We have exciting news — Women in Development North is now Professionals in Development Network!

***Access our new website HERE: https://www.pidn.org


In 2019, WIDN went through a strategic planning process to help guide our future efforts. One of the key take-aways from the strategic plan was the desire to make our group more inclusive. After much discussion and a lot of work on the part of the strategic planning, rebranding committees and graphic designer, we are happy to announce our new name and look — Professionals in Development Network (PIDN).

Professionals in Development Network is a fresh step forward from the previous organization. While still committed to all of the important goals and values of WIDN, PIDN is creating a more inclusive community with a broader vision for serving professionals in development. PIDN is not an organization for women only, nor do our members only live and work in the Chicago North suburbs. Additionally, we feel the term “network” is highly appropriate for us because it emphasizes the most important part of PIDN — the strength and legacy of our network!

We look forward to continuing to serve you all by providing high quality educational programs and networking opportunities.




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

WIDN offers rich programming and networking opportunities via 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. WIDN is a great bargain – only $55 for ten monthly programs featuring dynamic speakers on topics ranging from career planning to corporate giving.  The meetings are also a great opportunity to learn from colleagues.

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 ($55) and our emphasis on timely topics has translated into a robust organization.

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


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

Women in Development North