2015 Topic

Immigration and Business: Women's Perspective

2015 Expert Speakers

Mary Meg McCarthy

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...

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Maria Socorro Pesqueira

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 new...facility and opened two additional satellite offices...

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Carole Segal

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 (IBIC), a diverse group of Illinois business leaders...

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Michele Wucker

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...raised millions in funds for operations and collaborated with diverse organizations around the world...

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Master of Ceremonies/Moderator



Alison Cuddy

Associate Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival and former Arts and Culture Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media

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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



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