We have exciting news — Women in Development North is rebranding!


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.

***Be on the lookout for further announcements regarding our new website and social media pages coming soon!


Join WIDN today for the 2020-21 virtual program year!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDN has taken our meetings online. Monthly virtual workshops will include topics relevant to navigating this new landscape and networking and discussion opportunities. Join or renew your membership for only $55.

Confirming your membership is easy!

1) Register online here (All members must register)

2) Complete your payment via Zelle or a mail-in check

It is more important than ever to have a network of fellow development professionals. WIDN is proud to offer programming and networking opportunities that help strengthen and advance professionals in the development field.

Members can visit our members only page to find resources and materials from past meetings.


Earn CFRE credits by attending meetings.  Track your progress by utilizing this 2021 CE Tracker form.


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


Building a Better World Through Data
Mar 2 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Time: 11:45 Small Group Networking
   12:00 -1:00 Program
Venue: ZOOM Link will be emailed 24 hours prior to meeting.
*You must be a current WIDN member to attend. You can renew your membership or join WIDN via the link below.
Price: Free to current WIDN Members. Membership Registration
Presenter: Regan Holt
Data technology is changing the world around us. Are you keeping up? Join us to for a discussion on how the world of data in fundraising is changing, and how organizations big and small are evolving to take advantage of the latest fundraising software. We will discuss methods for automating prospect discovery, improving data quality, and using social media to increase engagement with constituents at scale.
Regan Holt
A self-proclaimed data geek, Regan Holt has dedicated her career to leveraging data and technology for social good. Regan is currently the Senior Director of Product at EverTrue, where she focuses on automating continually updated data and powerful, user-friendly software to advancement teams. Before joining EverTrue in 2019, she spent five years as the CEO and Cofounder of Uprising Technology, which helped universities and healthcare identify fundraising opportunities by unifying data across disconnected systems. Prior to her work at Uprising Regan spent 13 years in various advancement technology leadership positions at Northwestern University, served as an advisor for multiple software companies in the nonprofit sector, and provided strategic consulting on advancement technology for top tier universities. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two children, and a goofy Labrador Retriever.

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

Women in Development North