2015 Topic

Immigration and Business: Women's Perspective

2014 Keynote Speaker

Michèle Ledgerwood

Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Seven Revolutions: Global Trends and the Role of Women in 2035

Seven Revolutions is an ambitious effort to look at the pressing global trends that will fundamentally change the way we work, think, and live – as individuals, as organizations, as nations, and as women in leadership positions. The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based, bipartisan foreign policy think tank, has spent more than two decades analyzing these trends. Looking out to the year 2035, they have identified a series of important drivers both globally and locally, as well as their projected effects on societies worldwide. These drivers are population; resource management; technological innovation; information flows; economic integration; security; and governance. Michèle Ledgerwood will speak to us about merging challenges in all of these areas and their likely evolution over the next 25 years, as well as how they will be influenced by – and have an impact on – women across the globe.

Master of Ceremonies/Moderator




Alison Cuddy

Arts and Culture Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media

Cultural/International Speakers



Carmen Vidal-Hallett

Principal, Eco Vidal Design Inc.



Dr. Rasha Mahmoud Hussien Mohammed

Former Head of the Donor Care Department at Elabbasia Regional Blood Transfusion Centre in Cairo

2013 Speakers and Hosts

IWD 2013 speakers

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



Join us on March 9th - register now!