Genesis’ Women’s Leadership Salon


Women’s Leadership



Check back soon for the announcement of the next Salon.

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 collaboratively curated
women-only art exhibition and sale

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

Four Panels Over Two Days & Two Evenings


Environmental Sustainability

Katarina Adam

Katarina Adam, PhD

  • Professor of Engineering at HTW Berlin
  • Founder of SimLinck UG

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

Olufunmilayo (Fumi) Olopade, MD

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

Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW

  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Core Faculty & Co-Director, Global Mental Health Research & Training Program, University of Illinois Chicago

Rhonda Stevens Grayer

  • President, WT Stevens Construction, Inc

Zoraida Sambolin

  • Co-anchor of NBC 5 News Today, Chicago

Media and Creativity

Due to issues related to COVID, we are threading media and creativity throughout the Salon.

A collaboratively curated art exhibition and sale

Mary Beth Liccioni

  • Owner, Les Nomades

Katherine Davis

  • Chicago Jazz & Blues Musician

Yoko Noge

  • Blues and Jazz Musician

Social Justice, Human Rights, Ethics, and the law

Fatima Goss Graves

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

Deb Haaland

  • Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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


  • Genesis Intern
  • University of Chicago 2025

Wendy Sternberg, MD

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

Schedule & Locations

Opening Night Dinner

Media and Creativity over dinner

Day 1: Morning Session: Education

Moderator: Wendy Sternberg, MD

Day 1: Afternoon Session: Social Justice, Human Rights, Ethics and the Law

Moderator: Alexandra Solomon, WBEZ

Day 1: Dinner

Media and Creativity over dinner

Day 2: Morning Session: Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: Kari Lydersen

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

COVID vaccinated participants welcome with proof of vaccination

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?





We appreciate the support of

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

In Memory

We honor the profound contributions of Lady Valerie Solti and Abha Joshi-Ghani, who were both part of the Genesis Women’s Leadership Salon community.  Though they both tragically passed away in 2021, their far-reaching legacies live on.

Lady Valerie Solti

  • Solti Foundation
  • Former BBC Correspondent (UK)

Abha Joshi-Ghani

  • Senior Advisor, Infrastructure; The World Bank

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

Be part of an invigorating conversation with women thought-leaders

Early-bird registration: $650

Regular Registration: $800

Single day attendance: $500
Includes opening night dinner and one lunch

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The event has been postponed.
Check back soon for information about the next Salon.

Genesis at the Crossroads

Love the Questions

Salon Series