Women in Science

Women in Science Luncheon

Save the date for the Women in Science Luncheon! The Women’s Board of The Field Museum will present its annual Women in Science Program and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 featuring a presentation by Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President and CEO of Ingredion, a leading global producer of nature-based ingredient solutions for food, beverage, brewing and industrial customers around the world. Ms. Gordon’s presentation will be followed by a moderated conversation with Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.). A seated lunch will follow in the iconic main hall at The Field Museum. The event annually draws 500 corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders from throughout Chicago and the region in support of science internships and fellowships for young women and girls. For more information, contact the Women's Board at 312-665-7135 or womensboard@fieldmuseum.org. Purchase tables or individual tickets.

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Ilene S. Gordon

Chairman, President and CEO, Ingredion

Ilene Gordon joined Ingredion, a global ingredient manufacturer, from Rio Tinto Alcan where she was president and CEO of Alcan Packaging, based in Paris, France. Previously she spent 17 years in executive roles at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco Inc. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant based in London. Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., and a Master of Science degree in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

 Ms. Gordon is a member of the boards of Lockheed Martin and International Paper. She is the first female chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago. Ms. Gordon is a vice chair of The Conference Board and a member of the MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees. She is listed among Forbes Global Game Changers and was one of FORTUNE’s Most Power Women for a number of years: five consecutive years on the U.S. list and two years on the global list. She received the Committee for Economic Development Leadership in Diversity Award in 2016 and the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award. View Ms. Gordon's full bio.

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Portrait of Ambassador Faye Hartog- Levin (Ret.)
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.) is a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she works on a variety of political, international, and environmental issues. Levin is also a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. From 2009 to 2011, Ambassador Levin was the 65th ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Ambassador Levin is a longtime friend and a former staff leader of The Field Museum. From 1997 to 2005, she served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Museum. 

This year, we are pleased to welcome young women from Chicago Public Schools' Solorio Academy and Sarah Goode STEM High School to meet our speaker, network with past interns, and participate in a day of hands-on programs with Field Museum scientists. Please note the opportunity for sponsors to be part of this special session. View Ambassador Levin's full bio.

More information on sponsorship opportunities: Tables are available at $3,000. Sponsorship begins at $7,500.

2017 Women in Science Luncheon Committee

As of March 10, 2017

  • Donna Greenberg, Co-Chair
  • Deanne McLean, Co-Chair
  • Susan Clark McBride
  • Judy Block
  • Virginia Bobins
  • Julie Goff
  • Tonja Hall
  • Beth Kauffman
  • Anne Kavanagh
  • Donna La Pietra
  • Jan Lariviere
  • Leslie North
  • Beverly Pinaire

Proceeds from The Women's Board Women in Science Luncheon fund The Women in Science Fellowship, as well as five undergraduate and five high school Women in Science internships. 


The Women in Science Fellowship

Established in 2000, the Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding female graduate student who is pursuing an advanced degree in the natural sciences. The Fellowship enables these talented scientists to fully immerse themselves in their research and utilize the Museum’s resources to collect data essential to the completion of their dissertations. 

The Women in Science Internships

You can apply for the 2017 internship program or learn about our past Women in Science interns and their work

You may also be interested in learning more about Women in Science at The Field Museum.