Women's Initiative

Arnstein & Lehr aims to help women advance professionally – both within the firm and within legal and business communities – through the support of women’s organizations and women-owned businesses.

Our Women’s Initiative is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women attorneys, and to sustaining a positive and supportive environment for the firm’s women attorneys. Our co-chairs for the Women’s Initiative are: Laura Lau Marinelli and Sharilee Smentek.

Our women lawyers meet regularly to share information concerning activities that support women and their professional growth, enable them to network, and serve in effective business development forums. We also stay informed about charitable events that benefit girls and young women, who are just beginning their careers.

We sponsor a variety of events that enable our women to interact with businesswomen, corporate counsel and other women’s organizations. Our signature event is the Woman of Vision honor.


Woman of Vision Award

Our Woman of Vision Award aspires to promote and empower professional women within the firm and throughout all of Chicago and South Florida. We celebrate the achievements of successful businesswomen through this honor. We present the award at a luncheon to recognize an inspirational woman who has made a difference in the professional world and to highlight a notable charity within the community. Women from all professional sectors attend, including female leaders in government, law, health care, business and education. The luncheon has grown to be a very special event and one that is highly anticipated each year.

Chicago

Women's Initiative CommitteeOur 2016 Chicago Woman of Vision honoree was Ms. Julie Creamer, president of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Senior Vice President of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. She has the distinction of being the first woman president in the history of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which was created in 1972. A member of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare’s senior leadership team since 1996, Julie most recently served as Senior Vice President of Administration for NMHC and Chief Transformation Executive. She has managed a diverse portfolio including quality, patient safety and information technology improvements and previously served as NMH’s Chief Nurse Executive. She was also instrumental to the planning and construction of Northwestern Memorial Hospital which was completed in 1999, as well as the development and launch of the Northwestern Medicine 10-year strategic plan. She received her BSN from Marquette University and holds a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Northwestern Medicine recently had four of its hospitals recognized among America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

For 2016, we supported the charitable organization Go Red For Women, created by the American Heart Association. It is a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. For additional information, please visit www.goredforwomen.org.

South Florida

Women's Initiative CommitteeSouth Florida hosted its inaugural Woman of Vision event, co-Chaired by Miami Partners, Mary Hoelle and Susan Trench, at the Pérez Art Museum Miami honoring Alexandra Villoch, President & Publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company.


2016 Chicago Woman of Vision
Award Luncheon
2016 South Florida Woman of Vision
Award Luncheon
 
2015 Chicago Woman of Vision
Award Luncheon
 
 

South Florida Woman of Vision Award Honoree

   
2016  
Alexandra Villoch

Alexandra Villoch
President & Publisher, Miami Herald Media Company

 

 

 

Chicago Woman of Vision Award Honorees

   
2016 2015
Julie Creamer

Julie Creamer
President
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Leslie Hindman

Jill Allread
CEO
Public Communications Inc.

2014 2013
Susan Whiting

Susan Whiting
Former Vice Chair
Nielsen Company

Leslie Hindman

Leslie Hindman
Founder & Owner
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

2012 2011
Sherren Leigh

Sherren Leigh
Founder & President
Leigh Communications and Editor-in-Chief,
Today’s Chicago Woman

Jeanne Gang

Jeanne Gang
Architect, Founder & Principal
Studio Gang Architects

2010 2009
Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah
Publisher & Owner
Sourcebooks, Inc.

Anne  Pramaggiore

Anne Pramaggiore
President & COO
ComEd

2008 2007
Marsha Serlin

Marsha Serlin
Founder & CEO
United Scrap Metal

Cheryle Jackson

Cheryle Jackson
President & CEO
The Chicago Urban League