HerStories is a series of frank conversations with leading women at the forefront of Chicago’s business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational communities. Join us as we hear their inspirational stories to learn who they are, how they got there, and what challenges they faced on the way. HerStories is brought to you by The Chicago Network, Chicago's premier organization for leading women, dedicated to empowering women to lead.


February 27, 2023 72 min

Maricela Garcia has spent her life fighting to improve the lives of others. In this episode Garcia shares her story, from facing mortal peril as a young activist, to her work today as CEO of Gads Hill Center, a non-profit youth education and family resource center on Chicago's South Side.

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Former chaplain, musician, lawyer, and global citizen Angela Williams, President & CEO of United Way, joins us to talk living up to her family legacy, how faith has informed her journey, and how she came to lead America's largest privately funded charity.

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December 5, 2022 70 min

Kimberly Moore, President of KDM Engineering on dealing with loss while launching a new business, serial entrepreneurship, and what it's like to be the only woman of color in the room.

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November 8, 2022 68 min

Christie Hefner, one of The Chicago Network's founding members, reflects on learning about movie theaters, Playtique, a former boutique clothing and music retail subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises, getting women into the c-suite, and the decisions that led to her many accomplishments today.

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October 23, 2022 62 min

 This time on the HerStories Podcast, American Red Cross of Illinois CEO Celena Roldan gives us a rare look into what it's like to lead an organization that saves lives every day. 

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October 9, 2022 57 min

From studying law in night school while raising a family,  United States District Court Judge Virginia Kendall knows what it means to beat the odds. In this episode, Judge Kendall talks loss, what it's like to be underestimated, and recounts racing the clock to find and rescue a missing child in the gripping story of how the United States' human trafficking statutes came to be.

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September 25, 2022 54 min

Discover Executive Vice President, President - Payment Services Diane Offereins Joins Maria this week, discussing technology and automation, mentorship, and innovation.

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September 8, 2022 76 min

From family newsletters to President and Co-Publisher of The Chicago Reader, Tracy Baim talks journalism, family trauma, and what it's like to be at the forefront of the fight for LGBT+ rights.

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August 26, 2022 65 min

From flying alone to the U.S.A. at three years old with nothing but a name-tag, to becoming Principal, COO and CMO of JMG Financial Group, Yonhee Gordon talks with The Chicago Network CEO Maria Doughty about life, learning, and leadership.

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