Our First program kicked off on September 4.  Thanks to maggie morales for an insightful program on donor advised funds.  If you are interested in reading more on Donor Advised funds here is a recent article from the non-profit quarterly.

Our next meeting is october 2 at the illinois holocaust museum.  Bring your lunch and network from 11:30- NOON.  aFTER A SHORT BUSINESS MEETING We will explore the topic of “leveraging your competitive advantage.”  Evelyne peterson and renee martinez from the office of career education at north park university will be presenting FROM 12:15-1:30.

When considering one’s professional growth there are natural next steps as well as more innovative ideas. In a world that changes at a quick pace it can be difficult to keep up with what recruiters and employers are looking for. In this presentation we will seek to review the necessary and familiar tools as well as introduce several “stretch” items that should be considered for your personal competitive advantage checklist. Leave with actionable steps to integrate into your current role or assist with a future career move.


Founded in 1985, Women in Development North is dedicated to advancing professionals the development with education and networking opportunities.  We also welcome those in transition and as well as individuals with other professional ties to development.

WIDN provides members with monthly meetings on key development concepts and issues. We hold our meetings in various locations throughout the northern suburbs so that you will find them easily accessible.

Women in Development North is an approved provider of continuing education credit for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. Most of our events are eligible for CFRE points; see program descriptions for details.

Our reasonable annual membership ($40) and our emphasis on timely topics has translated into a robust organization. We currently have about 80 members.

As the co-founder of WIDN over 30 years ago, I am both delighted and impressed to see how the organization has grown and continues to provide such wonderful support for development professionals.  The varied topics presented at our meetings are so important, as they increase our knowledge and sharpen our abilities to raise funds for our nonprofit organizations and clients. -Francine Friedman, CFRE


We invite you to browse the WIDN website and contact us for more informatiON.

Women in Development North