The Working Lunch

Thanks to everyone who joined us today for The Working Lunch, for making our first-ever virtual luncheon such a great success!

The Working Lunch is Going Virtual!

Stronger Together: Protecting Our Legacy. Shaping Our Future.

May 14, 2020

11:30  a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – Noon (Networking)
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Program)

As this unprecedented crisis unfolds, the work Women Employed does to support working people has never been more urgent. Now, more than ever, we must go further, work harder, speak louder, and act more purposefully to ensure every working person is protected and supported.

The virtual platform has allowed us to expand our program and bring even more content that matters to you. With representation from government, education, labor, policy research, and corporate, we will explore with our panelists how we protect our legacy and shape a future together that is stronger, more equitable and just. Don’t miss the chance to network, hear from dynamic professionals and leaders, and of course support Women Employed!

Stronger Together:

Protecting Our Legacy. Shaping Our Future.


This cross-sector discussion will focus on the local economy and the future of work. Together, we will explore the impact COVID has had on our economy and the most vulnerable, the challenges and opportunities we will face as we emerge, and how we begin to imagine a path forward creating a new normal that is equitable and just 


Cherita Ellens

CEO, Women Employed


Greg Kelley

President, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri
& Kansas


Jill Gigstad

Midwest Researcher, Illinois Economic Policy Institute


Juan Salgado

Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago


Representatives from corporate and philanthropy will discuss the fundamental changes COVID will make in how we work, the actions we can take to ensure women maintain hard-won advances in the workplace, and what companies can to do ensure that women and their families are protected, supported, and aren’t left behind.   


Connie Lindsey

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust


Amy Mason

Manager, Account Solutions, Pharmacy Commercial Market Development, Walgreen Co.


Diana Sharpe

Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development, ComEd


Julia Stasch

Immediate Past President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Monserrat Moreno

Agency Marketing Manager, Global Business Marketing, Facebook

Answers to Your Questions

It is important to us that the new virtual format of this year’s event is accessible to as many of our supporters as possible. Find answers to your questions in our luncheon Frequently Asked Questions Resource.

WE value your input and want to hear from you. Please share any questions or suggestions you have for WE that you hope to see addressed at The Working Lunch.


Enter The Working Lunch Raffle & Win!

With a $100 purchase, you can win a trip to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies and in-home wine tastings from PRP Wine International! And for just $25, you can win a deluxe prize package including prizes like a distillery tour, museum tickets, cooking classes, concerts, spa packages, and more! Note: Sales concluded for deluxe prize packages at the end of the event on May 14th. Raffle ticket sales for our platinum packages are available through May 31st. 

Last year, WE Heard From These Powerful Women

Thanks to all who joined us on May 9th for a powerful conversation with Fatima Goss Graves from the National Women’s Law Center, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, and moderator Heidi Stevens from the Chicago Tribune about manifesting and celebrating the Power of Women from the ballot to the boardroom and beyond! Watch their conversation!