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    • 03/05/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom
    Register


    • 03/07/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Swift School, 5900 N Winthrop Ave
    • 3
    Registration is closed


    Swift School Classroom Helpers – Volunteer Opportunity!




    We are happy to announce a new volunteer opportunity for IWA Members! Swift School

    has taken on many new students this year, especially with the continuing wave of

    refugee families arriving in Chicago. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers in a

    variety of tasks, whether with small groups of students or in other supportive activities in

    the classroom. No special skills are required! 


    Our first day will be Thursday, February 8. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts. The

    shifts are: 9-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM. Four volunteers are allowed per shift. Going

    forward, shifts will be on the first and second Thursdays of the month.


    George B. Swift School, a Chicago Public School attended by many immigrant and

    refugee children, has been a major recipient of our IWA philanthropy initiatives. Swift

    School is in the Edgewater neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation.

    Street parking is also available.


    Please sign up by Friday, March 1st.


    Contact Dell Harmsen (email: backinmiami@hotmail.com) for more information. We

    hope you will join us for this important and meaningful volunteer opportunity!


    • 03/08/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago




    International Women Associates, Fulbright Chicago Chapter, WorldChicago 

    Invite you to celebrate together!


    Friday, March 8, 2024

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

    The Newberry Library Ruggles Hall | 60 W. Walton St. Chicago. IL 60610


    WOMEN'S JOURNEY TOWARDS ECONOMIC EQUALITY


    Speakers:

    Juliana Stratton, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 

    Dr. Marianne Bertrand, University of Chicago Economist, and 

    Kristie P. Paskvan, The First Women's Bank Board Director


    Program:

    2:00 p.m.  Check-in | Socializing (in-person)

    2:30 p.m.  Welcome | Trivia Game | Speaker Program | Q&A

    4:00 p.m.  Reception | Post-event Networking (in-person)

    5:00 p.m.  Program Adjournment


    In-Person: $45 | Registration Required | Reception includes wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and hors d’oeuvres


    Please CLICK HERE to RSVP and REGISTER for in-person attendance!


    Virtual: Free | RSVP Required to receive the Zoom link | Zoom “Doors” open at 2:15 p.m. CST


    Please CLICK HERE to RSVP and REGISTER for virtual attendance via Zoom!


    Parking: Metered street parking on area streets (Park Chicago app) and 

    discounted parking at 100 W. Chestnut Street garage with validated tickets ($12 for up to 8 hours)!

    Please click here for further info on directions, parking, and accessibility.

     

    Questions: Please contact iwd2024chicago@gmail.com or 312-970-9417






    We hope you will join us on March 8th!



    Juliana Stratton, Lt. Governor of Illinois


    Juliana Stratton is serving all of Illinois as the 48th Lieutenant Governor. She brings her visionary leadership to more than a dozen councils, commissions, boards, and agencies as Chair or executive liaison, including the Illinois Council on Women and Girls; the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council; the Military Economic Development Committee; the Rivers of Illinois Coordinating Council and the newly formed Healing-Centered Task Force. Her portfolio also includes overseeing the administration’s Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative; chairing the board of the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program; and leading a range of office initiatives that address the needs of Illinoisans. Lt. Governor Stratton is the former Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, and she is actively engaged with The Chicago Network; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and The Links, Incorporated. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband Bryan and four daughters.


    Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D.

    Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics

    University of Chicago Booth School of Business


    Marianne Bertrand is the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


    Born in Belgium, Professor Bertrand received a Bachelor's Degree in economics from Belgium's Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1991, followed by a Master's Degree in econometrics from the same institution the next year. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998. She was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Princeton University for two years before joining Chicago Booth in 2000.


    Professor Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, political economy, and development economics. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including numerous research articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Studies.


    Professor Bertrand is a Co-Director of Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Director of the Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. Professor Bertrand also served as co-editor of the American Economic Review. She has received several awards and honors, including the 2004 Elaine Bennett Research Prize, awarded by the American Economic Association to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman at the beginning of her career, and the 2012 Society of Labor Economists’ Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Labor Economics. Bertrand is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


    Kristie P. Paskvan, MBA, CPA 

    Board Director, the First Women's Bank


    Kristie Paskvan is an experienced board member and CFO/COO/President with over 25 years of experience assisting diversified financial services, asset management, real estate, insurance, and professional services companies to grow their businesses worldwide. Kristie’s career reflects a demonstrated history in leading enterprise-wide transformation and strategic financial initiatives, including business intelligence, M&A due diligence and implementation initiatives, enterprise risk management, regulatory and capital allocation oversight, and cost efficiency.


    Kristie is a board director at First Women’s Bank (FWB) - a de novo bank launched in 2021, where she serves as the Audit Committee Chair, and is a member of both the Risk and Compensation committees. She serves as the Audit Chair for Smithbucklin - a Chicago-based association management company, and for NCCI, which provides objective state insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. Kristie sits on the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago board of directors and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce board. She is a member of the University of Illinois Dean’s Business Council for the Gies College of Business.


    Previously Kristie was the CFO and COO at Mesirow Financial, a global financial services company with concentrations in investment management and capital markets. She was responsible for audit, tax, key metrics, budgeting and planning, and risk management. Kristie served on the Mesirow Financial board of directors for 6 years, participating in, or leading numerous committees including strategy, audit, information technology, HR & compensation, and enterprise risk management. Kristie started her career in public accounting at Goldberg Geiser. Subsequently, she worked at JMB Realty and Stein and Company, both in the real estate industry. In 2017, she was honored as Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Executive Club of Chicago. Kristie received her BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois and has an Executive MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and International Women’s Forum.



    • 03/10/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Carol Sommer's Home: Address provided with registration
    • 25
    Register


    Treasure Hunt “International Cabinet de Curiosities”


    North Shore Potluck luncheon; Field Trip to Chicago






    Sunday March 10, 2024

    11:00 am – 2:00 pm


    International “Cabinet de Curiosities”


    After enjoying our potluck luncheon, we will go on a “field trip” through time and cultures via artifacts collected through several generations of two immigrant families. We will be divided into teams and each team will have a list of countries and go to various rooms in the house to see if they can match items with their origin. The time factor is guessing the utility of items from pre-history through the Edwardian era.


    RSVP by Friday March 8th, online preferred.


    Let us know what pot-luck item you are bringing!


    Attendance limited.


    Hostess: Carol Sommers, Chicago address available upon registration.


    Questions: Carolyn LeBlanc-Blatt, clblatt@att.net, 312-550-3827.


    All IWA members, potential members, and guests are welcome.


    • 03/12/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    • 13
    Register

    Pre-Gala Program: Greek Poetry

    with Doreen Feitelberg




    Location: IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702

    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


    Please join us for an in-person Greek Poetry program in the IWA office. As a prelude to

    the Greek Gala, IWA member and Poetry Chair Doreen Feitelberg is presenting a

    program of Greek Poetry selected from ancient to modern poets.



    • 03/12/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid - IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702 and Zoom
    Register


    • 03/14/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Swift School, 5900 N Winthrop Ave
    • 4
    Register


    Swift School Classroom Helpers – Volunteer Opportunity!




    We are happy to announce a new volunteer opportunity for IWA Members! Swift School

    has taken on many new students this year, especially with the continuing wave of

    refugee families arriving in Chicago. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers in a

    variety of tasks, whether with small groups of students or in other supportive activities in

    the classroom. No special skills are required! 


    Our first day will be Thursday, February 8. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts. The

    shifts are: 9-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM. Four volunteers are allowed per shift. Going

    forward, shifts will be on the first and second Thursdays of the month.


    George B. Swift School, a Chicago Public School attended by many immigrant and

    refugee children, has been a major recipient of our IWA philanthropy initiatives. Swift

    School is in the Edgewater neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation.

    Street parking is also available.


    Please sign up by Friday, March 8th.


    Contact Dell Harmsen (email: backinmiami@hotmail.com) for more information. We

    hope you will join us for this important and meaningful volunteer opportunity!


    • 03/14/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom (Link Provided in Registration Email)
    Register


    • 03/18/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom only (link provided in registration email)
    Register

    Book: The Applicant

    Author: Nazli Koca

    Discussion Leader: Ann Brody

    Literature Discussion Chairs: Barbara Herzog and Teresa Kennedy






    • 03/18/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702, Chicago
    Register


    Bridge




    This monthly event is for all interested Bridge players, and includes members who play Basic Social Bridge as well as Intermediate/Advanced Bridge players. (Please be aware that you need a basic knowledge of Bridge in order to participate).

    • 03/19/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    • 30
    Register


    Program (in English): Chanteuses


    Glen Derringer, a well-traveled musical impresario will give a presentation on the lives of iconic French singers who have left an indelible mark on the world of music.

    His presentation will be accompanied by several videos.


    10:30 a.m.: Social

    11:00 a.m.: Program begins



    RSVP by Sunday, March 17, 2024. Nadej Mercier, nadej@letien.net
    Cell phone: 312-399-8836 or register on the IWA Website www.iwachicago.org


    Refreshments are welcome. 



    • 03/19/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom (Link Provided in Registration Email)
    Register

    Board of Directors Meeting

    (by invitation)

    • 03/20/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Avli on The Park, 180 N Field Blvd, Chicago
    Register

    Evening Meet & Greet

    at Avli on The Park




    Get in the mood for our spring Greek Gala!

    Join IWA members for an Evening Meet & Greet at Greek restaurant and bar, Avli on The Park.

    Address: 180 N Field Blvd, Chicago, IL 60601

    Free parking in the parking garage with ticket validation at Avli on The Park. 

    (Mariano's is the anchor store in this building.)

    We will be there from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – come for as little or as long as you like!

    Please contact Ria Rörich or Dell Harmsen with any questions.


    • 03/26/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    Register

    Mah Jongg




    Join your IWA friends in a fun and friendly game of Mah Jongg! There is nothing more exciting than when, with your heart racing, your adrenaline pumping, your palms sweating, and you call " Mah Jongg"!


    ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! A refresher lesson will be given at the beginning of each meeting.



    • 03/26/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid - IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702 and Zoom
    Register


    • 04/01/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2nd Floor, 900 N Michigan Ave
    Register

    Join us for an in-person Morning Meet and Greet!


    Enjoy a morning of coffee and conversation with IWA members.


    Stop by for as little or as long as you'd like between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. 


    All IWA members and potential new members are welcome!


    Director for Membership: Ria Rörich

    Director for Member Engagement: Dell Harmsen



    • 04/02/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom
    Register


    • 04/02/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • TBA

    Rhapsody on Wine




    April 2nd, 2024

    Social Time: 11:00 am Program: 11:30am

    IWA Office and Zoom


    Speaker Peter Conroy


    This is, I hope, an amusing and informative look at the

    vocabulary we find on the labels of wine bottles. The claims made on these

    labels are sometimes quite extraordinary and are worth a look … or a taste.

    I will also talk about the different wine producing regions in France as well

    as some important distinctions between French and American wines.

    Food for thought I hope even if we cannot sip them right here.



    • 04/02/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid - IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702 and Zoom
    Register


    • 04/03/2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chicago home of IWA member - address details in emailed invitation.
    Register


    • 04/04/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Swift School, 5900 N Winthrop Ave
    • 7
    Register


    Swift School Classroom Helpers – Volunteer Opportunity!




    We are happy to announce a new volunteer opportunity for IWA Members! Swift School

    has taken on many new students this year, especially with the continuing wave of

    refugee families arriving in Chicago. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers in a

    variety of tasks, whether with small groups of students or in other supportive activities in

    the classroom. No special skills are required! 


    Our first day will be Thursday, February 8. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts. The

    shifts are: 9-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM. Four volunteers are allowed per shift. Going

    forward, shifts will be on the first and second Thursdays of the month.


    George B. Swift School, a Chicago Public School attended by many immigrant and

    refugee children, has been a major recipient of our IWA philanthropy initiatives. Swift

    School is in the Edgewater neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation.

    Street parking is also available.


    Please sign up by Friday, March 29th.


    Contact Dell Harmsen (email: backinmiami@hotmail.com) for more information. We

    hope you will join us for this important and meaningful volunteer opportunity!


    • 04/08/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom only (link provided in registration email)
    Register

    Book: Convenience Store Woman
    Author: Sayaka Murata

    Discussion Leader: Yoko Kusama Mosher

    Literature Discussion Chairs: Barbara Herzog and Teresa Kennedy







    • 04/09/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    • 28
    Register


    Between the Silence - Film Viewing and Discussion




    Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024


    Time: 10:30 a.m.


    Location: IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702



    Speaker: Mina Patel, with her background in social justice, education, and civic engagement, brings a creative light to under-served voices in her film Between the Silence. It explores the epidemic of loneliness and yearning for belonging through the lives of two socially isolated immigrant women. She combines her Art of Belonging workshops and the film screening to spark conversation on creating meaningful gatherings to cultivate a sense of belonging and alleviate social isolation. After viewing her film, she will lead a discussion on creating community and the universal desire to belong.


    Contact: Alice Chow

    • 04/09/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid - IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702 and Zoom
    Register


    • 04/11/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Swift School, 5900 N Winthrop Ave
    • 6
    Register


    Swift School Classroom Helpers – Volunteer Opportunity!




    We are happy to announce a new volunteer opportunity for IWA Members! Swift School

    has taken on many new students this year, especially with the continuing wave of

    refugee families arriving in Chicago. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers in a

    variety of tasks, whether with small groups of students or in other supportive activities in

    the classroom. No special skills are required! 


    Our first day will be Thursday, February 8. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts. The

    shifts are: 9-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM. Four volunteers are allowed per shift. Going

    forward, shifts will be on the first and second Thursdays of the month.


    George B. Swift School, a Chicago Public School attended by many immigrant and

    refugee children, has been a major recipient of our IWA philanthropy initiatives. Swift

    School is in the Edgewater neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation.

    Street parking is also available.


    Please sign up by Friday, April 5th.


    Contact Dell Harmsen (email: backinmiami@hotmail.com) for more information. We

    hope you will join us for this important and meaningful volunteer opportunity!


    • 04/11/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom (Link Provided in Registration Email)
    Register


    • 04/15/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702, Chicago
    Register


    Bridge




    This monthly event is for all interested Bridge players, and includes members who play Basic Social Bridge as well as Intermediate/Advanced Bridge players. (Please be aware that you need a basic knowledge of Bridge in order to participate).

    • 04/16/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Hybrid: IWA Office & Zoom (Link Provided in Registration Email)
    Register

    Board of Directors Meeting

    (by invitation)

    • 04/16/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid - IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702 and Zoom
    Register


    • 04/17/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Aster Hall Bar & Study, 900 N. Michigan Ave, 6th Floor
    Register

    Evening Meet & Greet

    at Aster Hall Bar & Study




    Join IWA members for an evening meet & greet!


    We will be there from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - come for as little or as long as you like!


    Please contact Ria Rörich or Dell Harmsen with any questions.

    • 04/18/2024
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office: 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    • 26
    Register

    Save the Date!


    Self-Defense Demonstration by former State Trooper, Jim Minx


    Location: IWA Office, 307 N Michigan Ave, Suite 702

    Date: Thursday, April 18

    Time: 10:30 a.m.


    More details to come

    • 04/23/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 702
    Register

    Mah Jongg




    Join your IWA friends in a fun and friendly game of Mah Jongg! There is nothing more exciting than when, with your heart racing, your adrenaline pumping, your palms sweating, and you call " Mah Jongg"!


    ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! A refresher lesson will be given at the beginning of each meeting.



    • 04/26/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St, Chicago
    Register