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March 2023

Net Impact Chicago Newsletter/Blog: 

Women's History Month and more!

We hope everyone had a great February and are looking forward to celebrating Women’s History Month 2023!  See below for some great related events!

In the meantime, we are excited to announce our new social media channel presence on Instagram. We are looking forward to connecting with our community and beyond, follow us @netimpactchi on Instagram.

Net Impact Member Spotlight:

We are starting a series that will highlight our Net Impact Chicago members and the wonderful work they do both professionally and in their free time. We are kicking off this series with Yuliya Grygoryeva!

Q:Where are you from / how long have you been in chicago?

A: Originally from Ukraine, but I’ve been living in Chicago for 23 years and love it! 

Q: Tell us about your professional background?

A: Elevate Packaging. Our mission is to enrich the soil and reduce landfill waste by offering our customers fully compostable packaging and label solutions. We specifically design our packaging with the end of life in mind. 

Q: What made you interested in joining Net Impact? 

A:I wanted to be a part of a community of like minded people who are passionate about driving positive change through sustainable business practices. 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? 

A: I love to get outside! I enjoy going for long urban hikes while listening to my favorite podcasts. 


Tue. March 21 Chicago Women Take Action Talk w/ IL Environmental Council’s (IEC) Iyana Simba.

Connect the dots with the Climate Change and Environmental Justice and the Health Committees for an in-person briefing on how environmental policy impacts our quality of life. Increasing the use of clean energy and improving air quality creates jobs and improves our health.

Guest Iyana Simba of the Illinois Environmental Council will present and take questions on major Chicago environmental legislation, and ways people can engage their aldermen and other elected officials.

The event is hosted by Chicago Women Take Action’s Climate Change & Environmental Justice and Health Committees. A healthy environmen is vital.  It's also vital to examine how pollution and climate change on health andwell-being are unequal - disproportionately affecting economically disadvantaged communities, especially those of color.

Details below:

What:  How Environmental Policy Impacts Our Quality of Life: In-person briefing and discussion

When:  Tue, March 21, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

Where:  Elevate: 322 South Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607, Map Link, Transit: Blue Line UIC-Halsted, Bus #126, Bus #8. 

Event Cost:  FREE!

RSVP:  At this link .


Thu. 03/16:  SocEntChi Fireside Chat w/ the Obama Foundation's Michael Strautmanis & Attorney Marc Lane ($$) @ S. Loop.

Join a fireside chat between the Obama Foundation’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs Michael Strautmanis and Attorney & Author Marc J. Lane. Attend virtually or in-person to network and explore important topics.

Event Cost:  $25 on up. 

Use code "SOCENTCHI" for discount off the in-person option. 


Fri. 03/23 - BIZ - IL Women in Green Building Leadership Lunch ($$) @ River North ($$)

Join Illinois Green Alliance for the return of their ‘Women in Green Building Leadership Luncheon’ to uplift and connect with women influencing the green building industry.  This year’s theme is Path to (net) Zero.

Event Cost:  $25 - 65.   



  • Vote in Chicago IL Municipal runoff Election if eligible 

    Contact your State Legislator to enact the PURR[People’s Utility Rate Relief] Act - House Bill 2172 / Senate Bill 1775 


  • When it comes to smog, Cook County is the worst neighbor in the country, EPA finds (Chicago Tribune)


In date order. More info at the respective links.  Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise, and by “$$" if a paid event.

Various dates in March - One Earth Film Fest 2023 features in-person screenings in Chicago and Suburbs and online on themes of environment, climate, and people. Free and paid options.  RSVP:
Fridays in March - Morton Arboretum Women and the Environment Speaker Series @ Lisle, IL or online.  RSVP $$:

Wed. 03/08 is International Women’s Day (IWD) itself.  A sampling: 

People for a Community Recovery talk by Hazel Johnson, Environmental Justice Pioneer @ DesPlaines, IL.  RSVP: 

1871 hosts IWD programs on Tech entrepreneurship & career advancement @ River North.  RSVP: 

Women in architecture / interior Design @ River North.  RSVP: 

UN Association USA Chicago Chapter International Women's Day Speaker/ Dinner @ Loop. RSVP ($$): 

American Association of Blacks in Energy Chicago panel forum @ SW. Side.  RSVP:

03/11 Heaven Gallery hosts International Women's Day Symposium @ Wicker Park.  RSVP: 

also 03/11 CWTA 2023 Runoff Chicago Mayoral Forum - in person and online @ Loop.  RSVP: 

03/13 - DePaul Social Impact Incubator Program Final Pitch/ Celebration, Winter 2023 @ Loop.  RSVP: 

03/15 - Simmons Center Symposium - Ethics and Impact of Storytelling in Global Engagement @ Loop.  RSVP $$: 

also 03/15 - Design Trust Chicago MAPPED (Making a People’s Pathway for Engaging Design) workshop  @ Loop.  RSVP: 

03/16 - SocEntChi hybrid Fireside Chat w/ the Obama Foundation's Michael Strautmanis & Attorney Marc Lane.  Use code SOCENTCHI for discount off in-person tickets.  RSVP $$: 

03/21 - NAWBO breakfast talk: "How To Align Your Purpose To Do Well & Good In Business (Chicago Connects)" @ Logan Square.  RSVP: 

03/21 - Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA) talk 'How Environmental Policy Impacts Our Quality of Life' @ W. Loop.  RSVP: 

03/23 - IL Women in Green Building Leadership Lunch @ River North.  RSVP $$: 

03/30 - Professional Women in Construction (PWC) Panel talk @ IIT in Bronzeville.  RSVP: 

04/05 -Leading for Good hosted by Loyola University Quinlan School of Business 

April - One Earth mini-Film Fest Earth Week 2023 features in-person screenings in Chicago and Suburbs and online on themes of environment, climate, and people. Free and paid options.  More details to be posted later.




04/19 - Mission Moen™ Spring Gala celebrates upcycled fashion & Friends of the Chicago River @ River North.  RSVP: 

also 04/19 - ICNC Hatchery "Mission and Margin – Small Business and Social Entrepreneurship" @ W. Loop.  RSVP $$: 

04/22 - Rotary Club of Chicago Grant Park Clean-up Volunteering @ S. Loop.  RSVP: 

04/23 - Chicago Fashion Week FBC Eco Friendly & Sustainable Show @ Mag. Mile.  RSVP $$:


Are you looking to get more connected to the impact community in the new year? Joining the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team is a great way to network with others in the space while showcasing leadership and management skills. Check out our open positions and apply today!

We are accepting applications for several leadership positions! Open positions: 

  • Secretary

  • Blog & Newsletter Chair

  • Event Operations Chair

To apply, please fill out the application here:

Contact our Leadership Team for more information.

Have ideas for events / programming you’d like to see from Net Impact Chicago?

There are so many possibilities for events and programming that we may not have considered! Your thoughts are very important in determining NIC’s programming, so please reach out to with any ideas for speakers, local organizations that align with NIC’s mission, interesting things you have worked on, etc! 

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