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Yolonda Ross, actress, writer, and director
Taking a closer look at those earrings on the cover… they are hand-crafted brass spike designs by Chicago jewelry designer, Tania Rodamilans.
Currently starring in The Chi on Showtime, a coming-of-age drama from Emmy® winner Lena Waithe that takes place on Chicago’s south side.
About the designer. Rodamilans actually began with painting. It started through experimentation, intuition, and persistence. Her work is all about elevating accessories to what they are—beautiful, personal, artistic textures that accent individual style. With her eclectic, boho-chic style, she highlights beauty wherever she finds it in the world around her (hint: it’s everywhere). The result is equal parts elegance and whimsical sensibility.
Shot in studio with photographer Kirsten Miccoli in Humboldt Park. C H IC CHICAGO
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On the cover: Metallic Sunset Top, Vintage Rakan Shams Aldeen, $1,150, rakanshamsaldeen.com; Brass Spike Earrings, Tania Rodamilans, $52, taniarodamilans.com. Above: Silk Watercolor Caftan, $750, Syl Markt, sylmarkt.com Hair: Brittany Gandy Makeup: Rocio Rodriguez
On being inspired. “I find as much inspiration in a rusted piece of hardware as in a Japanese flower arrangement or a beautifully displayed salad. Lack of inspiration is rarely the problem. Focus and stillness tend to be my weaknesses. We tend to forget just how beautiful life is. There is beauty all around us if you know where to look…we are just too busy to pay attention.” Her advice on starting your own business. ”Choose something that truly makes you happy. Dream big. Don’t be afraid to follow your intuition. You are not alone— there are others out there who are going through the same exact challenges. Talk to them, work with them, help each other.” cw Discover more about Tania Rodamilians at taniarodamilans.com and visit her at Covet Market on September 23, 2018, at Revel Fulton Market. covetmarkets.com
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in this issue
46 women in ARTS + Entertainment
From the Editor Fall is my favorite season. The days are still warm enough to enjoy wandering through the city, and the nights are just cool enough to leave a bedroom window open. Chicago Woman also launched this season three years ago. As we look back on the past 20 issues, we have evolved, grown, experimented, and rebranded. This issue marks not only our anniversary, but also a major refresh of the Chicago Woman look and feel. You’ll notice this issue has been redesigned—so has our website chicago-woman.com which features expanded sections and new content. These changes go beyond styles and fonts, you’ll see new topics and a fresh perspective on what matters most to Chicago women like you. The cover feature in this issue highlights seven women making a name for themselves in Chicago’s ever-evolving Arts and Entertainment scene. Leading the way is Yolonda Ross, a multi-talented powerhouse who is best known for her role as “Jada” on Showtime’s groundbreaking series The Chi (created by Chicago native Lena Waithe). Ross is thoughtful regarding the way she approaches her role, knowing that she is helping to tell the story of a part of the city that many see on the news, but few know firsthand.
34 BEST OF LOCAL MAKERS + DESIGNERS
September 11th is our first Excellence in Leadership Awards (ELA) Luncheon, and in this issue, the honorees talk about leadership and the importance of paying it forward, mentorship, and using their positions of power and influence to lift up other women. The event will be hosted at the W City Centre. The Chicago Woman team loves meeting our readers, and the best place to connect with us is at one of our events. If you missed our first Covet Market this past May, you will have a chance to see what the buzz is all about on September 23rd. Grab a few friends and come ready to shop from more than 100 vendors, many of whom are local, women-owned businesses. Indulge in a little self-care at our Health Kick on September 29th and our next Beautious event on October 23rd. Make sure you are following us on social media (@chiwomanmag) and getting all of the latest updates on events and more by subscribing to our newsletter.
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As we celebrate this issue, it is bittersweet to share that this will be my last as the Editorial Director of Chicago Woman. It has been my absolute pleasure to launch and craft the voice of the publication over the past three years. As many things are, change is inevitable. I look forward to watching the brand continue to grow and fulfill its mission and be a continued supporter of the magazine. The best is yet to come!
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in this issue life | Style
23 chicago girl 24 halloween pet safety 25 representation matters
PINK BEAUTY Top picks for beauty that give back to cancer research
Interviews with McKenzie Chinn and Jacqueline Priego
27 frighteningly Festive 29 wine storage 101 31 Trending:
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33 Men we love
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54 small spaces. big impact
56 gut health 60 Diana Schell: equestrian connection
6 behind the scenes 9 letter from the editor
art loves science PAINTING BY HANDE OZDINLER
12 online + social 14 our tribe: the board 20 need to know 42 voices Gemma Allen, Susan Brunstrum, Cherilyn Murer, Hande Ozdinler
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september/ october 2018 11 September EXCELLence in leadership awards (ELA) luncheon Chicago Woman magazine hosts its first annual Excellence in Leadership Awards (ELA) Luncheon with keynote speaker Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods; panel discussion; and honoree program.
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14 September Chicago House 8th Speaker Series Chicago House, the leading social services provider for those living with HIV/AIDS, will host a luncheon headlined by Wanda Sykes and Adam Rippon.
Support this non-profit that provides Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents and critical skills. The annual gala includes interactive displays and performances by the students with a cocktail reception.
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26 September Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change Learn how to embrace change and foster innovation in the workplace from Beth Comstock, vice chair at General Electric. Presented by The Executives’ Club of Chicago.
18 October Women Supporting Women Conference This 5th annual conference, which includes hands-on workshops and networking, is an opportunity for women to connect and network.
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18 September Earlybirds & Bookworms
29 September rooftop healthkick
23 october PWCC Fall Fête
Join members of the Service Club of Chicago and celebrate the life of Chicago legend, Bunky Cushing. Drink mimosas and meet acclaimed cookbook author, Marc Sievers.
Join Chicago Woman for a rooftop morning with a healthy breakfast, gift bags, shopping between workout sessions, and health-minded talks from wellness experts. Tickets $20.
Celebrate 20 years of connection and networking at this Professional Women’s Club of Chicago event. Tickets include an open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres and raffle.
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23 September covet market Over 100 local makers and merchants gather for this quarterly shopping event with design lounge, instagramable moments, Sunday cocktails, food trucks, kids activities, and more. Tickets start at $8 or $20 with limited edition Chicago-made tote. 10 AM–5PM / REVEL SPACE / 1215 WEST FULTON MARKET / COVETMARKETS.COM
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24 September after school matters gala
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29 September marty’s barn party This annual fundraiser benefiting The Equestrian Connection will feature Big Head Todd And The Monsters.
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6 october Young Feminist Conference Cause the Effect Chicago will host their 3rd annual conference that inspires young women of all ages from across the city to get smart, vocal and active on the issues that matter to them. Free. 9 PM–2 PM / CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION / 1901 WEST CARROLL AVENUE / CAUSETHEEFFECTCHICAGO.ORG
5:30 PM–8 PM / CHEZ CHICAGO / 247 EAST ONTARIO / CHICAGO-WOMAN.COM/BEAUTIOUS
5 PM–8:30 PM / CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION / WHITE CITY BALLROOM / 12 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, PWCC.ORG
25–28 october TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show Shopping at wholesales prices on everything from jewelry to gifts to housewares. Tickets start at $5. DONALD E. STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER / 5555 NORTH RIVER ROAD / ROSEMONT / JFASHOW.COM
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hubbard street fall series 27/29/30 september
The Hubbard Street Dance Company Fall Series features music produced by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and features Chicago’s Grammy awardwinning Third Coast Percussion with three choreographers— Emma Portner, Jon Boogz, and Lil Buck. Tickets start at $25. HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE / 205 EAST RANDOLPH STREET / HARRISTHEATERCHICAGO.ORG
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TOOTSIE 11 September–14 October
Tootsie, a new comedy musical, tells the story of Michael Dorsey, an actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. Tootsie stars Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana in the lead role.
CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE / 151 WEST RANDOLPH STREET / BROADWAYINCHICAGO.COM
I.D.: IMAGES OF DIVERSITY 22 and 24 september
The art, culture, and traditions of those who sought opportunity in the United States are the threads that shape our identity today. This Chicago Sinfonietta concert showcases the immigrant experience through the work entitled “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” featuring seven actors, video, and a score created by Peter Boyer. SEPTEMBER 22, 8 PM / WENTZ CONCERT HALL / 171 EAST CHICAGO AVENUE / NAPERVILLE AND SEPTEMBER 24, 7:30 PM / SYMPHONY CENTER / 220 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE / CHICAGOSINFONIETTA.ORG
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As part of National Geographic Live at the Auditorium Theatre, Dr. Kara Cooney, an Egyptologist and professor, will be speaking about powerful women leaders throughout history, including Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Cooney is known for hosting the Discovery Channel series Out of Egypt and currently teaches at UCLA.
FREDERICK 9 October–12 November
Opening the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2018-2019 season is Leo Lionni’s “Frederick,” the family musical based on the beloved children’s author’s Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long, cold winter. THE PRITZKER FAMILY STUDIO THEATRE / 100 SOUTH RACINE AVENUE / CHICAGOCHILDRENSTHEATRE.ORG
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CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK 2018 15 October–21 october
200 global thought leaders and innovators speak on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and life’s lessons, to science and technology, to the most pressing issues of the day, and the most creative insights in entertainment. Past speakers have included Martha Stewart, Sandra Day O’Connor, Deepak Chopra, and Hillary Clinton—so expect more of the same this year. Most tickets are $15. CHICAGOIDEAS.COM
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JAZZIN’ AT THE SHEDD 5 september–10 October
A WALK IN HER SHOES Ahead of the Chicago pre-Broadway premiere of the musical adaptation of the 1982 movie, Tootsie, Tony-nominated actor Santino Fontana talks about preparing for the iconic role and what men can learn about being a woman.
What is your professional background? I’m a classically trained actor who got his start at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis—go Midwest!—and then moved to New York. I’ve been lucky enough to work in dramas and comedies on TV, film, and theater. Tootsie will be my 9th Broadway show.
How are your preparing for your role? Well, rehearsals all-day are taking up the majority of my time now, but I’ve been pretty strict with voice lessons and getting to the gym, in addition to learning how fun getting waxed is.
Based on your preparation for the role, what do you think that men can learn about women? So much. Since we started working on the show, I’ve become so aware of all the things that men just never have to think about. A couple nights ago, a female friend got asked if she wanted to be walked to the subway, and I realized I’ve never been asked that. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
What is the most challenging aspect of playing this role? Right now, it’s the juggling of all the technical stuff like the wig, the bra, the nails, and all the quick changes back and forth from Michael to Dorothy. That said, when we nail it, it’s thrilling. Nail pun intended.
What classic character would be your dream role, either on stage or screen? The idea of playing anybody in extreme circumstances gets me excited. I want to step into the shoes of characters who do things I would never do in my life. Oedipus gouges his eyes out after he realizes he murdered his father…I don’t want to do either of those things, but I would jump at the chance to pretend to and feel what that’s like.
How long can you last in a pair of heels? Leslie Flesner, who’s in our cast and helped me learn how to walk in them earlier this year, told me to wear them 30 minutes a day at home just to get used to them, and I’ve been doing that for several months now. While cooking. Watching TV. My neighbors across the street know a lot about me. I think I could last a long time in them, but I definitely don’t want to. cw
4 IMPROV LESSONS
Women lead the way in the Chicago improv scene. ComedySportz Board of Directors Member and Producer Jill Shely talks about using humor to navigate life and how women have paved the way in the industry.
WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM
There are many facets of improv that you can apply in everyday life. According to Shely, these are the most important:
How old were you when you realized you were funny? I first realized I was funny in grade school. Comics use humor to cover up what they are lacking. As a little girl growing up in a Chicago suburb, I was always a little too loud, a little too silly. I’m dyslexic and I didn’t always fit in. I utilized humor to help me. Being funny is an amazing tool to protect and deflect. It’s a marvelous suit of armor. In 5th grade, I was reading something out loud off of a slide show. The line was: “Daniel Boone made a daring escape.” Either my dyslexia or lack of glasses, I read: “Daniel Boone made a darling escape.” Everyone laughed and so did I. I learned it was ok to laugh at yourself and it was my first “big laugh.” Who are the women who have blazed the trail for the present generation of female Chicago improv talent? There are many Trail Blazers! Elaine May, Joan Rivers, Betty Thomas, Shelley Long, Bonnie Hunt, and the list goes on and on. I believe it is EVERY single women who worked in improv over the years that made a path for the women of today. I can’t thank enough all of the women who fought to be funny, even when it wasn’t what women were supposed to do! cw Learn more about Comedy Sportz and upcoming shows, at cszchicago.com
1. Saying yes, instead of no. How many times do we stop an idea before we have fully thought through all the possibilities? What can we add to an idea to make it workable? What genius ideas have been shut down before they were fully vetted? Saying “yes” opens up possibilities. 2. Be in the moment. Improv is all about living in the moment, being present. Not thinking about what’s next. Listen to what is being said, instead of thinking what you are going to say after the other person stops talking! Build off what is in front of you. 3. Make your scene partner look good. If they look good, you will look good. Trusting and having each other’s backs. 4. Commit. If you are going to fail—fail big.
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The term “brassiere” was first used in Vogue in 1907. This means “support” which is what a bra is used for— to support our breasts. From there, it was shortened to the “bra” as we know it today.
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Finding a great bra is a struggle for woman everywhere. There is so much more to a perfect fit than just size. Here are three helpful keys to finding a great bra.
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Every woman has a different breast shape that may affect the way the bra fits and feels. Often, women assume they are in the wrong size, when really, they are in the wrong style for their breast type. If you have shallow breasts, for example, non-molded cups might work better for you.
A bra should be snug to work. Everyone is always concerned about “back fat,” but truthfully, a bra is designed to be tight in order to work. The support comes from the band (not the straps), so it should be snug without being uncomfortable. Bands stretch, so bras have a lifespan and it’s shorter than you think. More often than not, the best way to get more lift and relieve shoulder pain is to make sure you’re wearing a tight band.
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MCKENZIE CHINN Actor, producer, and educator McKenzie Chinn is currently in postproduction of Olympia, a film about navigating the challenges of adulthood. Chinn explains why it has been difficult to tell more varied narratives about people of color (POC) in Hollywood: “The simplest answer to this question is: racism and anti-blackness. I think decision-makers in the mainstream industry still think of stories that feature white people as standard and universal, and stories that feature POC as niche and specialty. The truth is that the stories of POC are just as intrinsic to our collective culture as white folks’ stories are. I think many of us know this in our hearts, but our personal perception is struggling to evolve. The industry also has a certain level of comfort with narratives that depict POC as oppressed and suffering. These stories are very real and absolutely deserve to be told, but they are by no means the only part of our story. In spite of everything, we flourish and lead full and complex lives. Those stories also must be told. Folks may be less accustomed to more complex POC stories being given a platform, which may also be why we’re hearing so much these days about people calling police on black folks who are simply living their lives. Our media does not give much space to these parts of our story, and media undeniably help shape our collective perception of the world. This is why it’s so important that we start normalizing POC joy, and love, and power, alongside the struggles with which the viewing public is already so familiar. Finally, I think that, financially, executives wrongly believe that it’s harder to sell POC stories—that there will be less buy-in from the general public. This thinking has been proven wrong time and time again, from the success of films like Black Panther and Moonlight, to the increasing power of women of color like Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, and Tanya Saracho. We all benefit as more POC take high-level leadership positions in the industry. As this increases, equity, and representation will rise across the board, and equity is good for everyone—POC and non-POC alike.” CW Learn more about Chinn at mckenziechinn.com
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HEALTHY HALLOWEEN PASTA SALAD Amidst all of the sweets and treats, keep it healthy with veggies. Food blogger Jordan at Smile Sandwich has just the recipe! Check out her recipe at smilesandwich.com or follow her on Instagram at @smilesandwich
GHOULISH GRAVEYARD CUPS These ghostly pudding and cookie cups are finished off with classic Halloween candies! The recipe can be found on fabfoodchicago.com or get more inspiration on Instagram at @fabfoodchicago
Mom blogger Cheryl Leahy knows how to throw a kid-friendly party, and Halloween is no exception. Make an orange soda bar with fun cups and accessories— topped with whipped cream of course! Check out her ideas for spooky fun at alldressedupwithnothing todrink.com or follow her on Instagram at @cjalldressedup
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Wine Storage 101 by Consuelo M. Martínez-Quattrocchi Most wines are consumed within 4 hours of purchase. If you plan to enjoy your wine a few days or weeks later, follow these guidelines prior to popping the cork or twisting the top. No need for a fancy cellar or wine vault. A basement or interior walled closet with key characteristics should keep wine in the right condition for drinking. Do keep wine at a constant temperature. Professionals maintain between 50-60°F. Temperature swings from hot to cold accelerate aging.
Don’t keep wine in direct sunlight which causes wine elements to breakdown (the reason why most red and some white wines are in tinted bottles). This includes a kitchen wine rack or wall display.
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CHECK IT OUT. For the real wine enthusiasts wine storage is a must. For the highly social wine enthusiasts, meet Birch Road Cellars. This woman-owned private wine club and cellar offers space to not only store your wine, but enjoy it as well with a bar, lounges, dining room, and more. It requires a monthly membership and has locations in Lincoln Park and Roscoe Village. birchroadcellars.com
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Navy and neutral grey are on trend this season, both staple colors were featured in the Fall/Winter 2018 fashion collections on the runway, CAPTIVATING DEPTH. Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark tones capture the eye and can be adapted to almost any room and design style. A navy room packs a punch without closing in the space. As an added benefit, navy pairs beautifully with almost any color, from neutral greys to classic reds and yellows, so it will be easy to update any room. SAFE WITH GREY. Neutral grey can be used alone or as an accent equally well. Grey is a consistent design element because it is easily embraced by those not quite ready to go entirely bold or to make an unexpected splash. Use a light version for an office or a darker shade for a dramatic effect in a powder room.
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COMPLIMENTARY. As strong as these looks are on their own, they are perhaps at their best when paired together. Not ready to commit to an entire room of blue? Consider starting with some bold pieces of artwork, sculpture, or a side table in a grey living room. If you want to experiment further, throw in a single navy accent wall. The pairing options are endless. Whether you choose to use them in tandem or to let them fly solo, these popular and adaptable colors are sure to keep you on trend this fall. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to pick up a few items for your wardrobe to match your fall-ready home. CW Maura Braun is an interior designer. Learn more about her firm at maurabraundesign.com
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Christopher Harris Sommelier at Entente Musician-turned sommelier Christopher Harris talks about falling in love with wine and how the industry can broaden its horizons and bring more minorities into the fold. by Jennifer Smith Tapp What is your background and how did you land in the hospitality business? I am a born and raised Chicagoan, from the south side. I thought for the longest time that I would be a professional musician (classical vocal performance), and then I got bitten by the hospitality bug, and eventually I was bitten even harder by the wine bug. I started working at a restaurant while in college. I said I would give it six months, or until I found something better. That was March 2007! I started studying beverages (especially wine) in 2012, and I truly believe that was one of the best decisions I’ve made in life…so far. What is it about the wine world that some find intimidating? I think the general public is still intimidated by the expectation (even if it’s self-inflicted) that they should know all there is to know about the best growing areas, producers, and/or vintages. If you want to learn that, great! If not, trust your sommelier…that’s what we’re here for. Who are the women in the food and drink industry that inspire you? Oh, wow. There are many, many women in the wine industry that are inspirations. From one of my dearest friends and mentors, Elizabeth Mendez, to colleagues and friends that are studying for the Master Sommelier Diploma (Jennifer Schmitt, Rachel Driver-Speckan, Wanda Cole-Nicholson), and one of my best friends, Diana Hawkins, who moved across the globe to New Zealand to pursue her Masters Degree in Oenology…I am surrounded by women that are kicking ass and taking names to help our community grow and to further change the face of the beverage industry.
What can be done to bring more people of color, specifically AfricanAmericans, into the wine business? As a community, we need to get away from the stigma that a career in the hospitality industry isn’t a “real job.” Being a hospitality professional isn’t something to look down upon. Exposure and representation is key. Take your child/niece/nephew/mentee to places where you know there are African-Americans working and show them the potential. For those aspiring to be a sommelier, know that you belong—the opportunity is there and the community is overwhelmingly welcoming. For those of us in those positions—pay it forward. What is your favorite spot in the city to grab a glass of wine and a bite?
Rootstock. Their wine list is sick and very accessible, and they have a great burger. I also have spent many nights at Avec enjoying the bacon-wrapped dates with a glass (or bottle) of sparkling rosé. cw
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In her words
Design thinking Terri Crittenden, CEO of Fredman Design Group, explains how Design Thinking can lead you to find fresh solutions to old problems, regardless of your profession.
hat drives you? What pulls you out of your chair, lifts you up and inspires you to show up— the story of your life? This is a big question, and one I know we all struggle with daily. Ideally, this something grows from a thought to a practice to a belief, and over time, into a knowing that excites you, challenges you, and offers you a world of possibilities. I believe that we all have this something inside of us. Finding it in ourselves, well, that’s the real journey. I’ve been searching for a way to define the something inside me for years. I’ve felt it, and I’ve been fine-tuning the practice of it as an architect, interior designer, and CEO at Fredman Design Group, but haven’t had the words to articulate it, the courage to own it, or a reason to share it until recently.
in her words
How can I create magical spaces and wonderful experiences?
TERRI CRITTENDEN, CEO, FREDMAN DESIGN GROUP
Words beautifully connect the feelings of design with the process of design. They are my bridge from a previously intuitive behavior to a universal language that can connect us all to the creative process and expand our understanding of the possibilities of design. How do we teach creativity and innovation? How can we provide a way of communicating that makes design accessible to all industries? These are the questions at the heart of Design Thinking. This is not a new concept. Warren Berger, in his wonderful book Glimmer, refers to design, whether it’s applied to business, social, or personal challenges, as a process that “opens up new avenues of progress, suggesting fresh answers to old questions. It is about infinite possibilities. And perhaps more than anything else, it’s about optimism.” This sentiment is always close to me in my work. How can I make it better? How can I create magical spaces and wonderful experiences? This is what we call our Pursuit of Magic at Fredman Design Group. We have always known that design can draw out and create extraordinary experiences in spaces if we connect the needs of our clients with their dreams. We also know that Design Thinking has the potential to inspire the next generation of design talent and keep creativity thriving in a commercial
world that could easily forget the power of design both in functionality and added value. As designers, we believe the only things limiting us are the things we haven’t figured out yet. Imagine if we all leaned into this belief with openness: openness to the design process and language of design. When designing a space, a home for example, this is what ensures the inspiration for our work would come from within—from, say, you if you were our client. The result, then, reflects stories that are meaningful to you and the experience of your home resonates with you, adding to your daily well-being. Design Thinking provides a way to open conversations to be richer and more expansive—both functional and artistic. It offers the crucial ingredient that shifts our awareness of our spaces, of our experiences, and of each other. It’s how we stay in service to the greater possibility of what we can provide our clients, how we can elevate our connection to creativity, and share this connection with others. For me, this is the essence of meaningful design. It is the first step that, taken collectively, can be the bridge to keeping design alive in our homes, our businesses, our education, and in our lives. cw To learn more about Fredman Design Group. visit fredmandesigngroup.com
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When you are young and starting a business, you are given a lot valuable advice. However, it can be confusing; so the best advice I have gotten was to take advice, but it is up to you to ‘take it’ or ‘throw it in the garbage.’ You have to use your own judgment.
This fall, Chicago Woman magazine is holding the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Awards Luncheon, also known as ELA. However, ELA isn't just a pretty acronym, it really strikes at the heart of the mission of Chicago Woman magazine. It stands for "Excellence in Leadership." It is the recognition of a movement. A movement that we invite all women to be part of and participate in. It is about women celebrating other women's success, learning from our esteemed panel, and being inspired by our honorees' stories. Chicago Woman magazine is your cheerleader, spotlight, resource, and map. We are bringing together local women from many different industries and backgrounds for a celebration of excellence and sisterhood. The 2018 ELA speakers and honorees are trailblazers, thought leaders, and champions for all women. Here, we share some advice and insights from the women
EVERYONE LEARNS FROM SEEING OTHERS THAT LOOK LIKE THEM ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS. SEEING OTHER WOMEN WHO REALLY "OWN" THEIR LIFE CREATES A PROOF POINT AND INSTILLS CONFIDENCE THAT I CAN DO THAT TOO.
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It’s hard not to feel good when you’ve empowered others. I truly believe the more you give, the more you receive.
As women, we sometimes question ourselves and our abilities to adapt, and whether we are “ready” for a new job or new role. My attitude is “if I’m being asked to do it, then I must be ready and capable of doing it.” And if it sounds challenging and interesting and has an element of fun and advancement, then I say “yes”. My success comes from interacting with people from every walk of life and staying curious and interested in learning. Learning is a lifelong process and we are all works in progress! —PERRI IRMER, PRESIDENT & CEO, DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
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ARE YOU READY TO GO DESKLESS? by Cherilyn G. Murer An office without a desk may seem like an anomaly, but a growing number of companies are embracing the concept. Based on the type of business and corporate culture, it could be a wise choice. When we moved our company from a vintage office building to a newer contemporary structure, I embraced “desklessness” with enthusiasm. Although I maintained a corner office as president and CEO, I tended to spend most of my workdays at a long conference table with ten chairs which encouraged members of my team to drop by and interact for effective problem-solving and strategic thinking. The conference room had a wall-mounted, 60-inch TV monitor for multi-media presentations and access to the internet, and ample windows, all of which made it a natural hub for gatherings. My office space included an adjacent room with dining table for client
lunches, and a couch with two chairs and coffee table for more intimate or serious conversations. For lunch we served sandwiches and salads on china with silver flatware and crystal glasses—a detail that was much appreciated by guests. We still had private offices but with more communal space for collaborating and socializing. Our executives could choose a larger interior office or a smaller one with windows. Support staff sat in an open, free-flowing space with desks at angles to give a sense of privacy and individuality. All employees had access to our library and two lunchrooms—one for staff and the other for internal working lunches.
No one can deny that the physical workplace has changed dramatically, however, the amount of time employees spend at the office has remained constant. Creating a space where they feel inspired and productive is welcoming, demonstrates appreciation, and makes good business sense.
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DIGITAL MEDIA’S IMPACT ON DIVORCE by Gemma Allen In the digital age, anything you do, say, or post online can be used against you in court. In several types of litigation including divorce, social media posts and emails are routinely sought as evidence. At our firm, we advise all clients to never forget that “our privacy ship has sailed” as to what we put in writing,
anytime and anyplace. That can be difficult advice to hear, but it is critical to successful divorce/parenting litigation. It is good advice for life too! Social media reveals more than you know about your daily life, your finances, your temperament, and your impulsivity.
ON FACEBOOK, be prepared to “face” your past. Family lawyers have used Facebook to find damaging information regarding support and custody, as well as to highlight a person’s attributes or the opponent’s flaws. Among easy Facebook discoveries are “significant others,” hidden assets, and certain lifestyle habits and hangouts.
to read. “Picture the email in the press,” we tell clients.
TEXTING AND TWEETING may be
easy and efficient, but can be detrimental to your legal health. Records can be subpoenaed with an entire case built around what just a few words have revealed or even implied. Finally, remember the Golden Rule: if you can’t post something kind about someone, don’t post anything. Then there’s the Legal Golden Rule: never post anything that you would not like to see on an over-sized screen as “Exhibit A” in a court of law.
ON LINKEDIN, be careful regarding
what you include in your profile. Exaggerated or misleading credentials may not only be unlawful but can come back to haunt you when a judge is deciding child support, your financial needs, and income generating ability.
EMAILS are an attorney, judge, and the media’s best friend. Never write an email that you would not want your boss, a judge, or even the media
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LEADING CHICAGO WOMEN + IDEAS VOICES
USING DESIGN AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE More than ever before, women are seizing the opportunity to re-invent themselves—both personally and professionally. Dynamic career shifts, or “second acts” give us the freedom and opportunity to pursue new passions and perspectives on life. In 2003, I made the shift into interior design after spending most of my career in marketing and advertising. This summer, I made the decision to re-brand, working to ensure my interior design firm was continuing to adapt with me, our clients, and the industry. I started as a one-woman, home-based suburban firm and have since grown into a full-service design studio in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Studio Brunstrum is the result of a 15-year evolution of that original design firm. As my love of travel and adventure evolved, it informed how I cultivated my design aesthetic. I constantly look for new ideas and inspirations as I travel the world seeking art and culture. I strive to subtly weave the colors, patterns, architectural details,
craftmanship, and artistry into my work, always looking for what’s yet to be discovered. This passion recently inspired me to expand the reach of my firm, launching my introductory product collaboration—Elements, a rug collection inspired by my travels to Mexico.
Part of owning a business is evolving along with the industry, your clients, vendors, and the world around you. But while change is important, I also believe that some things in a business should remain the same. At Studio Brunstrum, the constant is our firm’s core philosophy to listen to and put our clients first. While we are an award-winning team with expertise in design and architecture, our biggest passion lies in our relationships with clients.
Each chapter of my story has been marked with a change in living environment and lifestyle; I strive to create spaces that adapt with our
clients and allow room for
We want every client to feel comfortable and happy as they inhabit our designs, regardless of the size and scope of the project. Reimagining homes, workplaces, or commercial spaces and providing clients with design-based solutions to their real-life problems—that’s what excites our studio team.
their story to constantly evolve.
The story at the heart of every space is what intrigues me most about each project. Due to my life circumstances, I have lived the lifestyle of most of my clients. I’ve been single, married, widowed, divorced; and I’m a mother. From building a large family home in the suburbs, to gutting a condo in
the city, to renovating a small historic home in the country, I’ve had almost every relationship with a home one can have. Each chapter of my story has been marked with a change in living environment and lifestyle so I strive to create spaces that adapt with our clients and allow room for their story to constantly evolve.
If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in life and in my years in business and the design industry, it’s that nothing is permanent—change is inevitable. The shifts in my personal and professional life have inspired me to explore passions and paths I didn’t know needed to be discovered. I seek to do the same for my clients, bringing them new and intriguing ideas, and allowing them to discover how interior design can represent their own ever-evolving dreams and lifestyle.
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ART LOVES SCIENCE As a neuroscientist, professor, and artist, Hande Ozdinler works to find a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and more recently, she brings together both the arts and science with the Art Loves Science Foundation.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO CHICAGO?
I was born in Istanbul, and I came to United States for my Ph.D. followed by a postdoc at Harvard Medical School. I was eventually recruited by Northwestern to become the youngest female faculty to initiate a new Research Lab on ALS disease.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ALS RESEARCH.
I focus on the role of upper motor neurons in ALS, which helped change the perception in the field. I have received many awards for my scientific achievements, but the award I am most proud of is being honored as ‘one of the most influential Turkish American Women in United States’. It is a testimony that I need to continue giving back.
WHO INSPIRES YOU? The ALS
patients who fight every single day to keep their dignity and humanity inspire me. How people react to adversities, and how they transform pain and suffering into something positive while staying humble is the source of my inspiration.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACING THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY? My work at the Les Turner ALS Foundation has supported me and allowed me to do the science I dreamed about. Now it is time I give back and help with high-risk/ high-award projects. In addition, we do very poorly in recruiting young minds to science. But without them, the future of science can be dark. We need to recruit more students and generate funds for young, energetic minds. More can be done to support young scientists.
WHAT WAS YOUR 'A-HA' MOMENT?
When my colleagues started finding out that I was painting, it was not seen as a suitable engagement for a serious scientist. My husband was in support because he had similar experiences as a musician with a Ph.D. in engineering. So, we had the desire to help others and form a non-profit foundation that could make people appreciate art in science, and realize how art and science are actually interconnected.
Women have a different, innate perspective and understanding of the world. Do not lose that, embrace the essence of what it means to be a woman. Do not force yourself to look like men, to think like men to be successful.
SO WHAT WAS THE RESULT? The
Art Loves Science Foundation. The foundation will organize concerts, art exhibitions, and art sales that will generate funds for students who wants to stay in science and support their work. I already give lectures, teach students, but I want to do even more to help young minds stay in science.
AS A LEADER IN YOUR FIELD, HOW DO YOU EMPOWER WOMEN?
Women have a different perspective and they have amazing courage. It is often women who detect injustice and unfairness, and have the courage to speak up. We need to foster that even more going forward. I help educate girls in science and give fellowships to help them complete their education. I am part of STEM, and I want to see more women leaving their mark in every aspect of life— across both the sciences and arts. Learn more about Art Loves Science Foundation at artlovesscience.org.
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Get Outdoors: Take a break from the resort and see the other side of Aruba. Arikok National Park is about 20 percent of the island and popular for off-roading and ATVs. Explore parts of the park with caves, natural pools, cliff views of the island, and even a lighthouse. arubaviptours.com
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Where to Stay: The two-mile long strip called Palm Beach is home to the Hilton Aruba, a lush resort perfectly at home among other glamorous, high-rise hotels in the area. hiltonaruba.com
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Actress, Writer, and Director Widely recognized as a rising star after establishing her indie film credentials, Ross is currently part of the new wave of TV and film production in the city with her regular role as “Jada” in Showtime’s The Chi. The series was created by Chicago native Lena Waithe, who recently won an Emmy for her work on the critically-acclaimed show that is filmed on the south side. In talking about the role, Ross finds common ground between herself and Jada, a character that she describes as “common sense.” “I feel that if I were a mother, I would be like her. She is firm, but compassionate. She understands the climate that we are in and that raising young black men is a job. She also understands the need to teach men how to treat women. I feel that I make common sense decisions and am also compassionate.” Beyond the scope of her character on The Chi, Ross is aware of the importance of telling authentic stories about life on the south side of Chicago. “It’s like we are bringing these people to life from the inside out. People are used to seeing the exterior, used to seeing the aftermath of things. But we are showing how these people got there, and showing them as human beings, which I think is really important. What I am able to do is bridge that gap and show that people from the south side are really no different than people from Texas and people from Lincoln Park or the Gold Coast.” Ross is also a writer and a director, and has plans to direct her first feature after filming on the next season of The Chi wraps later this year. The movie, which she also wrote and will act in, is about “a younger black couple in the arts, and how they deal with their personal problems, on stage and off, in the public eye. It’s also about how you can feel like you are acting, off-stage.” With Ross’ profile on the rise, is there anything about her that her fans might not know? “I’m the girl that’s Raphael Saadiq’s lady at the end of the “Be Here” video with D’Angelo. I’ve been noticing people don’t seem to realize that’s me!”
THE SECOND CITY HAS NEVER HAD A SHORTAGE OF TALENT IN THE WORLDS OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT. HERE ARE SEVEN WOMEN WHO ARE TELLING THE STORIES THAT NEED TO BE TOLD AND CHALLENGING THE PERCEPTIONS OF WHO WE ARE. by Jennifer Smith Tapp photographed by Kirsten Miccoli Yolonda is wearing: Silk Watercolor Caftan, $750, Syl Markt, sylmarkt.com Hair: Brittany Gandy Makeup: Rocio Rodriguez
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arica hilton Artist and President, Hilton Asmus Contemporary Moving to the U.S. from Turkey at the age of six, Hilton had already opened her first gallery by the time she was 26, as well as developing her own reputation as an artist. She describes her environmentally-minded work as being “about water and the human connection to our universe.” Hilton’s desire to effect positive change in the world extends to the mission of her gallery, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, which features photographers from around the world. The gallery has also just launched a speaker series, focused on tackling social justice issues on both a local and global scale. “My life mission is to explore the world to bring awareness to issues that plague planet earth by searching for solutions that will make our world a better place for our children and our children’s children.”
Duchess of Chicago, Darling Shear Mixed Media Artist The world of Darling Shear is one that bends gender and is inspired by fashion, musicals, and dance. The Chicago native studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and African Dance. She's also is a fifth-generation healer who uses movement as therapy. Among various regular performances around the city, Darling hosts a High Tea Social Club at the Ace Hotel once a month, where audiences are treated to an elevated high tea complete with performances based on classic film musicals or fashion. What are the highlights of the Duchess’ career? “Working with people like Bubba Carr, choreographer and artistic director to Cher for 12 years and counting; Rhonda Henriksen, soloist with Hubbard Street; Twyla Tharp; and Hinton Battle, who was the original Scarecrow from the Broadway production of The Wiz.”
Amy Rubenstein and Evelyn Jacoby Co-founder + Artistic Director and Managing Director, Windy City Playhouse During a time when there is fierce competition for eyes and ears in a changing entertainment landscape, Rubenstein and Jacoby have managed to capture and keep an audience at Windy City Playhouse since its inaugural production in 2015. A nod towards artistic experimentation and accessible storytelling has helped the Playhouse make a name for itself in a city full of options for theater lovers. Rubenstein on staying current: “Our commitment is to reinvent the traditional theater-going experience.”
Layne Marie Williams Founder + Executive Director, Women of The Now and Co-Founder + Director of Development, Women’s Film Festival As an award-winning filmmaker and director, Williams is committed to sharing the stories of women and those that identify as women. Having recently moved her video and event production company, Women of the Now, from Philadelphia to Chicago, Williams provides women with opportunities to develop their skills behind the camera and network with other industry professionals. “I love what I do because of the people that I get to collaborate with every day. There is something so special about creating an idea with a collective of people, building on that idea, and then turning that vision you all had together into a reality. I think that what I do contributes to the city because there’s just such soul in it all. When you come at something with a lot of sincerity, you can only reach new heights.”
megan taylor DJ and creative producer, fig media If you have been on the invite list of any of the city’s most high-profile parties, you are probably already familiar with Taylor’s work. As one of Chicago’s most in-demand DJs, Taylor has set the tone at events all over the world and grew up with a father in the music industry. “I have been passionate about music my entire life. My father worked for a distribution company that was a subset of Sony Music; so as a little girl, I was constantly begging my dad for CDs and concert tickets. I am blessed to now incorporate my passion into my job. DJing is such an amazing job to be able to create the vibes, party, and feel through choosing and playing music. I love that so much of what I do relies on the feminine skills of intuition and rapport, and that so much of what I do is created in the moment. I also have a really amazing team at Fig that supports me in all I do.” cw
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HEALTH + BODY
gut health what you need to know by Tina Anderson
The quality of our digestion is often an indicator of our overall health and can be a signal that we need to slow down and get back on track. THE GATEWAY TO GOOD HEALTH It is the digestive tract that is the most exposed part of our body to the outside world through what we eat (even more so than the skin). Our gut is approximately 200 times larger than our skin surface, and the bacteria we carry in our gut weighs approximately 1.5kg. The ratio of human cells to bugs carried by the body is 9-10 to 1. We are a large, complex bug carrier living in harmony and symbiosis with our bugs. Bacteria in the gut helps educate and manage our body’s defense system, by interacting with our immune system. Our gut bacteria not only influences our physical health, but also influences our mental health—how we actually feel day to day through the gut-brain connection. You do not need to be carrying excess weight to have less-than-optimal or poor gut (bacteria) health.
SIGNS OF POOR GUT HEALTH Poor or compromised gut health can contribute to and manifest in a number of ways including (but not limited to): •O ngoing, unresolved bloating, flatulence, and digestive symptoms. • Unresolved, ongoing fatigue.
FOUR WAYS TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY GUT 1 Avoid toxic foods 2 Eat fermented foods 3 Take a probiotic supplement 4 Manage your stress
•R ecurring (and unresolved) poor immunity. •C hange in bowel habits, including diarrhea and/or constipation. • I ncreased risk or exacerbation of health issues, including: asthma, food allergies or intolerance, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. • I ncreased risk of developing chronic health conditions, including blood sugar issues, type-2-diabetes, and thyroid problems. cw
Tina Anderson is CEO of Just Thrive Probiotic. Learn more at thriveprobiotic.com.
GOOD VS BAD BACTERIA
Not all gut bacteria are created equal. “Good” gut bacteria improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and manufacture the vitamins your body needs. While “bad” gut bacteria can cause digestion problems, mental problems, skin conditions, and other issues. A healthy gut is made by balancing the bacteria—limiting the bad guys and encouraging the good guys to grow.
the ecosystem Your digestive system
is like a rainforest of biodiversity. What you put into your mouth breeds what grows inside. So, what destroys the rainforest of your gut? Here is the short list: Antibiotics, sugar, infection, constipation, diarrhea, poor food, pollution, poor nutrition, and stress. Put your conservation effort into your gut and see how your life flourishes. It is your own ecosystem and it is worth rehabilitating. — Dr. Amelia Case, Founder, Universal Health Institute
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Diana Schnell Executive Director, Equestrian Connection Interview By Whitney Reynolds Tell us about your personal connection to this business.
When did you realize you had a resource that would help others? In 2001, I knew we needed to start a program in Illinois, as the closest was in Wisconsin. Parents of children with special needs will do everything they can to help their children thrive, and with a center in the Chicagoland area, I knew we could reach so many more children in need who would benefit from hippotherapy. We have an amazing community that has a deep and firsthand understanding of the unique and powerful horse/human connection, and the benefits equine therapy provides. How are these horses impacting your clients? The differences vary by
individual of course, but they share a common outcome: clients enjoy their therapy, and are happy when they are here, and leave better off then when they arrived. We see improved posture, strength, balance, attention span, verbalization, and confidence. For those confined to wheelchairs, we
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I discovered the power of the horse/ human connection while attending hippotherapy (horse therapy) sessions for my twin sons who were born with poor muscle tone and severe sensory disorder. After hearing about hippotherapy, I immediately registered my boys for sessions in Wisconsin. During that summer, I witnessed their increased trunk strength and overall tone, and delighted with their excitement for grooming the horses and being at eye level with other wheelchair bound clients. More than anything, I was grateful for them to feel special rather than judged and disabled. It was truly amazing. I remember watching a group of young foster teens who were receiving hippotherapy, it resulted in them learning and experiencing trust and feeling safe to return to the loving children they were. I knew this therapy was special by helping such a wide range of needs.
provide the opportunity to move freely high off the ground, giving them a sense of freedom. Clients can gain movement patterns from the movement of the horse which they cannot get elsewhere. Some adults no longer need canes for walking, others are pain-free for the first time since their diagnosis. The best part is that the horses do not judge their riders, but rather connect in a unique way which is why we chose the name “Equestrian Connection.” The horses can help with both physical and mental challenges. What do these different programs look like? Clients are initially evaluated to determine treatment plans and goals. A therapist will also determine the best type of horse for the client, whether they need a narrow horse, a wide base of support, a horse with a lot of movement, or a horse that has a smoother gait. A physical or occupational therapist will then work on various exercises and movement patterns to help improve strength, flexibility, and balance. We have a variety of games and walking patterns designed to address a wide range of goals. Once a client has the ability to sit upright independently, they then work with a therapeutic riding instructor to learn to ride while simultaneously gaining the benefits of the horse’s movement. This gives them
control they may not have in other aspects of their life, and is quite an empowering experience. For those with mental health needs, clients work with a psychologist or social worker, either by riding, and working through their needs on horseback in a non-clinical setting, or non-mounted experience and walking and or grooming the horses. By observing horses and their behaviors, clients can learn about their own interactions with other people and how they might approach their problems differently. By grooming a horse, they learn to care and give care to another being rather then always being cared for by others. They become the caregiver rather than the recipient. It’s amazing to see the joy, confidence, and teamwork that can develop from interacting
with these caring, non-judgmental animals. How has it evolved over the years? We opened our doors in 2001 with four horses and 20 children in a broken down, small, dark, leased barn. In 2006, we were fortunate enough to receive assistance from a local board member, Marty Domitrovich, which allowed us to
make a down payment on 10 acres of land. We built our current 26,000 square foot facility including 20 stalls, a warm and clean 16,000 square foot arena,
WHITNEY’S WOmEN and space for our Art and Massage Therapy and Job Training Programs. This was a game changer. With a dedicated facility, we provided a place where our clients could feel and be special; families can enjoy their time watching their loved ones thrive. In 2010, we received a grant from Baxter Healthcare Foundation for adults with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injury. Our adult programs grew rapidly as most participants saw a 20 percent improvement in their balance, strength, and control in their daily lives, which was the ultimate goal. This moved us to a level where we are serving 400 individuals weekly in a wide range of programs (15 overall), with the best professional staff in the business, and a roster of some of the most caring, talented volunteers who give us over 25,000 hours of service annually. Additionally, we have a supportive, dedicated Board of Directors who share the mission of providing therapy services to everyone regardless of their financial status. What is your biggest success story?
Tough one. There are too many to list as every day brings a great story allowing our tagline “Best Days Happen Here” to come to life. Providing over $175,000 in therapy scholarships to families in need is near and dear to my heart. I was fortunate to raise over $1,000,000 competing in triathlons and Ironman for years with the intent to help these families. That commitment has continued with donor support and proceeds from Marty’s Barn Party held every fall. (This year's party is Sept. 29th (bidpal.net/martysbarnparty). Providing therapy services to families facing financial struggle is a hot button for me and has been since day one. I’ve been so blessed to be able to provide my twins with the services and education they need and want to help others have that same opportunity. I know the road they face and want to support their journey and make it better, if I can. If we aren’t here to help each other, why are we here? Can you talk about your partnership with Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project?
We were fortunate to receive a grant from The Rice Foundation helping veterans participate without paying a fee. Our programs connect veterans with other veterans, and help improve their lives after the trauma of battle and its aftermath. Be it mounted or non-mounted horse therapy, fishing, art, yoga, or massage, each and every experience is held in a safe and positive environment with trained staff helping them engage with each other, and the outside world. We are dedicated to expanding our veteran reach and programming, offering them and their families the services they so greatly deserve. Who inspires you? The families who come through
our doors every single day, doing all they can for their children. And, the adults who never give up fighting their challenges due to an accident, illness, or diagnosis. Their determination, fighting spirit, hope, and drive to improve their circumstances is most inspiring. They are my heroes. cw
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