Woman's Board


Mission Statement and History of the Woman's Board

The Woman’s Board of the Alliance Française was formed to develop and manage Alliance programs and to serve as a fundraising arm. Mrs. David R. Hamilton, who chaired one of the most successful galas ever at Marshall Field’s during the 1989 French Bicentennial year, was asked to revive the Woman’s Board in 1997, and it thrives in that form today.


Letter from Founding President, Libby Horn

"It is with great pride that I look back at all that has been accomplished by the Woman's Board and it is with great anticipation that I look forward to what we will contribute to the Alliance in the future."

Historical Timeline

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Gala 2018 — Versailles en scène

On June 9th, 2018 the Woman's Board will host its biennial fundraiser "Versailles en scène" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Check back soon for more information.



Educational Outreach Program

Created by Woman's Board member Francine Saltoun in order to serve the community in which the Alliance thrives, the Educational Outreach Program has provided the means for select CPS high school students to not only strengthen their studies of the French language, but to open their hearts and minds to the world. Learn more about this program here.


Book Club

To the francophiles and those who particularly have a fond interest in modern French literature, the Alliance Française offers a Club Littéraire where members - both American and French speaking women - are welcome to discuss and engage in a lively conversation and learn more about the thought process, the cultural identity and traditions exposed in French literature.

Our Club Littéraire presents a selection of books in the original language starting early October through May under the guidance of a French-speaking moderator, Isabelle David, whose knowledge energizes the group and brings excellence to our Club. Discussions are always held in French and take place at the Alliance, approximately monthly on Mondays. Members are responsible for purchasing their books, and for an annual membership fee that includes each conversation and luncheon.

If you have any questions regarding the Woman's Board, please call (312) 337‑1070 or email Rhonda Clark at wb@af‑chicago.org