The Working Lunch

Thanks to all who joined us on May 9th for a powerful conversation with influential leaders about manifesting and celebrating the Power of Women from the ballot to the boardroom and beyond!

WE Heard From These Powerful Women

Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO, National Women's Law Center (NWLC)

Fatima Goss Graves is on the forefront of the national movement to advance gender equity, regularly leading change at the Capitol and in news outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and NPR. She oversees NWLC’s administration of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which helps those who experience sexual assault, harassment, or abuse seek justice.

Anna Valencia

City Clerk, City of Chicago

As City Clerk, Anna Valencia has worked to build a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive Chicago. Her Status of Women and Girls working group recently released recommendations on policies and initiatives to make Chicago a better city for women and girls. She was featured as one of Business Insider’s 8 Most Influential Millennial Women in U.S. Politics.

Moderator: Heidi Stevens

Columnist, Chicago Tribune

In her daily column, Balancing Act, Heidi Stevens tackles gender bias, education policy, parenting, and relationships and explores the ways those issues intersect with current events.

Introducing: Cherita Ellens

CEO, Women Employed

Cherita Ellens is a proven non-profit leader with decades of commitment to increasing opportunity and advancing equity. She has experience in strategic analysis and planning, operations, staff development, project management, and marketing communications. Prior to joining WE, she held executive roles at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the South Side and Wabash YMCAs.