The Chicago Network
Leadership Messaging, Media Relations
The Chicago Network is the leading organization of Chicago’s professional women who have reached the highest levels of achievement in business, government, academia, and the arts. Through research, programming, partnerships and thought leadership, The Network seeks to expand opportunities for the advancement of women. By identifying key workplace challenges and celebrating successes, The Network strives to raise awareness among men and women, break down barriers, and inspire the next generation of women.
Since 2004, Melcher+Tucker has collaborated with the executive director to identify key issues, shape leadership messages, and conduct local and national media outreach. We have developed an experts list of Chicago Network members for major news organizations locally and across the country. MTC has assisted with writing and placing opinion pieces in influential Chicago business publications and in such national journals as Directorship and Directors Monthly. We also have managed the editorial process for the release of the annual Census Report, developing key messages, writing content, working with the graphic designer and overseeing all media outreach.
Through carefully targeted media outreach – story placements, Op-Eds, TV and radio interviews – we have helped The Chicago Network achieve key objectives: to broaden public understanding of its mission and the role of women in the workplace. The Census Report, and more recently a research partnership with Crain's Chicago Business, have become a vital resource for data and analysis for senior managers, directors, and researchers, and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, and on Chicago Public Radio and WTTW's Chicago Tonight. The Network’s CEO is a trusted resource, locally and nationally, on issues such as women’s advancement in the workplace, next generation talent, and paying it forward. Rising awareness and perceived value of The Network also has led to a growing number of media and other partnerships and increased attendance at public and member events.