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Alexa James, Executive Director of National Alliance Mental Illness Chicago

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Monica Rochester, Capt., U.S. Coast Guard

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Alisha Elenz, Executive Chef, mfk.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad, U.S. Olympic Fencing Team

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Ava Blaser, Dancer, Childhood Cancer Advocate

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Tara Poremba, Canine trainer, Chicago Police Department

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Christy Webber, President, Christy Webber Landscapes

Honesty, humility and hard work helped Christy Webber build one of the biggest landscaping companies in Chicago

Antonia Lofaso, Chef

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Julie Smolyansky, CEO, Lifeway Foods

Julie Smolyansky became CEO at 27

Suzanne Tracht, Chef & Owner, Jar Restaurant

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Chris Linkletter, Lifeguard Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

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Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871, Tech Innovation Hub

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Gale Gand, James Beard Award-winning Chef

Chef Gale Gand's method for success is ''Always say yes''

Antoinette Alcazar, Chicago Police Officer & Artist

Antoinette Alcazar honed her strength to support anyone "who can't help themselves"

Kelly Wallace, Journalist and Digital Correspondent

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Stephanie Scharf, Founding Partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Founding law firm partner Stephanie Scharf is looking out for women in the workplace

Camilla Webster, Artist and Author

Camilla Webster fights to see more women succeed in the art world

Hiba Bhatty, Architect, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Hiba Bhatty, Architect, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Nahiris Bahamón, MD, Member, Physicians for a National Health Program

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Natalie Shmulik, CEO, The Hatchery

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Margot McMahon, Sculptor

Margot McMahon's sculptures speak to social change

Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives Human Rights Watch

Minky Worden has dedicated her life to human rights work around the world

Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer literally walked out of art class to make ice cream, then it became her career

Learn more about the Founder and Executive Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

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Darlene Iskra, Commander, USN (retired)

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, Former Captain, United States Marine Corps

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Kathy La Sauce, Retired U.S. Air Force Pilot

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