Women in Science

Save the date for the Women in Science Luncheon! The Field Museum's Women's Board will present the annual Women in Science Program and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00am featuring 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.  The discussion with Ms. Gordon will be followed by seated luncheon 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. To purchase tables or individual tickets please contact The Women's Board at 312-665-7135 or womensboard@fieldmuseum.org. 

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Ilene S. Gordon
Chairman, President and CEO

A FORTUNE 500 company, Ingredion has approximately 11,000 employees, 2015 net sales of $5.6 billion and a market capitalization of approximately $9 billion. Ms. Gordon joined Ingredion in 2009 from Rio Tinto Alcan where as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging she led a $6.5 billion global packaging business based in Paris, France. Over her 10 year tenure with Alcan and Pechiney, which was acquired by Alcan in 2003, she held various leadership positions, starting as senior vice president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging. Previously Ms. Gordon spent 17 years in executive roles of increasing responsibility at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco Inc. Before joining Tenneco Inc., Ms. Gordon spent two years at Signode, a leading global packaging company specialized in materials handling. From 1976-1980, Ms. Gordon worked at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international management consulting firm, as a strategy consultant, based in the Boston, London and Chicago offices. 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.

In addition to Ingredion, Ms. Gordon is a member of the boards of Lockheed Martin and International Paper. In the past, Ms. Gordon has served on the boards of five public companies, and she was the first female director of each: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers Inc., Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics. 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. Ms. Gordon lives in Chicago and is an active member of the community. She is the first female chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago, a member of the board of The Executives’ Club of Chicago and a director of World Business Chicago. She also serves on Gov. Rauner’s Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Ms. Gordon is married with two adult children.

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.

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

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.