Sweet Home Chicago, the University of, That Is

Dear Readers:

It’s been wonderful to develop a relationship with the University of Chicago over the past year, beginning with my teaching a course on women in public leadership at the Harris School of Public Policy.

In April, I joined Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, for a program on “Chicago style” politics and breaking the glass ceiling, part of the school’s Institute of Politics programming. What a treat that was.

To top-off the school year, I’m pleased to be doing a book signing and talk at the university bookstore, during this week’s upcoming Alumni Weekend. The graphic below contains all the details. Graduates, or anyone else in town who would like to share views on this hot topic (that would be women in politics), do invite your friends and join me.The more heads we put together, the better!

Best wishes.


P.S. Blues fans in the house: here is my favorite version of Sweet Home Chicago.



Toni Preckwinkle and yours’-truly on women in politics breaking the glass ceiling, Chicago-style

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. To register, click here, visit:.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and I will exchange thoughts on women in politics on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at “Chicago Style,” sponsored by the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago.

No surprise, I’m sure: there is a chapter about Toni in Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide. I’m thinking that, with all the graduations coming up, her inspirational and tough-minded story is the perfect gift for young women with big dreams, not to mention for their mothers, sisters, aunts, partners, girlfriends; well, you get the picture. Click here for info about online buying options. If you prefer, visit your favorite local bookstore. In any event, Every Day Is Election Day and its frank advice will help you get ready for 2014. For, remember: every year is the year of the woman.

Best wishes.


Big Girls Don’t Cry, the (non-New Jersey/yes-Chicago) Version

Dear Readers,

Big Girls Don’t Cry, this version featuring Toni Preckwinkle, newly-elected President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, (Cook County’s government is larger than that of 29 states), and Lisa Madigan, newly re-elected Attorney General of Illinois, and maybe candidate for Chicago Mayor, may be found here.

On this day after an historic and, in some ways, troubling election, I’m looking on the bright side.

I hope you’ll find this post inspirational to the girls and women in your life.

Best wishes.


Toni Preckwinkle: A Chicago Heroine for Women’s History Month

Dear Readers,

I made a wish list for Women’s History Month: You can find it here: http://www.tcwmag.com/blogs/sivesiftings.

And here’s a hint about the wish list: A wonderful and very gifted woman is likely about to become the head of one of the very largest American governments: WAY COOL.