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A Moment With Jerome’ Holston

A Moment With Jerome’ Holston

    What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Jerome’ Holston, Director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of … Continued



A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

A Moment with Beth Kieffer Leonard

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner at Lurie LLP. Meet Beth: Beth Kieffer … Continued



A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

A Moment with Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With” where we periodically highlight our greatest supporters and partners by sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting our very own Carol Dougal, Co-Founder, President Emerita and Hedy Ratner, Co-Founder, … Continued



Certification Specialist – Chicago

Certification Specialist – Chicago

The role of the Certification Specialist is to manage the WBENC Certification program. Responsibilities include processing applications, managing the application process internally, and supporting the ongoing program requirements as a Regional Partner Organization to WBENC. In addition, the Certification Specialist supports activities to grow the region working with the Managing Director of Established Business Services. … Continued



Economists Fear Long Term Effects of ‘She-Cession’

ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS  A so-called “she-cession” is sweeping the nation, with more women are leaving the workforce than ever before. “You can only put off your own work so much. It just became exhausting,” said Wendy Mccullough, a Chicago mother of two. Mccullough had been working in management consulting for 20 years. She had taken time off … Continued



The WBDC Honors Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month highlights the importance of the mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), which is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. This year, we are reflecting on the momentous challenges … Continued



Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month

  As Black History Month comes to a close, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) reaffirms our unwavering commitment to advocacy and action for ending racism. The WBDC is proud to honor, year-round, Black history and experience, as well as the many contributions of Blacks to our country’s history. 2020 was notable not only for … Continued



A Moment with Mark Hands

A Moment with Mark Hands

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Mark Hands, Director of Supplier Diversity and Associate Office of Minority and … Continued



Aisha Ahrens

Aisha Ahrens



Certification Specialist – St. Louis

Certification Specialist – St. Louis

The role of the Certification Specialist is to support the WBDC’s Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification program. Responsibilities include processing applications, managing the application process internally, performing site visits, and supporting the ongoing program requirements as a Regional Partner Organization to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC.) REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Established Business … Continued



Associate Director, Government Contracting

Associate Director, Government Contracting

The Associate Director of Government Contracting will manage the delivery of programs and services for businesses competing in the federal, state, and local government markets or businesses interested in becoming federal, state, and local government contractors.  The Associate Director will work with the Managing Director, Government and Veteran Services to develop the strategic direction for … Continued



A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

A Moment with Kathy April-Rush

What is “A Moment With”: The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight valued supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Kathy April-Rush, the Associate Director of North America Supplier Diversity at AbbVie Inc. Meet Kathy: … Continued



Minerva Calatayud

Minerva Calatayud



Laurie Underwood

Laurie Underwood



Veronica Ojeda

Veronica Ojeda



A Moment With – Jim Kirk

A Moment With – Jim Kirk

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Jim Kirk, Publisher and Executive Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. Meet … Continued



Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) and Early Resolution Program (ERP) Announcement – Press Q&A/Legislator Talking Points

GENERAL QUESTIONS What is Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD)? CCLAHD is a county-wide initiative serving residents of Cook County in need of legal assistance for issues surrounding eviction, foreclosure, debt and tax deeds. Cook County has been proactively working with elected officials and nonprofit organizations to develop this initiative. Partnering offices … Continued



A Moment With – Maria Castro

A Moment With – Maria Castro

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to introduce our new series, “A Moment With”, where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Comcast Regional External Affairs Manager, Maria Castro. … Continued



A Moment With – Robert Steiner

A Moment With – Robert Steiner

  What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to share with you our new series, “A Moment With” where we will periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Robert Steiner, the District Director … Continued



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