Upcoming events

    • January 31, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Forum 55 Food Hall, 55 E. Monroe St.
    • 1
    Registration is closed


    Join WP+D for a networking brown bag on Friday, January 31st from 12:00PM-1:00PM to talk with this month's featured guest: Mary Howard, Chief Resident Services Officer at the Chicago Housing Authority.

    Ms. Howard currently serves as the Chief Resident Services Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority.  She is responsible for implementing 2 Gen programs that foster economic independence, increase earning power, support academic achievement, and enhance housing stability and quality of life for residents. 

    Since joining  CHA, Ms. Howard has developed and strengthened programming to include evidenced based models that have led to over 7,000 job placements for adults and more than 8,000 paid work experiences for youth; assisted in the creation and launch of CHA’s nonprofit affiliate, Springboard 2 Success, and has designed and implemented research based programming such as Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) with the Urban Institute, and the groundbreaking advance earned income tax credit pilot. Ms. Howard is a board member of Springboard 2 Success and the Chicago Continuum of Care.

    Ms. Howard has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and housing service industry including management, program design, evaluation, coaching, and training. She has worked on issues that impact vulnerable populations such as addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as implemented a variety of workforce development, housing, and anti-poverty programs.

    Ms. Howard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University.

    Please Note: This is a members-only event limited to five (5) participants. As with every WP+D Small Networking Lunch, registration will open at 12:00PM on the day of the event announcement. Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fills up quickly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch; food is not provided. This lunch will be held at Forum 55 Food Hall located at 55 E. Monroe St. Look out for one of our board members and WP+D signage.

    Attendance & Cancellation Policy: We ask that members register for no more than two (2) consecutive lunches. If you have attended the past two lunches and would like to attend this event, please e-mail us at to be placed on the wait list. If space becomes available or registration isn't full a week in advance, we will contact you. Due to the popularity of these lunches, we ask for a 48-hour cancellation notice. Failure to notify us in advance may result in a 3-month suspension from the Networking Lunch series.

    • January 31, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 225 Chicago IL
    • 14

    It's the most wonderful way to start the year!

    Join us for our annual holiday party celebration at one of the hottest venues with river views in Merchandise Mart - Marshall's Landing!

    Ticket price includes an open bar and a delicious selection

    of heavy hors d'oeuvres.

    222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 225 Chicago IL 60654

    Click here to register today. 

    Have questions or need additional information contact us.

    We Hope To See YOU there!

    Women In Planning & Development

    • February 04, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Lozano Branch | Chicago Public Library | 1805 S Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60608, United States

    Join us for WP+D Monthly Book Club!

    Book Club #2 will meet at Chicago Public Library – Lozano Branch  (1805 S. Loomis Street) Tuesday, February 4th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. This event is “brown bag” so please bring what you’d like to eat and drink. Yes, you can bring food to the public library!

    We’ll be reading Indistractable by Nir Eyal.  Books are chosen by vote, so don't forget to vote for the next one here!  And, also, please send any great book ideas to WPDchicago@gmail.

    Book Description from Amazon:

    "You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.

    What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become "indistractable?"

    International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction's Achilles' heel in his groundbreaking new book.

    In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.

    Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

    Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals:
    • Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture--and how to fix it
    • What really drives human behavior and why "time management is pain management"
    • Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable
    • How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world
    Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention--helping you live the life you really want."

Past events

January 03, 2020 WPD Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter
December 19, 2019 December WP+Drinks: Morning Edition
December 18, 2019 December Networking Lunch with Elizabeth Scott
December 17, 2019 WP+D Bookclub
November 21, 2019 November WP+Drinks - Green Street Local
November 20, 2019 November Networking Lunch with Kendra Freeman
November 12, 2019 Fall Workshop: The Art of Self-Promotion
October 22, 2019 October Networking Lunch with Stacey Sutton
October 17, 2019 October WP+Drinks - The Press Room
September 25, 2019 September Networking Lunch with Eleanor Gorski
September 19, 2019 September WP+Drinks - Adams Street Brewery
August 28, 2019 August Networking Lunch with Sarah Jacobson
August 15, 2019 August WP+Drinks - The Kitchen
July 18, 2019 2019 Member Appreciation Picnic
July 17, 2019 July Networking Lunch with Sara Disney Haufe
July 10, 2019 2019-2020 WP+D Board Applications and Interviews
June 20, 2019 June WP+Drinks -Raised Urban Rooftop Bar
June 19, 2019 June Networking Lunch with Anne Dodge
May 22, 2019 May Networking Lunch with Andrea Juracek
May 16, 2019 May WP+Drinks: Morning Edition
May 08, 2019 Spring Workshop: Tackling Time Management
April 18, 2019 April WP+Drinks - The Scout South Loop
April 17, 2019 April Networking Lunch with Mary Fran Riley
March 21, 2019 March WP+Drinks - City Social
March 13, 2019 March Networking Lunch with Nathalie Bélanger
February 20, 2019 WP+D Holiday Party (RESCHEDULED)
February 20, 2019 February Networking Lunch with Stacie Young
February 06, 2019 2019 Mentorship Program Kick-Off
January 16, 2019 January Networking Lunch with Erin Aleman
December 19, 2018 December Networking Lunch with Annissa Lambirth-Garett
November 15, 2018 November WP+Drinks - Early Society
November 14, 2018 November Networking Lunch with Tina Fassett-Smith
November 05, 2018 2019 WP+D Mentorship Pilot Program Applications
November 01, 2018 2018 Fall Panel: Unlocking the Power of Mentorship
October 18, 2018 October WP+Drinks
October 17, 2018 October Networking Lunch with Fran Lefor Rood
September 20, 2018 September WP+Drinks - Kaiser Tiger
September 19, 2018 September Networking Lunch with Anne McKibbin
August 25, 2018 WP+D 1st Annual Family Picnic
August 16, 2018 August WP+Drinks - Park Grill
August 08, 2018 August Networking Lunch with Lynnette McRae
July 19, 2018 2018 Member Appreciation Picnic
July 18, 2018 July Networking Lunch with Allison Clements
July 11, 2018 2018-2019 WP+D Board Applications and Interviews
June 21, 2018 June WP+Drinks - Plymouth Rooftop Bar & Grill
June 13, 2018 June Networking Lunch with Carolee Kokola
May 17, 2018 May WP+Drinks - 2Twenty2 Tavern (Loop)
May 09, 2018 May Networking Lunch with Jimena Sayavedra
April 19, 2018 April WP+Drinks - Bar Siena (West Loop)
April 18, 2018 April Networking Lunch with Lolita Sereleas
April 11, 2018 Work Smart Workshop
March 15, 2018 March WP+Drinks - Sociale Chicago
March 14, 2018 March Networking Lunch with Angie Truitt
February 15, 2018 February WP+Drinks - Moe's Cantina (River North)
February 07, 2018 February Networking Lunch with Amanda Woodall
January 31, 2018 WP+D Holiday Party - January 31st, 2018
January 10, 2018 January Networking Lunch with Lydia Scott
December 13, 2017 December Networking Lunch with Angie Marks
November 29, 2017 Winding Career Paths to Planning
November 16, 2017 November WP+Drinks - The Living Room Bar!
November 15, 2017 November Networking Lunch with Karen Przypyszny
October 19, 2017 October WP+Drinks: Baderbrau Tap & Kitchen 2515 S. Wabash Avenue
October 18, 2017 October Networking Lunch with Felicia Dawson
September 21, 2017 September WP+Drinks: Morning Edition - Corner Bakery, Washington and Wells
September 20, 2017 September Networking Lunch with Catherine Baker
September 09, 2017 Bike in Brookfield!
August 17, 2017 Joint event in August... WP+Drinks with APA-IL!
August 16, 2017 August Networking Lunch with Kimberly Porter
July 19, 2017 July Networking Lunch with Kimberly Bares
July 13, 2017 2017 Membership Appreciation Picnic!
July 10, 2017 2017-2018 WP+D Board Applications and Interviews
June 28, 2017 WP+D Speed Networking
June 21, 2017 June Networking Lunch with Monica Chada
June 15, 2017 Summer Third Thursday WP+Drinks: Sidebar Grille
May 18, 2017 May WP+Drinks: Morning Edition - Dollop: 343 S Dearborn St
May 17, 2017 May Networking Lunch with Bonnie McDonald
April 28, 2017 WP+D 25th Anniversary Celebration
April 19, 2017 April Networking Lunch with Leslie Oberholtzer
March 16, 2017 March WP+Drinks - Townhouse Resturant and Wine Bar
March 15, 2017 March Networking Lunch with Veronica Gonzalez
February 16, 2017 February WP+Drinks - Jaks Tap!
February 15, 2017 February Networking Lunch with Jennifer Miller
January 23, 2017 WP+D Holiday Party - January 23rd, 2017
January 18, 2017 January Networking Lunch with Cindy McSherry
January 02, 2017 25th Anniversary Planning Committee (Interest Form)
December 15, 2016 December WP+Drinks: Rock Bottom Brewery - 1 West Grand Avenue
December 14, 2016 December Networking Lunch with Lakeshia Wright
November 30, 2016 November Networking Lunch with Angela Brooks, AICP
November 17, 2016 November WP+Drinks: Morning Edition - Corner Bakery 188 W. Washington
November 07, 2016 Open New Doors: Keys to Becoming More Entrepreneurial
October 26, 2016 October Networking Lunch with Harriet Festing
October 20, 2016 Fall Third Thursday WP+Drinks: Plymouth Rooftop
September 21, 2016 September Networking Lunch with Leah Dawson Mooney
September 15, 2016 Back to School Third Thursday WP+Drinks: Cavanaugh's
August 18, 2016 Summertime Third Thursday WP+Drinks: Citizen Bar Patio
August 17, 2016 August Networking Lunch with Terri Haymaker
July 27, 2016 July Networking Lunch with Angela Brooks, AICP
July 14, 2016 WP+D Annual Membership Appreciation Picnic
July 06, 2016 2016-2017 WP+D Board Interviews
June 22, 2016 Join us June 22, 2016 for the June Networking Lunch with Liz Schuh
May 19, 2016 Speak Up!: Spring Professional Development Event
May 18, 2016 May Networking Lunch with Krista Kahle Elam
April 27, 2016 April Networking Lunch with Mari Gallagher
April 21, 2016 Rudy's Bar and Grille - WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
March 23, 2016 March Networking Lunch with Maiko Emi Adachi
March 17, 2016 March WP+Drinks (Morning Edition) - Corner Bakery 188 W. Washington
February 18, 2016 February WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
February 16, 2016 Small Networking Lunch w/Heather Schady
January 27, 2016 WP+D Holiday Party - January 27th, 2016
January 21, 2016 WP+D January Networking Event with Courtney Kashima
December 17, 2015 December WP+Drinks (Morning Edition) - Corner Bakery 188 W. Washington
December 16, 2015 WP+D December Networking Event with Caroline Goldstein
November 19, 2015 November WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
November 17, 2015 Funding Chicago: Fall Panel Discussion and Networking Event
November 11, 2015 WP+D November Networking Lunch with Emy Brawley
October 21, 2015 WP+D October Networking Lunch with Jane Hornstein
October 15, 2015 October WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
September 23, 2015 WP+D September Networking Lunch with Angela Hurlock
September 17, 2015 September WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
August 26, 2015 WP+D August Networking Lunch with Lori Bush
August 20, 2015 August WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
July 20, 2015 WP+D July Networking Lunch with Kristin Faust
July 15, 2015 WP+D Annual Membership Picnic
July 01, 2015 2015-2016 WP+D Board Interviews
June 24, 2015 WP+D June Networking Lunch with Patricia Berry
June 22, 2015 Exhibiting Leadership: Summer Moderated Panel Discussion and Networking Event
June 18, 2015 June WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
May 21, 2015 May WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
May 20, 2015 WP+D May Networking Lunch with Taryn Roch
May 08, 2015 WP+D Networking Breakfast with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
April 16, 2015 April WP+Drinks (morning edition) - Every Third Thursday
April 09, 2015 WP+D Spring Breakfast Up North - Evanston Edition
March 19, 2015 March Third Thursday WP+D Drinks - This month with the Chicago Urbanists!
March 18, 2015 WP+D March Networking Lunch with Katrina Van Valkenburgh
February 25, 2015 WP+D February Networking Lunch with Debbie Dixon
February 19, 2015 February WP+Drinks (morning edition) - Every Third Thursday
January 29, 2015 WP+D Holiday Party - January 29th, 2015
January 28, 2015 WP+D January Networking Lunch with Laurie Marston
December 17, 2014 December WP+Drinks - Special Wednesday Edition
December 15, 2014 WP+D December Networking Lunch with Sarah Wetmore
November 20, 2014 November WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
November 19, 2014 WP+D November Networking Lunch with Becca Goldstein
November 12, 2014 Planning Now for Options Later: Personal Finance Panel Discussion and Networking Event
October 29, 2014 WP+D Rescheculed Networking Lunch w/ Guacolda Reyes
October 29, 2014 WP+D October Networking Lunch with Eve Pytel
October 16, 2014 October WP+Drinks (morning addition) - Every Third Thursday
September 24, 2014 WP+D September Networking Lunch with Adrienne Holloway
September 18, 2014 September WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
August 27, 2014 WP+D August Networking Lunch w/ Guacolda Reyes
August 21, 2014 August WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
July 31, 2014 WP+D July Networking Lunch w/ Carole Morey
July 17, 2014 July WP+Drinks - Canceled in Lieu of Membership Picnic
July 16, 2014 WP+D Annual Membership Picnic
June 26, 2014 WP+D Evening at Inspiration Kitchen
June 25, 2014 WP+D June Networking Lunch w/ Marlise Fratinardo
June 19, 2014 June WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
May 29, 2014 Chicago Rehab Network 35 Years of Community Development Celebration
May 27, 2014 WP+D May Networking Lunch w/ Heather Smith
May 15, 2014 May WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
April 23, 2014 WP+D April Networking Lunch w/ Anne Evens
April 17, 2014 April WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday - MORNING COFFEE EDITION
March 20, 2014 March WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
March 19, 2014 WP+D March Networking Lunch w/ Kathleen Dickhut
March 10, 2014 Career Negotiation Skills: Moderated Panel Discussion and Networking Event
February 26, 2014 WP+D February Networking Lunch w/ Elizabeth Geer
February 20, 2014 February WP+Drinks - Every Third Thursday
January 22, 2014 WP+D January Networking Lunch w/ Patrice Frey
January 16, 2014 WP+D Holiday Party - January 16th, 2014
December 18, 2013 WP+D December Networking Lunch w/ Katherine Mazzocco
December 05, 2013 WP+Drinks
November 20, 2013 WP+D November Networking Lunch w/ Chris Slattery
November 18, 2013 "Planning Chicago" with Jon DeVries and Bradford Hunt
November 14, 2013 WP+D Coffee Chat
October 24, 2013 WP+Drinks
October 16, 2013 WP+D October Networking Lunch w/ Jodi Mariano
September 26, 2013 WP+Drinks
August 21, 2013 WP+D August Networking Lunch w/ Donna Pugh & Kathy Boyle
August 15, 2013 WP+D Coffee Chat
July 25, 2013 WP+D Annual Membership Picnic
July 10, 2013 WP+D July Networking Lunch w/ Rosemary McDonnell
June 20, 2013 WP+D Summer Networking Event
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