Thursday, May 14, 2015
Networking Reception: 11:30 a.m. - Noon
Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
In her current role, Valerie Jarrett oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls. She led the White House Summit on Working Families and co-chairs the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jarrett was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company and served on various public and non-profit boards until she joined the administration.
Jarrett, who grew up in Hyde Park, got her start in Chicago politics in 1987 while working for Mayor Harold Washington. Her public service positions include Chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also practiced law with two private law firms.