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Chicago’s Women Leaders to Celebrate International Women’s Day
by News Release, International Trade Club of Chicago 
Event Marks 12th Gathering Commemorating Women’s Leadership and Achievements

Chicago, IL — March 4, 2013 — More than 350 of Chicago’s most influential women will meet in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 at the Union League Club. The meeting will be the 12th consecutive gathering in Chicago to commemorate the international holiday that dates back to 1909.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ellen Costello, President and CEO, BMO Financial Corporation.

“Over the past 100 years, the pace of change we have realized has continued to accelerate, including a global economy which touches everyone today,” said Ellen Costello. “It’s important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in diversity and inclusion, while also knowing a lot of work remains.”

The program will be moderated by award-winning journalist Robyne Robinson and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will highlight this year’s 100th anniversary of women voting in Illinois.

Each year the International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) and World Chicago (WC) host a luncheon and international trade fair at the Union League Club in order to highlight the achievements of Chicago’s local educational, political and corporate leaders. The event is one of many international gatherings that draw attention to the global progress on issues of equality and women’s rights.

“The International Trade Club is pleased to be hosting this event in collaboration with World Chicago and the Union League Club,” said ITCC board chair Sidney Salvadori, “International Women’s Day has become one of our most popular events and we take pride in the work we do to highlight a few of the many successful women leaders in the Chicago region.”

The tradition of International Women’s Day dates back to the early 1900s when labor movements in both Europe and North America led to substantial change in women’s rights and roles in modern society. As of 2013, International Women’s Day is an official holiday in over 25 countries and was first recognized by the UN during International Women’s Year in 1975.

According to Nancy Sasamoto, Managing Director of Professional Development at Masuda Funai, event partner, “Supporting the ITCC’s [and WC’s] International Women’s Day event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women locally and throughout the world.”

This year’s UN theme is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”

The Chicago Celebrates International Women’s Day fair and luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago. The price for an individual ticket is $65 and includes admission to the fair and lunch. For more information and to register, please visit: www.chicagowomensday.org

The ITCC is a not-for-profit trade association based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1919, the ITCC is the oldest international trade association in the United States. Members represent a broad range of manufacturing, technology and service sectors, as well as educational institutions, government agencies, and the diplomatic corps.

WorldChicago,501(c) non-profit organization, provides the local community with a unique opportunity to build business relationships and lasting friendships with visitors from around the world. WorldChicago hosts events, programs and meetings for over 1000 international delegates each year.

Media interested in covering the event or interviewing partners, sponsors, or speakers, please contact:

Logan O’Grady
ITCC Public Affairs Coordinator
logrady@itcc.org
Ph
: 715-821-2113

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