Crain's Chicago Business

Although Women’s Voices for Change is based in New York, we’re well aware that New York has not cornered the market on women of accomplishment. So we’re happy to look to the Midwest today for inspiration. Last month Crain’s Chicago Business designated 36 individuals, almost all of them over the age of 40, as Women to Watch in 2011. Six of those women — Desiree Vargas Wrigley, 29; Kathleen Brown, 65; Heather Terhune, 40; Sarah Pang, 51; Deidra Cheeks Merriweather, 42; and Sona Chawla, 43 — sat down with Crain’s to discuss the arcs of their careers. Their comments hold lots of lessons for all of us.