|CWIP Annual Luncheon|
Chicago Women in Philanthropy Annual Luncheon
April 10, 2019, Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Northern Trust
Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) was founded in 1981 as a community for philanthropic, corporate-giving, and nonprofit women. Our members are passionate about helping other women advance in society. Our mission is to advocate and encourage philanthropy by facilitating dialogue and uncommon connections that positively impact the lives of women and girls.
Each year, our annual luncheon recognizes one outstanding woman who has gone above and beyond for her community with the Making a Difference Award. This year’s event, which takes place on April 10, will honor Connie L. Lindsey. Ms. Lindsey has dedicated her life to improving the lives of women and girls. Her exceptional service record in Chicago’s public and philanthropic sectors inspire us all to lead impactful lives.
Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust. She oversees the global Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Development and Investments, and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.
Ms. Lindsey is the former National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA. She joined the Girl Scouts board in 2005 and was elected National Board President, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 2.5 million-member organization, in 2008 and 2011. In this role she provided guidance in policy, fundraising, and leadership. She was a key part of the Girl Scout transformation, committed to building and sustaining membership growth and ensuring girls receive leadership development and experience.
Ms. Lindsey is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, and Vision 2020’s Leadership Circle. She also serves on several civic and charitable boards that include the Executives’ Club of Chicago; Friends of Prentice Board at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Vice President, Philanthropy Co-Chair); Global Reporting Initiative; Leadership Greater Chicago (Board President, Fellow); McCormick Theological Seminary (Trustee); Obama Foundation Inclusion Council (Co-Chair); and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
Ms. Lindsey received her BA in Finance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program, and is also a licensed Qualified Administrator of The Intercultural Development Inventory®. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.
Ms. Lindsey has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of Achievement Award, Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award, Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, Leadership Greater Chicago’s Distinguished Fellow Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, and YWCA’s Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight-year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.
Ms. Lindsey’s dedication to leadership and empowerment for young women, as well as her work within our community make her an ally to us all and we are privileged to be honoring Connie L. Lindsey with CWIP’s annual Making a Difference Award for her exceptional service record in Chicago’s public and philanthropic sectors and her commitment to advancing so many causes that impact the lives of women and girls.
CWIP’s annual luncheon has grown each year and continued to attract nonprofit and philanthropy professionals throughout Chicago. Last year, we hosted more than 350 attendees at the Standard Club. We have outgrown that space and are excited to report that we are moving the luncheon to the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile. We look forward to welcoming everyone in this beautiful location as we continue to expand CWIP’s audience through this event.
Previous awardees include:
2018 - Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund 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
Notes and Review from the 2018 CWIP Annual Luncheon provided by Anne Zender
“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.