Kellogg Executive Women’s Network (KEWN)
Dee Slaughter ’92
KEWN continued its partnership with the Union League Club of Chicago for its Authors Luncheon Program. This program continues to provide KEWN members and guests with a venue to meet and hear prominent authors from a wide array of disciplines discuss their new books. In the past 11 months, KEWN heard, among others, Adam Grant, Steve Case, Diana Nyad, Harlan Coben, Amanda Knox, Victor Skrebneski and Andy Cohen. The network is thrilled to have this opportunity!
In addition to the Union League Club activity, KEWN also held a number of other events in this reporting period that provided opportunities for learning, giving back to the community and networking:
On April 7, 2016, KEWN accepted an invitation from Brooks Brothers to partner with them for a women’s shopping event. In addition to a purchase discount and wardrobe assistance, Brooks Brothers donated 10 percent of the proceeds generated that evening to Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU), KEWN’s designated charity. The evening was a win-win for attendees, Brooks Brothers and CAU.
On May 19, 2016, KEWN members and guests enjoyed its eighth annual wine tasting/networking evening. The theme of the evening was “Bubbles and Conversation,” with an offering of sparkling wines from France, Spain and Italy. The Artisan Cellar, a purveyor of fine wines, partnered with Devon & Devon, an upscale manufacturer/distributor of Italian bathroom furniture and fixtures, to host this unique networking experience.
On September 22, 2016, KEWN hosted a fall social at Bar Siena, a trendy West Loop restaurant, to welcome new members to KEWN and provide an opportunity to reconnect with classmates, network with peers and meet other members of KEWN. It was a lively event enjoyed by all. On November 3, 2016, KEWN hosted an event, Learning from Ladies Who Launch — Women Founders Share Their Stories. It was a panel of Kellogg alumnae, Danielle Dy Buncio ’12, Lois Haubold ’01 and Anna Kan ’15, moderated by Linda Darragh, who shared their experiences founding and running companies in a variety of industries. These successful women business leaders provided their perspectives and advice based on personal experience to aspiring entrepreneurs.
On December 3, 2016, KEWN members, guests and a number of their children participated in the 10th Annual Holiday Brunch/Gift Wrapping. At this event, the network provided and wrapped gifts for children and families who are supported by Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU), an Illinois social services organization. This annual event is one of KEWN’s most well attended, and it ensures a happy holiday for many.