partnered with Chicago Woman magazine and Catalyst Ranch to host “A Night for Women in Media” on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

The event brought 40 diverse women journalists and storytellers together for a stellar group discussion, addressing the underrepresentation of women as both media makers and as the subjects of media coverage.

The group started by identifying some common barriers and biases to women in media, then the conversation shifted from problem to solutions. Members of the group shared resources for creating cultural change within their media organizations, as well as first-hand advice for rising above the barriers.

Some challenges, however, had no clear solution. Trolls, online harassment and hate mail are a “grey area,” where we reached no consensus over how to respond, if at all. We hope to continue this part of the conversation in more detail, with the Association of Women Journalists and their President, Amy Guth, who is currently doing an international research project on the topic of online harassment.

To end the night, we heard stories from three newsworthy women entrepreneurs, each using her Chicago-based business to help solve the global refugee crisis. Our hope is that these media makers will continue to use and our events as a source for news and stories about women starting-UP and creating the change they want to see in the world!


Yay! After meeting during our Night for Women in Media, the Chicago Tribune featured Loom Chicago — a liftUPlift Ally that employs refugee women as artisans with local Chicago designers!

Special thanks to our partner Chicago Woman, our sponsor Catalyst Ranch, and our discussion leaders:

  • Kendra Chaplin, Founder and owner of Chicago Woman | @ChiWomanMag
  • Heidi Stevens, “Balancing Act” columnist for the Chicago Tribune | @heidistevens13, @chicagotribune
  • Amanda Elliott, writer of Windy City Cosmo | @windycitycosmo

Thanks to these liftUPlift Makers for sharing their stories: