Join Women of ALPFA, the EY Professional Women's Network and the EY Latino Professional Network to encourage Woment to Women mentorship. Participate in our Mentorship Book Exchange. Books inspire us to be stronger leaders and open up our minds. Bring a book that has influenced you to share with fellow leaders. Listen to the story of our guest speaker Carina E. Sanchez, Executive Director of Public Building Commission, on her personal journey on the importance of empowering Women through Mentorship.
Sponsor: Ernst and Young
5:30 - 6:00: Check-in
6:00 - 7:00: Program starts
7:00 - 8:00: Networking
Carina E. Sánchez – Executive Director, Public Building Commission of Chicago
Carina E. Sánchez serves as the Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC), a full-service public development organization specifically created by state legislation, for the sole purpose of planning, designing and constructing municipal buildings.
Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January 2017, Ms. Sanchez oversees the construction and renovation of neighborhood anchors that help to make the communities of Chicago and Cook County better and safer places to live. From parks to branch libraries, modern schools built for 21st century learning and public safety, Ms. Sánchez is leading a team that is developing buildings that have helped to stabilize neighborhoods and serve as a catalyst for more development that is reshaping and revitalizing Chicago’s and Cook County communities.
Prior to her appointment to the PBC, Ms. Sánchez served as the Deputy Clerk for the Office of the Chicago City Clerk where she managed a $10 million operating budget, supervised more than 100 employees and oversaw the historic transition from seasonal sales of Chicago Vehicle Stickers to a year-round sales program which generated $35 million in new revenue. A dedicated, public servant with over 15 years’ experience in government, Ms. Sánchez has served in various positions for the Cook County Board President, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois House of Representatives.
As a native Chicagoan and eldest daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ms. Sánchez has helped to organize task force hearings for Immigrant Access to Higher Education and lobbied to pass the legislation that resulted in a state law that allows in-state tuition for undocumented students in Illinois. She has worked closely with state elected officials to increase penalties for gun violence, petitioned for the protection of children from violent video games and worked on initiatives to curb racial profiling.
Ms. Sánchez is a graduate of the University of Chicago where earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from National Louis University. She lives in Chicago’s Uptown community with her husband, son and dog.