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Chicago Women in Philanthropy Annual Luncheon

Keynote Speaker and Making a Difference Honoree:
Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund Chicago


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Grace has been the President of Woods Fund Chicago since February 2012. Woods Fund Chicago is a bold grantmaking foundation that finds —and funds —projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of poverty and structural racism. Her career has been dedicated to systems change improvement through public policy development and implementation, social services provision, community organizing and engagement, and now, philanthropy.

Prior to joining the Woods Fund, from 2003 to 2012, Grace served as the Assistant Secretary at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). She was responsible for the oversight of the agency’s six program areas. During her time with the state, she was an architect of Illinois’ Immigrant Integration New American’s Gubernatorial Executive Order. Prior to her time with the state, Grace was the Executive Director of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA).

Grace is board chair of the Arthur Foundation, vice chair at Forefront, development committee chair and board member at Chicago Public Media, and community impact committee chair and board member at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She is a 2001 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, a member of the Chicago Network, and a German Marshall fellow.

CWIP 2018 Honorary Chair 

As President of the Field Foundation, Angelique Power oversees the charitable distribution of $2.5 million annually from assets nearing $60 million. For over seventy-five years the Field Foundation has focused on Chicago’s most vexing issues while supporting its astonishingly creative and entrepreneurial spirit.  Field is known as a strategic supporter of innovative programs and organizations, with a primary emphasis on reaching marginalized communities and populations. 

Angelique came to Field with 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy. Previous to Field Foundation, Angelique served as Program Director for the Joyce Foundation’s culture program, distributing $2 million annually with a focus on building capacity within the nonprofit sector and investing in the creative capital of artists of color. Prior to Joyce, Angelique served as Director of Communications and Community Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and developed philanthropic efforts as a senior manager in community relations for Target Corporation. Angelique began her career in the Public Affairs office of Marshall Field’s department stores giving grants to Chicago’s civic and cultural organizations.

As chief executive of Field Foundation, Angelique is active in the local and national nonprofit arena. She serves as a founding board member of 6018North, an artist-centered Chicago-based contemporary art space that connects a diverse range of artists and audiences in transformative ways.  Angelique is also on the board of Forefront Illinois and the Chair of the Grantmakers in the Arts national board of directors and a founding co-chair of Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit-led movement in Chicago’s art sector that focuses on racial equity. Angelique is on the Advisory Board for Pillars Fund, a social investment fund that invests in American Muslim leadership, and on Adler School’s Center for Equitable Cities. She is a 2015 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Angelique lives on the Northwest side of the city with her husband Sean and their daughter, Sadie Louisiane.


Notes and Review from the 2017 CWIP Annual Luncheon provided by Anne Zender
“Build Bridges and Throw Down Ropes”

“When women wake, mountains move,” is one of Elizabeth Dozier’s favorite quotes. Dozier, Chicago Women in Philanthropy’s Making a Difference honoree, cited that quote during her keynote speech at CWIP’s Annual Luncheon on March 2. 

Dozier is managing director of Chicago Beyond, a privately held organization that seeks to create opportunity and access for Chicago’s young people. The group invests in and analyzes ideas and programs to address youth violence and educational attainment. 

Dozier is a former Fenger Academy High School Principal who was featured on the 2014 CNN documentary series “Chicagoland.” She told the story of a student who was shot in the head during her time at Fenger. From that experience, she learned “to realize that every moment is precious, we never know when people will be there and when they won’t…Treat people with dignity, humanity, decency, even when it is hard.”

She said Chicago Beyond is particularly interested in organizations that “are getting to the very core of what we are trying to disrupt.” The CWIP luncheon featured a performance by Changing Voices, a program that serves court-involved juveniles and young adults. In 2016, Changing Voices was one of three winners in Chicago Beyond’s first-ever innovation challenge. 

Dozier urged her listeners to “look more to see the potential in those who exist on the perimeters of Chicago. How are we building bridges and throwing down ropes?” She urged the audience to “see people not as caterpillars but as butterflies. It is incumbent that we unleash that ability within ourselves.” 

“Our collective liberation is bound together one to another,” Dozier said. “We are all connected. You can believe you can’t change the things you don’t like, but the day you see that for a lie is the day your world opens up.” 

The luncheon also featured remarks by Lindrea Reynolds, mentee participant in CWIP’s Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program and marketing manager for After School Matters, and Sandra Abrevaya, president and chief impact officer at Thrive Chicago, a citywide collective impact initiative.

Click here to see pictures from last year's Annual Luncheon


In the years past, the following prestigious women have been honored for their contribution to philanthropy in Chicago:

    • 2017 - Elizabeth Dozier, Managing Director, Chicago Beyond
    • 2016 - Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance
    • 2015 - Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics and Chief of Family Planning at the University of Chicago, 2015
    • 2014 - Julia Stasch, Vice President of U.S. Programs, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    • 2013 - Maria S. Pesqueira, President & CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, 2013
    • 2012 - Aurie Pennick, Executive Director and Treasure of the Field Foundation of Illinois, 2012
    • 2010 - Adele Simmons, Metropolis 
    • 2009 - Amina Dickerson, Kraft Foods
    • 2008 - Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company (previously President of Peoples Gas)
    • 2007 - Anna Roosevelt, Boeing Company
    • 2006 - Gigi Pritzker

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