International Women's Forum Chicago Announces 2017 - 2018 Officers & Board

Oct 11, 2017

Mary Lee Montague of DHR International has been named president of the International Women’s Forum in Chicago (IWF Chicago) for the remainder of 2017 and 2018.

Montague has a proven track record in nonprofit management with a personal and professional commitment to NFP excellence.  She is Managing Partner, DHR International, North American Nonprofit Practice Group and provides C-suite retained executive search to a distinguished group of nonprofits with a mission to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations locally, nationally and worldwide. Montague also serves on the global Board of Directors for the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and recently participated in their Harvard Executive Leadership Program. 

New executive committee officers elected to serve in 2017-2018 are Jennifer Alter Warden, COO, EVP, Baird & Warner Real Estate, and Lynne Nelleman, President’s Advisory Board, Governor’s State University.  Ana Dutra, CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, will serve as immediate past president.

Continuing in their roles as executive committee officers are Joyce Simon, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, John G. Shedd Aquarium; and Sylvia van Loveren, Senior Vice President, JLL. 

Chicago executives elected as new Board Members for 2017-18 include: Kate Coleman, Pamela Forbes Lieberman, Kerry Jordan, Laurel Bellows, and JoAnn Seagren.

Continuing directors are Amy Dordek Dolinsky, Collette English Dixon, Lynn Osmond, Sarah Bader, Kathleen Yosko, Daphne Dolan, and Dixie Adams.

“I’m thrilled to lead our forum with an incredible group of highly accomplished women who are true global citizens,” says Montague. “With a new strategic action plan our efforts will focus around the theme ‘Building Bridges.’ We will challenge ourselves to provide innovative programming and networking events; provide initiatives for members to engage and feel a sense of community, and create opportunities for members to expand their knowledge of topics relevant to women around the globe.” 

In all, more than 45 volunteer leaders, including officers, directors and committee members, comprise the IWF Chicago leadership team.

About IWF Chicago:
Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women's Forum is comprised of more than 6,600 dynamic women leaders in thirty-five countries and seventy-six forums around the world.  IWF Chicago builds bridges that span the globe, connecting women leaders and advancing the exchange of information, resources, and perspectives that impact our world.  IWF Chicago hosts several networking events per year and participates in two IWF global leadership conferences each year.  IWF Chicago was honored to host the 2016 World Leadership Conference which welcomed more than 850 global members from over 45 countries.  For more information about the organization and membership, visit

IWF Mission:
The International Women’s Forum builds better global leadership across careers, continents, and cultures by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.