Empower Chicago! – Fixing the Pay and Leadership Gap July 23

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)  is coming to Chicago in July! AAUW’s Empower event series is designed to provide you with tangible skills to help you advocate for yourself in your career. We hope to meet you there!

Where:  WeWork  515 N State Street Chicago IL 60654

Tuesday, July 23rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nationwide, women are fed up with the gender leadership gap and gender pay gap.
The good news: AAUW is taking action to break the status quo and lift up all women until gender equity becomes reality.

About Empower Chicago

Join AAUW for Empower Chicago, an event designed to close the gender leadership gap by blending traditional leadership development principles with action. This event will provide you with tangible skills to help you grow in your career.

We’ll kick off the evening with words of wisdom from local leaders, break into two intensive one-hour professional development workshops, and close out our evening helping you to build meaningful connections with likeminded people in your community over drinks.


6:00 – 6:40 pm: Check-in and Light Refreshments

6:40 – 7:30 pm: Welcome and Lightning Talks

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Choice of two workshops: Interactive Leadership Workshop OR Salary Negotiation Workshop

8:30 – 9:00 pm: Networking and Drinks

About AAUW:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is one of the oldest women’s organizations in the country, working to advance equity for women and girls since 1881. In 2018, AAUW took a bold stance announcing our commitment to eliminate the gender pay gap by 2030. Now we are taking our programs on the road, meeting people where they are, to train them in salary negotiation and leadership development in cities across the U.S.

Andrea Sáenz, Chief Operating Officer for The Chicago Community Trust

Andrea Sáenz is chief operating officer for The Chicago Community Trust. Sáenz joined the Trust after serving as the Chicago Public Library system’s first deputy commissioner and chief strategy officer. Previously, Andrea served as chief of staff at Chicago Public Schools, policy advisor for career and technical education at the US Department of Education, and executive director of HACE, a national organization working to increase Latinos’ success in professional careers. Andrea earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Scripps College. She serves as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s tech entrepreneurship hub, and serves on the boards of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Chicago Learning Exchange, Chicago Public Library Foundation, James Dyson Foundation, and as chairperson of Instituto del Progreso Latino.