NAWBO Talks with Maria Pinto, Dr. Judith Wright, and Anne Pramaggiore | NAWBO

NAWBO Talks with Maria Pinto, Dr. Judith Wright, and Anne Pramaggiore

Please join us in a series of NAWBO Talks. Featuring Maria Pinto, Dr. Judith Wright, and Anne Pramaggiore

What: Bringing notable business women in Chicago to inform and inspire NAWBO members. NAWBO Chicago has launched a new series, NAWBO TALKS, where we are bringing CEOs and key leaders to present to our members in a series of 3 TALKS in 2017.

 June 21st 10am – noon

August 30th 3:30-5:30 pm

October 26th 10am – noon

Each TALK will feature a keynote speaker and time for members to network.

Cost: $25 for members and $40 for non members for each TALK. Purchase registrations all three for $65 and $110 respectively.
For the August 30th event, tickets for the Chicago Sky Game can be purchased for $20 each.


Speaker: Maria Pinto

June 21st
10am – noon
Metropolitan Club
233 South Wacker Drive, 67th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Maria Pinto is a contemporary American designer and artist who creates beautiful, versatile fashions with a modern, urban edge. She is passionate about creativity and the integrity of design, and she brings those elements to her collections in innovative ways. Though her designs are contemporary, they exhibit a quality and craftsmanship that is timeless and lasting.

Maria designs for the modern woman, taking into account her need for clothing that is stylish, versatile, and makes her feel gorgeous and confident. She has dressed some of the world’s most fashionable women, including Michelle Obama, Marcia Gay Harden, Brooke Shields, and Oprah Winfrey. A longtime client said, “Wearing Maria’s clothes make me look and feel like the best version of myself.” She is often inspired by art, architecture, and urban environments, and she seeks out fabrics that marry functionality with luxury and quality.

In addition to running her own company and store for many years, Maria has designed fashions for the Joffrey Ballet and The James Hotel in Chicago, and the Skylark Bar in New York. She has served as Creative Director of the department store Mark Shale, where she led the buying team and curated the women’s fashion collections. Her work has been featured at the Field Museum in Chicago and is now part of the permanent collection there.

Now Maria is returning to ready-to-wear with M2057 by Maria Pinto, a new capsule collection of modern dresses, jackets, and wraps. She recently launched the collection on Kickstarter, raising more than $270,000 to start her new line. Reflecting her desire to explore fresh and innovative ideas and techniques, Maria is excited to be one of the first recognized designers to run a successful fashion Kickstarter project at this level and launch a collection on the crowdfunding website.


Speaker: Dr. Judith Wright

August 30th

3:30-5:30 pm

The Allstate Arena

6920 N Mannheim in Rosemont

The event will be located in the Skyline Room which is just across the street from the Arena off of Lunt Avenue.

Park in the box office lot right next to the Skyline Room, also on North side of the building.
Option to buy a ticket to the 7:00 pm Chicago Sky Game for $20 

Dr. Judith Wright is Professor of Transformational Coaching and co-founder and Chief Academic Officer of the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. She is also president and co-founder of the Wright Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally. She is the author of multiple books including Transformed: The Science of Spectacular Living, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision, The Soft Addiction Solution, and The Heart of the Fight.

A pioneer in the field of human development, Dr. Wright first rose to national prominence by developing innovative education and early childhood development programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and demonstration programs for college students with disabilities. These experiences fueled her passion for developing human potential as she then applied the profound insights she discovered to the general population, spurring people from all walks of life to significant success in personal transformation and leadership development.

A media favorite, sought‐after speaker, respected leader, bestselling author, coach, educator, and corporate consultant, Judith’s work has been covered in over 1,000 media appearances, including ABC’s 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show, radio and television shows around the country, and magazines and newspapers around the world.

Dr. Judith Wright is the founder of the Society of Femininity in Action, providing revolutionary leadership training for women. She is also one of the country’s foremost experts on transformational leadership, having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, which convenes experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Nobel laureate and congressional medal of honor winner, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.


Speaker: Anne Pramaggiore

October 26th
10am – noon
Metropolitan Club
233 South Wacker Drive, 67th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Anne Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company's transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd's lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.

In 2009, Anne was appointed as ComEd's COO and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company's effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd's smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country.

Anne was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.
 Anne serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school's Law Review. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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