Genesis’ Women’s Leadership Salon


Women’s Leadership


April 27-29, 2022


$800 $650 through March 1

Meals and performance program included

Be a part of an invigorating conversation
with women thought-leaders

Explore Environmental Sustainability, Health/Well-being, Media/Creativity, Education, and Social Justice/Human Rights/Ethics/Law

Enjoy a multi-disciplinary performance

A Moveable Feast of Critical Conversations

“Be patient and try to love the questions themselves. Live the question now.
Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.”
– Ranier Maria Rilke

Five Panels Over Two Days & Two Evenings


Environmental Sustainability

Danielle Perry

  • Former Executive Director, Growing Home

Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Ph.D.

  • Environmental Consultant

Kari Lydersen

  • Reporter, author and journalism instructor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Adele Simmons

  • President of Global Philanthropy Partnership

Health and Well-Being

Mary Lynn Everson

  • Kovler Center, Heartland Alliance

Robin Kelly

  • Second Congressional District, Illinois

Olufunmilayo (Fumi) Olopade, MD

  • Director, Center for Global Health, Physician & Research Scientist, University of Chicago

Rhonda Stevens Grayer

  • President, WT Stevens Construction, Inc

Zoraida Sambolin

  • Co-anchor of NBC 5 News Today, Chicago

Media and Creativity

Pat Nabong

  • Visual Journalist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Philippines)

Mariela Shaker

  • Violinist, UNHCR High Profile Supporter

Chef Carrie Nahabedian

  • James Beard Award-winning chef at Brindille (and NAHA)

Wendy Sternberg, MD

  • Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, Genesis at the Crossroads

Social Justice, Human Rights, Ethics, and the law

Fatima Goss Graves

  • President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center

Deb Haaland

  • New Mexico’s First Congressional District

Monica Lewis-Patrick

  • Human Rights Activist and Co-founder, We The People of Detroit

Alexandra Salomon

  • Editor, 91.5 FM WBEZ


Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD

  • Global Education Thought Leader
  • Founding President, IL Math Science Academy

Elizabeth Alvarez, PhD

  • Superintendent of Schools, Forest Park

Fnu Eisha

  • 2019 SI Graduate
  • 2020 Genesis Woman’s Leadership Salon (Education Panelist)

Wendy Sternberg, MD

  • Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, Genesis at the Crossroads

Schedule & Locations

Wed: Opening Dinner at Brindille Restaurant (534 North Clark St)
Thu: Salon Day 1 at The Florsheim Mansion (1328 N. State Parkway)
Fri: Salon Day 2 at Uncommon Ground Café (1401 W. Devon Ave)

Opening Night Dinner

Dinner with James Beard Award-winning Chef Carrie Nahabedian

Day 1: Morning Session: Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: Kari Lydersen

Day 1: Lunch

Day 1: Afternoon Session: Education

Moderator: Wendy Sternberg, MD

Day 1: Evening of Media and Creativity

Moderator: Wendy Sternberg, MD

Discussion, dinner, and performance

Day 2: Morning Session: Social Justice, Human Rights, Ethics and the Law

Moderator: Alexandra Solomon, WBEZ

Day 2: Lunch

Day 2: Afternoon Session: Health and Well-being

Moderator: Zoraida Sambolin, NBC5 News Anchor, Chicago Today

Participate in the Salon

Be Part of a Moveable Feast of Critical Conversations

About Love the Questions Salon Series

A Moveable Feast of Critical Conversations

Love the Questions, a multi-segment Genesis Salon Series, explores a set of essential questions in large group format, moderated by renowned thought leaders. All segments include an artistic program to deeply incorporate and engage the arts and artists and, in so doing, augment the conversation. Each audience is made up of a selected invitation-only group.

Each program will be situated at an artistic or cultural institution contributing to this effort. All salons will have distinguished community partners associated with it; such organizations will be the long-term community partners for the Genesis Peace Hub.  The moderators will also address their personal “burning question” in the thematic context of the specific salon inquiry, global leadership, social responsibility, and world peace.

All programs will be filmed and broadcast live/podcast for global audience engagement.

Created and Presented By
Genesis at the Crossroads

If you are unable to attend, but would like to support this event or other peacebuilding work Genesis does, you can make a tax-deductible donation online or mail a check to Genesis at the Crossroads, PO Box 14781 Chicago, IL 60614. 

Prior Salons

1st Annual Women’s Leadership Salon (May 2019)

Exploring Global Affairs, Diversity and Community, Arts and Creativity, Education, and Youth.

How do the Arts Transcend the Barrier? (June, 2011)

Chicago Symphony Center – Grainger Ballroom

Featured Daniel Pollack, Piano Virtuoso

What Is a New Conversation for Human Rights? (2013, 2014, 2015)

Featured Diplomatic/Journalist thought leaders

US Institute of Peace (USIP) and other Chicago locations

For the real question is whether the bright future is really always so distant.

What if, in contrary… it has been here for a long time already, and only our blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it?





Photo credits to Megan Bearder Photography, Michelle Zousmer and Wendy Sternberg

How Can Women’s Leadership Critically Shape the 21st Century?

Be part of an invigorating conversation with women thought-leaders

Genesis at the Crossroads

Love the Questions

Salon Series