2017 NLOL Masthead

Purchase Your Tickets!

Sunday, March 26, 2017
11:30 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Macy’s State Street
Narcissus Room

YWCA Chicago’s 5th Annual New Look of Leadership Fashion Event spotlights some of Chicago’s top business leaders who, through their professional work and community impact, support racial equality and the advancement of women. Watch as these influencers help reinforce the YWCA’s mission while modeling some of the hottest trends in fashion.

The event will be emceed by the dynamic duo of Mika Stambaugh, Vice President of C-Strategies LLC and Brad Edwards, Investigative Reporter at CBS 2 News Chicago!

This year’s models include:

Duke Alden    Commissioner, Illinois Human Rights Commission
Ellie Bahrmasel    Co-founder, RISE Movement
Kendra Chaplin (and daughter, Paloma)    Founder, Chicago Woman Magazine
Chanel Coney    Director of Marketing, Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners, LLC
Tim Cunningham    VP, Associate Market Manager, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Melissa Donaldson    VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation
Dima Elissa    Founder & CEO, VisMed3D
Fabian Elliott    Founder & CEO, Black Tech Mecca – Rich Media Solutions Consultant, Google
Bridget Gainer    Commissioner – Chairwoman, Cook County Land Bank Authority Cook County/Aon
Shakila Grigler Stewart    CEO, Walk This Way Movement, Inc.
Donna Haddad    President, Arab American Bar Association of Illinois – Senior Legal Counsel, IBM Watson
Lisa Harris    Founder & Creative Director, Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC
Robert Hilliard, Jr. MD, MBA    President, Illinois Harmony/Wellcare
Dana L. Holmes    Sr. Director, Communications and Positioning, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Spencer Leak, Jr.    VP/Funeral Director, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes
Christine Lewandowski    Finance Director, Conagra Brands
Dr. Suzet McKinney    Executive Director/CEO, Illinois Medical District
Ann-Marie Rosser    Partner, VSA Partners
Lakshmi Shenoy    VP, Strategy & Business Development, 1871
Amber Stocks    General Manager & Head Coach – Chicago Sky WNBA
Sam Toia    President & CEO, Illinois Restaurant Association
Val Warner    Co-Host, Windy City LIVE

Purchase Your Tickets Today!


  • Premiere Individual Ticket—Seating along Runway (SOLD OUT)
  • Standard Individual Ticket $125
About New Look of Leadership

The New Look of Leadership (NLOL) is an annual fashion event presented by the YWCA Ambassadors Council and Future Leaders Council. Attendees get a sneak-peek at the latest styles from Macy’s worn by the best and brightest in the Chicagoland business scene.

Thank you to this year’s generous sponsors:

Arcelor Mittal Logo Fifth Third Bank Logo
 Macy's Logo  Polsinelli Logo
EY-logo-vertical-whitebackground Revel Logo

Event Sponsorship is available. If interested, please contact Brian Starr at brian.starr@ywcachicago.org or 312-762-2710.

Show us the looks that help you lead! Post photos of your business looks and tag @YWCAChicago with the hashtag #NLOL2017.