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Director, Editorial & Brand Strategy

Jennifer Smith Tapp jennifer@chicago-woman.com

Director, Events & Engagement Managing Editor

POSITIVE CONNECTIONS I am often asked why I started Chicago Woman magazine. My answer has changed over the last 18 months that we have been in publication. The most rewarding part of the process of launching and producing Chicago Woman is simply the connections. Not the rubbing-elbows sort of connections, but truly getting to know some incredible women, being able to help them make the connections they find valuable and most recently, being able to share women’s accomplishments with our readers. This past January, we had our first health and wellness event (see page 65 for the pics!). And on March 6th, we are hosting our International Women Leaders’ Luncheon, honoring international women leaders in Chicago. As we read the headlines, it is easy to be anxious and fear what our world may become—the uncertainty of it all is unsettling for many. By using our platform to recognize the dedication of international women who are making our city and world a better place, as well as women who are working to help women internationally, Chicago Woman has the ability to focus on the ways we can transform the conversation into one that focuses on positivity and empowerment.

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Our editorial mission is to find the positivity in Chicago and to use the platform of the magazine to shine a light on women who are making a difference in our city. This issue, marks our new contributor, Whitney Reynolds, who will be interviewing Chicago women making a difference as a regular feature, Whitney’s Women. And to bring it back to our readers, in March, we are having a Mom Makeover! Three Chicago-area moms will be chosen to be a part of the program, with the results to be revealed in the May/June 2017 issue!

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March 8, 2017—This conference will feature keynotes from an array of professional female founders, investors, and leaders focusing on the advancements women have made within tech and leadership. 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Google Chicago, 1000 West Fulton Market, midwestwomenintech.com.

April 4, 2017—Emily Stewart of Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits, Christine Cikowski of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Jen Rosenthan of Planted Chicago, Tracy Boychyk of The Roof Crop and Jackie Gennett of Bushel & Peck’s will discuss how women are changing the face of the local food system and leading innovation that increases sustainable food access in Chicago. Bang Bang Pie, 4947 North Damen Avenue, greencitymarket.org.

LUNCHEON WITH CAROLYN LEONARD March 8, 2017—The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago panel discussion luncheon with Carolyn Leonard, CEO, DyMynd, will be on “Rising Out of the Pits: A Dynamic Message of How Women Can Capitalize on Their Strengths to Create Their Financial Futures.” Tickets are $55. 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org.

April 12, 2017—The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago will be hosting a networking luncheon titled “Grow Your Contacts.” 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org.

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April 16, 2017—Celebrate Easter with brunch in the Krasberg Rose Garden at the Chicago Botanical Garden. Make sure to have the kiddos bring their baskets for the egg hunt. Adult tickets are $40. Children are $30. Portrait sessions will be offered after brunch. Nichols Hall, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org.

2017 CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN IMPACT AWARDS March 23, 2017—Chicago Foundation for Women will honor six Chicago women leaders for their dedication to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area. Tickets are $60. 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Venue S1X10 at Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue, cfw.org.

NEW LOOK OF LEADERSHIP March 26, 2017—Watch some of Chicago’s top business leaders at the YWCA Chicago’s 5th Annual New Look of Leadership Fashion Event model some of the hottest trends in fashion in support of racial equality and the advancement of women and Tickets start at $125. 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Macy*s, 111 North State Street, ywcachicago.org.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND TECH STARTUPS NETWORKING EVENT March 29, 2017—This afternoon features networking with inspiring women in tech. Bring business cards and a snack to share! 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. 4245 North Knox Avenue, Chicago2112inc.com.

WOMEN IN THE FOREFRONT LUNCHEON March 31, 2017—The 28th annual women’s luncheon hosted by The Chicago Network will feature Valerie Jarrett and Laura Jarrett as keynote speakers focusing on equal opportunity, the workplace, and economic policies. 11:15 a.m.–1:30p.m. Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue, thechicagonetwork.org.

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JOFFREY BALLET SPRING GALA April 21, 2017—This evening benefits the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet and its commitment to creating positive impacts through its Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs. Performance at 6:30 p.m., Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway. Reception at 8:00 p.m. The Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street. joffrey.org.

CHICAGO ARTISAN CHOCOLATE SHOW April 22-23, 2017—Located in the West Loop’s historic Randolph Street Market District, this festival will feature 40 chocolate artisans with wine tastings and raffles to enhance the fun. Parking is free and tickets range from $38-$66. Plumbers Hall, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, fineartisanevents.com.

5TH ANNUAL HESHIMA KENYA FASHION CHALLENGE April 27, 2017—This runway show highlighting Heshima Kenya’s social enterprise, The Maisha Collective features Chicago designers tasked to create a unique look that incorporates Maisha scarves for a Project Runway- inspired competition. Tickets are $150. 6:00 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, heshimakenya.org.

UNICEF HOPE GALA April 29, 2017—Celebrating its tenth year, UNICEF’s Hope Gala brings together more than 400 philanthropists and community leaders in the Chicago area to support UNICEF’s mission of putting children first. Tickets are $1000. 6:30 p.m. The Geraghty, 2520 South Hoyne Avenue, unicefhopegala.org.

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CULTURE WATCH Through March 25, 2017 Carmen The beloved opera composed by Georges Bizet, Carmen returns to Chicago. The performance is filled with iconic music, including Carmen’s seductive Habanera and The Toreador Song. This opera is a great introduction to those who have not experienced the thrill of the opera scene. Tickets range from $20-$299. The Civic Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, lyricopera.org.

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CULTURE WATCH MARCH/APRIL 2017 MCA DNA: RIOT GRRRLS” EXHIBITION Through June 18, 2017—This Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition addresses the sexism still evident in the art world today. The DNA series confronts gender inequality and is named after the ‘90s feminist punk movement. The exhibition showcases notable female artists such as Mary Heilmann and Charline von Heyl. Tickets to this exhibition are included with admission to the MCA. General admission is $12. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, mcachicago.org.

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL April 20-23, 2017—The 8th annual CIMMfest will feature 100 film screenings and concerts presented in various venues throughout the Logan Square and Wicker Park neighborhoods of Chicago. A four-day pass ranges from $79–$149. cimmfest.org.

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BEYOND CARING April 22-May 7, 2017—This critically-acclaimed piece, re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin, is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America’s shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class. Tickets are $35–$40. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 North Michigan Avenue, lookingglasstheatre.org.

GLOBAL VISIONARIES April 26-May 7, 2017—The Joffrey Ballet continues its tradition of showcasing international choreographers three modern ballet pieces by Alexander Ekman, Yuri Possokhov, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Tickets start at $86. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, joffrey.org. “MCA DNA: RIOT GRRRLS” EXHIBITION

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At a time when women’s rights, refugee policies, and immigration dominate the news cycle, Chicago women, many of international heritage, are working to make the world a better place for women both here in Chicago and beyond our borders. Chicago Woman recognizes the following 11 women as exemplary internationally-focused leaders.

ANA DUTRA 1 President & CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago and President, International Women’s Forum DR. JENNIFER HOLMGREN 2 CEO at LanzaTech DR. KAREN KIM 3 Professor of Medicine, Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Division of Biological Sciences, Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities, and director of the Center for Asian Health Equity

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CHUNGHEE KIMBERLY KANG 4 Co-Founder & Treasurer of EWHA Women’s University Alumni Association, and Founder of EWHA Educational Foundation

DR. OLUFUNMILAYO OLOPADE 8 Oncologist; Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean of Global Health and Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at The University of Chicago

CASEY MARSH 5 Vice President, Regions–West, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

ALISA ROADCUP 9 Executive Director, Heshima Kenya

SHARMILI MAJMUDAR 6 Director of Strategic Partnerships, Women Employed

IRAM SHAH 10 Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric

REEM ODEH 7 Attorney, Odeh Law

YMAN HUANG VIEN 11 President, Chinese Community Center


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THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP by Becky Carroll

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conversation about work and women in politics with Anna Valencia, the 31 yearold newly appointed City Clerk who Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls “the next generation of leadership.”

WHAT DREW YOU INTO POLITICS? I’ve always gravitated toward public service. Even in elementary school, I wrote an essay about wanting to be the first female president! I think being a public servant is about giving back. As the first member of my family to go to college, I know what it’s like to struggle. Now I have a chance to help others access the same opportunities that were given to me.

AFTER YEARS AS A TOP POLITICAL ADVISOR, WHY THE JUMP TO THE OTHER SIDE? In the aftermath of the November election, I felt in my heart that I had to do more than just advise others. I needed to engage directly in the public domain and add my voice in a new way. This opportunity was a blessing that I could not pass up.

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YOU’VE SAID THAT HAVING MORE WOMEN RUN FOR OFFICE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. WHY? Having women in the room is really important, because our unique experiences and opinions add value. Plus, we’re pragmatic and collaborative. We need more women to run for office, hold office and serve in leadership roles throughout government. I firmly believe that you can’t be what you can’t see.

WILL WE SEE MORE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN YOUR OFFICE? Absolutely. As a Latina, I know firsthand that we need to invest in women—and minorities—to help them build their careers in public service and to build a bench of talent. If you don’t give them the opportunity, how are they supposed to get their foot in the door?

ANY TIPS OR ADVICE FOR YOUNGER WOMEN WHO WANT TO GET INTO POLITICS? If you see someone whose career you admire, ask them for coffee and 30 minutes of their time. Nine times out of 10 they’ll say yes. cw


VOICES | MOVERS + SHAKERS

CARMAINE MEANS & MIKA STAMBAUGH CO-FOUNDERS, DRONE GIRLS PHOTOGRAPHY With Means’ background in photojournalism and her experience as the first African-American female FAA licensed drone pilot in the country and Stambaugh’s business savvy, these two dynamic friends blended their passions and started Drone Girls Photography.

How did you get into drone photography?

MEANS: I was always good with my hands—a tinkerer. I was astute to where the industry is going and not where it is now. I wanted to be ahead of the curve. It’s also a natural fit for me as a photojournalist. STAMBAUGH: I’ve always been a news junkie, even as a kid. I’m inquisitive; I want to know what you’re doing and why. I’ve owned several businesses, so it seemed natural to pair my business sense with her experience and talent. I’m extremely passionate about who I work with and how I’m doing it.

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What drives you?

MEANS: Together, we have a passion and a sense about women really excelling in business. I’m one of two AfricanAmerican photojournalists in Chicago and I’ve always had a mechanical engineering mindset. A lot of girls don’t know this exists. I don’t want girls to be afraid to go and try it.

What do you love about your work?

STAMBAUGH: I absolutely love the creative outlet—how we’re able to capture people’s moments and give them a chance to experience something they wouldn’t have otherwise. People hear drones and think they can’t afford it. What’s different about our business model is that we’ve made it accessible. cw

ZOE SCHORR

ZOE SCHOR CHEF AND OWNER, SPLIT-RAIL After only 10 years of cooking professionally from Los Angeles to Chicago’s Ada Street, Schorr is taking the leap to open her own restaurant, Split-Rail. This “New Americana” concept — shareable, classic comfort food reimagined— is coming to West Town in early spring,

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What do you love about cooking in Chicago? What’s amazing is the camaraderie, kindness, and generosity between restaurant folks in this city. It’s got a really small-town feel, and the restaurant people all know and take care of each other. I could never leave.


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DOMINIQUE JORDAN TAYLOR PRESIDENT AND CEO, CHICAGO SCHOLARS Jordan Turner is on a mission to change the world. As president and CEO of Chicago Scholars, she is committed to helping kids from under-resourced communities in the city apply to college, graduate and return to Chicago to begin their careers as leaders.

Why do you love the mission of this organization? The work is DOMINQUE JORDAN TAYLOR

WISE WORDS DOMINIQUE JORDAN TAYLOR

There’s no such thing as “no.” My motto:

“I’LL FIND A WAY OR MAKE ONE.” I keep asking, keep pushing, keep pursuing until I get a “yes.”

IT’S PERSISTENCE, IT’S GRIT— all those things make the difference.

What inspires you? My father really inspires me. He got me into cooking, and without a lot of advantages growing up, he made himself into a very successful person by being relentless. Those are the people who shape the world.

game-changing. If you’re poor in this country, your likelihood of graduating from college is nine percent. We work with that population— but our graduation rate is 87 percent. We make sure these young people get through college successfully. We also work on softer skills—social capital, leadership training—the tools these young people need to be successful after graduation. And we partner with companies that are committed to creating pathways for them. It’s not only good for the students, it’s also good for the city.

What drives you? The things that make me angry are injustice and inequity. My mission is to level the playing field, especially for those who are marginalized. I want my life to be an example of what can happen with mentorship, hard work, support, and equal access to opportunities, and I want to provide those things for the generations of people coming behind me. cw

What causes are you passionate about? Training and teaching young cooks— showing them how to take care of themselves. Right now, I volunteer with young people, and I’d like to eventually do some culinary training and use it as a conduit for employment for them at my restaurant. Anyone can learn to cook—it’s empowering. cw

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NEED TO KNOW

FEMINIST VIEWPOINTS Chicago native Marina Franklin hosts the podcast Friends Like Us, where she discusses feminist issues from an intersectional point of view. It’s a great way to stay up to date with news, while supporting other women. Learn more at www1.play.it/audio/friendslikeus.

Seeing Domestic Abuse Cosmetologists being trained to recognize signs of domestic violence A new, first-of-its-kind law requires cosmetologists to take a training course when renewing their license that will help them recognize signs of domestic violence. Many clients open up to their cosmetologist when they are getting themselves pampered. The course will prepare cosmetologists to know how to respond if anything threatening is revealed to them or if they see physical signs of potential abuse. Domestic violence advocacy groups will provide training free of charge.

DOING GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD You are probably already shopping local and volunteering in your community, why not earn rewards for it? That is the idea behind 44 For Good, a broad-based initiative leveraging technology to inspire neighbors to support their community, founded by 44th Ward residents Jacqueline Von Edelberg and Beth Bond. “Like frequent flier miles—for good people,” says co-founder Von Edelberg. Rewards range from coffee to groceries to discounted gift cards—offered primarily by local merchants. 44 For Good works with more than 2,500 Chicago-area nonprofits, businesses, and their local networks to track and reward engagement. Learn more at forgoods.com.

READING LIST STOP SETTLING In her new book, Settle for More, journalist Megyn Kelly discusses the life of a professional woman and working mother written from the perspective of one of the top television anchors in the industry.

N AV I G AT I N G H E A LT H C A R E It isn’t pleasant to think about family members getting sick, In Patient Advocacy Matters, Teri Dreher outlines how to make solid choices and save money and frustration while taking care of your loved ones. In her book, Dreher, owner of Chicago-based NS Patient Advocates, helps readers navigate the often confusing world of healthcare for family members and themselves.

Both books are available at amazon.com.

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DIVORCE NEED NOT BE WOMEN BY THE NUMBERS

DESTRUCTIVE The Collaborative approach to divorce allows spouses to work with specially trained professionals in a non-destructive manner to reach an agreement tailored to the priorities of the family. Our mission is to help couples resolve their issues through a Collaborative Process, rather than fighting in court.

The Status of Women in the States is an organization that provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality. This is a great resource for any woman concerned with the numbers. Learn more at statusofwomendata.org.

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TAKE ACTION LiftUPlift, a non-profit ecommerce marketplace missioned to empower women, is now dedicated to ending sexual violence and empowering women and girls worldwide. During Sexual Assault Prevention Week (April 23-29, 2017), LiftUPlift is partnering with several organizations, including local schools, to train and certify participants in how to recognize the early signs of sexual abuse and prevent sexual violence. Those involved in the programs also will learn how to spread awareness and dispel common myths about sexual assault. Learn more at worldwide.liftuplift.com/sap-week.

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ALPANA SINGH by Jennifer Smith Tapp

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hicagoans know Alpana Singh as an accomplished sommelier, former tv host, and, most recently, as a restaurateur, with three eateries already in her portfolio. What is equally compelling is her unwavering commitment to empowering women. Singh recently invited Chicago Woman to her newest restaurant, Terra & Vine, to talk about her work and her passion for supporting women and to tell the truth about the life of an entrepreneur.

A career in food seemed to be predestined for Singh. Her parents emigrated from the Fiji Islands in the 1970s and landed in Monterey, California, where Singh was born and raised. They opened an ethnic food store, after having both worked in the hospitality industry. Singh developed an affinity for restaurants at an early age. “I really just love restaurants. Even as a kid, the most exciting thing you could do for me was take me to a restaurant. That was how you could bribe me. I love that you could just go in and order whatever you wanted, and it was different from what we always ate at home.” After working at a Baker’s Square in high school, Singh ended up at a fine dining restaurant and started studying for the Master Sommelier exam as a way to remain in the business. At the age of 23, Singh moved to Chicago to run the wine program at Everest. She passed the final level of the Master Sommelier exam at 26, becoming the youngest woman to ever achieve the rank. It was also at this time that Singh took over the hosting duties of the WTTW show Check, Please!, where viewers were able to catch a glimpse of Singh’s vast knowledge of wine and the city’s culinary landscape. While working a “9 to 5 job in an office” as Lettuce Entertain You’s director of wine and

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spirits, Singh says she began to hear the siren song of entrepreneurship calling her name. “It kept haunting me, and I didn’t want to listen at first, because it is very comfortable to stay where you are. Answering that calling can be hugely terrifying, and you don’t want to rock the boat. But I knew there had to be something more than what I was doing.” The opportunity to open her first venture, The Boarding House, with her business partner Matt presented itself, and the restaurant opened in December 2012. “I just decided to take a leap of faith and do it,” she recalls. Seven Lions followed in 2015, with Terra & Vine opening its doors in 2016 in Evanston. So what has entrepreneurship been like for her over the past four years? “I once read an entrepreneur describe it as messy. It’s messy. It is filled with selfdoubt and self-criticism, but it really forces you to hone your sense of instinct and intuition. It forces you to get in tune with yourself,” she explains. Singh echoes the inner voice of many who dive headfirst into starting their own businesses in r ealizing that you have responsibilities to more than just yourself. “I don’t work for myself. I work for 230 employees. I have to make split-second decisions. You just saw one in action: regarding whether to 86 (cut from the menu) the steak for tonight.”


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(Prior to the start of this interview, Singh had been informed that her meat supplier had just been held up at gunpoint for the steaks that were en route to Terra & Vine. Fortunately, he was okay. The steaks were not, however, and never made it to the restaurant for that night’s service.) “Every day I am faced with 100 decisions like that. Sometimes, it is as simple as the steak, other times it’s deciding which health insurance plan to go with.”

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT AND GM OF PENINSULA HOTELS I interviewed for a sommelier position at The Peninsula years ago and even though I didn’t get the job, I was incredibly impressed with Mrs. Zec. She exuded a level of confidence and authority that I had never experienced from another human being, and I’ve followed and studied her since. She strives for the best and it shows in the quality of her operations. I have a profound amount of admiration and respect for her.

Carrie Nahabedian CHEF, NAHA AND BRINDILLE

Carrie worked alongside the best of the best at a time when female chefs were considered a curiosity. With an illustrious career as a chef and entrepreneur, she has more than earned her place as one of the finest culinary talents this city has ever seen—male or female. She represents tenacity, hard work, and what it means to believe in yourself.

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CHAIRMAN, JOHNSON PUBLISHING COMPANY Linda is an absolute forcefield of good energy, and you can feel the air change as soon as she enters the room. Her business acumen is legendary, but it’s her kindness and warmth that makes any person who encounters her feel like they are the most special person in the room. She is the walking embodiment of charisma, joy, and being fully present.

Lori Healy

CEO, METROPOLITAN PIER AND EXPOSITION AUTHORITY I’m lucky enough to count Lori as a mentor and friend. I credit Lori for teaching me the very valuable lesson of not staying complacent or getting too comfortable. Every 7-10 years you have to seek new challenges and reinvent yourself. Keep driving and striving.

Oprah Winfrey I love Oprah! I have been watching and following her my entire life. Her lessons are rooted in being kind to yourself and knowing that it’s okay to fail. Learn from your mistakes and get back up. Be nice to others and give back to your community. We all have a calling and it’s our purpose and duty to answer that calling to follow the path that was meant for us.

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Changing the Conversation Hijacked meat aside, Singh also makes time to empower women and be honest about what life is like as a successful woman, messiness and all. In a recent speech to the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, she vowed to tell the truth to the 300 women in attendance. “I had a year to prepare for this speech. I decided that I just wanted to tell the truth about how emotionally turbulent it can be to follow your calling. Especially for a woman. We should share our stories of imperfection, embrace them, and realize that we don’t have everything and that we shouldn’t have to have it all.” Singh, like many professional women, bristles at the double standard when it comes to how women are expected to fire on all cylinders— career, family, friends, and maintaining their looks, while the metrics for men have been slow to catch up to those demands.

Paying It Forward Singh’s work for and with women recently extended beyond the professional sphere when she became involved with Deborah’s Place, an organization that offers housing and services for homeless women. In 2016, The Boarding House hosted a benefit, Women in Whites, featuring an all-women chef-led collaborative dinner, with proceeds benefiting the organization. Talking about the first time she toured Deborah’s Place


space, Singh says, “It was overwhelming and humbling. I met a woman who was living there, and she showed me her apartment. I will never forget the look of pride on her face. I just felt so humbled in that moment to be in her home.” After the tour, she asked what she could do directly to help and was told of their “wish list.” Thinking that they would need things such as clothes and more volunteers, she looked at the list and was immediately heartbroken over the everyday items that were on the list. “It was things like laundry detergent, sheets, socks, deodorant, body wash. Things that I go to CVS to buy and don’t think twice about it,” she explains. “It gives you a moment to be grateful for everything that you have.” Another event, a wine-tasting event at Seven Lions, asked guests to donate items from the wish list. Singh will serve as the Honorary Chair for their annual fundraiser this spring.

The Future Is Female The women leaders of the future, the way they view feminism and the world at large is also intriguing to Singh, especially her teen niece and business partner’s daughters. “The greatest gift that has been given to me are the young women in my life. I know what values I hold and what is important to me based on what I say to these young girls. I hear myself say things to them, and I think, ‘Wow, I should take my own advice! That was pretty good!’ But these girls are empowered. They know what’s right and they hold people accountable.” cw

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It is filled withself-doubt and self-criticism, but it really forces you to hone your sense of instinct and intuition. It forces you to get in tune with yourself.

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A Trial Lawyer’s Journey Before and After Kids Stacey Feeley Cavanagh

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few weeks ago, my eight-year-old daughter Kiley said to me, “Mom, I want to be a lawyer like you and help people.”

I was surprised and proud. It reminded me of a conversation I had around the same age with my mother. She said, “ Stacey, pick a profession that you love and that no one can ever take away from you. Pick something that you can always return to.” I chose the law, and I love it. It is a demanding career, and law firms are often not family friendly, especially for women with young children. However, it is an occupation that gives you tremendous flexibility to do different things. Today, many female lawyers are finding creative ways to continue pursuing their professional goals while raising families. Before having children, I worked as a partner for a mid-sized firm of 100 lawyers. I represented large corporations in commercial disputes and in product liability litigation. I worked on many of the firm’s high-profile cases, put in long hours, and gained tremendous experience. When my husband and I decided to start a family, we had no idea how our family would unfold. Two sets of triplets later, we had six babies under 19 months. I knew my legal career was going to have to be put on hold.

I am fortunate because I had another option. My husband Tim has a successful plaintiff’s personal injury firm with five other lawyers. I joined Cavanagh Law Group as a partner in 2009. For me, the transition to the plaintiff’s side was natural. I am now going up against some of the same corporations and insurance companies I had previously represented. I have the flexibility to still work on important and challenging cases, while balancing my responsibilities at home. Another silver lining has been that I have found that I am actually better suited to representing people than corporations. 38

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Two years ago, Tim and I tried our first case together. It was a complex product liability and wrongful death case and the stakes were high. A United Airlines employee was killed in Kuwait while he was unloading the cargo area of an airplane carrying U.S. troops. He left behind a wife and two sons. After four years of litigating the issues and months of trial preparation, the trial lasted three weeks. The jury awarded $6.55 million to the man’s family. It was very difficult to be away from our children during those months, but when we obtained that result for the family, it was the most rewarding feeling of my career. While my situation is somewhat unique, the obstacles that women face when confronted with the demands of career and family are not. I could never have foreseen how my family and career would turn out, but I am grateful that my law degree has afforded me such opportunities. Stacey Feeley Cavanagh is a partner at Cavanagh Law Group (www.CavanaghLawGroup. com), a plaintiff’s personal injury firm in downtown Chicago. Stacey has practiced law for more than 20 years and specializes in medical malpractice, product liability, negligence, and wrongful death cases. She lives in Lincoln Park with her husband Tim and their six children.


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Looking & Feeling Great at Any Age Your Posture Holds the Key Do you remember being a kid and seeing your parents as powerful, vibrant, and capable of anything? They were probably in their 20s or 30s and in the prime of their lives. Do you also remember seeing your grandparents as a little slower, a little softer, and a little slouchier? Many of us grew up watching several generations of our families through varying degrees of vibrancy and longevity. As we now work through life’s stages, it’s helpful to look back at the generations that came before us and contemplate what our not-too-distant future may hold. It’s no secret that from the time we reach the end of our teenage years, our bodies begin the gradual process of decline. That may sound terrifying, but there is also some very good news! By taking good care of your posture through proper core activation and learning the right habits to maintain your range-of-motion and flexibility, you can feel young and energetic well into your golden years. But you have to start today! When it comes to posture, our biggest enemy is one of the most important forces in nature…gravity. While we need it to hold us on the surface of the earth, it also takes a tremendous toll on our bodies over time as it slowly compresses us down. Now add in all the sitting, flexion-focused exercise, and constantly looking down at our smart phones, and we have a recipe for accelerated disaster. Poor posture causes uneven wear-and-tear in our necks, shoulders, hips, and knees. It makes us slower, weaker, and less efficient during activity. But what if you could correct course and add years of feeling great for a more vibrant and active life? The TRIFACTIVE Method™ was created to solve “The Posture Problem.” By addressing the three main components that lead to the breakdown of your physical well-being, you can look AND feel your best every year of your life. Visit www.trifactive.com to learn how.

Entrepreneurial Fashion Camp The end of the school year comes along faster than expected. We can already hear ourselves saying “Can you believe it’s already summer”? Now is the time to start planning for summer break, camp, and vacations. While some opt for overnight camp and park district activities, there is a new crop of citybased educational and recreational programs for kids popping up. One of the most interesting ones we’ve come across is Frankie’s Entrepreneurial Fashion Camp. With classes at Frankie’s on the Park in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, there are six week-long courses throughout the summer. They are guaranteed to keep your tween happy and learning some valuable skills while being creative and having a blast.

Project Pop-up.

This course has the group of campers develop a fashion brand and sales launch. They work in a group, brainstorm, and develop everything from the logo to the collection to the sales strategy.

Tween Vogue.

Budding journalists and fashion editors will love this course that produces a fashion magazine over the course of the week. From writing to style editing to design and photoshoots, the group collaborates to produce the next hot fashion mag for girls.

Paris Runway Show.

In the words of RuPaul, “Work it, girl.” This week focuses on producing a runway show and developing a fashion production from behind the scenes. The program finale is an actual fashion show in action!

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The one thing that all of the courses have in common is teaching and empowering ‘tween girls with entrepreneurial, creative business skills— from collaboration and teamwork to finance and marketing. As parents, we want our daughters to have confidence and experiences to build on—and what better way to do it than in a fun, educational environment! To learn more about Frankie’s Entrepreneurial Fashion Camp, visit frankiesonthepark.com

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Discover Your Goals by Laurie P. Barry, CFP® As a wealth advisor, I believe people may choose one of their resolutions for the new year to be related to their finances— however working to achieve these resolutions, usually don’t make it past February! Other resolutions such as eating healthy or exercising more are also resolutions that may be often set–like financial resolutions– but without having a plan in place. I feel resolutions should be more about goal setting for the year—rather than just a one off goal you set in January. According to the UBS October 2016 CIO Wealth Management Research— “Your Wealth and Life” report, common sense would say that prior to making any financial plans it’s important to sit down, imagine the future, and figure out what you want to achieve in life...however, procrastinating is easy—if the consequences are not felt until far in the future. For example most individuals know that eating healthy is important—but it’s much easier to indulge today and start a healthy diet in the future. Investors can delay planning for the future the same way they avoid starting a healthy diet: there is always tomorrow! For example, despite the interest in comprehensive advice today, according to the UBS report, only 40% of our high net worth investors report that they have a financial plan. So if planning early is so important—why do we procrastinate? According to the same report, there are specific behavioral reasons—which I mention below, but as the physicist

Niels Bohr said, “prediction is difficult, especially about the future.” We procrastinate because the inherent uncertainty makes it easier to postpone planning than to actually plan. Of course not all planning is difficult and can actually be enjoyable! Incredibly, Americans spend more time planning for holidays and social events than they do for their own retirement. At UBS we believe there’s a five step goal discovery process based on behavioral science research that can help! The 5 steps are: THINK DELIBERATELY—most decisions are made on auto pilot similarly when investors think about their goals they focus on the first thing that comes to mind. Thinking deliberately should be made when making complicated decisions. IDENTIFY ALL GOALS—this is crucial as they provide a foundation for sound decision making and planning for the future. PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED— humans tend to be persistently optimistic about the future as we expect the future to be better than the past. That’s great but a good plan should account for all possible outcomes good and bad–things one should consider–concentrated stock positions, insurance, cash reserve, and

estate planning strategies. Failing to look at these can cause significant negative impact on your long term financial plan. LEARN FROM OTHERS—one good way to help improve our ability to predict what we might value in the future is learn from the experience of someone who already has been through that certain stage of life! PRIORITIZE—trade-offs are a necessary part of planning process for two reasons. First everyone has limited time and resources therefore it’s important to understand the priority of specific objectives. Goal planning is based on maximizing the likelihood of reaching the most important goals. Second some investors will experience less-than-ideal outcomes of everything from poor market performance to unexpected illness which can force the household into making trade-offs that were unexpected during the initial planning process. Prioritizing goals and planning ahead of time can significantly help when those trade-offs have to be made. Moreover, goal development is not a onetime exercise. Investors should expect to make changes over time to adjust for changes in their personal situations and objectives for the future. A suggestion is revisiting the five-step process once per year or whenever a financial plan is updated. Laurie P. Barry, CFP®, Wealth Advisor, Vice PresidentWealth Management

*UBS CIO Wealth Management Research Your Wealth and Life-Discover your goal “October 2016 report available Upon Request Laurie Barry is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC in {add branch address}. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of UBS Financial Services Inc. Neither UBS Financial Services Inc. nor its employees (including its Financial Advisors) provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with your legal counsel and/or your accountant or tax professional regarding the legal or tax implications of a particular suggestion, strategy or investment, including any estate planning strategies, before you invest or implement. In providing wealth management services to clients, we offer both investment advisory and brokerage services which are separate and distinct and differ in material ways. For information, including the different laws and contracts that govern, visit ubs.com/workingwithus.

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Are you seeing the right doctor? Many of us continue to see a doctor or gynecologist simply because we were referred to them by insurance. Your doctor should be someone you genuinely choose, know, and someone who understands and connects with you. Women’s health can be so personal.

Your TOP 5 Gyne Questions Answered... WHY HAVE MY PERIODS CHANGED? We have been taught to believe that periods should always be 28 days, lasting from 4-7 days. That could not be further from the truth! Your periods may vary up to one week each month and be completely normal. In addition, other factors can work to change the nature of your cycles. If you are stressed, sick, or travel between continents, the timing and onset of your periods are likely to change.

or alternative medicine. At the Gynecology Institute, we offer acupuncture, massage therapy, and pelvic floor therapy as well as working with herbals, supplements, and essential oils to help you achieve your best health.

WHEN SHOULD I START TRYING TO CONCEIVE?

WHICH BIRTH CONTROL IS RIGHT FOR ME? That’s a tricky question, and the answer is it depends. There are a myriad options for birth control, from daily, weekly, monthly, to multiple year methods. The doctors and nurses at The Gynecology Institute take into account your lifestyle and possible medical factors, working with you to find the right method together. SHOULD I TRY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE? It is important to get to know a practitioner who is comfortable working with holistic

muscles. Consider learning progressive relaxation techniques. Another treatment to consider is vaginal preparations done with our lead physician to relax those muscles. In addition, consider a consult with our pelvic floor physical therapist at the Gynecology Institute.

WHY IS SEX PAINFUL? One of the most common reasons that sex is painful has to do with the muscles surrounding the vagina. Just as some people carry stress in their shoulders, many women carry stress in their vaginal

It’s a wise choice to discuss with your physician if and when you might want to join the baby club. We recommend stopping your birth control at the time you want to conceive, depending on the type of birth control you are taking. Of course, your overall health does play a role in fertility. Toxins, stress, and an unhealthy lifestyle can contribute to an inability to conceive. Consider working with our fertility acupuncturist to aid with blood flow to vital organs and experiment with essential oils to promote relaxation during this special time.

Want to know more?

Visit us at The Gynecology Institute, and learn how we’re different.

Nicole E. Williams, M.D., FACOG The Gynecology Institute of Chicago, Ltd. www.gynecologyinstitute.com o: 312.929.9191 c: 312.493.2500 MARCH/APRIL 2017

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WOMEN & WEALTH:

TAKING STEPS TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL PEACE OF MIND AND CONFIDENCE At some point in their lives, 9 out of 10 women are expected to be the sole financial decision maker. However, numerous studies show that women are less confident than their male counterparts in making financial decisions. Mohini McCormick and Christina Castrejon of Calamos Wealth Management specialize in working with women and families. Here are steps they suggest women take to achieve financial peace of mind and financial confidence:

UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS AND BELIEFS ABOUT MONEY. People form personal beliefs about money from an early age. Money can invoke feelings of happiness and relief in some people, or feelings of stress and anxiety in others. Think back to previous experiences with money. How did your parents handle money? What did you do with your first paycheck? Once you understand your thoughts, beliefs, and biases towards money, you can recognize and take into consideration the effects they may have on your financial decisions.

DETERMINE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR MONEY TO DO FOR YOU. Ask yourself: What are your goals and objectives? What is the purpose of these funds? For some, money may provide security and ease of mind, while for others it may be to take vacations, send the kids or grandkids to college, start a business, or retire with the freedom and flexibility to live life and leave a legacy to heirs.

CREATE YOUR FINANCIAL ROADMAP. Once you’ve articulated goals for your money, you have the focus to create a financial roadmap for the future. While you may be able to take a few initial steps on your own, many individuals may benefit from partnering with a financial advisor or planner, who will review your situation holistically and help create a customized plan that fits your lifestyle and objectives. If a financial plan is already in place but you took a passive role in creating it, revisit the plan with a new mindset.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A TEAM OF EXPERTS. Hire professionals to assist in guiding you on your path to financial security, and remember that it is important to hire the right people. Understand their philosophy toward managing wealth, as well as how they work with clients. Make sure your beliefs about wealth and your personal risk tolerance align with theirs.

STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES. Even with an established financial roadmap, you may run into bumps or detours. These are to be expected. Let your long-term goals guide you and don’t be distracted by the noise along the way.

PERIODIC PLAN UPDATES. Once you have your plan in place, review it on a periodic basis—annually, at minimum—to ensure you’re on track. You may need to make adjustments based on the dynamic landscape of the economic environment or changes in your needs or personal situation, such as a new job, birth of a child, marital status, or retirement.

Mohini McCormick and Christina Castrejon are wealth advisors for Calamos Wealth Management, headquartered in Naperville, Illinois. Each brings more than 10 years of experience in providing comprehensive wealth management services to affluent individuals and families in the greater Chicago area. The firm can be contacted at CalamosWealthManagement@calamos.com or 888-857-7604. For more information visit, CalamosWealthManagement.com.

Opinions and estimates offered constitute our judgment and are subject to change without notice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, accounting, legal or tax advice. We believe the information provided here is reliable, but do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Calamos Wealth Management LLC is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the content should be construed as legal or accounting advice.

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A Great Diet Starts With Loving Your Food When it comes to our diets, there is so much to remember. What’s the best proportion of proteins to fats to carbs? Am I eating too many calories for my activity level? Is this going to make me feel sluggish or bloated the rest of the day? If you are anything like me and just want to enjoy your food while looking and feeling great, then there are just not enough good options out there. I have always been into food and I definitely consider myself a “foodie.” So I tried some of the prepared meal options that were out there only to find that eating “healthy” meant a bland, dry chicken breast with a simple sauce alongside some overly cooked broccoli. It made me sad, because I didn’t have time to cook, but I knew I could do better than what I was paying way too much money for. I started looking into the companies I had tried, and it turned out that they were all started by men… business men with the bottom-line profit on their brains. I get it, there is clearly a need in the healthy prepared meal space, but what about the food!? Shouldn’t we be able to eat healthy and also satisfy our senses? Then it occurred to me… the world of fit eating needed a woman’s touch! That’s when I decided to pull together my business sense, creative culinary skills, and a lot of girl power to create The Fit Foodie Kitchen.

Mind. It was very important to me that all Fit Foodie Kitchen meals and snacks were vibrantly beautiful, because we eat with our eyes first. Next, I added complex flavor profiles that require a variety of global techniques to create. Finally, I developed ways to provide texture so that once your fork delivers my ready-to-reheat-and-eat meals to your lips, you can taste the love that goes into each recipe.

I decided to focus on three main principles: Food & Flavor First, Proper Portion Size, and Made With You in

All orders from thefitfoodiekitchen.com are delivered to your door so that you can focus on keeping up with your busy life and getting it all done. I look forward to serving you soon! —Chef Shauna, Owner & Executive Chef, The Fit Foodie Kitchen

The Case for a “Good Divorce” By Gemma Allen If you cannot stay happily married, then having a “good divorce” is the next best thing. An amicable divorce is a worthy goal because how you divorce will impact the rest of your life. If children are involved, the good divorce is an even holier grail. What makes divorce so complex is that the legal process and the psychological pain are playing out simultaneously. If you want your divorce to come to a satisfying conclusion with cooperation and fairness, here are some tips.

Begin the divorce with a vision of its ending. Try to tailor your behavior to the idealized goal. When you look back at this life-altering event, you want to feel that you handled it well. Acknowledge what the legal system can and cannot accomplish. It will help you avoid wasting time, money, and angst on unreachable goals.

Do your financial homework. Assemble the financial facts and figures related to the market values of your assets, the liens and loans outstanding, account balances, and the upcoming obligations and needs of the children, along with all sources of income. Choose a good lawyer. Your legal and financial rights and your children’s futures are at

stake. A good lawyer will tell you the truth about options and likely outcomes. Questionable lawyers will keep your anger fueled. Make no mistake: When you commit to a “good divorce,” you are signing on for a difficult journey. Bringing about a “good divorce” can take even more maturity than a good marriage, but you will be glad you chose that option.

Gemma Allen is an experienced divorce attorney dedicated to providing the best results for families. Learn more at laddenallen.com.

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D E R O S N O T P N S E T TONY N ABRUSCATO O C MEN WE LOVE

Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, and Executive Director, Chicago Gateway Green

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ull back the curtains of the renowned Chicago Flower & Garden Show, and you will find a year-long production in the making headed up by the son of an arborist with a passion for bringing gardening and botanical interests to the city. Tony Abruscato is the man behind the show, but also heads up Chicago Gateway Green, the not-for-profit keeping our highways beautifullly landscaped, and its annual Green Tie Ball Fundraiser. HOW DID YOU TAKE THE REINS OF THE CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW? I was in the community-banking business and began sponsoring local events as a way to connect the bank with its customers. I liked the programs so much that I left the bank and began working at the events company. In 2006, I had the opportunity to produce the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and loved everything that it represents. So, in 2011, I formed Flower Show Productions and purchased the rights to the show. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PUT ON THIS EVENT EVERY YEAR? A tremendous amount of planning and sales are involved in organizing the annual show. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show features upwards of two dozen garden displays, 80-plus educational workshops, 30 chef demonstrations, a kids’ activity garden with nine free activities each day, and a home and garden marketplace with 85-plus booths. Our team meets year-round with builders, growers, suppliers, and nonprofits to secure the hosts of

each exhibit, workshop, and program. Each garden is built by local landscape architects/ contractors. A major part of the show is corporate partnerships, which also drive attendance. We also work year-round to bring new plant material and exhibitors to the show. Then there is the actual physical production of the show at Navy Pier. That requires seven labor unions, 1,300 tons of sand and soil, and construction over 11 days. The show runs for nine days and then requires three days to take everything down— that’s 23 days of production. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is the oldest, longest running show in Chicago. WHAT IS IT ABOUT GARDENING THAT ATTRACTS SO MANY PEOPLE, EVEN CITY DWELLERS? Gardening is inherent to civilization; it provides a food source, beauty, and health benefits. There is a great sense of accomplishment when something you planted grows and flourishes. Gardening transcends generations and can bring families together, whether in the garden or at the dinner table. City-dwellers can enjoy

gardening through containers, small spaces, and community gardens, and reap the same satisfactions. THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL CELEBRATE THE CITY’S CULTURE, ARTS, AND CULINARY SCENES. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CHICAGO? What I love most about Chicago is that it is a gardening town, from leading the nation in victory gardens more than 70 years ago, to the planting beds along Michigan Avenue and even along our expressways. Chicago truly has the best of all worlds; the art, architecture, and culture of a large metropolitan world-class city, while embracing the friendliness and values of the Midwest. FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN TO THE CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW, WHAT WOULD THEY FIND MOST SURPRISING ABOUT THE EVENT? If someone has never been to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show they can expect to be “wowed,” inspired, and educated on how or what they can do within their own green space. Most people who have never been think it’s their grandmother’s prize rose on a table. But what people will be greeted by is brick-and- stone assembled gardens with the sights and scents of thousands of blooming flowers, trees, and shrubs, not to mention outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and koi ponds. We have free activities for kids and make-and-take workshops. So, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is not just something to come and look at. It is an experience to be enjoyed over several hours. cw

THE 2017 CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW RUNS MARCH 18-26, 2017 AT NAVY PIER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CHICAGOFLOWER.COM.

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WOMEN IN FOOD THE LIST

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HOST, CHECK PLEASE! AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KENDALL COLLEGE TRUST HOW DID YOU LAND IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY? I grew up in a large Italian-American family— so cooking and eating well has always played an integral role in my life. After almost five years as an attorney, I enrolled in culinary school at Kendall College. From there I became a culinary spokesperson for Sara Lee Corporation, which opened the doors to culinary media. Fast-forward almost a decade and I became host for Check, Please!. The path to my culinary career was definitely not linear, but I’ve always had a passion for all things culinary. WHAT HAS CHANGED REGARDING WHAT CULINARY STUDENTS NEED? The industry has changed significantly since I was in school. With the rise of the chef/owner, it is more important than ever for students to learn basic business skills. Kendall has a program which allows a student to get their Associate’s degree in culinary arts and then go on for a Bachelor’s degree in business. I am a huge advocate of this program. WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU, PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY? Ina Garten and Martha Stewart inspired me to take the leap from law to the culinary field. Joanne Weir—a San Francisco based chef and also a TV host on PBS. As I was leaving law to pursue a culinary career, she gave it to me straight. She said it is going to be tough and I need to be willing to work hard and be prepared to make sacrifices personally and financially.

nandini khaund SPIRIT GUIDE, CINDY’S HOW DID THIS CAREER FIND YOU? The revival of the cocktail began in the early 2000s… and I was at the right place and time to embrace it. I studied biology, psychology, physics, film, performance, music, history, and the arts. Ultimately, I found a way to be creative and express ideas in a layering of flavors imparted by the unique histories behind spirits. WHAT MAKES A GREAT DRINK? Balance and integrity. A well-balanced drink should hit tones like a harmonious chord of sweet, sour, spirituous, and bitter. WHY IS CHICAGO A GREAT FOOD + DRINK CITY? The brutality we call our weather has a silver lining—we create our own spaces, emboldened by architecture and the love of design, buttressed by a blue-collar work ethic, and freed by the sense of collaboration rather than competition. WHICH LOCAL WOMEN INSPIRE YOU? The ladies of Lula slay (chef de cuisine Sarah Rinkavage and pastry chef Kelly Helgesen.) Rachel Dow is the megaforce behind The Betty. Julia Momose is the brilliant artist at Green River. Eden Laurin is the mastermind at Violet Hour. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN THE CITY? Avec, Lula, Cafe Marie-Jeanne, Rootstock, El Che Bar, Wyler Road, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Joong Boo for Korean groceries and the snack bar, the Donormen food truck, Le Bouchon, Charleston, Big Star, Violet Hour, and I just can’t beat the first love, the Rainbo Club.

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THE LIST WOMEN IN FOOD

becky frankiewicz

amanda tommey terbush

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, QUAKER FOODS NORTH AMERICA

OWNER, SOUTHERN FRANCE PATISSERIE

WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR BRANDS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN THEY ARE MARKETING TO WOMEN? Women continue to be the primary shopper in the household and are critical influencers for what comes into the house—hence we often think of and treat women as “gatekeeper.” However, the other side of “women” is consumption for themselves, which is often overlooked. Key questions to ask include what is important to her for herself, what is the pace of her life, what unique nutrition needs does she have, etc.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A BAKER? I’ve been baking my entire life! I come from a long line of Southern women who bake. Cooking and baking runs in my blood, so it was something I couldn’t deny. This job is really hard. If I absolutely didn’t love it, there is no way I would have made it this far.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR WORK AS A BOARD MEMBER WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS? First, it’s so important to give back to the community. Second, as a mother of three, I know the importance of role modeling and inspiring young people to strive to achieve their best. The gift of mentorship cannot be undervalued. WHAT LEADERSHIP ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN? Climb and pull—we must climb ourselves first, put ourselves in the arena to make a difference, and then pull others with us. I’d also encourage women not to be afraid to ask for what they want and clearly state what they have earned. I once had someone tell me that I was being a “marshmallow” in being clear on what I wanted to do next in the company. Since then, I have always been clear in what I want to do and why I think I’m the best choice for a role or project.

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WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT GREAT? Atmosphere! The moment people walk into my shop, they smell the butter and feel the love! You can always tell when love is put into the food... and service! We make our customers feel appreciated and special; like they are family, which they have become. Most people come in not just for a pastry, but to stay and chat. We care about our customers and their experience and it shows. WHAT DISTINGUISHES SOUTHERN FRANCE PATISSERIE FROM OTHER BAKERIES? We put a Southern spin on a few French pastry classics—that gives us a unique voice. Everything is made from scratch, and I mean everything! We use the good butter (European-style), which a LOT of places do not use. A seasonal menu that’s changing constantly (because I get bored easily), to keep our customers on their toes. We also handmake fantastic, creative chocolate. Few people are making chocolate in Chicago, an even smaller amount who do it well.


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amy morton

PARTNER AND PASTRY CHEF, ORIOLE

OWNER, THE BARN AND FOUND, EVANSTON

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY? I started college for Bio Chem before making a switch to culinary. I always loved baking but did not think I could make a career out of it until I got my first job at Flour Bakery in Boston. I started as a barista and eventually moved to the back of house while attending culinary school.

GIVEN YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND IN THE INDUSTRY, DID YOU EVER CONSIDER GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION WITH YOUR CAREER? Absolutely—I wanted to be an actor! While I was acting, I waited tables to pay my bills—like so many actors. I just so happened to work for my dad and I quickly went from serving to hosting to managing. Before I knew it, I had two (more than) full-time careers. Of course we know which one I went with!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PASTRY RECIPES THAT YOU HAVE CREATED? My favorite things to make usually go hand in hand with what I like to eat. I enjoy making things that are simple and nostalgic and then reinterpret them. I once did a dessert that was based on the flavors of Chicago mix popcorn. Another one was a different interpretation of tiramisu using chicory and cinnamon. The most successful recipes that were created achieved a balance between, sweet, salty, acid, and texture. WHICH LOCAL WOMEN INSPIRE YOU? Malika Ameen, Dana Cree, Ji Yoon are all talented chefs in Chicago. Joanne Chang in Boston, Ann Kim in Minneapolis. They are all great role models in the industry. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN THE CITY? On our days off we just want to eat something delicious and satisfying. We go to El Che Bar, Cafe Marie Jeanne, Cellar Door Provisions, and Cho Sun Ok.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE BUDDING FOOD SCENE IN EVANSTON? Smoking hot! I had envisioned Evanston becoming the next little Brooklyn and by golly, it really has. Since I opened Found four years ago, more than 20 restaurants have opened in Evanston. We also have some fab boutiques and shopping— from highbrow to lowbrow—it really spans the gamut. WHICH LOCAL WOMEN INSPIRE YOU? Chef Nicole Pederson for one, my partner! WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT AND DRINK IN EVANSTON? Cozy Noodle for Thai, Temperance Tasting Room when it’s warm out on the patio, Hewn for the most delicious baked goods on the planet!

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amy l. lutchen

vicki kim

WINE DIRECTOR, CERTIFIED SOMMELIER, DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE

PARTNER, MOTT ST. AND RUXBIN

HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN WINE? I was actually bit by the “wine bug” when I was in a completely different industry. I believe it was a 1997 Ornellaia that first caught my attention. From there, I had to discover more. I decided to follow my passion for wine and food and explore all the wine industry had to offer.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN FOOD? I was brought up in a home that hosted dinner parties regularly so the love for cooking and entertaining started from an early age, but I didn’t think to make it into a career until my mid-20’s. I was working in corporate consulting when my brother had the idea of opening up a place of his own and we decided to partner. He would be the chef creative while Jenny (Kim’s sister and partner at both restaurants) and I would develop the business operations.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT DRINK? Balance is the most important element in my opinion. Acidity, a touch of sweetness and bitterness are what build a great drink. For me bitterness is my favorite component of balance in a beverage. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE DINING SCENE IN CHICAGO? Diversity is what really makes Chicago a great place for food and drink. We are surrounded by amazing chefs and restaurateurs in our great city. The opportunities are endless and we now have a strong community of sommeliers. WHICH LOCAL WOMEN INSPIRE YOU? Alpana Singh was an inspiration to me, and it was an honor to have the opportunity to work with her and the entire team for years at The Boarding House. Also, I am really inspired by women like Jen Schmitt, formerly of Everest, and Viktorija Todorovska, author of food and wine books also an Ambassador to Armagnac and WSET educator.

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WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT GREAT? Hospitality. This term encompasses all the facets (quality, food, service, etc.) of what truly makes a restaurant shine. It is felt from the very first interaction with the host to the care with which the chefs have prepared the food. The art of hospitality culminates when the guest feels that their experience was inviting and that they had been cared for. WHAT MAKES CHICAGO SUCH A GREAT FOOD CITY? Chicago breeds soul, and you can taste it on the plate. The change in seasons forces us to adapt and stay on our toes. Chefs work with the best ingredients the seasons bring in and one-third of the year those in-season ingredients are limited. I believe these constraints lend themselves to the inventive palate that Chicago chefs are known for and give us the audacity to be more creative with deriving flavor.


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maya-camille broussard OWNER, JUSTICE OF THE PIES HOW DID YOU LAUNCH JUSTICE OF THE PIES? I initially launched Justice of the Pies as a part of Accion’s (a nonprofit micro-lending organization) curated Kickstarter page featuring small businesses in Chicago. I spent the first year participating in various markets and art fairs throughout Chicago. In my second year, I was doing pop-ups in cities I visited. I also got placement in Whole Foods Market and had a successful run at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market. WHAT IS IT ABOUT PIES THAT HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS? When I talk to customers about their love of pies, they almost always reference their grandmother, mother, or some element of their childhood. Pies are in a category that I like to call “nostalgic eating.” Pie is comforting—like a cashmere throw wrapped around your shoulders when it’s 20 below outside. WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU, PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY? My dear friend Claudia Gordon—she is the first Black deaf attorney to graduate from law school and works for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Contract Compliance Program. She’s not only served as a perfect example of navigating adulthood as a person living with a disability, but she has also taught me how to be more assertive about what I will and won’t accept from people who interact with me differently because of my disability.

lov carpenter LEAD MIXOLOGIST, BLUE PLATE CATERING HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN THIS INDUSTRY? I’ve worked in this industry for nearly 20 years, and if I’m being honest, I spent a good chunk of those years wondering what I was going to “really” do. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago that I realized how much I’d taken for granted. Now I have a real passion for what I do. WHAT DO CUSTOMERS WANT IN A GREAT DRINK? Since tastes vary, the most consistent thing my guests look for is quality. We all want to feel important and special, and knowing that your cocktail was made with love makes a difference. Creativity is also an important component, especially in working with clients that are looking for a unique and individual experience. WHAT MAKES CHICAGO SUCH A GREAT FOOD CITY? Chicago has such a vibrancy and tangible energy, and I think that’s definitely reflected in the food and beverage scene here. There are also so many people here that are passionate about their craft, whether it be cooking or shaking up drinks, and that’s so inspiring to me. WHICH LOCAL WOMEN INSPIRE YOU? Sarah Gruneberg at Monteverde absolutely kills it. Stephanie Izard has such obvious love for what she does. There are truly so many badass women in Chicago elevating this industry. As far as cocktails go, Julia Momose, who just left Green River, is amazing to me. And Nandini Khaund over at Cindy’s, too.

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LIFE + WORK | FINDING YOUR VOICE

FINDING YOUR VOICE by Nancy Wright, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

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rowing up, I wasn’t afraid to express myself. When I learned that another young woman and I were getting paid less than our male counterparts at my first summer job, we asked for a raise. Though we didn’t get it (in fact, we were treated even worse), we didn’t quit. This experience taught me first-hand about the importance of equality and it’s one of the reasons why I’m passionate about advocating for women. As the CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, I’m committed to ensuring that every girl knows the power and value of her voice. According to a recent study by Girls Inc., 74 percent of girls in grades 3-12 said they are under pressure to please everyone, and 55 percent believed girls are expected to speak softly and not cause trouble, otherwise known as “camouflaging.” And it doesn’t stop there. When I speak with other women about this epidemic, it instantly causes them to reflect on their own experiences—whether it’s the time they didn’t speak up in a boardroom or failed to have a difficult conversation with a friend. So how do we inspire and empower the next generation to speak out? We start now with the young women we know and encourage them to take risks. We lead by example and we lift as we climb.

Use your voice and make a difference today. cw

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HOW TO... Get Political: Put your ideas into action and run for office. There are several organizations that help women launch political campaigns, such as Off the Sidelines, launched by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. otschicago.org

Donate: Provide financial support to organizations that help today’s young girls become tomorrow’s leaders. YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago programs inspire and train women and girls to develop leadership skills. ywcachicago.org

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Chicago Foundation for Women will sponsor it’s annual Talk It Out initiative in March to encourage city-wide conversations about gender bias. cfw.org

Help activate the electorate by supporting RISE, a movement whose mission is getting disenfranchised voters back to the polls. riseparty.org


LIFE + WORK | CAREER CHANGE

HOW TO QUIT YOUR JOB WITH GRACE by Tania Haigh

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e have all been there—that simultaneously dreaded and anticipated day we break up with our job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, two million Americans quit their job every month. Quitting is never easy, no matter how many times you’ve done it before. Even if you’re leaving under ideal circumstances—for that high paying dream job, for an adventurous entrepreneurial pursuit, or for quality time with loved ones—it is imperative that you exercise a concise and ethical exit strategy.

REMOVE THE EMOTION. Accept that quitting a job is an emotional decision. Swirling feelings of guilt, self-doubt, hope, fear, and joy can occur as you deliver the news to the appropriate superior. The key is to recognize that these heightened emotions can wreak havoc on your clarity, causing you to act and communicate in an unseemly manner. Reel in your emotions so you can put your best face forward and remain in control of the situation.

BE ON MESSAGE. Think through how you want to communicate your news and to whom. In a calm, rational moment, write down the clear, concise sentences you will use to inform co-workers about your departure in tiers—from your boss, to your peers, to your team. Inform contacts and collaborators outside of your company to make them aware before the news pops up on your LinkedIn profile update.

ALWAYS LEAVE ON GOOD TERMS.

who will want to get the full scoop: why you’re leaving, how they reacted, whether they tried to convince you to stay, and, of course, where you’re going next. As much as you may want to vent frustrations, just bite your tongue while remaining sweet and discrete. The way you navigate employer relationships reflects your values and defines your character. Make an effort to be clear, concise, positive, and courteous and move through your career with credibility and grace. cw

It can be challenging to remain positive when ditching a toxic environment. It’s also tempting to gloat when you’re excited about the new gig ahead. Behaving graciously toward a previous employer promotes good karma and saves you stress, wrinkles, and gray hairs. This includes but is not limited to: abiding by company protocol for notifying your employer, seamlessly transferring files, preparing the new employee replacing you, and returning all company property in good condition. You never know who you’ll bump into and when, so keep your head up high and wrap up the job like an elegant birthday present.

RESIST THE URGE TO GOSSIP. On your way out the door, you’ll pass peers and colleagues

Tania Haigh is the founder and CEO of Chicago-based Magnolia Insights, a marketing services company that specializes in women and mom consumers. Magnolia Insights also produces events and workshops to advance womankind. To learn more or connect with Tania, visit taniahaigh.com.

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HOME BAR IN BLUSH & BLACK AT THE WARWICK RESIDENCE. DESIGN: CENTERED BY DESIGN, CLAIRE STASZAK

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VOICES: LEADING CHICAGO WOMEN

STEP INTO SPRING Taking inspiration from Claire Staszak’s home bar design, here’s how you can bring this look into your home and closet. Fresh florals and a little gold can add drama and elegance to any space, outfit, or occasion. CLAUDETTE NOTESET

“Florals are the perfect way to add or enhance accent colors in a room. Even just adding greenery works in any room to freshen and enhance the mood.”

Pink and gold letterpress thank you note cards printed on luxuriously thick cardstock. Six cards and envelopes, $15, available at snowandgraham.com

AMT JEWELRY ROSE SOLEIL GOLD AND DIAMOND DROPS These oval-shaped earrings by local jewelry designer, Alecia Bern, capture the spirit of spring with colorful brilliant rose-cut diamonds in a mélange of cognac, amber, gray, white, and black-rhodium tones. $5820, amtjewerly.com).

RAINBOW

CLAIRE STASZAK, CENTERED BY DESIGN

LEATHER APPLIQUE

TIP STYLE Do you skip the bouquet on your desk because they never seem to last long enough? Former McDonald’s executive Shelley Rosen launched Luxe Bloom in the West Loop, which offers long-lasting roses. These blooms are preserved to last 60+ days! Learn more at luxebloom.com.

MINI SKIRT Stretch crepe A-line mini skirt with metallic vegan leather floral appliques transitions into spring perfectly. $295, cynthiarowley.com

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1 DRESS // 3 WAYS

the versatility of a fresh pattern Versatility in our wardrobe is key to helping us maximize our options. We found one dress that is not only versatile, but fun, too! Check out three ways to style this cute little number, to take you from office to cocktails. by katie schuppler


LIFE + STYLE: FASHION

BUSINESS LUNCH

AFTER HOUR COCKTAILS

With many offices adopting the “dressedup casual” route it can be hard to find what to wear to a meeting. We love pairing a sleek, fashion-forward blazer cape with this dress to keep it on trend yet professional.

You had a day at the 9 to 5 and the last thing you want to do is change into a new outfit, right? Easy, throw on a sheer pair of tights, slip on these sparklers, and put on a cropped leather jacket to complete the look.

$2,2

WORK BAG

KATE SPADE, $240

LEATHER JACKET

CAPE BLAZER

CHANEL,

LEATHER CLUTCH

LAVISH ALICE, $50

TORY BURCH, $245

POINTY TOE PUMP COACH, $195

ROMY PUMP

BY JIMMY CHOO, $675

CASUAL FRIDAY Slip into something more cozy and comfy at the end of the week while still looking on point. Add a long cardigan and cinch it with a cute skinny belt. Throw on a pair of burgundy booties and the look is complete perfection.

FEDORA HAT

RAG & BONE, $195

LONG CARDIGAN VINCE, $347

BOOTIE

BY KLUB NICO, $140

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LIFE + STYLE | ON TREND

ON TREND THE BLESSING BASKET PROJECT These affordable, one-of-kind pieces for your home have landed on our must-have list. The Blessing Basket Project provides women artisans a “prosperity wage”— 2.5 times the Fair Trade Wage—helping them provide for their families and invest in their own businesses. Baskets are made in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Ghana. Available at Room & Board, $49-$79.

CLINIQUE BIY PIGMENT DROPS When it comes to foundation, sometimes you feel like a little, sometimes you feel like a lot. With Clinique’s new BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops, just add a few drops for a barely-there look or more for fuller coverage. Available at clinique.com.

JEMMA BAG COLLECTION The only thing we love as much as women entrepreneurs are women entrepreneurs who have created genius handbag lines. After noticing a void in handbags that women in leadership roles could use as a “briefcase,” Joanna Lau (a Goldman Sachs executive-turned designer) launched Jemma, a bag collection with a brilliant organization system that holds laptops, train cards, an extra pair of shoes, and lots more. ”Emma”, $398, jemmabag.com.

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POPPET PACKABLE WRAP DRESS This game-changing Packable Wrap Dress from Chicago-based and woman-owned The Poppet is now your vacation staple. It’s easy-to-pack and it emerges from its pocket located at the small of the back and unfolds into a slinky, wrinkle-free frock perfect for a night out. Available at thepopppet.com, $169.


LIFE + STYLE | BEAUTY

beauty BOX Chicago winters already take a toll on our moods—but moods —but the fact that they can also wreak havoc on our hair is just overkill. Here are a few products we love to restore luster and shine to hair left brittle by sub-zero temperatures. Andi Haynes, Stylist at Maxine Salon, recommends Elixir Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil by Kérastase: “To heal heat damaged hair and beat winter dryness, I use Elixir Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil by Kérastase for myself and my clients. Its healing properties provide moisture and health without sacrificing volume and it never feels too oily. I have found that this enchainproduct works on multiple hair textures, enchain ing natural curl by replenishing moisture. The aplightness and quick absorption allows for ap plication even on fine-medium textures. Aside from it’s healing properties, the oil spray also plumps the roots of the hair shaft to provide ultimate volume. The refreshing scent is also an added bonus. I recommend using this in between washes to freshen up your look!” PAUL MITCHELL LAVENDER MINT SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER $19.99 each, ulta.com.

hydrate from the inside out OATS CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF ZINC, BIOTIN, MAGNESIUM, AND POTASSIUM—ALL KEEP YOUR LOCKS FROM GETTING BRITTLE AND HELP AVOID BREAKAGE.

ELIXIR ULTIME BI-PHASE SPRAY OIL BY KÉRASTASE $58.00, Maxine Salon

712 North Rush Street. BEAUTY COUNTER DAILY CONDITIONER

$26.00, beautycounter.com. SHEAMOISTURE MARFURA OIL HYDRATION INTENSIVE MASQUE

$11.99, target.com

SHARE YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT WITH US! CHICAGO-WOMAN.COM/BEAUTY-BOX

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LIFE + STYLE | IN THE KITCHEN

FOR THE LOVE OF PASTA by Theresa Cantafio “Pasta and noodles are culinary marvels that epitomize human ingenuity.” Over the past several years, the buzz around fresh pasta has become unmistakable—as evidenced by the opening line in the new book by Chicago’s Kantha Shelke, Pasta and Noodles: A Global History, Illustrated. The National Pasta Association (yes, it’s a real organization and no, they’re not hiring) reported that, in 2016, about six billion pounds of the world’s pasta was consumed by Americans. But how can our current obsession with fresh pasta be explained? Numerous, diverse factors have impacted this trend. See the timeline below.

These circumstances (to name a few) produced consumer awareness that pasta doesn’t only come from a bag and that you can make fresh pasta. Some brave souls began learning how to make fresh pasta in their home, and others— weary of attempting this kitchen task— began searching for the best fresh pasta in town. According to Sarah Grueneberg, executive chef and co-owner of Monteverde in the West Loop, “It took me about six years to get confident in my pasta

2007-2009 THE RECESSION

It all began with budget constraints due to economic turmoil. Pasta manufacturers refer to this time period as a “rediscovery” of dry pasta, because of its low cost. The “pasta market” became saturated with dry pasta, sparking an intrigue in fresh pasta.

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making skills—my training in Italy certainly helped. I think our pastas at Monteverde are pretty awesome. There’s a lot of time and love that goes into them.” Aside from YouTube videos, learn more about making fresh pasta by taking a class at a local cooking school such as The Wooden Spoon or Sur La Table or perusing cookbooks from renowned Italian chefs such as Lidia Bastianich or Massimo Bottura. If you simply want to eat fresh pasta, try checking out local restaurants known for their outstanding fresh pasta, such as Monteverde, Quartino’s, or Spiaggia. cw

2014

LOW-CARB DIETS CRITICIZED

SEMI-HOMEMADE MOVEMENT

Popular low-carb diets lost momentum. Many strict low-carbers ached to find a way to balance pasta, bread, and other carbohydrate-rich foods into their lifestyle.

Consumer intrigue with home-cooked meals was re-ignited. People are not spending hours making fresh pasta every time they consume spaghetti—there is simply increased interest in homemade pasta as a “treat.”

2015

MEDIA INFLUENCE Handmade pasta is spotted in various popular television series, such as Master of None (Aziz Ansari’s critically acclaimed Netflix series). Ansari proclaims his adoration of fresh pasta then makes pasta with a pasta maker. This caused a stir of fascination on the internet, even inspiring some YouTube channels!


WHITNEY’S WOMEN | PAYING IT FORWARD PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREA PLECKO

SARA FEIGENHOLTZ ILLINOIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 12TH DISTRICT Interview by Whitney Reynolds WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HELP OTHERS? Public service is a calling. Every day I am mindful of and humbled by the honor and responsibility I have to stand up for my constituents. Ultimately, the human spirit is fed by helping others. WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST? The last month has been the most inspiring and thrilling display of unity for those who believe in the Constitution and civil liberties gifted to us by the framers. We are in unprecedented times, and I insist on remaining hopeful and am inspired by the people in the city of Chicago at the Women’s March and at O’Hare Airport. IN WHAT WAYS HAVE YOU GIVEN BACK TO PEOPLE IN CHICAGO? Listening is the most important thing an elected official can do— this has led me to shepherd many landmark pieces of legislation that let the people I listen to know they were heard. Extending health care to the poor, full funding of AIDS treatment, and working toward a greener future and quality education for the kids who are depending on us for their future is how I feel I have given back to Chicago.

IF YOU COULD PASS ANY LAW TO HELP OTHERS WHAT WOULD IT BE? Right now, we are working on legislation to secure abortion rights in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned under President Trump’s Supreme Court. House Bill 40 strikes "trigger language," which would immediately make abortion illegal in Illinois if Roe is overturned. Additionally, HB 40 allows all women equal access to safe abortions.

the oppressive Bolsheviks of Russia and came to this country for a better life. She put herself through medical school and graduated as one of four women in 1932. She taught me that anything is possible if you work hard. I saw her generosity, her passion for healing, and the value for good health care as a right and not a privilege. The rest was destiny. IN SPIRIN G WORDS

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO REV. DR. M ART IN LU T H ER KIN G, J R. ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MAKE THEIR MARK IN HOW HAVE YOUR PERSONAL THIS WORLD? Get involved. LIFE EXPERIENCES HELPED Connect with like-minded YOU BECOME A BETTER people who you share goals LEADER? Our work is wholly with. Organize through the orinspired by the experiences ganized. Be patient for change, we have and the stories we hear and fight for a reasonable outfrom others. As I said earlier, come. Persist and stay engaged. listening to others is the catalyst to drafting good legislation. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO The key is to help others feel BECOME A STATE REP? I was empowered. cw raised by a woman who ran from

Whitney Reynolds, owner and host of The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS Chicago and The Quad Cities, tackles tough topics weekly. Watch her new season coming out April 10 at 6:30 on LAKE PBS or whitneyreynolds.com.

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SOCIAL SCENE LEFT

OPENING NIGHT OF CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S THE NUTCRACKER, THE JOFFREY BALLET December 10, 2016 at the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University

BELOW

TUESDAY TOAST, BENEFITTING FRIENDS OF OGDEN December 20, 2016 at Le Colonial

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SOCIAL SCENE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB OF CHICAGO’S JANUARY NETWORKING LUNCHEON FEATURING MARIA PINTO January 11, 2017 at the Union League Club of Chicago

April 27, 2017, 6pm

Chicago Cultural Center Experience how Fashion Empowers refugee girls at Heshima Kenya’s 5th Annual Fashion Challenge. Guests will enjoy a special celebration of fashion and philanthropy with a runway show highlighting our social enterprise, The Maisha Collective. Chicago designers will be tasked to create a unique look in just two weeks that incorporates Maisha scarves assigned at random. Prominent members of the Chicago fashion community will judge this Project Runway- inspired competition. We are thrilled to welcome Tanja Babich of ABC7 News and Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ Radio as emcees for the night.

Purchase tickets at heshimakenya.org/2017-fashion-challenge

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SOCIAL SCENE WOMEN’S MARCH IN CHICAGO January 21, 2017 at Grant Park

16TH ANNUAL D’VINE AFFAIR, BENEFITING CATHOLIC CHARITIES January 29, 2017 at the Union League Club of Chicago

SHARE YOUR EVENTS WITH US! List your event online for free at chicago-woman.com/events Submit your event for inclusion in our next issue at chicago-woman.com/submission

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SOCIAL SCENE GO! HEALTH KICK: CHICAGO WOMAN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS EVENT January 14, 2017 at Germania Place

Special thanks to our supporters, partners and sponsors!

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VOICES | REAL TALK “As a young woman prosecutor of color, I was a rarity in court. When people initially saw me in a courtroom, “prosecuting attorney” was not the first thought that apparently leapt to mind. More than once on arrival in court I was thought to be the interpreter or a member of the defendant’s family. People eventually learned my name and my job, but the sting of having to repeatedly overcome the bias about my role is still remembered.” —ANDREA ZOPP, DEPUTY MAYOR AND CHIEF NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, CITY OF CHICAGO

“In one of my first jobs, I was called into my boss’s office. He told me, “The guys think you are too confident.” Years later, we had lunch and he agreed with what I had come to conclude: my male colleagues were uncomfortable with me being a confident woman who was

not deferential enough to them.

WE ASKED

One thing that strikes me about being a female journalist is how often my appearance is brought up, in both friendly and unfriendly ways. My male colleagues don’t experience this. To praise me, people bring up my looks “You’re so much prettier in person.” To criticize me, people bring up my looks “You look like a dude.” I think it’s odd that we assume women strive to be perceived, above all else, as beautiful.

—HEIDI STEVENS, COLUMNIST, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

‘Gender bias is not just a women’s issue; it is everyone’s issue. As men

we need not be threatened by the conversation, but rather step up and start the conversation, and make sure that it is being addressed so that we are more inclusive in decision making, better understanding of our world, and more engaging of our workforce, clients, and partners. Thus we become better stewards and leaders.’ – JUAN CARLOS AVILA, MANAGING PARTNER, TOROSO INVESTMENTS

– ALLISON CLARK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, IMPACT INVESTMENTS AT THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

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In reality, I strive to be worth reading.

And he apologized for not calling them out.”

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“What does gender bias look like”

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CHICAGO FOUNDATION WOMEN’S INITIATIVE, “TALK IT OUT,” IS A REGION-WIDE, WEEK-LONG SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS DESIGNED TO SPARK DIALOGUE ABOUT GENDER BIAS. MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2017. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CFW.ORG/TALKITOUT.


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