Immigration and Business: Women's Perspective
2015 Expert Speakers
Executive Director, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation's leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations. Under her leadership, NIJC has grown to a staff of 50 who serve 10,000 immigrants and their families each year through an unparalleled network of more than 1,500 pro bono attorneys.
President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, one of the longest standing Latina human service organizations in the nation. Under her leadership Mujeres received the prestigious ORBA Award for Nonprofit Financial Management Excellence; moved Mujeres' main office to a newly renovated 14,000 square foot facility and opened two additional satellite offices.
Co-founder of Crate and Barrel, the founder and former CEO of Foodstuffs, and the president of the Segal Family Foundation. She is co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, a diverse group of Illinois business leaders, and co-chair of the Immigration Task Force, a bipartisan group comprised of thought leaders in the Midwest, both working to forge consensus around sensible immigration policy at the state and national levels.
Vice President of Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously she was president of the World Policy Institute, a New York based center for global policy thought leadership, where she led strategic planning, programming, and execution; raised millions in funds for operations; and collaborated with diverse organizations around the world.
Master of Ceremonies/Moderator
Program Director, Chicago Humanities Festival and former Arts and Culture Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media
2013 Speakers and Hosts
From left to right: Laura Meyer, International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) advisor; Sidney Salvadori, ITCC board chair/Canadian trade commissioner; Hon. Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General; Ellen Costello, BMO Corp. ceo; Dr. Aparajita Sengupta, professor/visiting Fulbright scholar; Peggy Parfenoff, WorldChicago executive director; Robyne Robinson, IWD emcee/moderator and ROX Jewelry ceo
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