Where in the World is Women Employed?

Women Employed
4 min readJan 22, 2024


2024 is here and although it’s a new year, Women Employed remains committed to showing up and showing out whenever and wherever needed to advocate for groups who need it most. Whether it’s joining a collective of like-minded women to advance a shared vision or braving freezing temperatures to discuss the current state of corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and their impact on diverse professionals, WE are all in.

Here’s a recap of our January and a brief snapshot of what’s to come so that you’re not left wondering, “Where in the world is Women Employed?”

Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership Cohort

Women Employed would like to extend a huge congratulations to our Senior Coalition Manager, Starr De Los Santos, on the beginning of her yearlong personal & professional development journey with this year’s Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership cohort on January 9th!

Cultivate is a collaboration between Crossroad’s Fund, Chicago Foundation for Women, Woods Fund Chicago, Walder Foundation, and Chicago Community Trust, who hope that this work will build within the institutions in which these women work by cultivating an intentional gender & racial equity lens.

By bringing together emerging women of color leaders engaged in intersecting but separate justice efforts–gender and racial equity, labor rights, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights, among others–Cultivate aims to transform these movements from the inside, fortify relationships among participants, & foster collaborations across organizations to advance a shared vision towards equity & justice for all.

Congratulations to Starr and the entire 2024 cohort!

Hustle. Play. Love

CAN TV’s newest talk fest, Hustle. Play. Love., with host, author, and journalist Shawn Taylor debuted on January 16th and featured WE’s Director of Development Ibie Hart! The premiere episode explored the “DEI Drain Post George Floyd,” where corporate DEI stands today, and how it’s impacting career professionals and minority- and women-owned businesses. Click here to watch.

Still to Come!

Mind the Gap: Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

The Social Action Committee of the Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. cordially invites you to join an enlightening panelist discussion, “Mind the Gap: Women in the Workplace and Fair Compensation,” TODAY, January 24th at 7:00 pm CST.

Panelists include Women Employed’s EVP of Policy, Programs, & Research, Sharmili Majmudar, Founder & CEO of Ellevator, Attorney, and Human Capital Expert, Ayesha J. Whyte, and Leadership Advisor & Consultant for Egon Zehnder, Star Carter.

Why Attend?

· Gain insights into the state of pay equity

· Empower yourself with negotiation strategies

· Understand legislative initiatives for change

· Become an advocate for equal pay

Sign up for this Facebook Live event here: https://fb.me/e/43jEzsbYZ

10th annual Chicago Cider Summit Festival

For the second year, Women Employed has been selected as the non-profit beneficiary of the 10th annual Chicago Cider Summit Festival!

The summit is the region’s largest hard cider tasting event, featuring local, regional, and international mead, cider cocktails, apple spirits, and more. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 3rd from 2:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. and join us at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom!

Get your tickets today! A portion of every ticket purchased supports Women Employed, and if you use the code WEx2 at checkout the Cider Summit will double their donation to our organization. Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 2nd and will not be sold at the door: https://www.cidersummitnw.com/chicago.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering with Women Employed at the summit, please email Michelle Schwartz at mschwartz@womenemployed.org.



Women Employed

WE relentlessly pursue equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to education, & advocating for fair, inclusive workplaces.