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Dr. Laurie Mintz 9-29-17

Virtual Book Club

The Empowered Women's

Finding My Voice

When the Perfect Plan Crumbles, and the Adventure Begins

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Book Club Dates are Two Wednesday Afternoons:

Valerie Jarrett, the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, will be meeting with the Happy Empowered Women's Virtual Book Club over Zoom for 2 gatherings and moderated discussion.

Wednesday, May 13th: 4:00 pm PST

First session is a 20 minute Welcome Introduction to the group before we begin reading the book.


Wednesday, June 3rd: 4:00 pm PST

Next Session after we have completed the book is one hour. 

A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before each meeting.

"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us." -- Michelle Obama


"The ultimate Obama insider" (The New York Times) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history.


Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as chairman of the board of When We All Vote and co-chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the Innocence Project, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, was published in 2019.


Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.


Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Jarrett practiced law for ten years in both the private and public sectors, and has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” as well as the Abner J. Mikva Legal Legends Award.


Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

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Moderated by Jeri Bingham, Podcaster of “Hush Loudly” on WGN Chicago Radio, and Marketing Strategist.

Jeri Bingham is an experienced marketer with a successful career in higher education leadership, non-profit management and public relations. She has held leadership marketing positions at Resurrection University, March of Dimes, American Dental Association, Chicago State University and Leo Burnett USA.

In partnership with WGN Radio, Jeri recently launched a podcast, HushLoudly: Introverts Redefined, where she talks with guests (both introverts and extroverts) about the attributes of introversion, and the importance of embracing all personality types, at work and at play.

Deadline to Register is May 12th.
Invite Your Book Club & Other Friends to Join.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.  

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