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Celebrating more than 30 Years. We value our community of women who have all navigated an extraordinary education at an extraordinary institution. We will continue to grow and evolve with the landscape, but always for the purpose of nurturing this special community.

Confidence: Essential For Leadership, Success And Fulfillment


On 8/7/2014, women from the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group came together to discuss a new book, The Confidence Code, written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The book discusses the neuroscience of the human mind, how women are wired differently and how to use those differences to our advantage. While the book also discusses some disadvantages of the female brain, the good news is that our brains are malleable. Group members shared stories about work, home life and situations they may have handled differently had they read some of this research. The action of getting together and discussing the research was incredibly empowering and... read more.

Making Chocolate Truffles!


On Saturday, May 31, several UCWBG members and friends learned to make chocolate truffles at Katherine-Anne Confections on Armitage. It was messy but the eating was delicious! View photos from the event.

Sonja Brisard was named BookingExpress Franchisee of the Year for 2013


Congratulations! Sonja Brisard, owner of BookingKeeping Express - Southwest Chicago was named Franchisee of the Year for 2013. This prestigious award was announced on February 4, 2014 to all the BookKeeping Express franchisees as well as the Corporate Team. Sonja was recognized in the Transition category of the award. She has transformed her business model since opening her office in April 2012. Sonja takes full advantage of the various tools and systems provided by the franchisor. As a result, her business has grown tremendously over the last year. Sonja is currently the UCWBG VP of Finance.

Elene Cafasso

Elene Cafasso, a professionally trained executive coach and president of Enerpace, executive coaching firm, was a speaker at the Third Annual Booth Women Connect Conference last fall. Elene led the session, "Introduction to Coaching Skills for Female Leaders." Here's a quote from her presentation, "Strong leaders build a toolbox full of management techniques and have the ability to flex among them.  Learn how to read a situation and react with the appropriate tool."


The University of Chicago Women's Business Group ("UCWBG") is a nonprofit alumnae association organized to address the professional, personal and career developmental needs of women.  We are committed to providing a strong network and enriching environment to foster the long-term growth of relationships between our members, friends and other University of Chicago organizations.


Benefits of Membership in UCWBG

  • Meaningful connections with alumnae at all career stages through high quality networking

  • Discounts to empowering programs: career workshops, webinars, mentoring, roundtables and cultural and social events

  • Free access to past webinars and presentations through this website

  • Discounts to certain partner events in the greater Chicago area

  • Leadership opportunities through serving on the UCWBG Board of Directors

Join UCWBG today!


UCWBG Endows a Booth Student Prize

UCWBG Board of Directors presenting a check for the UCWBG Endowed Student Prize to Dean Sunil Kumar at the UCWBG Annual Meeting on January 18, 2012. Included in the photo is Agnes Roach '80 (2nd from left), a founder of UCWBG.


In support of Chicago Booth's efforts to honor exceptional students, UCWBG has endowed the UCWBG Student Prize Fund with $50,000. This Prize will be awarded annually to an MBA student. The Fund anticipates a prize of $2500 annually. Read the Chicago Booth press release announcing the Prize. 



Top Upcoming Events

Thu, Oct 30 
YWCA Leader Luncheon: Local Women. Global Impact
Professional Development

Fri, Nov 7 
Why Start From Scratch? Reasons to Buy a Business Instead!


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Friend and Partner Events

Fri-Sat, Oct 24-25 
Homecoming 2014
The University of Chicago

Sat, Oct 25 
Geographic Lunch in the N/NW Suburbs
Chicago Women's Alliance

Mon, Oct 27 
"Strengthening Your Resume" Webinar
Chicago Booth Career Services

Fri, Nov 14 
"Enhancing Your LinkedIn Profile" Webinar
Chicago Booth Career Services


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