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As we reach the finish line of another winter in the city, we hope that you are as excited as we are by the alreadylonger days and the promise of what lies ahead in the coming spring! The best part of my job is being able to meet so many incredibly talented and ambitious women. For our first 20 on Top feature, we selected 20 women in Chicago who are on top of their game professionally-—across many fields, all making a mark. Our cover star, Revel Group Co-founder and CEO, Britt Whitfield, shines brightly on the local event scene, producing some of the city’s most spectacular soirées in Revel’s breathtaking venues. The ongoing dialogue started by the #MeToo movement has a voice in Illinois—President-elect of the National Council of State Legislators Toi Hutchinson. In a story by Chicago Woman contributor Becky Carroll, Hutchinson stresses the importance of the inclusion of women all of backgrounds in the discussion about sexual harassment and what can be done to arrive at viable solutions. You might have noticed that we have been quite busy at Chicago Woman. Along with the magazine, we have put together a series of events that will bring our editorial to life and help strengthen the CW community. On March 20th, we are hosting our second Beautious event, an evening of beauty and style that is perfect for a girl’s night out. We are also beyond thrilled to announce our biggest event yet, Covet Market. Launching on May 6th, Covet will bring together some of the city’s best local makers and creatives—for a day of shopping, entertainment and amazing food in partnership with Chicago’s own culinary incubator, The Hatchery. Check out the Covet feature in this issue to get a sneak peek at some of the vendors. Follow us at @chiwomanmag to keep updated on all of our events to make sure you don’t miss out! And as always, thank you! Jennifer Smith Tapp Director, Editorial and Brand Strategy jennifer@chicago-woman.com

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TRADEMARKS 101: WHAT YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TRADEMARK LAW

CHICAGO WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY ANNUAL LUNCHEON

THE CHICAGO NETWORK’S 29TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THE FOREFRONT LUNCHEON

Attorney Alissa Digman from Olson & Cepuritis will walk you through the importance of trademarking your brand and how to do it. 10:00 a.m. EvolveHer, 358 West Ontario Street, #3W, evolveher.community March 14, 2018

LEADING AND WINNING WITH STRONG WOMEN Professional Women’s Club of Chicago luncheon with Amber Stocks, General Manager and Coach of The Chicago Sky. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org March 14, 2018

CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN’S 2018 IMPACT AWARDS Honoring local leaders who have improved the lives of women and girls. 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Venue SIX10, Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue, cfw.org March 20, 2018

CHICAGO WOMAN’S BEAUTIOUS An evening of beauty, bubbly, bites and more. Plus a fab swag bag! Chez Event Space, 247 East Ontario Street, beautious.chicago-woman.com

Keynote Speaker & Making a Difference Honoree Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund Chicago. 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m. The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court, cwiponline.org March 21, 2018

MOSCOW MULES & MUTTS An ALIVE Rescue benefit with passed apps, Moscow Mules and a raffle. Plus a special guest appearance by Jonathan Campbell, defender for the Chicago Fire. The Bristol, 2152 North Damen Avenue, eventbrite.com April 9, 2018

STARTING A BUSINESS IN ILLINOIS Learn the ins and outs of launching a business in the state with this training event by Women’s Business Development Center. 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, wbdc.org April 18, 2018

EXECUTIVES’ CLUB OF CHICAGO GLOBAL LEADERS SERIES Martin Radvan, Global President, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Moderated by Annie Gasparro, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The Mid-America Club, 200 East Randolph Street, executivesclub.org

Keynote speaker Jane Pauley in conversation with Carol Marin. 12 p.m. Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue, thechicagonetwork.org April 25, 2018

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS’ OF CHICAGO STATE OF THE CITY This luncheon and fundraiser, “A Tale of Two Cities: Bridging Chicago’s Opportunity Divide” features a panel discussion moderated by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore. 11:30pm-1:30pm, Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, lwvchicago.org May 6, 2018

COVET MARKET: A CURATED MARKET A full day of curated vendors, makers, purveyors and more. In partnership with The Hatchery Chicago. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Revel Fulton Market, 1215 West Fulton Market, covetmarkets.com

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HEAR ME ROAR March 11 – 12, 2018 Women shape the world and their influence on symphonic music is far greater than the average classical music program might lend you to believe. In Hear Me Roar, we challenge the traditional image of the classical music composer and present the work of artists from all over the world and spanning nearly a century. This concert celebrates women’s unique voices in classical music and places their work center stage, where it has always belonged. Conducted by Mei-Ann Chen. March 11, 3:00 p.m., Naperville and March 12, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, chicagosinfonietta.org

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February 4 – June 24, 2018 The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents the Midwest debut of “Speak Truth to Power,” a major touring exhibition based on the book, “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World” by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The photographic exhibition will highlight the experiences of over 40 courageous “Upstanders” and urges visitors to take action against human rights violations. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, ilholocaustmuseum.org

March 3 – September 23, 2018 This free admission exhibition will feature 36 original panels of the monumental mural created in 1989 by internationallyacclaimed artist Keith Haring with the assistance of 500 Chicago Public School students in Chicago’s Grant Park. The mural is a reflection of Haring’s incisive draftsmanship and symbolic characters. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, the exhibition will also feature a collection of photographs, correspondence, designs, plans, t-shirt drawings, and much more. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, chicagoculturalcenter.org

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MUMMIES AT THE FIELD MUSEUM March 16, 2018 – April 21, 2019 See mummies as you never have before in this rare, close-up look at mummies from the two places in the world with the longest and most interesting mummification traditions: ancient Egypt and ancient Peru. Mummies concludes its highly successful national tour to open at home in Chicago. Composed entirely of objects from The Field’s own collection, the exhibition includes 14 mummies, exquisitely painted coffins, stone sarcophagus fragments, ceramics, mummified animals, and mummy masks. Visitors will also be able to virtually explore the contents of never-opened Peruvian mummy bundles to discover the individuals within: children, mothers, and the objects their families lovingly buried with them. Each story uncovered paints a picture of people from a different time. The Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, fieldmuseum.org


COSI FAN TUTTE February 17 – March 16, 2018 Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women’s affections—and those of the young men—move into a new place that’s risky and scary. The couples’ feelings reveal themselves through the sheer genius of Mozart and his brilliant librettist, Da Ponte. Così Fan Tutte is the epitome of sophisticated, thoughtprovoking entertainment. Civic Opera Building, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive, lyricopera.org

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IN THEIR OWN FORM THE JOFFREY BALLET PERFORMS MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM April 25 – May 6, 2018 This is not Shakespeare’s midsummer. Swedish trailblazer Ekman astounds with this ode to the longest day of the year. Delight in joyful abandon and romance under the Scandinavian sun as dancers celebrate and let their imaginations run wild. A tour de force that took Stockholm by storm. The Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, joffrey.org

April 12 — July 8, 2018 Through a lens of Afro-futurist aesthetics, In Their Own Form seeks to illuminate the myriad of ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures. Re-imagining, re-purposing, mysticism, avant-gardism, and spirituality, closely related to the Afro-futurist movement, have long been tied to the Black Experience and have functioned as a necessary escape from a fraught past and present. This exhibit prefaces personhood, both fantastical and actual, over perceived realities and is curated by Sheridan Tucker Anderson, MoCP Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts. Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue, mocp.org

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In my role at the Women’s Business Development Center, I counsel a wide range of business leaders on how they can lead their teams to success. In my role, I’m often asked how business owners and executives can ensure women are given equal voice, recognition, and support in the workplace. While broader safeguards and programs are needed to ensure equality in the workplace—including the implementation of public policies designed to support women and other underrepresented populations on their professional journey—the path to equality starts with an organization’s leadership.

3 keys to diversity 1. RECOGNIZE IDEAS AND OPINIONS. Consciously recognize the ideas and opinions of each member of your team. Develop and implement strategies for engagement and then give credit when their insights lead to team success.

2. ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE. Allow for open and honest dialogue within your team. Whether identifying areas for improvement, illuminating unintentional inequities, or simply addressing miscommunication between team members, encouraging honest conversations in a safe environment will make your team stronger.

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The problems facing Chicago’s public schools are well-documented, with solutions being harder to come by, especially for schools in the city’s underserved neighborhoods. Valerie Groth, a former social worker placed within CPS schools, offers an outline for her vision of a new education model in her book The Power of the Possible: The Dire State of Inner City Education and One Woman’s Revolution to Fix It. Groth is also the Founder and Executive Director of Ryan Banks Academy, Chicago’s first residential school for urban youth, opening this fall. Available on Amazon.com, $9.99.

The internet can be a noisy place, especially for the continuing conversation about what Feminism really means and whom is included in the dialogue. Feminist Speakeasy, a intersectional lifestyle brand for feminists, was launched by Dasha Guyton, after she tapped into a need for a one-stop destination for information about events, advice on dealing with sexist coworkers or gifts for the feminists in our lives. “I kept finding out about groundbreaking feminist events after they happened and I couldn’t find a digital publication or gift shop rooted in inclusive feminism all year round,” Learn more at feministspeakeasy.com

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THE ART OF MEAL PLANNING by Rachel Popa

Meal planning is not just a trendy way to cook; it takes skill and knowhow to do properly. Dietician and Founder of Eat Chic Chicago Amari Thomsen gives her tips so you’ll be more likely to follow through with the healthy choices all week long. HOW AND WHEN TO PREP INGREDIENTS Prepping ingredients ahead of time is the key to sticking to your meal plan. If you can get halfway to a healthy meal before the busy week TRY IT OUT! begins, you’re more likely to finish what Get this recipe for you started and stick to the plan you set these No-Bake Maple for yourself. Get the labor-intensive and Cinnamon Pecan Bars time-consuming meal prep tasks out of and more online at the way when you come home from the chicago-woman.com grocery store. Marinate meats, make sauces and dressings, cook grains (oats, brown rice, quinoa) and prep any slow cooker meal directly in the stoneware insert, and refrigerate before plugging it in the next morning.

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Once you have planned out the meals for the week ahead, write down all of the ingredients you will need for each (be specific!). Then do a quick audit of your kitchen—crossing out items that you already have on hand. Organize your shopping list by grocery store department to make your trip most efficient. When items on your list are on sale, buy in bulk. For example, purchase five pounds of ground meat and divvy it up into one pound portions. Store each portion in an airtight bag, flatten for easy storage and quick thawing, and then freeze it for later!

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One-pot and slow cooker recipes that can be made in large batches are perfect for meal planning. Things like soups and stews can all be made in big quantities and then stored in the freezer for later meals. cw

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#TimesUp Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson has served as a passionate advocate against sexual harassment in Illinois politics. As President-elect of the National Council of State Legislators, she is fast becoming a national voice on this issue. And she’s urging legislative colleagues to continue elevating this issue across the country. by Becky Carroll

“As much as some folks may want to turn the page, we aren’t going away. #TimesUp is about moving from saying #MeToo to what are going to do about it? And, how can we ensure that people without the economic security and privilege it unfortunately takes to fight publicly aren’t left behind. As far as making sure this stays relevant, it’s about no longer tolerating the way things are. I love this quote: ‘I don’t want to accept the things I cannot change. I want to change the things I can’t accept’.” To truly bring this change to everyone, Hutchinson’s advice to her colleagues and allies is the same. “We need to keep an eye toward diversity, bipartisanship, and an acknowledgment that sexual harassment also exists across the LGBTQ spectrum. Those of us who live in the intersections of race, class, and gender know that racist behavior can be sexualized and sexist behavior can be racialized.”

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As a woman of color and a mother, she’s as vigilant that the burden to change the pervasiveness of sexual harassment cannot be left to women alone. “It also has to be about teaching men not to harass or assault. I have two sons and a daughter. The one thing I want them all to know, is that an educated, empowered, passionate, strong woman is nothing to fear. That’s something to celebrate. And that is just as important for my sons to know as it is for my daughter to own.” Her hope is #TimesUp serves not only as a unifying movement for men and women, but for everyone across the economic landscape. “What we are seeing is a reckoning, from low-wage workers in retail, hospitality, and the foodservice industry to entertainment and politics. The days of living under a rock are gone.” cw


COMMUNITY WHATS NEXT FOR #METOO? Few could have predicted the expose in the New York Times detailing Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment would explode into a national “reckoning” on sexual harassment, prompting a flood of stories from women in Hollywood and national media, to women in Chicago’s own Ford factory. But as the dust settles, we are left with the question: where do we go from here? Much of the conversation around harassment has focused on well-known and influential women. Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) and our grantees believe that improving the lives of all women starts with the most vulnerable among us. Any solution to the problem of sexual harassment must include low-wage women, who are six times more likely to experience gender-based violence in their lifetime, compared to high-income women. In 2012, CFW grantees from the anti-violence and labor movements came together in the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence to explore opportunities to work together to improve the safety and well-being of working women in Chicago. As a result: two members of the Coalition founded Healing to Action“ to support

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worker leaders in developing meaningful responses to gender violence in their communities.” Worker-led solutions to gender-based violence are critical, says Healing to Action co-founder Karla Altmayer. These diverse strategies include the incorporation of sexual harassment training into workforce development programs for the restaurant industry, where at least 66 percent of women workers report experiencing sexual harassment. Another focus is the development of a leadership initiative for survivors of domestic violence within the labor movement as well as increasing workers access to legal representation through partnerships with legal aid organizations. While the majority of low-wage workers are women (69 percent of workers earning less than $10 an hour are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center), the leadership of labor movements is still largely male. Based on worker input, Healing to Action is also looking at ways “to empower men to help and support women, [with] concrete tools to talk about the issue with other men,” says Altmayer. cw

Learn more about the Chicago Foundation for Women, visit cfw.org

Don’t miss YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s 6th Annual New Look of Leadership Fashion Brunch Sunday, March 25, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Macy’s State Street Narcissus Room

The New Look of Leadership (NLOL) is an annual fashion event presented by the YWCA Ambassadors Council. Attendees get a sneak-peek at the latest styles from Macy’s worn by the best and brightest in the Chicagoland business scene. Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

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LUNCH @ PORTSMITH If you work in River North, you just got a delicious new option for lunch. Portsmith, known for its modern take on seafood, has just launched a lunch menu, featuring small plates like Green Papaya Salad and Seared Ahi Tuna. Lunch service is Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 660 North State Street

NEW TEA SERVICE @ LONDONHOUSE Breaking up a long work day with afternoon tea overlooking the river sounds like the perfect treat to us. LondonHouse Chicago now offers high tea with a contemporary twist— serving up bites like Almond Biscotti and Savory Puff Pastry along with a wideranging array of teas. Tea service ($50/pp) is from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. daily. 85 East Upper Wacker Drive

Black F&B

Many stories abound regarding the food scene in the city, but often left out of the narrative are black professionals working in all aspects of the industry. A new website called Black Food & Beverage, seeks to expand the scope of the culinary landscape. Founders Angela Burke and Alisha Sommer on the inspiration for Black F&B: “Contributions black men and women have made to America’s food culture are substantial yet often overlooked. Until robust stories that accurately reflect the diverse group of people who make up the food and beverage industry are told, the narrative is incomplete. We hope Black Food & Beverage is a step toward filling those gaps and broadening the conversation.” Learn more at blackfandb.com

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TALES FROM THE TRENCHES

Evelyn Shelton OWNER, EVELYN’S FOOD LOVE

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF SINCE STARTING YOUR BUSINESS? I am as smart as I thought I was; resourceful, too. I am far more patient than I thought I was. And, I am more ambitious than even I thought I was… It can often be rather difficult to turn my brain off while contemplating future possibilities related to the food industry in general and related to my business specifically. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY DURING THE LAUNCH OF YOUR BUSINESS? Yes. I would have marketed the café ad nauseum prior to opening in an effort to create as much buzz as possible. I would have also put more processes in place prior to opening (i.e., policies, procedures, work flows, etc.) I had some of this, but clearly not enough. I would have sought more contractor references to avoid unnecessary issues and construction delays. I would have spent more money on recruiting the best staff possible rather than relying as heavily as I did on friends and family to save a bit. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WOMEN WHO ARE CONSIDERING STRIKING OUT ON THEIR OWN? First, do it! Don’t overthink it. Don’t ask

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everyone’s opinion. Women, myself included, tend to seek too much outside input. Don’t get in your own way. Just go for it! Second, be very careful who you speak to about your goals and plans. More importantly, be careful who you listen to. Unfortunately not everyone will be happy for you, especially if your dreams come to fruition and theirs do not or are not. Do seek advice but do so from those who are successfully doing what you aspire to do. WHAT IS THE MOST INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR YOU AS AN ENTREPRENEUR? A great lender such as LISC! They have been an amazing partner for me. Access to capital is vital to a new business, so partner with a lender who understands that. A lender whose mission and vision aligns with yours. A lender who sees

your vision and supports your dream is vital to your overall success. LISC did that for me. Start-up costs can present a financial strain. You must have enough cash to succeed which can mean the difference between moving forward, staying at ground zero or possibly failing. Choose to move forward with a great lender. A great staff ranks as high as access to capital. When you are a start-up, a passionate entrepreneur, it can be challenging to hire individuals who see your vision as plainly as you do. It is imperative to hire individuals who will ride the wave with you through the rough period; not always easy. It’s cliché but good help truly is hard to find. Remember also to share the rewards with those who help you build, grow and realize your dream. cw


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SPRING REFRESH

YWCA x FMLA The oldest and largest women’s organization in the region, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, recently implemented six weeks of paid family leave. This past February marked the 25th Anniversary of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).“We have gone a step further than FMLA requires by offering paid leave to our staff,” stated YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO Dorri McWhorter. “It is important for the YWCA, with its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, to walk the talk and be a role model for the type of advancements and policies that we want to see employers adopt more broadly in the workplace.”

Interior designer Maura Braun shares design trends for spring. Bring that seasonal renewed zest to your decor by adding colorful elements and incorporating textures and colors of spring time. PHOTO BY @THEREALBRYCETAYLOR

1. Lighting is making a statement through sculptural pieces for a dining room pendant light or table lamps in orb and cylinder shapes. 2. Pottery for potted plants and serving pieces and vases can be found in jade green and matte black colors. 3. Pillows are being combined in unique & different patterns with opulent, rich jewel tone colors, juxtaposed with patterns such as a knit yarn pillow combined with a Chinoiserie fabric pillow. This results in different textures coming together to provide a more interesting pairing of fabrics. 4. Colors are moving towards opulent, rich jewel

THE SIGNATURE ROOM TURNS 25! Perched atop 875 North Michigan Avenue, The Signature Room at the 95th is celebrating 25 years in business with a series of events at the family-owned restaurant and lounge. Starting with Brunch with the Easter Bunny on April 1st, guests can mark the anniversary with other brunches, dinners and special events throughout 2018. signatureroom.com

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5. Bring in plants such as succulents and air plants with open and airy arrangements that combines the unexpected combinations such as an orchid with moss and fern paired with air plants, woodland elements and single stem Monstera leaves. 6. Kitchens are finally moving away from white with deep, rich colors being introduced to integrate the kitchen into the rest of the home. Painted cabinets in colors such as black, navy, ink and deep forest green combine with brass fixtures instead of stainless steel. 7. To breathe freshness into an interior, select a springtime paint color, such as a soft violet. Then change other accents such as window treatments, a rug and light fixture. With just these couple changes, you have a brand new room. cw To learn more about Maura Braun and her firm, visit maurabrauninteriordesign.com. MARCH/APRIL 2018

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PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT

Grace Hou PRESIDENT OF WOODS FUND Chicago Women in Philanthropy will honor Grace Hou, President of Woods Fund at their annual luncheon on March 24th. Hou, and CWIP leaders, talk to Chicago Woman about Woods Fund and being catalysts for positive change in Chicago.

We witnessed a lot of upheaval regarding immigration and race relations in 2017. What kept you going every day and how important was it for Woods Fund to be impactful in these areas? I think what we witnessed was an uncovering of the underlying animus and hatred that has been directed toward immigrants and other communities of color for decades. There were certain segments of the population well aware of the white supremacists among us, but many of us who weren’t directly impacted by it and weren’t watching for it. But in the midst of all the divisive rhetoric and hateful actions, what keeps me going is knowing that I am on the side of humanity, that I am a small part of a large resistance, and that we are the antidote to hatred and othering. At Woods Fund Chicago, we actively support organizations and people who are every day fighting the brutality of structural racism and poverty. For me and for them, there is not an option to stop ‘going’ because we believe in justice and equity for all. The work of Woods Fund is critically important because—regardless of what the political climate is—community organizing is democracy and ensures that those most impacted by policies have a voice and a say.

We live in one of the most multicultural yet segregated cities. How does the work at Woods Fund help to bridge that divide and strengthen our city? Woods Fund Chicago is a philanthropic institution. Our primary objective is to fund the work of community and neighborhood organizations to engage their constituencies to action and to amplify their voices and stories. We fund several coalitions and collaborative efforts that bring together people and organizations from different parts of the city, from different faiths and races, and from different experiences and backgrounds. Through the work of our grantees, community organizers, and advocates—despite all of our differences, we are united in a fight for power to dismantle the de facto systems and structures that have for decades divided and oppressed these communities. We fight for a better city for all of us.

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“Grace is an organizer at heart. She has a way of stretching the philanthropic community into better spaces, lifting important organizers and organizations in their work and she is the hardest working person alive. She is an actual force of nature that brings ideas, warmth and always... critical change.” ANGELIQUE POWER, CEO FIELD FOUNDATION, HONORARY CO-CHAIR


WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF CWIP AND WHY THE ORGANIZATION IS SO IMPORTANT? CWIP is an important place for women because of the many ways it can provide various opportunities for learning and support. From helping women learn how to navigate professional relationships to the mentoring program, CWIP is a place where women are supported by other women in ways that don’t usually happen in their professional settings. More recently, CWIP has taken steps to expose its membership to issues and events that reflect the current state of the country in ways that are direct yet inoffensive. For example, ANGELIQUE the Courage Centered POWER, CEO, FIELD Dialogues have provided an entrée FOUNDATION, into discussions about racial HONORARY equity that a lot of the membership CO-CHAIR weren’t having. These discussions have opened the door to a continued dialogue around race, equity, racial equity, and our role and responsibility to advance all of them in our work. — CARONINA GRIMBLE, WOODS

CWIP’s mission of facilitating dialogue and uncommon connections to positively impact the lives of women and girls. — CAROLYN NOPAR, CO-CHAIR CHICAGO WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY, NOPAR CONSULTING

ARE THERE ANY NEW INITIATIVES THAT OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? HOW CAN SOMEONE GET INVOLVED WITH CWIP? CWIP is a volunteer-run membership organization and anyone can join! In addition to our new racial justice programming, we typically hold four other programs and networking events throughout the year. Our Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program pairs emerging leaders and mid-career professionals with mentors that can help take their career to the next level. We also always need volunteers for committees, which is a great way to build your network. — CAROLYN NOPAR, CO-CHAIR, CWIP, NOPAR CONSULTING

To learn more, please visit www.cwiponline.org.

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FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH WOODS FUND CHICAGO, WHY IS THE WORK THEY DO SO IMPORTANT TO CHICAGO AND HOW DOES THEIR ORGANIZATION’S MISSION ALIGN WITH THAT OF CWIP? Woods Fund Chicago is a bold grant making foundation that finds—and funds—projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of poverty and structural racism. Since women and girls are disproportionately impacted by poverty, these goals support

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LIFE PET LOVE

her story PAULA FASSEAS FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, PAWS CHICAGO

Over the next two years, Alexis and I learned the terrible story of mass euthanasia of cats and dogs in Chicago, and developed a solutions-based plan to address the plight of homeless pets and raise public awareness on the staggering number of pets that were being killed in silence at traditional shelters. In 1997, very few people knew that homeless pets were being killed. Virtually no one knew the extent that more than 42,000 cats and dogs would die that year in shelters. We founded PAWS Chicago that year as an advocacy organization to bring attention to the plight of homeless animals and engage the community in becoming the solution to pet overpopulation. On May 30, 1998, PAWS Chicago was launched with an adoption event, Angels with Tails. The message that homeless pets needed to be saved was taken to the public. The event was held on the streets and in the boutiques of the Magnificent Mile where local businesses enthusiastically agreed to showcase the animals in their storefronts. That single event brought the plight of homeless pets to the foreground, leading to

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WHY GO NO-KILL? When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you don’t save just one life, you save two. Not only are you saving your pet, but you’re opening up space for another pet at risk. With millions of homeless pets killed in the United States each year, it’s hard to think of a good reason not to adopt.

continued public and media engagement that evolved over time into the PAWS we know today. PAWS Chicago was founded to mobilize people to help homeless animals. Since our founding, I’ve continued to focus on bringing people into the animal welfare community and engaging them to take action in ways that help save homeless pets. From our thousands of volunteers, foster families and adopters to our outreach initiatives to the free and low-cost spay/ neuter and medical services we offer, we work to mobilize people to be the solution for homeless pets. Since our founding, the community has reduced the killing by 80 percent. We are getting closer to our goal of a No Kill Chicago! cw

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My animal welfare awareness moment occurred while rescuing a stray dog (I named Pippen) from the Greek island of Crete in June 1996. He would follow our family everywhere we went that summer, and stole my heart. I learned that Pippen would have been poisoned once tourist season ended, and was shocked that Greece would treat its animals with such cruelty. Pippen’s story inspired my daughter, Alexis to help homeless pets back home. As a high school sophomore, Alexis signed up to volunteer at a local animal shelter to fulfill her community service requirement. She was shocked when she learned that instead of saving pets, the shelter was replacing basic medical care with euthanasia. A simple sneeze was a death sentence.


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As we embrace warmer temps, your furry friends will appreciate more park visits and time outdoors. Here are some ideas for prepping for those long walks.

With over 23 dog parks in the city, we picked a few that are great to use as an excuse to check out a new neighborhood. BEACH TIME Belmont Harbor Beach and Montrose Beach allow off-leash play.

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WOODED ADVENTURE Unleashed pets are welcome in Portage Park 4100 North Long Avenue SOUTH LOOP Fred Anderson Dog Park has play structures and water play. 1615 South Wabash Avenue

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TASTEMAKER

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notes Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah, we’re familiar with these wines, but what about wines from lesser known grapes? The wine world is multicultural with thousands of equally delicious, indigenous (local) varietals re-emerging from vineyards across the globe. The wine will be authentic, usually from a smaller, less commercial wine producer offering an interesting flavor profile for a delicious drinking experience. Unfortunately, lesser-known wines are often ignored by trendy restaurants, hipster wine bars or passed over by wine shop owners who want a standard wine with a ”pretty” label. Ask a trusted wine merchant for help to discover these under-the-radar varietals. by Consuelo Martinez-Quattrocchi

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AGIORGITIKO RED WINE Hard to pronounce, the Agiorgitiko grape is indigenous to Greece and cultivated throughout the islands. Hearty and adaptable, it is a small, thick-skinned grape used to make inexpensive Greek export wine. It is also blended for a light, juicy rosé or full-bodied, bold red. Flavorful, fragrant, and very fruit forward, it goes beyond drinking with just Greek fare. Enjoy with flat bread pizza, aged cheeses and roasted meat. BARRAIDA DOC RED WINE From the north-central region of Portugal and made from the Baga (“berry” in Portuguese) grape. Wines made with Baga are overlooked as the grapes were used for large volume bulk wines, including bargain-priced rosé. Oak-aged and blended with other varietals, it is affordable, fragrant, very food-friendly and matures nicely. Pair with a hearty stew or chili, soft goat cheese, even fresh tuna, bacalhau (cod), grilled octopus or squid. TREBBIANO WHITE WINE Indigenous to central Italy and widely cultivated by the ancient Romans as they conquered Europe. This prolific grape is blended with other grapes and used in cognac and brandy. Dismissed by wine snobs due to its large volume, it produces ordinary to extraordinary wines. Several regions offer an acidic, crisp, medium bodied wine. Try a Trebbiano Abruzzese, Spoletino or Toscano. Enjoy alone as a single sipper, serve with grilled chicken or shellfish. cw


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THE IMPORTANCE OF AFFECTION When working with couples, I frequently check-in with them about the presence of affection in their relationship. I want to know, how frequently do they hug, kiss, hold hands, or make an affectionate gesture towards one another. In strained relationships, it is not uncommon to hear that there is little to no affection between partners. by Dr. Anne Brennan Malec, PsyD, LMFT Common reasons that keep partners from engaging in physical and verbal affection include: lack of quality time, not being an “affectionate type” of person, not wanting to give their partner the wrong message (e.g. “I am just being loving, which does not also mean that I want sex.”), he or she seems mad at me so I try to avoid them, being frustrated for being the partner who always initiates affection, or just not feeling very loving towards them. All of these reasons for avoiding affection can make sense in a given relationship, but with the research about the importance of affection in a relationship, this reasoning may be short-sighted. Do you remember when you first met your partner? Do you then remember the building excitement of the first

touch with him/her? Recall those powerful feelings, that excitement of wondering when he or she would grab your hand. And when it finally happened, it usually did not disappoint, did it? Research has found that holding hands affects both our brains and our physical wellbeing, and our relationships. A study out of UCLA reported that human touch leads to the release of oxytocin, which is known as “the love hormone”. Oxytocin is responsible for increasing feelings of compassion, trust, and generosity, while decreasing fear and anxiety. Pretty remarkable what such a simple and instinctual behavior can do. Touch also reduces pain because of the serotonin that’s released. As infants show us with the grasping reflex, humans are hard-wired to connect. Handholding is instinctual. Researchers have found that adults who fail to receive regular and consistent human touch are susceptible to developing depression and anxiety disorders. The Touch Research Institute (TRI) reported that the skin is a sense organ and needs stimulation. When fingers are interlaced the body can respond with one’s heart rate and blood pressure falling, which leads to increased feelings of relaxation. What’s holding us back from embracing this? Today’s growing obsession with our phones and social media over personal physical contact may unintentionally be affecting this. So, what can we do to shift this paradigm? It may be as simple as instilling in ourselves the mindfulness to outstretch a hand more often to those in our lives who matter most to us. One thing is certain: our entire bodies, from our nerves to our brains, respond positively to touch and crave it from the time we’re born. Whether it’s due to instinct, comfort, intimacy or love, touch brings us closer to each other both physically and emotionally—and is a necessity for our overall well-being. As we’ve seen, humans are not only creatures of habit, we’re also creatures of comfort. We gravitate toward situations and people who make us feel as content and secure as possible. Besides feeling secure through touch, one can feel affection verbally. Verbal expressions of affection are the words you speak intended to validate your positive feelings of love. Make it a daily habit to express your thanks, gratitude, and appreciation for all that your spouse brings to your life. Challenge yourself to notice things your partner does to create a safe and secure home, bring home a paycheck, provide loving care for the entire family—and then tell them what it means to you.

Anne Brennan Malec’s practice, Symmetry Counseling, offers a broad range of services. For more information on affection, or to speak with a couple’s therapist, please call Symmetry Counseling at (312) 578-9990 or visit symmetrycounseling.com.

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PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESSES By Cherilyn G. Murer I have a vision for a new business—it’ll be great! And so it goes. Another entrepreneur is born into the world of business ownership. But what will keep the business afloat when a large percentage of start-ups fail? The key to sustainability is a business plan that takes into account the many changes in the marketplace which inevitably occur. A new business does indeed start with a vision, a good idea and a viable niche market. But staying power requires much more, starting with adequate capitalization throughout the life of the business. To succeed, an entrepreneur must wear many hats. Regardless of personal disposition, a business owner must concurrently maintain a triad of emphases: • Ongoing new business development;

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LIFE THROWS US CURVE BALLS. ARE YOU PREPARED? Twenty-one years ago, my parents got a divorce. While that seems like a pretty normal statistic, people affected by divorce know how terrible the experience is for a family. To put it bluntly: it sucks. Like many women going through the process, my mom was quickly faced with tons of legal fees and left financially devastated. She worked two jobs to ensure that my brother and I were okay. Our family made extreme sacrifices to rebuild. This is not a new story for over 50% of the marriages that terminate each year. It is however, one of life’s curve balls. Their transition was hard on me and negatively impacted my behavior. My mom decided that the best therapy would be for me to attend “Camp Entrepreneur” at Seton Hall College in Pennsylvania during junior year of high school. I will forever be grateful for this experience! It fueled my entrepreneurial spirit, and I earned a certificate of achievement from the National Education Center for Women in Business. The lion was unleashed, and soon after, I started taking business classes at the local community college. From there, I earned my degree in Business Economics at Penn State, and then had the pleasure of working for some of the best firms on Wall Street. I soaked up knowledge on how to understand the markets, built investment portfolios, received licenses and designations that provided me with the know-how to become a credible financial planner. All of this education gave me the tools to become financially independent and help my clients achieve their financial goals. Today, I’m extremely proud to report that my mom has recently retired at the early age of 64. She has the highest credit score possible (honest to God!), ZERO debt, a paid-off house, and a sizeable nest egg to enjoy her golden years. I taught her to pay herself first, and save for the future. The best part: she listened. That is why I started MEL Consulting Co. and created the exclusive 6-month comprehensive program, “Achieving Financial Independence for Women.” I teach women how to take control of their money and incorporate the necessary life skills to stand on their own two feet. I’d love to empower you to build a strong financial foundation and create wealth, while planning for life’s curve balls. To schedule a conversation, visit: www.melconsultingco.com Securities and Advisory Services offered through World Equity Group, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. World Equity Group and MEL Consulting are independently owned and operated.

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No one is going to give you any power—you just have to take it.

Get to know these leaders, movers, shakers and risk-takers. Here are 20 women in Chicago on the top of their game.

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BRITT WHITFIELD CEO, THE REVEL GROUP

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. Professionally: All of these women have inspired me by their own work or have challenged me to rethink all of my ideas: Brenda Jacobsen, Sarah Banasiak, Lynn Kiley, Colleen Hickey, Katrina Markoff, Marley Finnegan, Connie Falcone, Jodi Fyfe, CC Ryan, Marina Birch, Jacqui Scott, Kelly Cavanaugh, Nicole Orlando, Sara Barg, Molly Brewe, Lauren Warnock, Heather Guillen, Susan Thompson, Kathleen Whitfield, Bridgit Lombard, Caroline Lubbers, Jenni Suvari, Liz Vetter, Mindy Segal, and Courtney Wright. Personally: Rebel Wilson—she stole my look, so I stole a couple of her go-to gags. Just kidding, I taught her everything she knows and she still stole my look.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Honestly, I’m proud that it worked. It’s weird to say out loud, but there are times when I sit back and think—holy shit, we survived. We survived a recession, and our own inexperience, and all the trials of normal adult life and all the little disasters of owning a business. I think no matter how confident an entrepreneur is, there are these “woah” moments. I’m also proud that we have kept up the culture of fun and flexibility that drove me to start my own company in the first place.

THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR? Staying focused. I have a dog named Tada who acts like a living metaphor for how my brain works: “This smells good. There’s something shiny. Someone new is here. Everything is exciting.” I see the value of my own enthusiasm but it can make it harder for me to stay on task. Luckily my team appreciates my strengths and is patient about my weaknesses. Tada might know how to sit and stay if he had a team around him like I do…

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” “If you can’t beat ‘em, feed ‘em.” BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. No one is going to give you any power—you just have to take it (given to me at a bar, where all the best advice comes from).

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IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY DURING THE LAUNCH OF YOUR COMPANY? There are so many things I would have done differently— no amount of planning can protect you against setbacks. But the thing I would always, always do the same is what Clint (Chief Operating Officer) and I did the first time we booked a big job. We had been living on the change between our couch cushions (and my mom’s couch cushions, and the cushions of anyone still nice enough to let us in their house). We put our hearts and souls and asses on the line to land our first big one. And that night we bought tickets to Ireland and lived like idiot kings for a week. It was irresponsible and debaucherous, and it was the exactly right thing to do.

WHAT WOULD YOU TEACH YOUNG GIRLS AS A BUSINESS OWNER AND A MOTHER? Be first. Be kind. Be awesome.

JAMIE HAYES FASHION DESIGNER, PRODUCTION MODE

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. I’m part of a group called the League of Women Designers. We meet on a monthly basis to talk about design and entrepreneurship. I’m constantly inspired by the women JAMIE HAYES in the group who work in many different facets of design—interior architecture, product design, graphic design, and metalwork. We share knowledge, resources, and ideas. It’s such a gift to learn from other women. And it’s a great place to share both successes and challenges.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Working with Chicago Fair Trade to help pass a City of Chicago ordinance mandating that city workers’ uniforms be made without the use of sweatshops.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS…” My love of local music! Our city has and has always had amazing music from jazz to soul to house.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

We learn most from our mistakes and we gain confidence in overcoming problems. I’m much more willing to take risks. I’m no longer so worried about getting everything right on the first try.

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SMITA SHAH

DANIELLE ROBAY

PRESIDENT AND CEO, SPANN TECH

CO-HOST, WCIU’S THE JAM

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

Professionally, Indra Nooyi. I saw her speak at the Economic Club of Chicago—the intellect, balance and grace of her personality—seriously. She was quoting The Devil’s Dictionary and talking about playing the guitar and her children… and, of course, she is the CEO of Pepsi.

Barbara Walters, Robin Roberts, Joy Behar, Jane Pauley, Andrea Mitchell, Giuliana Rancic, Oprah (her SOUL and ability to connect cannot be duplicated!), Chelsea Handler, and Sophia Bush.

Personally, I am inspired by moms— working and stay-at-home—but especially single moms. Rain or shine, healthy or sick, good day or bad day—they do it.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Being a champion for women and women’s voices as co-host of WCIU’s The Jam!

FAVORITE THING TO DO FOR A NIGHT OUT IN THE CITY. Definitely go to a show! The theatre in our city is INCREDIBLE-—we have such talented artists. I try to support the theatre community as much as possible and I leave on an high every time I leave a show!

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” My GRIT…or my 847 gold necklace by Patty Rodriguez.

SMITA SHAH

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. “Build roots. If you don’t build roots when you’re young you will topple over later.” —Steve Carlston, GM of NBC Los Angeles. DANIELLE ROBAY

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. We did an EEO count and found that we had 50 percent minorities and women. We weren’t BRIDGET COUGHLIN looking for it, just hiring the best people we could. And it was there—so amazing.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” I love Chicago pizza. BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. When you are young and start 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.

BRIDGET COUGHLIN CEO, SHEDD AQUARIUM

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. My female colleagues in the Museums in the Park and other cultural attractions. I learn so much from them on profound issues like Board relations around hard topics or simply a good book to read. In Chicago, nonprofits collaborate and share. This open-access type model makes our cultural organizations stronger.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. In 2017, Shedd Aquarium changed our access model moving Illinois discount days to be Illinois free days. It was the right business decision and the right thing to do for our community but it was really complicated to implement and sustain operationally.

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THE LIST 20 ON TOP

JOSEPHINE LEE LEE JOSEPHINE

KRISTEN KRISTEN KAZA KAZA

YOLANDA ROSS

Chicagoans are some of the most industrious and dedicated you’ll find; we’re not above putting in the work and generous with our time and resources. DEANA HAGGAG

—KRISTEN KAZA

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. Wow, I need a favorite place! Right now the best spot has been Girls’ Night In. Being new to the city, I am still meeting lots of new people and so far the best has been being invited to people’s homes or inviting them over to my home to come sit on the couch and chat (over a glass of good red wine).

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS…” Since moving almost two years ago I am thrilled with how the people of Chicago come out of winter hibernation and get outside!

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YOLANDA ROSS ACTRESS, SHOWTIME’S THE CHI

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

My mom, Mamie Til, Shirley Chisholm, Nina Simone, all the women who have and who are pursuing their dreams, and have fought for equality; because with doing that, I know they have had many battles to fight, and walls to tear down. We continue to function with a strong perseverance.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.

I’m proudest of my first film, the first film I directed, and still having the opportunity to connect with people through emotions.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. Summer House and Gilt Bar.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” no ketchup on my hotdogs.


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JOSEPHINE LEE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. I am constantly humbled and inspired by the young women in our programs across the city. The potential I see in these students, as young as eight, at every rehearsal and performance is enough to give anyone hope for the future of this city, country and world.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I’ve been with Chicago Children’s Choir for most of my career, starting as an in-school conductor in 1999. The founding mission of the choir is so simple, but as relevant today as when it was founded during the height of the Civil Rights Movement: to bridge cultural divides between youth. I am most proud of the retention of this mission as we’ve grown. Today, Chicago Children’s Choir is one of Chicago’s Premiere cultural institutions—performing with worldclass artists and traveling the world. But our central focus for our nearly 5,000 students now remains the same as it was when we were one choir in Hyde Park.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A NIGHT OF SELF-CARE. AIRE Ancient Baths is my go-to.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I feel proud of and grateful for my work with the Museum of Contemporary Art, with whom I’ve co-produced two large-scale events— Prime Time, the museum-wide party when we booked Jamila Woods, Noname and more elevating femme artists and aesthetic, and the MCA’s 50th Anniversary weekend, when we booked literally hundreds of Chicago artists to highlight the diverse and dynamic cultural landscape of Chicago. Having the opportunity to connect local artists to big platforms such as institutions like the MCA is such a special honor. I love seeing artists thrive and grow in their practice and reach.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS…” my strong work ethic. Chicagoans are some of the most industrious and dedicated you’ll find; we’re not above putting in the work and generous with our time and resources.

DEANA HAGGAG FOUNDER, UNITED STATES ARTISTS

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

You can feel the healing there. You go and are completely transported.

Moms! Many of my closest friends have had babies in the last few years and I am in complete and utter awe of their superhero skills.

THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” that I revel in the beautiful diversity

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I love the people I work with!

of this city.

We have a dreamy team and I feel proud to have played any part in bringing them together.

KRISTEN KAZA FOUNDER, NO SMALL PLANS PRODUCTIONS

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

The women in my orbit are my inspiration. My friends and collaborators (often one and the same) are entrepreneurs, artists, makers and hustlers. I value a collaborative over competitive spirit and intention both in personal and professional relationships. The women who are currently really motivating me are those who have made an unapologetic commitment to their practice and mission.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. Recently, I’ve loved Lost Lake on the border of Avondale and Logan Square. Who doesn’t need a tiki bar in the winter?

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” my profound affinity for hot dogs. BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. Say thank you! And send a card when you can!

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ALICIA DRISKILL FOUNDER AND CEO, EVOLVEHER

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Launching evolveHer is definitely my biggest accomplishment. Creating something in your career that not only actualizes your own vision, but provides a platform for women to connect and collaborate is very fulfilling. So many women and men have reached out to share their support of a dedicated space that empowers the women of Chicago. I’m thrilled to bring this to the community.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. I love the back patio at RM Champagne Bar in

at “The Jewels”… but maybe the most Chicago thing about me is that while I have this nice, fancy TV job and a great manicure, I am not above dragging furniture out to the street to save my parking space. Hey, if I dig it, I “dibs” it.

BETSY ZIEGLER CEO, 1871

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I’m most proud of the teams I’ve

the summer. It has a great vibe with a gorgeous, yet simple ambience that’s perfect for cocktails with your girlfriends.

had the pleasure and privilege to build and lead and the impact we collectively have had. I always strive to leave an organization better than I found it and the only way to do that is to set the vision, bring the right people around the table, and go execute.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS…” The Cubs! My husband is from St. Louis

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. I’ve lived in Chicago since 1998 and love

and is a huge Cardinals fan so we have a little bit of a rivalry in our house.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

Make bold decisions. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the “what if’s” and to over-analyze every detail, but most people don’t regret taking the big leaps—they typically regret waiting so long to do it!

TYRA MARTIN SENIOR PRODUCER, WGN

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I’ve been with the most watched television show in the third market in the country for 20 years. That’s very rare, but also very Chicago. This is a working town. I’m at a legacy station. There’s a lot of honor and nostalgia that goes along with our call letters. But it is absolutely not lost on me, that I’m a 20 year veteran, who happens to be a black woman. Being me in the meetings, hallway conversations and decision making makes a difference. We are certainly all more alike than we are different, but when different voices come together, THAT is how harmony is created.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT. When I can stay awake late enough, I want to get out with friends to walk and eat and laugh. Chicago is beautiful at night and unmatched for people watching.

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“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” I love House music, I shop for groceries

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exploring all the nooks and crannies of the city. My three favorite places are Lincoln Park Zoo, Steppenwolf Theater and Wrigley Field. Each feeds personal passions— support of animals, great cultural enrichment, and hanging out with friends at the ballpark.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS…” that I am never afraid of the cold or the wind! Being raised in Milwaukee and spending most of my adult life in Chicago—I’m a true Midwesterner. The values that Chicagoans embody—to support one another, to believe that a win for one of us is a win for all of us, and to always be kind are ones that I try to live every day.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. My mom told me that my life story will be built from the choices that I make day-to-day, year-to-year, and that I should act like an owner in everything I do. Figure out what is important to you over time—not necessarily what others think is important). Make intentional choices that bring you the greatest personal happiness. You may want to walk down a path that everyone around you thinks is crazy or risky. If you have conviction, make the brave choice and take it.


TYRA MARTIN

NATALIE SHMULIK

ALICIA DRISKILL

NATALIE SHMULIK

BETSY ZIEGLER

CEO, THE HATCHERY

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Becoming CEO of The Hatchery Chicago. I get the opportunity to work with my favorite people—food and beverage entrepreneurs— while also getting to make impactful decisions that will change the future of food innovation in Chicago and help create job opportunities in under-served communities.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” The most Chicago thing about me is my desire to wear summer clothing the second the temperature hits 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED. The best professional advice I have received is to just do! Like most women, I have suffered from the feeling of impostor syndrome. I was always a perfectionist and wanted to be 100 percent prepared for every challenge that came my way. It was only when this was brought to my attention that I realized I was making excuses and missing opportunities. As women, we often don’t give ourselves enough credit and rarely like to deem ourselves as experts. I have spent my whole life trying to understand as much as possible about the food and beverage industry. I still have much to learn, but I have equally as much to share and am thrilled to be in the position I’m in today.

AUTUMN MERRITT

AUTUMN MERRITT CO-OWNER, SIR & MADAME

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. My mother, mother-in-law, daughter and tribe of girlfriends continuously inspire me in all aspects of my life.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I am proud of the ability to operate a business and maintain a professional role as Membership Manager at Soho House.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT. The Delta. “THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” My accent. BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. The experience of discomfort is the sign of growth. Embrace it.

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THE SMITHE SISTERS COLLEEN, MEGHAN, MAUREEN AND CAITIE WALTER E. SMITHE

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. I’m most proud of the fact that I forged my way on my own for eleven years before officially joining the family business in 2014. Prior to coming back to Smithe I held various account management roles at FCB and Leo Burnett, and then I took a sales management job within Microsoft’s advertising group. These experiences taught me process and management, and I don’t think I would have the same perspective had I come here straight out of college. —Meghan Smithe, director of marketing

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. With work and our families (we have 17 kids combined!), it’s not always easy to find time for a GNO. We recently had a great excuse though— celebrating our grandmother’s 80th birthday at NoMi. Great drinks, delicious dinner and an awesome view of the city make this the perfect spot. —Colleen Smithe, director of advertising

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THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by amazing women. My sisters, aunts, grandmas, great-grandmas, and mom all inspire me in their own unique ways but the common theme is that they are all strong, hardworking women with killer senses of humor and huge hearts! Professionally, although it’s an obvious choice, I’ve looked up to Oprah Winfrey for as long as I can remember. From her humble beginnings, to her continuing to break every glass ceiling imaginable, and of course her incredible willingness to give back, she is truly unstoppable and undeniably a role model to all women. Also, Madonna…because she’s, well, Madonna! I just love her music and her fierceness. —Caitie Smithe, design coordinator & stylist

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” I genuinely love parallel parking. The tighter and more difficult the spot, the better! —Maureen Smithe, buyer

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

Check your ego at the door. A good idea can come from anyone at any level in an organization, so go into any conversation with an open mind. —Colleen Smithe, director of advertising


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THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is definitely a woman who inspires me professionally and personally. She has dealt with a bustling career, juggling motherhood’s demands and experiencing extreme loss. I have learned a lot from her grace and honesty. I am also very inspired by my two female mentors, Wendy Levi Lienhart who encouraged me into PR and has battled cancer twice with humility and fierceness and Janet Cabot who taught me everything about grace and class.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Creating a business that is focused first on the value of KINDNESS above all else. I love standing up for that in our society—we all need more of it. It’s free. It makes you feel good. It makes the recipient feel REALLY good.

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” my agency. We work with the biggest and best companies, personalities and brands in the city and I’m so proud to be a Chicagoan. We get to work with the Mayor’s office a lot and that’s always an honor. I’m Chicago’s publicist—I go everywhere telling people how proud I am to be a Chicago girl.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

Richard Melman, Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You, once told me that before I grew my company too quickly, I should only hire people that reflect my values and vision for my company. He made me write them down. I defined my values as kindness, creativity, passion, hustle and integrity and now I hire/develop my team based on those five values! He has the best advice always and I’m so lucky to have him in my corner. He jokes that he’s MY publicist.

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FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, MM ENTERPRISES AND MANAGING DIRECTOR/CHIEF PERFORMANCE OFFICER, THE CARLYLE GROUP

THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE YOU.

All my working mom girlfriends who juggle big jobs, travel, parenting, marriage/dating and still make time to get together and hang out!

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Authoring my book The Courage Solution–The Power of Truth Telling With Your Boss, Peers, and Team and having it hit the WSJ bestseller list.

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT. I love the outside terrace at the Park Hyatt’s NoMi Kitchen for an afternoon cocktail on a summer weekday. Pure bliss and a great start to a GNO!

“THE MOST CHICAGO THING ABOUT ME IS...” My passion for our food scene. Chicago has the best food of any city, anywhere (yes, including you, NYC and LA).

BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t be willing to work for yourself. cw

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COOL for KIDS Dining out with kids in the city can be tricky. One missed nap can wreck everything, drawing disapproving stares from diners trying to enjoy their wine pairings. No worries- here are three spots that city-dwelling families can enjoy.

HERITAGE RESTAURANT AND CAVIAR BAR

With a kid’s menu for breakfast, brunch as well as snacks, sides and entrees, this Humboldt Park destination is a place that little ones can approve of while offering mom and dad a dose of cool in the process. The bite-sized breakfast sandwich sliders are tailor-made for a lazy Saturday morning. 2700 West Chicago Avenue, heritage-chicago.com

BAPTISTE & BOTTLE

Nestled inside the Conrad Hotel, this restaurant has a special kids’ menu and they take breakfast up a notch by offering a free Kids’ Amuse starter and a free bowl of cereal for children. Busybodies can occupy themselves with Wikki sticks as well as a Conrad Chicago teddy bear, while waiting on their plate of pancakes to arrive. 101 East Erie Street, 20th Floor, baptisteandbottle.com

NICK’S PIZZA AND PUB

In the pantheon of easy, family-friendly places, the neighborhood pizzeria always ranks near the top. Nick’s boasts an extensive menu, including lots of dishes perfect for tiny hands. A recent visit in the early evening found kids actually running around with not even one instance of side-eye in the place. 2434 West Montrose Avenue, nickspizzapub.com 50

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Natural elements are a warm welcome to your home. Concrete, stone and marble add a cool contrast to soft upholstery while being organic and tactile. This trend can be incorporated in many ways, in and out of the home.

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1 ARTCRAFT LOFT BATHROOM VANITY LIGHT This vanity light encased in concrete and iron caging adds an edge to your bathroom. $366, lightology.com

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PAYING IT FORWARD WHITNEY’S WOMEN SPRING IS UPON US AND SO IS BUSY SEASON FOR ONE AMAZING NONPROFIT MAKING THEIR MARK NOT ONLY IN CHICAGO BUT ALSO ACROSS THE GLOBE. MEET

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THE MIDWEST MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR UNICEF USA, WHO’S ON THE MISSION TO SAVE THE WORLD. Interview by Whitney Reynolds HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH UNICEF? Trick or Treat for UNICEF, of course! When I was in High School I was really active with Key Club (a service organization under the Kiwanis International family) and was fortunate to serve in leadership positions on the local, state and national level. In addition to partnering around Trick or Treat for UNICEF, we also raised funds to help eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD). At the time it cost only five cents to help protect a child globally against IDD—and for me, it was my first introduction to this concept of global development and that just pennies could absolutely save and protect lives! I grew up in a pretty small town in northern Illinois—so this sense of global connection was life changing for me! Fast forward, and I joined the UNICEF USA team in Chicago six years ago and have been working to fundraise, educate our community and advocate on behalf of children with our friends and supporters across the Midwest.

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HOW ARE YOU CHANGING THE WORLD? I’m one of those lucky people who gets to work in my dream job! I’m grateful every day that my job is to help connect Chicagoans’ and Midwesterners’ commitment to make the world a better place for children through philanthropy and action with our extraordinary UNICEF colleagues and partners who are on the ground in 190 countries doing the work. And at home, I’m the mom of a five-year-old and three-yearold! My husband and I take our responsibility to help them grow and be thoughtful and kind little citizens very seriously. We try to talk a lot about how we can make our world more beautiful and what it means to be helpers. WHO’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE? My awesome husband—because he’s an awesome dad and challenges me to be a better mom. My parents and grandparents—my whole childhood my parents and grandparents were always running to meetings for the boards they served on or events in support of our church and community. It comes to me as no surprise now, that I ended

up in nonprofit work and that I’ve spent now over 50 percent of my life either serving on or supporting volunteer boards! QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In college I framed of poster of it and it has since followed me from every dorm, apartment, job, cube, office since then! HOW CAN PEOPLE JOIN THE MISSION? There are many ways to join our movement to put children first: advocate, volunteer, donate. Know the issues affecting children. Join us at the Gala. Call your legislator to advocate for children. Get involved with Kid Power. Each one is crucial to helping UNICEF ensure that every child has a safe and healthy childhood. cw For more ways to get involved, please visit unicefusa.org/help

For more inspirational interviews check out Whitney’s NEW 2018 SEASON of The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS that kicks off March 26th on Lakeshore PBS at 6:30 PM. For tickets to the launch party visit whitneyreynolds.com


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SOCIAL SCENE ANZACC Midwest 2018 Down Under Soirée LONDONHOUSE CHICAGO

January 27, 2018—The Midwest chapter of the Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce celebrated Australia Day & Waitangi Day at LondonHouse Chicago to benefit Heartland Alliance. PICTURED. ANZACC Midwest 2018 Board. Sheridan Mouawad, originally from Australia and currently performing in Hamilton in Chicago, performed Advance Australia Fair. Melody Churcher, originally from New Zealand, performed Powhiri (a traditional Maori welcome); and Lance Houia, originally from New Zealand, performed the Haka (a traditional Maori chant).

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OneGoal is a coalition of teachers, students, school leaders and education advocates working to close the college degree divide that prevents millions of students from accessing a life of choice and opportunity. “The impact of OneGoal on my school has been huge. We have a group of scholars who are so excited and hopeful about school who hadn’t been before joining OneGoal. Now everyone wants to be in the program!”

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Today, high school students from low-income communities—the vast majority of whom are students of color—face enormous systemic barriers to attend and complete college. OneGoal was built by, and is led by, teachers who see, every day, that their students have the ability and talent to succeed. We believe the college graduation gap is a solvable problem, and we can’t rest until all students—not just a select few—have a real opportunity to earn a college degree, and the life that comes with it.

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January 8, 2018—For our food-themed January/ February issue, Chicago Woman invited the best and brightest in food and hospitality to our launch party at River Roast. PICTURED. Guests; Cover feature Emily Nejad with Jennifer Smith Tapp; and Edna Uribe and Teri Arvesu. Photo credit: Barb Levant

Black Creativity Gala

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January 27, 2018—800 guests attended the 35th annual Black Creativity Gala at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago. $429,000 was raised to support the museum’s Black Creativity program and its events, which pays tribute to the culture, heritage and scientific contributions of of African Americans and help inspire youth in the sciences. PICTURED. Candace Jordan and Chuck Jordan; Cecelia Bolden, Stephanie Neely, Cheryl Harris; and Michelle and Cedrick Thurman, Yvette and Shawn Henry.

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