Friday, May 1, 2015

Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett to Address 1,000 Business, Education, and Community Leaders in Chicago

Valerie Jarrett to keynote The Working Lunch, Women Employed’s signature gala event

(Chicago) – On May 14th, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett will deliver the keynote address at The Working Lunch, Women Employed’s signature annual event. Each year, The Working Lunch brings together supporters, advocates, business leaders and public officials in support of improved economic opportunities and increased access to education for working women.

In her role as Senior Advisor to the President, 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.

Speaking at The Working Lunch will be a homecoming for Jarrett, who grew up in Hyde Park. She got her start in Chicago politics in 1987 while working for Mayor Harold Washington, and her public service positions include Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago and Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Team in 2008.

Recently, Jarrett has embarked on a Lead on Leave tour with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to promote paid leave policies. She was the first to announce the Obama administration’s new initiatives on paid leave, which she did via LinkedIn this past January, writing that “43 million private sector workers in the U.S. are without any form of paid sick leave,” and “the success and productivity of our workers is inextricably tied to their ability to care for their families and maintain a stable life at home.”

The issues of paid sick days and paid leave are central in Women Employed’s efforts to make workplaces fairer for women and their families. Women Employed spearheads both a city coalition fighting to pass a paid sick days ordinance in Chicago and a statewide coalition fighting to pass paid sick days legislation for all of Illinois.

“Valerie Jarrett is an invaluable advocate in the fight for paid sick days and paid leave, and her dedication to improving the lives of working women is inspiring,” Executive Director Anne Ladky stated. “She is helping shape and support policies that will help workplaces reflect the realities of today’s working families. We’re very excited for her to share her message at The Working Lunch.

The event will kick off with a networking session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and the program will run from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago.

Many thanks to our generous lead sponsors, Allstate Insurance Company and ComEd.

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About Women Employed

Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, we have spent four decades opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. Visit us on social media at FacebookTwitterPinterest, and LinkedIn.