for the future with an inspiring mission and vision, a compelling strategic plan, inclusive values, strong finances, a high-performing team, and a commitment to remaining a leader in our community. In the last eight years, the organization’s assets have grown, we have more than doubled grantmaking, increased staff retention, structurally strengthened the organization and have set a bold, strategic direction for the future of the foundation and our region.

In light of all we have accomplished, I believe now is the right time for me to pass the torch of leadership. In doing so, the door opens for new energy that will inspire even greater impact and innovation, and that will allow CFW to build upon our shared vision of making the Chicago region the best place for women and girls to thrive.

With this announcement, CFW’s Board of Directors has begun a transition planning process to secure the next leader who will carry forward CFW’s mission, vision and remarkable three-decade history of achievement. The Board has formed a Search Committee that will be responsible for leading the process. The Committee will retain an external executive search firm to assist with finding the best possible candidate to steward CFW into the next chapter of impact. You can find a letter from CFW’s Board Chair, Pat Slovak, regarding the Board’s plans for the upcoming leadership transition here. I also personally commit to doing all that I can to ensure a seamless transition with my successor.

As for me, I plan to take a six-month sabbatical overseas with my husband in 2019. Please know that it has been both a joy and a privilege to work on our mission to make a difference with changemakers and build stronger communities for all. I’m truly thankful to have served CFW and to have had the chance to work with you over the past eight years.

With gratitude and with the highest of hopes,

K. Sujata

K. Sujata
Chicago Foundation for Women